Likely one of the best value beard oils that you could get your hands on in the market place as of today (June 2016), is the fine beard oil by Wild Willies (The Manskape Co) – or as they refer to it – a beard elixir.
To break down this beard oil in full, first we are going to take a look at whats in the bottle before we touch on the actual performance and overall value.
Wild Willie’s contains an impressive base of carrier oils that include the following:
- Apricot Kernel Oil (Organic)
- Grapeseed Oil
- Argan Oil (Organic)
- Castor Oil (Organic)
- Gold Jojoba Oil (Organic)
As you can see above, most of them are all organic as well! With oils like jojoba and argan, the base carrier oils within Wild Willie’s beard elixir will ensure that your skin will have ample hydration and nourishment.
These two ingredients (jojoba and argan) alone are what makes up the highly touted Leven Rose beard oil as well. A quick note though, if you do have a severe nut allergy, its best to stay away from beard oils that do contain argan oil (since its derived from nuts). Instead, its likely best to craft your own beard oil so you know exactly what’s contained within the solution.
One ingredient that does stand out on this beard oil that isn’t typically in the other beard oils that we reviewed was the addition of emu oil.
Emu oil is actually obtained from the fat of an emu when its slaughtered. Furthermore the oil is heated and then strained to remove any impurities within the solution. Therefore if you prefer products that aren’t derived from animals, then we suggest that you take a look at other beard oils offered that are completely plant based.
If you can get past the thought of using emu oil within your beard, then there are some great skin benefits to be realized on using this oil.
Emu oil can provide the following benefits:
- Anti-Aging – Given its ability to ensure that your skin stays well nourished and moisturized, it can help keep your skin in optimal condition. Emu oil will also help ward off any sort of scaring, skin spots, and other surface blemishes on your skin.
- Anti-Inflammatory – According to a recent study, emu oil can actually help with the reduction of chronic inflammation when applied topically. While it might not be completely relevant to maintaining your beard, the use case is pretty fascinating nevertheless.
- General Hair Benefits – While largely also seen in the carrier oils used within this particular beard oil, emu oil can help restore your beard follicles to a lustrous shine that will make the follicles much softer. A much softer follicle will be less susceptible to split ends and generally help with the long term care of your beard. There is also some mention that emu oil will help spur the growth of hair follicles as well.
The last of the basic oils that we want to call out within this particular beard oil was the inclusion of Vitamin E oil. While this ingredient is typically reserved for the higher end beard oils given its cost, we were delighted to see it on the side of the label for Wild Willies.
Like emu oil, Vitamin E oil has been proven in studies to help ward off wrinkles and generally has anti-aging properties by fighting free radicals.
In addition, Vitamin E oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
When we looked at the essential oils within this particular beard oil, the one that stands out the most, and one likely responsible in large part of the fragrance for this beard elixir by Wild Willies is the cedarwood oil.
Cedarwood elicits a wonderful woodsy smell that is nearly reminiscent to that rustic smell you would find in classic furniture made of cedar. It’s definitely one that is overall quite welcoming.
However when it comes to Wild Willie’s beard elixir, the smell of cedarwood seems a bit more on the diluted side when compared to other popular beard oils in the marketplace. To us this makes sense given its incredibly low price point for the oil when taking into consideration the wholesale costs for essential oils.
Its not to say that this is particularly good or bad thing, however, if you are looking for a beard oil that has a bit stronger of a scent to it, then we would recommend checking out some of the others we have reviewed.
However, the lack of scent shouldn’t take away from the actual performance gains of using this product. Given its diverse profile of base ingredients, your beard will get hydrated and well nourished. Therefore you shouldn’t have any problems having a an awesome beard at the end of the day, even if it doesn’t tend to carry much of a scent.
The last part that we want to call out about this particular beard oil is the bottle design. Likely one of the rarer bottles on the market, this pump type design is very similar to pre shave oils – this serves in stark contrast to other beard oil bottles like the the dropper design of the Leven Rose beard oil or restrictor valve design from Beardbrand. This does make for easy pre-measured application time and time again which you will surely love.
While the top pump might be welcomed, one detail that this bottle falls short on is that it comes in a clear form, rather than one thats amber in color. Therefore the shelf life for this product is going to be a bit shorter than a beard oil that comes in amber color. The reason for the reduced shelf life is that amber color bottles block harmful UV rays from penetrating the walls of the bottle and reducing the integrity of the oils. This also may be attributing to the more muted scent that beardsmen have experienced while using this particular beard oil.
Lastly, the value of this product is incredible. At an impressive $8.50 an ounce (default size is 2oz) makes this a beard oil that will last you an incredibly long time. The rock bottom price of this beard oil single handedly beats out the likes of some of the more popular beard oils that we reviewed along with those that come absent of any essential oils as well.