Keeping a beard clean, groomed and trimmed can be harder than it looks, and it’s even harder if you’re looking to stick to all-natural, homemade products and ingredients. Artisan Beardworks, a family-owned company based in Carthage, aims to make having a natural, clean and well groomed beard easier.
Artisan Beardworks makes beard balms, oils, shampoos and soaps from 100-percent essential oils and natural ingredients. Owner Clint Kahler says the business is not only a way to help customers find beard solutions, but it’s also a labor of love, fueled by family tradition.
Kahler’s grandfather grew up in the Great Depression, a time when people had to learn to make do to survive. He relied on himself for all sorts of things, from making soaps to growing crops. As years passed, he handed down his knowledge to his family members and went on to co-found the Heritage Days event in Warsaw, Missouri, a demonstration event of the old ways of making your own items. Through the family tradition, Kahler says he grew up learning how to butcher his own animals, make homemade apple butter and more.
“When it came time to want to start a business, it just kind of naturally happened, and it doesn’t hurt that I have a beard,” he says. “I’ve been using beard products for many years, and I just couldn’t find anything I loved. I thought, ‘I could make something better than what’s out there currently.’”
After researching recipes and trying different combinations, Kahler and his wife and three sons started the business. They make all their own combinations and scents. Kahler says the all-natural ingredients and using the right products make a big difference in keeping beards groomed and well conditioned and in preventing skin damage. The company produces nine scents, including Vanilla Sky and Sawdust.