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A Visit to Ste. Anne’s Spa

A Spa Day is a Gift to Oneself

One of my favourite things to do is visit our retail partners out in the wild and see what they’re up to, get feedback about our products, and ask for suggestions and ideas for new products.

It was very hard work, but this week, I checked out of my office for a day and checked myself into Ste. Anne’s Spa in Haldimand Hills, Ontario.

This amazing restored 1800s estate is only 35 minutes from my desk and was established roughly the same time as our farm.

There was a snowstorm on my travels followed by freezing rain, and I was lucky enough to snap up the last remaining room and hunker down for the night turning my day spa into an overnight retreat.

A Rich History

This impressive stone manor was founded in 1858 by Samuel Massey of the famed Massey Tractor company family.

Over the years, the house passed through four family dynasties. All its residents seemed to have a deep connection to the land. Their backgrounds were diverse, some came from England and others Texas.

After ten years left languishing and rotting, Ste. Anne’s was saved by the Corcoran family who painstakingly and lovingly turned into a renowned destination spa.

A Magnificent Estate

Ste. Anne’s Spa feels like a wing of Hogwarts. It was once nicknamed, Grafton Castle. Set among picturesque rolling farmland and woods of Ontario, the stone archways and courtyard gather you up and transform you to a place of calm and healing. The underground aqueduct provides an endless abundance of crystal-clear water which is rumored to have healing properties.

When you relax by the fire taking in the history of the building, it will feel like you slipped into another time, perhaps to a wealthy relative’s estate in the English countryside.

 

Certified Feast Ontario

As a Canadian health spa, Ste. Anne’s dining provides nourishment for both body and soul. Their chefs have a created a menu that brilliantly balances taste with health benefits. Since they also own a gluten-free bakery just down the winding road, the options available for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian are vast. They use local farms to source their meat and produce ensuring the highest quality food.

My meals were delicious, and I especially enjoyed the afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, local cheeses,fresh baked goods with Devon cream, and fruit. They are not a licensed facility, but you are permitted to bring your own wine.

Spa Services

Ste. Anne’s spa services are second-to none. They offer an extensive menu of spa services and wellness classes that will help you shed stress and clear your mind. I indulged in a 60-minute reflexology session and a 90-minute-deep tissue massage. Many of the treatment rooms are in the basement which feel a lot like exploring secret corridors of an old castle.

Internationally Known

With over 24,000 visitors a year from all over the world, it’s truly amazing how Ste. Anne’s Spa can keep the quality of their services a consistent ten out of ten. It’s a testament to the management and staff who are clearly devoted to the customer experience and treat every guest like an old friend.

Walton Wood Farm at Ste. Anne’s

It’s an honor to have Walton Wood Farm products offered at the Ste. Anne’s Gift Shop. Ste. Anne’s is indeed very selective about the quality of all their products and services, and we consider it a true privilege to grace their shelves. If you have read this farm, you’ve earned at 20% off coupon for your shopping cart until Feb 1st. Code: VDAY

Going Back

Of course, being the good CEO that I am, I will have to go back and do another quality check at Ste. Anne’s Spa in the very near future.

 

Valentine’s Day Sex: How to Prepare Down There

Valentine’s Day is a day for giving… and receiving.

Just as runners prepare for a marathon, you both need to prepare your gentleman and lady parts to ensure you can go that extra mile for your partner. Here are a few tips:

  1. Hydrate – Wine is sexy, water is critical. Alcohol and physical activity (if your sex isn’t strenuous enough to qualify as a workout, you’re doing it wrong) can rapidly dehydrate the body. The best way to make sure your system stays hydrated is to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. Bonus effect: This will also help to keep you from getting too sloppy too early. Ladies especially adhere to this advice as dehydration can cause, ahem, all-over dryness. Try Walton Wood Farm’s B’ver Balm– a vaginal aftershave that can also be used as a moisturizing salve, with Coconut Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil that will help get your hydration levels back on track. If you’ve read this far,  you’ve discovered the secret discount code which entitles you to 20% off any Walton Wood Farm products until Feb 1st. Use code: VDAY
  2. Personal Care – Out of all the fancy schmancy down-there hair removal options, the fact remains that the quickest, cheapest, and most popular will always be the trusty razor blade. The problem with shaving on or the day before Valentine’s Day? You guessed it. Friction. Those annoying little red bumps can quickly turn into painful large bumps that can ruin bring an abrupt halt to even the sexiest of nights. The fix? Walton Wood Farm’s Aloe-infused Better B’ver Creamy Shave Soap was expertly designed with the sole intent to moisturize and provide a smooth glide for any razor. Remember to shave with the grain, not against, and finish up with Walton Wood Farm’s B’ver Balm. Our B’ver Balm is also terrific for after waxing!
  3. Fun – Whether you’re brand new lovers, spicing up your marriage, or anything in between, the pressure of the “most romantic day of the year” gets to everyone. Candles, handcuffs, blindfolds… 50 Shades of Lame. So, have a little fun and mix things up! Having fun together is new sexy which is why a lot of modern couples are turning to reciprocal grooming. Let him shape you as you trim him – you’ll be able to watch his anticipation grow before your very eyes. Check out Walton Wood Farm’s Essential Valentine’s Day gift set with Proud Cock and Better B’ver shaves and balms for personal care designed to primp your partner.

A Taste of the Country at South Pond Farms

South Pond Farms

Walton Wood Farm is headquartered along the shores of Rice Lake in Bailieboro, ON Canada. Being a rural-based company, we like to support our fellow farmers as much as possible. These days, small farms need non-agricultural, diversified streams of income to survive and stay out of the clutches of big corporate agriculture.

We are very lucky as there are many creative things happening in our neck of the woods in rural Ontario!

Our Taste of the Country Birthday Celebration

Last summer, we celebrated our 4th birthday at South Pond Farms in Pontypool, Ontario. South Pond Farms and its founder/owner, Danielle French, have achieved international attention with their Netflix series, A Taste of the Country.

South Pond is an events and wedding venue, a gathering place for farm-to-table culinary experiences, a space for enriching classes, and immersion in a back-to-basics lifestyle.

The South Pond Farms Experience

On our arrival, we were greeted by a pastoral setting fit for a fairy-tale. We were transfixed by the restored 1800s barn, bright red animal barn, Victorian farmhouse, rustic outdoor kitchen, and of course, a picturesque pond. Odd as it sounds, I was especially impressed by the charming bathroom out-building with a diligent old goat as its guardian. Old Martha accepted an entrance fee of a hearty snuggle.

And apparently, our joy being there is shared by their other clients, as their Facebook and Trip Advisor reviews are through the roof!

Learning to Bake—with a Master Pastry Chef!

Our first activity was learning to make bread from scratch in the country kitchen. It was once an old drive-shed and restored to service South Pond Farm’s wedding and event business. Rustic and cozy, we enjoyed making bread dough with Pastry Chef Dylan Smith.

Bread has a surprisingly simple ingredient list, but good bread has some tricks. Kneading it is a kind of art form and I found it immensely therapeutic. It was fascinating to learn that some of the bread ‘starter’ could be over 40 years old! Dough picks up salt and bacteria from the air around it and breads take on the flavour of the environment in which it is made. Doesn’t get more local than that!

South Pond Farms Wedding VenueWide Open Spaces

After setting our loaves to rise and enjoying a good cup of tea with freshly made scones, we dropped in on the aviary tour guided by Danielle’s daughter, Carlyle. We learned all about the hierarchy of the hives—yes Queens do rule—, how honey is made by the bees, and how it’s harvested by Sound Pond Farms. We even tasted some of the delicious golden drops from the honeycomb.

After a leisure hike on the trails, we sat for a spell for some pond gazing. An outdoor brick oven nearby cast the scent of smoky embers and brought me back to time spent around a campfire—quiet moments, reflecting on life and drinking in the view. Slowing down just for a little while.

Delectable Lunch at South Pond Farms

Lunch was ready and set inside the old barn—the mismatched chairs, rough wooden tables, and higgly piggly bone China made for an inviting setting with the mood of a movie set. It felt as though we were in a Diane Lane film like Under the Tuscan Sun.

We were served tasty flatbread pizzas with farm-grown ingredients and fresh greens with homemade dressing. Simple and delicious. Desert was a mouth-watering, flourless chocolate cake and Danielle was kind to serve us some celebratory Champagne.

Weddings at South Pond Farms

I’ve been married twice and never had an actual wedding, but thought if I did, it would have to be at South Pond Farms. Not fussy, not pretentious—a gathering place that is soulful and grounding. Yes, a real ‘Taste of the Country.’

Rural Roots Lifestyle Personal Care ProductsWalton Wood at South Pond (Awesome!)

Since our visit, South Pond opened a gift shop next to the barn, and we’re excited our own Rural Roots Collection is available there alongside Danielle’s book series and delicious jams, spreads and salts.

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On a side note;

Danielle and I met on Boxing Day over a year ago. Our friendship sprouted from a shared passion to make high quality sustainable products, bring jobs and tourism to our communities of Peterborough and the Kawarthas, and exercise our creative muscle by innovating how farms do business.

Our brands are vastly different; South Pond Farms is a brand of innocence and a return to values through food and environment. Walton Wood Farm makes soaps and lotions with edgy themes and we can be at times a bit wild.

Although our companies have different voices, we have the same challenges; finding and training staff, marketing, sales, financial management, operations, and working seven days a week to stay on top if it all.

We are both very lucky to have partners in life that are fully supportive. Danielle’s “Shawn” and my “Peter” are cut from the same plaid shirt and blue jeans cloth. Hard-working, gentle men with infinite wisdom and grounded sensibilities. A calm voice in the storm.

There are lots of sleepless nights for both Danielle and me. It is reassuring and enjoyable to have another farmpreneur to share experiences with; ideas, “aha’s,” successes and failures all go down better with a glass of wine and a friend who can relate. Complementing, not competing.

In 2019, my wish for you is to make space in your life for a ‘simpler time’ and find your own Taste of the Country. Somewhere off the grid to step back, reflect and enjoy the moment, just as we did that warm summer day last June at South Pond Farms.

 

Cheers!

Leslie Bradford-Scott

Founder, Walton Wood Farm

5 Ways to Make Winter Your B*tch

Winter’s here and she’s dripping in ice, ruining lives, and is all that anyone will be talking about for the next four months. That’s Mega-B*tch status which is hard enough to withstand, let alone compete with. How do you throw shade at Mother Nature when she’s the one stealing all the sunshine in the first place? The only way to outdo a Mega-B*tch is to be a BO$$ B*tch. Walton Wood Farm, industry leaders in cruelty-free personal care products, has some secrets and some goodies designed to help you do Winter better than Winter. When Jack Frost claps, we clap back… harder!
  1. Beat the Cold – Rock beats scissors, Kim Kardashian beats Paris Hilton, and hot beats cold. There’s nothing like getting home after a long day and sinking into a warm bath. And there’s no better time of year to do it than winter. Experts in all things comfy, Walton Wood Farm has designed the perfect bath soak formula to wash away your cares, dead skin, and frostbite. When you’re scraping ice off your windshield in the morning, rest assured that come evening time, the Epsom salt base will heal the pain in your tired joints as the warm water thaws out your frozen bones. Hey Winter, thank you for the freezing temperatures, it makes me appreciate my luxury baths even more, B*tch. If you have read this far, congratulations! You get a secret code for 20% off any Walton Wood Farm products good until Feb 15, 2019. Use code: Winter

 

  1. Pucker Up – Tis the season for Netflix and chill. More snuggles, more staying in, more… kisses. Since the origin of kissing, when the first cavewoman licked food off of the first caveman’s face, women everywhere have been prepared to battle winter’s dry, cracked lips. There’s not a woman alive who doesn’t have lip balm in her winter coat pocket that makes our lips smoother, yummier, and more kissable than ever. Lip balm doesn’t lend itself to summer as there are no pockets in a string bikini. Hey Winter, thank you for the chapped lips, my boyfriend loves the taste of Walton Wood Farm’s Peppermint Buttercream and Grapefruit Maple lip balms, B*tch.

 

  1. Get Rid of Flaky Friends – The weather is predicting a snowstorm, prepare for falling flakes and icy roads. Too bad our skin doesn’t provide a similar warning: Your skin is getting dry and chapped, prepare for disgusting flakes and dry patches. Luckily, when winter rolls around, we know it’s coming so there’s no need to be a skin psychic. Regular use of Walton Wood Farm’s Peppermint Buttercream sugar scrub will keep you smooth and silky. Hey Winter, thank you for the reminder. I’ll taste your snowflakes while you taste my skin flakes, B*tch.

 

  1. Be a Smooth Operator – Scraping snow, the bitter cold temperatures, soaked gloves from winter fun, and icy winds can all wreak havoc on delicate hands. Walton Wood Farm’s personal care Winter’s a B*tch line is ready to come to the rescue… with hand rescue. The fluffy Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Japanese Green Tea whip will prepare you to take on any challenge winter throws your way… with your own two – perfectly smooth- hands. Soft hands are better to throw snowballs with, B*tch.

 

  1. Find Yourself – Personal care goes deeper than beauty products. It’s about finding your voice, your spirit, your passions. Winter is a great time of year to stay in and spend time with a loved one you may be neglecting… YOU! A true BO$$ B*tch knows who she is which creates confidence that never goes away. Winter, on the other hand, will be gone before you know it.

 

How Men Buy Gifts vs. How Women Buy Gifts

It’s an often explored topic from science to stand up comedians: men and women are different. Not exactly a surprise, but when it comes to the holiday season, there are some interesting behavioral differences between the sexes. But first, what do you expect to be the difference?

We have certain expectations of how men and women behave, so what does that experience make you think the outcome will be? Maybe it’s that men like to give more practical things while women like to give more frivolous, decorative things? Or maybe you think women are more empathetic and so will be better and taking into consideration the needs of the person whom they are giving the gift to?

Of course, we can probably all think of stories from our lives of when a gift you received really didn’t hit the mark. “Oh, a sock puppet! You really shouldn’t have… Really!”

According to a study cited in Psychology Today, where participants were asked to come up with three gift ideas for men and women, there was  – perhaps unsurprisingly – a notable difference in how men give to women and women give to men, compared to how men give to men, and women give to women. You probably could have guessed that men give video games far more often to men and women give home and garden gifts to women, with more frequency than the opposite sex.

The striking overlap came in certain categories. When it came to men giving to women, men were far more likely to buy electronics, while women buying for men were far more likely to buy clothing. In fact, men are more likely to buy electronics for men and women more likely to buy clothing for women. But as we all know, electronics are expensive. And if you’ve ever been the recipient of gifted clothing, you know that sometimes it comes with fit-issues, like your belly button is showing, or maybe it’s super itchy. All this is to say that giving clothing can really just a roundabout way of giving to Goodwill.

There are two ways to interpret this. One is that men just like buying electronics and women like buying clothes. Full stop. But the idea of giving a gift means trying to please the other person. So either men actually think women prefer electronics and women think men prefer clothing, or there is an element of the old “I’m buying you what I’d like for myself” going on here. If you’ve never seen the episode of The Simpsons where Homer gives Marge a bowling ball engraved with the name “Homer” on it  – and much to his chagrin – she actually takes up bowling, then you’re missing out.

In the end, humans are limited to their perceptions and individual points of view. It can be hard to think outside of your own feelings. And sometimes, that’s a good thing! Like, our feeling is you should take a look at some gifts that your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, mother or father, brother or sister, teacher or professor, nurse or nurse, or simply your gender-neutral friend will actually enjoy! Just check out our wide array of all-natural hair, skin and grooming products. Unlike giving clothing, Walton Wood products don’t need a sizing chart to fit right, and unlike giving expensive electronics we’ve got many under $20, all of which won’t be totally obsolete in six weeks.

And in case you’re wondering, science says it’s always better to give than receive.

Why are gifts for men so hard to buy?

Introduction

Whether it’s the holidays or a birthday, if you’re looking for men’s gift ideas, it isn’t always easy. Women are easy. Kids are the easiest. But let’s focus on the difference between men and women for now. Why is it so much harder to buy a gift for a man?

The Stuff Gap

The first and biggest reason is also the least helpful when trying to solve our problem. “It’s society, man.” Giving a gift to a woman is relatively simple when we live in a culture where women love to (or feel like they need to) accessorize. Go to any department store. The vast majority of the stuff will be aimed at women. Vast arrays of clothing in different shapes, sizes and colours, not to mention the jewelry, purses, scarves, hats, shoes, etc.

Gifts for men? If you’re lucky, they will be cloistered off into a dark corner where a paltry variety of the same shirts, the same belts, the same underwear, all with different brand names placed on them to give the illusion of choice. Okay, that’s not totally fair. But it can feel that way. It’s the place where men go in, get what they need, and leave in peace. Good luck finding a gift for men under $50 that isn’t something lame like a wallet or a tie.

Man Toys Are Pricey AF

We know men love stuff just as much as women. The thing is, the stuff they like, they’ll typically buy themselves, or it will be too expensive for most gift givers to give. Oh, he likes golf does he? Have you seen how much a new driver costs? And maybe it’s not the right one for his style of play. How about a watch? Great gift idea. But do you want to lay down that kind of coin for something that might not be his taste? And then there are the higher end toys. He likes gadgets? He likes ATVs? He likes sailing? C’mon, man!

All this brings most people to give the men in their lives the good ol’ impersonal gift cards, booze, or ultimate male “I have no idea what to get this guy” gift, a gift card for booze!

The Best Gift

What kind of gift actually changes you for the better? Research shows that people who spend their money on experiences – rather than on accumulating stuff – are more happy. Some stuff is an experience. Women have been the beneficiaries of these gift items for decades. Think of the typical mother’s day gift fare: Bath salts gives you the experience of a relaxing bath. Scented candles gives you the experience of a warm aroma that fills your space. Even simple moisturizer gives you the experience of literally being comfortable in your own skin (although it won’t do much for you figuratively).

Men have historically be shunted out of that gift experience, we believe unfairly. And the worst part is men think this is as it should be. There’s this idea that men ought to be “independent” but that get interpreted as being “wantlessness” or worse “needlessness!” We all need and want things. Men are no different.

Think about the best gift you’ve ever received. The best gifts are the ones you didn’t even know you wanted. That means that the person who gave it to you actually knew you better than you knew yourself.

Science has proven that giving really is better than receiving. So if you want to feel real good, give a gift that speaks to the man you’re giving to.

Our Recommendations

Here is a short list of things we can prove that are tailored to men of specific attributes, especially if he’s got a good sense of humour.

Does he work with his hands?
Does he have a beard?
Does he – or maybe desperately needs to – manscape?
Does he use product in his hair?
Does he – on occasion – sometimes need to wash?
Does he have a pair of lips? (still works if he just has one lip)

If you’re reading this, chances are, you already know what we do. You know we live to make natural style skin and hair products. And we believe that most men love to use them, they just don’t know it yet. We believe that men prefer high-quality, hand-crafted, naturally sourced ingredients are preferable to the petrochemical goops you get at the grocery store. We believe the man in your life will love the experience of taking care of himself differently. Surprise him with something he didn’t know he wanted.

5 Tips to Keep Your Beard from Getting Weird


It doesn’t take much neglect to absolutely ruin some beards. It can mean the difference between being stylish and hip, to looking like a 1930s boxcar Willie type without the excuse of being in the midst of the Great Depression. That’s “Weird Beard” and you’ve definitely seen it before. Here are 5 tips to keep your beard tamed and keep that weird beard at bay.

Know When To Grow

This is if you haven’t started growing a beard. And if you already have a beard, you can probably sympathize here. Nothing looks weirder than a beard in transition. It’s not quite full, yet it’s rough at the same time. Like it’s own beardy puberty, it still has some growing to do towards becoming a man. That’s why you should plan the beard growing phase around a vacation or otherwise care-free times when your grooming can take a backseat. We suggest doing this whilst being a successful Hollywood director, if available to you. Know that growing it out will be itchy. This will pass in about two to three weeks, depending on how quickly you grow. When you’re almost there, shape it up with a barber and discuss styling and your end goal. Check out pics online for inspiration.

Become A Clipper Master

To take complete control over your beard, and have the luxury of keeping weird beard away at time of the day, you need a decent beard trimmer. No need for professional grade, but avoid bottom rack. Select the guard level you want. There are generally set sizes (1, 2, 3, etc.) that follow a standard measurement. Once you have the right guard, run your clippers over your beard in the direction of hair growth to smooth out strays and add definition. Going against the grain will give a closer trim, but careful not to go too close. If your beard is on the longer side, a small set of barber scissors for errant strands or unwanted curls is your best friend.

Face Hair Needs Care

Beard hair is different than scalp hair. It’s thicker and coarser. Using a beard wash specially formulated with natural ingredients to clean and soften your beard will leave it so touchable, you’ll have to politely ask people to stop, or – failing that – have to write a stern letter. You want it to leave your beard clean AND moisturized. You don’t want that chemical nonsense: Hormone disrupting parabens, SLS foaming agents that give you the illusion of clean, and you definitely don’t want dyes! Grey in a beard makes a man look distinctive, confident and wise. A dyed beard is a diminished, insecure beard. Dyed beards are the weirdest of beards. Own your greys, and take care of them. Simply wet your beard with warm water, apply a small amount of your beard wash with clean hands, massage and then rinse out.

Beards Need Moisture and Shape

Your scalp creates a lot of oil, which will normally add moisture to your head hair. Beards typically don’t. And considering the thickness of the strands, it’s easy for your beard to become a wiry, dry nest without the proper maintenance. Keep your beard from becoming a dry, bristly, thistly, thirst patch by getting a proper beard balm. It will add moisture and shape and leave a pleasing masculine scent wafting in the breeze. Avoid products with silicone, which just give a sheen without actual hair nutrients. Opt for natural lipids, like shea butter, avocado oil, and cannabis sativa. Simply run the back of your thumbnail across the balm, scooping out a pea size dab. Warm the balm with your fingers and stroke through beard hair. Comb it through for beard excellence.

 

Beard Borders Without Disorder

 

While you may have a beard, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shave. True, you’ll need to shave less, but you will need to be precise around the neck and cheekbones to give clean lines and beard definition. Use your thumb to create an anchor point above your Adam’s apple. This will be the starting point from which you’ll create a smooth, curved line along the beard toward the hinges of your jaw. Use your clippers to clear the excess brush. Then follow up by using a high quality shave soap and new razor to get a close shave that’s actually good for your skin. Similarly with your cheekbones, you’ll want to know how much you want to remove in advance. The trick is to keep it symmetrical, so err on the side of caution. You can always take away more later, but it takes a long time to grow it back.

 

A Hand Cream for All Seasons

When I started my company, I wanted to create gifts that spoke to people, but were usable. Luxurious little products that would brighten anyone’s day and bring a little bit of joy each time we use them. Four years later, there’s a hand cream for every season. Birthdays, a little thank you to Mom, appreciation for a teacher, a rescue for your girlfriend from the Week from Hell, or for yourself from the cold snap of Winter. Even a trip to the Beach when we’re sitting at our desk dreaming of white sand and balmy breezes. We hope you enjoy our hand rescue collection whether your a Rebel Girl or just need a little Me Time.

 

How to Manscape with Pride

 

What it means to be a man has changed since your father’s generation. Gone are the days of the 1970s when pride meant shrouding your manliness in a cloud of hair, like puffy and curled shrubbery. It used to be the measure of a man was how mo’ can you grow? And judging from the those racy old magazines you found in the woods when you were thirteen years old, it was almost as if scissors weren’t even invented until 1993.

 

It was a different time.

 

Thankfully that era is long gone and we’ve since learned that the best way to show off your male goodness: Manscaping. I mean, is manscaping even optional anymore? What would it be like if you grew out your mons pubus to it’s peak bushman? Do you really want your partner to have to hack through the wilderness of your loins with a machete? Who has the time for that anymore? 

 

The razor, however, is a double edged sword… like, literally and figuratively. Yes, the blade makes you look hairless and sexy, but it can also slash and burn. Or are you so tough that you drop-trou in front of a stranger with a jar of hot wax in her hand who has decided she wants to spend every day mercilessly ripping out hair right from the follicle?

 

If that is you, sir, I say: Brave. Truly brave.

 

Sometimes it hurts to look good, but it doesn’t have to.  

 

Luckily there is Proud Cock manscaping aftershave balm. It’s 100% natural, specially formulated to soothe, hydrate and heal the sensitive skin around your sex place with shea butter, avocado and apricot oils.

 

How do you use it?

 

That’s the kind of question only a dapper and intelligent man would ask.

 

Simply shave as you normally would with our Proud Cock Shave Soap scented with Patchouli essential oils. We recommend shaving after a warm shower to open up your pores and moisten the skin. You know the drill: Shave soap and a sharp razor with warm water. Now it’s time for le apres rasage upon the freshly shorn skin. Your skin will love it, and so will your special someone.

 

Just because you’re spoiling yourself (and your lover), doesn’t mean you have to be mean to the environment. You won’t find any of the toxic dyes, SLS, parabens or phthalate (do you even know how to pronounce that?) that the gross mega-corp products use. It’s something we take pride in. We’re cruelty free, vegetarian friendly and, of course, gluten free. You should only be putting wheat there if that’s like, you know, your thing. If that is your thing, then wear it like a badge of honour. We’re all about confidence here.

 

So be proud: Stand tall, feel smooth, and lightly scent your junk with the pleasant citrus aroma of bergamot. When the time comes for the great reveal, we know your pride will be accompanied by joy.

 

Taming the Beard Beast: Ingredients Matter

We’ve all been there, groggily waking up, stumbling to the bathroom, throwing on the hot water and while you’re waiting for the water to heat up you notice something.

Your beard looks the same day in and day out.

You’ve accepted this because it’s easy.

You’ve accepted this because there’s nothing else to do.

Shampooing your beard has become a recurring practice in the shower. Because, well, what other option do you have?

Understanding your skin.

To understand why you shouldn’t use any regular shampoo is to understand what happens on the surface of your skin.

Walton Wood Farm definitely knows what is going on on the surface.

Your skin is producing valuable oils. The sebum oil needs to stay intact because the absence is what creates dry skin. (Or worse, beardruff.)

However, most men are not willing to expand into beard shampoo or even beard balm. Walton Wood Farms has done a great job of contouring to men’s needs in this aspect. Let’s see what happens when you stick with shampoo.

Why is shampooing your face potentially dangerous?

The difference between shampooing your hair, your beard and by consequence your face can be harmful. Chemicals found in shampoo such as Parabens, SLS, and dyes have been found to have long-lasting negative effects.

SLS (Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates) are known irritants. However, the scariest extreme has been that SLS has been linked to certain forms of cancer. So, when you decide that using a shampoo is easy, at what expense are you making this decision?

We’ve all seen the ads that show a perfectly groomed beard.

It’s been cut right, shines, and is generally healthy-looking. Do you really think shampoo can do that? Most people that have fallen victim to irritation never thought it would happen to them. This trap can happen to anyone.

Small ingredients can make the biggest of difference.

So, what makes a beard shampoo and regular shampoo different?

Certainly, it’s the ingredients.

Most shampoos differ in only a handful of chemicals.

However, there is more diversity with a quality beard shampoo and beard balm. Just ask the folks over at Walton Wood Farm.

Some of those quality ingredients are meant to heal your beard from the inside out. So, when your beard is looking immaculate, it is not a show. It is because it is healthy.

Most quality beard products contain argan oil. This oil does several things; it aims to moisturize and nourish.

The moisture content of a product is just as important as anything else. Without a proper moisturization, how can you sustain your beard? When hair is dried out and frayed, what happens? It begins to fall out. It begins slowly, and by the time you figure it out, a full shave is in order.

Argan oil also does a great job of nourishing your beard. Moisturizing cannot happen without the nourishing power of argan oil. The nourishment it provides takes everything back to the basics and set everything up to have the best-looking beard around.

Other ingredients include Aloe and Vitamin E.

These two work together to give your beard the fullest look possible.

Aloe provides even more moisture to really give your beard the color and sleek look it deserves. Along with helping moisturize it also strengthens your hair.

The one-two punch that’ll save the day and your beard.

Your beards thickness goes a long way when it comes to looking full and complete. While a beard wash can help, it is only half of the solution. The other part of proper beard care is life after the shower.

A good beard balm doesn’t just make your beard shine like there is no tomorrow, but does more.

Shea butter is what will give your beard the conditioning and shine it deserves. If your beard balm doesn’t have that, then what are you doing to yourself? A good balm also has also has carrier and essential oils. A carrier oil will support the nourishment aspects of the wash, while the essential oils will further help get the most from both your skin and beard follicles.

When you iron a suit, you don’t go over it just once, you go over the same spot at least twice to make sure it’s taken care of. Why treat your beard any differently?

In summation, shampoo may technically work, but does not sustain your beard. Overtime your beard will begin to look spotty, dry and not kept. Oils will be stripped, irritation can happen, easily and not be just a one-time thing. It can be systematic of a bigger problem that is growing.

To avoid these problems why start in the first place?

Beard shampoos and balms can solve your problems before you run into them.

From beard to blade and everything in between, Shawn is the founder of Tools of Men, a men’s grooming blog that helps men get the most from their morning routine.  Featuring in-depth guides, product review roundups, and common questions that men are too afraid to ask, this site should set you in the right direction when it comes to how to care for your body.

Award Winning Beard Wash

Walton Wood Farm is happy to announce our Gentleman Beard Wash is featured in the January 2017 issue of Nation-Alist Magazine.
We were awarded the “Best of Grooming Award” for the Beard Soap category, and we couldn’t be happier that they selected our product to be recognized above of all the wonderful beard products available on store shelves today.

 

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5 Health Problems Men Face in Their 40s

Written By:  Guest Author Peter Minkoff.

Health Problems Men Face in Their 40s

While it is still quite early to speak about old age at 40, this is when most people’s bodies steadily embark on a downward spiral. Even though men are still in their prime during this period, this is where first serious health issues start to take place. Sure, most of these problems may not be clearly visible, but this doesn’t make them any less serious or dangerous. So, without further ado, here are some health problems that men start experiencing as soon as they get past that 40 threshold.
      1. Heart Diseases
According to 2015 statistics, heart diseases alone amount for 17.3 million deaths every year. Seeing how annual death toll amounts to somewhere around 55.3 million, we can see that this is roughly a third of all deaths in the world. Now, even though men after 40 may not feel any changes in their cardiovascular system, this hazard definitely becomes something to look out for. So, if by any chance you experience chest discomfort, pain that spread to the arm or suddenly start feeling light-headed, it might be for the best to talk to a physician.
     2. Colon
Even though problems with one’s bowels may not seem as serious as the aforementioned heart issues, colon problems are not something to be taken lightly. Years of excessive eating, drinking and otherwise lavish lifestyle take their toll and by the time you reach 40, you can start experiencing first problems on this front. So, in case of extreme pain in the area, you might need immediate medical care.
     3. Skin Problems
To a lot of men, skin issues are the last thing on their mind, but this shouldn’t be so. With age, your skin will start losing its elasticity and you may start getting sun spots or even cherry angiomas. This especially goes for men who train a lot or work physically demanding jobs. The only way to deal with this is to give your skin some room to recuperate. One of the methods is purchasing an athlete’s soak, which you can pour into your bath and therefore rejuvenate your skin while relaxing in a tub.
     4. Bone Issues
For both men and women, the age of 30 represents an important threshold. From this moment on, your bones start losing their density, which further leads to an array of uncomfortable problems. By the time you reach 40, the first clear symptoms of this may become visible. While there is no way to reverse this process, leading a healthy lifestyle, eating calcium and vitamin D rich food and exercising a lot during your youth can help you out quite a bit. Unfortunately, those who slacked during their 20s are much more likely to develop osteoporosis.
     5. Dental Problems
Finally, seeing how your entire skeleton will encounter some difficulties, it isn’t surprising that its only visible part (your teeth) will undergo a rough transition as well. Now more than ever, it will be your duty to take care of your dental hygiene, which means not only brushing your teeth a few times a day but flossing as well. Furthermore, it also might be the right time to start seeing your dentist more often. If you have any issues with your teeth, it is vital that you fix them as soon as possible. This especially goes for a simple procedures called gingivitis treatment.
Conclusion
For every year after 40, there is an increased chance that one or all of the aforementioned issues will start pestering you. While some of them may be caused by your previous lifestyle choices, there is still much you can do. Practically, this consists of exercising, eating healthy as well as taking care of your hygiene. After doing this, you can trust your body with all the rest. Still, this requires you to get at least some of these warnings and we hope this short list helped at least a bit.

Peter is a men’s grooming writer at The Beard Mag magazine from UK. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many events in UK and AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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Create a Spa in your Bathroom

Bathroom Spa

Do you ever wish you had a spa in your house?  Ever wanted to create a spa in your bathroom?  Skip the local joint with their highfalutin price tag, rip off the clothes and head straight for your bathroom.  Just add some Walton Wood Farm products, and create your own little secret hide-away.

Perhaps the most important factor in this homemade spa experience is deciding what products to treat yourself with.  This can be difficult to narrow down.  What works best for my needs?  What scents do I like?  Which products do I use and in what sequence?  What if I………RELAX — Walton Wood Farm is here to help. Continue reading → “Create a Spa in your Bathroom”

Best Stocking Stuffers For 2016

Women's Bath and Body Products

The holidays are fast approaching, you know what that means for most of us; stressful Christmas shopping!  Not this year though.  Get the best stocking stuffers for 2016, as well as other great gifts, here at Walton Wood Farm.

Big items, small items, and of course, the much sought after; stocking stuffer.  It can be absolutely trying to find the best stocking stuffers for 2016.  Stockings stuffers are one of the most overlooked, unplanned, and thrown-together gifts out there.  What to do? Fill those fleece cozies with candies, bubblegum, lip balm, and what? Even socks for the old hanging sock?  Stop buying unwanted and unneeded stocking stuffers and start shopping Walton Wood Farm!

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Top Stocking Stuffers For Men

Stocking Stuffers For Men

Men can be extremely hard to buy for at Christmastime.   Their wide variety of interests, wants, and needs can leave us completely unsure of what to look for.  Whats worse?  Finding gifts men want that are small enough to fit inside a stocking.  Stocking stuffers for men, a Christmas shopper’s worst nightmare.

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What Christmas Gifts To Get For Men?

What Christmas Gifts For Men The Best Gifts for Men at Walton Wood Farm

Men are so hard to buy for. Especially at Christmas time.  Men are all unique, with different hobbies and interests. True fact. Most of us just Google What Christmas Gifts For Men as December 25th fast approaches.  Fear not, Walton Wood Farm to the rescue!

We offer a great selection of men’s products including solid cologne, beard wash and balm, athletes soak, shower gels, and multipurpose gift sets.  No matter how unique or different your man may be, we have a gift to suit his individuality.

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Watch us Fight the Flames on Dragons’ Den

Join us on October 19th, 2016 at 8 pm EST on CBC to see us battle the Dragons.

Dragons Den Success!

It’s hard to believe it was last April when we filmed this episode. CBC only airs half of the pitchers filmed, so we are thrilled to have been selected to be featured on their “Shop the Den” special. For the uninitiated, Dragons’ Den is the Canadian version of Shark Tank.  Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec actually began their television careers on the show. In fact, they were Dragons for about eight years before they migrated to Shark Tank.

They’re not so scary

You can see by the images, there were some light moments in the den. I can say, it’s a pretty terrifying experience, but it’s not all warfare in there! The Dragons are a tough bunch, but also very nice.

We are just wrapping up design and formula for a product that was inspired by something one of the Dragons said.  It was kind of a big joke at the time, but turned out to be a great product!  See you in the den.

 

 

 

Toronto Gift Fair August 7-10, 2016

Retailers, stop by and see what’s in our new gift boxes at Buckstone #8501, Congress Centre, at the Toronto Gift Fair. Twelve new products, two new displays, and two gift boxes just ready for the holiday season. See you soon!

Walton turns 2!

On June 14th, 2016, Walton turned 2! This was a major cause for excitement, as according to Forbes Magazine,  90% of start-ups fail within 24 months. Things are looking good for Walton Wood Farm!

We had a terrific party attended by all the the people instrumental in helping our business  grow an interesting and wonderful crop of products. Look out year 3…we’re coming for you.

A great big farm ‘yeehaw’ and ‘thank you’ to our customers and community partners. Love, Walton the Pig.

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Walton Wood Beard Balm Featured in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Here is what Condé Nast Traveler had to say about our Beard Balm. “We all know beards are babe magnets, but their pull is so strong, they can also attract the odd crumb, stench and split end. Is that a reason to go barefaced? Hardly. Walton Wood Farm’s Adventurer Beard Balm conditions, nourishes with moisture and tames.

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