Scents and Fragrances

Whether you wish to call them scents or fragrances, we hope to provide additional details that help give a better example of what to expect when you first encounter the scent. Within this page you will find all currently available scents we offer with descriptors of the scent profile and specific essential oils used when possible. Recently retired scents are also noted.

This updated listing of our fragrances will aid in determining scent profile notes as well as key ingredients that may lead to an allergic reaction. For ease of labeling of each unit, we meet FDA guidelines which aid in protecting intellectual property by use of the term, “Fragrance” in our ingredients listing for any item base product that offers variable scents. Use of this list is to help learn more about what we use to scent our products that we may not be able to fit into item listings on our site, or on the product label.

Our scent ingredients are easily sorted into two categories ESSENTIAL OILS and FRAGRANCE OILS. Essential oils includes any distilled oil obtained directly from the source, whether the source is leaves, bark, stems, wood or resin. These essential oils are purified and bottled with no other added ingredients. Fragrance oils are a manufactured oil blend made from various essential oils and natural oil infusions to create a desired scent profile. All the fragrance oils we use are of a proprietary formulas created by a 3rd party. Although we cannot share their exact formulary, we can assure you that every fragrance oil we use is 100% natural, phthalate free, and carcinogen free. In some cases, we have a proprietary scent of our own creation that is inclusive of both essential and fragrance oils.

We currently have over 30 essential oils and another 30+ fragrance oils available to use in any item we make. Nearly 80% of our essential oils are certified Organic, we hope to reach 90% by the end of 2021. Unfortunately, not all essential oils have an Organic option commonly available at this time, so we strongly rely upon the maker’s certification of purity to ensure we are providing the safest oil we can.

How we use our fragrances

Not all fragrances are available in all products. Some are limited strictly to one item type or brand. Attempts are made to offer our most popular scent options in all of our most popular scented items. With the introduction of candles, we have been unable to affordably bring a few of our fragrances to candles. With the costs of essential oils varying widely, the quantity needed of some essential oils would cause some of our candles to be quite expensive. To accommodate interest in such fragrances being available in a candle we have created a complimentary fragrance that is built upon the key scent notes of the essential oil based scent we use elsewhere. For example, LEXINGTON fragrance is built around “Bourbon” and “Sandalwood”; Whiskey Tango… uses a whiskey fragrance oil blended with a sandalwood fragrance oil to work with Lexington, but not fully emulate LEXINGTON. In regards to some candle fragrances we may use in the future, it is possible they will not be skin safe. Making them not available for any lotion, soap or beard oil.

Strength of scent, or throw, can vary by product. Partly related on how the product is intended to be used. Outside of beard oils and room sprays, most scents are intended to fade quickly. To be present upfront to appeal to your senses but not carry with you all day. This is to prevent them clashing with other personal care products or fragrances you may use.

Q: How do we know what scents to use on what product?

A: We are consistently testing and trying our new fragrances. Some of our own formulation, others we purchase from suppliers. Once we have a fragrance to test, we make a product using it. Most often, we make in a beard oil first. This allows it to be under our nose for a while, so we can easily see how it lasts, how it lingers and how it evolves as it wears. We also receive passive feedback from people we may encounter who are likely to comment. From there, we tweak the strength and fine tune notes we wish to emphasize. This process can take months when creating our own blend. The ABSINTHE scent took 2 years to get it right.

Most often we have a specific product in mind for a new scent. Usually it is a beard oil, otherwise a soap is the target. Once we introduce it, we absorb all the feedback we receive around its use. From all the data we collect, we then see where else it may be a good fit. Recently our TONKA + OUD fragrance was so well received as a candle that we started to test it as a Beard Oil. We have been happy with the results and plan to introduce it as a new Beard Oil fragrance this fall.

All Current and Recently Retired Fragrances

Here is a very comprehensive list of fragrances we implement across all of our brands. Our most popular are available in many of our various soap, skin and hair products for you to layer or to stay on theme when using them in combination.

FRAGRANCE NAMEOTHER NAMES, RELATED SCENTSBEARD CAREJÖL for BODYJÖL for HOMEFRAGRANCE PROFILE ESSENTIAL OILS USED
ABSINTHEAKA D’ABSENTEXXlicorice, menthol, citrus – like the liquorAnise, Lemon, Peppermint
ARUBAXmango, coconut, hibiscus
ATHENSFKA CLASSIC SPICEXamber, musk, smokeFrankincense, Myrrh, Amber
BALSAM + CEDARSIMILAR TO FRONTIERSMANXjuniper, cedar
BAMBOO FORESTXXXbergamot, green leaves, bamboo, teak
BAY RUMXspices, aged rum, bay rum tree leaves
BLACK CHERRY PIPE TOBACCOSIMILAR TO HOWARD’S PIPEXsweet cherry, aged tobacco leaf
BLUEBERRY THYMEXdark fruit, lightly herbal
CEDAR LEATHERSIMILAR TO OXFORDXtanned leather, cedar
CITRUS GREEN TEAXXcitrus, green tea,
CYPRESS +BAYBERRYXcypress, cedar, bayberry
EUCALYPTUS MINTXeucalyptus, peppermintEucalyptus, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary
FALLEN LEAVES(summer 2022)honey, spice, brown sugar, earthy
FIRESIDE CHAT(summer 2022)embers, smoke
FRASER FIR(summer 2022)pine, cedar
FRONTIERSMANFKA WOODSMANXjuniper, cedar, pine needlesBalsam Wood, Cedar Wood, Fir Needle
GIN + TONICXXjuniper, cypress, light citrusLemon, Lime
GINGER SAFFRONXXlemon, ginger, saffron, amber
GRAPEFRUIT HERBAKA GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARYXpink grapefruit, rosemary, lime, sagePink Grapefruit, Rosemary
GRAPEFRUIT RHUBARBXpink grapefruitPink Grapefruit
HAVANAAKA TOBACCO LEAFXXaged tobacco leaf, brown sugar, whiskey
HOLIDAYXXseasonal dried fruits and nuts
HOLIDAY HEARTHSIMILAR TO HOLIDAYXcedar, fruit, nuts & spice
HOWARD’S PIPEXXcherry, aged tobacco leaf, brown sugar
JAKARTAFKA EXOTIC SPICEXXpatchouli, lavender, rosewoodPatchouli, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosewood
KUNUNURAFKA TEAK & SANDALWOODXXsandalwood, sweet teak woodTeak Wood, Sandalwood
LAKESIDEXXozone, floral, spice, mint, camphor
LEATHERXtanned leather
LEXINGTONFKA BOURBON & SANDALWOODXXbourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, sandalwood
LONDONAKA ROSE PEONYXrose, peony
MATCHA MINTXgreen tea, spearmintSpearmint
MONT VENTOUXAKA LAVENDER, FRENCH LAVENDERXlavenderLavender
NORSEMANXXXlavender, eucalyptus, Pine, cypress, bayberry
OAK MOSS + AMBERXoak moss, amber, lavender, sage, orange
OCEANIAFKA TEA TREE & LEMONGRASSXXtea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptusTea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass
OXFORDFKA CEDAR LEATHERXXspice, cedar, amber, leather
RED SANGRIAXXfruit, red wine, oak
SANDALWOODXXsandalwood
SEASIDEXXcitrus, sage, jasmine, patchouli, amber
SHANGHAIXnectarine, ginger, green tea, cardamomCardamom
SMOKE + MIRRORSXsuede, amber, oak moss
TAROCCOXXbitter citrusBergamot, Lime, Lemon, Blood Orange, Pink Grapefruit
TEA TREEXtea tree, light spice
TONKA + OUDXXdark fruit, smoke, dark musk, oud
WASSAILXmulled wine, spice, fruit
WHISKEY TANGO…SIMILAR TO LEXINGTONXsour mash whiskey, sandalwood
We will work to keep this up to date as we introduce new scents.

About Unscented/NATURAL Scented Items

These mean the exact same thing to us. Any item we offer that uses either of these descriptors is 100% FREE of any fragrance oils and carry only the natural scents of all ingredients. In certain items where we use essential oils for any of their known properties for skin and hair, the essential oils will naturally add a fragrance which would not be masked by any other scent option. Many of the ingredients we use have their own natural fragrances that some may find less appealing that a “fragrance” option, but are not generally off-putting and will dissipate once applied. This does not mean they are “scented” but are indeed unscented and only carry its natural scent.

ALLERGIES and RETURN POLICY

Scents are a highly subjective personal preference item. Knowing the limitations that being an online retailer presents in demonstrating fragrances, we try our best to give a strong idea of what you may expect when purchasing any of our fragrance options. Yet, no matter what great detail we may go into to “paint a scent profile” you may find it is not accurate enough or you may have a unique interpretation. Also, we are unable to detail the exact ingredients that go into each fragrance to protect the intellectual property of the maker. Where possible, we list the essential oils we use but in other options we are relying upon scent formulas we acquire that we may also blend with other scents and essential oils to meet our goal in a desired fragrance profile. These 3rd party scents are vigorously tested for safe use in personal care and cosmetic products (with the exception of select candle fragrance oils).

If you are prone to have allergic reactions from certain components, we ask that you pay close attention to what details we offer in regards to the fragrance. If you do purchase an item, please perform a small patch test first. If you discover you have a strong reaction to the product, we will issue you an account credit for the purchase price of the item.

If you discover that the scent is very off-putting and offensive, at our option we may provide a courtesy account credit for use with a future purchase. This would be a ONE TIME option per scent/product. We can consult with you more directly about finding the right fragrance that would suit your tastes best and may offer to send you a replacement in lieu of the account credit. We do not offer any guarantee that you will love any specific scent as that would be unrealistic and virtually impossible to support. Even our most popular and well loved scents can be very unpleasant to some individuals; this is only logical and is why we provide so many options. Where others may not even give you an option in fragrance, we usually have at least 2 or 3 available and in select items we have our fragrance free options where performance of the product is more important that how it smells.