When presented with an opportunity from BrandBacker to try out Smooth Viking’s Beard Conditioning set, I knew I had to take it. Not for me, obviously! I pluck those, thanks. I love getting my boyfriend Jeremy involved with the blog, so I accepted my full sized samples in exchange for his opinion. Way to pimp my boyfriend out, right?
Jeremy typically sports a goatee, but for the purposes of this review, he resisted the urge to keep himself neat and trimmed – letting his facial hair get a little rowdy so as to give this honest review of the Beard Balm, Beard Oil, and Beard Conditioner set.
I adore the way these arrived – in little burlap packages. It was smart and really added a nice touch. It was both masculine and totally adorable at the same time. Kudos to Smooth Viking for that one. I definitely need to find a way to repurpose these!
For the most part, all 3 of these items by Smooth Viking do the same thing with a few differences. They all claim that they will soften the beard in addition to preventing beard growth itch. Let’s break each down so you understand what each is actually supposed to be used for.
I’m going to first talk about Jeremy’s favorite. It’s intended to soothe your beard and stop growth itching. It’s made with Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Beeswax & Pure Essential Oil and 100% natural. No breakouts and no icky chemicals to rub all over your skin.
The Beard Conditioner seemed to be the easiest to use. He rubs a small amount between his fingers and then on his beard, working the conditioner from root to tip. He doesn’t have long facial hair – he keeps it pretty tidy. But it was still sort of dry and brittle before he started using this product. After just one use, I could tell the hair was much softer. Over the course of a week, I noticed that a lot of the blotchy red spots he once had on the surrounding skin look much more tame as well.
The smell is great! It’s manly, but sweet.
The Beard Balm offers similar conditioning claims, but it’s major intent seems to be it’s strengthening and thickening properties. The balm is a bit more on the sticky side and works well if you are looking to style your beard hair.
As previously mentioned, Jeremy doesn’t have a long beard so he didn’t get much use from this product. That said, I will attest to the thickening claims. His beard looks fuller, more filled in. If you have a man (or are that man) that has a thin beard and you want to spruce it up, this is a good product for you.
It contains much of the same wonderful and 100% natural ingredients including Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil, and Pure Essential Oil. Again – great masculine but yummy smell that we both enjoyed.
As with the other products, this one boasts claims to condition the beard and prevent itching. As Jeremy so eloquently put it *sarcasm* “I didn’t really feel any different. I mean, well… I’m not itching!”
According to Smooth Viking, this oil which comes in a good size 3.2 ounce glass bottle with cute squeezy dropper is made of a Premium Blend of Nourishing Ingredients – With Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, & Vitamin E. It’s Vegan friendly… if that’s important to you.
Unfortunately, it was more difficult to use. I mean I am all for the whole essential oil thing (I recently jumped on that bandwagon). But it’s harder to control a few drops of oil than it is to use a whipped conditioner or balm. I think that’s why Jeremy preferred the condition over the others – it was no muss no fuss.
Just as well, because I re-purposed it as a nice oil for my nail beds! A couple of drops really went a long way and gave my nails the shot of moisture they were craving, while providing a healthy glow to them.
Does your man have a scratchy beard? Have you considered or tried any products like these?
This post was brought to you thanks to BrandBacker, Smooth Viking and Jeremy’s face. All opinions are 100% his and he was not swayed by the nice compensation in the form of full sized samples for him to try. This post includes affiliate links because we like making 10 cents (or whatever crazy small amount it is) every time you decide to buy something based on our opinions.