One of the first purchases I made for my beard was honest Amish beard soap. This soap came highly recommended online, and I couldn’t wait to try it for myself. I compared Honest Amish beard soap with beard brands beard wash on my YouTube channel and discovered that I preferred the honest Amish beard soap.
Using the Honest Amish beard soap is very similar to using a liquid beard wash. Firstly, you need to get your beard wet, lather up the soap and apply it to the surface and the depths of your beard using your fingertips. Then, rinse with warm water and repeat if your beard is still dirty.
I am guilty of using head shampoo on my beard for far too long.
Because the head area of your face is much oily than the face, the shampoo was formulated to remove oils effectively. Use this harsh oil removing solution on your face, and you can quickly dry out your beard.
It wasn’t until I started using a dedicated beard shampoo that I discovered how much better my beard felt because I wasn’t removing all of the oils with every wash. If you want to find out more about the best beard soaps that I think you can buy, check out my other article – best beard soaps, the ultimate products – click here to be taken to article.
Below, to go through to use Honest Amish beard and body soap effectively. I have found this beard soap to be one of the best ways to keep my beard clean and healthy – and it also doubles up as a body soap which I have used a lot.
Steps for using Honest Amish beard soap
The steps for using the honest Amish beard soap doesn’t differ too much from using a standard shampoo on your head hair.
A few tricks can make it easier to get a consistent wash, but we will go through these difficulties in the section below.
Things you’ll need
Before starting out, you will need access to:
- warm water – this can be supplied in a shower, bath, or a separate receptacle which you can use to wash only your beard.
- Honest Amish beard soap – if you want your beard soap to last longer, I highly recommend cutting it into quarters so it doesn’t wash away in the water. I have found that my beard and body soap, when cut into quarters, lass many months. Keeping away from running water makes it last much longer.
- A towel – you can put a towel around your shoulders before washing your beard in a sink, and you can use the towel to remove the majority of the water after washing your beard.
Now, let’s take a look at all of the steps required to get a deep and reproducible wash for your beard, no matter the length.
Get your beard wet
The first step in washing your beard is to make sure that all hairs have come into contact with water.
Soaking your beard is very easy to do if you are washing your beard in the shower. Allow the water to run over the top of your head. Work it into the depths of the beard with your fingertips. If you are in the bath, you can dump your entire head under the water to ensure a complete soaking.
If you are basin, you can bring water up to your beard in cupped hands or dunk your lower face into the water.
Getting your beard wet is the first step to washing.
Simply using water will go some way to removing the dirt and grime that has built up during your last wash. Water is a fantastic solvent, and it will remove many of the pollutants that you pick up during the day.
Physically agitating your beard while in this stage will also remove large bits of grime and build up.
Some people only use water on their beards for a significant amount of time. If you want to know how to do this effectively, check out my other article – can I wash my beard with just water? – I go through everything you need to know to wash your beard with only water.
Lather up the soap
Once you have agitated your soaking wet beard, you need to lather up the soap to apply it to your beard.
I have found that the best approach for lathering up the honest Amish beard soap is to use my hands to agitate the surface molecules of the soap and then apply the lather to my beard using my soapy hands.
Alternatively, you can grab the bar of soap and rub it directly into your beard. Rubbing it directly into your beard is particularly useful if you have a wizard length beard, and you need to make sure that the soap is applied from root to tip.
You can use your hands to transfer the soap into your beard with less than a wizard length beard.
Applying the soap to your beard has to be done methodically to ensure that you work the soap molecules deep into the depths of your beard.
Apply to the beard
Applying the soap to the beard is the most important step in effectively using your honest Amish beard soap.
Many people only apply soap to the surface or outside of the beard. If you have a short beard, this is generally okay. However, anything over a couple of months old needs to be worked deeper and allowed to coat the surface.
Use the lather on your hands to brush down on your beard in the direction of the growth. Return to the bar of soap to reload your hands until you feel that the beard is covered. Alternatively, you can grab the bar of soap and rub it on your beard until you have achieved full application.
If you have a waterproof cone, such as a plastic comb, you can also brush your beard at this point to ensure the full distribution of the soap across the full surface of the beard.
Getting it deep
Getting deep into the beard is important if you have particularly curly beard hair or your beard is particularly long.
This is the stage where you should use the tips of your fingers to massage the depths of your beard slowly. I lather up my hands with soap and then use my fingertips to penetrate the full depth of the beard and create small circular motions with my fingertips on my skin.
If you need to, reapply the beard soap to your fingertips and return to the depths of your beard multiple times. I tend to reposition my hands three or four times to ensure that I have got all the way down to the roots.
After massaging the soap into your beard, you should use your fingertips to ensure full coverage of your moustache.
If you have a fancy moustache, you should use your fingertips to roll the beard soap through the tips.
I find I can be a little bit rougher with my moustache and the beard soap because the hairs are much shorter and often requires a little bit more force to work your way down to the skin.
I often allow the beard soap to sit in my beard for approximately one minute. After that, I rinse out my beard using warm water.
Sometimes it can take several passages of warm water to remove the suds from my beard fully. Fully removing the suds is much easier to do in the shower than using a tub or basin.
After rinsing your beard, you can repeat the process until you have reached the level of cleanliness that you want to achieve.
Towel drying your beard with a good quality microfibre towel will be one way of ensuring that you do not damage the surface of the hair while drying your beard.
Products you can use after washing your beard with Honest Amish beard soap
I always find that my beard is dry after using any soap to clean my beard.
I like to back up my beard washing with a good quality beard conditioner, beard bar, or beard butter.
I find that applying straight after washing is the best way to return my beard to its full potential and return some beneficial natural oils to the hair for nourishment and conditioning.
Things to avoid
There are a few things to avoid when using your honest Amish beard soap.
the overuse of any soaps can quickly dry out your beard.
A study published in 2011, looked at the sebum production at various body sites. The results showed that the sebum school was highest in the body’s forehead and lowest in the cheek.
The scientists concluded that people with darker skin would require formulations with more agents which dry out the skin whilst people with very skin need to protect more from turning and redness. Therefore, there is a huge difference between individuals regarding what products and formulations they should use on their faces and beard.
Because the face has a lower amount of sebum, you need to be very careful not to strip all of the natural oils from the beard.
Shampoos formulated for heads use stronger surfactants (soaps) than in beard shampoo formulation. Completely stripping your beard of its natural oils will only serve to damage your beard and to make it dry and dull. Once this happens, it is hard to recover, and it takes several weeks to replace the natural oils, which builds up over time.
Leaving in wet spots
I found that if I left my beard soap in the direct path of running water, it would quickly wash away. You can overcome this by cutting up the beard soap into quarters to ensure that you are only placing a quarter of the beard soap in the shower at any one time.
Buying a simple soap dish or removing it and drying it with a towel after each shower is the best way of ensuring that your beard soap lasts for as long as possible. Leaving it in the path of running water means you are simply washing your money down the drain.
I end up using it as a body soap too
I found that I also ended up using the honest Amish Beard soap as a body soap. This meant that I went through it quicker and other soaps, which I generally only use on my beard.
I found that I went through the bar a little bit quicker than expected because of this.
Honest Amish soap ingredients
The ingredients on the website of honest Amish says that it is made of Saponified Organic Oils, clays, and essential oils.
When you purchase an honest Amish Beard soap, you find out that it contains all of the following ingredients:
Our beard soap is made with the following saponified oils: Olea Europa, Cocos Nucifera, Elaeis Guineensis, Cucurbita pepo, Prunus Armeniaca, Ricinus Communis, French Yello Clay, White Caolin Clay, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eugenia caryophyllata, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum.
The term saponified means that the oils have been turned into soaps using alkali and some simple ingredients. If you want to know how to make your very own DIY beard soap, you can check out my other article – best beard soap – I go through all of the steps you need to create your favourite DIY beard soap.
Making your DIY soap bar is relatively easy. It is made from an oil or a fat mixed with an alkali (opposite of an acid). The oil is normally from animals or plants, such as goat milk, jojoba oil, castor oil, and coconut oil. And the alkali in many homemade bars is sodium hydroxide – a simple chemical that can be found in your chemist.
The magic happens when the oils, fats, and alkali are mixed and heated. In chemistry, we call this process saponification. It’s a simple mixture that can form soap bars. For liquid soap, you can use potassium hydroxide.
In this article, we’ve gone over everything you need to know about how to use honest Amish beard wash and soap. If you want to know more about the soap you can check out my other article – the honest Amish Beard soap review – I go through everything you need to know and my honest opinions about using it. What I liked and what I didn’t like.