Now that Halloween has passed and we’ve all had a chance to feast our eyes on epic costumes like sexy Bill Nye the Science Guy, it’s time to focus on the next great American tradition. No, not Thanksgiving. We’re talking about Movember.
Movember is a month where men grow truly glorious mustaches as a way to generate awareness about men’s health issues. Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has raised over $650 million to fund programs for testicular cancer, prostate cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. A similar program called No-Shave November, which began in 2009, asks men to donate the money they would have spent on shaving products to help fight cancer. So get ready to start seeing a lot of fu manchus, handlebar mustaches, and even porn ‘staches as the month goes on.
Whatever style you go with, if you want to grow truly epic facial hair the likes of which would make Ron Burgandy proud, you need to be prepared. From beard oils to boxers to beer, we found the best Movember and No-Shave November gear for 2015.
BEARDBRAND BLACK MARBLE BEARD OIL
When you grow a beard or moustache, you still need to have a grooming routine. A beard oil hydrates the skin underneath your facial hair moisturized and keeps the hair soft. Beardbrand created the limited editon Black Marble to be the most premium oil ever. Using the restorative Tamanu oil, its scent blends notes of vanilla, ginger and cedar without being overpowering.
OFFERMAN WOODSHOP MOUSTACHE COMB
Nick Offerman, who played Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, is the owner of one of pop culture’s greatest moustaches. He is also an accomplished woodworker, and sells this handcrafted moustache comb through his woodshop. If it’s good enough for the man who said, “You had me at 'meat tornado’”, it’s good enough for you.
WAHL PEANUT BEARD TRIMMER
If you don’t want to just let your facial hair go wild, a beard trimmer can tidy things up. It’s especially useful if you want to grow your mustache but work in a more buttoned-up office. (“Mattingly, get rid of those sideburns!”) The Wahl Peanut has four different length attachments and delivers precise and consistent cutting power.
HARRY’S x MOVEMBER SHAVE SET
Sadly, all Movembers must come to an end, and your majestic 'stache will need to be retired for another year. When it’s time to shave it off, try this set from Harry’s. It includes the limited edition Movember razor handle, three blades, and a four-ounce bottle of Harry’s shaving gel. The best part is $5 from every purchase goes to the Movember Foundation.
SAXX STACHE VIBE BOXER
Who says you can only rock a moustache on your face? Saxx created these boxers with a mustache print on them, with $2 from each sale going to the Movember Foundation. The boxers themselves are ridiculously comfortable, with mesh panels to reduce chafing and a pouch to hold your manhood in place.
ROGUE BEARD BEER
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A manly beard deserves a manly beer. Rogue teamed up with No-Shave November and created this Beard Beer using wild yeast found in brewmaster John Maier’s beard, who has been growing his facial hair since 1978. We hope that’s a joke, but the beer definitely isn’t. Using three different malts and Sterling hops, the American Wild Ale has a crisp taste.