I trust that everybody is spending today moving a bit more slowly than usual...the combination of turkey, wine, ham, stuffing (soooo much stuffing), and all the other goodies did a number on you yesterday...and now, here we all are the day after, sprawled out on the couch, in our finest sweatpants and tee-shirts, zero motivation to do anything but watch TV (if you haven't seen The Irishman yet, it's awesome, and well worth the nearly four hour runtime), alternate between drinking plenty of water and plenty of coffee to fight back the hangover, and of course stuff our faces with leftovers. The only thing better than turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and cold mashed potatoes, is eating that last little bit of pie straight from the pan. Perhaps the most essential part of any holiday feast, is pie, I mean, it's great any time of year, but there's such an indelible link between this time of year and the dessert...a delicious, apple, pumpkin, pecan, or berry pie is just as much a part of the holiday season as boozy breathed mall santas creeping out children and grownups alike, or hiding presents in that one coat closet in your front room that never gets used for anything else, or ducking into in the garage to watch basketball on your phone and get away from the cacophony of a noisy holiday party. With the bevy of holiday themed beard-care products available right now, it does make you wonder why there isn't a pie scented product for us to add a little holiday cheer to our beards. Enter Barn Brand Beards with this product, appropriately named Baked; a pie scented balm that does us one better than the typical holiday scented offerings as it is readily available year round. Will this product be just what I needed for my holiday rotation? Let's give it a try and find out!
While not intended to be strictly a holiday scent, it may be tough to find a product offering a more "festive" bouquet, on the market today. The complexity of this scent slowly emerges over the course of a day, as initial tightly wound notes of berry yield to a dense, warm baked apple and cinammon aroma, tempered by a hint of heady perfume reminiscent of violet. A brilliantly balanced chord of pumpkin spice rides a hard line of sweet pipe smoke in an effortless manner, settling wonderfully into a savory nuttiness that seems to heighten the warmth of this scent. As the day wears on, ethereal tones of black currant, sweet leather, butterscotch, and bright, tart cranberry weave in and out of focus. A lively, festive scent that exhudes a gourmand appeal which works brilliantly as a holiday scent, but could just as easily be worn to a summer cookout. Strength is a hint above medium, and staying power is excellent, remaining brilliantly noticable and creating an awesome silliage that is guaranteed to turn heads all day long. For an extremely appealing combination, layer this stuff over The Fantastic Bastard oil by Luxurious Bastard, and be prepared to be told how amazing you smell, over and over again!
How does it work?
A wonderfully smooth balm that melts quickly, and works into my beard with ease. Absorption is fantastic, leaving absolutely no greasiness or residue. Conditioning properties are other-worldly, imparting a natural softness that you just don't normally get from a balm. The combination of nutrient rich pomegranite oil and emu oil, dense in omegas and other beneficial fatty acids, provide the perfect one-two punch in keeping my beard and face feeling absolutely amazing. The lightweight in-beard feel belies the tremendous hold this product offers (I would place the level of hold squarely in the medium-plus category), and its incredible staying power (lasting all day long with zero itch or dryness). A wonderfully functional balm that does everything it's supposed to!
The bottom line
Every now and then you find a product that you didnt even know you needed. This is one of those products, a balm that serves as a better holiday scent than most holiday scents out there. Big Tex and Barn Brand Beards have hit another homerun, creating a scent that is not only the perfect addition to any winter rotation, but a fantastic gourmand balm that can lend an air of festivity to any time of year. The scent alone is reason enough to add this product to your collection, but on top of that, the performance is exceptional, living up to the incredibly high bar set by this company, further solidifying Barn Brand's reputation for offering a nearly impossible level of quality and value!
Ingredients: Ivory Shea butter, Alabama Beeswax, Mango butter, Kokum butter, Mct oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Liquid Lanolin, Anhydrous Lanolin, Watermelon Seed Oil, BTMS-50 Conditioning Wax, Emu Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Nut Oil, and Castor Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Essential/fragrance oils.
$8 at barnbrandbeards.com