Not all beard balms are the same. Many are a shea butter, coconut oil or beeswax base blended with oils commonly used in beard oils. Fine Fettle's beard conditioner is something different.
Standing aside from these balms are lanolin based products such as Fine Fettle’s beard conditioner. Promoted as a conditioner rather than a balm, Fine Fettle’s Beard Conditioner lends itself more to nourishing and softening the beard than taming bushiness or wayward hairs. That said, Fine Fettle does provide great hold without the rigidity experienced with some of the more traditional type products.
What is Lanolin?
Lanolin is a wax extracted from sheep wool. Similar to the oil (sebum) produced by our own skin, lanolin protects the skin and wool of the sheep from extreme weather, making it an excellent product for beards and skin care. The lanolin used in Fine Fettle’s Beard Conditioner is unrivalled in its purity, having gone through a patented cleansing method that does not involve bleaching or chemicals. It is hypoallergenic and approved by the British Skin Foundation.
Lanolin effectively locks in moisture and softens the skin and beard by infusing lipids (fatty compounds) through the surface.
In addition to lanolin, Fine Fettle Beard Conditioner contains Meadowfoam oil, which works in harmony with the Lanolin and is quickly absorbed into the skin and beard. Used in the cosmetic industry for many high-end anti-aging and sun protection creams, Meadowfoam oil is extracted from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant, effective in repairing dry and cracked skin and hair, add shine and softness, and also boasts a natural UVF protection. Meadowfoam oil is also packed full of vitamins A, B, C, D, & E.
Appearance and Texture
Fine Fettle’s Beard Conditioners are semi-translucent pale yellow in appearance and the texture of a firm petroleum jelly.
How to Use
With its effective properties for locking in moisture, Fine Fettle’s Beard Conditioner is best applied to your beard immediately after towel drying. Take a small amount and distribute through the fingers and palms of your hands. Work through your beard and into the skin. A little goes a long way so use a small, pea sized amount first. You can always adjust how much you use depending on the length and density of your beard.
Being a high end product, Fine Fettle’s beard conditioner at £20.00 isn’t the cheapest option on the market. That said, their 50ml sized tin will last a long time and offer one of, if not, the best ways of maintaining a healthy, soft beard and skin. Though priced at the higher end of the market we only stock, use and sell products we have tried, use personally and approve.
Fine Fettle Beard Conditioner (and oil) is available for purchase is Watson's Barber's salon.
For more information visit the Fine Fettle web site