Beard care is only as complicated as we want to make it. My morning ritual takes about 10-15 minutes (or 3-5 random songs on Spotify), from the time I step out of the shower until I'm ready to face the day. Some guys spend a whole lot more time than that, some spend a whole lot less. It's whatever works for you, there are some "hard and fast" rules that I don't necessarily follow, and I still get just as many compliments on my beard as those who are extremely by-the-book. Your routine is a personal thing, and you need to do what works best for you. That being said, there are certain things that you just can't skip...maybe you dont want to oil your beard, and guess what, if you dont mind a rough, itchy beard, you dont have to...hell, you dont even halve to comb your beard if you really don't want to...but at the end of the day, I don't care who you are, if you're going to have a beard, you'll need to wash it at some point (unless youre just relly gross and dont bathe or something, but whatever). Even then, there's no rule that says you cant just lather your mane up with a bar of whatever soap and be done with it (again, your beard probably wont be feeling super healthy afterwords, but it will still be clean-ish), I know a great many guys out there use shampoo, and yeah, it isn't the best thing to wash your beard with (most of them have chemicals that can strip the oils from your beard and face, leaving it an itchy, flaky mess), but again, if you're just looking for a quick clean and not worried about the consequences, then have at...but for those who want to go the extra mile and invest in having their beard be the best it can be, a good wash is the only way to go. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again, washes seem to have the widest amount of variance in quality of all beard care products, there are some extremely poor performers that work about as well as I'd imagine gas station bathroom hand soap might, in your beard (yes, Billy Jealousy, I'm talking about your dreadful Original Gangster wash)...then there are some that can only be described as downright heavenly, having your beard feeling better than you might have ever thought imaginable (like the Hawaiian Lion wash by Beard Booze...the first 100 point product ever reviewed here at V&T). This particular product by Skully's CTZ is unique in that it touts itself as a real multi-tasker, primairily a beard wash, but suitable for use as a shampoo and even a body wash, it promises to be something that every beardsman can get down with, from the most fastidious guys who take longer than their wives to get ready in the morning, to the always-on-the-go types who barely have an extra minute to eat during the day, let alone primp and preen. So, where does such a work-horse product rank in the vast field of beird washes? Let's give it a try and find out.
Well, there is a scent here, but I'll start off by saying that it's very subtle. The Rum Dumb fragrance is part of Skully's Beards Never Die collection, (which as far as I can tell, is just an extension of their permanent line). Described on Skully's site as an "exclusive blend of premium bay leaf oils, citrus, exotic Caribbean spices with a hint of dark rum" (basically marketing-speak for bay rum), this scent reads as fairly one-note. Theres a bit of orange, a bit of lime basically just reading as a generic citrus, pleasant and unoffensive, but not all that exciting either. Theres a good bit of warm clove spice that works very well in concert with the citrus. Not much bay leaf (West Indies Bay or otherwise), but there is a green, almost herbaceous sweetness that I suppose is supposed to represent it. This is a nice enough scent for a wash, but it's definitely nothing too memorable...just a subtle, pleasant background scent, which can only be described as fine.
How does it work?
I hate to admit this, but I didn't have very high hopes for this product before I even had it in-hand. Most multi-taskers end up not doing a very good job at any of the things they're supposed to be. For the purpose of this review, I'm just going to assess this product's performance as a beard wash. As soon as I worked this stuff into a lather in my beard, a great relief washed over me...it's good, it's like really good! A thick, dense foam fills my beard penetrating deep down to the skin. Where some washes have an almost "sticky" feel to them, this stuff is so light that it almost feels like nothing is in your beard at all. It rinses cleanly, taking with it all the buildup and funk of the previous day. This is a ridiculously gentle wash too, leaving behind no tangles or broken hairs, just an insanely clean, soft beard, that feels insanely refreshed!
The bottom line
It doesn't matter if you wash your beard once a day, or once a month (dude, I'm not going to judge...but seriously, you should probably wash more often than that), at some point you're going to neeed to wash it...so why not make sure that you're using a good quality wash? What Skully's has done here, is create a great wash that just plain works, giving you a good, clean beard without any of the fussiness of other washes. The scent, although not bad, leaves a bit to be desired, but the performance more than makes up for it. From simply a value standpoint, this is definitely a product worth checking out, especially if you're looking for a product that not only keeps your beard clean, but can also be used in your hair and on your body too!
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Xantham Gum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Phenonxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, essential oils, fragrance.
$13 at skullysbeardoil.com