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Trayvax Axis Review

I tend to use a wallet until it is falling apart. I like to get my money’s worth out of them. Around Christmas I knew the time was quickly coming to find a new wallet, and started looking into thin wallets.

I’ve never quite had the same problem George had, but I’ve tried to keep wallets out of my back pants pockets for years. I don’t even really carry cash with me anymore, just a lot of plastic. I was also thinking if my wallet held less stuff, I’d be forced to carry less.

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I don’t exactly remember how I came across Trayvax, but the more I looked into what they do and make, the cooler they were for me.

  • American company
  • Products made in the USA
  • Wallets are RFID resistant
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Partner with and support veterans

This wallet is made out of solid, tough materials I dig. The design is minimal and slim to carry my plastic cards and a few bills with ease. It’s smaller than my cell phone so it’s not like it crowds my front pockets. The wallet is also modular, allowing you to loosen or tighten the strap to securely fit what you’re carrying. If you’re concerned about the wallet opening up, you can secure it with a carabiner or other similar item.

I think what has struck me most, is all the positive comments I have received from cashiers when I go to pay.

“Is that a wallet?”

“Where’d you get that?”

“That’s so cool!”

I’m not sure why, but cashiers seem to love wallets, beards, and Trejo’s Tacos t-shirts. I’ve also used the Trayvax Axis as a tool of sorts to pry or smash things. So far it’s held up quite well.

If the Axis isn’t your style, Trayvax does offer three other models with color variations and accessories. Be sure to check out what they offer. Did I mention they have a Youtube channel?

Purple Mattress Update

So we’ve had our Purple mattress a little over a month and are still loving it. At this point, I think it’s fair to say we’re keeping it. Here’s a quick rundown of our adjustment to the new mattress.

Mattress protector – I have horrendous allergies so it’s a really good idea to have my mattress and pillows encased to cut down on dust, dust mites, pollen, and whatever else. Originally I purchased this Sleep Tite model, but I didn’t pay attention to it being for thick mattresses up to 22″ deep. I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but after we zipped the mattress up and put sheets on the bed, we could feel the bagginess of the extra material beneath the fitted sheet. It was driving us a little nuts.

I then did some more careful searching on Amazon to find another mattress protector that is made for those 9″ to 12″. The Purple Mattress happens to be 9.5″ thick, so this was a much better fit. I also picked up a fitted-sheet-style protector as a second layer on the mattress. The reasoning is we can easily slip this one off and wash it periodically without having to unzip the encasement and take the bed apart.

Pillow protectors – Since I was purchasing a new mattress protector, I went ahead and got new ones for our pillows too. I went with the Sleep Tite brand and they’re working great.

Bed height – As I mentioned before, the Purple Mattress is about 10″ shorter/less thick than our previous mattress. This hasn’t bothered me, but Liz would prefer the bed to be a bit higher off the ground. To fix this, I picked up some bed risers. They are modular, plastic blocks of sort allowing me to raise the bed height by 3″, 5″, or 8″.

The bed has been great. It’s comfortable sleeping on our backs or sides. Even sitting on the bed for extended periods of time working on laptops doesn’t seem to put any stress on our backs. I really love that I can by lying near the edge of the mattress and I don’t feel like I’m going to slide off the bed. If there was one regret, it might be that we stuck with the queen size and didn’t upgrade to a king.

I’ve also had the flu/bronchitis for the past three weeks and have spent 90% of that time in bed. This hasn’t seem to have affected the mattress at all.

Paribus Review

I came across Paribus last week, and while it seemed like a good deal, I was still a bit skeptical. This is a service that will track price changes for items you have bought from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Newegg, Best Buy, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Gap, Old Navy, J. Crew, Staples, Sephora, Bonobos, Zappos, Athleta, Banana Republic, Macy’s, and Piperlime. If the price goes down, and you’re eligible for a refund according to the vendor’s policies and guidelines, Paribus will get you your refund.

Now you’re thinking that sounds too good to be true. There must be a catch. Here’s the catch – Paribus keeps a percentage of your refund. It’s starts out at 25%, and it’s relatively easy to reduce that number to 10% or even 0%.

The way it works is you give it access to an email account containing email receipts from the aforementioned vendors. So if you don’t want them having access to your normal email, start a new gmail account. If you’re already receiving receipts at another address, you can forward them to your new one.

Like I’ve said before, I’ve been trying it out for a week and have been liking it so far. I have a few purchases that’ll be earning me refunds soon. The only thing I’ve been disappointed with so far, is it doesn’t recognize any digital purchases from Amazon, specifically renting or purchasing streaming videos.

If you want to try it out, here’s my referrer link – https://paribus.co/i/0GNNIu

Beard Oil Flyweight Sampler Pack

A little over a week ago I ordered Pugilist Brand’s Beard Oil Flyweight Sampler Pack. It contains:

  • Buccaneer Blend beard oil sample
  • Cedar Atlas Shrugged beard oil sample
  • Citrus Grove beard oil sample
  • Frontiersman beard oil sample
  • Zen Musk beard oil sample
  • $3 off coupon for your next purchase of a full-size, 1 ounce beard oil

This retails for $8 with a couple bucks for shipping. I’m not sure on the size of the sample bottles, but you should get at least a couple applications per bottle as long as your beard is less than 5-6″ long. My beard is a about 5 months old at the moment and 4″ long. I didn’t fall in love with any of the scents, but I still dig what Pugilist Brand is doing and here is why.

Customer Service

There was a slight hiccup with my order when it arrived, and like any social media user I contacted Pugilist Brand through Twitter. They responded immediately, most of my order was refunded, and for that reason I’m calling this a sponsored review. Too many times I’ve tried to contact a company for good or bad reasons and have been stonewalled or treated poorly. Pugilist Brand knows how to treat their customers, and welcomes feedback.

Sample Pack

I love that they offered a sample pack I could try to see if I liked their products. I’m picky about how things smell. I’m also not really into cologne/scents/fragrances, so I’d hate to spend $15-$30 on an entire ounce of beard oil to find out I really can’t use it. If you’re like me, be sure to check out return policies if you’re leery of spending the cash not really knowing what it’s going to be like. For $8 you can try all five of their beard oils and get at least 10-14 days use out of the samples.

Pugilist Brand also has many sets and combinations of their products for beard enthusiasts at discounted prices. If you want to buy multiple beard oils, or combine oil with soap, pomade, mustache wax, etc; their is most likely an option for you that coincides with your budget.

Quality Oils

If you look at how they make their beard oil, it contains the usual suspects: almond, jojoba, argan, and castor. I would have to say Pugilist Brand’s beard oil was probably the most lightweight I’ve used so far. I felt like I needed to use slightly more for an application than oils I’ve used from other companies, but that might be what you’re looking for in an oil. Comparatively, this beard oil goes for $19 an ounce while Beard Brand and Beard Baron sells for $25. So even if you’re using slightly more, it does cost less. I did not notice any real difference in the condition of my beard while trying out Pugilist Brand’s compared to other oils I’ve been using.

Here are a couple pictures. I always like to compare customer pictures to what companies post on their web sites.  For starters, they have an awesome rubber stamp they slap on their envelopes.

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Here are what the samples look like.  That is their business card for size reference.

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 As I mentioned above, I didn’t love any of the scents, but that doesn’t mean you won’t. I’d love to know what others think of Pugilist Brand, especially compared to other similar beard products.