Whipped butters really seem to have taken the beard-care game by storm lately. While no well-rounded beard-care arsenal is complete without a good, dense poured butter, there's no denying that whipped butters are the current hottest trend in beard-care. It seems like darn-near every beard company out there is rolling out their own whipped butters, but one particular brand's whipped butter offering seems to consistantly garner high praise from in-the-know beardsmen; Ruddy Man Grooming...and with good reason. I recently had the flat-out pleasure of trying the Ringside scented Ruddy Whip from Ruddy Man Grooming, and let me tell you, it turned me into an even bigger fan of both this company, and whipped butters in general, than I already was. With a light, airy texture that offered dream-like in-beard feel, and a knockout scent that has become quite possibly my favorite from this company, it quickly became the product I reach for when I'm in the mood for a whipped butter. After trying this stuff, I couldn't wait to try more, for whatever reason this scent, dubbed Panther really seemed to jump out at me, if I'm being honest, when first reading about the components that make up this scent, they seemed to be haphazardly chosen, and I wasnt sure how they would work together...but this is precisely why I wanted to try it, you see, Ruddy Man has never let me down when it comes to their scents, and I figured that if anybody could make this combination work, it would be Jimmy AKA King Tingle, himself. There's no denying that the dude is a wizard when it comes to blending scents, and from my experience so far, a master at creating whipped butters. Let's give this product a try and see if he's done it again...
As I just touched on a moment ago, on paper, this seems like a fairly random combination of scents...but in execution, this stuff reads like a fresh, youthful cologne...absolutely brilliant. A natural woodsy presence expands in all directions from the center of this fragrance, not so much the smell of lumber or logs or little cardboard pinetrees hanging from your rear-view mirror, or whatever usually comes to mind when I say "woodsy", but rather the actual smell of being in the woods; earthy and green, piney and camphoraceous, with an implacable melange of leafy, vegetal notes swirling all around. This is freshened by bright, uplifting notes of lemon that only serve to crank up the "natural" mood of this scent. A fresh, floral lavender breeze gently blows over the top of the entire accord, adding a luxurious relaxing feel, so downright soothing, that if you close your eyes and concentrate hard enough, you might find yourself walking through a field of waist-high lavender plants under a clear blue sky on a mild spring afternoon. A nuanced base of tastefully executed patchouli brings an enchanting level of complexity, without ever being too heavy, or overpowering the many other delicate and balanced notes of this fragrance. Strength is somewhat difficult to pin down, reading as medium sometimes, and closer to medium plus at others. Staying power is phenominal lasting a solid eight hours or more every time I've worn it.
How does it work?
Just like the Ringside version of this product, a tiny bit goes a very long way. The lightness of this stuff is somewhat deceptive, as just the tiniest bit is more than enough to have my beard feeling wonderfully conditioned and soft as a cloud of pure spun silk. Absorption is incredible, leaving no trace of greasiness, just a super healthy in-beard feel. It does a tremendous job of sealing in whatever oil I applied underneath it, but I find that this stuff really excells as a night time butter (I'm sure any of the other scents would too, but there's something about the lavender in this stuff that just makes me think of night-time), keeping my face and beard feeling moisturized and protected all through the night. When I wake up in the morning my beard is still so soft and healthy feeling that I can confidently run a comb through it without fear of snags or breakage. Finishing properties are incredible, imparting a temendous shimmer that would make this an ideal butter for nights out (provided you werent looking for too much hold, because this stuff doesnt really offer any to speak of...but that's okay, since this product was clearly designed with a focus on health and in-beard feel, more than styling). Staying power is outstanding, keeping my beard feeling wonderfully strong and my face moisturized and itch free all day long on a single application.
The bottom line
In my last review of a Ruddy Man product, I said that everything I try from this company turns me into a bigger fan of what they do, and this whip is no exception. Offering an outstanding level of performance and a scent that could go toe to toe with some of the best colognes in my collection, this product definitely serves to make me even more excited about this company than I already was. This is a product that I cannot recommend highly enough. You may have tried whipped butters before, but until you try this particular one, you're missing out on the full whipped butter experience, flat out luxury in a jar!
Ingredients: Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils and Fragrant Oils
$25 at ruddymangrooming.com