If you've paid any attention to beard care blogs and youtube reviews in the past year or so, no doubt the name Huskybeard has popped up in your line of sight from time to time. Located in my home state of Arizona, this company has earned a reputation of being a top-quality producer of handmade beard-care products, and has solidly established themselves as one of the premiere boutique brands in the game. I have been particularly interested in their beard creams since first learning about them a little while ago (why I've waited so long to actually try them is beyond me...but I'm trying them now, so...yeah...). Basically a lightweight butter, these creams seem to really be a fan favorite. Will I be the next, in a long line of reviewers to sing the praises of this product? Let's give it a try and find out.
The Huskybeard website states that Akoni is by far their most popular scent, describing it as fresh and tropical. There is a whole lot going on here. I've worn this scent for days now, and I still cant quite nail it down (which is particularly vexing for somebody with a degree in wine, who prides himself on his impeccable olifactory abilities). Theres an initial, cool, green blast, sort of fruity, sort of vegetal, as if Thai basil collided with an underripe strawberry, and just the lightest whisper of soft coconut flesh. This gives way to a faint but noticable scent of spices, as if dry ginger, green cumin, rich saffron, and white pepper were being carried on the most gentle of breezes, just enough to be present, but never taking center stage. As the day progresses, this scent evolves into something a bit more angular and animalistic, sweet spanish cedar is tempered by rich amber, and the slightest suggestion of Campari liqueur or chinotto orange peel (or something bitter and sophisticated, along those lines). The high note plays like a smooth jazz solo throughout the day, answering it's own melody as it alternates between something unctuous and sappy (citrus pulp? fresh cut branches? I'll admit I'm stumped on this one), and a dry, spicy component that reads as a very multidimensional version of table pepper. I'm taken aback by how "clean" this scent comes across as, considering how multi-faceted it is, nothing jumps out and becomes obtrusive, all parts work together to create something greater than the individual components. Strength trends right abound medium (It's a little stronger initially, but quickly calms down). Staying power is fantastic, remaining at a pleasant level, and evolving through a brilliant arc over the course of a day.
How does it work?
Cream is definitely an appropriate name for this stuff (although for classification purposes, it will be filed away on this site as a butter), the texture is unlike anything else out there. It resembles a whipped butter, but it feels even "finer" than that, like it was injected with a billion tiny bubbles. The best way I can describe the texture is that of an Aerobar (which is a horrible comparison, I know); so, when you bite into an aerobar, your body heat almost instantly melts it into this smooth creamy mixture in your mouth...it's the same with this product, scoop a bit out, and rub it between your hands just the slightest bit, it melts into this brilliant lightweight product (that still feels like it's somehow retaining air. It works brilliantly into my beard, delivering a ton of great nourishment in the form of avocado oil, hempseed oil (two of my favorites), and pumpkin seed oil, which is one of the greatest natural DHT blockers out there. I'm astonished by the amount of control such a lightweight product provides too, I mean, it's by no means high-hold, and you wouldn't really want it to be, but it tames fly-aways and keeps everything nice and neat all day long...and softness? I mean forget about it...this product is so light that it feels like you have nothing in your beard at all, but it definitely makes its presence known by how touchably soft it leaves my beard (although you should try to limit the amount of times you touch your beard in a day, as studies have shown that it could actually impede growth). Staying power is perfect too, even if your beard gets a little messy, there is no need for reapplication, just run a comb through and it almost seems to "reactivate" (like a pomade or something). The only real issue I have with this product from a performance standpoint is that not only does it not really impart any sort of shine to my beard, but it actually seems to kill the lustre of whatever oil I've applied before it...but if you're going for a more casual look, or you just prefer a more matte beard overall, this is actually less of a problem and more of a benefit. Either way, my beard still looks as healthy as it feels whenever I use this product.
The bottom line
All in all this product not only exceeds expectations, but seems to perform outside the established limits of what a beard-care product is supposed to do. From a strictly performance standpoint, I can't think of a single product that checks as many boxes as this stuff does. The scent is great too, but I just wish I could isolate the individual components to better describe exactly what it is I'm smelling (but trust me, it smells great). A product this good is definitely something special, and after trying it, it's easy to see why Huskybeard enjoys near universal acclaim among the bearded community. This is definitely something all beardsmen need in their collections.
Ingredients: Virgin Argan Oil, Pure Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Avocado Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Hempseed Oil, Grapeseed Oil. Scented With Premium Grade Essential Oils, Naturally refined shea butter, 100% pure white beeswax.
16.99 at huskybeard.com