Do you just want to get to the point? We tested various beard oils with 300 men in the Lab to determine which ones kept facial hair in control. So you can choose from many options, the editors also picked their top picks.
This dual-action formula is a luxurious, multi-purpose product that can be used for both prepping the skin and shaping beards. 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.
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.
Beard oil can be described as a specially formulated oil. It is applied to your beard, stubble, or any other facial hairs to maintain softness, hydration, and health. You can think of it as a conditioner. Beard oil has a different purpose than shower gel or shampoo. Because your facial hair is longer and coarser than your head's hair, it needs more care and extra hydration.
There are five common oil derivatives that are used as the base for a beard oil: argan, coconut, sunflower, olive and sunflower. The vitamins and antioxidants in each oil promote healthier hair follicles. These are not magic cures that will make your chin hairs look like Vikings.
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.
Place your hand on your face. This is the result of coarse facial growth. Beard hair is thicker than your hair and should be managed if you want people who love it to accept it.
The rich and nutritious mix of natural oils (100 per cent), apricot, macadamia and jojoba, as well as sunflower and olive oil gives this beard conditioner from the founders of successful barbershop chains some serious gravitas. It's especially good for men suffering from wispy hairs. It is best to use it at night, while you're sleeping, for maximum penetration and effectiveness.
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.
Beard oil is a popular choice among smart, stylish men all over the world. It has many benefits including the health benefits and alternative oils like coconut oil. You don't need to be a professional groomer if you aren't using beard oils yet.
Horace, a French grooming brand that is inclusive and accessible, has improved its beard care. Three new stylish scents replace the generic Horace beard oil. These include the Havana-scented Tobacco & Vanilla fragrance, Patchouli & Cedar with a woody base and our favourite, a citrus/aromatic scent that conjures up the Southern Italian orchards, Lemon & Mint. It is made from 99 percent natural ingredients. It has been specially formulated to nourish the whiskers as well as soften the skin. Jamaican blackcastor oil improves beard's suppleness, volume, and shine while sweet almond oil hydrates. The skin is moisturized by argan oil rich in vitaminE. Grapeseed oils has anti-inflammatory capabilities to prevent itching, irritation, redness and itching. Vegan-friendly. Mineral oil, silicone (alcohol and paraben-free).
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.
There are many variables to consider when purchasing your own. Below are a few beard oils we recommend, based on price, style, and budget. Beard oil is much lighter than sunflower oil and therefore easier to absorb.
This Heath addition is committed to science and first to market innovations. It restores shine, encourages growth, and smoothes out unruly hair. It contains salicylic Acid, which exfoliates deeply into the hair follicles. This helps prevent hairs from getting trapped and reduces the growth of acne-causing bacteria. It's suitable for all skin types. But it is particularly good for those who are prone to acne and have blemish-prone or sensitive skin. Heath's signature salty-sage fragrance is infused into the product. The nourishing properties of Jojoba Oil, which can reduce hair breakage and relieve beard itching, and avocado oil provide additional elasticity, softness, and softness. It works in conjunction with your skin's natural oils, delivering long-lasting moisture. It can also be used for taming flyaway hair.
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.
Additionally, beard oil also tends to be scented, leaving your goatee/mutton chops/lumberjack/moustache/soul patch smelling good all day. This "Booze & Baccy" Beard Oil from Ricki and Captain Fawcett has "base notes made of honeyed fresh taba leaves, maple-like frankincense and warm exotic vanilla bean. Layered with sweet bog myrtle and fresh hops."
Beard oils that enhance your facial hair condition will do the most good. They soften rougher areas and give you more strength. It is important to choose an oil that absorbs quickly into your beard and doesn't leave any residue.
If you’re looking to add some shine to strands, this is your guy. Not only did it score full marks in our lab test but our testers were impressed too; it left their beards looking soft and glossy. It also made them easier to manage, with 88% finding their hair was easier to comb through after using a few drops.
A beard oil will soften the hair and make it more manageable. The oil will condition your skin underneath and reduce itchy and flaky appearances. Finally, beard oils can be fragranced. This means that you can keep your beard smelling great throughout the day without needing to use aftershave. For guys looking to keep their style intact, this is especially important.
Beard oil, just like other products in your skin care routine, should be applied to freshly shaved skin. This will allow pores and oil to penetrate to their full potential. You can think of beard oils as conditioners that you use after using a shampoo to clean your hair. Apply it daily to reap the rewards, especially when you pair it with a razor or great beard trimmer.
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.