I've discussed at some length already my affinity for using barbershop scented products once a week when I take a safety razor to my neck and edges. Something about those scents just makes the whole "cleaning up" process feel more "complete" (for lack of a better term). It was a few weeks ago that I was going through my weekly ritual when a realization came to me, my barbershop scented beardcare collection isn't complete...until I add a good quality mustache wax. The Bearded Bastard is a company that started out manufacturing mustache wax back in 2011, and has been churning out all sorts of quality beard products ever since. Known for their full suite of amazing and innovative scents, use of top shelf sustainable ingredients, and their distinctive packaging with lazer engraved wooden labels, The Bearded Bastard has planted themselves squarely at the forefront of the high end men's grooming game. Will this wax be the final piece I needed to round out my barbershop scented collection? Let's give it a try and find out...
Obviously the definition of a "barbershop" scent encompasses a wide range...but holy smokes, I don't know if any other scent nails the essence of the entire barbershop experience quite as well as this one! A medicinal, green, eucalyptus, extremely reminiscent of Osage Rub jumps out immediately, this is tempered by a resinous calendula and lavender blend that perfectly mimics the aroma of a badger bristle brush loaded with warm, relaxing shave soap lather. A soft undercurrent of worn leather and tobacco ramp up to an ethereal high note of spicy, sweet bay rum that really bolsters the air of old-school masculinity that this product projects. Close your eyes, and just take a deep inhale, you will be transported to a luxurious parlor, complete with comfy antique barber chairs, bottles of sweet-smelling potions, and meticulously sharpened tools laid out perfectly on a pristine while towel draped across a polished oak counter...while a cut crystal rocks glass with a dram of whiskey, rests perfectly in your hand, and chatter regarding the issues of the day, surrounds you like a sweet symphony...nothing short of a tribute to masculinity. Strength is on the medium- plus side, and staying power is phenominal, lasting all day long.
How does it work?
By far the thickest, "waxiest", mustache wax I've ever tried. This stuff takes a bit more work to really warm up (I take a small chunk out and hit it with a shot of warm air from the hair dryer for a few seconds to get it started). This can be both a good and bad thing, if you're pressed for time, you probably want to steer clear because this product will add a couple of minutes to your routine, since it doesn't work into the mustache very easily at all (and if you try to cut corners when warming this product, you'll find all sorts of awkward little clumps of yellow wax in your mustache)...that being said, if you have the time, it's well worth it, because once it combs through your stache evenly, it offers incredible hold, and makes sculpting a breeze. I have this one curl on the end of the left side of my mustache that just refuses to lay down properly, but this product is able to tame it. If you give this stuff a moiment to set up properly, you will be rewarded with all-day hold that is tough enough to stand up to insanely hot desert summers that my mustache gets subjected to. I haven't tried any in my beard yet, but I can only imagine that if you have an unruly fly-away that your every day balm wont tame, this stuff would definitley do the trick in getting it to behave.
The bottom line
To put it simply, this is a great wax. The fact that it does take a bit more time to work with may make it less than ideal for every-day use, but if youre going out, or have one of those days where your mustache looks like an angry caterpillar on drugs, you'll definitely be glad that you've got this stuff in your arsenal. I cant think of another product that smells more perfectly like a barbershop than this one. Nothing short of a touchdown from The Bearded Bastard!
Ingredients: Beeswax, Lanolin, Fragrance, Cocoa Butter, & Jojoba Oil
$16 at thebeardedbastard.com