In the last 2 years, there has been a sprout in beard product manufacturers in Sweden, and I love it. Getting to try local products puts everything into perspective when trying mostly international brands. Beard Monkey are one of these Swedish beard product manufacturers that have hit the scene and really made it. Today I’m reviewing their Beard Oil, Balm, Shampoo & Conditioner.
The products I’m testing are all Sweet Tobacco scented.
Starting off with the Beard Monkey Shampoo, I have to say Wow!
The shampoo lathers like crazy and makes my beard feel really clean and soft, the Sweet Tobacco scent is amazing to say the least. I remember when I first started reviewing beard products around 3 years ago, I was always hesitant of trying products named “Tobacco”. Why? Well, I was new to the product scene and thought that tobacco would smell like… well tobacco. A nasty unsmoked cigarette! Boy, was I wrong!
Tobacco smells sweet, almost candylike or cakelike, especially this Sweet Tobacco. I really can’t describe the scent in such a way that would be comprehensible, the scent is so damn beautiful. Every time I take a wiff my mind goes into a state of euphoria, my mouth letting out a Homer Simpson-like donut ecstasy, mmm donuts… but in this case: Mmmm Sweet Tobacco.
After a good shampoo’ing comes the conditioner!
Finishing off with a good beard conditioner after a shower is really good, because water dries out your beard… weird huh? Using a good conditioner is also key if you are planning on blowdrying your beard after the shower, it adds a level of heat protection as well and keeping it moist and hydrated. Seeing as this condition have the same amazing scent as the schampoo, Sweet Tobacco, only makes the experience so much better!
Both the shampoo and conditioner lasts a long time, I’ve used them for a little over two weeks, and I can hardly see a difference in the bottles. The Shampoo comes without a pump – over pouring may occur. The condition comes with a pump, which makes dosage very easy.
Beard Monkey Beard oil and Balm – Great combo!
The beard oil smells even greater then the shampoo and conditioner due to oils carrying scents better. And damn, I can’t stop smelling it. It makes me all warm on the inside and a bit frisky, and as it gets colder and colder outside, this scent and oil are perfect due to the warm, sweet and loving scent. The oil is a clear oil and a bit runny, but adjusting the dosage takes care of that, and the scent lingers for hours. I don’t know how many times I’ve caught myself holding my beard to my nose at work, just smelling it over and over, the scent is perfect.
The balm is pretty special, as it’s not a hard wax based balm, but a smoother and creamy kind of balm, it also is Orange/Cinnamon scented. It’s snow white and at first I took a bit much, which made my beard a white’ish shade, but a few brush strokes took care of that and the balm blended perfectly with my beard. When I test balms I usually apply it in the morning, check up on it a few times a day and then a final time when I get home, to see if it made it through the day, and damnit it did. My beard where in the same perfect shape in the evening as it was just after application in the morning.
To sum up, Beard Monkey have succeeded in getting their scents and products to a near perfect score. The oil was a bit loose, so I had to adjust the dosage to a little bit less, but worked just fine. If you get the chance to try, buy or win these products, I would urge you to do it!