Young Living Essential Oils is an American company from Utah that’s been around the essential oil business since 1993. The company offers a wide range of essential oil based products for both men and women.
Unlike most products reviewed on my website, this beard oil comes from a company with a horizontal marketing approach, which means they are not specialized in beard products. They actually sell essential oils of various kinds, including anti-aging creams, massage oils and even household cleaners.
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.
Perception of the Company
I must admit that I had mixed feelings towards this beard oil, for several reasons.
On one hand, for me, Young Living Essential Oils was a beauty supply company in the likes of Avon, that is, not the kind of company you’re tempted to buy from when you’re a man. I know this sounds a bit awkward, but that was my perception, and probably that of several men who are reading this article right now.
On the other hand, I was pretty sure the oil quality would be great, since the company has well-known expertise in essential oils. And I was spot on!
The quality of this beard oil is outstanding. Quite frankly, besides the above-mentioned perception I had towards the company, I will admit that they have created a high-quality beard oil. It’s not especially about the texture (it’s pretty standard), but rather the finish on my beard. My beard was way more shiny than usual, and softer too. I was very surprised how soft my beard was compared to how it is when using most average beard oils.
So, quality-wise, this is a very good product.
According to the product specifications, the Shutran beard oil scent is described as “a combination of Northern Lights Black Spruce,
Cedarwood, Ocotea, Lavender, and other pure essential oils.”
Alright, so as you can deduct, the scent is conifer-like. It actually is, and big time. The blend is ideal for conifer / forest / pine tree lovers, it smells natural, kudos to the company for that.
However, I think it smells way too much. While I like the smell of conifers when I walk in the woods, I think a conifer scent alone for a beard oil is too strong and becomes annoying over time. I would have preferred notes of conifer blended with something sweet or citrus, for instance. The spruce scent is so strong that the lavender and the sandalwood don’t even help toning things down.
That being said, that’s my humble opinion. If you like conifer scents in general, this beard oil is perfect for you. However, be aware that it smells like an actual spruce log.
Here’s the impressive list of ingredients for the Shutran beard oil:
Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil, Lycium barbarum (Wolfberry) seed oil, Tocopherol, Picea pungens† (Idaho Blue spruce) branch/leaf/wood oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Ocotea quixos† (Ocotea) leaf oil, Chamaecyparis obtusa† (Hinoki) oil, Artemisia pallens† (Davana) flower oil, Cedrus atlantica† (Cedarwood) bark oil, Lavandula angustifolia† (Lavender) oil, Coriandrum sativum† (Coriander) seed oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Picea mariana† (Northern Lights Black spruce) leaf oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
Contains soy and coconut/palm ingredients
The Shutran beard oil from Young Living Essential Oils can compete with high-end beard oils in terms of quality. The company’s expertise in the essential oil business is clearly perceivable when using the product. Very few beard oils made my beard that shiny and that smooth.
The conifer scent used in the product is very strong. The Northern Lights Black Spruce aroma is all over the place, so you must like conifer scents a lot to appreciate this beard oil. If you do, the Shutran Beard Oil will be the perfect product for you!
For more information on this product, feel free to contact Kiana Skager, the Young Living Essential Oils representative who sent me out the product for review.