We asked 300 men with everything from stubble to long beards to trial 24 brands of beard oil, to find the best at smoothing and softening facial hair, as well as the best ones for making beards easier to style, brush and tame. They gave feedback on the softness and hydration of their skin too, as well as any noticeable reduction in itchiness.
Anthony's dual-action formula is a great pre-shave oil or beard oil that can deeply condition your beard. It is lightweight and can soften skin, as well as rein in wild and unruly whiskers. This oil is especially beneficial to anyone with severe sensitivity. It is infused with essential oils of rosemary and basil, which soften and nourish the bristles. Also, it contains calendula, olive oil, and tea tree, which act as anti-inflammatory. This light, uplifting scent has an orange peel aftertaste with a mint-fresh, eucalyptus note.
This lightweight, nongreasy formula is great for maintaining your beard's health without spending a fortune. It left 92% with softened hair and skin. This is not bad.
In the Lab, we used a Dia-stron machine to measure the smoothness of hair before and after application. The easier the switches were to comb, the higher the beard oil scored.
Many Haeckels signature formulas are marine-based because of their effectiveness and conservation of Kent's coastline. It is enriched with seaweed extract and vitamin E. This iconic conditioning oil, also known as the Sailors Beard Oil, follows the tradition of using local raw materials whenever possible. It is best suited to longer beards and more specifically for very dry, coarse, and damaged facial hair. Natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties are also available in neroli oil.
It doesn't really matter if your beard is long or short, caring for the skin underneath it is essential. The packaging may seem like a tiny bottle, but the liquid inside left 86% our testers with softened skin.
Useful for whitening your teeth, shouting at and throwing into a frying pan a-la Joe Wicks and now, as a grooming product, coconut oil is a real multi-tasker. Use it sparingly and work a small amount in your hands until it’s melted before working it through your beard. Less greasy than most oils thanks to its lauric acid content, it will nourish and condition the beard. You may smell like a Bounty chocolate bar, though.
Bulldog Skincare for Men was born out of Simon Duffy's 2005 vision to create ethically sound, natural ingredient-based targeted grooming products for men. We think the brand's best moments are its facial hair and shaving products. The Original beard oil has eight essential oils in it, which includes aloe vera and camelina oil. It is infused with green tea and green tea to condition and moisturize. It is light and quick-absorbing, leaving facial hair shiny and without looking greasy.
L'Oreal works well for long beards which require some help in getting a brush through. The beard oil made it easy to comb through, according to all of our testers. It also managed to manage any unruly or straggly hairs.
Packing in some of our favourite nourishing ingredients, including avocado, jojoba and sweet almond oil, our winner scored full marks in the lab for how well it smoothed hair, while 93% of our panel said its softening effect lasted throughout the day. If itchiness is your bugbear, 79% also said it helped solve this problem, while all said it was easier to tame and style facial hair.
Daimon Barber's core range of sustainable grooming heroes is straightforward and easy to use. It doesn't compromise the high-performance effectiveness of its science-meets nature formulas. This range's Beard & Stubble Softener thoughtfully considers the skin below our bristles just as much as it does for conditioning the facial forest. It is rich in plant-based oils and vitamins, and it is free from any parabens and chemical nasties. It is also infused with kahai, which has 50 percent more vitamin E than the more popular argan oil. This is a British "bromance" brand. All ingredients are sourced and manufactured in the UK. It's a bestseller that protects, repairs, and rehydrates hair fibers. It leaves beards silky smooth and fragrant with an Oudh and Egyptian Mallow scent.
Looking for a silky smooth finish This is the product for you. This repair serum is packed full of silk protein and avocado oil to keep your skin in great condition. The panel agreed that the serum left their skin feeling softened after only a few applications. 92% also said that it did not leave behind any sticky residue.
Like any grooming product, how often you should apply beard oil is entirely down to you. Some oils will absorb and wash out easily, making them ideal of daily use. Some will have a little more staying power, making them better suited for anyone who doesn’t have time to wash their beard every day.
L'Oreal Men Expert's Barber Club system is based on professional barbering expertise. It provides targeted solutions to condition and fortify healthy looking, shiny facial hair. This multi-functional aid is for men with medium to lengthy beards. It is also beneficial for the skin's moisture balance. The formula, which is free from parabens and eucalyptus leaf oil, is extremely hydrating and non-greasy. The formula conditions and tames, and it is lifted with an old-fashioned barbershop scent.
This one is currently on sale. Get it quick if your goal is to test the water. If it doesn't convince you, 75% of our panel members said it improved their beards. It caused no skin irritations and 83% loved its weightless skin feel.
When you do use it, we’d suggest washing your beard with a beard shampoo — like this 2-in-1 beard shampoo and conditioner from Bulldog — that’s better suited for coarse hair than regular shampoo. Towel or blow-dry it, depending on how thick it is and apply the beard oil as per the instructions on the bottle. Comb it through or work it in with your fingers and smooth the beard down to finish it off.
This oil contains tea tree and citrus extracts, which help to naturally clean the beard and rejuvenate the skin underneath. It is especially good for people with longer or fuller beards. It is vegan-friendly, silicone-free and SLS-free. This oil provides high-performance conditioning due to a large dose of powerful antioxidant argan oils. This super-ingredient boosts hydration from tip to follicle, and acts as a barrier against environmental toxins, sun damage, and other harmful substances. It also contains the highest concentration of natural nourishing oils currently available.
It's packed with vitamin-rich oil, like grapeseed or jojoba. You can use it to give your beard and moustache a hydrating treatment or prep before you go for a shave. It not only won top marks in our lab test of adding softness to hair but over 80% of testers were also impressed at how it performed as a shaving lotion. They also appreciated the fresh smell it left on their skin.
For maximum effect and minimum greasiness though, we’d suggest applying it once your beard has started to get thick enough to cover the skin underneath- somewhere around the centimetre mark. At this length your beard will be getting thick enough that if left untamed you could look a little…unkempt. It'll work in your favour, too — scientists at the University of Queensland spoke to 919 women and found that a direct correlation between fertility and with facial hair.
Adam Grooming Atelier's beard oil is formulated with ingredients that have been proven to be beneficial for both hair and skin. It softens and conditions beard hairs that are particularly dry or brittle. It was developed with Adam's team, and is enriched with a mix of signature essential oils. This oil promotes healthy hair growth, and soothes any flaky, dry, or irritated skin. The all-natural styling product, which is vegan-friendly and contains no silicone or paraben, is made with natural botanicals and is intended to shape, sculpt, and define your hair. Grapeseed oil (a natural sealant) moisturises and locks hydration within the hair follicles, guaranteeing a beard that stays manageable and soft, day-through-to-night. Wild pine soothes dry skin beneath the beard and reduces itching and inflammation. Cedarwood regulates oil production and protects against environmental pollutants. This woody scent has a lift of clary sage, pine.
Here are 80% of the people who said that it helps to control unruly hair.