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Mountaineer Brand Goes to Nashville

This Friday, the Mountaineer Brand team is headed to Nashville, TN for the National Beard and Moustache Championships. This trip is special for many reasons, but the most important is that we are traveling as a family. I can't remember the last time I traveled with them, but I know that a great time will be had by all. 
Last year, Eric and Meredith traveled to Brooklyn, NY to spectate the competition. It was quite the show to see, as the picture above indicates. Seeing the competition inspired Eric. After months and months of thinking, careful selection of theme and attire, and lots of TLC to his beard, he did something that none of us ever dreamed he would do... 
He signed up to compete this year! 
We are so excited to cheer him on and offer our support, as well as promote our brand, which we truly love. 
Despite the planning and preparation for this event, Mr. Mountaineer requested that we give you fine folks a special offer. From now until Saturday, September 3 at midnight, EST, you will receive $5.00 off any order over $12.50. That's almost a half price beard oil or balm, so make sure you take advantage of this special offer while it lasts! 
To get the offer, simply add your desired items to the cart and enter NASHVILLE5 at checkout. You must enter the code to get the deal. 
Also, we are still running our back to school special until the end of the month. Orders that are $40.00 or more will receive 20% off the total price. To redeem this offer, follow the same instructions listed above and enter BACK2SCHOOL20 at checkout. 
Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram @mountaineerbrand for pictures of our upcoming adventure!
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Mountaineer Brand Beard Wash Rated in Top 10 of 2016

 

How exciting! Mountaineer Brand Timber Beard Wash was rated #8 in the Best Beard Washes of 2016. This is definitely something of which we are extremely proud. 

https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-beard-washes

The video states that WV Timber is not very well suitable for those prone to very dry skin, and this is correct, however we formulated our WV Pine Tar Wash for that specific reason. Pine Tar has healing properties to moisturize and smooth the skin beneath the beard, and when paired with our WV Pine Tar balm, it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

 

https://www.mountaineerbrand.com/collections/beard-washes-shampoos/products/b

If you aren't so tender skinned, all of our washes are a great choice to keep your beard squeaky clean and smelling fresh. 

https://www.mountaineerbrand.com/collections/beard-washes-shampoos

 

 

 

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How to Cure Beardruff: Shawn Burns Gives the Scoop on How To Prevent It

Okay, I have a confession to make...

 

Back when I started growing a beard in my early 20's I thought it was the worst thing ever and to be quite honest, made me wonder why men who had beards would put up with this dry and itchy feeling on their face all day.  

 Sure I was growing a beard to be "cool", but I was constantly irritated by how uncomfortable the entire process was.  So needless to say, I would grow a beard for a couple of months and then shave it off after I had enough of the discomfort.  Wash, rinse, and repeat several years later, I am now a proud beardsman that discovered that this extreme discomfort could be easily avoided with just a simple product:

 Beard oil (or beard balm)!

 So here's the deal:

 I fell into the trap, like many men, and felt it was just one of those things that you need to buckle down and "be a man" and deal with it.  Even worse, I used to think beardruff (i.e. dandruff on your beard), was just one of those things.

 However, while a little older and fortunately a bit wiser, I was able to finally discover the benefits of beard oil and balms.  Beard oils and balms help to completely get rid of beardruff and that dreaded beard itch of which, will make growing an epic beard even more comfortable than before.

 That's why I want to talk about beard oils and balms in this post, and specifically some of the great ones that Mountaineer Brand offers that rank right up there with some of the best beard oils on the market.

 While we will cover a few important aspects of beard oils and balms in just a minute, it’s important to understand why your beard may feel dry, itchy, and perhaps even experience the occasional occurrence of beardruff.

 To understand beardruff, we need to take a closer look at what is happening on the surface of your skin.

 At the base of every single one of your beard follicles you have these tiny little glands called sebaceous glands.  These tiny glands produce an oil naturally throughout the course of a day called sebum oil.  Sebum oil's main role for your body is to primarily keep your skin well nourished and moisturized.

 With the moisture provided by the sebum oil, your skin will appear smoother and much more comfortable.

 But here's the kicker:

 As your beard begins to grow out, the hair follicles of your beard will absorb more and more sebum oil.  What's worse is that your sebaceous glands are finite in size.  Therefore they are unable to increase the production of sebum oil as your beard gets longer.

Therefore as more and more sebum oil is required from your beard as it lengthens, there will be a point that it just simply can't keep up and your beard will start to dry out your skin.

 The first signs of the need for a beard oil or balm will be the follicles feel a bit more brittle in nature (typically a month worth of growth).  Shortly after brittleness, you will then want to itch your beard, then ultimately followed up with flaking of your skin.

 So how does a beard oil or balm work?

 To get right to the point, beard oils and balms will deliver a plethora of moisture that supplement your sebaceous glands.  

 To further understand this process, it’s important to look at what’s listed on the side of the label:

 

Core Ingredients Within Beard Oils and Balms

The majority of any beard oil and balm will contain a carrier oil of sorts.

 Take for instance the Mountaineer WV Timber beard oil.  The core carrier oils listed include grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and castor oil.  These carrier oils deliver a much needed splash of moisture and nourishment to your skin and beard.

 Scent wise, carrier oils by themselves are largely muted scents, typically evoking very light nut or seed tones.

 These oils are completely all natural and are typically safe for most skin types - although when introducing any new product to your daily regimen, it’s always important to do an allergy patch test prior to application.

 So for just about any given beard oil on the market, the mixture itself will largely contain about 90% carrier oils and the remainder will be essential oils.

 Unlike carrier oils, essential oils are the life of any beard oil mixture.

 Therefore if you are looking for a beard oil with a rich mixture of clove and citrus, then this one by Mountaineer will make a fine selection.  On the flipside, if you are feeling adventurous and try something new - check out WV Coal in order to get a unique blend of sage, peppermint, and patchouli.

 As you can see scents for beard oils and balms go all over the place and is definitely an area of your grooming routine that you can really have fun with.

 Now if you are not a fan of scented products, that's completely fine too!  There are beard oils for every nose, including unscented ones.

 But look:

 Scents are only one side of essential oils and their reasoning for being in beard oil to begin with.

 While carrier oils may provide some awesome hydration benefits, essential oils are going to also deliver an additional level of skin care benefits.  For instance, peppermint oil is a completely all natural way to help ward off the prevalence of acne along with helping to promote hair growth.  To find out the benefits of any essential oil is easy - just simply search "[essential oil] + benefits" and check out what these oils can do!

 So, Where To Go From Here?

 As you can see from above, the two core ingredients found in both balms and oils will help to provide a new level of comfort when growing a beard.  

 Simply put:

 These all natural ingredients work to provide the moisture necessary to grow out an epic beard and a plethora of other skin care benefits through the use of essential oils.

 If you are on the fence about investing in a beard oil or balm, don't hesitate any longer.  Pick up an awesome beard care product from Mountaineer Brand today!

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Our Social Media Sites

Most of you know that we have a Facebook, and if you are one of the people that have "liked" our page and follow our posts, thank you! Facebook is a great way for us to communicate with our following, as well as provide fun, exciting and entertaining content for everyone to enjoy. Right now we are having a REALLY awesome contest with 6 prize giveaways (It ends Friday, so you may want to check it out now). We have more than just this, though. Each social media page provides different content than the others. Sometimes one site may have a contest or giveaway that another one doesn't. That's why we encourage you to check out each one! 
Here you will see funny retweets, interesting articles we want to share, information about upcoming sales and promotions, and lots more. The link to follow is below. 
This is the life of Mountaineer Brand in pictures. Lots of pictures. We love it when our customers send us hashtag love, so a lot of times we send the love right back and share their image on our page. Our audience makes us who we are. They are the face of Mountaineer Brand, and that's what you'll see here. We also have special contests and giveaways exclusive to our Instagram followers, so you don't want to miss out! 
Our YouTube channel is fairly new, so it's still a work in progress, but there are a lot of cool videos for the bearded (and unbearded) community to enjoy. We started off with "beard consultations" and then moved into discussing specific topics, such as: 
  • What it takes to grow a beard
  • FAQs
  • Brush vs. Comb
  • Beards & Tattoos
  • Beards & Bourbon
  • How To
And there are many more to come! Some are still in the works of being edited, so be patient with us. We have, however, committed to post every Monday and plan to post more frequently with a bigger audience. 
Snapchat is BRAND NEW! Like today, brand new. This is just for fun. So far it's been a behind the scenes look at what goes on at Mountaineer Brand. It will also be a tool for announcing new products, contests, promotions and more. If you have a Snapchat, go ahead and add us. We promise to serve as a form of entertainment, because there is never a dull moment round these parts!
Username: Mtneerbrand 
As a way of thanking you for your continued support, go to the website and use the code SOCIALMEDIA20 when you checkout for 20 percent off of your entire purchase. Discount will end Friday 7/15.
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West Virginia Strong

On June 23, 2016 three counties in our home state experienced severe flooding. This natural disaster damaged or destroyed more than 1,200 homes, leaving families devastated and without the means necessary to thrive. Aside from the material and emotional damage, this flood caused 23 confirmed fatalities. These people lost everything. The place they called home is now hell, but our hometown of Martinsburg has come together to make it "almost heaven" again. 
          
I learned of the flooding while browsing through my Facebook news feed. I read countless articles and saw numerous pictures of the damage and devastation that was caused. I sat in complete disbelief that such a terrible thing happened to my beautiful home state. I feared for my family from Charelston, located in Kanawaha County, which is one of the areas affected. Simply put, my heart was breaking for all of those people. Just hours later, my hometown came together to offer a helping hand. 
Travis Bishop, owner of Tannermans Trading Company, orchestrated a humanitarian mission by collecting and personally delivering donation items from the community. The amount of donations received in the first few hours was astounding. Travis and his crew immediately loaded up all of the items and traveled to Clendenin, WV to offer relief. While they were in the field of disaster, our community continued to generously donate. Some even followed suit and traveled to offer their assistance hands on, making trips back and forth to deliver the items that these people so desperately needed. 
          
When I asked Travis about his experience, not once did he complain about the back and forth travel, the sleepless nights or the excruciating heat. His response was rather heartening. Travis said, "My highlight is meeting some very simple people who are very conservative and respectful to their fellow citizens. They are very mindful of others as we encourage to take plenty for each of the family members". He also added that they lived very modestly, not requiring much to live, and that he was a bit jealous of the simplicity of it all. "It truly makes you take a good look at yourself....This experience has been such a blessing to me and so many others. We've all shared stories, hugs, tears and encouragement".
My hometown has made me so very proud. This is the true definition of teamwork, dedication and selflessness. With people like this, southern West Virginia will be restored to it's former beauty. 
Almost heaven, West Virginia 
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