This gigantic bottle of special beard sauce comes in from South Australian artisan and barber extraordinaire Jorge Viota.
Jorge has been in the industry for 38 years and it shows. He has lovingly crafted this beard oil from the very finest ingredients that South Australia has to offer.
I will state up front that this product represents unbeatable value for money. And that is a statement based on fact not opinion. With a price per ml of just 30 cents, it’s hard to argue. In fact, the 125ml bottle could probably last you 6 months!
Let’s see how the specimen fares in the review process.
The Barberian oil didn’t disappoint with lingerability. It remained immediately detectable to the enquiry of my nostrils for a solid 47 minutes and also surprised me with a few random bursts of aroma for up to 2 hours after the initial application.
60% Above average
I am yet to find a beard oil that will fully satisfy the upper requirements of the emanation test. This oil scored in the benchmark normal 1 foot range. Despite performing a double nostril cleanse prior, the scent of the oil was not detectable after moving the nostril out of the baseline 1 foot range form the tip of the beard.
The Barberian scored impressively on emotional response.
One is struck by the lime and basil essential oils contained in this mixture. This makes for a refreshing alternative to the character of many more generic beard oils available on the marketplace.
As I inhaled the aroma for the first time on application I was transported away to a forgotten age; I floated between pre-renaissance Naples and pre-war Rome. I became a patient man of culture and learning. I grew humble yet hearty produce from my land and sold it to sustain myself and my family. I was imbued with the spirit of stoic masculine wisdom. As I exhaled I simultaneously glimpsed the souls of good-hearted farmers, circus barbell lifters and rigorous men who lived healthy lives tending to their gardens. For just the briefest of moments, I became Eugene Sandow.
This effect latest for around 6 seconds and then I returned back to baseline with no further notable emotional response.
A pleasant savory odour.
This beard oil excelled itself in the greasiness test. I am pleased to announce that the Barberian is the first oil to score above the benchmark ranking for greasiness. The oil managed to traverse the 43cm race in a mere 50 seconds. Eclipsing the benchmark of 1 minute by a full ten seconds. No mean feat.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that this is a thin oil and is pleasant to apply to the beard. The “sticky” sensation that can be encountered with some of the “thicker” oils on the market is not present here.
This can be attributed to the Almond Oil base that the Barberian sports.
70% Well done
Unfortunately the Barberian was unable to score above baseline on the blu-tac test, so I can’t scientifically prove that the application of this beard oil resulted in a my beard hair becoming softer.
However it must be noted that the hair of my beard felt undeniably pleasant after the application of this beard oil. I can’t put my hand on heart and point to any evidence of softer beard hair, so I am forced to award the Barberian:
Where the Barberian Beard Oil really stood up confidently and made its mark on the world was the skin impact test. The application of the beard oil to the skin under and around my beard produced a marked increase in skin smoothness and overall feeling of well-being.
One can almost sense the goodness of the almond, hemp and basil oils being absorbed into the face.
The effect was so marked, that I also applied the oil to my scalp (currently shaven) which I am pleased to say also benefited from the effects of the Barberian mixture.
Eclipsing the competitors, Barberian is currently leading the ranks for skin impact score.
Where this oil ultimately shines is in value for money.
Barberian offers a 125ml product and is the only beard oil on the Australian market to offer its product in this gargantuan size. Bigger is better when it comes to beard oil. Who wants to fiddle around repeat-ordering little 30ml bottles every time you run out?
The 125ml bottle retails for $29.95 (AUD) with P&P of $8.50. The combined total of $38, equates to a price per ml of just $0.30.
This is less than a third of the market average of $1 per ml. Absolutely incredible value!
I therefore score the Barberian Beard Oil:
99% The Best On The Market
So, overall, based on the equally weighted factoring of all criteria, the Barberian Beard Oil by Barberian Men’s Grooming scores an:
A unique and therapeutic beard oil with a refreshing lime and basil aroma that represents incredible value for money. Highly recommended.