It’s 2021 and I’m back with another Beard Oil review. Under the spotlight is the fantastic Big Phat Beard, one of the hottest Small Batch Beard Companies out there today! So, here it is, the Big Phat Beard Review – Oriental Wiff Oil.
The Big Phat Brand keeps growing!
John is extremely passionate about his brand, as I have mentioned before, and it really does show. He is building something here that can only get bigger and better. Clothing, Beard Products, Hair Products and John is almost ready to get his Barbering experience up and running!
But, the starting point for BPB is the Beard Products. It’s what the essence of Johns company is really all about. Great quality oils and balms to look after, nourish and tame your beard. It’s exciting times for John and his brand and I will keep you updated to how he gets on.
Right now though, It’s what you came here for! The Big Phat Beard Review – Oriental Wiff Oil.
I have changed things up this year and looked at how I could improve my reviews to give you the best information possible. I now only use 4 factors and they are different to last year, even the ones that are the same, aren’t! You’ll see what I mean as you read through the full review.
Scent now includes how the fragrance smells and how long it lasts, the staying power! Benefits is a new factor which includes how the product makes the beard and skin feel and what the benefits of the oil are.
Originality is all about how different the product is to others. Not only will it include the scent profile, but also the packaging, the logo and everything in between. Value For Money is the same as before!
This scent comes at you like a bullet from a gun. An extremely powerful blast of Tea Tree oil hits the sinuses and clears those nasal passages in seconds. It is refreshing and really opens you up to take the rest of the fragrances that are on their way! It doesn’t maintain it’s initial strength and fades slightly.
The Lavender comes through as the Tea Tree fades and gives you a sense of calm. In fact, according to John and his ambassadors, it really helps you to sleep. I can see why! Lavender oil is used as a relaxation oil in massage therapy and aromatherapy and I am going to have to try this out.
Along with the Lavender, you can start to smell the Cedarwood oil which gives it a nice woodsy scent and the Rosemary adds a touch of minuteness which gives the overall fragrance a lift to finish it off with. It’s an intriguing scent which wakes you up when you first smell it and relaxes you as the profile changes.
The initial blast calms down after about 3o minutes to an hour letting the calming scent of lavender come through. It mixes well with the Cedarwood and Rosemary to give you a nice gentle fragrance that lasts.
At around the 4-hour mark I found that the fragrance started to fade slightly leaving a mellow scent that lingered in your nostrils for a while. After 7 hours the smell had pretty much gone which is a decent length of time in the beard.
Most Beard oils contain decent carrier oils that benefit your beard and skin. Some use a lot mixed together and some only use 1! Big Phat Beard use 3 carrier oils and they are Jojoba, Castor and Grape Seed. Each have their own benefits for both beard and skin.
Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the jojoba shrub, a perennial native to the North American deserts. The oil of the jojoba seed is extracted by cold-pressing, a process that helps maintain the rich nutritional value of the oil. The oil has plenty of antioxidants including vitamins A and E.
These help to stop or reduce itchiness of the skin. This is particularly helpful in the early stages of beard growth. It is also great for your beard hair as the oil molecules are similar to sebum. It can also help to make your hair stronger which is very helpful when you brush or comb your beard a lot.
Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. This really helps to mousturise and hydrate the skin under your beard which can be difficult to do, especially with a big beard. It can also help to reduce acne which can appear when you first start to grow your beard.
The main benefit for your beard is in helping to reduce beardruff. This is when your skin gets itchy and flaky, similar to dandruff. Castor oil will also lubricate the hair shaft which helps make it stronger and less susceptible to breakage.
Don’t drink it though! It’s a natural laxative.
Grape seed oil is rich in linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are the building blocks of healthy cells. They hydrate, moisturize, and soften skin. It absorbs into your beard and skin quickly as it is very thin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy.
It is a very complimentary oil and works well with the other 2. The oil promotes healthy hair growth which doesn’t mean it will make your hair grow quicker! However, it will make your hair stronger and more healthy. Just like castor oil, it helps to reduce beardruff which can be a problem.
Feel in the Beard and Skin
After using the oil for just under 2 weeks I could feel the benefits working wonders. Wearing a mask at work every day can really dry out my beard but putting this in when I get home really nourishes it. The carrier oils really help to hydrate the beard and my skin underneath, which is desperately needed after 8+ hours at work.
My skin was soft and mousturised and due to the thin to medium viscosity of the oil it absorbed really well into both beard and skin. The hair was healthy and it felt soft and well hydrated. I haven’t had beardruff for a while so can’t comment on whether or not it would reduce that.
It did soften the greys more than some oils and that was great for me personally. Grey hair can be very wiry and hard to control, especially when they first start to appear. My grey hairs definitely feel different to the rest of them when I haven’t used any product.
The oil itself doesn’t have anything in it that you don’t already get in other beard oils. It is the mixture of them that work so well. John prides himself on creating top quality products using top quality ingredients and you can tell. The way the essential oils are mixed together is clever though and they compliment each other nicely.
The bottles are different to most of the companies out there. A rectangular shape is fairly unique and makes the bottle stand out amongst the more cylindrical bottles that are widely used. They are also blacked out in order to protect the oil inside.
The Big Phat Beard Logo is instantly recognisable and looks really strong on the packaging. I love the way each scent has a different colour and the writing on the logo changes to reflect that. A lot of companies have a basic beard as the logo (see picture) but BPB has gone for something more unique.
The face with a massive beard, sunglasses and the ear with a stretched piercing gives the brand an edgy vibe. Appealing to all ages, it really does stand out and it is well-designed.
Value For Money
At £12.50 for a 30ml bottle, it really does offer great value for money. The average price for a premium oil is between £14-15 and this oil can be classed in the premium category. With quality carrier and essential oils as well as the unique bottle, BPB could easily charge more.
There is a lot of hard work that goes into making these beard oils when you are a Small Batch beard Company and John has kept his prices down to make the products more accessible to everyone. Check out my last blog The Rise of Small Batch Beard Companies to get some idea of what they do.
If you want to buy some of the products from Big Phat Beard then you can go to his website by clicking the link below.
Big Phat Beard is up there at the top of his game with simply made but beautiful oils that do a really great job. They not only smell great but also have plenty of benefits for both hair and skin. You can easily see why BPB was in My Top 5 Beard Oils of 2020.
I am really looking forward to trying out the rest of the range as well as the butter which is coming out soon. I will have to give the hair clay a miss as I don’t quite have the hair needed for it but you can read about it over at docksbeardedreviews.com.
That’s it from me, I hope you enjoyed my Big Phat Beard Review – Oriental Wiff Oil. Let me know in the comments what you think of it and if you have used products from Big Phat Beard I would love to hear from you.
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