A box of goodies recently arrived from The Mod Cabin that is the perfect combination of products for me, a big, bald, bearded dude, so it is quite likely that they will be pretty darn close to perfect for many of the men reading this. We’re talking about a couple new grooming (beard) oils, a tin of mustache wax, two kinds of aftershave, a gnarly looking bar of soap, and something entirely new to me that comes in a squirt-top bottle called “cleansing oil.”
These little brown vials contain the secret to a healthy, manageable beard. The Mod Cabin uses argan and jojoba oils, both of which have been used by women for ages to keep their lengthy locks from breaking and getting seriously tangled, and therefore, damaged. These rather luxurious oils can also be used as a pre-shave to help minimize skin irritation, or as a conventional aftershave.
As the Ridge Runner oil warms in your hand, scents of sweet lime and bitter orange spring to life followed by warm hints of clove and notes of toasted vanilla and caramel. The overall scent is masculine, yet inviting and warm. If the “strong, silent type” had a signature scent, Ridge Runner would be it.
The Miner’s Mint grooming oil, on the other hand, is a bit more assertive. Up front, Miner’s Mint is musky, but not overbearingly so. This forenote is brightened up a bit by the fresh scent of spearmint. At the very tail-end, there is a hint of bourbon that is borderline intoxicating. The combination of the three scents is all man, all the time. This is easily one of my favorite scents.
The Mod Cabin Mustache Wax is the king of control. With its beeswax base, it is considerably stiffer than your average pomade and way beyond a beard balm. Whether it’s a set of handlebars you seek or merely an attempt at being well kempt, this wax can manage it.
Backwoods Aftershave – This manly mix of aloe vera, witch hazel, cedarwood, fir needle, and vetiver essential oils is brisk and revitalizing when splashed across freshly shaven skin. The witch hazel helps reduce inflammation while the aloe vera aids in moisturizing. This aftershave is alcohol-free, and leaves your skin feeling cool and tight.
Miner’s Mint Aftershave – Like its Backwoods brother, this aftershave, with its spearmint and vanilla essential oils comes on strong but almost immediately softens into a fragrance that is both masculine and sweet. This is my go-to after shaving my giant dome.
Until the box of goodies containing this oil arrived, the idea of applying an oil to my flesh as a means of cleaning was one that never actually occurred. For soft, almost glowing, skin, however, you cannot go wrong with The Mod Cabin’s Cleansing Oil. I rub a little in on my cheeks and forehead (the only part of my face not covered by beard) and then rinse it off in the shower. It’s super easy, and it feels like a special treat.