WHAT IS TRUE GRIT
True grit is revealed by persevering through adversity, and so True Grit Grooming was developed…
Often the smallest things have the greatest impact on our lives. For Jacob Rockwell, founder and creator of True Grit Grooming Products for Men, it was a sliver of metal that radically altered his life path. But without that splinter, there would be no True Grit Grooming.
Jacob was raised in Denver, Colorado. In his late twenties, he toured around the west coast for a few years, but his love for his family soon brought him home. During his life he worked a variety of jobs. His diverse set of skills helped him land a position as a Wedding and Event Decor Designer. While fabricating a bar for a wedding, a metal shaving got embedded in his hand. He didn’t think much of it and continued working. When he awoke the next day, his hand was swollen, he was running a fever, and he had tremendous internal pain. His kidneys were shutting down.
Jacob sensed something was acutely wrong with his body. He went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis—a flesh eating bacteria. The doctors performed emergency surgery to save his hand, but his kidney enzyme levels were so high the doctors decided to induce a coma to better manage his ailment.
After a month, his condition had only worsened. The infection spread throughout his body, including his lungs. Jacob was intubated and placed again into a coma. The family that he loved and returned home to be near now gathered around his bed, fearing this may be their last visit.
Jacob is a fighter though, he always has been. Very few people (including his doctors) thought he could fight his way back from this infection, but miraculously he did!
Another month later, Jacob was rid of the infection and released from the hospital. He may have been cured, but he certainly wasn’t fully restored. The necrotizing fasciitis destroyed the muscle mass and nerves in his hand. He had lost forty pounds. There was no way he could return to his old line of work.
No matter how depleting the hospital stay had been, Jacob knew he couldn’t stagnate for long with an infant daughter to raise. In the words of Rooster Cogburn, the iconic character portrayed by John Wayne in ‘True Grit’, “Looking back is a bad habit.” Jacob needed to create a new path. Once again, his family was there for him. His aunt, owner of a homeopathic medicine and natural supplement manufacturing company, offered him a position in sales and marketing.
For a while, it seemed to Jacob that the only blessing from surviving his near death experience was that he had awoken with a full beard. Any man who has ever attempted to grow a beard knows that it is an endeavor in patience. Beards go through an awkward phase; it’s like puberty all over again. They start off slow and make the man look unkempt. Jacob was grateful for bypassing this process, but his beard was still gross. It hadn’t been maintained or properly conditioned, and the skin underneath was flaky and inflamed. It was a mess.
While he worked his sales job at the lab, he continuously scratched at his new beard. One day a mixing technician from the laboratory noticed Jacob clawing at his face and whipped him up a simple salve of olive and tea tree oil. As Jacob worked the compound into his beard, the proverbial light bulb went off in his mind. Beards are big right now, and here he was with all these resources at his fingertips. Jacob started putting in extra hours, sneaking into the lab, blending different oils and creating proprietary recipes. The process began mostly with trial and error.
Admittedly, he wasted a lot of time, product, and money. But he had a vision, and nothing could keep him from his new goal: to produce the finest beard oil possible. As he continued working and his beard continued growing, he was his own best guinea pig. When he found a concoction he liked, he passed out samples to friends and strangers and used their feedback to help modify scents and mixtures, but before long he perfected his Bay Rum scented beard oil he named ‘Pirate’s Rum.’ Soon “real lab techs” caught on to what Jacob was doing and they wanted a piece of the action. They started giving him pointers, teaching him about double boilers, flash points and emulsifiers, all leading him in the direction of where True Grit Grooming is today.
Jacob doesn’t have to sneak into the lab anymore, but he still toils late into the evenings perfecting new blends and perfecting new products he plans to ad to his men’s grooming line, all while hearing the words of his late grandmother in the back of his mind: “when you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you’ve got to look your best.”
His vision and goals for the now True Grit Grooming Products for Men brand are larger than ever. His plan is to give men the self-confidence that he had lost when he left the hospital (forty pounds underweight, and with a disabled hand) in the way of quality grooming supplies that are natural, Leaping Bunny Certified, and that are crafted in small batches with pride.
True Grit Grooming is designed to bring out the best in every man. If that’s not what it does, then why in the hell else did he get in the ring with the reaper and win this round? When Mattie Ross is questioned in the movie ‘True Grit’ as to why she hired Rooster Cogburn, her sentiments align just as well with what any modern woman of decency is looking for: “They say he has grit. I want a man with grit.”
GET TO KNOW TRUE GRIT
HOW A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE CREATED DENVER’S MOST HYGIENIC MEN’S GROOMING LINE - Aaron Rodriguez - 303 Magazine
“I felt there was a need for an all natural full men’s grooming line. Something for men who put a bit more thought and style into their daily grooming routines. As a man who’s into fashion and has more shoes than most women, I like options. I don’t believe there’s enough options with men’s products. There’s the big names like American Crew, which is more for hair, but we wanted to be an all-around men’s grooming line that you can use on your beard, on your face, in your hair, in the shower.”Read More
"It was early on that we realized True Grit was different from the other men's grooming products out there. As a small company (like us), it's of the utmost importance that they produce quality products and let them speak for themselves. In addition, Jacob made it very clear to us that True Grit products were produced with all natural ingredients in a commercial lab with the highest standards for mixing, molding, and distilling."Read More
TOP QUALITY INGREDIENTS
At True Grit we pride ourselves on only using the very best ingredients. because of that, instead of hiding behind scientific names you wont understand we list the main ingredients here on our website in plain English.
Castor oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is high in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Castor oil fights acne under your beard and other skin conditions, and is also known to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
Hemp oil contains fatty acids including Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 stimulating hair growth. Vitamin E is also present in hemp seed oil, making your beard softer and increasing its hydration. Hemp seed oil reduces inflammation and deters beard dandruff from forming.
Jojoba oil was found to exhibit anti-fungal properties to help promote a clean, healthy beard. The moisturizing properties of jojoba oil gives your beard added protection against dryness and split ends. It also prevents dryness and beard dandruff.
Avocado oil contains Vitamin E, which can reverse and heal damage done by the sun’s rays. Avocado oil also contains Vitamin D, which is crucial for the generation of new hair follicles, encouraging hair growth. Avocado oil’s ability to quickly penetrate and moisturize the skin under your beard and helps fight flakiness due to dryness, inflammation, and psoriasis.
Sunflower oil is packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, calcium and Oleic acid. These vitamins and minerals make it a great moisturizer and skin protectant as well as an essential factor for promoting hair growth and preventing breakage.
Grape seed oil is ideal for moisturizing and conditioning a dry frizzy beard. It has a light consistency, so it won't leave your beard feeling greasy. Grape seed oil helps to lock in moisture and prevent frizz, split ends, and brittle hair.
Apricot seed oil has oleic acid, which is an Omega 9 fatty acid and a wonderful emollient that makes your beard and the skin underneath softer and more pliable. It also contains Linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that controls and keeps moisture in your beard, stimulating beard growth while staving off brittle hairs and split ends.