It’s Monday in Bobert Brush’s household.
And Monday is beard oil review day.
Just like Tuesday, Wednesday and every other day of the week.
Today we have the Vintage beard oil from Barber’s Choice on the table.
It’s been brewed in the wildlands of Ballarat, VIC Australia – and promises the joys of an old-school barbershop experience. It fact in even comes in a great little cardboard box, with proper barber signs stamped on it!
The recipe itself contains a blend of 4 carrier oils, including the very valuable rosehip oil. Plus a “balance of essential oils formulated for a masculine scent”.
Bobert was keen to investigate!
So let’s put it to the test.
After conducting the sniff test, I found this specimen was able to subtly linger for 34 minutes, before becoming undetectable.
That’s just over the 30 minute industry average.
The recipe here in a pretty subtle one.
You’re not going to surprise anybody on the other side of the room with this beard sauce.
In the formal test, it was detectable from 1.05 feet away – just over average.
59% Just right
Prior to the application, my mouth was watering at the idea of the old-school barber experience.
I was imagining something perhaps akin to the fresh spicy scent of bay rum, to take me back to my days of youth in the barbershop.
But it wasn’t to be.
The specimen smelt as if somebody had combined equal parts patchouli and hay – and dropped them in a bottle, with nary a thought of offsetting the dull musky tones with more complex masculine notes.
I’m afraid to say I was left somewhat disappointed.
The recipe itself is apparently comprised of lavender, cedarwood, frankincense and petitgrain.
I’m afraid to say I couldn’t detect the frankincense or petitgrain at all!
And look: everybody will be different. I’m just a professional beard oil collector who takes the smelling of beard oils as seriously as wine reviewers take the sampling of fine wines!
61% – OK
Argan oil is becoming increasingly popular as a carrier oil in the world of beard oil artisans.
It’s a heavy oil that needs to be combined with other carriers, to stop it being excessively greasy.
Barber’s Choice have done this well – with a mix of jojoba and hempseed.
No problems – and a score of 23 seconds in the formal substrate race!
85% No problems.
I really couldn’t complain about hair impact either.
My beard was left looking rich and dense, with that subtle lustre that a man seeks from his beard oil.
There was also a slight increase in hair softness – although I was unable to replicate this in the blu-tack test.
The Barber’s Choice brew performed very well in the skin impact test.
And there’s no doubt in my mind this is due to the inclusion of rosehip oil. Let’s use this quote from a man who grew up during WWII to judge exactly how valuable the properties of the rosehip are:
My mother and I used to go and collect orange juice, cod liver oil and rose-hip syrup (rich in vitamin c) for me and my brother from the Ministry of Food Office in town. There was a move to get people to pick rose-hips from the hedgerows for the production of the syrup, and we would be paid 3d per pound for them, which was worth doing as they weighed quite heavy, and I earned quite a bit of pocket money that way.
The Vintage cleared up the flecks of dry skin on my cheeks and left no greasy residue.
90% Well executed
A 30ml bottle of Vintage will set you back $24.95 (AUD), with Postage (within Australia) being $5. International shipping is available and priced at checkout.
Therefore, the price per ml is exactly $1.
My extensive consumer guide to Australian beard oil tells me the median price per ml for Australian beard oil is $1.11 precisely.
As such, the Vintage sits in the lower third of the market – the 35th percentile to be exact.
This gives a base value score of 65%.
However, I am awarding an adjustment of 15% for the high quality cardboard box, that no doubt increases the cost base for the product.
80% Great value
So, overall, based on the weighted factoring of all criteria, the Vintage by Barber’s Choice scores a more than respectable:
A subtle musky blend that’s priced well and comes in a great gift-worthy box!