It seems the majority of focus when it comes to beard care is on products designed to be worn during the daytime, and why not? You need your beard looking and feeling it's best during your waking hours, but what about the 8 hours (if you're lucky) that you sleep? Doesn't your face and beard deserve just as much love then? Now I'll admit to the fact that my bed time beard-care routine is nowhere near as involved as my morning one, just a little bit of butter, a quick brushing and then it's off to dreamland...or to sit up in bed and watch my wife's favorite shows about murderers with her for a couple of hours before I realize that I need to be up early in the morning, and then try to force myself to sleep...but either way...
Of course, Barbu isn't the first company to roll out a night-time specific product, but since they produce some of my favorite beard-care products already, I figured that it only makes sense to have this stuff in my night time rotation. Will it be just the thing I need to elevate my night-time beard game to all new heights? Let's give it a try and find out...
This is one of those scents that doesnt really smell like anything specific at first...Initially it's just a calming, pleasant sort of "natural" (for lack of a better term) smell, but after a minute or two, it really opens up to reveal its true complexity. A wonderful, soft redwood tanbark note provides a solid base, from which arrise vaporious notes of lavender. Not your usual perfumey/soapy sort of lavender oil scent (which, dont get me wrong, I just love), this is a far more natural, subtle lavender, as if it were the scent of fresh lavender flowers being carried on a gentle breeze, so, light and pleasant it's a wonderfully soothing touch. Marching in harmonious cadence with this lavender chord is a round, almost creamy note that reminds me a bit of a sweet, aromatic sawdust, or perhaps even an unlit piece of sandalwood incense, where a hint of warm vanilla wraps tightly around an exotic earthiness...this is administered with such a masterful restraint that it never insists upon itself and works in brilliant concert with the lavender note it stands alongside. Gracefully drifiting below all of this is a complex, herbaceous undercurrent of something green and calming, notes of spicy greens, reminiscent of watercress or nasturtium, meet the slightest whisper of cool mint, and a hint of something that reminds me of crushed eucalyptus leaves. Truly a wonderfully relaxing combination. Strength is just shy of medium, but still well above medium-minus, exactly what you want in a night-time fragrance. Staying power is good, but there is no detectable amount of fragrance left on my beard by the time I wake up. For those of you wondering, if you wear it in the day time, you'll find that it lasts for a good 4 hours or so...maybe not the strongest, but it definitely hangs around.
How does it work?
According to the company webiste, this is a well researched and thought out blend of theraputic grade essential oils designed to promote good, restful sleep. As a bit of an insomniac, myself, I will take all the help that I can get on that front. Now will this stuff have you sawing logs as quickly as a few benadryls followed by a shot of tequila? No, of course not...also, remember, I'm not a doctor, so the whole "benadryls and tequila" thing, don't take that as any sort of advice either way...but I do find that the scent of this butter does have a nice calming effect, similar to an essential oil diffuser loaded up with your favorite sleep blend, it's just enough to help me along on my way to sleep (This would probably also be a good butter to wear on more hectic days when you need to remind yourself to take a deep, cleansing breath from time to time). Now, as far as in-beard performance, this is a great butter...dense, but not heavy. It scoops out easily, and has a very low melting point, which makes it ideal for working into my beard. I suppose the real test of how a night-time specific product performs is how my beard feels in the morning when I wake up, and I must say that this stuff leaves my mane feeling beautifully, touchably soft. Some butters that I've used at night (and I'm not going to name names here) have left my beard (as well as my pillow) feeling greasy when I wake up in the morning, while others have, oddly enough, left my beard feeling a bit on the dry side, this product does neither, I find that my beard is well conditioned and my face feels sufficiently moisturized upon waking on mornings after I've used this stuff. I find that sometimes combing a dry beard first thing in the morning can be a bit of a nightmare, between the tangles, or broken hairs, I really need to be careful, but with this product, the comb glides right through many hours later, truly the mark of a great conditioning butter.
Again, for those of you who would like to use this stuff in the daytime too, I'm happy to report that hold is wonderful, in fact, somewhat on the strong side for a butter. I will say that this may not stand up to your most high-impact days...(although, what butter can? Go with a balm if you know you're going to be participating in activities where your beard could use a little extra protection) but it should be just fine for normal, every-day activites, keeping your beard feeling strong, and your skin nice and calm.
The bottom line
A good night time routine is an important part of caring for your beard, and with more and more beard-care products being designed specifically for night use, there has never been an easier time to make sure that your beard is taken care of while you get your zzz's. With this butter, Barbu has brought the same level of quality that we have come to enjoy from their entire protfolio of awesome products, to the night-time routine. So if you're the kind of guy who takes care of his beard in the day time but just hasnt gotten into the swing of bed time beard-care yet, you need to get on board and pick yourself up some of this awesome butter, I can promise you that after a few nights of using this product before bed, you'll never be "too tired" to set aside a few minutes for your night time routine again!
Ingredients: Organic yellow Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba, Organic Sweet Almond, Vegan/Non-GMO Kokum Butter, Organic Castor, Organic Coconut oil,Vitamin E and 100% Pure Therapeutic grade essential oils.
$18.00 at barbubeardco.com