A while back I was asked by Les Barrass if I had tried Grimfrost ‘Resin & Hops’ Beard Oil as he was keen to try it. I hadn’t and so I sent an email to Grimfrost and they sent me two bottles of the ‘Resin & Hops’ oil to test and review. So I sent Les a bottle and he has written this review. (Mine will follow soon, I have a slight backlog).
Guest Blog Review by Les Barrass
Over the last few days I have been using ‘Resin & Hops’ Beard Oil from company based in Sweden called Grimfrost, they describe themselves as “Suppliers of authentic Viking goods” due to a kindly bearded brother!
Upon opening the bottle and dispensing a small quantity of the oil through the dropper system which dispenses a bit quicker than I’m used to (I’m not complaining 😀 )I was greeted with a slightly heavy oil which upon reading the ingredients I discovered to be a blend of Jojoba, Apricot, Avocado and Argan carrier oils, the heaviness wasn’t unpleasant at all but the thing that struck me instantly was the smell of this oil.
Grimfost describe this oil like this “If you’re looking to smell fruity, or of vanilla or citrus, then this is not for you. However, if you’re looking for the scent of a rainy Scandinavian forest, fresh wood and hops, then look no further.” And by the Gods I can honestly say they aren’t lying! The essential oils used in this beard oil are Pine, Juniper and Hops; the scent that hits you first is the woodiness of the pine and juniper. I didn’t get much of a scent of the hops at this point much to my disappointment having loved the smell growing up picking hops in Kent, but we all know the scent can change when applying the oil.
So applying the ‘Resin & Hops’ oil, I added a bit more into my hands and gave it a rub in. Now this is where I became excited! The smell of the hops came crashing in, but not in an overpowering way, all three oils seemed to be in perfect harmony. The base oils that I described as being heavy absorbed nicely and I would say that it seemed to give my beard a decent amount of hold; the sides of my beard are a bit flyaway, the oil also made my beard feel nice and soft with even my missus remarking about it!
Throughout the day the scent of this oil stayed nice although as expected it began to fade by early evening so if you’re going out I would suggest reapplying.
This Oil from Grimfrost comes in a 30ml bottle for the price of £15 from the website (minus delivery charges) and they also sell another Beard oil called “Jarls Thistle” which has the same carrier oils with but Thistle and Bergamot essential oils.
Grimfrost also have promotions with horn/bone combs and the oils which normally work out as a decent saving. But besides the beard care products they sell, the rest of the range is well worth a look if you’re interested in Viking style stuff!