I have been using two new beard oils from Big Dave’s Beard Care or rather I should say beard tonic!
Big Dave’s Beard Care is a new online beard care company that started trading a short while ago, for now they have five beard tonics available;
Blend #1 Bartholomew Roberts – A mix of Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, West Indian Bay and Lime
Blend #2 Old Australia – Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cypress, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus
Blend #3 El Valenciano – Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Sunflower Oil, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange and Lemon
Blend #4 Le Parisien – Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Sunflower Oil, Roast Coffee and Vanilla essential oils
Blend #5 Alta Marina – Cedar Wood, Clary Sage with hints of Lavender, with Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, and Sunflower Oil
The blends come in 30ml glass bottles with a dripper stop and I am always happier with a dripper stop over a dropper because there is less chance of spilling your precious oil and each Blend has a different coloured bottle.
I have been treating my beard to #1 and #5, I first applied Bartholomew Roberts after giving my beard a wash and conditioner, I hadn’t heard of West Indian bay before and I didn’t Google it because I wanted to use my sense of smell to judge it and not have a preconception. The first thing I could smell was clove and I wondered if this could be right and so I then Google “West Indian bay”, its also known as Bay Rum and it has notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with hints of vanilla and cardamom. The clove died down after a few minutes and I started to smell the cardamon and a general spices smell and I couldn’t stop sniffing my beard. Bartholomew Roberts gives a good hold to your beard and so helps to keep my beard in shape after grooming.
Blend #5 Alta Marina is my favourite, I didn’t expect it to be when I initially looked at the two blends but it’s very good. When applied you get an instant hit of Lavender for a minute or two (we grow a lot of lavender and it reminds me of summer) and then it settles in and you then get a subtle smell of the Cedarwood and clary sage, my wife wasn’t keen on a Cedarwood balm that I had but she quite likes the smell of this beard oil, sorry tonic and its quite hard to get my wife to say anything positive when it comes to my beard, so her comment was surprising.
Again this oil holds the beard firmly but if you brush it through again you are left with a very soft beard and I love the way my beard feels with this oil and as you know, we can’t for some reason stop fondling our beards.
The aroma from both oils continue to linger for a long while and the initial burst of clove from the Bartholomew Roberts and the Lavender from Alta Marina that lasts for a few minutes, makes my beard feel very fresh.
I can imagine that starting your own beard care range can be very difficult, choosing what blends of base oils and what essential oil to use and then to come up with something different and different is what you get with these oils. Dave hasn’t chosen to just copy existing oils and the five blends are all very different from each other, I think this range will prove to be popular and hopefully we will see some balms added in the future.
So if you are searching for a new beard oil or if you have never applied oil to your beard and are thinking about it, why not head over to http://bigdavesbeardcare.bigcartel.com/ and grab yourself a bottle of his hand blended beard tonic.