Review: Brooklyn Grooming Red Hook Mustache Wax
Established in 2012, Brooklyn Grooming is a two-man operation – well, technically one-woman, one-man – and they’ve been churning out an exciting variety of men’s grooming products, mostly for the beard! Here, I am pleased to present you with a brief amateur’s review of Red Hook Mustache Wax.
It’s actually fortuitous that I’ve chosen this particular time of year to write a review of Brooklyn Grooming’s mustache wax, because this, the Summer of 2013, marks four years since I stopped shaving. You see, as a chasidic Jew, I don’t shave my beard. Or trim it at all. On principal. And it can be a total mess! To give you an idea, last summer whilst swimming, I discovered – most unpleasantly – that I can actually waterboard myself with my own facial hair. I’ll leave the exact details to your imagination. What’s important to know, is that having a totally-untrimmed-on-principal beard is often a big challenge.
Specifically the mustache. It gets in my mouth. It gets in my food. Little hairs sometimes leap up into my nose irritatingly. That’s why, when I saw that Brooklyn Grooming was offering a free-shipping deal for father’s day, I couldn’t resist buying some mustache-taming mustache wax.
And here’s what I like about it:
- Utility: Red Hook mustache wax works very well. It keeps my mustache in place on my face, out of my nose and food. It also holds up to weather well, though on really hot days it can soften up a bit, which simply requires applying a bit more than normal.
- Smell: Red Hook has a great scent! It’s clove heavy, with very obvious aromatic castor oil and orange peel notes. It might be a bit too clove heavy for some though. The scent is a huge reason why I’m excited to try other BG products.
- Style: Having a waxed mustache is not goofy – it does not make you look like the next Kaiser, unless of course you want it to. Since I have a rather untamed beard, reeling in the ‘stache keeps me from looking like I’ve gone insane. It lends a sense of natural order to chaos.
Seriously, it’s just a great product! It does what it promises, it smells great, it’s fun to wear! If you have a mustache, I encourage you to try a Brooklyn Grooming mustache wax. And if you don’t have a mustache, then you need to start growing one.