From softening whiskers and making them much easier to tackle to nourishing the skin and preventing irritation and “beardruff” (beard dandruff), a good beard oil acts as a styling agent while keeping it smelling fresh. It'll serve you well in the awkward stages of growing out your facial hair, making wispy chin hairs look fuller, and, once grown to your desired length it'll prove essential to keeping you looking more hipster than hobo.
We asked 300 men with different beard lengths and styles to try 24 beard oils. Our goal was to find out which ones work best for smoothing and softening facial skin. We asked them to give feedback on how soft and hydrated their skin was, as well any reductions in itching.
L'Oreal Men Expert's Barber Club system, inspired by professional barber expertise offers targeted solutions that condition and fortify a healthy-looking, shiny bush of facial hair. This multi-functional tool is designed for men with medium to large beards and can also help maintain the skin's natural moisture balance. It contains 88 percent of natural ingredients such as eucalyptus oil and is suitable for all skin types. The formula contains no parabens. It's powered by cedarwood essential oil which deeply moisturizes the skin and isn't greasy. It conditions, tames, and is uplifted by a nostalgic barbershop scent.
Horace, the accessible and inclusive French grooming brand, has upped its beard-maintenance ante. Replacing its generic beard oil with the option of 3 stylish new scents; the Havana-scented Tobacco & Vanilla, the woody-based Patchouli & Cedar and our favourite, a citrus/aromatic that conjures up the orchards of Southern Italy, Lemon & Mint. Made using 99 per cent ingredients of natural origin, it has been formulated to both nourish the whiskers and soften the skin. Jamaican black castor oil boosts the beard’s suppleness and adds volume whilst sweet almond oil hydrates and adds shine. Argan oil, rich in vitamin E, moisturises the skin below, supported by grapeseed oil which has anti-inflammatory properties to help prevent redness, itching and irritation. Vegan-friendly and mineral oil, silicone, alcohol and paraben-free.
It contains avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils, which we love as nourishing ingredients. Our winner also scored high marks in the lab for its ability to smoothen hair. Additionally, 93% of the panel agreed that it had a lasting softening effect that lasted all day. 79% said it helps with itching, while 93% said it is easier to manage and style facial hair.
Anthony's revolutionary dual-action formula works well as a preshave or conditioning oil. It has been designed to soothe sensitive skin and control unruly or wild whiskers. It contains essential oils of rosemary, basil, and tea tree which nourish and soften bristles. Calendula and olive oils, which treat dry, flaky, and itchy skin. The light orange peel scent is followed by a minty and eucalyptus aroma.
The best beard oils are those that work to really enhance the condition of your facial hair, helping to soften out any rougher areas while also strengthening. We’d also recommend looking out for an oil that doesn’t leave too much residue, and absorbs easily into your beard without making you look too oily throughout the day.
To get maximum effect and minimal greasiness, apply it when your beard starts to grow thick enough that it covers the skin beneath- around the centimetre mark. This is the point when your beard should be thick enough to cover your skin underneath. It will work in your favor too. Researchers at the University of Queensland interviewed 919 women to find a direct relationship between fertility and facial hair.
Daimon Barber provides a comprehensive range of sustainable grooming heroes. They are transparent and simple to use. These attributes don't diminish the high-performance efficacy and science-meets–nature formulas. This range's Beard & Stubble Softener is thoughtful about the skin beneath our bristles. It also cares about conditioning the facial forests. It is packed with plant-based oils that are rich in vitamins and minerals and free from chemicals nasties. This British "bromance” brand uses only British ingredients. The line's bestseller protects, repairs and moisturizes hair fibers. It also smells of Egyptian mallow and Oudh.
Dedicated to science and first-to-market innovations, this new addition to the Heath range restores shine, encourages hair growth and tames unruly whiskers. A versatile formula, powered with salicylic acid, it exfoliates deep within the hair follicles, preventing trapped hairs and reducing the build-up of acne-causing bacteria. Good for all skin types but particularly great if you are susceptible to acne or blemish-prone skin, it delivers long-lasting hydration for both the hair and skin without ever feeling greasy. Infused with Heath’s signature salt and sage fragrance, it additionally benefits from the nourishing properties of jojoba oil, which helps reduce hair breakages as well as relieves beard itchiness and avocado oil for added elasticity and softness. Working in synergy with the natural oils in your skin to deliver long-lasting hydration, it can also be used to tame flyaway hair strands.
As with any grooming product you decide how often you apply beard oils. Some oils are easy to absorb and wash off, making them great for daily use. Some oils have more staying power and are better suited to people who don’t have the time or patience to wash their beard daily.
Haeckels has a long history of creating signature formulations that are marine-based. This is due to the brand's success and concern for the Kent coast, where it was founded. It contains seaweed extract, vitamin E and is known for its famous conditioning beard oil. It's best for longer beards. Neroli oil can also be used as an antibacterial and antibiotic.
Like many of the products in your skincare routine, beard oil is best applied to a freshly showered face, allowing pores to be fully open so the oil can be absorbed to its full potential. If you think of it in the same way as the hair on your head, a beard oil essentially acts as a conditioner to use after cleansing with a beard shampoo. Apply daily and you’ll soon reap the benefits, especially when paired with the right razor or a great beard trimmer.
Coconut oil is great for cleaning your teeth, whitening your teeth, and even throwing it in a frying pot a la Joe Wicks. You should only use small amounts and heat it up in your hands. Then, you can apply it to your beard. Because of its low lauric acid level, it is lighter than most oils and will condition and nourish your beard. However, it may smell like a Bounty candy bar.
This oil is rich in tea tree and citrus extract, which naturally cleanses the beard while energizing the skin below. It is ideal for men with longer beards. It's vegan-friendly, non-sulfate, and SLS-free. The high-performance oil is enriched with powerful antioxidant argan olive oil. This highly-recommended super-ingredient enhances the skin's hydration and protects it from sun damage and environmental toxins. It has the highest concentration (reputedly), of any natural nourishing cream currently available.
There are five oil derivatives commonly used as the base in a beard oil: coconut, olive, sunflower, jojoba and argan. The antioxidants and vitamins in each promote healthier hair follicles and skin beneath, which could well harness conditions more conducive to facial hair growth. But don't be fooled into thinking these are magical elixirs that'll transform lacklustre chin hairs into Viking-esque locks – bottled beard transplants, these are not.
It's best to wash your beard with a beard shampoo, such as this Bulldog 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. This is better for coarse hair than regular shampoo. It can be dried with a towel or blow-dry depending on its thickness. After drying, apply the beard oil to your hair as directed on the bottle. Finish it off by combing it or using your fingers to work it in.
Bulldog Skincare was founded in 2005 by Simon Duffy. His vision was to create a range ethically sound, natural ingredient based targeted grooming options for men. The brand's most memorable moments, in our opinion are its facial hair products and shaving creams. The original beard oil is infused in eight essential oils, including camelina oil, green tea, and aloe. It is quick to absorb and light in texture. This leaves facial hair shiny, without looking greasy, and makes coarser beards easier to style and shape.