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Pittsburgh-Based Company Offers Help for the Bearded Man


Pittsburgh, PA. February 28, 2006 –- Every man who has stopped shaving for a few days knows the deep itch—the uncomfortable, burning feeling that starts off as a minor irritation but ends up making you want to claw off half your face. Or reach for the razor and take the beard off.

For Paul Kaniewski, a Philadelphia native now living in Pittsburgh, the itch struck during a stressful period as a graduate student. “I had made the decision not to shave until finals ended, but the itch was unbearable, and the ingrown hairs along my jaw were extremely painful. I knew that I couldn’t be the only man out there who had this problem.” So he looked for a product that could ease his discomfort, searching drug stores, department stores and the internet for a remedy. The only problem—there weren’t any products for itchy scruff. So Paul Kaniewski started the quest for the perfect beard cream.

And Bluebeards Original was born. “It took time to find a manufacturer who could understand what I was trying to do and how I wanted it done.” How he wanted it done was naturally, with no artificial dyes, no skin irritants, and no animal testing. “I knew I could cut corners and get a product out much more quickly and cheaply. But it wouldn’t have been worth it. Bluebeards Original is representative of beard culture—rugged, natural, unique, edgy—and the products have to fit this"

The original Bluebeards Original product, known as Beard Saver, is a daily lotion which reduces itch and softens scruff. The packaging is bold, and what most customers first notice—a jolly roger, complete with grinning skull and a blue beard. “We took a risk with the logo” Paul Kaniewski acknowledges. “It’s not your typical men’s care look"

Customers may pick up the products out of curiosity, but they keep coming back because they work. “As long as I have men telling me that they can grow weekend scruff or a winter beard without suffering, I’m happy” Paul finishes.

Bluebeards Original is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania company dedicated to the beard. Founded in 2004 by Paul Kaniewski, products can be found in food co-ops, fine specialty shops, online retailers and at

Moira Koch


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