Trans Owned & Operated

Here you will find businesses or products created, owned and / or operated by trans folks. Your welcome!

 

 Poetic Apparel

Poetic Apparel is a grassroots company that presents handmade custom clothing for people of all genders and sizes. The Creative Director hand-picks material and designs that straddle the line between unique and classic aesthetics. Each line of clothing are all inspired and never intentionally trendy, unless your custom garment is the catalyst of the trend, in which case, is very trendy.

 

Tygrrr’s Beard Butter

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 I’m originally from California and my heritage is East Indian, Black, and White.  I came out as transgender just over three years ago, at the age of 50. Transitioning has been challenging in quite a few areas. One of those challenges has been figuring out the best way to maintain my facial hair. I feel lucky in that I am able to grow a beard, but have struggled in finding the perfect beard care product. Therefore I decided to create my own. I came up with the idea of making beard butter because there weren’t very many butters out there and I really didn’t want oils or balms that might clog my pores. Also many beard oils out there have DHT blockers in them. The more DHT a person has available the fuller their beard is (although DHT on head hair has the opposite effect). Therefore, you must avoid oils and ingredients that block (inhibit) DHT if you want to grow a fuller beard.

Beard Butter is in between a beard oil and beard balm; essentially beard balm without the beeswax. This provides a lighter hold than beard balm, yet more than you would get with oil alone. You also get much better moisturizing characteristics on the hair and skin than you get with just oil, without the hardening effect from the beeswax in beard balm.

I use Jojoba, which is actually a wax ester that is similar to your own sebum. Sebum is the oil that secretes from every pore on your body.  You need the sebum to keep your skin moisturized. Jojoba is perfect as a non-clogging agent, since it resembles human sebum. I also incorporate Vitamin E as it contributes to increased blood flow, which makes it easier for facial hair to grow. I have a slew of essential oils to create different scents, but I highly recommend using Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Peppermint oils because they also promote blood flow, keeping hair follicles stimulated and hopefully alive.

You can find out more about me and Tygrrr’s Beard Butter on my website transgendervisibilitymatters.com