I recently decided to a series of blogs called Who is behind the brand? It is about the men and women who make the beard care products and I have started by sending a set of questions to the three sponsors of ‘Guardians of the Beard‘ Facebook group, Balbo Beard Co, Merry Band Beard Oil and Beardlab.
The first up is Balbo Beard Co.
Name: Rhian Gurney
Where do you live? Shropshire, UK
Why did you choose Balbo Beard Co for your brand? I was researching the different styles of beard and like the sound of Balbo (not necessarily the style)
When did you first start making beard care products? June 2016
What is your favourite thing about making and selling beard care products? I enjoy seeing bearded gents using products I have made from scratch, it makes all the hard work and sleepless nights worth it!
What do you dislike about making and selling beard care? That I have no beard to try them out on, it makes testing and trialling new products difficult!
How many hours do you normally spend making beard care in a week? 20 – 25 hours
Where do you make the beard care products? In my custom built lady cave! (Posh shed in the garden)
What is your favourite product from your brand? I love the Beard Soap, as I can use it! I also use the excess oils for my own hair
What one other beard care brand or brand owner do you admire? Dave Green from Mariner Jack. The bloke is a legend! The has come such a long way from when he first started his business. I would love my brand to be as awesome as his one day.
What plans do you have for the brand? I love where I am now. My 2 small businesses have to come second to my small children (one at nursery and one at primary school). So I only have a short period of time during the week to dedicate to my businesses while they are in childcare or asleep!
What are your hobbies? Running, making soap (I know I’ve turned this into a business, but still think of it as a hobby) and I don’t have time left to do much else!
Are you married/in a relationship? Married (to a non-bearded! The shock!)
What motivates you? To think that what I am doing is supporting my family
What are your strengths? Determination, focus and belief in my brand
What are your weaknesses? Having no beard. Not saying No (I’m slowly learning!)
When was the last time you were angry? About 3 weeks ago
What happened? Website not working/ computers in general
If you weren’t making beard care what would you want to do for a job? Before becoming self-employed I worked at a Veterinary Practice, I loved that job and reached the top of my career ladder, but my full time employed job status had to change when we had children. I wouldn’t change things for the world now.
What were you like in high school? Rubbish! I didn’t like school. I’m a practical person and didn’t like being stuck in the class room. Although I was a good girl!
Do you talk much? Too much, usually nonsense
Are you introvert or extrovert? Introvert. I hate being the centre of attention, but I quite like being a social media extrovert!
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? A lion, I would then experience having a mane!
How do you handle stress and pressure? Drink Gin or take myself off for a long walk with the dog, or both
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? Driven into my husband’s brand new car
What’s the best holiday you can imagine? Going to Lapland, I’m such a child
What is your favourite food? Lasagne and garlic bread
What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Gin
What is your most proud achievement? My kids and reaching my career goals
What is/are your phobias? Glitter and nail files
I have been really impressed with the Balbo Beard Co range and Rhian takes pride in her range and the customer service is faultless. I put Balbo Beard Co into my Top 5 brands and I highly recommend the products.
You can read my Balbo Beard Co reviews here