Right about now, you're looking at this and thinking "Really? Another wash review? Why?"...and yes, I've been reviewing, like, a lot of washes lately...I was actually planning on holding back the review of this stuff until some time in the new year...I was going to make some lame dad joke about waiting until "next decade" to review it, but I've been seeing some fierce, and downright uncivil debates on social media (I know, right? I was just as shocked as you are to hear about incivility on social media, I mean there's something that never happens...amuhrite?) as to whether or not the new decade starts tomorrow, or a year from tomorrow...aaaaand I wasnt about to open up that can of worms...suffice it to say, I was just planning on waiting a week or so to review this stuff. You see, every so many weeks I need to grab a new unscented wash to use on conditioning days, we've already established that I'm weird, and for reasons that I cant fully articulate, I just prefer to use an unscented wash on days when I condition my beard. So the original plan for today was to go over one of the many oils balms or butters I have queued up to be reviewed, but after trying this stuff, I pretty much wrote the entire review in my head while still getting ready for the day, and felt I had to get it out. Will that be a good thing, or a bad thing? Let's give this stuff a whirl and see...
Unscented, so it smells like...well, it smells like nothing...and to be fair most unscented products still smell a little soapy/oily whatever as a result of the products used to make them, but Skully's has done a good job here of actually keeping this as close to unscented as possible...so good for them!
How does it work?
I reviewed Skully's Rum Dumb wash last month and really enjoyed it...so much so that I ended up blowing through the entire bottle pretty quickly because I used it as my daily shampoo (yup even us closely cropped, "number one or number 2 guard using once-a- week to make our male pattern baldness look not-so-dramatic" guys need to use shampoo too), so I was expecting a similar experience here; nice luxurious foam, deep cleaning that left my beard feeling healthy and soft after just a quick towel dry. I mean, you'd think that'd be what you'd get after using a wash made by the exact same company, with a nearly identical ingredients list, right? Yeah, you'd be pretty wrong for thinking that. What I got instead was a product that came out of the bottle feeling almost slimy in consistency, barely lathered at all, and just felt oily, and almost "sticky" in beard as I tried to work it down to the roots. It rinses cleanly enough, but by then, the damage is done, and not even a great quality conditioner like Detroit Grooming can help undo all of the tangles that I ended up getting when I mashed this stuff into my beard. After stepping out of the shower, the "fun" continued in the form of breakage due to those very same tangles, I even had to set my trusty Kent comb down and grab an extra-wide toothed wooden comb, which still hit multiple snags on every pass. After spending twice as long gently combing my beard to finesse all of the knots and tangles out of it, I will admit that it felt sufficiently clean, but I mean, seriously, at what cost?
The bottom line
While definitely more of a value-priced product, this is easily one of the most dissapointing unscented washes I've ever used. What few redeeming qualities it has are quickly negated by how downright damaging the results that I experienced were. I'm still waiting to come across that one unscented wash that just blows my mind, and makes me consider going unscented even on days when I don't condition...but I can say without a doubt that this stuff isn't it. Skully's does a great job when it comes to most of their catalogue, but this right here? Huge swing and a miss...
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Xantham Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Phenonxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid
$13 at skullysbeardoil.com