Before we jump into our Caveman Beard Oil review, we want to make a quick observation:
It’s an odd gamble, naming a
From a different angle, though, it makes sense: beards are a symbol of unbridled masculinity, and with that comes a degree of wildness—a lack of refinement, in other words. Some guys like that angle—they like the roughness, and coarseness, or having a beard, and they don’t want to hear too much about the “refined” angle.
And with that in mind, we have Caveman
Here we’ll take a quick look, and share what we like, what we find lacking, and our overall thoughts.
Pro: The Cavemen Line is Expansive and Absolutely Original
We’re actually going to give Cavemen some really high praise, right off the bat: their scent-selection is second-to-none. Of all the beard oils we’ve looked at, Cavemen has the widest and most creative scent line, with each of the “scent groups” represented (and we’ve split them up, according to our standards, below). The only other
So here they are, along with their ingredient list. You’ve got…
The outdoors-y, “Caveman” scents:
> Deep Forest
> Island Breeze
> Smoked Maple Bacon
> Hunter Black Coffee
These are in-line with the “Caveman” ethos, and most
So those are the “outdoors-y” scents. Next up you have the “bright” scents:
> Orange Bourbon
> Peppermint Pine
> Black Widow
Orange + bourbon is a nice decision, as is peppermint—they paired the peppermint with pine, which makes for a nice, bright smell. Most
The next two are “classics” that you usually find in most lines:
> Virgin Cedarwood: Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Apricot Oil, Virgin Cedarwood Oil
> Virgin Sandalwood Beard: Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Apricot Oil, Essential Fragrance
Cedarwood is a tough smell to get right, and honestly, it’s not our favorite. The sandalwood is, though, and that’s maybe the “real” classic
The next to we’d categorize in the “night out” bracket:
> Virgin Tobacco: Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Apricot Oil, Virgin Cedarwood Oil, Essential Fragrance
> Drunken Caveman
Tobacco is actually a pretty popular scent—even some high-end oils like Tom Ford use it—but don’t misconstrue it: it’s more “tobacco leaf” than “lit cigarette.” It’s got an earthy, kind of nutty, flavor. The Drunken Cavemen is their take on the classic “Bay Rum” scent. Our only gripe about these names is that they’re offering some really classic, old-school scents, but that doesn’t always come across in the names. We had some idea that “Drunken Caveman” was probably their bay rum scent, but that’s only because we literally run a website about beards, and we think about this sort of thing a lot. There are probably plenty of guys out there who are going to miss something like that, and they might not realize that “Drunken Caveman” is a bay rum scent. Anyway.
OK, in addition to all the scents we just mentioned, they make two more scents, and they’re proof again that Caveman has really put its neck out when it comes to variety. They are:
> Nag Champa
> Wildwood: Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Apricot Oil, Virgin Patchouli Oil, Essential Fragrance
We’re actually going to describe these, because not everybody knows what nag champa is, and “Wildwood” actually hides what “Wildwood” is.
Nag Champa is a scent of Indian origin, and it’s usually a mixture of sandalwood and either champak or frangipani. We always equate it with yoga studios or meditation centers. It’s not a common scent, and it’s DEFINITELY not a common scent when it comes to beard oils. So, kudos to Caveman, again, for including a scent that nobody else does—very forward-thinking for a caveman!
The last one is Wildwood, and that’s actually their patchouli scent. This, too, is a scent we don’t see in a lot of beard oils (and it’s actually one of their problematic scents, so we’ll save that for our “Cons” section.
Last, but not least: no scent!
So there’s a lot to like there, and the cavemen at Caveman have really covered their bases.
Next up in our Caveman
A Pro and a Con: The Ingredient List is Very Simple
We listed this as a con, but it’s both a pro and a con (depending). You may have noticed above, that most, if not all, of the formulations has three ingredients in common: Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, and Apricot Oil. Those are actually REALLY common ingredients, and you’ll find one or more of them in most concoctions, regardless of the brand. Those three ingredients can moisturize skin, can give hair some shine, and can help with flaking, which is an issue for a lot of guys. Those are the “big three” tasks you want a
So they keep things simple, and the nice thing about a simple formulation is that all of their beard oils are the same—except for the scent ingredient. If you find that you like what the oil does to your beard—that it moisturizes it and conditions it to your liking—you can feel free to go from scent to scent as you please.
But…. here’s the truth of it: the ingredient list *could* be better. We’d love to see some jojoba oil for skin care, or maybe some vitamins, like A or C or E (Vitamin E is an easy addition to a
The other gripe we have is that with such a simple ingredient list, we’re not really sure what the “standout” ingredient is. For instance, Riverstone
A Pro and a Con: It Can Be A Little Strong
This is another one we’ll list as both a plus and a minus: the scent can sometimes be strong, and that differentiates it from a lot of oils, many of which are more subtle.
It’s our *guess* that manufacturers of beard oils tamp down the scent a little bit, because you’re placing the scent right under your mouth and nose, and a scent that’s too powerful would be a turn-off. That can be a tough balance to strike, and it seems to us like most
In our experience, though, Caveman has been—well, more Caveman-like! The scent is a little more aggressive. That’s our experience, anyway—your experience may be different, and it’s interesting to note that that seems to happen with beard oils: people can use the same
So, that’s up to you—if you like a stronger scent, there you go! If you don’t, well, maybe you want to use a little bit less of it.
The irony is that there is *one* scent that’s actually weaker than normal, which leads us to our last con:
The Patchouli Scent is a Little Weak
We had actually heard that of all the scents, the patchouli concoction was a little less-than-stellar, and that was our experience, also. Patchouli is a bright, beautiful scent, and usually it’s pretty assertive—you’ve never not sure whether someone is wearing it or not. Usually you know. Here, though, it seems to be tamped down. Most of the guys we know who wear patchouli really want to put it out there, so keep that in mind if that’s what you’re aiming for.
But… well, there seems to be an opportunity here, as well!
If you like patchouli scent, but you find that most patchouli products are too strong, this may be a good option. The Caveman Patchouli
There you go!
Remember How We Started This Review?
We were talking about how Cavemen is an interesting name for a
Alright, that about wraps it up here—we hope it helps. In our humble opinion, if you’re looking for a
Thank you for reading, and all the best to you! Have fun, be good, and happy beard!
Michael Morris is the head writer here at Rough and Tumble Gentleman. He's got a ducktail beard and loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He's married to the woman of his dreams and lives in Brooklyn, NY.