Over the past couple of months, the subject of beard oils has been on my mind for some reason. I was curious if these products actually worked as many claimed they did. While I by no means have ZZ Top-worthy whiskers, I have let it grow out a bit as of late (previously, I kept it pretty closely trimmed). So, when an opportunity to review Badger Beard Oil came up, I thought it would be a great way to check out this class of products.
How Beard Oil Works
Ostensibly, beard oils work by conditioning the beard itself, while also providing some moisture to the skin underlying the whiskers. One of the first qualms you may have about a product like this is the thought that you’ll have an oily, slick-looking beard all day. Fortunately, that’s definitely not the case.
You really only need to use a few drops (a note on that in a second), and rub it into the beard and the skin. You do have a sheen at first, but that quickly dissipates, and you’re left with just regular-looking facial hair. Now, about those few drops – it’s an easy enough instruction, until you realize that the bottle has a fairly wide mouth for how small it is. This can make the pour a bit of a challenge. I think we’d better served by some sort of reducer in the bottle to make getting just a few drops an easier task. A small change, but one that would be hugely beneficial.
So, what of the oil itself? It has a fairly pleasing feel in the hand (which is where I poured it before applying), as it’s a thinner oil. As far as the scent goes, it really called to mind the smell of a lemon sandwich cookie (which is a smell I like). Whether that’s from one specific ingredient or the mixture (see the ingredient list at the end of the article), I couldn’t tell you. I do know it’s a pleasing scent that fades away after a bit.
After having used it for a bit, I did seem like my beard was a little less scraggly, and seemed easier to smooth out – basically, just gave things an overall more polished look. With that, though, I was unsure if it was the product actually doing that, or I had it in my head that it should (because I was using the oil), and therefore thought it was. To that end, I had a bit of an unintentional experiment.
We went away for a long weekend, and I left the bottle at home. By the end of the weekend, my beard definitely was more noticeably (at least, to me) back to it’s old ways, feeling a bit more uncontrolled and not as smooth-looking (or feeling, for that matter). So, while I won’t say that the Badger Beard Oil will solve every beards woe, I did have a noticeable improvement in mine.
Coming in at a price of $15.99 for the 1 oz bottle, it seems like a fairly affordable experiment for most folks to try out (especially when you consider how much many of us can spend on other shaving products). Frankly, I’m glad I got to have a chance to try out the Badger Beard Oil, and am curious to see how long the bottle will last me. In the meantime, I just need to figure out a way to create a small travel size…
Badger Beard Oil Ingredients: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), *Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Extract, *Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, *Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil, *Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, *Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract.
* = Certified Organic