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Have you been persecuted for your beard? February 16 2015

A small excerpt from the History Scene
POSTED BY ON JAN 28TH, 2013

A Brief History of the Beard in the Western World

Beards have fallen in and out of fashion throughout human history. They were rare in the thirteenth century, popular among European nobility in the fourteenth and fifteenth, taxed in England and banned in France in the early sixteenth, very popular until the close of the seventeenth, and virtually unseen throughout the eighteenth. The eighteenth century was a rare moment in history when “almost total beardlessness” was the norm. None of the American founding fathers wore beards. ((Allan D. Peterkin, One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2001), 27–36. Richard Corson, Fashions in Hair: The first five thousand years (London: Peter Owen, 1984), 302– 303. Edwin Valentine Mitchell, Concerning Beards (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1930), 67 and 74))

 

Caption: Joseph Palmer, Bearded Massachusettsian

 

Beards were so unusual during this period that a veteran named Joseph Palmer suffered an attack for wearing a beard. In 1830, Palmer moved from his farm to the town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he found himself to be the only bearded man in the entire community. The residents of Fitchburg harassed him for what they deemed “his eccentricity.” Kids threw stones at him and called him “Old Jew Palmer.” Women crossed the street when they saw him approaching, while men “jeered at him openly” and smashed his windows. The local reverend even refused to grant him communion at church. ((“Persecuted Joseph Palmer,” Boston Daily Globe, December 14, 1884. Stewart Holbrook, “The Beard of Joseph Palmer,” The American Scholar 13, no. 4 (1944): 453)) Finally, a group of four men—armed with soap and a razor—seized Palmer in the street. As a journalist later recounted the story, “They told him that the sentiment of the town was that his beard should come off and they were going to the job there and then.” ((Ibid, 454))

Palmer struggled to defend himself against the attack, but he was arrested and sent to prison for more than a year, where other prisoners also attempted to remove Palmer’s whiskers. When Palmer died in 1875, his tombstone was inscribed with these words: “Persecuted for wearing the beard.” ((Ibid 454–458)) (Maybe Brian Wilson, the former relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, was inspired by Palmer when he told opponents to “Fear the Beard”?)

A major shift occurred in the nineteenth century, when facial hair began to enjoy unprecedented popularity. One scholar calls this period “the bushiest boom in facial hair history,” for by the end of the century men in Europe and the United States wore facial hair was worn almost universally. ((Peterkin, One Thousand Beards, 39)) Side-whiskers gained popularity first, becoming commonplace in Europe by 1810. Moustaches followed close behind, and by the 1830s, beards, too, became increasingly mainstream. Once the renegade statement of French revolutionaries and radicals, beards soon spread from France to Britain, and then, in the 1850s, to the United States.

The U.S. presidents illustrate the brief but powerful reign of facial hair in the second half of the nineteenth century. From Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860, through the end of William Howard Taft’s term in 1913, every president—excepting just two, Andrew Johnson and William McKinley—sported a significant beard, moustache, or both. Since 1913, and before 1860, not a single president wore a beard or moustache of any kind.

It is difficult to figure out exactly how facial hair spread across the Atlantic Ocean. It is possible American men were inspired by the beards of visiting Europeans. One scholar suggests that Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth may have inspired American men to grow beards after he toured the country in 1848, since ‘Kossuth hats’ and cloaks became popular in his wake. ((Encyclopedia of 1848 Revolutions, s.v. “United States and the 1848 Revolutions,” by Timothy M. Roberts, accessed January 24, 2013, http://www.ohio.edu/chastain/rz/usa.htm))  The international men’s fashion press, which was published in France and Britain and then reprinted in the trade magazines used by American tailors, possibly inspired both clothing and facial hair trends. Historians do not know for sure how the beard came to the United States, but whatever its origins, what is exceedingly clear is that by the early 1850s, beards could be found on faces across the United States. Yet it is not the origins of the beard that are important for understanding the relationship between facial hair and masculinity in the United States — instead, what is more revealing are the explanations American men gave for why beards were so fantastic.


Grow your Epic Beard in 5 simple steps November 23 2014

Can it really be that easy.  Yes.  You are a man.  It is just that easy.  

 

Beards.  Men should have them.

 

What makes you any different? November 10 2014

Essential oils.

When I first started using beard oil, I was very dissatisfied.  I used several bottles that I now know as “one hit wonders.”  They use one carrier oil, normally the cheapest, and one, maybe two essential oils.  “‘cause they smelled good.” 

But as we did our research, We learned that much like a fine wine, your essential oil mix needs to have depth to it.  There are high, middles and base “notes” or scents.  Each essential oil is classified into one of those three notes.  For a Beard oil to be long lasting, alluring and intoxicating, you need to ensure you have an amazing mix of each to balance and lift up the next note. 

Here is an example, Our star of the fall Collection, Flannel Beard Oil.  When I first came up with the recipe, I knew I wanted a cinnamon note.  So, I added several drops of cinnamon as well as other oils I thought would work well together.  WRONG.  The amount of cinnamon was crazy overwhelming and even though it was a base note, it was all I could smell.  So after experimenting with several recipes, the amount of cinnamon leaf oil I use in every bottle is…. 2 drops.  That was all that was needed.

When you first apply Blue Bottle Beard Oils, it will leave you pleasantly guessing what oils are in each bottle.  Better yet, Ask your wife or girlfriend to see if she can pick out the same manly scents that you do. More on Essential oils

Carrier Oils

The Carrier or Base oils.

Here at Blue Bottle Beard, after an exhaustive search and lots of .... experimentation, we decided to use a unique mix of 6 Carrier Oils for each Beard Oil Bottle. Jojoba, Coconut, Grapeseed, Safflower, Sweet Almond and Apricot kernel oil.

We are always looking at new carrier oils to see the individual benefit as well as how they compliment the other oils used in our Beard Oil Recipe.

 

These oils in this mixture gives you a non greasy, easily absorbed, long lasting Beard Oil that brings life to your itchy scratchy beard.

Below you will find the amazing Hair, Skin and Health benefits of each of our Carrier Oils.

http://bluebottlebeard.com/pages/benefits-of-oils-for-beards-carrier-oils

 

Beards.  Men should have them.

 

Shop for Flannel Beard Oil here.  Shop here for Nectar Beard Oil.   Shop here for Deep Woods Beard Oil.  


Fall Oils are in! October 13 2014

Blue Bottle Beard Oil is excited that the Fall Beard Oils are in!  Our scents for this Fall of 2014 are; Deep Woods, Flannel and Nectar.  

All are amazing scents that really are well rounded.  Try each to see which one is your favorite!

 

Beards.  Men should have them.

 

Shop for Flannel Beard Oil here.  Shop here for Nectar Beard Oil.   Shop here for Deep Woods Beard Oil.