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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 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.
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).
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.
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.