With how impressive if found the Freya's Bliss Radiance Wash by The Beard Struggle, I figured that it would only make sense that I tried their oil too. Now, upon checking their website I noticed that this company does something pretty unique...they offer both a daytime and night time formulation of their oils. As somebody who usually doesnt oil his beard at night (I find that just a bit of beard butter before bed...say that 5 times fast...seems to be what my beard enjoys the most), I opted for their day formula. This is supposed to have been made with softness, volume, and UV protection in mind. Let's give it a try and see if it measures up...who knows? If it's good enough I may just have to give their night time formulation a try too...
It's a well established fact that I love the smell of oud...the thing is, I still haven't found that one perfect oud scented beard care product just yet, I like the oud mixed with church incense quality of The Holy Grail oil by Kingsmen, I even appreciate that funky agarwood bead quality of the Alluvian pre shave/beard oil...but I'm still waiting for that one product that can compliment a great high quality oud cologne (think New York Oud by Bond no. 9, or Royal Oud by Creed), like a puzzle piece locking into place...Unfortunately, my search will continue, because this product isn't it...It starts out with a great, faint oud note that you expect to build into something, but it never quite does, just remaining the slightest whisper in the background, while a gourmand, vanilla extract note rolls lazily over the top of it, punctuated by a weird floral pepperiness (pink peppercorn maybe?) and a flat, almost appologetic musk that seems to do more harm than good. If you've ever smelled really old cologne/perfume that's lost its potency, that's what this reminds me of. The scent is inoffensive, just not heavy on the oud by any means, and not quite bold enough to be memorable, everything about this scent says "just okay" to me...it's not overwhelming, but not interesting; just okay...it isn't strong, but is just present enough to hang around for a while; just okay...it hints at being exotic, while remaining fairly one-dimensional; just okay...
How does it work?
So the scent left me underwhelmed, but the performance of this product is really top notch. A generous portion of macadamia oil (another one of those oils that I'm not sure why more companies don't use) really does wonders for both beard and face, calming any frizz that may have been caused by blow-drying/straightening, and offering insane levels of hydration for skin. It's also helps boost the vitamin/nutrient content of this product, and offers astounding levels of shine for a brilliant finished look. The addition of avocado oil helps add a great healthy volume to my beard, and rice bran oil bumps up not only UV protection, but is said to help prevent gray hairs (although at the rate my beard is graying, I dont know that there is any product that's really going to stop that). This product has a great lightweight feel (although the drawback to being so lightweight, is that I need to use a few more drops of this stuff than I do many other oils, just to make sure it penetrates all the way down into my beard), and leaves no greasiness behind, just a luxurious, healthy feeling beard, and happy, hydrated skin!
The bottom line
I don't care for the scent of this product, but the fact that it performs at such a high level has me curious to try some of their other scent offerings (after all, I really enjoyed the scent of their beard wash). All in all, it's definitely worth trying and this company does seem to offer BOGO sales through their website pretty frequently, so if the higher price tag is a deterrent for you, just keep an eye on their social media feeds for info on when the next sale will be.
Ingredients: Macadamia Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Sunflower Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil & Essential Oils.
$21.00 at thebeardstruggle.com