Fans of the David Lynch masterpiece Twin Peaks, know that it is so much more than a television show. It's an immersive world, that thirty years later, still inspires lively debate surrounding interpretations and symbolism. An ever evolving project which recieves sporadic new life, first in the form of a movie, and most recently, in 2017, the long-awaited third season. David Lynch, himself has recently teased that there may be "one more story" left in him as far as the Twin Peaks saga is concerned. When that one more story will come to life is anybody's guess...but in the meantime, Last Looks Grooming has taken it upon themselves to give us Twin Peaks fans a little story of their own. Named after the infamous Black Lodge, and hand crafted in Hollywood from the highest quality ingredients, this oil promises to be the next best thing to sitting down in a booth at the Double R with a big piece of cherry pie in front of you. Will this be one damn fine cup of coffee? Or are the owls not what they seem? Let's give it a try and find out...
Even if you've never seen a single episode of Twin Peaks, you can still apprecate a beard oil that smells this good. It's the Pacific northwest in a bottle. Earthy black coffee and balsamic evergreen seamlessly integrate into one another to form a perfume that is deep and rich...with a mysterious, dark aura that envelops you in a heady redolence which unfolds over time to reveal sweet floral and woodsy notes, dripping with dimension and character. This is framed wonderfully by ripe, red cherry, which rolls in like a cool morning fog, adding a jammy sweetness that only serves to further concentrate the brilliant coffee and pine. There aren't a ton of components in this fragrance, but the ones there are all seem to work in marvelous concert, with each drawing out the brilliant nuance of the others. There's something so unique about this fragrance, it's at once comforting and edgy, brimming with personality, it avoids overtly being a "coffee scent" or a "woodsy scent" and rather presents itself as something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Strength is a shade above medium, while staying power is brilliant, with a morning application lasting well into the late afternoon, and beyond.
How does it work?
Sporting an ingredients list that could go toe-to-toe with any top shelf oil on the market today, this stuff is a true heavyweight deserving on the "premium beard oil" designation on its label. The higher viscosity of this oil allows it to penetrate deep into my beard, delivering extremely high amounts of beneficial vitamins and nutrients thanks to the high quality avocado, hemp seed, and castor oils in this formulation...and high, quality they indeed are, offering tremendous absorption and absolutely no greasy feel whatsoever. Conditioning properties are outstanding, leaving my beard feeling not just incredibly siky soft, but strong and healthy too. Occlusive and protective properties are stellar (thanks in no small part to the addition of premium quality rice bran oil), leaving my beard and face both feeling nourished and moisturized even after spending time outdoors on a chilly autumn day. This oil also imparts an exceptional shimmer to my beard, creating a wonderful finished look. Staying power is as good as one might expect from such a high quality product, requiring no touch-ups at any point in the day.
The bottom line
As agent Cooper once said..."I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a cat nap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee." Now of course, everybody's favorite fictional, philosophical FBI Agent doesn't sport a beard, but if he did, I'd wager to guess that he would add a bottle of Black Lodge Beard oil into that mix too. A workhorse of an oil that performs at an incredibly high level, and smells downright heavenly, this product is truly a must have for any bearded Twin Peaks fan out there, as well as anybody who just appreciates a top shelf beard-care product!
Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Hempseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Premium Grade Essential & Fragrance Oils.
$18 at lastlooksgrooming.com