Every guy with hair on his face knows that the creations of David, AKA Mr. Lux are some of the most sought after products that one can put into their beard, aside from the legendary performance, they also smell absolutely amazing! From their core line of offerings like The 1912 Bastard, to more limited releases like The Fantastic Bastard, if it sports the Luxurious Bastard name on the packaging, it's going to be a hot commodity in the world of bearded men. The most highly sought after products seem to be any sort of collaborations between Luxurious Bastard and...well...anybody. Yes, from the already legendary Barlux collab with Barbu that sold out in minutes upon its release (and again sold out in minutes again upon its re-release), to the subject of today's review, it would appear that any collaboration with Mr Lux is a guaranteed winner! What we have here today is a different sort of collaboration...so, as the story goes, this was actually created as a birthday gift for Tyson, who owns and opporates Faithfully Bearded (go give his YouTube channel a follow if you don't already, content is outstanding, and this guy really knows his stuff!), created in collaboration between Tyson's wife and Mr. Lux. Released as a very limited run so that others out there could experience the awesomeness, and perhaps share in just a bit of the birthday fun! So without any further preamble, let's give this stuff a try and see what we think, huh?
Quite by accident, I've just realized that I've been reviewing a shitload of oud scents lately, and this was not by design, just how everything has lined up recently...but I mean oud is awesome, so if you're looking for an apology, you aren't going to get one, just bucle up for another oud scent description. This is a somewhat rare example of a scent that is comfortable in all settings, you can dress it up for a night out, complete with fancy dinner and $20 martinis...or you can dress it down with a pair of flip-flops, board shorts, and a sixer of your favorite IPA out in the desert. It's just as comfortable on a quick grocery store run as it is on an afternoon exploring the city. It really seems to know no age or occasion, rather, working brilliantly for all; Brought to life by plush, warm amber that seems to approach the very edge of "intense" without crossing over. It's there, it's present, it's definitely the same high-quality amber that you've come to know and love from your favorite colognes and candles, but it just doesn't quite have that same in-your-face quality that many ambers do, it's polite, it's restrained, it doesn't insist upon taking center stage at any point, rather holding the door for its supporting cast, as each note elegantly glides in and joins the party. A compelling oud note, not too dark, not too smoky, but rather a bit more powdery, saunters in on its own time, combining with the amber in a brilliantly sophisticated accord that soon develops into a deeply masculine, woody, almost leathery core, tempered by just the perfect amount of sweetness. The brilliantly restrained confidence in this scent places it squarely at the nexus of "versatile everyday fragrance" and "showstopper". Unpretentious enough to be a "daily driver", and still sophisticated enough to be reserved for special occasions, it is truly one of the only scents I've ever smelled that can be whatever the wearer wants it to be. Strength is a pinch above medium, and staying power is phenominal. This oil pairs brilliantly with any number of balms and butters, but I find that it really creates a head-turning profile when layered with The Hubris Company's amber and oud balm (for obvious reasons).
How does it work?
We already know that Luxurious Bastard oils are as close to unrivaled as it gets when it comes to performance. With a carrier blend that includes darn near every beneficial oil known to the bearded community, this is a serious product designed to have your beard looking and feeling its absolute best. I find viscosity is about on par with other oils I've treid from this company, not the thickest in the world, but definitely good enough to get deep in my beard an deliver all of the beneficial vitamins and fatty acids that this stuff is jam-packed with. I've actually started doing something new, where on days that I don't plan on going out of the house much, I'll skip blow-drying my beard (I find that if I spare my beard from heat, once or twice a week, it just feels better on the days when I do need to straighten my beard out a bit...I mean, clearly this is common knowledge, so why did I wait so long to do such a thing? but anyway, I'm getting off topic), and I find that this stuff does an exceptional job on the natural curl of my beard, just work a few drops in, and it combs through with the same ease as if I had labored with the blow-dryer, straightening my beard out. Another great benefit I find to using this particular oil on days when I skip the blowdryer is the incredible amount of moisture it locks in after towel-drying my beard, seriously, even as I sit here and type this, I reach up to touch my beard and face, and am taken aback by how ridiculously healthy they both feel. Now, just to play into the whole angle of how versatile this oil is, I will also say that it imparts an incredibly healthy feeling on days when I do blow dry and straighten my beard out too, but if you read any of my previous Luxurious Bastard oil reviews, you'd already be well aware of that. Staying power is phenominal, lasting all day on a single application, no matter how low, or high impact my day's activities may be.
The bottom line
Obviously this oil was created to be a very special thing, and it truly is one of those "next level" type of products. With a level of performance and scent that we have come to expect from Luxurious Bastard, this stuff just seems to have a little extra magic, I'm not sure if it is the extra versatility of the fragrance or what, but this product always seems to be a good call, even as I sit with my crazy little dog beside me, sipping on my coffee that I let get a little too cold, I can't help but think how this is the perfect oil for this occasion. Truly a product to be celebrated, and I suppose that's why it's only appropriate that it was created as a birthday gift...
...and now, the bad news...just like with most Luxurious Bastard products, by the time you read this, this stuff will be sold out, and as a special limited release, there is no telling when (and if) it will ever be available again. Of course it is worth following both Luxurious Bastard and Faithfully Bearded on IG, because if we're ever lucky enough to see this scent drop again, those will most likely be the two places that you hear about it first.
I don't like to end on a low note (especially when reviewing such an awesome product)...so...here's a song...
Ingredients: Almond oil, Avocado oil, Rice bran oil, Hazelnut oil, Hempseed oil, Apricot oil, Castor oil, Grape seed oil, Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Vitamin E oil, Essential oils.
$20 at luxuriousbastardco.com