Landing on my desk today is a specimen known as the ‘Cedar Spice’ from Lucky Scruff.
It has a beautifully labeled bottle and came to me as immaculate and pristine as could be. Not a single speck of dust adorned its brown glassy sides.
Being hand brewed in Nashville, Tennessee – I had high hopes for the mixture.
I yearned for an oil with the depth and complexity of a good Tennessee Bourbon.
It’s recipe however, was a little on the simple side.
Merely a duo of sweet almond and jojoba oil.
What then was I to make of this specimen?
Let’s execute the beard oil review methodology and find out!
I can’t complain about lingerability.
This oil hit the benchmark average right on the nose,
It lingered very subtly for precisely 30 minutes. It therefore gains the 50% benchmark value on this criteria.
The Cedar Spice is a subtle scent to be sure.
If you are hankering after tones to impress your friends from a foot away – try an oil with a great emanation rating.
Using my emanation meter (and a double salt-water nostril cleanse prior), I scientifically tested the power of this oil.
I found the emanance was slightly under the average 1 foot benchmark, being detectable from only 0.8 feet away.
A had high hopes for the Cedar Spice.
I was expecting that deep brown glass bottle to open up and for deep, complex earthy tones of warm, woody spice to hit my nostrils.
Unfortunately, this oil didn’t deliver.
The one word that sums this experience up is ‘weak’.
It seemed almost as if the Cedar Spice had been ‘watered down’.
The scent itself is not exactly unpleasant – but it is so subtle as to almost make it difficult to describe. It does have a faint hint of cedar and a slight chemical after-tone, as if there is an additive like limonene in it.
The packaging doesn’t give us any intelligence as to the exact ingredients (stating only Essential Oil Blend, Fragrant Oil Blend), so it’s difficult to deconstruct and analyse the recipe in detail.
62% – Reasonable
Where the Cedar Spice does start to fight back is in the greasiness assessment.
The oil really doesn’t have any issues with greasiness. In the formal race down the 21cm glass substrate, the oil scored a more than respectable 23 seconds.
A good result.
85% No problems.
The specimen continued it’s recovery in the Hair Impact test.
In fairness, the almond and jojoba mixture works well in the hair. It does its advertised job and nourishes the hair, leading to improved manageability and a little additional lustre.
87% Not bad
With the skin, there was definitely some moisturizing effect, without an overly greasy residue.
This is likely the jojoba at work, which is notorious for penetrating the skin nicely.
A 30ml bottle of Cedar Spice will set you back $17.99 (USD), with Postage (within US) being $4.99. International shipping is available and priced at checkout.
Therefore, the price per ml is $0.73
I’ve yet to complete a full analysis of the US beard oil industry, but my preliminary data suggests this is right around the median. That means: half the industry is cheaper, half more expensive.
50% for Value. Average.
So, overall, based on the weighted factoring of all criteria, the Cedar Spice by Lucky Scruff scores a middle of the road:
An extremely subtle blend with reasonably nourishing properties.