Product Information


At Great Lakes Grooming we make sure to always use the highest quality ingredients possible. Doing this means that each ingredient chosen in our formulations undergoes thorough and exhaustive research before we feel confident that it meets our standards and the needs of that product.  
In today's market many people tend to feel all natural is always better, however, as we do offer many all natural products we also make use of safe synthetics. You will see these ingredients mainly in our water-based products, as they must contain a preservative to prevent spoiling with time.  
Safe synthetic ingredients can be derived from natural sources and treated to alter their chemical composition enhancing certain qualities, or they may be entirely lab created. We ensure that whatever ends up in our products, whether natural or synthetic, is used in a manner that will be safe for both you and the environment. 
We extend this view to our packaging choices as well - if it can't be or hasn't already been recycled we won't use it - and we ask kindly that when you are through enjoying your products that you recycle whatever packaging you can. 
 
The following is a list of our products complete with their ingredients and packaging, if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us!

 

BEARD BALM 

Ingredients - Prunus Armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil, Lanolin, Cera Alba (beeswax), Tocopheryl, Essential oil blend
(Contains nut oils)

2oz. recyclable aluminum tin, w/ waterproof label.

BEARD BALM USE 
Best used following a cool shower, applied to a lightly towel dried beard for everyday protection and conditioning. With the back of your thumb nail, scrape half of a dime sized amount (serious, like less then you you'd think - start small you can always add more!) and rub between fingers until liquid. Work thoroughly throughout your beard while taking care not to spread onto your skin, comb through and style as usual.

RESULT 
A nice lustre and a light shape should result. If you find your beard looking greasy or weighed down, you may have used too much or may not have thoroughly worked the balm throughout. 
Fear not - as the oils in the balm hydrate and soften your beard that greasy shine will fade into a subtle lustre that no one can resist, so make note of the proper amount for next time!
We also suggest trying to avoid working the balm into your skin as it contains occlusive that are design to coat your hair and would thus coat your skin potentially clogging pores. 

 

BEARD OIL

Ingredients - Prunus Armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) oil, Arangia Spinosa (argan) oil, Ricinus Communis (castor) oil, Tocopheryl, Essential Oil Blend
(Contains nut oils)

1oz. recyclable glass jar, w/ glass dropper cap and waterproof label.

BEARD OIL USE 
Best applied shortly following a cool shower, shake well, and apply to a damp towel dried beard. With suggest using approx. 2-5+ drops (depending on your beard length and thickness) spread along your fingers and work through your beard. Starting by rubbing into underlying skin followed by massaging into the hair (don't be afraid to really get in there, don't just spread it on the outermost layer - get it up in there). Brush through and style as usual!

RESULT 
A healthy lustre, and a subtle pleasing scent should be all that remains following use. 
If you find your beard looking greasy or weighed down, or find the scent to be too strong you've very likely have used too much oil or may not have thoroughly worked it throughout your beard. 
Fear not - as our all natural oils hydrate and soften your beard that greasy shine will fade into a subtle lustre that no one can resist, so make note for next time!

 

GHOST CLAY

Ingredients - Aqua, Kaolin Clay, Copernicia Prunifera (carnauba) wax, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, PEG40 Hydrogenated Ricinus Communis (castor) oil, Ricinus Communis (castor) oil, Hydrogenated Ricinus Communis (castor) oil, Hydrogenated Soybean (soy) oil, Tocopheryl, Parfum, Essential oil blend, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

3.5oz / 100g recyclable plastic jar, with waterproof label.

GHOST CLAY USE
Ghost Clay should scoop from the jar with little effort. Start with a small scoop on index finger and place into the palm of your hand - rub hands together to breakdown into a clear, translucent paste and apply to dry hair. Spread product evenly from back to front, and then front to back - ensure that no streaks or clumps are present. Once this small scoop has been applied repeat until you're happy - It is always easier to apply more product then to remove too much!

The act of breaking the product down between your hands will allow some water to be removed, the more rubbing between your hands the stickier the product becomes as more water is able to leave the product - this will allow for a drier and tackier application - breaking down the product too much can result in more tug and pull on the hair - the perfect breakdown may require some practice, but you'll get it. 

RESULT 
Once applied you may notice a slight shine similar to barely damp hair - this is because the product contains water - don't worry, it will absorb and evaporate shortly leaving behind a more matte finish. Ghost Clay is best applied to dry hair, damp hair is fine but may yield less hold and less volume. For extra volume, we suggest that you blow dry your hair into your desired style prior to applying product (get it good and fluffy), once dry apply in small scoops and comb/finger comb to final result. Keep in mind that adding any styling product to your fluffy dry hair will only add weight - the more product you use the heavier each strand of hair will get - with each use you will find a balance of hold and volume and unlock your full potential volume - if thats the route you choose to take. 

Once Ghost Clay has been broken down and applied the waxes will begin to set and any remaining water should evaporate/absorb within the first 10-20 minutes depending on the amount use and how wet your hair was. Beyond this you'll see a gritty somewhat grippy texture and firm hold, easily finger combed, and just about as natural a look as you can get. 

WASH OUT
Ghost Clay is designed to be easily washed out with a little agitation, soap, and warm water.

 

CLASSIC PINE TAR SOAP

Ingredients - Olea Europaea (olive) oil, Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil, Pine Tar, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Ricinus Communis (castor) oil, Elaeis Guineensis (sustainable palm) Kernel oil, Sodium Hydroxide*, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) essential oil  

 * none remains in final product

5.5- ish oz. / 156g  Bar of soap, recycled kraft paper label. 

SOAP USE 
Grasp bar with hands, thoroughly wet, work into lather and proceed to wash body and beard (beard not a requirement for use), rinse with cool water and repeat as needed. No fluffy white clouds of lather here, its straight to work - no nonsense. The lather is nice, tight, and light - You will feel the natural oils in the bar before you see a lather which is typical of traditional pine tar soaps.

RESULT

Following use on skin and hair you may experience a slight tingle from the peppermint essential oil - don't worry this is totally normal and will eventually subside. Once complete you're hair and skin should be cleaner and fresher then prior to use, thats the goal right?   

 

Lip Balm

Ingredients - Cera Alba (beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) seed butter Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil  

0.15oz. / 4.25g tube with waterproof label


LIP BALM USE 
Remove cap, twist dial on bottom of tube until the lip balm is easily spreadable. Rub lip balm on lips until desired amount is retained.  Its a simple process really. Some folks prefer to apply by rubbing lip balm onto a finger tip and using the finger tip to apply to the lips but we don't feel the need to make it complicated. 

It should be noted that in very cold weather you may need to warm the lip balm up a bit prior to applying - so we recommend always keeping a tube in your pocket to ensure it stays the perfect temp! Also - in very hot weather (like your car in the summer, or your pocket in the dryer) our lip balm can soften or even melt - so please avoid these situations. However, once melted just stand tube upright and wait for it to cool again and solidify before next use. 

 

 

 

All citrus essential oils used are FCF free to prevent any photosensitivity!
All of our products are for external use only. Please spot test to ensure no irritation occurs and discontinue use if it does.
Great Lakes Grooming cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use or misuse of our products. Things can get weird when your hands are covered in oil!