Famous for their pomades, Suavecito is a brand that already has established themselves as a big-name player in the grooming game. With their Premium Blends, they look to establish a new high-mark for their entire suite of products. The thing that really caught my attention with this line was the wide variety of beard oils being offered, with unusual scents ranging from black amber to saffron, it's difficult to choose just one. I settled on lavender just because I figured it would present the opportunity to create some really great scent combinations when layered with other balms and butters. I also couldnt pass up an oil that proudly displays the fact that it was aged in a Hungarian oak wine barrel (I'm still not sure what benefit this imparts in the oil, but hey, I am not too proud to admit that I enjoy a good marketing gimmick). Will this product prove that it's deserving of its "premium" title, or is that just another bit of marketing to go along with the whole oak barrel thing? Let's check it out and see...
Lavender is one of those scents that can go horribly wrong if it isnt executed properly...artifical lavender draws up images of harsh cleaning products and that aerosol can of air freshener that your grandma used to keep in her guest bathroom. Natural lavender on the other hand is an incredibly pleasant experience, and can really have an awesome grounding effect due to its aromatheraputic properties. This particular oil has a great natural lavender oil aroma; sweet and floral, with a dry woody aroma that keeps this scent decidedly masculine...this is rounded out by a smart, green component that reminds me of fresh cut grass. There isnt a ton of complexity to this scent, but I think that's sort of the point, just a light, fresh smell that doesnt really compete with your cologne (it actually kind of reminds me of one of those old school aftershaves the barber might break out after taking the straight razor to the back of your neck), it's there, but only for those who get close enough to you to appreciate it. I don't know how much I will be wearing this in the winter time, but I have a feeling it will get decent rotation in the spring and summer as this is definitely more of a "warm weather" scent. Unfortunately, staying power is fair at best, the smell starts out light and subtle, and only gets lighter as time goes by. That being said, if you aren't a fan of heavy scents that insist on making their presence felt all day long, then this might just be perfect for you.
How does it work?
So this oil is a bit of an oddball...the viscosity is off the charts, which belies the fact that this product feels extremely lightweight when you apply it. My beard seems to really drink up oil more than most (if an oil suggests using 4 or 5 drops, I know I'm going to need 9 or 10), but I couldnt really feel this product in my beard or on my skin at all, almost immediately after application, it actually reminds me more of a "dry" oil which your hair and skin soak up instantly (but it's not, and I'll come back around to that in a second). Staying power leaves something to be desired, and you will definitely find yourself reaching for the awesome pump bottle this stuff comes in a few times a day just to reapply it. I was a little bummed to see cyclopentasiloxane as the first ingredient listed, this is a cheap, silicone based product that can lead to buildup, it also imparts a bit of a "slippery" feel fo your beard if you use too much of it (I know what you're thinking, and yes, oil is slippery too, but there is a definite tactile difference between natural oils and silicone compounds), just because of the inculsion of this ingredient, I probably wouldnt use this product on a daily basis...remember a second ago when I said that this stuff felt like a "dry" oil, well the cyclopentasiloxane is responsible for that, but there is a huge difference here, where the dry oils instantly nourish your skin, this basically produces a waterproof layer on your face and beard which does lock in moisture, but doesnt really impart any sort of nourishment whatsoever. There is an upside however as this product does impart a great shine, and I would go so far as to say that you could apply a very thin coat of this to the surface of your beard after using a different oil and balm, in order to get an incredible finished look.
The bottom line
This oil smells really nice, and performance is decent for a product in its price range. I am not too enthusiastic about putting a product that doesnt start with natural ingredients as its basis in my beard, but to be fair, C10H30O5Si5 is in no means considered dangerous and is believed to have some beneficial properties for your skin (there are a great many products that contain this compound), so it is up to each individual consumer to determine whether or not this is something they want in their beard care products. From a value standpoint this is definitely at least worth checking out, but if Suavecito decided to roll out a similar verison of this product made with all natural carrier oils, I wouldnt think twice about stocking up on it.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Methicone, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC) Argan oil, Fragrance (Parfum)
$12 at suavecito.com