Our take on “Utility Oils”

We get it; men like it simple when it comes to their grooming regimen. Preferring one product that can be tasked with more than one duty. We embrace this with many of our products where it makes sense; where each task is performed well and you get the best results for everything it does.

It seems there is trend out there of a grooming product collectively referred to as Utility Oils. Utility oils perform the duties of beard oil, shaving oil and skin moisturizing oil. Sounds great, right? Well, when it comes to soaps, shampoo, many creams and lotions such multitasking is sensible. A good body wash can work well as a shampoo. Even our shampoo bars can be awesome body bars. But when it comes to beard oil and shaving oil there are very distinct properties that you should be looking for in each that are at opposing ends of the spectrum.

The best beard oils are light and thin. They will spread easily and evenly through your beard and absorb more quickly into the skin as well. On the other hand, an ideal shaving oil will be thick and viscous. It should become a barrier between the razor and the skin, creating a slick surface for the razor to glide upon. Although it being an oil, it will still absorb into the skin and moisturize; but it will also feel greasy if used as a lotion.

A utility oil is either a beard oil tasked with being a shaving oil, a shaving oil you can use on your beard or a blend of the two. One may think a blend would do the trick but when you think it through you are actually getting a thinned down shaving oil that works as a thickened beard oil. Tasking one to work as the other means it is only doing one job well. Why pay for a product that only does one job well in place of buy 2 products that do their respective jobs very well independently?

An answer may be that it is less expensive while keeping down the clutter in your bathroom. And here is the GOTCHA! – these utility oils are often more expensive than buying an oil for each task. A 2 ounce bottle of a “premium” utility oil can run $40 to $80 anywhere you go. The average 1 ounce bottle of beard oil is about $20, most shaving oils are about the same for a 2 ounce bottle. In our case, each will run about $16 each and come in the same sizes.

Quality of the oils is also important. Castor oil is the ideal oil to use for a shaving oil. It is also one of the cheapest oils used in grooming products. That is why a shaving oil can be twice the size for the same price as a beard oil. A premium beard oil will use mostly argan, almond, apricot and avocado oils to give the performance punch. By the way, if your beard oil does not have at least 2 of those in greater proportion, you should find a better beard oil.

The biggest factor into pricing of any of these products is marketing and pricing to match a desired image. If we get down to the core, with all parts being equal, you are paying more for less with a utility oil. The only thing you are saving is space on your bathroom counter, or wherever you would store your grooming wares.

J&L Pogonotrophics’ Shaving Oil [2 scents, 2oz. $16] and Beard Oil [3 formulas, 17 scents, 1oz. $16]

We provide 3 great formulas of beard oils that vary in viscosity to target the best conditioning you may need. Separately we offer an amazing Shaving Oil that stays slick as a foundation to a great close shave. For skin conditioning we offer Junk Oil as an wholly different beast as well as varying skin lotion formulas. Save the money, give up a little space and do yourself a favor and buy your beard and shaving oils separately. You are likely not needed them both on a daily basis anyway.

Glycerin should never be in your beard oil!

When looking into recipes and ingredients of beard oil, from DIYers to major brands you will quite often find glycerin listed as an ingredient.

Often used in numerous skin and hair care products for its hydrating properties. Glycerin attracts moisture, that is the job it performs. It also helps move that moisture from one place to another. In lotions, soaps and conditioners it will carry the moisture of the product and transfer it to your skin or hair. With hair conditioners it is rinsed out after application limiting the ability to pull moisture from your hair. With a beard oil being designed to work as a leave in conditioner, if it were to contain glycerin it will begin to drain your beard of the moisture it needs. This can lead to dry, brittle hair. Some consumers will assume they need to use more of their beard oil which will only make it worse.

I have encountered many gentlemen that have used certain major brands that are known for using glycerin in their beard oil. These gents clearly stated that beard oil does not work because of their experience using such low quality oils. It also taints their opinion of all beard oils as they are unaware that better oils exist that do not use glycerin. Often it is too late, and the damage is done to their beard as well as to beard oil being considered a beneficial product for their beard hair.

Whether these other brands use it because they feel it is a benefit or they consider it an inexpensive filler ingredient doesn’t matter. It shows they lack knowledge of hair care science and have not done their research.

We here at J&L Pogonotrophics have never used glycerin in any of our beard oil formulas. We rely strictly upon the awesome powers of pure natural oils that work well to condition your beard. We formulate specialized formulas to help you get the right level of conditioning for your beard. We also offer our beard oils at a price lower than these so called “premium” beard oils. You have to ask yourself what makes a beard oil premium…

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Bamboo Boar Bristle Beard Brushes are Back!

New J&L Pogonotrophics Brand Beard Brush

We love alliteration!

It has been out of stock since last holiday season as we were looking for a more reliable supplier. We hope to have these back in our store by July 12. We decided to be a little vain and place our logo on the back this time.

The base is made from bamboo which gives a strong hard wood that is more moisture resistant than common hardwoods. As with the previous edition, this military style palm brush contains 100% boar’s hair bristles.

Check back to get yours before they are gone again.

 

Us vs Them: Beard Oil

Them: “Big Name Brand” commonly found online and in select barbershop chains.

30ml / 1 oz bottle of beard oil. $20 – $35

  • 7 Scents – base formula varies by scent, but not specialized for any special benefit to the user.
  • Best base oil used: Argan, & Jojoba. Uses “cheap” filler oils (oils with little or no hair conditioning benefits or have a high rancidity factor) such as Castor  & Olive Oil. Other beneficial oils used: Almond, Safflower, Grapeseed
  • Filled into clear glass bottles – does not provide UV protection

Us: “Little Specialty Brand” with a hard to pronounce name.

30ml / 1 oz bottle of beard oil. All are $15

  • 10+ scents, each available in 3 specialized formulas that target light, medium and heavy conditioning needs.
  • Best Base oil used: Organic Argan & Organic Jojoba. No Castor or Olive Oil, no “filler” oils are used. Other beneficial oils used: Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Babassu, Coconut, Grapeseed (use and quantity varies by formula to focus on the unique strengths of each oil).
  • Filled into dark blue glass bottles – provides UV protection to allow your oil to last longer without going rancid.

It is important to know what is in your beard oil. Not everything other brands will use are genuinely good for your skin or hair, nor worthy of the price they charge. With J&L Pogonotrophics, each formula is specially blended with 100% beneficial oils designed to give the right level of conditioning your beard needs.

Do not buy oil in clear bottles. Tinted glass bottles are the first line of defense against a natural oil’s enemy – light. Colored glass costs the same as clear, so why not protect your customers purchase?

We could charge more for our products, by using the highest quality ingredients that are in their purest forms; and using only natural and essential oils for fragrance. We strongly feel that charging a fair price helps you to use them as intended as part of a regular care regimen. By being a comparative value allows more men to have access to quality products for conditioning and grooming their facial hair. We sincerely want you to Be Epic and show it every day. We want you to feel great knowing you are using a quality product that is made by bearded gents who have thoroughly tested every product they make and sell to ensure it performs as intended.