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All Natural Beard Care

Here at The Mod Cabin we are big believers in living natural lifestyles. With beards growing in popularity and gaining more acceptance in the work place, a lot of beard care companies have popped up claiming to be “all natural.” With that in mind, we have created this all natural beard care guide to help you make informed choices that will aid you in growing a healthy, happy beard as well as cultivating a healthy, happy lifestyle. This is part one of a three part series on all natural beard care.


All-natural beard care leads to a healthy, happy beard and a healthy, happy life

What does all-natural mean?

When it comes to beards and skincare, the FDA defines natural ingredients as ingredients derived from natural sources ( At The Mod Cabin, we strongly believe in using only ingredients derived from natural sources like birch tar, jojoba and argan.


Natural extraction of birch tar

But we also believe that natural means more than just what you put on your skin and beard, natural is a way of life. That is why we take a holistic approach to beard care and life in general.

Why all-natural beard care?

Natural beard care is important because using synthetic chemicals on your beard can not only damage your facial hair and skin, it can cause permanent skin problems such as contact dermatitis and skin sensitivity.  In some cases synthetic beard care products can even be toxic. (dermnetnz) Many of the ingredients used in beard care products in the United States are banned in other countries due to their toxicity. (


Professional MMA athlete and regular user of The Mod Cabin’s beard care products Josh Pfeifer

Beard care companies often boast that their products contain “No Parabens.” This is because parabens are antifungal agents used as preservatives in foods and pharmaceuticals. They have been linked to skin sensitivity and contact dermatitis (dermnetnz).  Natural beard care products contain no parabens. Unfortunately some unscrupulous beard care companies boast about being paraben free while replacing parabens with even worse synthetic chemicals such as Diazolidinyl Urea and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Often found in paraben free “beard washes,” these chemicals are even more dangerous than parabens. Diazolidinyl Urea, often found in paraban free “beard wash” is known to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology).  Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, also used in paraben free beard washes and conditioners is even worse than Diazolidinyl Urea. It was originally used in paints, primers, and even coolants. (Annmariegianni) and is toxic to humans. In fact, it is even restricted in some countries due to its toxicity! (Badreshia, S; Marks Jr, JG (2002). “Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate”. American journal of contact dermatitis) Yet you will find various beard tonics, beard shampoos and beard washes containing this ingredient.

So how can you tell if a beard care product is safe and good to use? First off, you want to make sure the ingredients are prominently listed on the packaging and product description.

What to use

Beard Balm Oil Birch Tar Soap

The following ingredients are all-natural, paraben and chemical free and safe to use on your beard:

  • Unrefined Jojoba - Natural, unrefined Jojoba (like the kind used in The Mod Cabin’s beard care products) has a light golden color and is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not block pores. It moisturizes, softens and conditions facial hair leaving your beard strong, healthy and attractive. (incaoil)
  • Pure Argan – Pure Argan (also used in The Mod Cabin’s beard care products) is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is also non-allergenic and non-comedogenic. Argan oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants that repair damage caused by synthetic ingredients as well as damage from overexposure to the sun (vizeribeauty)
  • Shea Butter - Unrefined shea butter is a yellow or ivory colored natural oil which is produced from the crushing and boiling of shea nuts. Unrefined shea butter conditions your facial hair and seals in moisture without damaging your skin and beard like synthetic alternatives (fao)
  • Beeswax – Beeswax is similar to shea butter, it is a natural sealant that is safe to use on your beard and skin and will not damage your skin like synthetic sealants can.
  • Pure essential oils – Pure essential oils, unlike their synthetic counterparts; fragrance oils,  are obtained from plants, using natural extraction methods, that has not been altered in anyway.
  • Birch Tar – Birch tar is made from the dry distillation of the bark of birch trees. This process is old. Really old. There is evidence that people were dry distilling birch tar in what is now Germany 40,000 years ago to make a glue necessary to create weapons for hunting. People have benefited from the restorative qualities of birch tar for centuries.  Acne, eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, dandruff, and itchy skin have all been successfully treated with birch tar, and because of the naturally occurring salicylic acid (an organic plant hormone) and methyl salicylate (an organic ester)  in birch tar, it acts as a natural exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin and tones new skin.  Birch tar is also an excellent diuretic; it is used for body detoxification and cleansing. It helps enhance the body’s blood circulation and prevents toxins from collecting in muscles and skin.  Birch tar can even be applied to small cuts and wounds to prevent infections and speed up the healing process because of it’s disinfectant and antiseptic properties.

What to avoid


Never use beard washes containing Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

The following ingredients are synthetic and should never be used on beards or skin:

  • Petroleum Jelly – Petroleum Jelly is a derivative of oil refining originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s (Huffington Post). The components that are removed from the oil during the refining process of petroleum jelly are carcinogenic in some cases. And since petroleum jelly is water-repellant not water-soluble like beeswax and shea butter, you dry out your pores by keeping out air and moisture.
  • Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate - Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is a preservative originally used in paint and coolants and is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin, and is thought to present risks to human reproduction and development. (Ingredient Watch)
  • Diazolidinyl Urea - Diazolidinyl Urea is a primary cause of contact dermatitis and should be avoided.

If you treat your beard right it will treat you right.


Professional MMA coach Marc Montoya from Factory X Gym in action

Every one of The Mod Cabin’s beard care products are all natural and safe to use. You can find all our beard care products here.

The next installment in this series will focus on proper nutrition for healthy beard growth and maintenance.


Ridge Runner Beard Oil – Polar Vortex Protection for your Beard

Run the frigid ridges in style this winter with all-natural Ridge Runner Beard Oil from The Mod Cabin.

Miners Mint and Ridge Runner Beard Oil

The spicy citrus scent will warm you up and have you smelling devilishly handsome while our unmatched combination of jojoba, argan and coconut oils will soften and condition your beard leaving you looking healthy and downright dapper!

Ridge Runner Beard Oil The Mod Cabin

But don’t take our word for it, Men’s Journal, Esquire and all recommend The Mod Cabin’s Beard Oils. That’s because we never dilute our beard oils with cheap, harsh fillers. Nothing but unrefined jojoba, pure argan, high quality coconut oil and natural essential oils make it into our beard care products.

So what are you waiting for? Click here and enter coupon code: MOONSHINE for 15% off your first order of Ridge Runner Beard Oil.


Decembeard Winner

Congratulations to our Decembeard Winner – Eddie, aka @coinopboy on twitter. We felt that his combination of awesome beard/unique style/unruly ferret best represented the spirit of Decembeard. He is winning a Beard Care Kit from The Mod Cabin containing Backwoods Beard Balm, Birch Tar Soap, Gunbarrel Beard Oil and Moustache Wax. In addition he will also receive an autographed copy of Nick Offerman’s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of our friends over at Beards on MMA and a Grumpy Stache Art Tee courtesy of Outsmart Originals.

There were a ton of great entries!  Thank you to everyone who participated! If you didn’t win, don’t fret, things are about to get Januhairy up in here!

Decembeard Winner The Mod Cabin


Beard Balm and Beard Oil Decembeard Contest Extended

We have received so many fun and creative Decembeard entries that we have decided to extend the deadline for entering to Friday December 20th. The winner will receive an all-natural Beard Care Kit from The Mod Cabin containing Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Moustache Wax and Birch Tar Soap as well as a Grumpy Stache’ Tee from Outsmart Originals and an autographed copy of Nick Offerman‘s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of the Beards on MMA podcast.

Beard Oil Beard Balm Decembeard Contest from The Mod Cabin

To enter simply submit your Decembeard picture in the comments section of this post or tweet it to us at @themodcabin or post it on our facebook wall.


Win Beard Balm and Beard Oil from The Mod Cabin

Today is December 15th, your last day to submit your Decembeard progress picture for a chance to win beard oil and beard balm from The Mod Cabin as well as a Grumpy Stache’  shirt from Outsmart Originals and an autographed copy of Nick Offerman’s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of our friends at Beards on MMA.

The Mod Cabin Decembeard Contest
How do I enter you ask? Simple – just post your Decembeard progress picture in the comments section of this post, or tweet us your pic to @themodcabin or post your picture on our facebook wall. Make sure to get your pictures submitted before December 16th. The winner will be announced on the Beards on MMA podcast December 31st and announced on The Mod Cabin twitter and facebook page.


Country Fried Rock Beard Balm and Beard Oil Contest Giveaway

Country Fried Rock has been doing their part to pull American radio out from the abyss of the soulless and overly-simplistic corporate bubblegum pop that dominates today’s airwaves for over 200 shows now. Since Country Fried Rock is made for the discerning individual who isn’t afraid to ditch the herd of mediocrity and carve out their own path, it doesn’t surprise us that they have a very bearded fan base. And because of that Sloane Spencer, the perspicacious yet always cordial host and producer of Country Fried Rock has been awesome enough to offer a Beard Care Gift Box from The Mod Cabin to one lucky beard.

beard balm beard oil the mod cabin country fried rock

If you’re not familiar with Country Fried Rock, shame on you! Just kidding. But seriously, Country Fried Rock is a one hour weekly radio show showcasing the best cutting-edge, off the radar musicians out there. Former guests range from legendary veteran James McMurtry to incendiary young country singer and songwriter Rachel Brooke to the banjo pickin’ awesomeness of The Defibulators.

There was a time when folks proudly let their facial hair grow without regard to corporate dress codes or prudish societal norms; and if The Mod Cabin and Country Fried Rock have our way, that time will come again. In fact, it has already begun. What started as No Shave November has turned into Decembeard and with the help of Country Fried Rock, The Mod Cabin and YOU – 2014 will be the beginning of an all out beard revolution! Beards up razors down say we!

That being said, winter can be harsh on beards. Beards, just like cars – need to be maintained. That is why our Beard Care Gift Box contains all-natural beard oil. Unlike lesser beard oils, The Mod Cabin’s beard oils contain unrefined jojoba, pure argan oil and pure essential oils. The 1-2 punch of jojoba and argan moisturizes and conditions your beard, keeping it soft and purty, not brittle and fugly. And our pure essential oils make you smell like you just made friends with a black bear while rescuing a baby chickaree in a Rocky Mountain pine forest. In addition to beard oil, the winner will also receive our amazing Backwoods Beard Balm – like our beard oils, our beard balm contains both jojoba and argan as well as fair trade shea and beeswax to help seal in that moisture and provide a light hold.

But that’s not all, the lucky winner will not only get beard oil and beard balm, they will also receive a bar of The Mod Cabin’s amazing all-natural Birch Tar Soap – the preferred beard soap of mountain men from the Canadian Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

So whether you’re a Ridge Runner in East Tennessee or an urban Vagabond in Oakland California – take a little internet journey over to and enter to win a Beard Care Gift Box from The Mod Cabin and discover some awesome, authentic off the radar music to boot!


Beard Oil : How to Choose

Beard oil is a necessary component of your beard growing strategy. How do you tell a good beard oil from a not so good beard oil?

A good beard oil should moisturize the skin under your beard, soothe the irritation of early growth and create the necessary conditions for growing a healthy beard. Beard oil should also moisturize and condition your facial hair to prevent split ends and breakage. The fact that a good beard oil will also make your beard smell amazing is an added perk!

Beard Oil, how to choose

There are several moisturizing oils that nourish your beard as well as the skin underneath it. When shopping for beard oil you want to make sure it contains non-comedogenic oils that will moisturize your beard without clogging your pores. You also want to make sure your beard oil is all-natural so it will not irritate your skin like synthetic beard oils.  Any beard oil worthy of putting on your beard should contain the following oils:


Jojoba is a liquid wax ester that does not contain triglycerides, so it will not become rancid in a short amount of time like grapeseed oil, and jojoba  is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not block your pores. Jojoba contains generous amounts of important nutrients such as vitamin E and B complex vitamins and minerals that stimulate beard growth.


Argan oil, often referred to as “liquid gold” by hair experts, penetrates facial hair pores where it enhances elasticity and stimulates beard growth. The natural antioxidants and vitamin E in argan oil strengthen your beard by repairing the damaged cellular membranes of your facial hair while also repairing damage done by synthetic chemicals found in most store bought soaps, shampoos and conditioners.

Essential Oils (an added perk to make your beard smell awesome)

Essential oils are extracted directly from plants such as cedar and fir and are by far the best way to make your beard smell amazing. Avoid any beard oil that uses synthetic fragrance oils or does not list what they are using to scent their beard oil with. A quality beard oil will either list the essential oils individually or contain the term ‘essential oil blend.’

All of The Mod Cabin’s all-natural Beard Oils contain unrefined jojoba, pure argan oil and pure essential oil blends so you can feel good about what you are putting on your beard. Follow our simple advice, and you can have a healthy, happy and awesome beard.


No Shave November Contest

No shave November is coming! The Mod Cabin is proud to announce we have teamed up with Beards on MMA , Currine , Coffee Bean Direct and Future Legend to bring you an awesome No Shave November Giveaway Contest!

The Mod Cabin will be giving away some beard oil, beard balm, birch tar beard soap as well as a super secret brand new product that will blow your mind! We will be debuting this amazing new product exclusively on the Beards on MMA podcast. In addition to the beard products, Currine is throwing in some of their awesome and uniquely stylish gear, and Coffee Bean Direct will be giving away 5 pounds of their savory coffee!

No shave November

Tweet a before picture to the Beards on MMA Twitter page: or submit one on the Currine Facebook page on Oct 31st and listen to the Beards on MMA podcast for more info. The winner will be announced live on the Beards on MMA podcast.


New Beard Oils: Just In Time For Fall!

Introducing our two newest beard oils; Miner’s Mint and Ridge Runner.

Miners Mint and Ridge Runner Beard Oil

Miners Mint Grooming Oil is an all-natural, multi-purpose oil that has a masculine, musky scent with hints of spearmint and bourbon. Ridge Runner Grooming Oil has a light, refreshing citrus scent that’s warm and masculine. Both oils are made with our special blend of argan, jojoba, and coconut oil, which penetrate and moisturize hair follicles, preventing breakage and allowing your beard to grow long and healthy. They also soften and moisturize your beard, and help make your beard more manageable. Our grooming oils can also be used as pre-shave oil and aftershave oil in place of traditional aftershave, as well.


Beard Balm + Beard Oil Set

Beard Oil and Beard Balm

Now you can purchase our beard balm and beard oil together as a set and save! Get our beard thickening Backwoods Beard Balm with your choice of one of our follicle nourishing Beard Oils. Choose from three scents; GunbarrelStirner, or Vagabond.  Our Beard Balm is perfect for daytime use to moisturize as it thickens and shapes your beard.  Use our Beard Oil for a bit of extra moisture later in the day or before bed.  You can even treat your beard to a hot oil treatment .

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Beard Balm

Backwoods Beard Balm is an all-natural, light to medium hold, multi-purpose pomade with a warm, woodsy scent. Backwoods Beard Balm instantly makes your beard appear thicker, and  keeps your beard moisturized throughout the day.  It can also be used as a pomade for hair.

  • Made with 100% natural ingredients.
  • Shea and Beeswax moisturize and provide control and holding power that can be restyled throughout the day.
  • Argan and Jojoba deeply penetrate and moisturize the hair follicles, promoting beard growth, preventing breakage and allowing your beard to grow long and healthy.
  • Lightly scented with pure cedarwood, fir and vetiver essential oils.
Beard Balm from The Mod Cabin

Beard Oil

The Mod Cabin Beard Oils are all-natural, multi-purpose, beard oils scented with pure essential oils.  They soften and moisturize your beard, and help make your beard more manageable.  Massage The Mod Cabin’s beard oil into your skin to nourish your hair below the surface at the cuticle, so that you can grow a thick, healthy, head turning beard.

  • Made with 100% natural ingredients.
  • Argan, jojoba, and coconut oils deeply penetrate and moisturize the hair follicles, preventing breakage and allowing your beard to grow long and healthy.
  • Use as a beard oil, or a shave oil to help prevent skin irritation from shaving.

Gunbarrel, Vagabond and Stirner Grooming Oils


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