This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alfredo Ortiz | 0 comments

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Coconut Oil, Cold Weather and Pilgrim’s Hair and Beard Tonic

Posted on November 01, 2016 by Alfredo Ortiz | 0 comments

Coconut oil is a popular ingredient that is used in many natural hair products. Among its many positive qualities it can penetrate hair better than other oils and is an excellent moisturizer. As an added bonus it prevents protein loss and smells INCREDIBLE.

Unrefined (aka “virgin”) coconut oil, has a melting point of just 76 degrees F (24 C). 
This means it can be liquid or solid depending on the season, climate and even the temperature of where its stored in your home.

Every fat and fatty acid has a range of temperatures varying from liquid to solid. As a general rule, saturated fats like coconut oils congeal at higher temperatures than unsaturated fats. 

The development of coconut oil “grains” or crystals is determined by the melting point of the oil and the environment in which it is stored. We know this can be a little disconcerting at first but please remember your oil is perfectly good.

Pilgrim’s Classic Hair and Beard Tonic is enriched with nutrients of organic coconut, argan, jojoba and avocado oils, and will change consistency with colder weather. You might notice your oil has a different texture (don’t worry), your product hasn't gone bad and there is a simple way fix for this

1. Immerse the bottle in warm water for 5 minutes until normal consistency returns.

2. Have a radiator or other indirect heat source? Awesome! Simply place your bottle on top or in front of it for a few minutes and your Pilgrim's will return to a liquid state.

You can also warm
 the bottle with your hands although this might take a little longer.

And Finally, keep your Pilgrim’s Hair and Beard Tonic in a warm, dry area.

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We’ve been nominated by AskMen for “Best Beard Oil"

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Alfredo Ortiz | 0 comments

We're thrilled to announce that “Red Hook Classic Beard Oil” has been nominated for the AskMen Grooming Awards in the category of “Best Beard Oil"

This prestigious annual awards highlights the companies, individuals, and top grooming products that are having an impact in the Men’s Grooming Industry

Your support for us makes all the difference. Please take a moment to vote for us today. 

Thank you for reading and Thank you for voting!

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Soft Natural Boar Bristles for Your Beard

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Alfredo Ortiz | 0 comments

Introducing our limited edition handmade wooden beard brush!

The natural boar bristles are perfect for keeping your beard looking neat and tidy. The bristles are uneven so you can reach from root to tip in a single stroke.

Brush features our signature “octopus" logo engraved.

Lightweight for ease of use on-the-go, plus fits perfectly within the hand

Style your beard correctly and prevent hair from knotting with this iconic grooming accessory!

Beard brush measures approximately 5" x 1.75" 

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For the love of Balms!

Posted on November 06, 2015 by Mckenzie Santiago | 0 comments

It's about to be that time of the year - the time where you trade in your shorts for jeans, flip-flops for boots and tank tops for overcoats. But one thing typically stays the same, and that's your grooming regimen. That luscious beard you've been growing all year has finally found another purpose other than looking devilishly handsome - keeping your face warm. Now, all you have to do is take care of it.

You reach for your favorite Brooklyn Grooming Beard Balm and begin to notice your balm is getting a bit grainy. Have no fear! No, your product hasn't gone bad. No, there's no weird chemical reaction going on in the tiny tin. And finally, yes, there's a simple way to fix this.

One of the most used ingredients in grooming is shea butter. And it's pretty obvious why. For starters, this great little gift melts at body temperature - it's super easy to work with. Further, shea butter is a natural provider of Vitamin A, which has been found to not only be extremely moisturizing, but also can treat some skin allergies, bug bites, sun burns, frostbites and more. As amazing as shea is, it is the culprit to your grainy balm.

Shea is made up of a ton of super fats. Initially, when we produce balms, the shea is melted and mixed with the other ingredients. When the product gets too cold, though, the fats try to re-solidify as tiny granules. If you're into that, and the granules don't bother you, more power to you. The product is still 100% OK. But here are a couple of simple tips on how to fix that pesky shea.

1. Place your beard balm in a freezer bag. Boil water in a kettle. Make sure it's enough to cover your tin in a bowl. Once the water has boiled or the kettle whistled, pour the water into a bowl as deep or deeper than the beard balm tin. 

Let the water cool for about 30 seconds. Then, place your bag in the bowl, and put a lid on top of the bowl trapping in all of the heat. 

In about 5 minutes, your beard balm should be creamy and ready for the fridge (not the freezer). Use tongs to remove the balm, as it will be hot. After about half an hour in the fridge, your balm is good to go!

2. Have a radiator or other indirect heat source? Awesome! Simply place your tin on it, and in about 20 minutes your balm is as good as new - just a bit warmer.

Ultimately, any situation that involves indirect heat will most benefit your balm in getting it back to its original state. Some tips, though, include do not microwave your tin. It could produce some sick fireworks, but it would definitely ruin your balm. Also, reincorporating your shea may sound like a long process, but with all of the benefits it provides, it's best not to compromise it in any way. Finally, keep your balm in a warm, dry area.

Take these tips and get that beautiful beard back to its glory. Keep it smooth, and keep it kempt.

Posted in beard advice, beard balm, beard care, beards, brooklyn grooming, fall, handmade, movember, natural, shea butter, texture

5 Timeless Staple Must Haves

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Mckenzie Santiago | 0 comments

Wardrobe staples are your absolute essentials in menswear, the pillars of every man’s wardrobe. They’re key for dressing up or down, they cover nearly every occasion and will be a regular feature in your wardrobe for years. But what should you be looking for?

It’s all about versatility with these pieces so it’s best to keep them quite simple. What is it we’re looking for then? For the casual outfits you want plain crew neck T Shirts and plain sweatshirts. For the smarter occasions we’re looking for plain shirts and smart knitwear. For your bottom half we need some denim that will be easily dressed up or down. So let’s get to it with our choice staples.     

1.Dickies Crew Neck 3 Pack

It’s all about the versatility with the plain crew neck T Shirt. You can’t own enough of them, wear them as a bottom layer, top layer in the summer and as part of a mid-layer when worn with an undone oxford shirt. Dickies ensure you’ve always got one to hand with their three pack.

2.G Star’s V-patch Sweatshirt  

Dutch brand G Star is stepping up its game with this military style V-patch Sweatshirt. This is a comfortable item, that’s also quite easy to mix with colourful jeans be it red, green or white, just don’t be afraid to experiment. This is also a great transitional piece as we go from the colder months into Spring.

3. Nudie’s Thin Finns

A dark pair of jeans will ensure you can wear them as part of casual and smart/casual outfits. Nudie only use the highest quality and ethically sourced materials so you know they’ll hold their colour and shape for years.

4. Farah Vintage Oxford Shirt    

It’s time to switch it to formal and Farah’s Oxford shirt is definitely an office classic. Oxford shirts are great pieces for when you’re heading out straight from work. Worn with a blazer and trousers they look smart and sophisticated. Wear undone with a crew neck underneath and a pair of jeans and you’re looking effortlessly cool. Farah’s delivers that classic style you should expect from this brand with a rich heritage.

5. Only & Sons Pique Crew Neck

 Your knitwear is where you can bring some classic sophistication whilst layering in the transitional periods between winter and spring. Wear with an oxford shirt underneath to dress it up and keep warm or your plain crew neck to dress it down and stay cooler in the hotter months. If you’re on a tighter budget then Only & Sons provide the quality you want at the price you need.

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Brooklyn Grooming Frosty Winter Tips

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Alfredo Ortiz | 0 comments

A good place to start might be ‘Why worry about winter grooming’?

A vast amount of our organic world revolves around the cycle of seasons. Likewise, how one goes about grooming is also determined by the seasons. In the months of freezing temperatures and biting winds, a gentleman may find that growing a beard proves to be an excellent decision to avoid feeling the blistering whip of winter across his bare face. However, keeping a beard feeling and looking dapper in the frosty winter air can be tough! Beards often become dry, itchy and have a harder time holding any long-lasting shape. When it comes to keeping a forest fresh beard in the dead of winter, there are a few tips one should first adhere:

Has the frigid air got your beard feeling frizzy and unmanageable? Is your pomade wax no longer holding the dapper beard it once used to? Well, fret no longer- here’s a quick tip in resolving those issues: use a primer first before using daily grooming products. This will help ensure that the wax has a coating to hold onto. Conquer that winter frizzle with a few drops of Pilgrim’s Hair Tonic. Enriched in the nutrients of organic coconut, argan, jojoba and avocado oils, Pilgrim’s Hair tonic will tame and protect your hair from suffering nature’s harshest season. 

Has the bitter wind got your skin feeling cracked and painful? Avoid making the situation worse by temporarily numbing the pain with just any moisturizer. Instead seek relief in dermal lubrication!  Brooklyn Grooming’s facial serums offer an effective solution that is not only also abundant in nutrients that will help regenerate the skin, but will also leave your skin glowing regardless if the sun is out or not. As far as scent goes, choose any of the finest Brooklyn Grooming options: Commando, Williamsburg, Red Hook, or Fort Greene, all of which are a concentrated blend of the highly reparative jojoba and argan oils. Next time the wind has got your skin feeling chafed and flakey, reach for the ever-so-handy bottle of gentleman’s facial serum, and relief will soon ensue.

Just because winter is a season of hibernation and dreary weather doesn’t mean your beard maintenance has to be! Keep your routine away from seeping into the humdrum of everyday work by choosing a  beard soap that is light and gentle on the face.  To awaken slumbering spirits and and freshen your morning step, lather your beard in the invigorating Beard Soap by Meow Meow Tweet a nourishing combination of shea-butter and essential oils that will leave your face feeling kissed by the earth. 

You don’t have to merely endure winter! Stop letting the drab of bleak weather bring down the dapper in your beard! Rather, let yourself thrive in winter. Wave goodbye to the woes of winter and revitalize with a few tricks of the trade to let winter be your finest grooming season.

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