"Bilberry Bastard beard balm"...say that three times fast...but seriously, while the name may be a mouthful, this is a product that I was looking forward to trying for a while. Luxurious Bastard is a beard care company that enjoys a cult-like following, and considering the fact that they produce super-small batches in complex scent profiles, with top-shelf ingredients, it's easy to see why. Offering an impressive line-up that is sold out just as often as it is available, Luxurious Bastard products can at times be difficult to get your hands on (so much so that they have a regular newletter which they send out to let their customers know when various products will be releasing). Not limiting their scope to just beard care, they live up to their luxurious name by also selling a variety of hand-crafted leather goods, rings, candles, and custom wooden caddies to store all of your grooming products. I was able to snag this tin of balm a little while ago (this seems to be one of their more popular scents, and as such is more readily available on their site than others), let's give it a spin and see if it lives up to the hype...
Holysmokes!!! A leather lover's dream, this stuff smells like a brand spankin new pair of Berluti calfskin Oxfords; deep, rich Italian leather emerges on a regal cloud of imported air in all of its sensual, luxurious glory. This is tempered by a bright, juicy blueberry, dripping with a candy-like sweetness that is perfectly balanced by an acrid tartness that imparts a brilliant moreishness that makes me think of cassis more than blueberry. In the background, just barely present but still there, is a certain implacable something that has driven me mad every time I wear this product, because it's so familiar, but also so impossible to place, if I had to guess, I'd say it was just the slightest whisper of cinnamon, but I wouldn't bet on it, lets just say that it adds an exquisite edge. Strength is just perfect; a tick above medium. Staying power is phenominal, noticable all day long and well into the evening.
How does it work?
A very hard, waxy balm, this has a fairly high melting point (hit it with a shot of warm air from your hairdryer to save yourself some time in the morning), this stuff is heavy-weight, make no mistake about it. In beard feel is interesting, as it definitely makes its presence felt, but still imparts a wonderful tactile softness. Hold is phenominal, making this the ideal balm for those days when your beard just doesn't want to behave (in fact this stuff is serious enough to handle even the most unruly of beards). Hemp seed oil and Avocado oil boost the conditioning properties of this product to amazing heights. Staying power is nothing short of legendary, leaving my beard feeling healthy and my skin feeling moisturized all day long, no matter how much time spent outdoors, or how high impact the activities I participate in.
The bottom line
Simply put this is just an awesome scent that delivers an elegant experience with a wonderful twist of fun. Performance is excellent, I do wish that it were just slightly softer, but I suppose this is the price that must be paid for such an awesome amount of hold. When you combine that with the fact that this stuff is made by one dude, in very small batches, and each tin is individually hand-numbered, it becomes apparent that Luxurious Bastard is much more than hype...this is a brand that is well deserving of the accolades constantly being showered upon it. If you haven't already, make sure that you head over to Luxurious Bastard's website and sign up for their mailing list, so that you will be up to date on their latest product drops, because no matter what it may be, you're going to want it!
Ingredients: Shea Butter, White Bees Wax, Bayberry Wax, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Hazlenut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Witamin E Oil, Essential Oils
$17.50 at luxuriousbastardco.com