The beauty roadtest
By Weekend’s All Ages model David Gledhill, 45
I’ve had a beard for five years. It’s become part of my look and I guess it’s quite fashionable, but in all that time I’ve never used any products on it. I’m generally not much of a grooming person, but I quite enjoyed using these oils.
However, the First Olympian, Hermes Beard Oil (£29.95, firstolympian.com) wasn’t a winner. It came in a small, corked bottle, which was a problem to open. I had to resort to using pliers and ended up forcing the cork down into the bottle. By that point I was quite cross, and oily. My beard felt too greasy, but that might have been due to accidentally over-applying.
After Corkgate, the rest were easy to use. I really liked Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil (£22, kiehls.co.uk). It felt clean and refreshing,ref not oily, and the minimalistminim bottle looks good. Bull Dog OriginalOr Beard Oil (£5.50, bulldogskincare.com)bulldog is the cheapestcheape I tested, a no-brainer on value, was easy to use, and left my beard feelingf softer.
My f favourite was Mr Natty’s FamousFamou Beard Elixir (£9.50, mrnatty.com).mrnatt It’s really easy to use, as the pipette gives a measured dose. ItI made my beard feel soft withoutwithou being oily – my wife said my beard lookedl smoother after I used it. The packaging is cool, it would make a nice present for someone and it’s a good price. I applied a little in the morningm and the softening effect lastedl all day. I will carry on using thist one.
I wouldn’twou say I’ve been fully convertedconver to a grooming routine, but I am halfway there.
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Kelly BrennanB on night creams