Just because Christmas has come and gone, doesn’t mean you can breathe a sigh of relief: your gift-giving days are far from done friends.
Terribly sorry for the alarmist news flash there, but we’ve still got Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and anniversaries around the corner.
If you’re anything like us, the special guy in your life probably asks for nothing – which makes buying presents a bit of a conundrum to be sure.
(For more on that fun phenomenon check out our previous blog post: How to buy romantic gifts for him).
In this blog post though, we thought we’d break down the nitty-gritty of beard care and why it makes for a great romantic Valentine’s gift for him.
So, before we get into the types of beard products that are out there, and what makes for truly great ones, we thought we’d quickly cover why they’re needed.
Like all great things, beards need work … and a lot of TLC.
The benefits of a full beard/skincare routine include:
- Reduces skin irritation
- Eliminates ingrown hairs and other skin nasties
- Softens beard hair
- Controls “flyaway” hair
- Provides vitamins and minerals to the beard
- Moisturises and protects skin
- Gets rid of beard “itch”
- Cleans beard
- Leaves beard smelling amazing
- Allows beard to grow healthy and long
Basically, what a great beard care routine does is give your fella the sexy lumberjack look, which is more preferable than the scratchy, wild caveman vibe of yore.
So now you know why the products are important. It’s here we must introduce a little caveat: while a good routine is crucial, it’s equally key that you pick the right grooming goodies.
This comes down to two things, a) the type of item, and b) what goes into it.
So, believe it or not, this is actually the easy part!
Unlike women, who have a seemingly endless list of skincare products – honestly, serums alone deserve their own blog post between all that retinal and hyaluronic talk – men (thankfully) have fewer options.
In fact, the list of beard grooming essentials is short, sweet, and should at the most simplistic of levels include:
- A safety razor: This helps to trim and shape the beard – also it’s reusable and environmentally friendly.
- Shave cream: This minimises knicks, cuts, and overall skin irritation.
- Beard oil: This softens and conditions both the beard and the skin underneath while reducing ingrown hairs.
Now, one could also introduce fancy things like trimmers and beard washes, but we thought we’d keep things easy. This is mostly because no one loves a gift that takes them hours to implement – especially guys – and because those three things mentioned above work wonders.
The trick is knowing what makes for the best options on the market.
Luckily, we are going to lift the lid on this mercurial world and break down what we know about the best beard oil – Australia has a few options on the market, that’s for sure.
In our opinion, the best beard grooming products are made from all-natural ingredients.
Let’s explain why.
A lot of commercial options contain harmful or synthetic chemicals such as parabens, which are believed to increase the risk of cancer. Beyond the obvious reason why this is bad, these nasties can also exacerbate skin issues and leave hair malnourished.
Which is the exact opposite of what you seek to do with your romantic gift right?
Now we enter the beauty of natural products, which are made purely from materials found in nature – think shea butter, beeswax, soy, witch hazel, essential oils, and so on.
Fun fact: These ingredients naturally tend to be higher in Vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin and can soften beard hair.
This is why, at Raw Beauty Box, we love using natural ingredients in all our products, including our best-selling “Natural man” beard oil. Ingredients include Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, and Avocado Oil.
Our other beauty products follow the same all-natural vein, but we should also mention we’re proudly free of palm oil. Expanding palm plantations are one of the leading causes of deforestation today.
And that leads us to the second reason why natural beauty products are superior to commercial ones. They’re more sustainable for the environment and they eliminate those nasty chemicals from entering our waterways, protecting the blue planet we call home.
So, beyond them being a gift that gives back to the environment, we think natural beard care products make for a great romantic gift. They encourage your man to take some time out and recharge.
Self-care in our fast-paced world is becoming more and more important, but the truth is guys can need a little encouragement to indulge in it.
That’s why we think you should bundle the gift up with a romantic experience, such as a romantic pamper date night. That way you can show him first-hand the benefits of a little D.I.Y. spa sesh!
And so there you have it, hopefully, we’ve convinced you why beard care makes for a great Valentine’s gift for him.
If you want to get browsing, why not check out Raw Beauty Box’s range of natural grooming products here?
Happy gifting lovers!
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