.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, my review is below after his.


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.

My review of the Grimfrost ‘Resin & Hops’ beard oil.

I have been testing a very different Beard oil, Grimfrost ‘Resin & Hops’ Beard Oil.


Unlike the other companies that I have reviewed, Beard care products are only a small part of what Grimfrost has to offer.

The website has an impressive selection of Viking goods for sale from Beard rings to Viking clothing, swords and drinking horns and there is everything the modern day Viking enthusiast would need.

Beardpilot 'Connoisseur' Beard Balm

I was unsure what to expect from this oil, normally we have a fair idea but I have never seen a hop and Resin?

The oil has a nice pine smell to it, not that clinical pine that we are used to in household products, this is a smell like you have run you hand through the needles of a pine tree and I guess that’s where the resin part comes into play.

The oil smells of a forest, a real green and woodsy smell and having never seen a hop and not being a beer drinker, I wouldn’t know what a hop smells like but this oil fits in perfectly with the Viking goods, I can imagine that if they made an oil, it would smell exactly like this.

The oil is made up of Jojoba, Apricot, Avocado and Argan carrier oils with a blend of Juniper, Hops and Pine essential oils.

The oil is a heavier oil and that’s what I like in an oil, my beard was okay with thinner oils when it was shorter but as its now longer and being quite messy, a heavier oil is what is needed to keep it looking good.

‘Resin & Hops’ Beard Oil from Grimfrost comes in a 30ml Glass bottle with a dripper dispenser and is available from the Grimfrost website for £12.

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!


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!

4 thought on “Review: Grimfrost ‘Resin & Hops’ Beard Oil”
  1. Do you think this could still be used as a cologne of sorts? I just had to shave off my beard nice big beard (darn Army and their irrational hatred of facial hair). I would still love to have the smell instead of other colognes on the market.

    1. There is no reason to not use oil as a moisturiser, the carrier oils in beard oil help to keep our skin in top condition and prevent acne.
      You can also use these oils as a shaving oil and to help soothe the skin after shaving.

  2. […] I was unsure what to expect from this oil, normally we have a fair idea but I have never seen a hop and Resin? I was sent two bottles of the oil and so I sent one to Les who is a member of the Facebook group ‘Guardians of the Beard’ that I set up, Les used to go hop picking in Kent when he was younger and it was Les that told me about this oil, you can read his review here! […]

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