Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil – 30ml (£16.00)
I’m very excited to bring you this one! My first review for East London based ‘Skin and Tonic‘. They are a small, fast growing producer of natural skincare products. Located in the home of the fashionable hipster and Shoreditch beard, they just HAD to make a beard oil.
This is their Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil, made with just five ingredients; Grapeseed oil, Thistle oil, Argan oil, Cedarwood essential oil and finally Rosemary essential oil. Every single one of them certified organic by the soil association.
Now I’ve reviewed a number of beard oils since launching Del Brown Approved!, but not many of them can boast being 100% certified organic. Why should this make a difference? Well, with the certification, the ingredients have to meet the high standards of the UK based Soil Association. They have a rigorous list which all have to be met, in order for the ingredients to be certified. No synthetic pesticides used during the growing of the plants, not GM (genetically modified) ingredients, the list goes on.
I’ve long sported a beard in a variety of shapes and sizes, but when it starts to get long, it does require some help to prevent you from looking like cat weasel. So, how best to use this beard oil. It all depends on how long and thick your beard is. If you’ve only got a short one, you’ll need very little. But if you’ve got a long one, you’ll need more. Are you detecting slight innuendo here? Well it’s true!
The thing about beard oil is, and I’ve experimented extensively with them, when you first apply it, you can fall foul of using too much because you can’t see or feel much difference. But, give it an hour for the oil to warm to your body temperature. The bristles of your beard will spread the oils all around your chin. Use too much beard oil and you’re left feeling like an oil slick for the rest of the day.
My first tip is to equip yourself with a comb. Nothing fancy, just a bog standard hair comb will do, preferably with closely sat prongs. Apply one or two drops straight onto the comb and brush evenly into a freshly washed, dry beard. Comb the hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth, getting the oil right underneath, before neatly brushing the hair back down. Again, don’t worry if it feels like not much has happened, or you haven’t used enough. Take a moment to evenly distribute the oil by simply combing the hair through the comb. Then my next tip is not to man handle your beard too much. Allow time for the oils to penetrate and nourish the hair and skin.
Ultimately, you’ll notice your beard is looking well groomed. Slightly glossy in appearance, thick, healthy and neatly styled. To start with, you may reserve this ritual only for special occasions and date nights. But trust me, the look and feel becomes addictive. You’ll find yourself applying the beard oil as part of your daily grooming routine. With regular use, this oil will keep your beard in tip-top condition and the skin beneath will benefit too.
This huge 30ml sized beard oil is an all round winner. Its going to last you ages and is easy to use thanks to the pump dispenser. The aroma is primarily Grapeseed oil with a sharp, zesty twang, it’s all fully Del Brown Approved!
Ingredients: Vitis Vinfera*, Cathamus Tinctorius*, Argania Spinosa*, Cedrus Atlantica*, Rosmarinus Officinalis*
*Certified organic by The Soil Association + Vegan