There's clearly no shortage of beard-care brands out there to try. In fact, with so much variety out there, sometimes it can be easy to have a brand on your "to try" list, and then for whatever reason, not get to them for quite some time. Say, for example, you run a blog where you review beard-care products, and there is a brand that you've been wanting to try for a while now, you've seen them on social media, they have a loyal following, they have a wide variety of scents spread out over a full suite of products...but for whatever reason, you havent tried their products yet. Now you could go to the old, reliable "I don't know why I haven't gotten around to trying their products yet" excuse, or you could just write a rambling hypothetical scenario for your readers, and still not really explain why you've waited so long to getting around to trying their products, ultimately not offering any satisfaction in the form of an answer...
...So, Ferocious Beard Company...they've been around since 2017. A Veteran owned brand based out of Fort Worth, Texas, they've become well known for their hand-crafted, artisinal beard-care products, available in a wide spectrum of unique scents. This is a brand who really seems to give a shit...not just about making quality beard-care products, but also about their community and causes they believe in; every year they donate a protion of their profits to March of Dimes, as well as offering an every day 25% discount to veterans. The hardest part of reviewing this company was picking out a scent to try, I ended up going with this particular scent because it seems to get a high amount of representation on various social media feeds that I enjoy, so I figured it must be popular for a reason, right? Will this stuff turn me into the newest member of the Ferocious Beards fan club? Only one way to find out...let's check it out!
Billed as a combination of cherry, tobacco, leather, and cedar, Savage is a heady blend that projects so well that it could double as a high quality cologne. A provocative, masculine blend with layers upon layers of powerful, and destinctive allure. A beautiful boozy kirsch blends with an ephemeral almost candy-like cherry blossom that holds the door open for a very straight-forward, dry, shag tobacco. The sophisticated essence of vintage leather wraps around your senses, something like sitting in the seats of a well maintained 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 for the first time. This is rounded out by a brilliantly restrained baptism of just the perfect amount of red cedar, rugged and slightly exotic. This downright delightful scent combines a great natural leather with an almost fruity, boozy accord tied together by a sinewy twine of very plain tobacco to create something that definitely reads as much more than the sum of its parts, the hallmark of a scent blended by a competent nose. For an absolute brilliant combination, I highly recommend following this oil up with the Tom Ford inspired Scent #6 beard balm by BrokeAss Beard Supply. Strength is somewhere right in between medium and medium-plus initially, but this does seem to settle down to a solid medium pretty quickly after application. Staying power is very good, as this scent is still quite detectable a good 6-8 hours after application.
How does it work?
I was pretty sure I was going to like this oil before I even recieved it in the mail, and the reason being is that Ferocious Beard Company gives you the option to have castor added to your beard oil to thicken it. I mean, come on, how cool is that? (Although, this did make me wonder, who is going to pass up on castor when it's offered? Of course, that is a topic for a different conversation.) So obviously with the addition of a good quality castor, this is a very viscous oil, not rediculously thick, but definitely good enough to get deep down in my beard, coating each and every individual hair as well as the skin underneath. The rest carrier blend is pretty straightforward, but this is not a bad thing in-and-of itself, as everything serves its purpose, my beard and skin both especially appreciate the quality grape seed oil, which is full of beneficial vitamins as well as beta-carotene. In-beard feel is very lightweight, without even the slightest trace of greasiness. My one minor quibble is that, even though this oil does seem to assist in conditioning, leaving my beard feeling soft and my face calm and itch free, I just can't help but think that the addition of something like an avocado or hemp seed oil might really help make this oil become a bit more "next level" in terms of the levels of healthy feel it imparts. That being said, this is still a very good oil, and it is clearly blended from high quality ingredients. Staying power is exceptional, lasting all day long on a single application.
The bottom line
This is a very good oil, but more than that, there is something really cool about this company. They support good causes, they aren't afraid to expiriment with their scents, they let you pick components of your carrier blend, even the Dymo heat transfer labels on their bottles help set them apart from the competition. After trying just one of their oils, it's become abundantly clear why Ferocious Beard Company has such a ferocious following (I almost didn't say it, but I've been picking my spots with the lame wordplay lately, so indulge me). From a value standpoint, these oils seem to be perpetually marked down from their original MSRP, and as such, sport a price tag commensurate with others in their category...to that end, I have no reservations about recommending this product, as the scent alone makes it worth owning. An introductory experience this good only serves to pique my interest in this company's other offerings, and with that being the case, even though I did wait a long time to finally give this company a try, It's a pretty safe bet that I won't be letting nearly as much time go by before I review another offering from Ferocious Beard Company!
Ingredients: Sweet almond, apricot, grape seed, jojoba, castor, essential and/or fragrance oils.
$20 at ferociousbeard.com