|Liberty Grooming Virtu Beard Balm||USA||2 oz||$$$|
|Softening||Hold||Ease of Application||Value for Money|
Today we review the Virtu Beard Balm from Liberty Grooming Co. The small team is based in the US and they sell most of their stuff online through their simple website and on Amazon.
I prefer smaller, local teams for grooming products, because I think it’s important to support teams that use organic products and make their stuff with love and passion. Liberty Grooming is no different.
In fact, the owner of Liberty Grooming, Curt, was invited here at The Manliness Kit and shared his knowledge and experience on how to improve your beard.
They produce all their beard products and promise to use only natural ingredients in all the stuff.
If you look at the back of this round tin, you’ll recognize almost all the ingredients that went into making the beard balm.
It’s got a lovely blend of Babassu, Eucalyptus, Argan, Shea butter, Beeswax and Coconut oil.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, removes sebum from your hair follicles, so it provides a cleansing nourishment. It’s a good idea to mix these two oils together and a lot of the other beard balms I came across had both these ingredients in them.
Eucalyptus is supposed to help your hair grow better, but I appreciate this ingredient mostly because it smells great.
What sets the Virtu Beard balm apart is the use of Babassu.
I’ll admit this was the only thing I hadn’t heard of before. Turns out it’s an oil that’s native to the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil. The oil is being used as a substitute for coconut oil.
The reason this might be better than coconut oil is because it’s lighter and tends to not clog your pores as much. It cools on contact with hair and is known to be a lot less messier than coconut oil. Also, the smell isn’t as overwhelming as coconut.
The guys at Liberty Grooming have cleverly used a mix of coconut and Babassu to give you a light and nourishing oil that delivers the best of both.
All this goodness is packed in a small 2 ounce tin that sells at a decent price for it’s quality. It’s not among the cheapest I’ve tried so far but you wouldn’t say it’s expensive either.
Is It Worth It?
I tried it myself and I think this is one of the better beard balms I’ve used over the years.
The very first thing you’ll notice is the fresh mint scent when open the tin. Liberty Grooming has gone the extra mile to make this beard balm smell great and instantly refresh you when you apply it.
The texture isn’t anything spectacular. It’s almost run-of-the-mill, but I would say it was a bit lighter than other beard balms. I like hair and beard products to be lighter and more comfortable, so this texture really worked for me. But it’s not a very noticeable difference.
The small amount of beeswax used surely makes this a lot easier to spread through your beard hair.
It’s not waxy and heavy, as I’ve said before, so you won’t need a beard brush or comb to work this balm through your hair follicles. Just rub it between your palms for a few seconds and it’s good to go.
There’s a lot to be said about the Babassu used in the mixture. I think the standout feature of this beard balm is its ease of use.
It’s one of those beard products that you can apply and completely forget about. It doesn’t hinder your beard or make it look too glossy. The finish is matt and natural looking.
You can expect the fragrance to last a little more than an hour and your beard will remain soft for the next few hours.
I always appreciate a beard balm that has beeswax in it instead of all those ridiculous chemicals cosmetic companies like to use.
The beeswax is naturally good at locking in moisture and making your hair look slick. It’s likely to boost the level of Vitamin A in your hair too.
Finally, I need to mention the color and the scent. I like the minty eucalyptus smell that comes with this 2 oz can.
It helps calm my facial hair down. If you’re not a fan, don’t worry, the smell is barely there after an hour.
This is one of the few balms that are pure white. Most of the balms I’ve used are either a mellow yellow or bright creamy.
This white texture is a result of the white beeswax that is used in the balm instead of the traditional yellow. It doesn’t make any difference in the way the beard balm works but it’s more like aesthetics.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, actually I would. Liberty Grooming Co. have done a great job. Their beard balm is little lighter than most commercial beard balms.
However, it does come at a higher price than other balms. You can probably have a look around and find something a little cheaper.
I should also mention that Liberty offers a lifetime guarantee on the stuff. If you think the beard balm isn’t working like you expected, they offer to refund the money at any time.
They’ll also throw in a free grooming manual with every purchase. Just in case you’re wondering how to grow a great beard.
Overall, you should buy this if you like minty, eucalyptus scents and a light texture that holds your hair well. It has become one of my personal favorites and I would suggest you give this one a try.