I was a bit harsh in my last review of a Cremo product (and justifiably so, because their all in one beard and face wash just isn't very good), but the truth is, in the past I have tried Cremo products that I've really enjoyed. The other day I was checking out some of the beard care products at my local Walgreens, and saw that the entire line of Cremo stuff was on sale, so I figured it couldn't hurt to pick something up for the purpose of reviewing it. I went with their balm for the simple reason that I havent tried yet. Will this turn out to be one of Cremo's more awesome products? or will we have a repeat of the beard wash fiasco? Let's find out...
So again, just like with the wash, the mint blend exhibits a pleasant enough "minty" scent...not so much fresh mint leaves straight from the plant, but something more reminiscent of a natural toothpaste. The chemical component that bothered me in their wash is nowhere to be found in this product. The scent is extremely faint, which is fine (I've actually started expirimenting with layering this over heavier scented beard oils). Longevity is so-so...I mean you can definitely still smell a bit of it for a while, but considering how mild this scent is to begin with, dont expect to be running around with a super minty beard (not that anybody wants that, but whatever) hours after you put this stuff on.
How does it work?
This is a stiffer balm, almost waxy when you first scoop it out (which makes sense because beeswax is listed as the second ingredient), but it softens beautifuly as you emulsify it in your hands. I am expremely impressed witht he level of hold this offers, the first time I tried it, I was coming off one of those weird beard days (you know the days where no matter what you do to your beard, it still just doesnt look the way you want it to?), so I was amazed at the ease in which it got my beard in line. It feels extremely lightweight, and leaves zero greasy residue at all. Staying power was about what you'd expect for any decent quality balm. The fact that this is a 100% natural product means that it's quite gentle on skin, and leaves your beard feeling great!
The bottom line
Considering that this stuff seems to perform as well as balms that cost almost twice as much, I'd definitely say that it's worth checking out, on the Cremo website I noticed that they offer it in several different scents (I've only ever seen it in mint and unscented in stores), I'm curious to see if any of their other offerings might be more strongly scented, either way, this is balm that should definitely be on your radar, especially if you run across it at a discounted price.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
$12 at cremocompany.com (although the balm purchased for this review was $9 at my local Walgreens)