Beard oils are great. Over the past 5 years, they’ve really surged in popularity among the male grooming community, quickly earning themselves a place in many a man’s bathroom cabinet. Helping to soften and keep unruly beard hairs under control, beard oil is the ideal solution to any man with a misbehaving beard.
If you’ve got a beard that’s dry, itchy, or maybe even looking a bit tired, it’s probably time to invest in some beard oil.
We love beard products here at Beardicure and are always excited about taking new ones for a test-drive. So, when LovelyBeards sent me a bottle of their Gingerbread beard oil, I couldn’t wait to try it out. In this article, I’m going to tell you what you need to know about LovelyBeards beard oil and take you through my experiences with it.
LovelyBeards Beard Oil
LovelyBeards founded their business on much the same premise as why we started up Beardicure – growing a beard shouldn’t be difficult and every man should have the tools needed to give it their best shot.
Currently LovelyBeards has over 6 different organic beard oils with some unique scents, there’s sure to be something to take your fancy. Based on my guilty pleasure for home baking, after some deliberation I settled on their gingerbread beard oil.
Bottle Size: 30ml
LovelyBeards have definitely put some effort into their packaging. On the side of the box that the 30ml beard oil comes in is a handy guide that gives you an idea of how much of their oil to use.
If you’ve used beard oil before, you’ll know that there’s an element of trial and error involved. Fortunately, they’ve taken that out of the equation with the following recommendations:
- Beardless to 1 Month – 3 to 4 drops
- 1 Month to 3 Months – 4 to 6 drops
- 3 Months to 12 Months – 6 to 10 drops
- 12 Months and Longer – 10 drops and over
The beard oil smelled like food and it made me hungry.” – that’s some female feedback I got, so bear that in mind.
Well, when they said gingerbread, they definitely meant gingerbread. Where some beard oils are a bit hit and miss with their essential oils, LovelyBeards have got it spot-on.
Before using it, I was expecting to be hit by more of a sweet scent, but immediately after applying I was greeted by a savoury, spiced aroma. Whereas the scent from some oils wears off after half an hour, this oil lingered for a good 3-4 hours, with others being able to smell it for a while after that.
I was concerned that it’d be overpowering, as some brands in the past have even managed to bring on headaches from invasive odours. With this, however, it was by no means overwhelming and I really enjoyed being able to pick up on it for several hours after application. If you are particularly sensitive to smell, however, it might be worth picking a different scent from their range.
LovelyBeards have gone all-out with their selection of carrier oils for this product. By looking at the list below, it’s pretty clear to see that you’re getting value for money.
- Ideal for moisturizing skin
Grapeseed Oil and Hempseed Oil
- Both support hair growth
Kiwi Seed Oil
- Hydrates dry and unruly hair
- Repairs damaged hair
As far as essential oils go, they haven’t been as forthcoming, but that’s completely understandable – gotta keep the secret recipe under wraps.
So, I typically use beard products every day. In my morning shower I shampoo my beard to remove any excess oil/balm/previous day’s nasties, then I apply either a balm or an oil to hydrate, soften and support my growth. As a result, my beard’s in pretty good shape, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to benchmark this review. Perhaps a comparison to some of my favorite products?
Fortunately (and unfortunately for me), the Heavens spoke and cast me down with illness for 5 days prior to writing this review. I hibernated in bed, neglecting my responsibilities. My beard was left untreated.
Lo and behold, last Friday my beardruff had returned.
Although frustrating, it did leave me in a great place to start trying this product.
Beardruff be Banished!
What d’you know? After 4 days of using LovelyBeards beard oil once in the morning, my beardruff had completely subsided. Although my beard isn’t insanely long, the hair underneath it still dries out and my hair follicles seem unable to produce a sufficient amount of sebum oil no matter the length. For this purpose, the oil was an absolute godsend.
After treating my beard with the oil, it’s feeling more hydrated and looking much more healthy.
The Prickly Hair is No More
After my illness had subsided, I also trimmed my beard down to get rid of some of the split ends that had cropped up. At this point, it was feeling real prickly.
Once again, after applying the beard oil for 4 consecutive days, it’s gotten way softer. In fact, it was noticeably softer after the first application. If you suffer from tougher stubble, this oil will work wonders from you.
The oil is a little greasy, but then again, it is oil. Also, I’ve been applying a drop or two extra each morning to really kick it into action, so I’m not sure what I really should have expected.
Would I Use it Again?
Overall – absolutely. I love the smell, love the consistency, and I really love how quickly it’s got my beard fighting fit again. Although the scent is a little less sweet than I anticipated, it’s still fantastic.
My next review is going to cover their beard balm, which I got in delicious nectarine mint. It already smells awesome, so I’m really excited to get stuck into it.
I’m definitely going to explore some of their other products in the future, so stay tuned for that. I’d also love LovelyBeards to produce a range of beard shampoo, because I’d be all over that.