Quick, what is peanut butter made from? Peanuts, right? How about beard butter? Fortunately for you (and me) it is most definitely not made from beards. What it is is a product for your beard. When I found out that there was a Detroit Grooming Co. I went perusing through their catalog right away. As a former resident of the area, I’ve a keen interest in the new, smaller makers popping up. As it turns out, this was a fortuitous find, as the Detroit Grooming Co. Beard Butter is a product I rather liked.
What Is Beard Butter?
So, what is beard butter anyways? When you first remove the screw-down top of the tin, you might be tempted to think that it’s a puck of shaving soap. Put your finger on it, though, and your body heat will begin to soften and melt the butter. But I’m getting ahead of myself – back to the original question. What is beard butter? As you might expect, it’s a grooming and maintenance product for your beard. Detroit Grooming Co. positions it as an alternative to beard oils, and I suppose it could be used that way. The use case I focused more on was the fact that it can be used to help tame your beard, getting everything looking smooth and put-together.
As a beard oil replacement, you could apply it just as you would an oil. You just have to get it melted onto your fingers. I would rub a finger or two on the butter to get some product on, and then rub my fingers together, before running it through the beard. As it it still ends up being a slightly thicker consistency than an oil, I found it was not as easy to get down to the skin, which is one of the primary reasons to use an oil. You can get it to the skin if you’re dedicated, but it will be a bit more work.
As a grooming product to get your beard under control, though, the stuff works very well – which is something a beard oil might have some effect on, but not to the degree that the Detroit Grooming Co. Beard Butter does. Of course, depending on how coarse your beard is, your mileage may vary. For me, I was certainly able to get my beard under control with applying the Beard Butter and then using a good comb. Along with getting things smoothed out, it also gives your beard a bit of a shine. This is somewhat similar to the effect you get when you use a beard oil, but I noticed the shine lasting longer. While I cannot very it (no microscope on hand), Detroit Grooming Co. states that this is because the ingredients are working to, well, basically condition your beard, replacing lost moisture and the like.
For me, the product really did perform as advertised. There is another aspect that I wanted to call out as well, and that is the scent of the Detroit Grooming Co. Beard Butter. I learned that it was in a pipe tobacco scent, which I was a little wary of, as I had never encountered it in grooming products before. I knew it to be a popular one across various products, though, so I thought now was a great time to dive in. And wow, am I glad that I did. While I do not smoke, I have always been fond of the smell of pipe tobacco – and that’s exactly what we have here. For me, it calls to mind that slightly sweet smell of a pipe quietly being puffed away at. My wife also found the scent to be a nice one (always a plus!), although for her it reminder her of her grandfather’s cigars.
I also found that the scent is fairly long-lasting. While I did not check if others could smell it still (like a cologne), I did notice hints of it throughout the day. One benefit of it being so close to your nose! This is another great benefit of the beard butter (versus an oil), as it just gives that nice scent to carry throughout the day. If you don’t think the pipe tobacco-derived scent is for you, you’ll want to skip this for now. As this is their flagship foray into the beard butter, this is the only scent they have at the moment (which is similar to their Corktown beard oil). At a price of $13.95 for a 2 oz. tin, I think this is a great new product for the bearded among us to explore. For my first foray into this type of grooming product, it was a definite success, and something that I think will be in my kit for some time to come. detroitgrooming.com
Ingredient List: Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vanilla Premium Fragrance, Pipe Tobacco Premium Fragrance, and Cedarwood Essential Oil.