A family run operation from Northern California, Burton's Beard Oil has been churning out quality beard care products in a variety of interesting scents for nearly half a decade now, and in doing so has earned themselves a reputation for being a trusted name in all-natural beard care products. Ensuring quality by choosing to remain a hand-made, small batch operation, this brand has earned a fiercely loyal following among in-the-know beardsmen from coast to coast. Their Pacific Blend caught my eye because, as somebody who grew up in NorCal, I do still feel a certain kind of way when I think about those chilly afternoons on the beach, eating oysters and abalone straight from the ocean while sipping on the Napa Valley's finest offerings, finding a big rock to sit on and watch the waves roll in, as the sweet perfume of the Pacific breeze fills my senses...I could go on and on, but you get the point. Even if you have never seen the pacific, surely you understand the appeal, so when I read the descriprion of this broduct on the Burton's site, I knew I'd need to give this stuff a test drive and see if it really lived up to the name. So instead of just talking about it, let's give it a spin and see what we think.
Even after reading the description, which gave me no indication of this being an aquatic scent, I was still kind of expecting something sort of oceanic...don't ask me why, just something that got stuck in my head for whatever reason. So when I tried the actual product, the scent really took me by surprise. It's sweet, it's herbacaous, it's almost floral...but all the same, I definitely get that Pacific feeling from it. It's hanging out at the luxuriously appointed house in Santa Barbara that your friend's rich cousin let you borrow for the weekend...It's wine tasting followed by a leisurely al-fresco lunch in St. Helena...it's a dinner party in west LA...it's camping in Big Sur...it's Pacific, no other way to describe it...
Savory needles of rosemary sprawl out lazily in the base lending a funky, almost gourmand quality that is steered into decidedly floral territory by brilliantly concentrated notes of lavender which roll out like a plush purple carpet for damp, forest type notes that branish big, somewhat minty, honeyed hallmarks of fresh eucalyptus, in all their wonderfully calming and soothing glory. As the day progresses, the floral/herbaceous notes yield to an oily, sour orange peel note that is pleasant enough, but reads as slightly chemical (as citrus scents sometimes can), and serves to make me wish the previous notes hung around a bit more. Strength is initially medium, but unfortunately fades quickly to a medium minus, and staying power is sadly lacking, fading away to an undetectable level within an hour or so after application.
How does it work?
Sporting a fairly no-frills ingredients list, this is a more basic type of oil (which is completely fair, as this is part of Burton's standard line of oils, they also offer a premium line with a more comprehensive carrier blend). Offering a slightly below average viscosity, I find that I need to add a few more drops of this product to my beard than I do with most oils. Conditioning properties are very good, the generous portion of apricot kernel oil in the carrier blend adds a wonderful softness to my face (the high linoleic acid content makes it ideal for moisturizing both skin and hair, and it has even been suggested by scientific research, that it can help promote hair growth). Occlusive properties are outstanding, making this an ideal oil to use after conditioning. I find that it imparts a bit of shine, but doesnt really give you that nice "shimmer" that more argan heavy blends do. Staying power is good, but on your more high-impact days, you may find yourself in need of reapplication.
The Bottom Line
Burton's Beard Oil enjoys a reputation as a quality producer, and after trying this offering, I can see why. The fragrance is brilliant, and considering the calming qualities that many of the essential oils used to scent this product are prized for, this would make a fantastic oil to wear to bed. From a performance standpoint this oil isn't the most earth-shatteing thing I've ever tried, but it does its job and certainly has me curious about their more premium offerings. Without question this is an oil that's worth picking up (especially considering some of the amazing sales that Burton's has had lately), so if you've been transplanted from the Pacific to somewhere else (like me) or you just want to experience a little of that Pacific vibe that you're always hearing so much about, this oil needs to be in your collection.
Ingredients: Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils
$16.99 at burtonsbeardoil.com