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Duke Cannon Beard Wash Review

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Bottom Line

Duke Cannon’s beard wash delivers on many fronts:

Citrus scent is bright and invigorating.

The large size delivers good value but is a pain to travel with.

Several synthetic ingredients – not ideal for the eco-friendly guys.

It does what it sets out to do – cleans your magnificent beard.

Duke Cannon products are unapologetically American, and we abso-lut-ely f***ing love that about them.

While they are most well known for their Big Ass Brick of Soap, one product that recently caught our attention was their beard wash.

Aptly titled the ‘Best Damn Beard Wash,’ this product comes in a large 6oz bottle and is designed to cleanse your beard without stripping it of its natural oils.

Bold and catchy names aside, does this beard wash actually live up to the hype?

In short, yes.

Yes, it does.

The beard wash is well made with plenty of goodness that your glorious beard deserves, along with important oils and gentle cleansers that will leave the skin underneath your beard feeling fresh.

Of course, not every product is perfect. You’ll see why in just a minute.

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Duke Cannon Supply Co. Best Beard Wash, 6oz / Made with Natural and Organic Ingredients
  • Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Wash for Men, 6oz – Citrus Hefeweizen Scent | Sulfate-Free. Paraben-Free
  • Formulated with plant based ingredients to care for and tame your mane, while moisturizing the skin underneath it without stripping your beard of its natural oils and power.
  • Made with Natural & Organic Ingredients: Hops extract as moisturizer, Citrus peel oils to rejuvenate, Barley & Wheat protein to strengthen, Soybean oil for beard softener & conditioner.
  • For The Beard of World Champion: 6 oz. tube that represents a hefty portion and offers generally more than the other fellows.
  • A Portion of Proceeds Benefits U.S. Veterans | Cruelty-Free. Our products are never tested on animals, just bad interns. | Made in the USA.

Who is Duke Cannon?

If you haven’t heard of Duke Cannon before, don’t worry, we’ll get you up to speed.

Duke Cannon was founded in 2011 with headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. They make their products here in the states (at least the ones we’ve tried so far), and they also do good for the community.

In fact, with each product you buy from them, a portion of their proceeds go towards veteran causes, so you can feel good about supporting them.

Best Damn Beard Wash Review

Alright, let’s get down to it. Here’s what you can expect from the beard wash:

Size

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At 6oz, this beard wash is significantly larger than the average 3-4oz bottle you’ll find from other brands. This is a good thing as it means you won’t run out as quickly, and it’s also a more economical option in the long run.

However, the downside is that if you like to jet across the country via air, the nice TSA agent will make you throw away this large bottle since it exceeds the 3.4oz limit for liquids.

Bummer.

A travel-friendly option would be nice, but it simply doesn’t exist.

Related: How often should you wash your beard?

Smell

This, perhaps, is the strongest selling point for just about any Duke Cannon product. Their products deliver reliably outstanding smells that just make you feel manly.

The Best Damn Beard Wash is no different. It has a blast of citrus that really invigorates and gets the blood flowing, making you feel wide awake and ready to tackle the day.

The smell is also not too overwhelming, a nice change from some of the other products on the market that leave you smelling like you work at a motor oil factory.

Of course, if citrus isn’t your thing and you want to go the more traditional woodsy route, then check out their¬†Buffalo Trace¬†(yes, you read that right) beard wash. It delivers a woody, bourbon-y smell that is just as intoxicating.

Ingredients

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Scent and size aside, what good is a beard wash if you are just slopping chemicals all over your face that’ll leave you with more problems than you started with?

This is where some purists will dock Duke Cannon some major points. There are some synthetic ingredients in this beard wash that are less than desirable.

But before you write them off as the enemy, it’s important to understand that not all synthetics are created equal. In fact, some of them are actually quite beneficial for your skin and beard.

Aside from some of the synthetic compounds, you can find a few diamonds in the rough, so to speak. In the ingredient list, you spot soybean oil, glycerin, and rice bran wax, to name a few.

Lastly, the formula is paraben-free and SLS-free.

Performance

The ultimate question: does this beard wash actually clean your beard?

The answer is a resounding yes. It’s designed to cleanse your beard without stripping it of its natural oils.

And it does a damn good job of it.

Your beard will feel clean but not dry or brittle. And your skin will feel great too.

For the lather performance, expect to see a nice sudsy foam that is easy to work into your beard. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get a nice amount of lather going, which is always a bonus.

Men with all skin types, including oily, dry, combination, and sensitive, found this beard wash non-irritating and gentle.

Price

Duke Cannon’s Best Damn Beard Wash will set you back $15, which is higher for a 6oz bottle. But like we said before, you get what you pay for.

If you love to treat yourself to uncompromising quality, then this is the beard wash for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, there are plenty of other good choices out there – we highlight a few here in this post.

Just know that you probably won’t find anything as luxurious as Duke Cannon.

What Other Guys Think

Just to get an idea of what other bearded men think of Duke Cannon’s Best Damn Beard Wash, we took a quick hop over to YouTube. Here’s a few videos we wanted to share:

Conclusion

Duke Cannon’s Best Damn Beard Wash is an excellent choice for the discerning man who wants the best of the best for his beard.

It has a great smell, performs well, and supports a good cause. In addition, your beard will feel clean and soft without being stripped of its natural oils.

The only downside is the price tag and perhaps the size if you travel excessively. But if you have the means, we say go for it. Your beard will thank you for it.

Adam Williams

As the lead editor of Tools of Men, Adam loves men's grooming products. Particularly of interest is managing facial hair and perfecting the art of the modern man's skincare routine. His work has been featured or quoted in several publications, including New York Magazine, Vice, Sharpologist, MIC, Elite Daily, and more.