Kingsmen is one of those brands that just seems to have the midas touch, everything they make is awesome. Their scents are all super original, and their quality is top-shelf, they've quickly become a trusted name in premium beard care products, and a personal favorite of mine. I've been intreagued by their Dragon scent for a while now, I like that it's described as "difficult to explain" on the Kingsmen website, and the fact that it has a different color scheme for it's packaging than the entire rest of the Kingsmen lineup, it just seems like something of an oddity. I've been trying to build up my collection of autumn scents to wear over the next few months, so I figured that an earthy campfire scent would be an excellent addition. Will this be the new corner stone of my fall lineup? Or will this be the first Kingsmen product that doesnt live up to expectations? Lets give it a try and find out...
Soooooo, yeah, "difficult to explain" hits the nail pretty squarely on the head. There is a ton of initial patchouli funk (in the best possible way), if you aren't in to patchouli, steer clear (I personally enjoy it quite a bit) that typical pungent, musky spice mingles with a minty sweet borderline floral component to create that instantly recognizable, highly polarizing note. But thats just the begining of the story...a damp earthiness, reminiscent of camping in the rain, shines front and center, while an herbaceous, fresh green presence floats on a smoky high note, as light as a feather. There is a great balance that has been achieved here, on the one hand there are some huge, bold notes that seem to initially define this scent as somewhat dark and brooding, but just as present are light, subtle accents, that add a great depth and sophistication to the overall experience. Strength is initially pretty high, but it seems to mellow out quickly. Staying power is pretty great, as this awesome fragrance is still noticable hours after application.
How does it work?
Viscosity is about medium...in fact, I thought it seemed a good bit lighter than the Holy Grail oil that Kingsmen is so famous for, but when I poured a few drops of each out on the counter of my bathroom, and they seemed almost identical...still, the Dragon still just "feels" a bit thinner in my hands...but maybe I'm just being weird. Boasting a similarly no-nonsense list of ingredients, this product definitely leaves your beard and face feeling just as healthy as Holy Grail does. I just love an oil that seems to really get deep down into my beard and make it feel extra silky, and this stuff definitely delivers in that category. I find that finishing with a softer, more pliable balm really helps seal it in nicely, to the point that I haven't found myself requiring reapplication in the couple of days that I've worn it.
The Bottom Line
Another home run from a brand that consistently produces winners. While it doesn't seem to have the clut following of it's "holy" cousin, I find that it has a charm all its own. I don't think this is a scent that everybody will enjoy as much as I do, but there is no denying it's distinctiveness. Without question, this will be getting heavy rotation in my autumn lineup, and I'm already interested in experimenting with different balm/butter pairings for this awesome oil.
Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, essential oil
$19.99 at kingsmenbeardclub.com