With a catalogue of over 75 luxury lifestyle offerings (and plans in the works for many more), including a full suite of beard-care products, Baroque Royal is rapidly establishing themselves as a rising star in the high end grooming game. Their commitment to quality seems to be the driving force behind the company ethos of offering their clientelle a world class experience. Their beard soap, which I reviewed last week, has already turned me into a fan of this company, boasting high quality ingredients and a scent that Baroque Royal should strongly consider offering as an Eau de Parfum, this product serves as clear evidence that this is a company who puts serious thought into the creation of their products. This balm was the next product that caught my eye in theit beard-care lineup, will it leave me just as impressed as the soap? There's really only one way to find out...let's give it a try.
While very similar to the soap, there are some noticable differences, not enough to make me think that this scent blend is any different, but of course, as any experienced beardsman will tell you, the same scent profile can vary from one product type to another, it's just a matter of how fragrances react with the carrier blend. There's the same initial "beach fragrance" notes which roll to the forefront like lazy waves lapping at the clean white sands of a private beach on a peaceful morning...but where the soap had a deeper, more aquatic feel, there's something more playful, and summery about the way the balm reads. The same mineraly base, reminiscent of sipping prestige cuvée Champagne on the balcony of a suite in a seaside resort, sets a brilliant and inviting tone, as playful notes of cucumber and seaweed swirl around a cool, melon chord. This gives way to the famialiar crisp, sparkling cirtus note from the soap, crackling with the exhilirating energy of a headfirst dive into the mirrored surface opf a calm ocean as dozens of colorful little fish dart in every direction around you. The freshness of this scent is only further amplified by a wonderful floral note, something like gardenia or magnolia, with complimentary hints of violet and lavender and perhaps just the slightest bit of vanilla, tightly wound and tucked away in the corner of this bouquet, providing a brilliant calming quality that serves to give this overall fragrance a wonderful sense of serenity, like laying in the sun and letting the soothing sound of lazy waves carry you off into a glorious late afternoon nap. In the top note a wonderfully fresh oceanic salinity dances gracefully around a sweet perfumed note of something like a very light amber, until the two meld into one harmonious accord which offers so much more than either of its individual parts. Strength is just a hair above medium, and staying power is brilliant, lasting all day long, and well into the evening. Of course all Baroque Royal products layer brilliantly with one another, but the sophisticated sweetness of this balm makes it a great choice to pair with the insanely brilliant Italian Leather by Nicholas Beard Works or one of my current favorite berry based scents, The Fantastic Bastard by Luxurious Bastard Co.
How does it work?
A softer balm that seemingly rides the line between balm and butter, this product has a wonderfully low melting point, and works easily into my beard. Conditioning properties are outstanding, thanks to the generous helping of macadamia oil in this product, which thanks to its ridiculously high content of beneficial fatty acids, acts like a superfood for beards, and as such has been a frequently used ingredient in some of the best beard-care products on the market. After getting a little overzealous with the hair dryer lately, I've noticed a few split ends in my beard, and while the only actual cure for split ends is to cut them off, I do find that after a few days of using this balm in concert with a few different high quality oils, the problem has been kept to a minimum (again this is probably thanks to the macadamia oil, as well as the high quality golden jojoba oil in this product), and the typical dull, lifeless look associated with heat damage seems to be nothing but a bad memory. The addition of European olive oil (rich in vitamin E and prized for its ability to increase elasticity in skin) also helps this product keep my face feeling supple and moisturized in the extremely dry Arizona climate to which it is subjected on a daily basis. Hold is actually much better than I had expected from a balm this soft. Shine is outstanding, imparting a brilliant finished look, making this an ideal balm for nights out, or just any time you need to add a bit of extra life to your beard. Staying power is excellent, requiring no touchups at any point in the day, even on those days where there seems to be a little extra chill in the air.
The Bottom Line
While not quite the eartth shattering revelation that the soap was (let's not forget, it had the power to instantly turn me from a hater of beard wash in the bar format, to a fan), this is still an outstanding product, and further proof that Baroque Royal is a purveyor of world-class beard care products. The scent is of course outstanding, but beyond that, this balm could hang with some of the top performers out there from a performance standopoint. Everything about this product screams luxury, with the exception of the cost, as it sports a price tag that actually falls a few dollars below some other products in its weight class, making it a temendous bargain. After trying two products in their beard-care lineup now, one thing becomes especially evident about Baroque Royal; they strive for excellence. Anybody looking for top shelf perormance with a generous helping of true luxury on the side needs to check this company out. I'm already excited to try their other offerings, which I will be reporting on very soon!
Ingredients: Macadamia oil, bees wax, shea butter, olea europa olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, fragrance
$9.69 at baroqueroyal.com
~The balm sampled for this review was provided by Baroque Royal