Scotch Porter is one of those brands that pretty much anybody with a beard knows about. They have earned and enjoy a reputation as one of the most high quality names among the "big guys" of beard-care. Producing some truly amazing products such as their perfect score earning CBD Leave-In Conditioner, and their legendary standard-issue conditioner, there is a reason why the products bearing the Scotch Porter name have found their way into the collections of beardsmen from coast to coast. While this is a company that I have mostly great things to say about, one of the biggest beefs that I have with their products is the scent. The standard issue line comes in one single scent profile, and while I'll stop short of saying that I dislike it, I'll also stop short of saying that I'm in any way, shape, or form excited about it. So when I saw that they were rolling out a line of limited edition scents named after some of the most famous music festivals going (which I'm sure carries a good amount of hipster appeal), I was pretty excited to see what they had going on. I grabbed this particular product for two reasons; one, because I had been wanting to try this company's serum for a while now, and two, because of all the new fragrances, the Lollapalooza scent seemed to be the most intreaguing. So let's give this stuff a spin and see how we like it...
Pleasant, albeit not the most complex scent out there, this definitely represents an improvement over the standard-issue Scotch Porter fragrance. A fresh, pure ozone spreads out like a crisp cotton sheet on a soft, plush mattress of buck skin. A warm labdanum chord stands stiffly in the center of this scent, encircled by a herbaceous, floral wreath, fresh and green in its crispness, with just a hint of spice, and crowned by a slightly off putting halo of overly saccharine hydrocarbons. Strength is somewhere between medium minus and medium, and staying power is so-so, lasting about two or three hours before becomeing all but undetectable.
How does it work?
A super viscous product that isn't really intended to be used like your standard issue beard-oil. Now, you certainly can use it as a beard oil, and it works well to this capacity, offering a decent amount of conditioning, and tremendous occlusive properties. The kukui nut oil in this product is chock-full of vitamins to keep your beard and skin feeling incredibly healthy, and the argan oil adds tremendous shine. Staying power is excellent, keeping itch and dryness in check all day long with no need for any reapplications.
If you use this product as instructed on the bottle, it is to be used as the last product you put on after your balm. I don't really care for this particular application, as it doesnt seem to make a ton of difference on a daily basis. Although on days when frizz and flyaways are at their worst, it may be beneficial for smoothing purposes. I suppose when used in conjunction with the lackluster Scotch Porter balm, this may be more useful, but I really struggle to see the necessity for such a product very often.
The bottom line
Scotch Porter is a great company overall, but there seems to be times that their desire to re-invent the wheel becomes something superfluous...I mean, why not make an oil more in line with traditional expectations of what a beard oil/serum should be? That aside, there are things that I like about this product, and things that I don't. From a strictly functional standpoint, I think it's a fine daily beard-oil, but as a "serum", I find it doesnt serve much purpose and in no way represents something that you need to own in order to make your beard-care collection any more complete. The scent, while definitely an improvement, is still somewhat underwhelming, I mean it's nice enough, but just doesn't have that "wow" factor that many of the best beard-care fragrances do (I still think the best scent that Scotch Porter has rolled out to date is that of their CBD collection). That being said, it's still an intreaguing effort and has me curious to try some of the other new festival themed fragrances. From a value standpoint, I have a difficult time recommending this product, when there are much better oils out there which sport a lower price tag, but if you're really curious about trying this stuff, you wont necessarily regret dropping $20 on it...although I suspect you probably wont feel the need to re-up ever again after you do.
Ingredients: Squalane (Derived from Natural Plant Sugars), Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Silica (Natural Mineral / Not Crystalline Silica), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Oil, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Fragrance
$20 at scotchporter.com