If you're looking for the hottest trend in health and wellbeing these days, look no further than CBD. Yes, cannabidiol (CBD for short) has lately been touted as the best thing that you can put in your body since...I dunno...Vitamin C? Aspirin? Chicken Soup??? Anyway, you get the point...Recently popping up in a wide range of products, from candies, to drinks, to cartridges you can vape, even topical solutions, and pet treats (my dogs positively love their CBD treats we buy from the local olive oil shop), it seems like if you can name a product designed to be consumed, a CBD version of it exists out there. The beard-care game isn't wasting any time getting in on the CBD craze, as indie brands all the way up to luxury titans are producing CBD infused beard-care products lately. The amazing Ghost Buck butter by V&T favorite Barn Brand Beards was one of the first beard specific products that I can recall trying which included that magical hemp derivative, but now it appears that industry juggernaut Scotch Porter is getting in on the fun too. Recently releasing an entire line of CBD infused beard care products (as well as a really great face wash...and a lotion and body wash that I've yet to try), the good folks over at Scotch Porter promise an experience that combines their well established quality with the benefits of cannabidiol. I wasnt really in the market for a new wash, but the novelty of this product was too much for me to pass up, which is why I decided that it needed a review...so let's lather up with it, and see what we think!
If you remember from my review of their conditioner, I'm not completely in love with the scent of the Scotch Porter standard line (It's not bad, just not really my thing). Well, it appears that they've tweaked the scent of their CBD infused products just a bit, I don't know if this is just in the interest of changing things up, or if this was done to help consumers differentiate the two products (even though they come in sufficiently different packaging to do that, but either way, it's a welcome change). A pleasant, mild rose sets the tone and defines this scent as a floral one, but this is quickly tempered by a masculine edge of a soft leather, not that big in-your-face tanning chemical laden leather that our minds immediately go to when we think of leather scents, but rather a well worn baseball glove, an old wallet, a treasured leather good that has done some serious living. As this product does its job, a faint secondary note somewhat awkwardly lurches forward, not unpleasant, but perhaps a bit disjointed, it's powdery, it's musky, I mean, it's fine, but it just doesnt seem to have any real sense of identity, nor does it serve to heighten the initial rose and leather accord that this product so brilliantly greeted me with. There is also a detectable hint of that earthy, honeyed, almost salty aroma that is instantly identifiable as saffron in the top end of this scent, which creates for a really lovely in-shower experience. Strength hovers right around medium minus, which is just fine for a wash, Staying power is pretty much non-existant, which, to me is actually a plus in a wash, as it won't interfere with any products I use after I step out of the shower.
How does it work?
As a wash, it works very well, nothing particularly earth shattering about the clean I get from it, but nothing disapointing either. It does seem to do a great job at stripping away any buildup that milder washes may leave behind, as such, it probably isn't gentle enough for every day use, but it is a great suppliment to whatever your every day wash is (yes, yes, "you shouldnt wash your beard every day and blah blah blah"...I mean, as I've stated before, I'm a messy eater, and I tend to sweat a lot, so I'll continue to wash mine as often as I'd like. Besides, I've been washing my beard every day for years now, and it still hasn't spontaneously combusted, or whatever all the dire warnings against daily washings claim it will do...seriously guys, your beard isn't a Fabergeé egg or something, it's really nowhere near as delicate as some of the companies out there would have you believe it is...but I'm getting way off topic now, so lets pull it back in). The lather which this product produces is fine and silky, downright luxurious as it works its way down to the roots of each individual beard hair, providing a deep down clean that has my skin feeling great too. This is, of course, all well and good, but what you really want to know about is the CBD, right? Well, let's back up for a moment and talk about what we really can expect from the addition of CBD.
So first, a "quick and dirty" explaination of CBD and its value as an ingredient. CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (Marijuana, weed, dope, wahtever nomenclature you're comfortable with), the most prevalent, of course being CBD's fun cousin THC. For commerical purposes, CBD is derived from hemp plants (a close relative of the plants you used to buy in high school, only this one produces higher amounts of CBD, and has about a bajillion industrial applications). When isolated by itself, CBD doesnt get you "high", but can have the pleasant effect of imparting a sense of calm, as well as possessing tremendous anti-inflamatory properties (It has also been proven as an effective treatment for a wide range of maladies from epilepsy to insomnia...but if you have a serious medical condition, no beard wash is going to fix it, go see a doctor...c'mon). There of course have been some wild, unsubstantiated claims about its effectiveness against some really nasty diseases, and since I'm not a doctor, I'm not going to weigh in, but everything I've read on the matter advises consumers to beware of CBD products that overpromise results, so just keep that in mind (Scotch Porter, of course makes no such claims with regards to this product or any of the other products in their CBD line). So to recap, it's a completely legal derivative of the hemp plant, doesnt get you high, but can elevate your mood a bit, and has great anti-inflammatory properties...got it? yes? Okay moving on...
You're probably asking yourself why you need CBD in your beard wash, and the answer is simple. Since it does posess such wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, this is an awesome additive to any beard wash, I can almost "feel" it working as I massage it into my beard, calming the skin underneath and improving circulation, which in turn, promotes a healthy, strong beard. I dont know that the CBD content of this product is really high enough that it can impart a sense of calm just from topical exposure, but there is certainly something relaxing about how great my beard and face feel after using this product.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a wash that just simply works, this is definitely one to pick up. Now don't buy into the hype about the addition of CBD turning an everyday product into this miracle cure-all type of thing (again, if youre dealing with real medical issues, beard wash isn't going to be the cure, I can pretty much guarantee that), but it is interesting to compare the results you'll get from this product with those you get from other beard washes (I've yet to try the standard Scotch Porter wash, but it would be fun to see how this stacks up when compared to it). If you're the kind of guy who keeps only one wash in rotation, this may not be the one for you, as it isn't really gentle enough for every day use, but if you like to switch it up and use a couple different washes over the course of a week, this is definitely deserving of a spot on your shower ledge. From a value standpoint, it may not be the best deal in the wash category, but it's not unreasonably priced either (epecially considering the luxury pedigree that the Scotch Porter name brings). I definitely think that CBD is more than just a passing trend, and as such, it's really cool to see the beard-care industry embracing it, for that reason alone, I highly recommend trying this product, the curiosity of this one little extra ingredient may be what gets you to try it, but the overall performance of this product as a whole will be what will make you want to keep using it!
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Botanical Infusion of (Basil Leaf, Shavegrass, Gotu Kola Herb, Slippery Elm Bark, Turmeric Root Slices, Burdock Root and Neem Leaf in Deionized Water), Anhydrous Hemp Oil, Sodium Alpha Olefin Sulfonate (Derived from Coconut Oil / Not a Sulfate), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Derived from Coconut Oil & Corn Starch), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Organic Blue Agave Nectar, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Derived from Coconut Oil), Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Citric Acid, Stearamide AMP, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil (Abyssinian Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Derived from Sarcosine – A Natural Amino Acid), Decyl Glucoside (Derived from Coconut Oil), Cocamidopropylamine Oxide (Derived from Coconut Oil), Coconut Oil, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium 10, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance
$20 at scotchporter.com