Thatchface – Beard oil making a difference

Thatchface: Beard oil making a difference


At FAULT it’s all about the story, and we love to see brands who share the same ethos. It’s always humbling to hear from brands pursuing more than pure profit, and that’s why today we’re looking at the beard oils produces by Thatchface.

Thatchface will be donating 10% of all profits to Orchid Cancer Appeal, a cause close to founder Ben Cleaver’s heart as he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21. The subsequent surgery and nine-week course of chemotherapy did not break Ben; it was the catalyst which drove him to create Thatchface. Thatchface as a brand hasn’t only seen Ben enter the grooming market with a solid product (more on this later) but it will continue to provide to those facing the same circumstances he did all those years ago.

What drove Ben to beard oils? While his chemotherapy treatment caused him to lose his head hair, what remained other than his fighting spirit was his beard. It kept growing, leading Ben to research and find ways of properly caring for it.

Experimenting with varying oils and scents, Ben and his wife Leanne perfected their products into a range of three premium beard oils, a range which is now on the market and what we’ve been putting through its paces for the last month.

While all three oils are different in scent, it was great to see that each one contain Argon oil, an ingredient used for centuries but one that’s made a boom within the beauty industry over the last few years. If you’re not too familiar with the benefits, Argon oil has been known to treat stretch marks, burns, acne and is frequently used an everyday moisturiser to revitalise dry skins. Thanks to its high vitamin properties, the trees which bore the fruit are so celebrated that in 1998 the argan forest was declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco. Of course, it’s not only the skin which benefits from the oils, but Argon oil is used in premium brand conditioners and deep cleansing hair products proving that Thatchface indeed just used the very best ingredients when it comes to their products.

The products come in three whimsically titled products ‘Got Wood’, ‘Wild Zest’ and ‘Full Minty’.

The ‘Got Wood’ beard oil is undoubtedly the most earthy of the three – hints of cedarwood, sandalwood and pine needles are present making for a rich scent of the great outdoors. The blend is just the right amount of intensity, not overpowering but still gives off a pleasant oaky fragrance.

Wild Zest beard oil is for lack of a better term, rather zesty! Lemon, lime, orange and ylang-ylang carry a delightful citrus fragrance.

Finally, the Full Minty is definitely on the Christmas list for its pleasant minty scent with hints of peppermint and eucalyptus transforming your beard into a fresh of breath air.

So what are the results after a month of using the oil, it’s fantastic. Beard oil has never been something that I saw as an essential for my grooming routine, but it does make all the difference. To the touch, my beard isn’t the course and scratchy bush I thought it naturally had to be. I’d highly recommend that you at least give it a try and see the results for yourself and if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a bearded friend, then Thatchface has you covered!

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FAULT Magazine Reviews: Bulldog Skincare for Men

Bulldog Skincare for Men


In the last couple of years, Bulldog skincare for men has surged in popularity, especially within the young gentleman’s market which has been notoriously hard to crack for other brands. As a brand, Bulldog believe profoundly in natural ingredients, and most importantly, they are cruelty-free – so we wanted to test out their range of products to see if there’s substance behind and hype.

Bulldog offers a wide range of gift boxes for the Christmas season making them an excellent choice if you’re looking for a stocking filler or more of an all-encompassing gift box. As I had to travel quite a bit within December, I opted to try the Skincare Kit for Men for the main advantage that it comes in a neat travel bag that I was also in the market for.

The Skincare for Men gift set contains, Original Face Wash, Original Face Scrub and an Original Moisturiser, but there is enough space within the wash bag for additional toiletries if it’s going to be used for travel or gym use. After an incredibly long 12 hours in the air, it was time to put the product to the test.


Bulldog Original Face Scrub

After a long flight, tough gym session or just whenever my skin is feeling a little greasy I like to start my cleanse with a face scrub. These are great for removing dead skin cells and on reducing the face’s rough and tired look. It’s good to note that scrubs aren’t for everyday use, I would use them once every two weeks as more of a skin refresh as opposed to a daily essential. I’ve tried many over my time, some good and some not so good but I can say with confidence that the Bulldog iteration falls within the former. I decided to test out the scrub fresh of a 12-hour flight, and it worked wonders. After just one use my skin was noticeably smoother to the touch, and that greasy dewy shine that resulted from clogged pore was vanquished. It’s safe to say; we’re off to a good start.

Bulldog Original Face Wash

The Face Wash is what I use for everyday use – best used after shaving or in the shower, this is your all round facial cleanser that’ll rid you of the ordinary imperfections that life likes to throw at us. As a face wash, I’m happy to say it worked wonders! Enriched with essential oils and green tea which has been hailed for centuries as a skincare godsend, one use in the morning and my skin has a healthy glow. While some facewashes strip the face of all its natural beneficial oils leading to dryness (not ideal for the winter), I didn’t experience that from Bulldog what so ever. The product is enriched with ingredients to promote natural-looking moisturised skin and removes only the excess grime and grease which can lead to redness and spots if left uncleansed.


Original Moisturiser

I always finish my routine with a good moisturiser, winter will do a number on your skin and leave it dry and chapped, so it’s great that this pack includes everything you need to battle against this. Many men turn away from moisturisers as they can leave the skin feeling greasy but I didn’t experience this at all with Bulldogs’. The moisturiser is light and applying a thin layer post wash helps to rid the skin of any dryness some might experience. For men with dry skin like myself, it’ll also be good to note that unlike other products which require multiple applications throughout the day, I only found myself applying a thing layer every morning and once again in the evening.

All in all, I’m happy to recommend the Bulldog Kit as an excellent gift for any gentleman looking for an all-round skincare range. The kit acts as an essentials giftbox, especially for men who aren’t too familiar or interested in full-scale grooming kits. I’ve taken the pack on holiday with me three times now, and it’s great just to have a bag with precisely what I need for short business trips not to mention the bonus of the washbag that I can throw my toothbrush and shampoo in whenever I go away. It retails at a very affordable £15 in the UK and is readily available on the high street for a quick and easy Christmas purchase.

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