#1

Merchant
Central Maine
I hope it's OK to post this here. If not, you have my apology. Just let me know and I'll move it to my thread in the artisan section. But it just seemed to make sense to post this here.

I've had a few inquiries about selling my Acadian Spice scent for the use in beard oil. Since it's my pure scent base a tiny bit would go a long way.

First question: Are there folks who would be interested in buying it? I suppose I'm asking if there is a market for it?

The scent that I use for my splash (discussed above) is a water/alcohol base and we all know how that mixes with oil. Or I assume it mixes the way we think it does. I have a version that I needed to make for my shave soap that is composed of all EOs. It's far more concentrated and of course it will mix with oil just fine. It would be more expensive but you'd get that back in longevity of the product. Would there be an interest in this over the water/alcohol version? Another advantage would be the ability to ship it worldwide.

Would you prefer a finished beard oil product?

I'm not taking orders at this time, but is it something that you would buy and which one of the 3? Please weigh in on it either way.

I'm not promising anything, all of this is just exploratory.

Thanks guys!
Brian. Lover of SE razors. Maker of Krampert's Finest Products.
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#2

Merchant
Central Maine
Thanks! That tells me what I needed to know.
Brian. Lover of SE razors. Maker of Krampert's Finest Products.
#3

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
(07-08-2015, 12:34 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Thanks! That tells me what I needed to know.

keep in mind that this forum is still new so it's probably not the best place to gauge interest in bringing a product to the market.

you know I love your bay rum scent..I think it would be great if it was readily available as a fragrance so people can add it to their products if they want to.
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#4
Even though I haven't a beard, I do sport a handlebar moustache which I do condition. I've been using a balm type of product, but I'd be more than happy to give an oil a go!
#5

Master Saponifier
Arizona
An alcohol base would evaporate and harm the hairs in doing so, so it would by definition of the product, need to be EO based.
Wet Shaving Products
Makers of Natural Grooming Products - Shave Against the Grain
#6

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
(08-19-2015, 09:18 PM)wetshavingproducts Wrote: An alcohol base would evaporate and harm the hairs in doing so, so it would by definition of the product, need to be EO based.

interesting...I didn't know that.
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#7

Master Saponifier
Arizona
Yup. http://www.livestrong.com/article/276802...s-on-hair/

Ethanol will do the same thing.
Wet Shaving Products
Makers of Natural Grooming Products - Shave Against the Grain
#8
(07-05-2015, 04:52 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I hope it's OK to post this here. If not, you have my apology. Just let me know and I'll move it to my thread in the artisan section. But it just seemed to make sense to post this here.

I've had a few inquiries about selling my Acadian Spice scent for the use in beard oil. Since it's my pure scent base a tiny bit would go a long way.

First question: Are there folks who would be interested in buying it? I suppose I'm asking if there is a market for it?

The scent that I use for my splash (discussed above) is a water/alcohol base and we all know how that mixes with oil. Or I assume it mixes the way we think it does.  I have a version that I needed to make for my shave soap that is composed of all EOs. It's far more concentrated and of course it will mix with oil just fine. It would be more expensive but you'd get that back in longevity of the product. Would there be an interest in this over the water/alcohol version? Another advantage would be the ability to ship it worldwide.

Would you prefer a finished beard oil product?

I'm not taking orders at this time, but is it something that you would buy and which one of the 3? Please weigh in on it either way.

I'm not promising anything, all of this is just exploratory.

Thanks guys!

Brian, I love your products and I think I'd love the EO/oil based beard oil.  I grow a beard around (Canadian) Thanksgiving and generally keep it until Christmas and this year will be the first year I'm trying Beard Oil.  I'm interested to see if my wife likes it any better oiled!
#9

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
I have a pretty big beard running...6 months untrimmed, kept short for the past 20 years or so. I use beard oil religiously. Here is my $.02 which, after taxes, is not worth a whole lot...

First...alcohol is bad for beards. VERY bad. It makes the hair dry and brittle, leads to tangles, and will dry out and chaff the skin underneath, all of which is the exact opposite of what you want from a beard oil.

Second...there are a LOT of companies out there making beard oil. MOST of them are pretty good. Some are garbage. If you are bringing something new to the table, then it will be appreciated and sell. If you are making "just another beard oil", it will very likely get lost in the mix. Most "beardsmen" don't look to shaving supply companies for beard care products. They are mutually exclusive in most cases. I admit...I'm special. Take that to mean whatever you want...Wink

At the end of the day, offering a high quality beard oil as supplemental product to your existing customers, you might do OK. Trying to corner a piece of the beard oil market is almost certainly doomed to fail. There are simply too many really good companies that specialize in what is essentially a niche market.

Just as I don't buy Proraso beard balm, I don't buy blades and shave oil from The Bearded Bastard (yes, he makes a shave oil). I buy shaving cream from Proraso and beard oil from The Bearded Bastard.

Since you already have a good scent mix, you won't lose anything by experimenting with a good carrier oil base and applying your scents to a beard oil. But if you are expecting to double your sales from it, you will probably be disappointed.

The last aspect I wanted to mention is this:

Making beard oil is not rocket science. A little bit of research easily reveals good mixtures for carrier oils that are healthy for hair and skin. Another quick search will reveal lots of quality essential oil recipes for scents and performance. A lot of beardsmen are making their own because it is so simple. Wax, balm and oil are all very easy to mix, and aside from initial investment in EO stock and mixing containers...it isn't expensive.

Please don't take this as me trying to knock your ideas because that's not my intention. I am simply trying to give you a little insight from someone that has been purchasing, using, and yes, mixing, beard oils for the last couple years...
-Chris~Head Shaver~
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#10

Merchant
Los Angeles
Chris, this was actually very well thought through and I am sure will be helpful. Thanks!
Seva the Soap Schmoozer
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