Who doesnt love a nice hyperbolic enhancer when it comes to their beard balms? I mean "best damn beard balm", come on, no way that the good folks over at Duke Cannon really think they've created the best beard balm in the world, right? Their best damn beard oil turned out to be a pretty good product, but as far as oils go, definitely not the "best"...the question is, does their balm live up to the title of best? or is this literally just a ton of hyperbole? Lets find out...
So again, not getting a ton of redwood here, not quite sure why they call it that. It's a nice enough citrus and spice combination that seems to have great staying power (definitely longer lasting than the scent in their oil). It is a bit on the strong side, but since the fragrances all seem to be derived from natural essential oils, it isn't really overpowering or offensive in any way. I still wish I knew why they settled on "redwood" as a scent name. I know Duke Cannon likes to foster a unique "upscale-blue collar" image, and there are probably a lot of other cool names they could have given this scent that would fall in line with that...but I suppose that's more just my own personal hangup with wanting things to smell like what they are named, at the end of the day, it smells just fine.
How does it work?
Scoop a little out and warm it in your hands, you'll notice a gritty texture that seems to get a bit too "liquid". As your work it into your beard, you'll notice that the texture is thin and a little on the greasy side. Hold leaves something to be desired (but in fairness, my beard can be a bit wild, so if your beard behaves well, this may not be an issue). it doesnt ever seem to really "penetrate" either, just sort of remaining on the surface of your beard no matter how much you brush or comb it. It just leaves an oily coating that never really seems to do much of anything. You'll also want to give your beard a good rinse before bed, or you will wake up to greasy marks on your pillow case.
The bottom line
I have mentioned before that I really like Duke Cannon products...they make great soap, their deodorant is as good if not better than some that I've paid 4 times as much for, and that awesome hand balm of theirs is a must have in the dry season...I really wanted to like this balm, but it just doesnt seem to live up to it's pedigree, let alone the tile of "best damn beard balm".
Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Lanolin Oil, *Beeswax, *Cocoa Butter, *Argan Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Orange Essential Oil, Sandalwood Amber Fragrance, Hydrated Silica, Mixed Tocopherols, *Rosemary Extract, *Calendula Extract.
$15 at dukecannon.com