After using the ‘Bay Rum’ Beard oil, I then cracked open a tin of Pirates Blend Co ‘Bay Rum’ Beard Balm. I am a big fan of balms as I like the hold it gives my otherwise scruffy beard.

Again just like with the oil, I struggled with the scent. I have never been keen on the West Indies bay or Cinnamon leaf that are used in these ‘Bay Rum’ or Piratesque products. The Clove scent has always been one of my least favourite scents and these two essential oils produce can Clove notes. Unfortunately I can’t say which is in this balm as they don’t disclose the essential oils used, but it feels like it is just West Indies Bay on its own but I can’t confirm that.

The West Indies Bay can actually be very nice when blended well with certain other oils. This then gives layers of scent and the West Indies Bay can be quite nice when balanced with something fresh like Lime. Cedarwood is also a nice companion for this scent and there have actually been a couple of ‘Bay Rum’ products that I have admitted to liking. It is this skilll in blending the various essential oils to give these layers of scent, that has often made a good product amazing.

The base for this balm is Shea Butter, Hemp Oil, Grapeseed Oil, beeswax Coco Butter, and Vitamin E Oil and this has resulted in a pale medium consistency balm that is easily scooped from the tin and smooth. As always I applied the balm to a damp beard and made sure to work it right in and also down onto the skin under the beard.

Initially it made my beard feel softer and gave it a small amount of hold and didn’t feel greasy, unfortunately by the afternoon my beard felt quite dry and I needed to reapply some balm, I also apply balm last thing before bed, I rinse my beard with fresh water and apply product, but by the morning my beard felt dry again.

I personally would never attempt to produce a beard care product, I have tested over 250 products and you can have two products containing identical ingredients and yet be worlds apart. This is obviously down to the quality of the ingredients but also the ratios used and it is certainly an art to master this blending.

Pirates Blend Co label

I was disappointed to see that like the oil, the balms labels are very basic. They only have the logo, brand name and scent name on the front and the rear is just a list of the base ingredients and a warning ‘May contain nuts’. The products are, I have been told fully assessed and approved for sale which is nice to hear but the labels should also show more info.  Its best before date, company name and address, precautions, a batch no and a full list of ingredients and its proper chemical name. There is also other info to be included and this must make designing labels, one big headache!

The Pirates Blend Co ‘Bay Rum’ Beard Balm is available from the website in 15ml for £4.95 and a 30ml for £13.95.

The balm is also available as:

  • Tea Tree
  • Citrus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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