Just want to get straight to it? In the Lab, we tested a range of beard oils with a panel of 300 men, to see which ones really kept facial hair in check. The editors have also selected their top picks, so you have a full range to chose from.
Beard oils that really improve the condition of your hair will be the best. They can soften and strengthen any areas that are less shaved. You should also look for oils that don't leave a residue and are easy to absorb into your beard throughout the day.
This product will add shine to your strands. It not only scored high in our lab testing, but it also left our testers impressed. Their beards looked soft and glossy. They were also much easier and more manageable. 88% of them found that their hair was easy to comb with just a few drops.
Rub your hand across your face. That rough, spiky feeling is the result of coarse facial hair. Thicker than the hair on your head, beard hair needs to be tamed if you want people to cosy up to it and stop it getting so irritating that you just shave the whole thing off.
Beard oil should be applied to freshly washed skin. This will allow pores to open up and allow the oil to absorb fully. A beard oil acts in the same way that a hair oil does. It can be used after a beard shampoo has been washed. You'll see the results quickly, especially if you use it daily with the right razor and a great trimmer.
Our favourite nourishing ingredients included avocado, jojoba and sweet almond oil. Our winner won top marks in our lab for how smooth it made hair. While 93% of our panel felt that its softening effects lasted throughout the day, 93% agreed. 79% said it reduced itching and it was easy to style facial hair.
In theory you can apply beard oil to any length of stubble, or even use it as a serum on your freshly shaved face (although if you were going to do that we’d recommend using a proper skin serum).
Leif beard oil is great for thicker, fuller beards. It nourishes and protects the skin from drying out. It is light-scented with orange and rosemary and enriched with vitamin E to moisturize and protect the skin below. It is formulated with bristle-softening Jojoba oil, which is a hydrating antioxidant that reduces skin irritation and redness. Argan oil is another conditioning ingredient, which helps to grow strong beards. It also stimulates rosemary oil which has healing properties.
The Lab used a Dia-stron machine for measuring the smoothness and texture of hair before and during application. The more difficult it was to comb the hair, the better the beard oil score.
When it comes to purchasing your own, there can be a lot of variables to consider. Below, we've detailed numerous beard oils that get the seal of approval, for every budget, taste and style. Beard oil, crucially, is lighter and more easily absorbed than, say, sunflower oil, so we wouldn’t recommend trying to kill two birds with one stone.
This dual-action, luxurious formula can be used to prepare the skin for close shaving, as well as shaping and conditioning 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.
Coconut oil is useful for whitening your teeth as well as shouting at people and throwing them into a skillet. Only use a small amount and warm it with your hands. After it has melted, apply to your beard. It's less oily than most oils, and it's rich in lauric acids. It will nourish and condition your hair. Although it might smell like a Bounty Chocolate bar, you will not notice the difference.
Additionally, beard oil also tends to be scented, leaving your goatee/mutton chops/lumberjack/moustache/soul patch smelling good all day. For example, this 'Booze & Baccy Beard Oil' from Captain Fawcett and Ricki Hall combines "base notes of honeyed fresh tobacco leaves, dusty aromatic frankincense, maple-like benzoin, woody oak moss and warm exotic vanilla bean, layered with mid notes of fresh hops and sweet bog myrtle".
This new Heath product is a first-to-market innovation, dedicated to science. It restores shine, stimulates hair growth, and manages unruly whiskers. It is a versatile formula that contains salicylic acid. It exfoliates deeply within the hair follicles to prevent trapped hairs and reduce the buildup of acne-causing bacteria. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially great for those with acne-prone skin or skin that is prone to blemishes. The formula provides long-lasting hydration and never feels greasy. It is infused with Heath's salty and sage scent. Jojoba oil has nourishing properties that help reduce hair breakages and beard itching. Avocado oil adds softness and elasticity to the hair. It works in harmony with your skin's natural oils to provide long-lasting hydration. You can also use it to manage flyaway hair strands.
This vegan and organic product can be used to reduce dryness from head to toe. A staggering 86% percent of users tested the product on their tasches and said it was quick to absorb, leaving hair and skin feeling softened and smoother. It did wonders for nourishment, but 79% found it light, while 71% reported it didn’t leave any greasiness.
Beard oil is just that- a specially formulated oil, designed to be applied to your beard, stubble or other forms of facial hair to keep it soft, hydrated and healthy. Think of it as a conditioner for your facial hair. However, using beard oil serves a different purpose compared to shampoo or shower gel, as your facial hair is coarser than the hair on your head, meaning it requires a little more upkeep and added hydration.
Horace, the French grooming brand that is accessible and inclusive, has increased its beard-maintenance efforts. The brand has now added 3 new fragrances to its standard beard oil: the Havana-scented Tobacco & Vanilla and the Patchouli & Cedar, which are both woody-based. Our favourite is the citrus/aromatic scent that invokes the Orchards of Southern Italy: Lemon & Mint. It contains 99 percent ingredients of natural origin and has been designed to nourish the skin and soften it. Jamaican black castor oil increases the beard's softness and volume, while sweet almond oil moisturizes and adds shine. Grapeseed oil and argan oil are rich in vitamin E to moisturize the skin. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that help to prevent itching, redness, and irritation. Vegan-friendly, mineral oil, silicone and alcohol-free.
We asked 300 men to try 24 different types of beard oil. They had everything: long and short beards, stubble, and even thicker beards. They also gave feedback on the softness, hydration, and itchyness of their skin.
A beard oil will soften coarse hair and help make it supple and easier to style. And, behind the scenes it will help condition the skin underneath, reducing the chances of it becoming itchy or flaky. Lastly, as we’ve already mentioned, beard oils tend to be fragranced, so you can make your beard smell fantastic all day, without having to resort to spraying it with aftershave. All of which is particularly handy for any guy looking to stay stylish as the day progresses.
This beard softener, which is made up of 100 percent natural oils, including apricot kernel and macadamia oil, jojoba and sunflower, has a lot of gravitas. It is especially beneficial for men with wispy beards. The active ingredient adds volume to hair by reaching the cuticles. For maximum penetration and effect, it is recommended to use the product at night while you are sleeping.
We recommend that you wash your beard with a specialized beard shampoo such as the Bulldog 2-in-1 Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. It is more suitable for coarse hair than regular shampoo. You can either towel-dry or blow dry it depending on how thick you have it. Next, use the beard oil according the the label instructions. Use your fingers or comb to blend it. Finally, smoothen the beard.