In the time since I last reviewed a Miner's Beard product, they've kept incredibly busy...this is a company that doesn't just frop a few new products a year, no sir. This is a company so dedicated to formulating new and exciting scents, that they seem to have multiple drops every month, each more interesting than the last, and perhaps that's why they've enjoyed such a meteoric rise among those in-the-know. When they released this oud and incense based scent a few months back, it almost instantly became a fan favorite. Now, I'm not so sure why I waited so long to give it a try, what with my whole "I'm obsessed with oud" thing, and the fact that their Thornmoss Forest oil was such an enjoyable product that I still plug it into my regular rotation from time to time. Well, whatever the reason that made me drag my heels for so long, I'm finally trying it now, so let's take it for a spin and see where it ranks among the other scents on my ever expanding oud shelf.
Reading more like a complex, high end cologne, this stuff is truly an experience. Drawing up mental images of Gothic stone cathedrals, filled with white marble statues so saturated with the incense of decades upon decades of ceremony and worship that they've adopted an indelible smokey tint. A solid agarwood core emerges like a holy relic, wrapped tightly in dark, sensual strands of deep, resinous oud...brooding and complex with an almost medicinal projection that sets the perfect stage for deep, rich clouds of slow-burning frankensence, with it's instantly recognizable woody, spicy accord it cranks the level of gravitas up to all new heights...this right here would be an outstanding scent in-and-of itself, but then the bitter, mystical presence of myrrh laces itself throughout, imparting a wonderful "ritualistic" note. This is all tied together wonderfully by a fresh, powdery, floral high note that adds a bit of charm and perhaps keeps the entire scent from isisting upon itself too much. Strength starts out on the medium plus side, but quickly settles down to a solid medium, which seems to go on for a good couple of hours before sadly fading to a tick above medium minus for the rest of the day (It doesn't disappear, you can still smell it, just very faintly).
How does it work?
Sporting a slightly different ingredients list than the Thornmoss Forest oil, this is still a phenominal product. With an above average viscosity, this product definitely does an exceptional job of getting down into my beard and right to the skin...where it really excels, as the meadowfoam oil (an exceptional moisturizer with both emolient and occlusive properties, which I'm honestly a bit surprised that we dont see used more often in beard care products), gets right to work hydrating my face and forming a protective, moisture-locking barrier which all but guarantees that I won't be dealing with any beard itch at any point during the chilly, dry January afternoons. Another huge advantage that comes from using this particular oil in the carrier blend is that it is made up of mostly long-chain fatty acids, making it extremely stable, thus guaranteeing that this oil won't go bad as quickly as other oils in your collection might (this is an important piece of information for those of us who have more oils in our collection that we will ever use). Tactile slip of this product is also outstanding, working in conjunction with the amazing conditioning properties to make my beard feel so luxuriously soft, that sometimes I catch myself reaching up to feel it before I even realize that I've done such a thing (If it's true that guys touch their beards 700-something times a day under normal circumstances, it's probably well over 1000 times a day with this stuff in-beard...of course you shouldn't touch your beard so much...but we all do, so it's whatever). Staying power is phenominal, able to stand up to just about any conditions all day long on just a single application.
The bottom line
It's easy to see why Miner's Beard emerged as one of the hottest brands to come out of last year. With new and exciting scents rolling out of their innovation kitchen regularly, and a carrier blend that can go toe to toe with the best of them, the fact that their products are some of the most reasonably priced on the market make them even more of a force to be reconed with. This particular fragrance is an outstanding expression of one of my favorite scents in the world, I only wish it would hold its strength a bit longer (If only for the selfish reason that I love smelling it on my beard), but the incredible performance more than makes up for that. Without question this is an oil that all oud lovers (and lovers of products that work really well) should have in their collection. It not only serves its purpose as an all around exceptional beard oil, but also serves to pique my excitement as to what Miner's Beard will be coming out with next!
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Essentil Oils
$12 at minersbeard.com