Today we examine the Vanilla Smoke from Brown’s Beard Oils.
The specimen has made its way to us from the heartlands of Canada.
And the recipe itself seems very well considered.
We have 4 top quality carrier oils.
3 essential oils and 1 absolute oil.
My ears always peak up when I receive an oil with an absolute in the recipe. These concentrated extracts tend to be even more potent and full of fragrance than essential oils (in my opinion).
So let’s put this promising little specimen to the test.
Using my patented sniff test, I detected the aroma of this specimen for 74 minutes.
This is way better than the 30 minute industry average.
For a reasonably subtle scent, this recipe does a great job of lingering in your beard and occasionally peeping into your nostrils.
This oil sits quite nicely in the emanation spectrum.
It’s not so potent that it blows your head off and leaves you reeking like a bowl of old pot pouri.
Nor is it so subtle that you’re left miffed about what you just spent your 30 bucks on.
It has character and strength – in the right amounts.
Formal emanation test result is 1.21 feet.
85% Just right
This oil is called the “Vanilla Smoke”.
And that is exactly what you get.
The aroma is dark, deep and intoxicating – like the smoke of a bonfire burning the oaks of time.
It permeates, smokeily, through your mind and elevates you – momentarily – into a separate sphere of wisdom.
All the while, the hints of top quality vanilla add a sweet tasting tang to the experience!
A deep and unusual fragrance for a deep and unusual man.
93% – Unique
I’m always fearful when a recipe has a high percentage of argan oil – as this heavy and nourishing oil can tend to be a little on the greasy side.
But here it has been mixed with the 3 other carrier oils to good effect.
No problems with greasiness – and backed up with a 28 second performance in the greasiness race.
85% for greasiness. No problems.
When you find a beard oil that has coconut oil included, most of the time you can’t go far wrong.
And this case was no exception.
A combination of the mighty argan, glorious golden jojoba and some hemp – to help ‘dry the mixture out’ – represent hair care at its finest.
My beard hair was significantly softer within a mere half an hour of application.
I had a touch of flaky dry skin on my cheeks today, so I decided to test out this oil’s powers.
It instantly moisturized the skin and within a minute was completely absorbed.
This is quite unusual for a beard oil and I attribute it to the very high quality golden jojoba that must have been deployed here.
95% for skin impact. Effective.
A 30ml bottle of Vanilla Smoke will set you back $30 (CAD), with Postage (within Canada) being $12. International shipping is available and priced at checkout.
Therefore, the price per ml is $1.40
My extensive consumer guide to Canadian beard oil tells me the median price per ml for Canadian beard oil is $1 precisely.
As such, the Vanilla Smoke is on the pricier side of the market.
In fact, out of 59 specimens I analysed, this was the joint-second most expensive. This gives a base value score of 5%.
However, I am awarding an adjustment of 40% for high quality vanilla absolute oil used – which is seriously expensive and no doubt adds to the cost base of the product.
45% At the upper end of the market
So, overall, based on the weighted factoring of all criteria, Vanilla Smoke by Browns Beard Oils scores a more than respectable:
A unique smokey vanilla scent that any sophisticated gentlemen will appreciate.