Barrel Beard and Tattoo owner Jeremy Stanton was recently on our “Beering Impaired” podcast. If you’d like to hear more about his story and listen to everyone toss back a few beers, click here.
If there’s one thing beer geeks love, it’s barrel-aged beers. The barrels add so much character to the beers’ aroma, mouthfeel and taste. Brewers take a great product and give it an extra shove towards excellence by aging it in a barrel that previously held some type of spirit. Jeremy Stanton was already blending his own oils at home for use on his beard and tattoos, and as a craft beer geek he thought: “If it works for beer, let’s try it on my oils.” That thought is what turned his oil blending hobby into a full-blown business: Barrel Beard and Tattoo.
The business and its owner are both local, hailing from just across the river in Metro East Illinois. The barrels are also local, with the first batches being aged in 5 gallon JJ Neukomm Single Malt Barrels from Square One Brewery and Distillery. Future batches will find a home in barrels from St. Louis’ StilL 630 among others.
What exactly is “beard and tattoo oil?”
As a beard owner, while I was familiar with beard oil, I had never used such a product. In a nutshell, beard oil moisturizes facial hair and the skin beneath. It keeps your facial hair healthy and helps avoid dry skin which can cause flaking. Yeah, it sounds gross because it kinda is. For tattoos, the oils can again moisturize the skin and keep those high dollar designs looking bright and new for a long time.
“I own neither beard nor tattoo, Saint Brewis. I guess this is not for me.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa pretend consumer! Not so fast. Do you own hair? Do you own skin? Do you like to smell nice? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then this product is for you! I’ll let Jeremy expand on that:
We have many customers that do not have a beard or tattoo, but prefer our oil over other more common hair products on the market. They are also using it strictly as a moisturizing cologne/perfume. There are folks that simply hate dry skin or are dealing with a multitude of conditions that cause dryness, cracking, bleeding, etc and they are amazed at how well our oils help to sooth their symptoms. The uses really do go on and on. – Barrel Beard and Tattoo Owner, Jeremy Stanton
So…How do I use it?
It’s pretty simple to use, actually. The bottle’s lid is a dropper that allows you to measure out exactly how much oil you want to use. Apply the drops to your hand, rub your hands together and apply to your beard or skin. Jeremy explains it in a little more detail: “The volume of product used is definitely dependent on the size and volume of the beard, as well as personal preference. I always suggest that you start with about a dime’s worth (roughly 2 drops) in the palm of your hand and go up from there or cut back a bit if needed. Use too much and it will take too long to absorb. Use too little and you’ll be hunting for your bottle for a touch-up way too soon. You’ll also want to gauge this based on the scent and how much you love it. Again, it’s really up to the individual.”
Barrel Beard and Tattoo has two products currently available, Port Wine Coffee and Chocolate as well as Bourbon & Vanilla. We actually have used both of them over the past few weeks and have some definite thoughts.
I used the product on both my skin and my beard. I get dry skin on my hands and elbows and applied the oil to those areas and also used it on my facial hair daily. The oils definitely do what they claim to do. My beard was less flaky (I applied 4 drops each time because I liked the smell and the sheen) after a couple days of use. My skin stayed moisturized throughout the day although I did reapply when I got home. Strictly from a “this product is a moisturizing oil” standpoint, I was very pleased.
What I became almost addicted to was the aroma. I don’t wear cologne. I don’t use aftershave. I don’t use smelly lotions. However, with this being on my gosh darn face, smelling it throughout the day was unavoidable. When that’s the case, you bet your ass you want it to smell good. The Bourbon and Vanilla was awesome because it morphed over time. In the beginning it was big caramel and vanilla (my kids said I smelled like cookies). After a while it had some tobacco and subtle oak notes that balanced everything out. The Port Wine version was my personal favorite because it was a bit more earthy and complex. Dry oak and coffee blended with patchouli to create a soft yet rugged scent.
At the end of the day, both products worked as advertised and smelled amazing. The Bourbon and Vanilla is their best seller but the Port Wine was equally great in my opinion. While those are the only two bottles available now, keep your eyes peeled for some new scents to come in the near future.
If you scrolled down here without reading the above info, you missed out. I mean, I can’t make you go back up and read it but I strongly recommend it. If you did read the whole thing, honestly I can’t check that either. Whatever. Here’s the info for the giveaway:
Barrel Beard and Tattoo is giving FOUR bottles of their Bourbon & Vanilla to FOUR lucky winners! Each winner will receive one bottle. The giveaway ends Monday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm with the winners being notified by email on Tuesday, April 4th.
Feel the odds won’t be in your favor? Go to www.barrelbeardandtattoo.com to buy a bottle now! For all of you thrill-seekers, enter below.
About Barrel Beard and Tattoo: Barrel Beard & Tattoo is a line of small batch barrel aged oils meant to treat and protect your skin and hair. Made and barrel aged by hand by Jeremy, every bottle is inspected, filled and packaged with care.
Proprietary and constantly evolving, all of our oils include pure vitamin E oil and a blend of other natural oils that make your hair and skin look and feel healthy as well as protecting them from the elements.
While specifically developed by Jeremy to help maintain his tattoos and beard, the blend of oils in every bottle has a wealth of benefits far exceeding those uses. Our oils are excellent wherever you need extra moisturizing and can help stimulate hair growth, repair damaged hair and split ends, lighten scars and repair cracked skin, bring new life to old tattoos or keep your newly-healed ink preserved for years, smooth stretch marks, ease dermatitis and much more.