Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Gazette

NEW Absinthe Beard Oil ( Black Licorice & Spice) February 18, 2015 13:35 1 Comment

Pugilist Brand Absinthe Beard Oil - For all Bearded Bohemian artistes and lovers of black licorice. Aniseed & Fennel with Hyssop, Coriander & Angelica Root herb & spice essential oils, as faithful to the original 19th century recipe as we could make it.  A favorite tipple of many Belle Époque painters, writers, free-thinkers and madmen. DO NOT DRINK, FOR TOPICAL USE ON FACIAL HAIR ONLY!


There has been a long fascination with Absinthe, a drink surrounded by myth, rumors and an infamous reputation. 

Absinthe's roots lie in Ancient Egypt before being adopted by the French 200 years ago using local herbs, Aniseed, Fennel  & Wormwood. Spain was another popular location for absinthe, and the  only one never to have banned the beverage. In the U.S. New Orleans also holds a strong connection to absinthe. 

It became the drink of choice for artists, writers, and intellectuals such as Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh with a reputation for hallucinations and wild behavior. 

A popular nickname for absinthe is la fee verte (“the green lady”)  

France’s Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) a time of peace and progress prior to World War I, public opinion of absinthe soured due to scandals and a bad reputation. Moving from vogue status to disgust and outright banning in Belgium, Brazil, Holland, Switzerland, and the United States in 1912. France, the epicenter of absinthe culture, finally banned absinthe in 1915.

Absinthe is now popular again and we wanted to produce a beard oil in reverence to it's artistic reputation.

Our Beard Oil contains Argan, Jojoba, Sweet Almond & Castor Carrier Oils for topical application to beards and facial hair to stimulate growth at the hair follicle, add sheen, prevent dryness and split ends treating both facial hair and underlying skin. Our Premium beard oils also alleviate beard itch and beard dandruff.

Essential Oils for aromatherapy and scent are added.

Aniseed & Fennel - Sweet, spicy and reminiscent of black licorice

Coriander ( Cilantro) - Sweet, herbaceous and warm, a very faint curry aroma. Refreshing and awakening .

Hyssop - Distilled from the Hyssop flower. Sweet medicinal appealing scent, with stimulant and tonic benefits.

Angelica Root - Angelica root has a peppery, rich, herbal, earthy, woody and musk odor. Used very sparingly due to it's strength.







Latest Oro y Negro Magnum Opus Beard Care box February 13, 2015 17:11

We have just completed the latest limited edition Magnum Opus Oro y Negro Beard Care Box: Black satin hardwood box patterned with original gold swirl with gold lid featuring a distressed version of Pugilist Brand's logo. The inside of the box lid is lined in gray suede with an inset motif while the inside base is lined in luxurious dark brown authentic leather, the outside bottom of the base of the box has a black felt fabric, therefore we recommend this particular box is not for damp bathroom conditions and is more suited for a bedroom dresser.
The box is divided into 4 compartments to individually hold two 1 ounce Beard Oils, 2 stacked Mustache Waxes & 2 stacked Beard Balms, as well as a comb compartment for our Gentleman's Classic Beard Comb. Dispatched with any 2 Pugilist Brand Beard Oils, Mustache Waxes and Beard Balms of your choice, and a hardwood Gentleman's Classic Beard Comb. Please advise us of your four choices in the notes section of the order. Box can be ordered on our website here http://www.pugilistbrand.com/products/magnum-opus-grooming-kits #beardcare #beardgifts #beardgroomingproducts #pugilistbrand#oroynegro #beardoil #beardbalm #beardcareproducts #beardconditioning#mustachewax

This week's Beard News Round up February 10, 2015 18:17 1 Comment


The 12 best things about dating a bearded man, according to one lady at Cosmo at least


Twilight's Robert Pattinson has a beard, like most celebs nowadays. It sure got picked apart by one guy, with an almost similar beard?!


Bristlr, the dating service for the bearded and the people who love them... erm us


Beards make you look hotter, it's all down to science


Beard Oil & Skinny Jeans parody videos February 2, 2015 09:59


 Bearded Gentlemen realize the advantage of using beard oil  and beard balm to condition their beards,  moisturize the underlying skin, stop beard dandruff and help prevent split ends.  However, sometimes it's good not to take yourself too seriously. This video parodies the use of beard care products and we thought it was hilarious;


Skinny jeans, ermmm we're not too sure this is a parody?!. Enjoy... and don't take life too seriously, whatever your fashion goals.



Saturday's Bearded News January 31, 2015 11:30

Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products has correlated a few items for hirsute gentlemen to read over the weekend.

Firstly a new documentary entitled 'The Winter of The Beard' explores the current beard fad, and what it means to be a man. Not sure we'd agree that the beard is a fad even if it is admittedly undergoing a renaissance. Check out the article and movie clips here ;


Next Lukas Haas is the most recent in the long line of celebrities to be spotted wearing a beard. Apparantly his beard is for a new movie role with Leonardo DiCaprio, rather than a fashion statement. See his gray mane here;


Lastly from the world of sports Washington Nationals Jason Werth will not have to shave his beard when he starts his prison sentence for speeding and wreckless driving next week


Enjoy your weekend read, by Beardsmen for Beardsmen.


Best Handlebar Mustache & Tattoo ad on TV January 29, 2015 13:38

I saw this Garmin Vivofit ad for the first time and love the look and feel of it. It's only 30 seconds but great if you are tattooed or have a handlebar mustache. I love it!!

See the ad here;


The Bearded Pioneer Sargeant Army Rank January 28, 2015 16:15

 Interesting story and some great historical pics of the only rank in the British Army allowed to wear a beard. The axe bearing Pioneer sargeant which has existed since the 1700's.

Must give her majesty a call and see if they can grant Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming products a royal warrant for our Beard Oil & Mustache Wax?

See the full story here;


Tutankhamun's beard; Chief restorer demoted January 27, 2015 12:54


I'm sure most of you have read the somewhat hilarious story on the botched and rushed restoration of King Tut's beard by now. If you haven't the long story short version is that the 2000 year old mummy's decorative beard came off during a cleaning, and was glued back on and it was hoped no-one would notice it looked awful and the wrong glue was used. 

To bring the story to fruition the conservation chief of Cairo's museum has now been demoted. 


Zach Galifianakis has shaved his beard January 26, 2015 13:21


Say it ain't so!! Funny man Zach Galifianakis has shaved off his full beard and was sporting a heavy 5 O'Clock shadow look at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards in Los Angeles last night.

What do you think of his new look? 

See more pics here


Dyed Neon Beards? January 24, 2015 10:20

We've had flowers, Christmas baubles now the latest trend is beards dyed in bright neon colors. The latest trend features bright DayGlo, neon colors and rainbow patterns. We're not sure what chemicals used in the dyes are and what effect this will have on beard conditioning? Will it dry out your beard? Make it more wiry or lead to split ends? Does it wash out? Personally I think we'll pass.

Some pics and a brief article here to help you decide


Cristiano Ronaldo's fake beard prank January 23, 2015 16:51

Real Madrid soccer star Ronaldo donned a fake beard disguise and went out on the streets of Spanish capitol Madrid to prank some fans on Thursday night according to celebrity site TMZ.

Here's a link to the TMZ story


Beard Snood. Would you wear one? January 22, 2015 16:19 1 Comment


A UK company is reporting a 33% increase in sales of beard covers known as snoods, due to men wanting to cover their beards while preparing food etc. Would you consider a beard snood? 

See the story and what a snood looks like from The Daily Mail article below


Pugilist Brand Updated Beard Care, Organic Soap & Beard Wash Fragrances January 13, 2015 13:19

We now have 9 Beard Care Oil  & Conditioner Fragrances, to suit the mood and taste of all hirsute Gentlemen. These masculine aromas are complimented with 4 Organic Beard Soaps. Four of our five original Beard Oil fragrances ( Buccaneer Blend, Cedar Atlas Shrugged , Citrus Grove & Zen Musk) are also available in Mustache Wax & Beard Balm products. Please click on the Shop Online drop down menu from our main page for complete product information.

Our Original Beard Oil fragrances are;


Buccaneer Blend - Bay Rum & Cedar wood


Cedar Atlas Shrugged - Tea Tree, Cedar wood, Bergamot & Grapefruit


Citrus Grove - Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit & Lime


Zen Musk - Lavender, Frankincense & a hint of Patchouli

Frontiersman - Birch tar, Coffee, Jasmine & Rosewood Essential Oils

 Round 2 Sampler Fragrances are;

Absinthe - Aniseed & Fennel ( black licorice) with herb & spice essential oils

Shaman - A herbal mixture of Clary Sage, Clove, Hyssop, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Radiata, Rosemary,Coriander, Angelica Root Essential oils.

Mojito -  Lime & Peppermint essential oils.

Vanilla & Sandalwood -  Vanilla & West Indian Sandalwood( Amyris).  Reminiscent of an aromatic Vanilla Pipe Tobacco.

Our Organic Beard Soap Fragrances are:

Cinnamon Clove - Cinnamon & Clove Essential Oils

Citrus Lavender Skirmish - Citrus and Lavender Essential Oils

Forest RainPine, Spruce & Fir Needle essential oils

Mint Melee - Peppermint Essential Oil

Our Beard Wash Fragrances are:

Ocean Breeze & Aloe




The Gentleman's Compact Beard comb January 11, 2015 14:18

The Gentleman's Compact Beard Comb has just been added to Pugilist Brand Gentleman's Grooming Products for 2015.  Fashioned from rich, luxurious hardwood for full Beard grooming capabilities on-the-go, without creating the static of inferior, cheap plastic combs.

As the name implies The Gentleman's Compact Beard Comb  is mere 3 1/8" X 2 1/8" for pocket portability, travel dopp bag or insertion into a wallet.

Each hardwood comb is etched with Pugilist Brand's logo, has wide teeth and is hand sanded for smoothness, so there's no snags or yanking of precious beard hairs. Especially designed to evenly distribute Pugilist Brand Beard Oils, as well as natural sebum oils throughout your masculine mane, the Gentleman's Compact Beard Comb will last for years, if not decades. 

The comb is available online on our online store at http://www.pugilistbrand.com/collections/combs/products/the-bijou-compact-beard-comb

Build a custom Beard Care Kit January 6, 2015 14:12


Now you can build your own custom Pugilist Brand Beard Care, Mustache Styling & Grooming Kit with products specifically designed to maximize facial hair nourishment and style, in a unique hardwood grooming products storage box, perfect for placement in a bathroom shelf or bedroom dresser.  This handsome box makes a wonderfully distinctive gift for the discerning gentleman.

Pugilist Brand Gentleman's Grooming Products personally source and reclaim exotic cigar boxes before hand sanding, staining and applying an antiqued version of Pugilist Brand's logo, finally each box is clear coated on the outside. Each hardwood box is filled with masculine black & gold paper shred for gift presentation purposes, and to secure contents during shipping.

Start  building your kit by selecting any one of our original Premium Beard Oil fragrances, included with the  box for $35.

Pugilist Brand Beard Care Oil is formulated with premium oil to nourish your beard and original aromatherapy essential oil fragrances. Which are ;

Buccaneer Blend - Bay Rum & Cedar wood

Cedar Atlas Shugged - Tea Tree, Cedar wood, Bergamot & Grapefruit

Citrus Grove - Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit & Lime

Zen Musk - Lavender, Frankincense & a hint of Patchouli

 Add any comb(s) you desire. Pick from a Hand Made Kent 81T Sawcut mustache comb, a Gentleman's Classic or Compact hardwood Beard Comb

Choose additional items from our fine selection of Beard Care Oils & Beard Balm, Mustache Wax, Hair Pomade, Organic Beard Soap, Gentleman's Beard Wash and more. 

A link to Build a custom Beard care Grooming Box can be found here http://www.pugilistbrand.com/products/build-your-own-hardwood-grooming-box

*Box images are examples only. The type and size of cigar box dispatched will depend on availability of cigar boxes and size of your specific order. Each box is a unique, handmade collectors item and varies slightly depending on the wood and individual patina of the specific natural wood grain.   


The Bucardo Mustache Mug December 29, 2014 11:30

Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products come across items for the bearded and mustachioed gentleman that we think are worthy of highlighting, due to their artistic or utilitarian nature. Our friends at Bucardo have an item that we feel is noteworthy for both of these descriptions. As a mustachioed man who likes his morning coffee, or afternoon tea, we get constant drips from our magnificent mustache to our t-shirt, especially annoying if the t-shirt is white. The Bucardo mug is a solution to this mustachioed problem as it offers a built-in ceramic mustache guard specially designed to alleviate this annoyance.

Pugilist Brand Gentleman's Grooming Products will be adding The Bucardo Mustache Mug to our online store very shortly for only $22.  Now think about how many shirts you've ruined with coffee drips, and you'll soon realize the mug will pay for itself within a week.


Back in the day, a gentleman knew how to protect his moustache. Now, a 19th century staple is revived for the modern man. The Bucardo Mug features original artwork and a classic moustache guard, a specialized semi-circular ledge with an opening that allows for safe passage of beverages while protecting your ‘stache. This is the first in a series of Bucardo Mugs celebrating moustachioed gentlemen of the world.

* 13 oz ceramic mug with moustache guard 

* Original artwork by Southern California artist Jeff McMillan

* Dishwasher and microwave safe


Do Pugilist Brand Beard Care Products calm the savage beast? December 26, 2014 14:32

Photos from the study on aggression and beards

In a recent article from New Republic on beards and if wearing one makes the owner look older, more aggressive, and the all important question of if they help with attracting women? Read all about it in the article here;


The origin and science behind Santa's Beard December 24, 2014 11:58 1 Comment


Before the inception of Pugilist Brand Beard Care products, the original 'Father Christmas' figure dates back to 17th century England. Most pictures of Father Christmas before 1880 showed him wearing a big green coat. He wasn't much a gift-giver: he preferred going from house to house, feasting with random families.

In Dutch traditions, Sinter Klaas wears bishops robes and goes around the country finding out which children have been good or bad.

This legendary figure merged with Sinter Klaas once they both arrived to the New World.


If we had a sample of Santa's beard, what could it tell us? Dr Raniero De Stasio, scientific director of L'Oréal UK and Ireland, reveals all:

Is his white beard natural or bleached?

"Bleached hair is very easy to spot, as there is a structural layer outside the hair cuticle cells that is lost forever with just one peroxide treatment. So, if Santa is using dye, we could spot it instantly by looking at a single hair under the microscope."

How old is he?

"This can be revealed by analysing his telomeres - structures at the ends of chromosomes that fray away with age. It would be best if the root of the hair was attached, so that more genetic material from active, live cells would be available."

Is he originally from Lapland?

"By analysing DNA from the hair and matching it to populations from different parts of Europe, we could settle the long-running debate as to where Santa comes from. With luck, you could even find a bit of his family genealogy."

Does he really drink the spirits that are left out for him?

"Hair grows about a centimetre per month, so assuming Santa's beard hairs are at least 12cm long, we would be able to find a spike of tannins which corresponded to heavy port intake a year ago. This might even allow scientists to speculate if Santa prefers port or brandy from year to year."

Does he live at the North Pole?

"Hair is a 'sponge', so by studying hair pollution data from various parts of the world and then matching the profile to various 'slices' of the hair fibre we could tell approximately where Santa has been each month of the year. As the air is very clean in Lapland, his hair would probably be very clean, with a spike of pollutants at Christmas time."

What does he eat?

"We can tell if he has a balanced diet, or likes a particular type of food (eg meat or vegetables), by testing the amount of trace metals normally found in various foods and matching it to the beard hair. My guess would be that Santa would not be a big venison eater, as it would remind him of Rudolph."

  • 'Can Reindeer Fly? The Science of Christmas' by Roger Highfield (Orion) is available for £7.99 + 99p p&p. To order, please call Telegraph Books on 0870 428 4112.
  • Taken from the following article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3319142/Science-The-death-of-Santas-beard.html

Magnum Opus Beard & Mustache Grooming Boxes December 19, 2014 17:14

Pugilist Brand Magnum Opus Beard & Mustache Grooming Kit boxes are individually hand crafted and unique. These masculine grooming boxes are made one by one in our home/office workshop not mass produced in a factory. Each one is completely individual as each box is sourced and reclaimed as we find them from local cigar shops. Please check the specific box description, availability and exact contents of the box before purchase. 

Current boxes in stock can be found on our website here http://www.pugilistbrand.com/products/magnum-opus-grooming-kits

We personally source and reclaim exotic cigar boxes before power sanding, hand staining and clear coating them on the outside. The next step is to line the inside lid and/or the base of the box with suede and/or leather, before insetting the inside and outside of the lid with hand cut marquetry of our logo and branding. Finally we add various compartments to suit our fine selection of beard oil & mustache waxes content and add either a Hand Made Kent 81T Sawcut mustache comb or a Gentleman's Classic hardwood Beard Comb, sometimes both.


Each box is a unique, handmade collectors item and varies slightly depending on the wood, finish and rich individual patina of the specific wood grain. The box may contain small flaws as it's a reclaimed cigar box, that is reflected in the low box price of around $20 - $30 before the price of the contents.


Each box really is a labor of love, packed with a father lode of Pugilist Brand  handmade natural Beard Oils, Mustache Waxes  and/or Beard Balms. The Magnum Opus Grooming Kits are priced very reasonably, taking into account how much product it comes with (due to the reclaimed nature of the cigar box's natural wood material there might be slight imperfections such as warping, knots, holes and cracks.  We believe this adds to the rustic look of the grooming kit)


The boxes are practically a gift as a vehicle for getting our products into discerning beard growers & collectors hands, aimed at  select gentlemen who want a collection of beard oil and mustache wax fragrances to suit every mood, over months of daily grooming use.


Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products; All Natural ingredients December 12, 2014 09:43 1 Comment

This photo illustrates the subtle difference between some of  Pugilist Brand's Gentlemen's Beard care, Mustache Wax and Hair Pomade products. Our Hair Pomade is lighter in color due to the coconut oil, Beard Balm has Shea Butter for maximum beard conditioning properties, lastly our Mustache Wax is more yellow due to the Lanolin & Carnauba Wax for sculpting Handlebar Mustaches. There are no artificial additives, petroleum products or colorants in Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products, the colors are from our all natural ingredients. #pomade #beardbalm #mustachewax #pugilistbrand #beard #mustache #mensgrooming #mensfashion #beardgift

New pocket sized Pomade & Gentleman's Classic Beard Comb December 4, 2014 12:25 1 Comment


Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products is very proud to announce the addition of two new products to our Gentleman's traditional Grooming range. As usual both products are made with the best material and ingredients, yet affordable for all discerning gentlemen's budgets. We hope you enjoy them and will continue to show the same support since our launch earlier this year.


Style on-the-go with Pugilist Brand pocket sized Hair Pomade. A 1 oz. tin that fits in your pocket or dopp bag, with all natural Beeswax,  Coconut Oil, Shea Butter & Grapeseed Oil formula. Perfect for all slicksters and gentlemen sporting quiffs, D.A's, fades or conks.  Very lightly scented with the traditional smell of Barbershop Bay Rum and the natural smell of coconut oils.

So good it styles and conditions hair for a multitude of hairstyles

The undisputed slick heavyweight hold champ of the pomade world. Easy does it, a little jab (or dab) will do you.


The Gentlemen's Classic Beard Comb is approx. 4 3/4" X 2 1/4", a handy pocket size for constant beard grooming throughout the day. Each comb is hewn from hardwood, then carefully shaped and hand sanded for smoothness & finely etched with Pugilist Brand's logo. Unlike inexpensive plastic combs, wooden combs do not create static, so they're just hands down better for your whiskers. Being made from natural hardwood there's no snags or yanking of precious beard hairs

The Gentlemen's Classic Beard Comb is a necessity to gloriously groom and evenly distribute Pugilist Brand Beard conditioning Oils, as well as natural oils throughout your fantastic facial fleece and will last for years, if not decades.

The Great Victorian Beard Craze by the BBC November 22, 2014 17:53

Wilkie Collins, Charles Darwin and William Holman Hunt

Interesting BBC article on the Victorian Beard craze. interesting that the article is written by the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.


Pugilist Brand Beard Care & Grooming Kit Drawstring Gift Bags November 17, 2014 11:36

In the early days of prizefighting & boxing, the winning pugilist would take home his winnings in an old-fashioned drawstring bag called a 'purse'. While the name may titillate, there was nothing feminine about such purses, most were claimed  by the victor after bare-knuckle fights with no pre-set rounds or time limits, the winner simply beating the loser unconscious or worse.  A drawstring purse was a crude precursor to the wallet, the term 'purse' for the monies awarded to the fighters is still used today in modern boxing.

Many Pugilist Brand Grooming kits come in a masculine burlap drawstring bag,  harking back to the origins of contact blood sports. In contrast with the past, the prize contained within are the best natural Premium Beard Oils, Organic Soaps, Beard Balms, Mustache Waxes and Gentlemen's Grooming products available on the market, made by Pugilist Brand right here in Santa Monica, California. 

These make great birthday& holiday gifts for men as well as ideal stocking stuffers, they even come with a with a double sided gift card attached, so all you have to do is sign your name.  Unlike the bare knuckle fighters of old you won't need to put your good looks on the line as our cost to you are much more reasonable.

See Pugilist Brand's range of products such as Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Organic Beard Soap and The Combination Shaving Soap & Oil system available in the aforementioned masculine burlap Pugilist style drawstring gift bags with a double sided gift tag by clicking on the link below;


Customer review on Pugilist Brand Shaving Oil & Shaving Soap November 13, 2014 09:45


New customer review on Pugilist Brand Shaving Oil & Shaving Soap, from a customer in New England;


In the customers own words, in an excerpt taken from his blog review;

"The pre-shave oil, it's lovely and does a great job of helping to improve the shaving experience. The scent is subtle, not to over powering like the few others that I have tried, this also applies nicely with just a few drops in the palm of your hand and rubbed onto your face, without leaving a slimy or sticky feel." 


"The shaving soap, loved this too. It fits a standard shaving cup/container, mine happens to be an old Crabtree and Evelyn tub. This also has a nice, yet subtle citrus scent which isn't over powering if you used a aftershave on top. This lathers up very easily and applies great. The lather doesn't get overly bubbly and keeps it's consistency on your skin for the duration of the shave, which is a balance I've not found in a few of the other soaps I've tried and something I really like about this. It's nice to get a soft feeling lather, yet still be able to see what you're doing when you shave. I've also yet to make a dent in this soap, so can see this lasting a long time too."


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