It’s Friday again and that means it’s time for another Beard Product review. Back under the spotlight we have Onesociety who I have previously reviewed last year. Join me as I delve into all the details, break down all the oils and give you my honest opinion. That’s right, it’s the Onesociety Vikings Beard Oil Review.
Are Onesociety CPSR approved?
There’s no point beating around the bush, especially when it comes to safety. I have been on a mission to see which brands have got their CPSR’s in order and I’m happy to say that plenty have responded. Cory from Onesociety got back to me pretty quick and showed me his reports. I am pleased to say that Onesociety has their CPSR’s in order! What is a CPSR and why is it important? is a blog I wrote a while back. Give it a read while you are here.
Who are Onesociety?
This brand was founded by Cory in 2014. He has steadily grown since then and now has a large and varied product range. Onesociety have 8 different scents and they are available in the oil, balm, butter and moustache wax. For more info on Onesociety check out my last review.
Right, let’s get into this Onesociety Vikings Beard Oil Review and find out if it’s any good!
The scent comes at you, slapping you around the face and forcing itself through your sinuses, clawing its way down your throat like a wild animal desperate for food. It is powerful and unrelenting as the cinnamon and black pepper explode, making you rush for the nearest box of tissues. This oil is called Vikings and it acts like one going to war with an axe and shield, ready to cut off some heads and limbs.
The oil is also supposed to contain lavender and rosemary and I do get a slight essence of the rosemary. However, it is overpowered by the black pepper, unable to break through and calm it down. Well, for about 30 – 40 minutes. Once the initial kick dies down the cinnamon takes over and the faint smell of rosemary starts to seep through although the pepper still hangs around like a bad omen.
The scent was very strong to start and I felt the mix didn’t really work very well. There was the power of the black pepper and the spiciness of cinnamon that just controlled everything. The faint menthol like scent of rosemary popped its head up but didn’t last. The lavender didn’t get a look in which I was surprised at. Rosemary and lavender normally blend really well together but it just didn’t seem to come together at all.
The initial strong blast from this oil lasted about 30 – 40 minutes, no matter what conditions I was wearing it in. After that first kick the oil lasted a further 4 hours or so which was surprising considering how powerful the scent was when first released! I was expecting about 10 hours so I was a bit disappointed with only 5. Although this is about normal for a lot of oils, I prefer at least 7 hours in my beard as a minimum.
The benefits of each oil can differ depending on the carrier oils used. When you have a good mix of carriers then it can really help your beard feel nourished and well moisturised. Vikings has a great mix of carriers and they work well together. My beard felt very soft after using it for a week and my skin was moisturised underneath.
Sometimes less is more but in this case, the mix of carriers works really well. Let’s check them out!
Apricot oil is great for your skin, helping to reduce inflammation and moisturising your skin underneath the beard. It also helps to protect the skin from UV rays which is great for those that love the sun!. The oil cleanses your skin and pores leaving them feeling rejuvenated. Apricot oil also benefits your hair by moisturising and stimulating the production of sebum. This helps to lower the amount of beardruff and keeps the hairs healthy.
This is another oil that is great for both your skin and hair. Almond oil can help soothe and improve acne, especially good for when you first start growing a beard. It also treats dry skin which you can get under your beard if you don’t use the right products. There is plenty of vitamin E in this oil which is good for protecting and even repairing your skin from sun damage. For your hair, there is plenty of B-7 or Biotin which is great for keeping your whiskers strong and healthy.
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.
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.
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.
Argan oil is known to be beneficial to your skin and can help to moisturise your skin and hair. Hailing from the Argan Tree, which is endemic to Morocco, it is also used as a dip for bread etc. It is often used in face creams due to its potential to reduce wrinkles.
Onesociety definitely has some great packaging. Each scent has its own theme and well designed artwork. It fits together with the scent profiles so you can pretty much tell what it will smell like by looking at the bottle. They now come with pipettes instead of spray tops which I personally prefer.
They have also produced some video adverts which are actually not that bad. It’s hard to get the right balance for a video advert and they have made them short and to the point. The good thing is they lack the horrific cheesiness that some other Canadian companies have in their advertisements. You can check out their advert on the company instagram page by clicking here.
Value For Money
At £13.95 it isn’t a bad price. It’s from the Deluxe range of oils but I would want it to last longer for that price, regardless of the scent. The original oils come in at a very respectable £10.95 which is a great starting price. Onesociety do have saver combos, beard kits and a beard box which you can have as a monthly subscription.
Would I pay £13.95 for this oil? No, but that is my personal opinion and there will be people out there who enjoy the strong smell that this gives you.
Onesociety have a great collection of products and they are well placed in the market. They offer some excellent scents and they use a great mix of carrier oils to help nourish your beard and keep your skin healthy.
However, the Vikings beard oil is just not for me. I am normally a fan of strong smelling scents but this doesn’t make me want to use it. The black pepper, cinnamon, rosemary and lavender just don’t work well together and it is a shame as the label looks fantastic. Some people might like this and it could be the right oil for them but it isn’t for me.
You can purchase Vikings or any of the products from Onesociety by clicking the image below. Don’t forget to treat yourself to 15% off with the code TBB15.
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