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Are you manly enough for The Beard Club? According to The Beard Club, a full beard is an indicator of manliness and virility. While there is some historical support for this claim—in some traditions, a man can’t marry until he can grow a beard—The Beard Club presupposes a brotherhood of bearded men whose virility and masculinity is unmatched by shaved faces.
The purpose of this review is to help you determine whether or not a subscription to The Beard Club is for you.
What Makes The Beard Club Unique?
Founded in 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA, by Chris Stoikos, who is also the bearded frontman in most of their advertising, The Beard Club started life as the Dollar Beard Club in response to the Dollar Shave Club. In fact, their first advertisement was a blatant parody of the shave club’s original ad.
Happily, for the bearded, The Beard Club has outgrown its spoofing history, and current advertising focuses on the product and the customer. However, if you don’t have a sense of humor, you might find yourself put off by the advertising and the language of the website. For example, the website describes their branding products as “sick beard swag,” and a recent ad claims that growing a beard will save the world from disposable razor landfills.
The Club offers a variety of beard care, growth, and grooming products. All of the products are carefully selected and crafted to include only all natural ingredients.
How the Signup Process Works
Joining The Beard Club is a simple, six-step process. Once you click on one of the many “start here” or “join now” buttons on the webpage, you will be sent to the Oils page, where you select from the two offered oils. Each option features a description of the product, with an ingredient list.
Continuing to step two will have you browsing the balms, creams, and other Essentials for beard care. Again, each item offers s a description of benefits and an ingredient list.
Step three features the shampoo and body wash. Growth accelerators are found at step four. The final step in product selection is the accessories page. The combs and brushes found on this page are, with one exception, made from natural materials. The one unnatural comb, the stainless steel option, has a built-in bottle opener—another sign of the tongue-in-cheek humor found on the site.
Finally, the shipping and billing information is the last step.
Once you have completed the checkout process, your box will be packed and shipped. Accessories, like combs and brushes, are not part of the recurring subscription package. You will receive an email notification when your order hits the warehouse and another when it has shipped. Packaging usually takes one to three days, and shipping can take up to seven days (14 days for shipments to Canada).
Each month, on your renewal date, your monthly box will be shipped to you. Your renewal date is the date you made your first order. If your first order was made on the 13th, then the 13th of each month will be your renewal date. You can change your renewal date from your member profile. The member profile page is also where you can change the items in your subscription box.
How It Compares
We compared The Beard Club to several other beard care subscription boxes and found that item for item, dollar for dollar, the Beard Club is one of the best values.
They also offer a discount for multiple months paid in advance. Getting a box full of items that you don’t or won’t use seems to us to be of very little value.
A third beard based subscription box features a fancy membership card and a one-ounce bottle of beard oil. This service does offer multiple levels of membership. We aren’t convinced that a fancy membership card is worth the extra thirteen bucks a month.
Do beard oils work?
- Beard oils do indeed soften the texture and feel of the beard. Frequently beard oils will also soothe itchy skin and eliminate dandruff and other skin conditions. As for stimulating beard growth, WebMd states that beard oils will not, by themselves, stimulate facial hair growth.
What is the best beard growth product?
- While no product is guaranteed to grow facial hair on every face, the natural ingredients in The Beard Club’s growth products are the closest to the real deal as any non-chemical hair growth stimulant can be.
Do beard vitamins work?
- As stated above, the natural ingredients of the supplement supplied by The Beard Club are very similar to the hair growth stimulant in our bodies. The amount and quality of facial hair your body creates is largely based on genetics.
Is It Worth It For Me?
If you aren’t sure that you want to have a full beard or if a clean-shaven face is your preference, then The Beard Club is not for you.
If you already have a good beard started, and you want to keep it looking clean and fresh, then The Beard Club is an excellent choice for you.
If you are interested in trying some proven products to keep your beard in the best condition, then join The Beard Club. If you join, please share your experience with us in the comments section below.
Overall, The Beard Club appears to supply all that they promise—and they do it with a cheeky, pun intended, sense of humor.