With drops of exciting and high quality secents every week, Luxurious Bastard has established themselves as purveyors of some of the best stuff in the beard care game. Their 1912 oil which I reviewed recently is quite possibly one of the most appealing scents on the market today...but honestly every product I've tried by David, AKA Mr. Lux, smells so good that it could double as a cologne. When I saw this product on the Luxurious Bastard webiste a few weeks ago, I couldn't resist grabbing it, not only did the description sound super intreaguing, but it was one of the few times I've seen an item bearing the Luxurious Bastard logo on sale (these products usually sell out way too quickly to ever be marked down). We already know the level of quality and care which goes in to these products, so let's give this stuff a try and see where it ranks in Luxurious Bastard lore.
Billed as something evocative of the scent you breathe in walking among the rows of food vendors at the county fair. This is definitely a smokey, gourmand masterpiece with multiple levels of complexity that each take their turn contributing something wonderful to the overall experience. An initial candy-like sweetness rolls forward with a caramel, burnt sugar accord, studded with hints of maple donut glaze and rounded off with just the slightest breath of sweet hickory wood, coalescing into a heady, almost whiskey-like opening. This is quickly enveloped in a warm clouds of, savory smoke that draw up mental images of sappy, still-slightly-green logs sizzling in an open fire-pit. There is a slight creosote-after-the-rain note hainging around faintly in the backgroud adding a wonderful length to the complexity of this scent, while an unctuous, fatty, almost soapy note undulates just far enough below the bouquet to serve as a brilliant bolster. I also at times, (depending upon which oil I layer this over), get a strange herbaceous anise/black licorice note that seems to upset the overall balance of this scent. I won't hold this against this product because it just seems to crop up with certain oils, but never in the product by itself (speaking of layering, this stuff is absolutely magical when combined with The Shaman by Barbu). Strength is just a breath below medium-plus, and staying power is fantastic, lasting all day long on a single application.
How does it work?
The biggest issue that I encountered with the last balm I used by this company (although I still use it regularly), was that it is extremely stiff, with a high melting point, and takes considerably more effort than your average balm to get it completely beard-ready. I find that while this is still a pretty stiff balm, it does melt a bit easier in my hands, and never requires the aid of the blowdryer to soften (I compared the ingredients lists of the two and noticed that this product contains coco butter, whereas the Bilberry balm doesnt seem to...perhaps this explains why this balm seems to melt easier?). It's choock-full of all of the same top quality, beneficial ingredients that we've come to expect from Luxurious Bastard products, so of course, in-beard feel is phenominal. Adding a good bit of conditioning while also offering tremendous hold, this is definitely a top shelf balm from a performance standpoint. While certain levels of touchable softness and control are what every balm hopes to acchieve, most seem to compromise a bit of one for the other...not the case here as this stuff seems to take both of those to the next level, while also offering a great amount of shine, and no sticky, greasy feel whatosever. Staying power is phenominal, sealing in whatever oil I've chosen to layer this over, all day long, keeping my beard feeling even better than it looks!
The Bottom Line
There are few companies whose names are as indellibly linked with quality as Luxurious Bastard. This is yet another in a line of products which upholds that incredibly high standard, with a tremendous level of performance and a scent that manages to land squarely outside the normal paramaters set by most beard-care companies, while still maintaining a ton of raw appeal. What this company does is nothing short of raising the bar for the entire industry, and this particular product acts as a vanguard in that respect. Unfortunately, as with most of the products bearing the Luxurious Bastard name, by the time you read this review, this particular balm will no longer be available for purchase, which is why I cannot stress enough, the importance of signing up for this company's mailing list so that you can be the first to know about upcomming drops, including when the next time you'll be able to add this balm to your collection will be!
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coco Butter, White Bees Wax, Bayberry Wax, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Hazlenut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils
$17.50 at luxuriousbastardco.com