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Tomorrow Morning The good folks over at The Bearded Bastard (makers of V&T favorites Rum Runner Balm and Barbershop Wax) will be dropping their holiday oil, appropriately named Ho, Ho, Ho!
Social media teasers haven't really hinted at what this stuff is going to smell like, but the official website indicates that it should be a blend of Douglas fir and cinnamon. This release is said to be super limited, so it's worth heading over to their website in the AM and getting your order in!
"Bilberry Bastard beard balm"...say that three times fast...but seriously, while the name may be a mouthful, this is a product that I was looking forward to trying for a while. Luxurious Bastard is a beard care company that enjoys a cult-like following, and considering the fact that they produce super-small batches in complex scent profiles, with top-shelf ingredients, it's easy to see why. Offering an impressive line-up that is sold out just as often as it is available, Luxurious Bastard products can at times be difficult to get your hands on (so much so that they have a regular newletter which they send out to let their customers know when various products will be releasing). Not limiting their scope to just beard care, they live up to their luxurious name by also selling a variety of hand-crafted leather goods, rings, candles, and custom wooden caddies to store all of your grooming products. I was able to snag this tin of balm a little while ago (this seems to be one of their more popular scents, and as such is more readily available on their site than others), let's give it a spin and see if it lives up to the hype...
Holysmokes!!! A leather lover's dream, this stuff smells like a brand spankin new pair of Berluti calfskin Oxfords; deep, rich Italian leather emerges on a regal cloud of imported air in all of its sensual, luxurious glory. This is tempered by a bright, juicy blueberry, dripping with a candy-like sweetness that is perfectly balanced by an acrid tartness that imparts a brilliant moreishness that makes me think of cassis more than blueberry. In the background, just barely present but still there, is a certain implacable something that has driven me mad every time I wear this product, because it's so familiar, but also so impossible to place, if I had to guess, I'd say it was just the slightest whisper of cinnamon, but I wouldn't bet on it, lets just say that it adds an exquisite edge. Strength is just perfect; a tick above medium. Staying power is phenominal, noticable all day long and well into the evening.
How does it work?
A very hard, waxy balm, this has a fairly high melting point (hit it with a shot of warm air from your hairdryer to save yourself some time in the morning), this stuff is heavy-weight, make no mistake about it. In beard feel is interesting, as it definitely makes its presence felt, but still imparts a wonderful tactile softness. Hold is phenominal, making this the ideal balm for those days when your beard just doesn't want to behave (in fact this stuff is serious enough to handle even the most unruly of beards). Hemp seed oil and Avocado oil boost the conditioning properties of this product to amazing heights. Staying power is nothing short of legendary, leaving my beard feeling healthy and my skin feeling moisturized all day long, no matter how much time spent outdoors, or how high impact the activities I participate in.
The bottom line
Simply put this is just an awesome scent that delivers an elegant experience with a wonderful twist of fun. Performance is excellent, I do wish that it were just slightly softer, but I suppose this is the price that must be paid for such an awesome amount of hold. When you combine that with the fact that this stuff is made by one dude, in very small batches, and each tin is individually hand-numbered, it becomes apparent that Luxurious Bastard is much more than hype...this is a brand that is well deserving of the accolades constantly being showered upon it. If you haven't already, make sure that you head over to Luxurious Bastard's website and sign up for their mailing list, so that you will be up to date on their latest product drops, because no matter what it may be, you're going to want it!
Ingredients: Shea Butter, White Bees Wax, Bayberry Wax, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Hazlenut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Witamin E Oil, Essential Oils
$17.50 at luxuriousbastardco.com
There is no shortage of value-priced products in the beard care game...quality value-priced products, well, that's a different story. Don't get me wrong, there is some great stuff out there for budget conscious beardsmen (the balm and oil by Vintage grooming, are two that immediately come to mind), but there's also a lot of junk to sift through in this price bracket. Recently a newcomer to the value segment has thrown their hat into the ring, promising quality while boasting ingredients that seem more suited to brands that actually brag about their hefty price tags, and scents said to mimic some of the finest colognes on the market. At first glance, it all seems too good to be true, I mean come on, high end ingredients like marula, boabab, and emu...all for a single digit price tag? really? But sporting such a low cost, this stuff represents an extremely low risk, so I figured "what the hell?" and decided to give it a try...let's see if this new kid on the block is really poised to corner the value segment, or if this ends up being another low-cost product that just isn't worth it...
As readers of this page know all-too-well, I'm a huge Bond No. 9 fan, so when I saw that Scent #12 by BrokeAss was inspired by Bond No. 9's Dubai Gold, I already knew I woud be ordering it as my introduction to this oil. While the three Bond scents I currently have in rotation are Brooklyn, Cooper Square, and H.O.T Always, I did pick Dubai Gold up when it was first released and proceded to wear it so often that I killed the bottle in a matter of months, so I am quite familiar with this amazing scent. While this product isn't exactly a faithful reproduction of the scent, it's still a pretty darn good approximation of it (What do you expect? you could literally buy 55 bottles of this oil for less than the cost of one bottle of Dubai Gold at retail). Rub a rew drops together in the palms of your hands, and you'll instantly be greeted by heady aromas of warm, boozy spice floating ethereally around towering slabs of aromatic lumber dripping with an exotic essence that rides the line between resinous and floral. A faint yet distinct tower of crystaline candied ginger and citrus rises in the midnote from a pool of heavy, honeyed sweetness, that may be too much for some, while a powdery high note seems to circle back into the spicy sweet wood accords that become the most dominant part of this blend as time wears on. Strength is just slightly north of medium-plus, and I find it actually projects incredibly well for a beard oil, so much so that you probably don't need to wear cologne with this, and if you do, make sure it's something complimentary, otherwise, you run the risk of your fragrances cashing (In fact this is such a complex scent that you'll definitely want to stick to more conservatively scented balms and butters in order to be sure that you dont have too much going on)...I find staying power is fantastic, lasting all day long, and continuing to evolve brilliantly well into the evening.
How does it work?
So clearly the good folks over at BrokeAss know how to formulate a scent, but at the end of the day, scent can only take a product so far. Here's were the rubber really meets the road, as the viscosity of this stuff is wonderful, thicker than a good percentage of oils out there, this stuff just "feels" high quality to the touch (if that makes any sense). It works into my beard easily, getting right down to the roots and skin below, and the results are shockingly noticable. Of course, I regularly go on and on about how much I enjoy castor in my beard oils, and I've discussed how amazing marula makes my skin feel, but this stuff is on a completely different level. The addition of baobab oil, with it's brilliant regenerative properties, really has my face feeling extra nourished, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, this is a very high end oil that does miracles for the skin, it also helps impart an other-worldly lustre to my beard, and does a fantastic job of protecting both beard and face from the chilly autumn air that seems to be extra drying lately. Then there's the emu oil...an ingredient that is almost always reserved for the most expensive of beard care products, this stuff is another one of those work-horse type of carrier oils, packed with essential fatty acids, which are said to penetrate deeply into the skin and promote healthy hair growth, and prized for its occlusive properties, the addition of this oil really cranks up the beneficial properties of this product. There are very few products on the market, at any price that leave my beard feeling as healthy, nourished, and strong as this stuff does. There is absolutely no greasy feel after application (in fact this is one of the "driest" beard oils I've tried in a while, right up there with some of the Fresh Beards offerings in terms of "dryness"). The ultra-light in-beard feel belies the ridiculous staying power of this product, requiring absolutely no touch ups at any point throughout the course of a day.
The Bottom Line
This is definitely one of those cases in which it would be wrong to judge a book by its cover; The name "BrokeAss" along with the packaging that seems to scream "cost cutting", may at first glance have you thinking that this is not a serious product, but brother you would be so wrong. If you're operating on a tight budget, or just looking for a great deal, this stuff easily represents one of the best values in the entire beard-care game. Performance is on par with products costing several hundred times more. From a scent standpoint, this stuff could seriously work as a cologne by itself...invariably, you will get asked what scent you have on when you wear this, and if you told most people that you were wearing some super-pricey high end fragrance, they'd be inclined to believe you...but that's dishonest, so don't...instead, just let them know that you're wearing this awesome beard oil that smells great, so that word of this company's great products can continue to spread!
Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Aloe Extract, Marula Oil, Emu Oil, Baobab Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Fragrance
$9 at brokeassbeards.com
When you stop and think about it, social media is really a hell of a thing...in addition to being a place where you can share ridiculous cat videos that make you laugh way more than they should, or argue politics with that one hard-headed cousin, or pretend that you aren't trying to make your co-workers jealous with those pictures of that amazing dinner that you just had to share, it's also an awesome place to network with awesome people. I was able to connect recently on Instagram (and if you arent following V&T on IG yet...why not??? Here, click right here, and do it now...I'll wait for you to come back.) with the proprietor of Steele Magnolia Beard Company. Here's a guy who is doing his thing, building a beard care company the right way, crafting quality product by hand, right here in the USA (Mississippi, to be exact), this is the very definition of a small-batch label. These oils are made with an efficient list of ingredients that promise quality above all. Let's give this stuff a try and see how it measures up.
There's a great balance at work here, a very typical balsamic, camphoraceous note of red cedar races to the forefront carried on a strong headwind of something soft and almost fruity but still quite restrained. This evolves into a dry, minerally "pencil shaving" note that holds the door open for an extremely authoritative (but never aggressive) Spanish Cordovan leather that reads as unctuous and sweet while still maintaining a distinct masculinity. Theres a curious dusty, almost smoky aldehyde note that comes across as a bit soapy in the distant background, but this only serves to add wonderfully unique freshness which brilliantly accentuates the initial notes of warm, rugged cedar, and elegant leather. At no point does any one component of this blend become "too much", all notes seem to work in concert with one another perfectly, all doing their job to create something greater than the sum of the individual parts. Initial strength is a bit high, but this quickly calms down to a wonderful medium that works nicely with any number of balms and butters. Staying power is decent, but could be a bit better (this scent hangs around for a while, but does seem to lack strength as the day wears on).
How does it work?
Sporting an average viscosity, this product works into my beard nicely. Penetrating deeply to the skin below, it does a wonderful job of keeping my face moisturized and feeling extra healthy. After using this oil for a few days, I find that it works best as a sealing oil; perfect for use on days when I've deep conditioned my beard. The coconut oil in this product does wonders to increase strength and serves as a serious work-horse, as it is armed to the teeth with beneficial vitamins and minerals, making this stuff a great choice for all beard types. Like all truly high-quality oils, there is no greasy feel left behind in my beard. My only minor quibble with the performance of this product is that it does seem to have a bit of a mattifying effect, which is really no big deal if youre going for a more casual look, but with the amount of greys popping up in my beard on a daily basis, I generally prefer a bit more shine. Staying power is good, requiring no touch ups (although I haven't spent any time outdoors while wearing this stuff, I havent seen anything from it that would indicate to me that it can't handle more extreme tempratures).
The Bottom Line
In the world of beard care, it is becoming increasingly difficult for a small-batch producer to set themselves apart from the pack. The name of the game these days is quality, a brand must be even more high quality than the vast sea of top-shelf products that makes up the boutique beard care market these days. To really make their mark, a brand must put quality above anything else, and if they do that, they will continue to stick around and grow...that being said, it won't surprise me in the slightest to see Steele Magnolia grow by leaps and bounds in the future. Offering a truly first-rate product at an extremely reasonable price, this is definitely a company to be on the lookout for. If you enjoy versatile scents that can go from the workday to drinks and dinner without missing a beat, you'll definitely want to check this particular offering out.
Ingredients: Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils
$15 at Steele Magnolia Beard Co
~The oil sampled for this review was provided by Steele Magnolia Beard Company~
According to the above tweet by @DGCLou, Detroit Grooming (Makers of one of the most awesome conditioners on the market) is set to announce an all new limited edition butter this friday...Details are sparse, but according to Twitter and Instagram it's "something you've been asking for"...make sure to keep an eye out this friday!
As fall turns to winter, we are seeing a whole bunch of companies trading their pumpkin spice scented products in for holiday themes ones. The good folks over at Skully's CTZ (makers of the oh-so-amazing Double Tap beard oil which is a favorite around here) have announced that once their Pumpkin Head fall favorite line is shelved, they plan on rolling out a new blend called Winter Spice. Billed as a luxurious, mysterious, warm, fresh scent with a masculine edge, and boasting notes of peppercorn, bergamot, and oakmoss, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season. According to Skully's social media, there will be a butter available to join the balm, wash, and oil pictured above.
Official release is currently scheduled for November 15, so don't forget to mark your calendars and head on over to the Skully's CTZ website to be the first on your block to grab some!
Nicholas Beard Works is a company that captured my esteem with their outstanding beard butter a few weeks ago. Having seen many positive reviews of their oil on various YouTube channels as well as countless blogs, I figured that adding some to my collection would be a can't-miss idea. After checking out their site, I noticed a curious thing, they offer several different styles of oil; there's their dry oil, which, from what I can tell is more of a solid-state product (like a balm) that converts to oil when you apply it, there is also their Hairy Vagabond blend which seems to be fortified with some extra mineral rich carriers and comes in a really cool looking skull-shaped bottle, then there's their standard line, an "entry level" product, if you will. While I'm intreagued by their other options and most likely will circle back to those in the future, for introductory purposes, I'll be reviewing their standard beard oil today. So without further ado, let's give it a try and see if I'll join the cadre of beardsmen singing the praises of this already very famous oil.
The name Italian Leather conjures up images of walking into one of your favorite couture house boutiques, and breating in that oh-so-familiar leathery/vinilyc melange of hand crafted shoes and bags, riding a breeze of potent colognes and perfumes, as the air crackles with that implacable "high-end" essence designed to put you in a spending mood. While there is an initial flash of that in this product, there is something a bit more artistic at work here...A Softer, well worn leather seems to take center stage; sweet, comforting, and just slightly funky (in the best possible way), I find it reminds me less of the polished marble floors and gauche gold-plated fixtures of an upscale boutique, and more of the calming, familiar embrace of an antique French club chair tucked in the corner of a tastefully apointed reading room. There's definitley a discernable amount of birch (a common ingredient in many leather scents), but beyond that I get a juicy, sweet berry medly, (reminiscent of fresh fruit compote), that provides a candy-like structure upon which a graceful high-note of something dusty/powdery wrapped around a dry herbaceous note that seems to lazily float on into forever. While not as multi-layered as the previous scent that I tried by this company, this is oil definitely makes a statement; evoking not only a mental image, but also a feeling of success and comfort, this stuff could be a serious show-stopper when layered under the right balm or butter. Strength is just a tick under medium, which, I'd be lying if I said I wasnt just a bit disappointed in (if this stuff were stronger, it would easily be my favorite leather scent). Staying power is decent, but stops short of being really good (I find that there are no detectable traces of this product an hour or so after application).
How Does It Work?
A slightly-less-than medium viscosity translates (for me anyway) into the need to apply a bit more of this than I do most oils. Once it's in beard, however, it seems to go to work right away, almost magcally imparting an instant softness as I comb it through. The ingredients list reads like a formula for making the ultimate beard-care product as it's chock-full of beneficial carrier oils...you want castor? It's in there...you want rosehip? It's in there...you want sea butckthorn? It's in there. It seems like Nicholas Beard Works has taken every oil that goes above and beyond and added it to their carrier blend, and the results speak for themselves; my beard feels full, strong, and thick, while my skin feels nourished, hydrated, and soft as a pair of deer-leather driving gloves. There is also an incredible amount of shine and luster which make this a perfect oil to wear on special nights out. I find that this is one of those oils that seems to "absorb" incredibly well, leaving not even the slightest trace of greasiness. Staying power is phenominal, lasting all day with no need for any touchups. Truly a delightful oil all around.
The Bottom Line
Clearly Nicholas Beard Works is a company that is serious about producing top shelf beard care products...from their extremely well thought out list of beneficial ingredients, to their made-to-order approach when it comes to fulfillment, this is definitely a company built upon an ethos of quality above all. I would have zero reservations about recommending this oil, but am now even more intreagued than ever to try some of their other oil offerings. Considering the fact that two ounces of this stuff costs as much as a single ounce of some other products I've tried which aren't quite as good, I'd say that this particular line in their portfolio represents a fantastic value, and as such should be a part of any serious beardsman's regular rotation!
Ingredients: Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rosehip Oil, Botanical Infusions, Essential Oils
$25 at nicholasbeardworks.com
With new beard-care brands popping up on a daily basis, it's definitely in a company's best interest to continue to innovate. No company seems to do more to set themselves apart from the pack than Anointed AK. Hand crafted in small batches along the banks of the majestic Eagle River in Alaska, Anointed AK oils are offered in a rotating suite of scents that ranges from somewhat traditional, to fun and exotic, to downright weird (Mountain Dew scented beard oil, anyone?). With a strict emphasis on quality ingredients, this company continues to innovate on a regular basis, constantly expanding on their library of outside-the-box scents. As an introduction to this brand I decided to go with one of their limited collaborations. I could tell you that I chose it because it seemed like the perfect balance of adventurous and restrained, I could tell you that I have been enjoying the hell out of cologne type scents these days and that's why I picked it, I could tell you whatever, but the truth is it was being sold in a bundle with another scent that I wanted to try at a price that was just too good to pass up. So let's give this stuff a whirl and see if I made the right choice by grabbing this one first instead of the other one which I'll be reviewing a few days down the road here...
Said to be inspired by Creed's Green Irish Tweed, I was definitely curious to see what this stuff was all about. Now, I must confess that I'm not the world's biggest fan of Green Irish Tweed, or even Creed in general...I mean, okay, they make some of the most iconic scents in the game, and I definitely have owned multiple bottles of both Silver Mountain Water and Aventus in the past, and will probably own more in the future too...but I'm a Bond No. 9 guy at the end of the day, and when I'm in the market for a scent that sports a heftier price tag, I will gravitate towards the Bond counter 9 times out of 10...but I'm getting way off track here. For those who have never smelled it, Green Irish Tweed is sort of like, well, it's what you'd imagine Bernard Lee's version of M's office from James Bond movies smells like; sort of damp and musky with a very high quality, albeit un exciting amber and spice...There's nothing wrong with it, but it's traditional in every sense of the word, and even though I'm an old guy, I still prefer a bit of edge to my scents. Upon initially opening this oil, I got a good amount of that Green Irish Tweed fragrance, which wasnt necessarily a turn off, but led me to believe that there wouldnt be a whole lot to process here...boy was I wrong. There's definitely that opening of sandalwood and floral notes wrapped around a muskiness that goes right up to the edge of "too much" before perfectly reeling it in, but where Green Irish tweed dries down into this stodgy spice reminiscent of grandpa's shave lotion, this stuff gains a different focus, there's a sort of wintery nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger that holds the door for a juicy sweet flower blended with a sort of candy-like component that reminds me of Chowards violet gum, all the while pulsing beats of some sticky candied citrus rattle off on the background, creating a baseline that makes this oil a great partner for brighter, more carefree balms (I find that when paired with The Grower by Barbu, which I reviewed yesterday, the two create something that resembles another old school cologne which I absolutely love; Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermès). Lemon Verbena and a green herbaceous note add a perfect level of sportiness in the high note. Strength is just the perfect amount of medium-plus, and staying power is phenominal, continually evolving thoughout the course of a day.
How does it work?
Fairly lightweight, but by no means lacking in viscosity, I find that this oil does its job, but doesn't necessarily feel like it's penetrating as deeply as others. Conditioning properties are sufficient, but it still just feels like an oil (if that makes any sense), my beard doesn't really feel thicker or stronger after applying this stuff. It does impart a fantactic shine that lends a brilliant finished look, and keeps any itch in check all day long, but I just dont get that "aaaaah" quality from it that I get from some other oils. I can't find any reason to criticize this product, but at the same time, I cant find any reason to gush over it from a performance standpoint either. I mean, It's fine. No other words for it...it's fine. Staying power is good (I wore it to an outdoor even the other night and at no point felt like I needed a touchup after being subjected to the dry night air of the desert). I hate to sound like I'm being down on this product, when in actuality, it is a perfectly good oil for every day use, but I can't help but think that if it made my beard and face feel just a bit more nourished, it could go from being a very good product to a very great one.
The Bottom Line
I like this stuff, and would easily recommend it to any fan of "cologne type" scented beard care products. I'm certainly glad that I grabbed this product, and definitely plan on using it regularly. From a scent standpoint, I actually find it exponentially more exciting than the cologne that inspired it...from a performance standpoint, I enjoy what it has to offer, I just wish that I had a reason to really be excited by it. Either way, considering the competitve nature of Anointed AK's pricing, and the brilliant variety of envelope-pushing scents they offer, I can guarantee that this isn't the last product in their lineup that I will be adding to my collection (I mean, I did purchase a value pack after all, so there will be more reviews in the future). If you've been checking out this brand but haven't pulled the trigger yet, do it...you will definitely be glad that you did.
Ingredients: Golden Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils & Fragrance Oil.
$18 at anointedak.com
Having already carved out a name for themselves among high-end beard care labels, it would be an understatement to call Barbu a brand on the rise. Last month they made a big splash with their The Shaman beard oil, an awesome concoction that gets heavy rotation in my beard care routine, but it would be a mistake to overlook their previous releases too. I've been looking to find a solid lineup of balms for the chilly months (even though, you already know, I admit to being a bigger fan of butters), and as such, I couldn't resist the opportunity to add more Barbu to my collection. This is a scent that doesnt seem to get quite as much attention as some of the more marquee names in the Barbu stable, but it intreagued me none-the-less, promising a combination reminiscent of the citrus trees that Barbu's home state of Florida is known for, I definitely had to check it out. Let's give it a spin and see if I made a good choice, shall we?
Extremely citrus forward, with a crispness that cuts like a well honed chef's knife, a bright lemon aroma jumps out and slaps you across the face just to make sure that you were paying attention. This isn't that polite, sort of lemon-ish, cleaning product, candy-like scent that many products play it safe with, this stuff tosses a big, fat meyer lemon up in the air and whallops it with a Louisville Slugger painted yellow, as chunks of juicy flesh erupt mid air spraying drooplets of unapologetically tart juice in every direction like so many tiny yellow diamonds, sparlking in the morning sunlight. This is tempered by a deep green bouquet of herbaceous mint and lawn clippings, dripping with a chlorophyl freshness that doesn't so much so much remind you of summer , as it does transport you to a peaceful afternoon in the park, an ice cold lemonade slush in hand as you let the hypnotic sounds of the fountain in front of you relax your every single care away. This is definitely a summery scent, but it's so properly executed that it actually has the power to bring just the slightest, energizing flashes of summer to a rainy autumn afternoon. Strength is medium-to-medium plus, strong enough to be noticed, but not so strong as to overpower whatever oil you've paired it with (and it makes for some great scent pairings if you layer it over the right oil, lately, I've really been enjoying it with more "cologne" type scents as the two combine for a great freshness that is impossible not to notice). Staying power is good (you'll get a few hours out of it), but you may find yourself wishing you could smell it a bit more as the day wears on.
How does it work?
While not the softest balm out there, I definitely wouldnt call this product stiff. The melting point of is surprisingly low considering the beeswax content I suspect that it has, just rub it in your palms once or twice and it's completely liquid. It works into my beard easily, almost like a butter, easily spreading from root to tip with minimal effort. It combs through brilliantly (although I do notice that it does brush out fairly easily too, so if you give your beard a pass with a boar's hair brush after combing, be mindful not to overdo it, or you may end up needing a touchup right away). In beard feel is outstanding, again more closely resembling a butter from a tactile standpoint, leaving my beard feeling soft, and refreshed all day long, while still offering a level of hold that lets you know it's most definitely a balm; strays and fly-aways dont stand a chance against this stuff. Staying power is good, not requiring any touchups (although I have yet to wear this during any really high impact activities).
The Bottom Line
Even though I have had only limited experience with Barbu products, I can already surmise that this is a company that does not mess around when it comes to making scents that are designed to stand out. From a performance standpoint, this is definitely a balm that I have no complaints about, it works extremely well. This product not only checks all the boxes when it comes to what an ideal balm should be, but it actually moves the needle a bit as it over-delivers from a quality standpoint. It doesn't matter if you like citrus scents, or if you don't use balms that often, until you own a tin of this stuff, your beard care arsenal is less than complete.
Ingredients: Beeswax, Unrefined Shea Butter, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Castor oil, 100% pure essential oils
$9 at barbubeardco.com