The Brick Wacky Weed Beard Balm may not be what you are looking for!
Well first off, if the name has led you to believe that this balm has a Hemp scent, then you will be disappointed! The scent is in fact tropical and the owner of Brick describes it as Papaya and Melon.
The name Wacky Weed most probably is because Hemp oil has been used in the base blend. It is in fact a blend of Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Hemp Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil & Vegetable Glycerin.
It left my beard feeling a bit softer and gave some hold, but not enough to keep my beard looking as tidy as it does with some other balms!
The scent is a smack you in the face burst of scent, it is a scent created with Fragrance Oils and unfortunately I have had the worst itch under my beard since using this product.
This could be because it is a reaction to the Fragrance Oils, but it could also be because at this moment the products don’t have a CPSR!
So my beard could be itching because there has been too much fragrance oil used. When a product is sent for assessment, you send the ratios of ingredients and also the data sheets for all of the ingredients and often an assessor will then come back asking you to adjust the ingredients to comply with the EU regs.
Even the experienced brands have this happen and some fragrance and essential oils are illegal to use above a certain ratio and so by not having the assessments done first, you are risking your clients getting skin problems and that could open you up to legal issues.
Also if the assessor then asks for adjustments to be made, the product could be very different from the one I have here!
I have never had the urge to shave my beard off as badly as I do right now, my chin is so itchy and it is driving me mad!
Labelling should also comply and the ingredients should be listed in INCI and then some also add them in their language, this is because the INCI names of the ingredients are then recognised worlwide. Also it should haveb a list of the allergens, Batch No & Shelf life.
Am I over reacting?
No! What if someone had an asthma attack that was triggered from a product that was unassessed? We all know what the worst case scenario is there and just recently we have had stories in the news of people who have had severe reactions to incorrectly labelelled products!
I scored Wacky Weed a 50/100 and consider that as generous.
The 30ml Wacky Weed Beard Balm from Brick costs €21,95 from the website which is £19.79 at todays (11/12/18) exchange rate.