Before we jump into our Striking Viking Vanilla Beard Oil review, we want to express our appreciation for the name “Striking Viking.” It’s pretty brilliant, when you think about it: we use the word “Striking” to describe someone who is attractive or has a noteworthy appearance. That’s great marketing, because after all, who doesn’t want to look striking?
But the thing we like most about the name is that the word “striking” also describes the SCENTS. The entire scent line that Striking Viking makes is… well, striking! They’re BOLD scents, and you know exactly what you’re smelling. Vanilla smells like vanilla! Orange smells like orange! Lemon smells like lemon!
That’s really fantastic, because very often, you’ll get a new
But that is NOT the case with Striking Viking. Their scents are strong, direct, and defined. And if that kind of thing does it for you, well, you’re going to love Striking Viking.
If you don’t like that sort of thing, well, this may not be the
With all that in mind, let’s get to the nitty gritty: what we like and what we don’t.
This ACTUALLY Smells Like Vanilla
We discussed this above, and it’s a good thing. The only downside to this beard oil smelling so strongly of vanilla is that it’s a very sweet smell. This isn’t the kind of *faint* vanilla you might get with a higher-end
This is not that. This is straight-up vanilla. It smells like making cupcakes, and if you like that (and many, many people like that), then here it is! If you don’t like that sort of sweet scent, you may want to pass on this one. It’s worth noting that you may want to pass on Striking Vikings other scents, as well, because they all have a sort of “sweet” scent.
But again, if you like that…!
It’s Got a Lengthy List of Great Ingredients
You might be surprised that there are a LOT of beard oils out there that are basically one or two oils mixed together, along with an essential oil for fragrance, and… that’s it. That’s all it is. You could totally make it in your kitchen (and by the way, if you jump over to our “DIY Beard Oil Recipe” post, we tell you how to do that).
Many of these beard oils that only have one or two ingredients market themselves as “pure” or “uncomplicated,” but in most cases, it’s just laziness. Making a
And that’s one of the things we love about Striking Viking’s beard oils. They’ve got a lot of fantastic ingredients in them. Their Vanilla
All of Striking Viking’s Scents Match Each Other
Very often, you’ll find a
Luckily, that’s one of the things Striking Viking does really well. If you get the Vanilla
Now’s the part where we have to make a complaint about the product to seem like we’re not biased, but the truth is, this is a well-made
The Scents Are Not for Everybody
We talked about this earlier, but it really is THE issue when it comes down to Striking Viking: the scents are REALLY strong. And somehow also really sweet. Some have a sort of “candy”-like scent to them.
But… again! That’s a good thing if you like it, and a lot of guys and gals like that.
So, to sum up…
Good Stuff, Very Strong
If you’re looking for a well-made
We hope this helps. We absolutely love writing reviews like this, and if you have any questions, jump over to our “Contact” page and drop us a line. Be good, have fun, 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.