It’s the end of week 2 with California Beard Co’s Beard Oil. If you haven’t checked them out yet here are Parts 1 & 2 of our three-part review. Do it. Read them. Get context on the fury of information you’re about to get regarding this men’s beard lubricant.

Two weeks ago I had a pretty rat’s nest of a beard going on. It was unruly as blazes after a week abstaining from oils in preparation for this review. There were tangles and my skin above the lip and even around my nostrils was dry and irritated. You probably don’t want to think about that but do it anyway. It was red and raw and craving the sweet cocktail of jojoba, almond, peppermint and tea tree oils.

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After two weeks my beard is definitely softer and more manageable. The most benefit I found from CBC was actually skin related. More so than some other brands we’ve reviewed my face feels moisturized under my beard and around the edges. So much so, in fact, I’ve started adding a little oil to my daily routine for the top of my bald head. Let’s get into the rest of the details before offering our final grade.

Scent: 

If you couldn’t guess it smells like peppermint. It fizzes in your nose a bit and is really, really strong coming out of the gate. There aren’t a lot of ingredients to cut the strength of the tea tree & peppermint scent which means first thing in the morning your face smells like I imagine the skier’s mouth in the York Peppermint Pattie commercials that always air around Christmas time.

Thankfully, that initial impact dissipates quickly and you’re left with a soft scent that lasts the better part of the day. I’m a traditionalist as far as my face smelling like a pine tree forest but I’d say this is almost as nuzzle inducing.

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Effectiveness:
So the stuff works as beard oil. My beard is softer, more manageable and has a nice matte sheen to it. The first week I was definitely using too much of this particular brand. It was clumping and not spreading as smoothly. I dropped the daily dossage down and made sure to add it right after my shower when the moisture in my beard would help it spread effectively and that seemed to help.

Unlike other beard oils I’ve used this one seemed to be more effective the day after application. 24 hours after application my beard was at peak softness and had that comfortable yet totally sexy (so I’ve heard) glimmer to it.

I’d actually recommend using it every other day as opposed to daily unless you’re also using it as a skin moisturizer. Immediately after application your beard will maintain an added slippery-ness as it spreads. It takes longer to spread than other brands but is as effective or more effective once it’s finally reached where it needs to go.

Ingredients: 

Pretty standard beard oil ingredients. According to Chandler Sterling, founder of California Beard OIl, they are all-natural and all-organic. Not to mention vegan and cruelty-free. I’m not sure how a beard oil could be cruel but I’m going to take his word for it. I do wonder if the ratio of jojoba to almond were increased if it would limit some of the oily-ness and increase the speed of spreadability. Or evening out the ratio and adding some argon oil. I can’t say for sure. I’m not a science guy.

Value: 

California Beard Co Discount ButtonAt $20 California Beard Co Oils are not the most expensive nor the least, and you’re getting what you pay for. They are a quality product at a fair price. Could you get a better oil if you spent $30 dollars a bottle?

Yes.

Could you get a better bottle at $20 or less?

No.

So if you’re buying at retail you can feel good you’re getting a fair value. If you use the %20 coupon CBC so kindly offered our readers I’d call that a deal.

Final Conclusion:

Lightning Bolts of AwesomenessThis is a fine oil that does exactly what it says it does. Let’s call it a workman’s oil. It doesn’t have flash or require people to stand behind a red rope when you’re around. It just does it’s job making your beard a bit softer and more manageably day after day after day without calling in sick or asking for overtime when you skip a day and it still works.

I’m giving it a commendable 4 Lighting Bolts of Awesomeness. Congratulations California Beard Co. You’ve found a place in our hearts and on our beards.

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