"I believe in America...America has made my fortune..."
With those words, the world was introduced to perhaps the greatest saga ever put to celluloid. If you were to poll 100 people, and ask them to list their favorite movie of all time, it would be a safe bet that more than half of them would say The Godfather. Without a doubt, Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 epic novel of the same name is quite possibly one of the most universally acclaimed movies the world has ever known. Enduring the test of time and remaining just as much of a tour-de-force as it was nearly half a century ago. Shortly after their launch last year, Last Looks Grooming decided to take on the hurculean task of creating a scent that pays tribute to this masterpiece of American cinema. The result was The Family, a scent that has garnered rave reviews, and helped establish Last Looks as a serious player in the beard care game, right off the blocks. I am honestly a bit embarassed that I waited so long to give this scent a try, as The Godfather is definitely in a three way tie for my favorite movie of all time (along side There Will Be Blood and 42...both of which might make interesting scents in their own right), and those who know me know that I was named after two different characters in the Godfather (both my first and middle names, in fact), so why did I wait so long to try this scent? No clue, but let's not wait any longer, and give it a try right now...
As big as Luca Brasi, this scent represents a journey through time and space, back to 1940's Manhattan...a perfectly broken in chesterfield sofa in a dimly lit parlor, with a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other...staring up through the hazy smoke as layer upon sumptuous layer unfolds in front of your face. A striking, ripe orange peel note emerges enrobed in luxurious, vintage-feeling spices. Dry, aromatic tobacco, bitter and chocolatey on the palate, and woody in the nose emerges with a roar, swelling to a brilliant crescendo, before colliding headfirst into a tsunami of boozy aged bourbon stirred with just the slightest baptism of sweet vermouth that lends a deeply sexy, mysterious, almost illicit feel to this scent. A haunting presence remains, like the smoke hanging around in the air of a closed-door meeting between all the heads of the five families, creating a spine-tingling silliage that is sure to draw compliments from frends and strangers alike. Strength is a tick above medium, and staying power is phenominal, lasting a solid 6-8 hours on every occasion that I've worn this oil.
How does it work?
Offering the same phenominal level of performance that we've come to expect from all Last Looks Products, this is a viscous oil that gets deep down into my beard, offering incredible amounts of absorptions and delivering exceptional conditioning. With both hemp-seed and avocado oils working overtime to penetrate each and every individual hair follicle, making my beard feel thick, healthy and incredibly well nourished. Sweet almond oil provides the Vitmin E loaded boost, that has my skin feeling incredibly refreshed and protected all day long. The fatty acid rich carrier blend has both my face and beard feeling incredibly moisturized all day long. Finishing properties are fantastic, imparting a brilliant shimmer to my beard. Staying power is incredible, leaving my beard and face feeling calm and hydrated all day long on a single application without even the slightest greasy feel.
The bottom line
I could make some lame joke about how Last Looks "has made us an offer we can't refuse" (uh-durrr-hurr-hurr), but in actuality, creating a product inspired by such a legendary work as The Godfather is a risky proposition, they could have so easily created something that doesn't live up to the inspiration...but Last Looks obviously took the task incredibly seriously, as they have created a product that not only lives up to the film that inspired it, but could easily turn somebody unfamilar with both the movie, and this company, into a fan of both. An unmitigated triumph, I can't reccomend this oil highly enough...if you're a fan of vitally masculine scents that put a wholly unique spin on the classics, this is an experience you simply can not miss!
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
~The oil sampled for this review was provided by Last Looks Grooming