Burly Stone is an American soap company from Connecticut. Besides making nice and huge bar soaps aimed at men (you might want to check those out on their website, they’re very special), Burly Stone offers hand balms, solid colognes, dog soap and beard elixirs as part of their product line.
All 3 beard elixirs come in nice-looking blue 2 ounce bottles, which is twice than standard beard oil bottles, for about the same price.
Disclosure: The products reviewed in this article have been given to me free of charge. I did not receive any other compensation for writing this review.
Garcia’s – Light and Floral
Garcia’s Beard Elixir is a lightly scented beard oil with 3 essential oils that blend pretty well together. This scent actually contains Patchouli, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils. The Patchouli and Lavender bring great floral notes, whereas the Tea Tree oil brings mild notes of wood and a little bit of spice in the blend.
Usually, I’m not a big fan of floral beard oil scents. However, Garcia’s Beard Elixir made me change my mind this time. I really like the fact that although it has a quite obvious floral base, the notes of Tea Tree are also very obvious, and the subtle spicy notes it brings make all the difference.
Lincoln’s – Coolness in the Bottle
Lincoln’s Beard Elixir is a daring blend that contains Peppermint, Basil and Lemon Eucalyptus essential oils. This beard oil feels cool and fresh, and I would add somewhat relaxing, thanks to the Peppermint and Lemon Eucalyptus scents. What I like the most about this scent are the herbal notes brought in by the Basil essential oil.
That’s why I call this blend “daring”, and I’ll add “complex”. At first glance, one might really wonder why a company would want to put a basil scent in beard oil. Well, Burly Stone knew exactly what they did, and the result is simply amazing and impressive!
Hemmingway’s – The Spicy One
Hemmingway’s Beard Elixir is the strongest of the 3 beard oil scents reviewed in this article. This one contains Juniper Berry, Cedarwood and Bay Laurel essential oils. Both the Cedarwood and Bay Laurel oils are very present and strong in the blend, whereas the Juniper Berry notes are rather mild.
This scent is mostly woodsy, a tad herbal and subtly fruity. Just like the Lincoln scent reviewed earlier, Hemmingway’s scent is also complex, and perhaps even more. It’s kind of hard to describe because I feel like it has several different aromas, including wood, leaves, fruit, spice and conifer. No matter how complex the blend is, the end result is unique, very masculine and can definitely appeal to strong scent lovers, and even those who tend to find woodsy scents too strong. This scent, while woodsy, remains lighter than cedarwood-only scents, as an example.
The 3 Beard Elixirs reviewed in this article contain the following ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Buckthorn Extract.
Feeling on Beard and Skin
Burly Stone’s Beard Elixirs are premium-grade. They provide way above-average softness, conditioning and shine. The texture is nice and the scents, as described earlier, are all very well crafted and provide a wide range of great-smelling aromas.
Overall, Burly Stone makes terrific premium beard oils, for about half the price of most of their competitors, by offering 2 ounce bottles instead of the traditional 1 ounce one. They also created daring and complex blends that can appeal to a wide range of tastes.
On the flip side, these beard oil scents may not appeal to those who are more into sweet, citrus or cologne like beard oils. Burly Stone‘s doesn’t play on that field.
The complexity of their beard oil scents probably comes from their expertise in bar soap crafting. If that’s the case, I’m pretty sure Burly Stone has a bright future ahead.
Learn more on Burly Stone‘s website.