When I first started making beard & skincare products I never intended to sell them. Originally they were just for me…to help soften my beard, reduce itch, and hydrate my skin. I would stand in my kitchen mixing ingredients in my modified “lab” while watching Walt and Jesse cook meth on AMC’s Breaking Bad. It was awesome.
When it comes to my skin and beard I am very particular. I will not use just any product. This is why I started stubble & ‘stache in the first place.
Handcrafted/homemade products are wonderful. Websites like etsy.com have created amazing opportunities for small business and entrepreneurs to get their creations to the masses. stubble + ‘stache itself is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. You might call us a micro business given how small we actually are. But, our products are not handcrafted. Here’s why:
Working in my kitchen, I started thinking about contamination. I identified three key areas where unintended “ingredients” could enter the mix:
What do I mean by this? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the cosmetic/skincare market like they do the pharmaceutical and food industries. Without well-controlled facilities and established standards, contaminants can easily enter the system. Standing in my kitchen, I started asking myself these questions regarding homemade/handcrafted products:
With these serious concerns in mind, we decided to forgo the “handcrafted” route and instead work in a professional, controlled manufacturing environment. Granted this is more expensive, but you can’t put a price on your beard’s safety.
Here is how we address the concerns listed above:
First and foremost, our manufacturing facility complies with the Good Manufacturing Practices set forth by the FDA.
We use three types of media for microbiology testing. One is general-purpose media that will help detect most types of microorganisms. We also have media to detect yeast and mold and another to detect pathogens.
When it comes to products placed on the skin, you cannot be too safe. Our goal is to make the best, most innovative men’s beard and skincare products on the market while helping veterans in need. As the holiday gift-buying season ramps up, ensure your gifts only spread health, happiness and joy.
stubble + 'stache was founded by a former Marine Corps Special Operations Combat Veteran in memory of his fallen comrade. We donate a percentage of profits to organizations supporting those men and women suffering from the mental wounds sustained in combat.