I love to have a well-kept beard but to be quite honest that’s difficult these days given the diverse nature of our lives. When I first grew my beard I wasn’t sure which beard care products were right for me.
Beard balm is used mainly to style your beard providing shape and hold. It is similar to beard butter and beard wax whilst beard oil, conditioner and cream are primarily used to keep your beard in great condition softening and hydrating your facial hair and skin underneath.
Having a barber as your best friend really helped me when it came to comparing the various beard care products on the market. I sat with my friend John for a morning chatting over how the products differed and when you might use each one.
After we’d gone through the beard care products I started to try each one in my daily routine.
Here’s what I discovered.
Beard Care Products – Comparision Table
If you want to skip the detail and head straight to a table where I compare all of these products then follow this link to the beard care comparison table.
What is Beard Balm?
Beard balm is a grooming product designed specifically for men with facial hair, particularly those with longer beards.
It is a grooming and styling product that helps condition, shape, and tame facial hair.
Beard balm typically consists of a blend of natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, and various carrier oils like jojoba oil, coconut oil, or argan oil.
These ingredients work together to provide several benefits for your beard and the skin underneath it:
How I use Beard Balm
When using beard balm I simply scoop out a small amount from the container and rub it in my palms to make it softer.
Then I find it’s a simple case of working the product into my beard starting from my roots and working out to the tips.
I find a beard comb is an essential piece of kit to brush and distribute the balm evenly.
The brush also helps me create the style I’m looking for.
Pros and Cons of Beard Balm
I find beard balm a versatile grooming product that can help to keep my beard looking its best. It also provides essential care for my skin underneath.
What is Beard Butter?
Beard butter is a grooming product designed specifically for men with facial hair, particularly those with longer or thicker beards.
It is a type of beard conditioner and moisturizer that helps soften, hydrate, and tame facial hair while also nourishing the skin beneath the beard.
Beard butter typically has a creamy or balm-like consistency and contains a blend of natural oils, butter, and sometimes essential oils or fragrances.
How I use Beard Butter
I use beard butter every so often but if your goal is to have a wonderfully moisturised and soft beard then you may want to adopt it into your regular routine.
As with the other balm and cream products listed here, I take a small amount out of the container and warm it between my hands to melt it slightly.
I then massage the melted butter into my beard and onto the skin underneath.
This helps to moisturize and condition my beard, making it more manageable, reducing frizz and preventing dryness and itchiness.
Pros and Cons of Beard Butter
Although I don’t use beard butter every day I do find that an added benefit is how my beard smells after I use it – wonderfully fragrant.
What is Beard Conditioner?
Beard conditioner is a grooming product designed specifically for the care and maintenance of facial hair, particularly beards.
It is similar in concept to hair conditioner used for the scalp and hair on the head but is formulated to address the unique needs of facial hair, which can be coarser, wirier, and more prone to dryness and brittleness.
How I use Beard Conditioner
When I use beard conditioner I typically apply it to my beard after washing it with beard shampoo or a mild facial cleanser.
Just like hair conditioner, I tend to leave beard conditioner in for a minute or two to allow it to work its magic, then rinse it out thoroughly.
Recently I found some beard conditioners that are leave-in, meaning you don’t rinse them out but instead apply a small amount and leave it to absorb into your beard throughout the day.
Surprisingly, the leave-in conditioner worked very well.
Pros and Cons of Beard Conditioner
What I found was that regular use of beard conditioner helped to keep my beard looking healthy, soft, and well-maintained but as it happens it’s particularly beneficial for those who have longer beards or live in dry climates, as these conditions can lead to beard dryness and discomfort.
What is Beard Cream?
Beard cream is indeed a grooming product designed for the care and maintenance of beards.
Beard cream is a product used to moisturize, condition, and style facial hair.
It typically contains a combination of natural oils, butter (such as shea or cocoa butter), and sometimes wax.
It is very similar to beard balm.
How I use Beard Cream
When I use beard cream, I typically take a small amount, warm it between my palms, and then apply it evenly throughout my beard, making sure to reach my skin beneath.
I then use a comb or brush to distribute the product and style my beard as desired.
Pros and Cons of Beard Cream
What is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a grooming product designed specifically for men with facial hair, such as beards and moustaches.
It is a cosmetic product that typically consists of a blend of natural oils, such as jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and essential oils for fragrance.
The primary purpose of beard oil is to moisturize and condition facial hair and the skin underneath.
How I use Beard Oil
To use beard oil, I typically apply a few drops (the amount may vary depending on the length and thickness of your beard) onto your fingertips and then massage it into your beard and the skin beneath.
I find it best to apply beard oil when my beard is clean and slightly damp, such as after a shower, to help the oil distribute evenly.
Pros and Cons of Beard Oil
I’ve found beard oils come in various scents and formulations, so you can choose one that suits your preferences and skin type.
I also discovered recently that some beard oils may contain additional ingredients like vitamins or antioxidants to further promote beard and skin health although I haven’t tried these out yet.
What is Beard Wax?
Beard wax is a grooming product designed for men with facial hair, specifically those with longer beards or moustaches.
It is a styling product that provides a stronger hold compared to beard balm.
Beard wax is typically made from a combination of natural ingredients, including beeswax, shea butter, carrier oils (such as jojoba oil or coconut oil), and sometimes essential oils for fragrance.
How I use Beard Wax
I typically use beard wax when I travel especially if I’m away camping.
To use beard wax, I simply take a small amount from the container with my fingers, warm it between my fingers to soften it, and then work it into my beard and moustache.
I always use a comb or brush to make sure the wax is evenly distributed and after use it to create the style I’m looking for.
Top Tip: Try not to use too much wax, as it can make your beard feel heavy or greasy. How much is too much? Well, that depends on the length and fullness of your beard.
Pros and Cons of Beard Wax
In my experience, the key difference between beard wax and beard balm is the higher wax in beard wax gives it a stronger hold – but more on that in the next section.
Beard Balm Compared to Other Beard Grooming Products
Beard Balm vs Beard Butter
When it comes to choosing between beard balm and beard butter my view is that the decision will depend on your beard’s specific needs.
I find beard balm will provide a better hold for styling, making it ideal for longer beards that require shape and control.
On the other hand, beard butter excels in deep conditioning and moisturizing, making it an excellent choice for coarse or dry beards.
Here’s a quick summary:
- Beard balm offers more hold than beard butter.
- Beard butter provides deeper conditioning and a softer feel.
- Choose balm for light styling and conditioning; choose butter for intense hydration.
Beard Balm vs Beard Conditioner
If you’re thinking of using either beard balm or beard conditioner you’ll need to understand that the two products are used for different purposes.
Beard balm offers styling capabilities and light conditioning, while beard conditioner focuses solely on intensive hydration and softening.
Top Tip: Sometimes I combine both beard balm and beard conditioner in my daily routine.
It keeps my beard soft but also helps me to produce the style I want for my beard.
Here’s a quick summary of how beard balm and beard conditioner compare.
- Beard balm provides hold and styling capabilities, which conditioner lacks.
- Beard conditioner excels at moisturizing and should be used in conjunction with other products.
- Use balm for styling; use conditioner for hydration.
Beard Balm vs Beard Cream
When it comes to beard balm or beard cream I find they are both quite similar.
In my experience beard balm has a firmer hold for styling, while beard cream provides a more natural look.
So if like me you have a more structured beard then maybe beard balm is for you. If your beard is more casual then beard cream can be a great option.
If this is your dilemma then here’s a quick summary so you can make an informed decision.
- Beard balm provides hold and mild conditioning.
- Beard cream is lightweight and offers minimal hold but great daily moisture.
- Opt for balm for styling; opt for cream for everyday softness.
Beard Balm vs Beard Oil
This is the most common question I’m asked, should I use beard oil or beard balm and the answer is quite simple.
Beard balm and beard oil are both versatile products, but beard balm offers more hold and control for shaping and styling your beard.
Beard oil is better suited for those looking for light hydration and a more natural appearance.
So if you’re looking to add style then choose beard balm whereas if you’re looking to get your beard into better shape then go for the beard oil.
Here’s a summary of how each product can help you.
- Beard balm offers more hold and styling power.
- Beard oil excels in providing instant hydration and reducing itchiness.
- Choose balm for shaping; choose oil for hydration and comfort.
Beard Balm vs Beard Wax
So I find beard balm and beard wax very similar but in my opinion beard wax does offer a much stronger hold.
If you have an untameable beard or if you want to shape your beard and have a long-lasting hold, beard wax is the better choice.
However, if like me you prefer a more natural look and feel, beard balm will most likely be sufficient.
Here’s a summary of beard balm compared to beard wax.
- Beard balm offers some hold but less than wax.
- Beard wax provides the strongest hold and is ideal for intricate styles.
- Use balm for light control; use wax for precision and maximum hold.
Beard Care Products Comparision Table
When I was doing my research on the various beard care products I made a lot of notes which I’ve consolidated into the following table – I hope you find it useful.
PS: If you’re on a mobile swipe to view the whole table below.
|Criteria||Beard Balm||Beard Butter||Beard Conditioner||Beard Cream||Beard Oil||Beard Wax|
|Suitable for Daily Use||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Ideal for Long Beards||Yes||Yes||Yes||Limited||Yes||Yes|
|Ideal for Short Beards||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ideal for Beard Styles||Yes||Minimal||No||Limited||No||Yes|
Choosing the right beard grooming product depends on your personal preferences and beard type.
Beard balm is a versatile option that combines hold, moisture, and nourishment, making it suitable for a wide range of beard styles.
However, for those seeking a more natural or relaxed look, beard butter, beard cream, or beard oil might be better choices.
If you require maximum hold and precision for intricate beard styles, beard wax is your go-to option.
Remember that a combination of these products can also work wonders for your beard.
You can use beard oil for daily hydration and comfort, and then add a touch of beard balm or wax when you want to style and shape your beard for special occasions.
Ultimately, the best choice comes down to your beard grooming goals and preferences, so don’t hesitate to experiment until you find the perfect routine that suits your beard’s unique needs.