The other day, I was standing in the shower...looking forward to a good deep conditioning, when I reach for my bottle of Beardbrand Blank Slate wash (I find that an unscented wash is the only way to go before conditioning; it doesnt contend with the smell of whatever conditioner I'm using that day, making scent layering easier when I step out of the shower too...or maybe I've just convinced myself that it does...but either way...) when I noticed that it was nearly empty...now that stuff is good, and I know I'd be perfectly happy to just grab another bottle of the same thing for my conditioning days...but what kind of reviewer would I be if I didn't use this as an opportunity to try something new and tell my readers about it? I decided to go out searching for a good quality unscented wash that could fill the empty place on my shower shelf left behind by the Beardbrand product I'd been using for months now. Since I've been using their awesome Pumpking balm regularly during the fall season, Savage Mane has been a company that has been getting heavy rotation in my beard-care regimen these days...so it only stood to reason that when I realized they only offer their wash in an unscented option, that I found the next wash I needed to try. Will this become my new conditioning day staple? Or will I have to go back to will the search continue? Let's give it a try and find out...
I just wrote a long rambling paragraph about unscented washes, so I hope you weren't expecting anything here...
How does it work?
Initially, I didn't think this was going to be all too impressed by this product, as it came out of the bottle, incredibly thick. Like, just barely on this side of liquid, super high viscosity, which in my experience, usually doesnt make for the most effective washes for whatever reason (I have a theory that hydrolized soy protien may be the culprit here, but definitely not understanding the science behind washes as well as that of oils, balms, and butters, I may be way off the mark here. Thankfully this product does not contain any, so we wont have to get into it.), but I withheld judgement...and as it lathered up into a dense foam, that more closely resemled a good quality shaving soap infused with innumerable tiny bubbles, my impression turned. It works deeply into my beard and and really feels like it is cleaning both mane and face gently and efficiently. It doesnt rinse out quite as cleanly as some of the other washes in my regular rotation, leaving the slightest oily/glycerine residue that doesn't seem to have any effect on softness when I step out of the shower. Providing a wonderful base for conditioner to work its magic, it leaves my beard extremely soft and tangle free, I'm assuming that the hempseed oil (which, as readers of this page already know is one of my favorite oils in the beard-care game) in this product is responsible for that, as well as the overall "healthy" feel this stuff imparts...and if you dont condition that often, this would still be a good wash to use regularly just because of that ingredient alone.
The Bottom Line
There are a couple of things that I always look for in a wash, obviously a good lather that gets inbetween each individual follicle is important, it can't be too harsh, but it still needs to be effective, and perhaps most importantly, it needs to leave my beard and face feeling great (otherwise, what's the point?). This wash seems to cover all of those bases, and while unscented products are rarely the most exciting thing in anybody's lineup, they definitley serve their purpose. I'm actually somewhat curious as to why Savage Mane doesnt offer this wash in any of their signature scents (this would be especially awesome in their Apex scent, sort of an invigorating experience to help awaken the senses first thing in the morning), but even without any scent, this is still a wash that's easy to get excited about!
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycrin & Phenoxyethanol (Ecocertified Paraben Free Preservative) Ricebran Oil (Rich in Vitamin E).
$18.99 at savagemanebeardco.com