As the name implies, this is a special edition oil created by The Beard Baron to celebrate the five year anniversary of their website. Offering a wide range of premium products in scents inspired by exotic locales, The Beard Baron has become an established name in the high-end beardcare market. This particular product is a limited offering promising to offer the same performance and high quality ingredients as other oils that sport the Beard Baron logo, but with an all new scent that supposedly wears more like a cologne. Will this prove to be a legendary oil that all bearded men need to add to their collection before supply runs out? Only one way to find out...lets give it a try...
The description on this product's website says that the scent is a blend of black currant, orange, apricot, and vanilla...this drew up images of a citrus driven, gourmand, blend that would be perfect for a warm summer day...in actuality...well...to put it politely, it's just not that. There is an initial fruityness that borders on feminine (this doesn't really bother me, as I own a couple of unisex fragrances that I initially wrote off as too "girly" before trying them on and letting them develop on my skin, so I figure it's always worth giving a scent a try before passing on it). There is a hint of citrus, a hint of vanilla, but mostly it's a strong berry/apricot blend that unfolds into a note that I can't quite place at all...something floral? Tropical? I'm not quite sure, it seems almost artificially perfumey, to the point of being harsh and sour...I really wish I could place it, all I know is that it's overpowering, it sort of reminds me of bathroom cleaning spray, or a Glade plug-in from the early 2000's (I even made sure to vigorously shake the bottle before the second time I used this oil just to be sure that there wasnt some funk that had separated out and not been fully mixed back in, the first time I used it...nope, still just as present)...Thankfully this isn't a very strong scent, and seems to blend in nicely with a more subtle scent (I recommend following it up with the Black beard butter by Detroit Grooming Co). Staying power is on the medium-minus side, which once again can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.
How Does It Work?
Okay, so I was a little harsh in my assessment of the scent, and I mean, scent is always a more subjective thing, so your mileage may vary. What isn't subjective is performance, and I'm happy to say that this stuff works well. Viscosity is pretty middle of the road, thick enough, but definitely requiring a reapplication or two throughout the day. The carrier blend leaves my skin feeling healthy and my beard feeling extremely soft and smooth. This blend includes castor oil, which I'm a huge fan of, as it seems to really make my beard feel extremely healthy and strong. The icing on the cake is the vibrant healthy shine that this product imparts, definitely further proof that this oil was blended with performance in mind.
The bottom line
So, the scent is an easy pass for me, but the performance of this product more than makes up for that. I am definitely interested in trying some of the other fragrances offered by The Beard Baron. While there are oils that offer a similar level of high quality results at a lower price point, this product does perform just as well, if not better than others that cost more as well, so from a value standpoint, it really depends upon what your own pershonal threshold is, as this is definitely priced in the "premium" category. All things being equal, this is definitely still a product worth checking out, for the simple reason that it works great, even if the scent isn't your cup of tea.
Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil
$25 at thebeardbaron.com