Kingsmen Beard Club is a brand that has earned a cult following with its Holy Grail beard oil (a product that really does live up to the hype). When visiting the Kingsmen webiste, it's easy to overlook some of the other offerings and go straight for their awesome Holy Grail scent, I mean it's been reviewed by countless YouTube channels and blogs (even this one), to almost universal acclaim...but if you take amoment to check out some of the other scent creations the good folks at Kingsmen have come up with, you'll see some really intreaguing options. I was in the market for a new beard conditioner the other day, and decided that I could use this as the perfect opportunity to try another Kingsmen scent that caught my attention. Will this be another home run on the level of their Holy Grail oil? or am I just putting unrealistic expectations on Kingsmen to capture lightning in a conveniently sized 4 oz. bottle again? Let's give it a try and see...
Billed as a blend of lavender, citrus, mixed berries, sandalwood, and rum spice, the Black Knight scent is advertised on the Kingsmen website as a "cologne type" scent, and I wouldn't argue with this description. Once again, Kingsmen has managed to create a scent that smells more like a pricey cologne than your typical beard care product. I pick up a lot of woodsy sweetness, laced with a floral (not perfumey, but real honest-to goodness-flowering plants) component, and rounded out by a warm, almost amber-like spice. It makes for a really pleasant experience to just close your eyes and inhale deeply in the shower while you wait for this stuff to work its magic. Longevity is about what you'd expect for a conditioner (If you want the scent to hang around, you'd need to buy their entire suite of Black Knight products and layer them). Definitely another winner as far as scent is concerned.
How does it work?
I condition my beard every other day, so it never really gets to the point that it urgently needs deep conditioning, that being said, I dont know that this is a product that you would want to reach for if you were in need of really intensive conditioning...but as an "every day" (or almost every day) conditioner, you can't ask for much more. It seems to be thinner than some other conditioners (but in no means runny/watery), and as such, works into your beard really well, the one drawback to its consistency is that it seems to rinse out really quickly. As I've mentioned before, I try to rinse almost all of the conditioner out of my beard, just leave juuuuuust a little bit in for deeper conditioning throughout the day...the benefits of this practice are somewhat open to debate...but what isn't up for debate is how awesome your mane will feel after you step out of the shower. Your beard will feel soft and managable, and your comb will meet virtually zero resistance as you blowdry. It also imparts a really healthy shine to your beard that only intensifies when you add your favorite oil.
The bottom line
The amazing Holy Grail offerings from Kingsmen throw a long shadow that may cause you to overlook some of their other scents, but if that awesome "church-y" oud isn't your thing, or you're just looking for a conditioner that works as great as it smells, this is definitely one not to be missed. The fact that this stuff can easily compete with conditioners that sell for twice as much, makes it all the more stellar of an product from a brand that clearly knows something about stellar products!
Ingredients: Purified Water, Polawax, Glycerin, Glycerol Monostearate, PVP K30, Cetrimonium Chloride, Safflower Oil, Propylparaben, Crotein SPA, Stearyl Konium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben
$12.49 at Kingsmenbeardclub.com