Being hairy has never been hotter.
November is often dubbed as the boring in-between month, sitting pompous as the prelude to the festive season, and as a quiet aftertaste to the ending pumpkin-spice-packed rain season. Yet there is one very exciting reason to get geared up for the penultimate month of the year – and it’s facial hair.
That’s right. Every year, the Movember Foundation holds its annual month-long No Shave November or #Movember event, encouraging men to grow out their beards (or specifically their ‘stache), to tackle and bring attention to men’s health. It’s a global campaign that has been around for over a decade and a half now, raising awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide prevention. The idea is that you grow out your facial hair, and get people to sponsor it, whilst also saving all the money you would normally spend on shaving, and donating it to charity. As it turns out: bushy is beautiful, and even moreso when it’s for a good cause.
In the spirit of No Shave November, we’ve put together a list of our favourite beard grooming products of the moment. From nourishing shampoos and oils to maintenance and post-shave treatment, here’s everything you need to keep your facial insulation fur right in check.
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Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo & Conditioner
Think beard, think Bulldog. One of the first mainstream brands to really bring beard care into our drug stores, it comes as no surprise that the Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo & Conditioner (approx. THB 260/200 ml) is a real hit for the fuzzy upper lip. The 2-in-1 contains aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea, specially designed to leave your beard feeling soft, fresh, and deeply conditioned. An all-encompassing pump and swoop suitable for daily use.
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Lush Kalamazoo Beard Wash
Created to ‘keep things bright and bushy’, this Lush Kalamazoo Beard Wash (THB 599/90 grams) has been making the praising rounds on beardy blogs for a while now, and not just from Lush cult followers. The combination of fresh pineapple juice (zaps away dirt), almond oil (hydration), and apricot kernel oil (softening) is sure to make any furry face soft and strokeable in no time. Simply scoop the light cream gel out of its pot, massage onto beard, rinse, and pat dry.
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Penhaligon’s Sartorial Beard Oil
A classic choice for the modern gentleman, this Penhaligon’s Sartorial Beard Oil (approx. THB 2070/100 ml) does not only bring an old world British charm to any bathroom cabinet, but adds a classy touch and scent to any beard, too. The fast absorbing oil is made up of a blend of sunflower, grape seed, and wheat germ for those hydrating elements, whilst also being scented with Sartorial for an elegant whiff. Pairs perfectly with a tux and a good dress watch.
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Cartier L’envol de Cartier Scented Oil for Face & Beard
If you loved Cartier’s addictive L’Envol de Cartier fragrance, you’ll love this one even more. The L’envol de Cartier Scented Oil for Face & Beard (approx. THB 2000/28 ml) bears the same fragrant notes, reproduced as a light oil. Designed to smooth the skin and master the beard, in the words of the French brand, ‘like a magical potion, it lets your spirit soar to new heights.’
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Herbivore Beard Tonic Cedar & Bergamot
Gone are the days when Herbivore was mainly synonymous with face mists for girls. With the new Herbivore Beard Tonic Cedar & Bergamot (approx. THB 700/30 ml), the natural skincare brand combines plant oils to nourish the skin and beard, all the while bringing a charming scent of woodsy Cedar and tangy Bergamot. Natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, this one is a particularly popular choice for moustaches, too.
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Khiel’s Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil
Not everyone can grow a full-blown furry beard — Khiel’s understands. Made to soothe both light scruff or big beards, this Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil (approx. THB 885/30 ml) is infused with essential oils for a nourishing and calming aroma. Made with Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus, it’s true TLC for the face, with Pracaxi oil also adding a little exfoliation. Taming wild and coarse hairs, it’s also great for combatting dryness, and can be applied both morning and night.
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Tom Ford Beard Comb
Tom Ford himself is a true stylish beard icon, and so it comes as no surprise that his latest line of men’s grooming products does not disappoint. This Tom Ford Beard Comb (approx. THB 1200) is a handy must-have, gliding through the beard with fashionable finesse. Designed to be durable and easily portable, the beard comb smoothes unruly facial hair, leaving it looking well-kept and lustrous. Bonus points if you pair it with the Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla Conditioning Beard Oil.
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Siam Botanicals Pre-Shave Face Wash
And for when you do decide to shave… it’s always good to prep the skin before going in for a big shave, especially if you’ve donned a full beard for a long time. Thailand’s very own Siam Botanicals Pre-Shave Face Wash (THB 640/95 ml) makes for a fragrant and effective option, suitable for everyday use and everyday shaves, too. The all-natural face wash removes dirt and excess oil, preparing the skin for shaving soaps or foams used thereafter. Made with a combination of fruit oils, herbs, and aloe vera, it’s a soothing choice for a daily pre-shave pampering.
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Jack Jarvis Man of Siam Thai Ginger Zest Shaving Soap
Did you know that shaving soaps have been around since the early 18th century? Bringing a sense of this vintage charm with it, this Jack Jarvis Man of Siam Thai Ginger Zest Shaving Soap (THB 595/240 grams) adds a charming touch of Thailand to the shaving experience. Handcrafted by local artisan soap makers in Chiang Mai, the all-natural shaving soap contains ginger, clove, eucalyptus, sweet orange, pink grapefruit, and bergamot, making for a fragrant wet shave.
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Aesop Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion
You wouldn’t prep your beard and shave your beard and then just head out of the house. You are not an animal. You know post-shave lotions are a must. Regardless of whether it’s before a spritz of aftershave, or as its light-hearted substitute, this Aesop Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion (THB 1615) is designed to hydrate and balance the skin to avoid any nasty post-shave irritation. Made with sandalwood, neroli blossom, and panthenol, the lotion leaves the face with a light finish and toned skin. Handsome.
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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 9 November 2018.