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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wise Hair Care for Men | Review

Wise haircare Men

As someone who loves to create, I can't help but feel giddy when I see a new Canadian brand on the market championed by someone I can relate to. Wise is men's hair care made in Canada and located in Montreal, QC. When I agreed to review their line, I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately, Wise is a brand that speaks to me, and there are many qualities of their collection that I love. From the gorgeous reusable packaging (including Birch bark sourced in Quebec) and glass containers that you can refill, anything from French Canada rings true to my heart.

Wise Hair

I like the simplistic packaging of Wise products. they arrived in a small box with no excessive filler or paper. Clean and concise.

Wise Montreal

I received the Introductory Bundle which costs $60 CAD and comes with two products. They also included a sample of their additional men's hair styling cream.

Wise Products

Above you'll see some details about each product they sell. The pomade and cream are offered in cardboard tubes in addition to the classic packaging, which you can use to refill the glass jar.

Daily Shampoo Mens

Birch Bark Daily Shampoo 


  • comes in a minimalist refill pouch
  • healthy ingredients
  • simple packaging and option for glass container
  • no artificial fragrance that lingers, smells fresh and clean


  • a bit tough to squeeze out from the pouch package
  • would prefer a refillable plastic squeeze tube vs the glass bottle they provide for travel
  • no sulfates so it might not wash off the clay pomade completely. You'll need to create a good lather since the pomade is thick, and really tough to remove (could supplement with a regular foaming shampoo)

Clay Pomade

Glacier Clay Pomade 


  • super cool look, has a decor-like feel and I like the grey colour
  • a little goes a long way, has unique ingredients - clay from northern BC
  • when product is warmed up in palms, and combed through hair with fingers, it provides a comfortable, strong hold
  • fresh, clean, manly fragrance
  • reusable glass container with option to refill


  • jar is hard to close - seems like the lid isn't lined up properly
  • extremely thick consistency compared to Joseph's regular Men Only Matt Styling Clay

Hair pomade

When reflecting on Wise's packaging, I can't help but think that the glass bottle will be dangerous in the shower. I'm not the most conscious or careful when I'm taking a morning shower, but Joseph has a non-slip mat so I think that would help avoid broken glass if you were to drop the bottle or knock it off the shelf.

Best Mens Hair Product

Here's a comparison of 3 products - Men Only styling clay, Wise Clay Pomade, and Wise Cream Pomade. They all differ quite significantly. With a mostly matte finish throughout, Men Only clay almost melts on contact, it appears to be more nourishing for potentially dry hair types. The Wise Clay Pomade is thick, stiff, and will create a natural look - but could also provide more structure if desired. Their Cream Pomade seems like a similar formula to the Men Only, without the structure of clay. It is smooth, nourishing and would be good for a light-hold style.

eco-friendly products

As an eco-friendly brand, Wise has 8 goals:

  • Goal #1 Natural ingredients because the natural world is therapeutic and the best ingredients can be found in nature.
  • Goal #2 Locally produced because we can limit the pollution produced when shipping resources across the globe.
  • Goal #3 Clean ingredients because it is time we stop using harmful chemicals in our everyday care products.
  • Goal #4 Scented with essential oils because traditional fragrances used in cosmetics can be harmful for our health.
  • Goal #5 Recyclable packaging because landfills are already full enough.
  • Goal #6 Reusable packaging because the best way to reduce waste is to give our goods a long life.
  • Goal #7 Reduced usage of materials because minimal packaging means less waste.
  • Goal #8 Renewable materials because not all resources available today will still be available tomorrow.

Father's Day Gift Basket
A men's grooming gift basket that I put together last year at Valentine's Day

If you're still on the hunt for a birthday or Valentine's Day gift for your man (heck, even Father's Day is coming up!) might I suggest the Wise Dopp Kit Bundle $165 CAD which includes an awesome travel bag, or their Essentials Bundle $95 CAD so he can try one of each product?

Let me know if you've heard of Wise, or if you have any other favourite brands from Canada that you'll always stay loyal to.

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