No doubt that by now, you've seen those really cool looking bottles of beard oil, hand-dipped in red sealing wax, either on your social media feeds, or in an online review. You've probably done a little digging and found out that those are made by a company called Nicholas Beard works...well, did you know that aside from their oils in the fun packaging, they also offer a full suite of balms and butters? I mean...if you did enough research to find out their name, then you probably did...but just incase you didn't, a little background on the company; Nicholas Beard Works offers high quality beard care products in a range of scents that run the gamut from ultra traditional, to avant-garde. Priding themselves on using only the absolute highest quality ingredients, they don't actually create anything until it is ordered, meaning that whichever product you purchase from them spent zero time in storage, or on a shelf somewhere, it was made just for you (and really, how cool is that?). I thought I'd give their butter a try today, I havent seen a ton of reviews out there on this stuff, so I figured that it might be fun to get my 98 cents short of a dollar in on this product since their oils and balms have already earned a ton of praise...let's give it a try and see how it measures up...
One thing you'll notice when you check out the Nicholas Beard Works site is the sheer number of scent options this company offers. It's actually a bit overwhelming to decide on one, but after scrolling through all of them I went with their Egyptian Dragon scent...I was just feeling like something unusual might be a good way to introduce myself to a new brand. I must tell you, I am glad I did, because this is less of a scent and more of a mini atmosphere designed to transport you and your beard to a different level of awesome! Deep, rich dragon's blood rolls out in all of its spicy, earthy glory, like a Persian rug made of the finest wool imaginable, creating a heady base upon which summer-y, angular notes of night-blooming jasmine gracefully dance with fragrant, crushed rose pedals. This is tempered by a brilliantly restrained musk (just enough to provide a perfect level of balance to the floral component), while dense clouds of brooding, resinous incense rise to the heavens and envelop everything with an air of alluring mystery. There is a slightly sweet candy note reminiscent of the bouquet of a great Beaujolais, that seems to peek its head out from around the corner from time to time in the high note, adding just a touch of playfulness to this entire thing, and keeping it from crossing the line into something too "heavy". This scent honestly reads more like a fine cologne than your typical beard care product, it may, in fact be a bit much for some (which I suppose is why Nicholas Beard Wroks offers such a wide array of scent options, to suit all tastes), but if you're a fan of complex, unique scents that ride the line between daring and sophisticated, this one is a can't miss. Strength is on the medium-plus side, and staying power is terriffic, lasting the entire day, as it continues to evolve like a fine bottle of wine left open on the counter, each glass telling a slightly different story as the day wears on.
How does it work
From a texture standpoint, this stuff is actually somewhere in between where you'd expect a typical, non-whipped butter, and a traditional balm to be. It contains no wax, but I'm assuming that a fair amount of kokum butter is what's lending such stiffness to this product. I actually have some balms in my rotation that scoop out easier than this product does, it also takes a bit more effort to melt than other butters, but be patient, because once you work it between your hands and it's ready to go, you will be pleased. Working through my beard with ease, I notice that this stuff really seems to penetrate deeply, not so much coating my beard hairs as almost "fusing" with them...terrible description, I know, but it really does feel like this stuff almost gets inside of the hair, plumping the entire thing up from follicle to tip the way a good hand lotion makes dry and cracked skin feel instantly noursihed and healthier...and lets talk about skin for a second, because this product contains a few ingredients that the skin of my face just loves. The first is sea buckthorn oil, and if you aren't familiar, it's a common ingredient in a lot of very high-end, expensive skin-care products, made from the leaves of a shrub that grows all over the northern hemisphere, this is one of the most serious skincare oils out there, loaded to the gills with vitamins and palmiteolic acid (a natural component of skin which helps stimulate cell regeneration in your epidermis) this stuff does wonders in making the skin under your beard feel ridiculously healthy. The other ingredient in this product that does wonders for my face is rosehip oil, slowly but surely becomming more common in top-shelf beard care products, this stuff provides intense hydration to guarantee that you will experience absolutely no itch or dryness under your beard when using this product. The usual suspects (Jojoba, sweet almond, and castor to name a few) round out the blend, and I'm assuming that very high quality permutations were used in the creation of this butter, because conditioning properties are outstanding. Hold is very good, again, performing almost like a balm in this respect, fly-aways are pretty rare when using this product. Staying power is great, although I've yet to wear this product when doing anything all too high impact, so if youre spending a ton of time outside, or planning on an intense workout, your mileage may vary.
The Bottom Line
Everything about this product screams "high-quality". The scent is outstanding, perhaps one of my favorite scents ever for a beard-care product. Performance is top notch (although I do wish it was just a bit on the "softer" side initially, but if this is the trade off for great all-day hold and ridiculously luxurious softness, then so be it). It's definitely priced outside of the "value" category, but considering the fact that this stuff is literally custom made in the absolute smallest of batches for each end-consumer, the price tag is far from unreasonable either. I definitely need to get my hands on some more Nicholas Beard Works products, because based on first impressions, I can already tell that this will become one of my favorite grooming companies on the market! If you were waiting to try this butter, do not wait any longer, because the sooner you order some, the sooner you will have a new favorite product in your rotation, It's really just that good!
Ingredients: Kokum Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rosehip Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Essential Oils, Vitamin E
$20 at nicholasbeardworks.com