What is the "Bandholz" beard, you ask? It's a style made famous by Eric Bandholz, the owner of Beardbrand (hence the name!). It's big, it's bushy, and it's glorious.
Why are we featuring this beard style for the November of Beards? To us, this style shows a full-bodied embracing of the beard lifestyle and it deserves all the respect.
To grow the Bandholz beard, you need a lot of patience, since amassing such an epic display of masculinity can take months. You'll also need to take care of your beard on the regular.
With a beard this long, combing becomes a necessity. Longer beard hairs can grow out in every direction, either leaving you looking sloppy or patchy. Neither one is a good look on any man. Something as simple as remembering to comb your beard every so often can work wonders. Not only does it get all your glorious hairs pointing in the same direction, it also makes sure there's nothing stuck in your beard (yuck!), and helps distribute your natural oils along all your beard hairs.
We hope this goes without saying, but please also wash your beard. Like any hair on your body, your beard gets dirty and needs to be cleaned. Just like you wouldn't skip shampooing the hair on the top of your head, you can't skip washing your beard.
In addition to combing and washing your beard, you'll want to supplement your face's natural oils with a high quality beard oil. This helps to avoid annoying issues like dandruff and split ends, and can help alleviate any dry skin you get under your beard. As an added benefit, it will make your beard look fuller and shinier.
Finally, no beauty tip would be complete without a reminder to take care of your health. Your hair and skin are a reflection of your health, so making sure you're getting enough exercise, drinking plenty of water, and eating a nutritious diet are important keys to help your beard look your best.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
This Wednesday, we’re looking at the history. It turns out that beards have some pretty interesting history. For a full read, check out Of Beards and Men by Christopher Oldstone-Moore.
Historically, beards have been a way for men to indicate very important things about themselves, whether their status as a warrior or a priest in the earliest history of beards, their political alignment, or their rebellion against the current ruling elite.
Depending on the political climate and social correctness of the time, beard fashion can cycle quite quickly, but the meaning attributed to the different sorts of facial hair doesn’t seem to change much. A full beard has continued to be a sign of masculinity, linked to independence and strength, where a clean-shaven man is seen to reflect the more traditionally feminine ideals of trustworthiness, cooperation and youth. A clean-shaven man was also seen to be more civilized, where a bearded man harkened back to a wilder time.
Throughout history, there have often been “beard movements” where personalities will encourage their followers to grow specific types of beards to indicate their support of a movement. One of the most notable examples in recent history is John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed ins” where they encouraged young people to support peace by growing out their hair. Another example is Fidel Castro use of a beard as a symbol of his revolution. Castro told his supporters that their “...beard does not belong to [them]. It belongs to the revolution”. As far back as the 1800s, French and American rebels grew their beards for this reason.
History aside, you can’t ignore that beards are gaining in popularity. Whatever your personal reason for growing a beard – to express your autonomy, your masculinity, your religious identity, or just to support a worthy cause like Movember – take care of it for goodness sake!
November is a classic month for men to start growing all manner of facial hair. This November we're getting into the spirit and paying tribute to our favourite version of facial hair - the beard.
This month, we're learning about the history of beards, how to keep beards healthy and looking fresh, and looking at the top styles for facial hair. Join us every Wednesday as we turn 'hump day' into 'beard day'!
Alas we are at the end of our Bath & Bathe October segment. It has been such a fun month, trying new, and old, recipes, and sharing all the yummy baked goods with friends and family! A lot of recipes have really taken me down memory lane, with memories of the first time I made the treat, like the pavlova, or the ingredients I used reminding me of memories with grandparents.
For this last treat, I really wanted something simple, easy, quick, and ultimately yummy as well! So off to the inter webs I went again looking for an easy baked good. Did you know you can find a PLETHORA or 3-4 ingredient baked goods? The great thing is how many are vegan or vegetarian friendly some recipes are as well. This one isn't so much as it has eggs, but it was really easy and I didn't have to buy anything I didn't already have.
All you need is;
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cups shredded coconut (the recipe I found said to use sweetened coconut, but all I had was unsweetened, but I like my treats a little less sweet than one people)
First line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set oven to 350F.
1) Whip the egg whites until frothy.
2) Add sugar and incorporate into egg whites.
3) Stir in coconut.
Drop the "dough" into mounds on the cookie sheets with a large rounded spoon or ice cream scoop.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are brown.
The total length of time to make these is only about 25 mins!
I know what you're thinking, "didn't you just do an egg white based baked good?"
Yes. Yes I did. But these are SO easy, and they're a cookie. Who is going to say no to a cookie? No one.
You can find the original recipe here.
And as always, since it's Bake & Bathe, I must tell you about our refreshing and soothing Sweet Dreams bath salts and bath bombs, a perfect ending to our blog post and any day. A wonderful blend of Lavender and Peppermint, a sure fire way to lift your mood and give you a relaxing enjoyable bath. Take advantage of our buy 3 or more and get 1 free bath sale (expires October 31, 2017).
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Well that's all for Bake & Bathe October! Stay tuned next month for a very informative, but fun, segment! I'll give you a hint, if you 'moustache' any question, you may 'beard' surprised as the answer! (Terrible? I know.)
We're just goin to cut to the chase on this one:
Have you ever had PAVLOVA? It's delicious! I love the crisp chewy outside and fluffy meringue inside.
I first had pavlova at my inlaws and fell in love! A meringue cake? So. Good.
I've since made it a couple times, once last Christmas- a wreath pavlova with a cranberry and pomegranate mascarpone whip (which is what I'm sharing with you today!) and then last Mother's Day I treated my mom to lemon curd pavlova nests with blueberries and mint, because her favourite dessert is lemon meringue pie, so I put a little twist on it!
Today's berry pavlova has got to be the best of the two so far. I love the combination of mascarpone and whipping cream- it's light from the whipping cream, but has that little light bit of savouriness of the mascarpone cheese. And mixed with a pomegranate cranberry sauce, oh man. What is not to like? It's not too sugary (even my husband and my father in law who don't love desserts will eat it!) Plus it's topped with sugared cranberries and pomegranate arils, with some rosemary sprigs to give it a little more colour and make it festive.
You can find the original recipe by clicking here!
MY ONE MISTAKE:
As I mentioned, I've made pavlova before. I've baked my entire life and have had few fails in my baking efforts, so the first time I made pavlova I was so happy it turned out perfect. THIS TIME I got lazy, the recipe specifically said to use a stand mixer, but I didn't feel like pulling it out of the cupboard so I used a hand mixer. BIG NO NO! It took forever to fluff the egg whites, and even then I had to pour it into my stand mixer anyways to fix it. Bottom line? Don't be lazy, do it right the first time! And the baking gods were on my side because it ended up turning out fine, not great! But fine. It was the perfect end to my first slow cooker roast dinner.
Remember when I mentioned Rosemary spriggs? Well that's because it's Bake and Bathe October! And as per usual I must include a blend of our bath salts and bath bombs to entice you with. Treat yourself with our Secret Garden blend; Rosemary and lemongrass! The vibrant scent of this blend will wow your senses with its citrus savoury mix.
You can buy them by clicking here!
And we still have our buy 3 or more, get one free sale until October 31!
Happy Baking and Bathing!
Hello Sunday Bloggers!
Do you ever feel like it's been a while since you ate a certain type of food? Like you go all summer without eating pasta, so you gorge down a massive bowl of spaghetti the first day it rains?
Well when mid fall hits, I get the urge to eat berries. But have you ever tried to buy berries in fall? They gross. Every carton of strawberries I picked up was moldy, and even at $2.99 a box, I'm too lazy to pick through for the good ones.
God bless the freezer isle. YOU CAN HAVE PEACHES IN WINTER!
Recently I've been thinking lots about family and how my grandparents used to grow strawberries and other fruits and veggies in their yard, which I loved to pick when I was a small child! All that reminiscing made me crave something with strawberries and rhubarb (if you look hard enough you'll find frozen rhubarb), and off to the interwebs I went.
I found a super simple recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Streusel Muffins; it uses Greek yogurt so they're super moist! The recipe probably calls for fresh berries (it doesn't actually say) but I used frozen and they turned out great. The original recipe also says to fill the muffin tins up only 2/3 but I filled them right up for big muffins and just made sure to pack in the Streusel topping so they didn't overflow off.
You can find the original recipe here!
The smell of fresh baked muffins has wafted throughout my loft and it is so delightful. There's nothing better than fresh baked goods on a Sunday!
And if you're really into relaxing, take a bath! Our Sweet Dreams bath salts are insanely relaxing, with the soothing scent of Lavender blended perfectly with the fresh scent of Peppermint. You're worries will melt away in no time. And if you want a little bath time fun, try our Sweet Dreams bath bombs! The same great scent with a bit of fizzy magic! You can order your very own right from our Etsy shop!
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And all of October, if you buy 3 or more bath salts or bath bombs, you get one for free! Stock up on bath products now!
Only 2 more Bake & Bathe Octobers left. Let us know if you try any of the recipes, or what your favourite recipes to bake in October are!
Until next Sunday!
Do you ever get so busy and forget to replenish your make up stock? I do. All the time. Although I'm usually sans make up (because I've gotten too lazy over time), every once in a while I decide to splurge on my routine and pretty things up! But then I get to the part where I need to set my make up or just un-shine myself a bit (because I'm all about the matte look) and forget that I dropped the last compact I bought and all that's left are crumbly little pieces that just get jammed in the brush.
So I cry.
Not really, I deal with the crumbs angrily and get on with it. But I've often thought to myself, is there not a way for me, living way out in the forest, ten entire minutes from civilization, to quickly obtain a soft powder?
Turns out, there is. And it's in my cupboard.
Oh those three things? Yep! That's it
Cornstarch. Arrowroot Powder. Cocoa.
The arrowroot powder and cornstarch are both super absorbent, so any moisture, dewy-ness, or oily spots left behind get soaked up. And the cocoa powder helps to add a bit of colour; it's totally optional but I like it since I'm already fair skinned enough as it is.
And the recipe is simple!
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
Cocoa Powder*- amount will depend on how light or dark your skin is, it's totally optional and you can leave it out completely for a translucent powder, I used 1/2 TSP
Mix it all up in a bowl with a small whisk and then transfer into a small jar or container. I used a small jar I got from a travel kit.
There you have it! A quick and natural setting Powder made right in your own home. You can always play around with the quantities as well, or make more or less depending on your jar size. Or make some for your friends as a fun gift!
EVERY GIRL LOVES MAKE UP!
Another quick and easy DIY segment done! Have an idea of something you'd like to see us DIY? Leave us a comment or send us a message! Let us know if you try the powder out and what you think!
Last summer we had so much fun being a part of one of our best friends weddings, and we got to put our special touch on it by making them bath bombs for wedding favours!
We absolutely loved being able to customize and provide a great ready to use product that everyone adored.
If you or someone you know is interested in Artisanal Booty products for Wedding favours, send us a message!
We offer discounts on large orders, and we can provide customized labels to match your wedding colours and theme.
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Woot! Another instalment of bake and bathe October! This week was a challenge; I wanted to make something I could bring to the family thanksgiving dinner, but I didn't just want to make pie. Or mini pie. Or deconstructed pie. Or get real lazy and buy a pie.
Speaking of thanksgiving. I'd just like to take a moment and be thankful that I'm able to spend time with my family, have a nice meal, invite friends who may be far away from their own families, and really just have a lovely evening. That may or may not end up with someone's brother making someone's sister cry (insert rolling eye emoji here whilst pointing to myself). Just kidding! No I'm not.
Anyways.... I scoured! I really did! Looking for recipes that weren't the same old dessert; no more apple pies or cinnamon roll this and that, cookies aren't really the way the end a big fancy feast, and I couldn't get too complicated, because let's get real for a moment here, my blood sugar was going to be low because I had to go into this thanksgiving meal on an empty stomach if I was going to get it all in.
Then finally the words I had been waiting to read plastered across my Pinterest: SLOW COOKER! Sweet baby Jesus the words were like a hot knife through butter, just perfect! And then I read the instructions, simple! And it had PUMPKIN! Oh baby this was it! Slow cooker pumpkin bread pudding. Recently I recall taking about bread pudding, and chocolate dumplings my mom used to make, it had been a while since I ate any so I figured now was a great time to try.
And after reminding my mom 3 times I was bringing "pumpkin dessert", she still bought pies. It's okay, they swiftly went into the freezer.
Plus the beautiful thing about the slow cooker, is it's already in a to go container, just unplug that baby and off you go! And that warming function is a blessing.
If you click anywhere in this sentence it will take you to the website that I found this delicious dessert.
And like the last recipe I changed one thing. I made sure I added enough bread to fill the slow cooker as there were going to be 9 people-so the initial sauce you pour over the won't cover it completely. But it still worked out! And I'm 90% sure the pumpkin purée I bought was 16oz, not 15oz. And even dished out to 9 people, the amount of sauce is pretty significant, you could probably get away with halving that part. But overall it was super delicious and not as sugary as it maybe look as though it will be! I think the trick is to make sure you buy pumpkin PURÉE not pumpkin pie filling.
While we're on the topic of pumpkin things, the other half of bake and bathe October is to remind you it's cold out and you should have a nice warm bath! With some of our bath salts or bath bombs! And recently we added to our Etsy shop pumpkin spice bath salts and bath bombs!
And remember all of October we have a buy 3 Get 1 free sale going on (details on our Etsy shop).
Until next Sunday! Happy baking!