Which is better, beard balm or beard oil? We get this question a lot. The short answer is, it depends on your needs. Beard balm is more of a styling pomade while beard oil is what we consider basic beard care, helping to moisturize your beard and the skin underneath. But that’s not the whole story.

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Let’s break it down: What are the benefits of beard oil vs. balm?


Beard oil is a daily moisturizer and leave-in conditioner. Quality beard oils will moisturize the skin underneath your beard, soften your facial hair, reduce itching, and create the conditions for healthy beard growth. We use jojoba and argan in our beard oils, which are similar to your body’s own oils, making them easy for your hair and face to absorb. Despite the name, the best beard oils will leave your beard and face hydrated, not greasy.

In addition to being a great moisturizer, beard oil can act as a beard deodorizer and cologne. We recommend using oils that are scented with essential oil blends, not artificial fragrances with unnamed chemicals that can irritate your skin.


We recommend using beard oil in conjunction with beard balm for maximum results, but it can be used as a stand alone product. If you’re using it with beard balm, be sure to apply beard oil first.

For best results, wash your beard with an all-natural, hot-processed beard soap and apply beard oil when nearly dry. Doing this will help hold moisture in your hair follicles and pores. Splash a dime size amount of beard oil in your palm and massage into your skin and beard. Brush the oil through your beard with a boars hair beard brush to help distribute the oil evenly throughout your facial hair. Use up to three times a day as needed. Like all natural beard balm, beard oil does not need to be rinsed out.

Beard oil is especially helpful during the first six weeks of beard growth when itching can be a problem. If you have a naturally thick, long beard, you may find beard oil easier to work with than beard balm.

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The best beard balm will act as an all-in-one beard moisturizer, conditioner, and styling aid. It is especially helpful for people who want their beards to look thicker, due to the all natural shea butter that coats hair follicles. It also provides light-to-medium hold and volume for beards that need control and shaping.


Avoid beard balms that use synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly — they may irritate your skin and damage facial hair. Our best-selling beard balm contains shea butter and beeswax, which are all-natural moisture sealants, and argan and jojoba oils, which work to deeply moisturize hair follicles, promote beard growth, and prevent breakage.


For best results, wash your beard with an all-natural hot-processed beard soap and apply beard balm when dry. Scrape out a dime-sized amount of balm and rub between your palms. Run your fingers through your facial hair, making sure to rub balm into the skin beneath your beard. This will help nourish facial hair at the roots.

Brush the balm through your beard with a boars hair beard brush to distribute the balm evenly through your beard and style as desired. All-natural beard balms containing shea butter and beeswax can be left in until you wash your beard.

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