I was sent a set of Debonair For Men Beard Oils, a very nice looking set of four 30ml beard oils and a Hydrating beard oil.
I started with the Sandalwood, it’s a scent that I quite like and so I washed my beard and dropped some oil into my hand, warmed it and worked it into my beard. The scent was quite nice, not too strong and my beard felt very soft and looked good.
I apply products twice a day, in the morning and then before bed and I was really pleased with how soft my beard felt and I’m not saying softer, this was really soft which is always very welcome.
Unfortunately I then started to feel itchy, my whole head was so itchy and driving me mad but I didn’t think it was the oil and so I carried on using it. However it got so bad that I had to take an Antihistamine and so I checked out the ingredients in the oil.
I try to not look at what is in a beard oil until I have tested it, I have found that seeing what oils are in it to create the scent can influence what I think about an oil. So I hadn’t seen that the beard oil was a Natural base of Sunflower seed, Olive fruit and Coconut oil but the scent was a fragrance rather than essential oils.
When I first started testing beard care I was worried that anything with Orange in it would make me itch, some years back I had a bath that my wife had put orange oil in and when I got in I felt prickly and itchy and had to get straight out, but I have been okay with orange essential oils in beard care.
The fragrance in the ‘Sandalwood’ oil was made up of Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Evernia Prunastri, Euernia Furfuracae and Limonene.
Here is a short explanation of these ingredients:
Benzyl Benzoate is often used as a medication for scabies and lice but it has a balsamic like scent. Benzyl Cinnamate is an anti-fungal and is used in heavy oriental perfumes. Benzyl Salicylate is used in perfumes as a UV light absorber and has a mild sweet floral scent. Citronellol is found in rose oil and is often used as an insect repellant. Coumarin is often found in artificial vanilla substitutes. Eugenol is extracted from certain essential oils especially from clove oil, nutmeg, cinnamon. Geraniol occurs in small quantities in geranium, lemon. Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers and spice plants. and can cause Eczema and allergies. Evernia prunastri, also known as oakmoss, is a species of lichen. Euernia Furfuracea is a Tree Moss from Thailand and Limonene is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon that has a strong scent of orange.
I think it was the Linalool that possibly caused the reaction but it’s hard to tell, some of these ingredients are concentrates of the natural occurring oils found naturally and so it had caused the reaction and so I had to stop using the oils! The Moustache Wax that I used also contained Linalool but I didn’t notice any reaction, but that isn’t used on a large area and isn’t worked into the skin.
The Oils are being posted to Kevin a guy I know through the Facebook group that I run and he will write a review for me. I had a reaction but not everyone will but it is something to bear in mind, we can react to the natural oils as well but these will always I think cause more reactions.
Please remember that this is just what happened with me, the beard oil did make my beard feel incredibly soft and I am disappointed that I had the reaction.
The oils are available as a set of four for £34.99 or a set of two for £19.99 from the Debonair For Men website
The scents includes:
– Original signature Debonair For Men scent
– Tobacco and Vanilla scent
– Black Pepper and Bergamot
They also sell a Hydrating Beard Oil for £19.99
The ingredients for the products except for the carrier oils aren’t listed on the website and I think that they should be. At the very least it should tell potential customers that the whilst the base is made of natural carrier oils, the scents are created by fragrance oils not natural essential oils.