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.

L'Oreal is the best choice for long beards, as they may need some assistance with brushing. L'Oreal beard oil was praised by all our testers for making their beards easier and taming any unruly hairs.

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.



The nutritious and complex mix of 100 per cent natural oils – apricot kernel, macadamia, jojoba, sunflower and olive, to name but a few – gives this beard softener from the creators of the successful barbershop chain some serious gravitas. Particularly good for men who suffer from wispy beard syndrome, it actively adds body and volume by working its way down to the cuticles of the hair strand and helps lock in moisture when applied to damp facial hair. Recommended for use overnight while you sleep for maximum effect and penetration.

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.

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.

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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.

This is the product for you if your goal is to give shine to your hair. This product not only passed our lab test, but also our testers were impressed by how soft and shiny it made their beards look. The hair was also easier to manage. 88% found their hair was much easier to comb after only a few drops.

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.

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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.

This dual-purpose facial and beard oil can double as a shave prep oil and a conditioning oil. It will keep your facial hair in top shape. A rich, vitamin-rich, deeply moisturizing blend of grape seed oils (known for its soothing and healing properties), jojoba and hazelnut oils, it provides a smooth glide when used with a razor. This oil is also a great styling aid to keep your bristles healthy and manageable. It is suitable for all skin types. This makes it the ideal product for anyone who has to alternate between rocking and clean-cut facial hair.

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This luxurious dual-action formula, which can be used to prep the skin before a close shave as well as shaping and conditioning beards, has been purposefully designed for optimum versatility. Part of the first-ever shaving and facial hair-maintenance line from the sustainable Italian beauty brand, Davines a Mediterranean-inspired cocktail of lemon, bergamot, orange, patchouli and iris.

You can use this vegan and organic option from head to foot to alleviate any dryness. 86% of the testers who tested it said that it absorbed quickly leaving their skin and hair feeling softer and smoother. Although it was a great moisturizer, 79% of testers still felt it was too light and 71% didn't feel any greasiness.

This Danish brand is committed to the growth and maintenance of great facial hair. Its signature oil for beards (which isn't just a beard oils, but more about that later), took over a whole year to develop. It leaves bristles moisturized and fuller-bodied for upto 72 hours. It's further powered by two nutrient rich ingredients: limnanthes oil seed oil, which softens dry, coarse hair by coating it and sealing in hydration. NaturePep amaranth is a patent ingredient that actively thickens the facial hairs (11.3 percent thicker after only three application). It is a serum-like texture and moisturizes the hair from the inside. This results in a more youthful-looking mane. Copenhagen Grooming has a loyalty program. This means that the more stock you have, the less expensive it is.

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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.

We used a Diatron machine in our Lab to determine the smoothness of the hair prior and after application. The score for beard oil was determined by how easy it was to use the switches.

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.

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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.

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.

This luxuriously-textured, but not greasy, beard oil is the most popular in the U.S. It has a light, pleasant scent of essential oils and botanicals which gives off an uplifting, green, and fresh aroma. It also promotes healthy-beard glow. It is fast-absorbing without leaving any oily residue. It also contains Kalahari melons oil and marula oils, which are both high in fatty acids. They have been proven to soften and smoothen hair. To protect against damage by free radicals, powerful antioxidants are Brown algae and carrot root extract. Vitamin E boosts hydration. Plum oil softens dry and damaged facial hairs.