Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For My Beardy Beloved - The Blade Shunners Beard Kit

When it comes to picking gifts for blokes for Valentine’s Day I’m guessing it’s pretty tricky. I know I’m a nightmare to buy for so today I’ll be showing off the For My Beardy Beloved - The Blade Shunners Beard Kit.


The kit by male grooming peeps Menrock was sent to my other half and in the absence of any signs of a beard on her it was passed to me to give it a try. Over the last twelve months I have been growing a beard on and off, I go through phases where I like the beard but then it gets too long, looks messy and feels itchy and wiry. 

Add into the mix friends who point out the one or two white hairs in my beard constantly and threats of having the hair pulled with tweezers - yep, the razor tends to come out!

At the moment I haven’t shaved for nearly four weeks and have the start of a pretty decent beard I think so there was no better time to have this appear in the house. So what is the beard kit? Well, to be honest it makes the perfect male grooming gift for anyone sporting a beard - it has not just Menrock beard wash, it also has a beard balm, moustache wax and a beard comb. As a nice touch my box also came with a mini pack of Love Heart sweets as a nod to the upcoming date.



The pictures below show the products that come in a stylish little box. You can buy the kit for £22.10 from Amazon here if what you read inspires you.

This is what Menrock say about the kit:

‘Growing stubble is easy... you just dodge the razor! However, maintaining the follicle forest is a different story. This ace gift boxed beard kit (the 'For My Beardy Beloved' box to give it its proper title - yes we are pleased with that one!) contains everything a blade shunner needs to keep his beard in tip-top shape. 


The kit includes both a Men Rock Beard Soap (100ml) and the lovely 'a little goes a long way' Men Rock Soothing Beard Balm (100ml), some gorgeous Men Rock Sandalwood Styling Wax and a little pack of Love Heart Sweets. It's everything you need for perfect whisker formation and comes gift boxes with a little pack of thank you Love Hearts as standard.’




For me the first thing was to get the lids off the balm, wax and wash to have a good sniff. I expected subtle earthy tones from the Oak Moss but what I got was something more like sandalwood - with such a strong fragrance, almost over-powering, in an instant I had a flashback to a barbershop in my youth, the smell was identical. I love the smell, and the fact that it doesn’t linger is a massive plus as it doesn’t alter the fragrance of other products. 

If you don’t like earthy, mossy or sandalwood then steer well clear - you have been warned.

The beard wash is brilliant - it lathers up well, has the fragrance mentioned above and doesn’t dry out my skin. In fact, in the days that I have been using it I have noticed more of a shine to my beard and it feels smoother. Applying the balm after washing is really easy and it spreads across the face without an hassle, drying into the beard almost instantly. 

After using both for a day or so (one wash of the beard and two applications of the balm) I have noticed subtle differences to the feel of my beard. There is no itch around my neck and chin (and its due considering the length) and it still feels smoother. I have to say it does still feel a little wiry but I expect that to change as I use the product more.

I smiled when I was presented with the box, smiled more when I opened it and realised that it contained beard balm (a product just that day I had said I had wanted to try) and am still smiling after using it. In gift terms you can’t argue with that, particularly as it won’t break the bank at just over £20.

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*Hopefully in a few more weeks I will be able to use the comb and wax to style some beardy weirdy shapes!  

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40 comments:

  1. I am glad the Sandalwood does fade rather quickly as it is quite potent, that said, it is a great kit and totally worth the money, if just for the comb x

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  2. What a great gift idea for Valentine's, my other half would love this. Thanks for sharing x

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  3. Perfect gift for the bearded gent - or one with aspirations to be! The inclusion of the Love Hearts is a super sweet touch - literally! Tx

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    1. The Love Hearts lasted approximately two minutes. It took 90 seconds to open them lol

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  4. Love this kit, it's a great gift idea for the bearded man in your life!

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  5. Good for bday or Vday presents! My husband once did movember, and kept the ridiculously maintained thing till January, using the comb and wax and everything!

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  6. Great kit for valentines day.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  7. This is a great gift idea! My grandad like a good groom and would very much appreciate this :) xxx

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  8. Love it! This would go down a treat as a present for sure!

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  9. What a great gift idea, definitely one the man in my life would appreciate! xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  10. This sounds like a great gift box :)

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  11. Follicle forest - I love it! We love beards here, husband has a very mighty beard indeed ;)

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  12. Sounds good! It would make a great gift!

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  13. Very nicely presented gift set, my OH is not beardy so be no good for him though!

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  14. Looks like a great product. I'm a huge fan of any beard-related ointments!

    Ben | www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com

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  15. definitely looks like a good gift!

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  16. What a great looking kit. It's a really good price too - perfect Valentine's present.

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  17. Oh if only my OH would grow a beard! ... this would be a kit I would gladly give.

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  18. This is awesome! It will make an amazing gift! Bookmarked! :-)

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    1. Ged - have now been using the wash and balm for five days and my beard is stupidly soft with no hints of itching due to the length of the hair. Well worth a punt.

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  19. This sounds like a great little kit and such a good gift idea! :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Looks like a lovely kit, but unfortunately I don't know anyone with a beard :) Love the packaging though

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  21. This is definitely something I should get for my boyfriend aka beard master! Great post :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

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  22. I'll have to show this to my friend! Her hubby would love this!

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  23. Oooo bookmarks this for my dad - I always struggle for gifts for him

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  24. don't fear the tweezers....why spoil your now beautifully groomed beard with an annoying grey hair? until its all completely grey you can't rock the silver fox look.

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    1. You should have written that to the tune of Blue Oyster Cult......"Baby don't fear the tweezers rather than Reaper"....

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    2. Is exactly what I thought. But cover version by one of metallica. X

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  25. Interesting gift. My husband will only sport a beard when on holiday - so I don't think it would ever get long enough to make use of a kit like this. I do like sandalwood though!

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  26. I'm trying to talk my husband out of growing a beard as it really doesn't suit him ;-)

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  27. This looks like a great kit and would be a perfect gift for my husband who wings between beardy face and no beard. x

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  28. My hubs can't grow a beard to save his life, but he sure has tried lol

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  29. My Mark could sure use a kit like this. I think it would make a lovely gift as its presentation is beautiful.

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  30. I got hubby something similar for christmas, I can't bear it when he grows a beard

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  31. ooo this would be a great gift whatever the occasion. love how its presented

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  32. sounds like a great gift for my fiance

    http://elizabethkathrynx.blogspot.com/

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  33. A lovely gift set at a great price too. The Mr has a beard at the moment and I actaully love it!

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  34. great idea! my bf will love this. 😭

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  35. No sign of a beard on the missus? lmao! That made me chuckle. I'm about 6 weeks into growing my first beard and am in need of buying some kit to be honest. I might give this a whirl. Thanks for sharing.

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