A good beard oil is a styling tool that can soften whiskers and make them easier to work with. It also helps to nourish the skin and prevent irritations and "beardruff," or beard dandruff. It'll help you get through the awkward stages of growing facial hair.
You can apply beard oils to any length of stubble.
Infused with tea tree and citrus extract, which helps naturally cleanse the beard and energise the skin beneath, this omega and vitamin-rich oil is particularly good for those with longer and fuller beards. Vegan-friendly and silicone and SLS-free, it offers high-performance conditioning thanks to a generous dose of the powerful antioxidant argan oil, a widely appreciated super-ingredient that boosts hydration from the tip of the facial hair strand through to the follicle and serves as an effective barrier from environmental toxins and sun damage. It is also (reputedly) the highest concentration of any natural nourishing oil currently available.
A quality beard oil is key to maintaining your hair's condition and appearance, regardless of whether you have a long beard that is lumberjack-like (or Shoreditch barista), or a longer facial hair. Take a look at our guide to find the best beard oils.
It's best to apply the cream once your beard reaches the centimetre mark. You will notice a thickening of your beard at this stage. It will work for you too. 919 women from the University of Queensland were interviewed by scientists who found a direct link between facial hair and fertility.
Using ingredients that have proven benefits to both the hair and skin, Adam Grooming Atelier’s signature beard oil softens and conditions particularly dry and brittle beard hair. Developed with the aid of Adam’s team of expert barbers and enriched with a blend of signature essential oils, it promotes healthy hair growth and soothes any troubled, dry or flaky skin that might lurk beneath. Vegan-friendly and both silicone and paraben-free, the all-natural styling aid which is packed with natural botanicals, is designed to help you shape, sculpt and define. 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 relieves any dryness-prone skin underneath the beard, soothing itchiness and inflammation, whilst cedarwood naturally regulates the production of oil and protects from environmental pollutants and toxins. A woody fragrance with an uplift of clary sage and pine.
This Heath new product, which is dedicated to science and first-to market innovations, restores shine and encourages hair growth. This versatile formula is powered by salicylic acids and exfoliates deep inside the hair follicles. This prevents trapped hairs from forming and helps reduce acne-causing bacteria buildup. This product is great for all skin types. However, it's especially good for people with acne or blemish-prone hair. It provides long-lasting hydration to the hair and skin without feeling heavy. The signature salt-and-sage fragrance of Heath is added to this product. It also benefits from the nourishing properties jojoba oil which reduces hair breakages, as well as beard itchyness. Avocado oil provides extra elasticity and softness. This oil works with your skin's natural oils for long-lasting hydration. It can also be used to control flyaway hair strands.
Coconut oil can be used for whitening teeth, shouting at others, and even to put in a frying-pan a-la Joe Wicks. It is best to only use a small amount. Once it's melted, work it into your beard. It's lighter than other oils because of its lauric Acid content. It will nourish and condition beards. The scent may remind you of a Bounty chocolate bar.
Great for fuller and thicker-looking beards, Leif beard oil nourishes and protects facial fuzz from drying out and is infused with a unique blend of natural essential oils. Lightly fragranced with the scent of orange and rosemary, it is also enriched with vitamin E to moisturise and shield the skin below the beard, is 100 per cent naturally derived and is vegan-friendly. Formulated with bristle-softening jojoba oil, a hydrating antioxidant that helps reduce skin irritation and redness, it is also free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, parabens and sulphates and is hypoallergenic. Other conditioning ingredients include argan oil, which aids strong beard growth and provides natural shine and stimulating rosemary oil which has healing properties; reducing blemishes and hair-growth-blocking inflammations.
Beard oil, like many other products in your skincare regimen, is best applied to freshly washed faces. This allows pores to open fully so that the oil can be absorbed. Think of a beard oil as a conditioner. Use it after you have washed your hair with a beard shampoo. Use it daily, and you will soon see the benefits, especially if paired with a good razor or beard trimmer.
To determine the hair's smoothness, we used a Diatron device in the Lab. Higher scores for beard oils were determined by how easy the switches were to use.
Daimon Barber offers a no-nonsense core range of sustainable grooming heroes that put transparency and ease of use front and centre. This doesn’t distract from the high-performance efficacy of its well-balanced, science-meets-nature formulas. The Beard & Stubble Softener in this range thoughtfully considers the skin beneath our bristles as much as it does in conditioning the facial forest. Packed with plant-based oils and vitamins and free from parabens or chemical nasties, it is enriched with hydrolysed silk protein, nutrient-rich avocado oil and aloe vera and is infused with kahai oil, which boasts 50 per cent more vitamin E than is found in the more commonly used beard oil stalwart, argan oil. A British “bromance” brand, with all ingredients sourced and made in the UK, this bestseller within the line protects, repairs and rehydrates the hair fibres, leaving beards silky-smooth and scented with a signature Oudh and Egyptian mallow fragrance.
A beard oil base can contain five oils derivatives: coconut, olive oil, sunflower, jojoba, and argan. Each oil derivative has vitamins and antioxidants that can promote healthier hair follicles. These could lead to better skin and hair growth. Don't let this fool you. These are not magical elixirs which will transform your dull chin hairs in to Viking-esque locks.
When you do use it we suggest that you wash your hair with a beard oil -- such as this Bulldog 2-in-1 conditioner and shampoo for beards -- which is better suited to coarse hair than regular shampoo. Use a towel to dry your beard, or blow-dry it depending on its thickness. Once dried, apply the oil as directed on the bottle. Smoothen it down by combing or using your fingers.
Simon Duffy’s vision in 2005 to create a range of ethically sound, natural ingredient-based targeted grooming solutions for men that would hold their own alongside the big boys on the supermarket shelves unleashed Bulldog Skincare For Men into the world. And in our opinion, its shaving and facial hair products are among the brand’s finest moments. In fact, infused with eight essential oils, including aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea, the conditioning and hydrating Original beard oil in the range has acquired an almost cult-like following. Quickly absorbed and light in texture, it leaves facial hair glossy without looking greasy and longer, and coarser beards easy to tame, style and shape into submission.
Horace, the French grooming brand is accessible and inclusive. Horace has raised its beard maintenance game. It has three new styles to replace its generic beard oil. There's the Havana-scented Tobacco & Vanilla scent, Patchouli & Cedar's woody base, and our favorite, a citrus/aromatic that brings back memories of the lemon orchards in Southern Italy. This oil is made with 99 per cent natural ingredients and designed to soften the skin while nourishing the whiskers. Jamaican black Castor oil adds volume and suppleness to the beard, while sweet almond oils hydrates and gives it shine. Vitamin E-rich argan oil moisturizes the skin. Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory qualities to reduce itching, inflammation, and redness. Vegan-friendly, free of alcohol, silicone, parabens, and mineral oil.
Beard oil can be used as often or less frequently than any other grooming product. Some oils will be easily absorbed and washed away, making them perfect for daily use. Some oils are more durable and can be used daily by anyone who doesn’t have the time.
Inspired by professional barber expertise, L’Oreal Men Expert’s Barber Club system offers targeted solutions to help condition and fortify a healthy-looking bush of shiny facial hair. Designed for men with medium to long beards, and as equally beneficial to the moisture balance of your skin, this multi-functional aid is enriched with 88 per cent natural ingredients, such as eucalyptus leaf oil, and is suitable for all skin types. Free from parabens, the formula is powered by deeply hydrating cedarwood essential oil and is surprisingly non-greasy. It conditions and tames and is uplifted with a nostalgic, old-school barbershop fragrance.
Beard oils that help to improve your facial hair's condition are the best. These oils soften any rough patches and also strengthen. Also, look out for oils that aren't too heavy or leave behind a residue. They should be easy to absorb and won't make your hair look oily all day.
We asked 300 men from different backgrounds to test 24 brands of facial oil. Our aim was to find the best products for softening and smoothing facial hair. They also provided feedback on the softness and hydration as well as any improvement in itching.
Anthony’s innovative dual-action formula can be used either as an effective pre-shave prep or intensely conditioning beard oil. Engineered to soften the skin and rein in unruly and wild whiskers, it is super lightweight, so particularly beneficial for anyone who suffers from acute sensitivity. Infused with essential oils of basil and rosemary, which nourish and soften the bristles, tea tree (which acts as an anti-inflammatory) and calendula and olive oils which take care of dry, flaky and itchy skin, it has a light and uplifting scent of orange peel with a mint-fresh and eucalyptus aftertaste and will help you achieve your bearded or clean shaven best.