In this guide, I will show you the very best beard balms currently on the market, why one should use beard balm, and what the benefits are of applying beard balm on a regular basis.
If you are one of the lucky men out there who has the ability to grow out a full, lush beard, or you just began growing out your facial hair, beard balm can be applicable to you.
Just like with beard oils, there are plenty of different beard balm products and brands to pick from.
This can make your buying decision very difficult, and sometimes it might even seem impossible.
Now whilst beard oil helps to make sure your beard and skin stays hydrated and healthy, a beard balm works slightly differently.
A good beard balm will definitely soften the beard hairs a bit, keep it healthier and most importantly, help with styling it the way you want it.
Another added benefit of beard balm is that it can make your beard look slightly fuller and thicker.
In today’s guide we will break down what beard balm is, how to use it, and which products out there we believe to be best.
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The Best Beard Balms
Before we get into which beard balms are best, let’s quickly discuss beard balms in general.
What is Beard Balm?
Beard balm is a product made to be applied to any sort of beard, and helps with a few things.
First and foremost, beard balm helps style your beard.
Once your beard gets to a certain length, you need to style it otherwise it can get pretty out of control!
A good beard balm will not only style your beard, but also keep the hairs soft, dandruff-free and healthy.
Most beard balms contain only a handful of ingredients, and are usually scented with a few natural essential oils.
As we always say, we try and only buy 100% natural products where possible.
Carrier Oils vs Essential Oils
The carrier oils found in beard balms are the essential ingredients that do all the work.
Similarly to beard oils, you’ll often find the same carrier oils as the base ingredients in most top brands.
These will include natural extracts such as jojoba oil, argan oil and sweet almond oil.
Jojoba and argan are the two carrier oils that perform the best, so naturally these are the most popular.
Essential oils add the smells or scents to a beard balm.
These are natural, and are a lot better than some chemical fragrances you often find in grooming products.
What Are Some Benefits of Using Beard Balm?
Naturally, there are quite a few benefits which you can expect to gain when you begin to use beard balm on a regular basis.
Below are just a few:
- Keeps your beard hair styled the way you want it
- Prevents an itchy beard
- Prevents beard dandruff
- Gives volume to your facial hair
- Makes your beard look healthier
When Should I Use Beard Balm?
Similarly to beard oil, beard balm can be used on a daily basis.
After washing your beard, you can apply beard balm as you please.
Some people say that if you tend to have a really dry beard, you can apply beard balm again in the afternoons or evenings.
Beard Balm or Beard Oil?
It can be quite confusing to know which is better for you, or whether you can use both at the same time.
Beard oil is more suited to any type or length of beard. Esepcially if you are still in the very early stages of growing a beard, then beard oil is most likely going to work better.
Beard balm works better if you already have a bit of a beard grown out, and you are looking to nourish it as it keeps growing.
The Best Beard Balms Currently Available
Right, let’s get to the important part.
Below are our top picks for the best beard balms currently available.
Included within each pick is a small summary of the beard balm, the brand and why we think you should consider them.
Mountaineer Brand Premium Beard Balm
Mountaineer Brand is an all American made brand that create quality, natural products.
We will always push brands that are 100% natural, and Mountaineer Brand is one which we really enjoy.
The beard balm’s key ingredients are Jojoba oil, grape seed oil, almond oil and coconut oil.
It’s mid range price wise, so you definitely aren’t paying too much.
Scruffy Jack’s Beard Balm/Wax
Based in California, Scruffy Jack’s is a small beard brand who only use natural ingredients in their products.
In this balm, they have combined almond oil and Jojoba oil with a mango butter to create a good quality beard balm.
As for the scent, this beard balm has bergamot and grapefruit essential oils in it, giving it that citrus aroma.
Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner
All natural and organic ingredients, with the price point being really affordable.
Honest Amish is no stranger to the natural beard game, and their beard balm is really popular amongst the bearded community.
This beard balm is made with various nut butters, so men who have a nut allergy should not use it.
Carrier oils include avocado oil, almond oil, pumpkin seed and apricot.
Hemp Beard Balm
Hemp is slowly becoming a more popular ingredient amongst people who value 100% natural products to either put on their skin or to eat.
Rich Hemp helps nourish the skin, the beard hairs and can also stimulate hair growth.
Another reason hemp is so popular is the fact that it carries many omega fatty acids, which nourish your beard and skin really well.
Viking Revolution Beard Balm
This high quality, all natural beard balm will help stop itchy beards and prevent dandruff from building up.
It’s made from only premium, natural ingredients such as Argan oil and mango butter.
The scent of citrus is not to overpowering.
Remember not to use too much, as we often see so many guys make this mistake and their beards end up feeling a bit oily.
A little goes a long way!
Crafted Beards Beard Balm
A pea size of this beard balm is all you need.
The honey coco mango scented beard balm is made for all types and colors of beard hairs, so it will work on any beard.
Crafted Beards is a new-ish brand, but they are definitely making good strides.
Uppercut Deluxe Beard Balm
A bit different to all the previous ones mentioned above, this beard balm comes in a tube. And it is not 100% organic as many of the other balms.
It’s a non-oily beard balm, perfect for medium to long beards.
You definitely get your money’s worth as it comes in a 100ml sized tube.
Prophet And Tools Premium Beard Balm
The Prophet And Tools beard balm gets to work almost immediately after the first application.
The organic ingredients have a 12 hour hold, so you do not have to reapply it during the day.
This beard balm is suitable for all beards, no matter what your ethnicity.
The citrus scent is not too overpowering, so for any of you that hate strong scents, this won’t be an issue.
Spiced Vanilla Beard Balm
This blend provides nourishment and moisture while promoting healthy growth.
Made from premium oils, shea butter and beeswax, this high quality beard balm will do what it’s supposed to do.
It will keep the hairs soft and moistened, whilst also promoting hair growth.
The scent, spiced vanilla, is quite a manly scent which you should love!
Grave Before Shave Beard Balm
This brand makes some awesome beard products, and their beard balms are right up there with the rest!
The core ingredients include coconut oil, tee tree oil, apricot oil and Jojoba oil.
Scented with a leather / cedar wood smell, this balm screams manly.
It’s available in a 2oz or a 4 oz tin.
Beardbrand Utility Balm
Beardbrand have come up with a pretty cool multi purpose product called the utility balm.
Not only does it work well on any beard, but it’s good for the skin, for tatoos and for your hair.
You can pick from a variety of fragrances, although it isn’t 100% natural and organic.
The price might seem quite steep, but you do get about 3 months worth of balm.
Beardoholic Beard Balm
This 100% natural and organic beard balm will last all day long, so there’s no need to reapply during the day.
It comes with a light orange scent, so it’s not too over powering.
The job it does best is eliminating beard itch and dandruff, and of course it assists in styling your beard hair.
Proraso Beard Balm
I added this beard balm to the list because it’s a bit different to all the other beard balms.
The Proraso beard balm comes in liquid form, so if this is something which you would prefer, then you should definitely try out this balm.
Proraso have been in the grooming game for over a century, so they definitely don’t make bad products.
In terms of scent, there are a few options to pick from.
These include Azur Lime, Cypress & Vetyver, Refresh and Wood & Spice.
Striking Viking Beard Balm
Coming in at under $10, this beard balm is our budget pick of the list. But don’t be fooled, it’s still full of good quality ingredients.
The Striking Viking beard balm is made from 100% natural ingredients such as organic shea butter, tea tree oil, Argan oil & Jojoba oil.
And there you have it, our top beard balms for this year!
As I said before, it’s almost impossible to try and test every single bread balm out there, as there are simply too many brands.
But we believe in this list, so you should too!
How To Apply Beard Balm
Applying beard is not exactly that difficult.
First off, give your beard a good clean.
Thereafter, scoop out a thumbnail size and rub your hands together.
Work the balm into your beard, starting at the surface of your skin. And make sure you get the balm throughout your beard.
And lastly, use a brush or comb to style your beard as you wish.
One Last Thing To Consider
We always try and find 100% natural grooming products, as this is just better for your skin.
The list above includes mostly natural products, but there are also a few brands which don’t fall under the 100% natural group.
The reason we included these few products was just to give you a broader option when making a buying decision.
But in general, it’s always a good idea to try keep it as natural as possible!
If you have been growing your beard for a while now and feel like you need to start giving it more love and care, then a beard balm is definitely recommended!
It’s not an expensive investment, and your beard will love you for it.