I'm a bearded fellow. A full, bushy bearded fellow, and I've been hunting for the perfect oil to keep my beard, and the skin hiding underneath, conditioned. Surprisingly, this is not an easy task. Beard oils are not a product easily found at the local grocery store, pharmacy, stylist, or even barber shop. I've stumbled upon a few oils online, but nothing that really blew my mind, while also keeping my beard well groomed.
Enter The Bearded Bastard, the brainchild of Austin, Texas based photographer and artisan Jeremiah Newton. Mr. Bastard concocts all his oils from natural ingredients and even wraps them in a handmade cedar label. The presentation is pretty damn awesome, but does that translate to the oils themselves? Absolutely it does!
I ordered two oils: The Woodsman Bear Oil and Morocco Beard Oil. Both are fantastic and are suited to different occasions. The Woodsman is a more rustic oil. After applying it to my beard, I smell like I've been in the forest, chopping down trees, and then using the wood to build furniture in my workshop. In short, this oil magically transforms you into Paul Bunyan...or Ron Swanson. Its a great way to start the day, and the scent will last well into the afternoon.
The Morocco Beard Oil is another beast altogether. It has a more complicated palate that is best suited for a night at the pub with your buds or at home with your partner, fixin' to engage in a bit of sweet sweet lovin'. This oil exudes sophistication and panache. It smells of coffee beans, tobacco, and sex. Applying this stuff is like rubbing sin on your face. You'll feel like a bearded Don Draper afterward.
In addition to smelling fantastic, both oils really give the beard a nice shine and moisturize the skin. They also help tame those unruly whiskers, but not to the degree of a wax, which I find too restricting.
If you are bearded, check these oils out. Hell, even if you aren't, buy some and rub it on your face anyway.
Final Grade = 9 out of 10.