There’s not much written about Ranger Grooming Company, and that’s weird, because we know a looooot of guys who use it. So, here, we’ll take a deep-dive into their products. This will primarily be a Ranger
If you’re looking for a brief wrap-up of everything we’ll write below, well, brother, here you are:
Ranger Beard Balm: Average/Maybe a Little Above Average. It’s good, and a lot of guys like it, but we think there are dozens of better-formulated, more interesting takes out there. Definitely well-made, but we’re partial to other brands that seem to focus on balms, like Viking Revolution and Honest Amish.
Ranger Beard Shampoo: Very good, actually! Smells bright and perky, lathers up nicely and rinses out easily, and it’s made from a lot of natural ingredients (although not ALL natural ingredients).
Ranger Grooming Kit: Very good. It includes a one-ounce bottle of
All in all, very good! We have a couple of criticisms below, and we’ll get to all that, but here’s a more in-depth look:
An Overview of Ranger Grooming’s Products
We’ll start with a closer look at their best-known offering:
Beard Oil: Fantastic, High Marks
Ranger actually makes one of our favorite beard oils, and it is:
Ranger Grooming Co. Spiced Sandalwood Beard Oil (affiliate link). This is such a great take on the sandalwood scent. In the world of beard and shaving products, sandalwood is perhaps the most “classic” scent, and many people say it has that clean, calm smell you get when you come out of a barber. That’s right on the nose (ha)—it’s a fresh, simple smell, and that’s why it’s so widely-used. What we don’t usually see is a spicy scent added to it, and that makes it an entirely new experience. That spicy-ness is close, and it adds to the sweet smell while keeping that “calm” aspect to it. It’s unique and original, and it’s probably our favorite thing that Ranger Grooming offers.
It’s kind of neat that a company that only makes two scents in their
Ranger Grooming Go. Escape Cedarwood (affiliate link). This is another scent that most makers of beard oils feature, because it captures that sort of rugged, outdoors-y essence that works well on a lot of guys. Most companies have something like it, and either use pine, or fir, or a mixture of all three. This is nice and refreshing, without being too powerful.
Ranger Grooming Co. Fragrance Free (affiliate link). This is an interesting take, because 1) many makers of
We always get caught up talking about scents, so we should probably mention: there’s a lot of good stuff in the recipe! It includes Moroccan Argan Oil—which can fortify beard hair and give it some body and shine—and it’s got rosehip oil, which is high in Vitamins A, which is great for skin, and Vitamin C, which is also great for skin.
Our favorite ingredient, however, is jojoba oil. It’s a fascinating oil, because it’s actually very similar in structure to the oil that your skin produces, called sebum. It can help balance oil production in your skin, and it’s one of the ingredients we hope to see in a
Together, these ingredients are included to give beard hair a boost, moisturize the skin underneath it, and take care of some beardruff if you’ve got it. That’s really all you can ask for from a
Ranger Beard Balm: Meh/Meh+
OK! That was a lot of praise for Ranger Co.
Ranger Beard Balm is… satisfactory. Good. It works, and it’s full of great ingredients (oils, butters, candelilla wax, etc.). A lot of guys really, really like it. And we did too! So maybe we’re being too hard on it—it’s still better than most other balms out there.
We just think there are better options out there, like Viking Revolution, or Honest Amish, or Cremo. Those seem to have better hold and are made in a wider range of scents. We’re not saying Ranger Beard Balm doesn’t provide some hold and some hydration—it actually moisturizes pretty well—we’re just saying we’re partial to those other brands. Balms seems to be a little outside of Ranger’s… well, range, especially when you consider how good the beard oils are.
Anyway. Back to the praise:
Ranger Beard Wash / Shampoo: Excellent
Ranger Beard Wash is actually another standout in their line-up. The first thing we like is the scent—Tea Tree and Peppermint is a nice, lively, wake-you-up scent that’s great to use in the shower. It’s bright and it feels tingly when you’re using it—really great.
Not only that, but the formulation is actually pretty impressive. Shampoos and beard shampoos are actually really hard to make, and it’s not like a
It’s a little funny, though—on the bottle, they write that it’s “73% Organic.” That’s kind of a weird flex—why write that at all? Most products either say “All-Organic!” or they write nothing. The reason they include that very odd statistic is because 73% is actually pretty good for a beard shampoo. So, good on ya, Ranger people.
Ranger Beard Care Grooming Kit: Good, with One Complaint
The Ranger Grooming Beard Kit is the whole kit and kaboodle—a boar bristle beard brush, a natural wood comb, and a one-ounce bottle of unscented
That’s juuuuust about everything you need to get you going (and we’ll gripe about what’s missing in a moment).
High Praise for Ranger Grooming Company…
Actually, we’ve probably praised them enough so far. The
So, here are…
Some Critiques We Could Offer the Good Folks at Ranger
Keep in mind, we *like* Ranger, so these are just helpful hints, in case anyone at Ranger reads our lowly blog…
It Would Be Nice if the Grooming Kit Came with a Pair of Scissors
A pair of small beard scissors—or even better, a larger pair of scissors for snipping away longer hairs, and a smaller pair of scissors for detail work—would be fantastic. That’s what transforms a “bare-bones” grooming kit into something that you gives you most everything you need.
The kit as-is is great, and most beard companies don’t offer something like it (which is weird, when you think about it—it’s a gimmee, in a sense). But scissors would be great.
Their Product Range is Pretty Limited
Most companies in the beard/male grooming game have a wiiiiide range of products, because even though most people don’t realize it, men—especially men with beards—need a lot of grooming products! The rap is that women are the ones who have a whole slew of grooming needs (and of course, they do—they’re offered grooming products ad nauseum), but guys actually need/want a range of products too. Most grooming companies meet that expectation, and manufacturers like Cremo and Jack Black make everything a well-groomed man could want, with products for beard to hair to face to body.
We’d love to see that here—that Spiced Sandalwood is a really creative take on a classic scent, so we know there are some good ideas floating around at the company—so let’s see them! We’d love to see some soaps, body washes, etc. Expand!
A Floral Scent Would Be Great
Very often, beard products focus on “manly” scents—barbershop scents like sandalwood, outdoors-y scents like pine and fir, “wild-life” scents like bourbon and tobacco. Sweeter, floral scents like lavender, and/or vanilla, and/or even rosewater would be nice.
A Wrap-Up of Our Ranger Grooming Company
Beard Oil Review
There you have it! Those are our thoughts on the Ranger line. Mostly good, with a couple of gripes here and there. We hoped something here helped inform 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.