A few weeks ago, I came across an amazing balm by Blackbeard Trading Co, and just like that I became a fan of their brand. Offering a brilliant balance of conditioning and styling ability, in an incredibly gourmand scent, this balm has quickly become a favorite in my rotation...and seeing as how I enjoy it so much, I figured it would only make sense to give their oil a try and see if it also deserves a spot in my diaily lineup. Boasting a no-nonsense list of natural ingredients, I figured that this should be another slam dunk (and a nice oil to pair with some of my other gourmand balms and butters)...let's give it a try and see if I was right.
It has been my experience that scent profiles can vary depending upon the product, you can have a balm and oil in the exact same scent, and be able to pick out discernable differences 99 times out of 100. Such is definitely the case here. There's a lot of the same great stuff that I enjoy about the balm; awesome cherry, rich leather and musk, and brilliant tobacco flower, all working in wonderful concert to create a sort of "pastry" scent that reminds me of a lazy winter morning stuffing my face with baked goods and sipping on something warm...but there is this weird note that I literally tried to ignore the first time I wore this oil, I thought it might blow off, I thought it might go away, but the more I tried to put it out of my mind, the more it seemed to overpower the actual scent blend. It's a prominent note of eucalyptus, and now, I know, youre thinking to yourself, "hey I like eucalyptus", and if we're talking about that fresh, minty, camphoraceous note that candles and rooms sprays are scented with this time of year, well then I do too, but this isn't that. If you've ever walked through a grove of real eucalyptus trees, you already know what I'm talking about, because they dont smell like that glade plug in your wife bought for when Holiday company comes over...they smell like cat pee, and unfortunately that's the note that I'm picking up in this oil. While cat pee is a note that you want in your top quality aromatic New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, the last thing you want in your beard is an oil that conjures up images of a musty litter box. Perhaps it's all psychological for me, but subesequent times wearing this oil, I couldn't smell anything but that eucalyptus funk, and as such, it really lacks the pleasantness of the balm. That being said, it does seem like you can easily mask it with a stronger smelling balm or butter. Strength is a solid medium, and staying power, is fairly decent lasting several hours into the day before fading away.
How Does It Work?
While not thin, this oil does seem to lack body, requiring a few more drops than I'm accustomed to in order to really penetrate deeply into my beard. Conditioning properties are just alright, nothing to scream about, but not particularly lacking for an oil with only three ingredients listed on the label. I find that it does impart a great shine, for an awesome finished look (this is nice when you pair it with their balm, considering how great the finishing qualities of that stuff are). I don't find that my face feels particularly nourished after applying this product, although it certainly does its job by keeping itch and irritation in check. Staying power is a bit lacking, requiring a touchup or two throughout the course of a day (again, if you seal it with the matching balm, you'll get a bit more mileage out of it). Not a bad oil by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, there's nothing particuarly remarkable about the way it performs.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking to purchase a top quality balm to keep your beard looking and feeling awesome, you can't go wrong with Blackbeard Trading Co, but if you're in the market for an oil (especially if you're the type of guy who buys oils one at a time), you may want to shop around a bit. Considering the fact that there are products out there with a bit more to offer in the way of performance, readily available at the same price-point, I'd have a hard time saying that this is a must-have product.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Fragrance
$16 at blackbeardtrading.com