One of those brands that I've known about for a long time, but for whatever reason haven't tried, The Bearded Fox Co has gained a pretty fervent following since their debut in 2018. Based out of Iowa, this is a brand that is known for churning out a top shelf product in a wide array of enticing and unique scents, each with its own brilliantly irreverant name. I chose this particular product because, as anybody who reads this site will probably tell you with an eyeroll and the typical lack of enthusiasm that comes with saying the same thing over and over again, "this guy loves oud"...So when I saw an oud three ways option, I didn't have to think twice about it. Now, that's not to say that some of the other scents in the Bearded Fox portfolio don't sound amazing as well...so let's give this stuff a try, and see if we like it well enough to pull the trigger on some of these other offerings!
Wonderfully complex while still maintaining a sophisticated level of subtlety, this opens with a soft fruity, agarwood accord, not quite the deep dark oud that I was expecting, but still very much within that woodsy, mysterious scent family. This tangentally juts into a more floral direction as plush, round notes of the cleanest lavender you've ever smelled rolls through and makes its presence felt like a purple wind carrying you aloft into the night sky. Just as quckly, you find yourself dropped gracefully into a velveteen cushion of warm, sensual amber that cranks up the animalistic charm of this scent to eleven...this draws out the bold, structured, eastern chords of dark resinous wood and incense that we have all come to associate with that pricey, high test oud found in some of the best perfumes and colognes in the world. The ride isn't quite over yet, as a powdery almost gourmand vanilla sugar note mingles with just the faintet hint of musk in the high note, like stars twinkliung in the summer sky. Strength is right down the groove of medium, while staying power is excellent, maintaining a good detectability and leaving a wonderful silliage for hours. Perhaps my absolute favorite thing about this balm, is how it performs as something of a chameleon, complimenting whatever oud scented oil you choose to pair it with brilliantly, I highly recommend layering it over either Authentic Oud by Sphinx, or Holy Grail by Kingsmen for an agarwood driven feast for the senses, that will surely guarantee that you have the best smelling beard in the room.
How does it work?
Striking an exceptional balance between thickness and smoothness, this balm offers elite levels of performance. The low melting point allows it to really get deep into my beard, coating each individual strand from root to tip, delivering tons of essential fatty acids and vitamins thanks to the laundry list of beneficial ingredients included; sweet almond oil and vitamin e provide incredible restorative and occlusive properties, while aloe leaf juice works overtime to ensure that itch and dryness don't pop their ugly heads up at any time while this awesome stuff is in-beard. Caprylic capric triglyceride, CCT for short (think of it as a badass ninja version of coconut oil), pulls double duty as it helps moisturize skin and beard, while also adding a good amount of hold. Finishing properties are outstanding as this imparts a wonderful healthy shine to my beard, making this an ideal balm to pair with argan heavy oils when you want a real showstopping shimmer. Staying power is phenominal, as this stuff gives great control and tames frizz and flyaways all day long with no need for a re-up at any point, even on chilly December evenings spent outside, enjoying your favorite smoke by the fire-pit.
The bottom line
If you're of a certain age and you dont immediately start bobbing with the beat when you hear the Mark Morrison song that this product shares a name with, you probably aren't a person who "gets it"...at the same time, if you choose to be a dummy like me, and continue to sleep on this amazing product, you'll kick yourself for waiting so long to "get it" when you finally do. This is a company that takes what they do very seriously, and this balm right here is solid proof of that...from the scent which is sure to make the toes of any oud lover curl when they first smell it, to the downright epic performance that sets the standard for how a balm should behave, this is one of the most can't miss products that anybody with a beard could have in their collection. While it seems that balms have lost a good amount of market-share to butters these days, this product stands as a shining example of why balms are still an integral part of any well-rounded beard-care arsenal.
Ingredients: caprylic capric triglyceride, prunus amygdalus dulcis, argania spinosa, simmondsia chinensis, aloe leaf extract, tocopherol acetate, essential oil
$17.00 at beardedfoxco.com