I've really been bulking up my collection of washes lately. Don't ask me why, maybe I feel like this is an element of the beard-care game that I haven't been paying as much attention to as I should lately, who knows? Whatever the reason, I find myself gravitating towards the wash selections when I check out a new company lately. After being inroduced to Burton's by their wonderful smelling Pacific Blend oil, (If you remember from that review, I wasnt particularly moved by the carrier blend in that product, but I was absolutely captivated by the scent.) I wanted to see if this company was able to capture lightning in a bottle again with another of their all natural scents. The ingredients list also drew me in, as it was free of any parabens and harsh additives. So what are we waiting for? Let's take this stuff for a spin and see where it ranks amond all the washes I've been picking up lately.
After lathering up with this stuff for the first time, one thing became abundantly clear to me...Burton's is a company that knows how to blend some magnificent scents. Deep cedar and redwood notes resonate in a glorious baritone like a symphonic bassoon, painting the picture of a camphoraceous forest scene; mighty sequoias rising up from the snowy ground to scrape the heavens, as cool mountain air fills your lungs. Meanwhile a relaxing breeze fills the air as divergent winds scented with sage, lavender, and lemon peel each intermingle into one plush, multi-dimentional zephyr that serves to compliment the big earthy, dusty, redwood forest accord brilliantly. This is the true embodiment of an "outdoorsy" scent, so beautifully earthy and primal, yet at once balanced and natural, like a morning hike that turns into an all-day forest adventure. Strength is slightly below medium, which is just perfect for a wash, and staying power is minimal, as this stuff is somewhat detectable after stepping out of the shower, but not so much that it would interfere with your enjoyment of whatever oil you choose to follow up with.
How does it work?
Creating a light lather that is just slightly too loose to be called "luxurious" or "rich" or whatever superlative you prefer, it still does generate a sufficient foam which seems to penetrate deeply enough into my beard to do a good job of cleaning. If you're looking for more of a "strip wash" this may not be the stuff for you, as this is definitely one of the most mild and gentle washes I've tried in a while...of course, the obvious benefit to this is the fact that it would be ideally suited for every day use. To that effect, it also pulls double duty acting as a body wash too, now even though I'm strictly grading this product on its performance as a beard wash, I must add that while I'm not a big body wash guy (because I find that most of them leave a bit of a film on my skin), this stuff rinses cleanly and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and well hydrated when I step out of the shower, so if you prefer liquid over bar soap in the shower, this product may be the perfect bit of one-stop shopping for you. Speaking of clean rinsing, I find this stuff rinses out of my beard with minimal effort, and doesn't leave behind any tangles or nastiness that some more chemical laden washes do, making combing on non-conditioning days a breeze.
The bottom line
If you're looking for an all-around great wash, this is definitely worth picking up. The scent is, without question, one of the best "outdoorsy", "woodsy", whatever, scent's on the market today (Seriously, just as Picasso was with paint, so is Burton's when it comes to blending scents, there is just somehting "next level" and transformative about what they're able to do with a handful of essential oils), and the performance checks all the boxes. Your wash sets the tone for your beardcare routine, if you start the day off with a shitty one, no matter what you do afterwords, it will feel like your beard just didn't live up to its full potential that day...so why not make sure that you're using a good one? This stuff may cost a bit more than some of the other washes out there (although it is by no means pricey, comparitively), but it's well worth paying just a little bit more for a product that delivers the great feelings that this stuff does!
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Decyl Glucoside, Laurel Betaine, Xantham Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Phenonxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Essential Oils
$18.99 at burtonsbeardoil.com