If you’re rocking a beard of any length, you should be using a beard oil daily, which can help soothe regrowth itch, tame flyaway hairs and also fight the utterly unappealing beardruff (otherwise known as dandruff on your beard). It will also make facial hair feel soft and silky — something both your kiddo and partner will appreciate.
“Beard oils are excellent for keeping beard hair soft and tame. Beard oil will smooth and calm down the hair,” says Genevieve Bochanty, the director of brand experience at the Art of Shaving.
Note that although beard oils may make your fuzz appear fuller because the hair is healthier, be wary of any products that claim to stimulate hair growth. Unfortunately no oil on the market will be able to take you from baby-faced to Tormund Giantsbane.
Three things to know before you start oiling up:
Begin with a patch test. Beard oils consist mostly of a skin-friendly carrier oil (like jojoba, sweet almond or argan) with the addition of varying concentrations of essential oils (such as peppermint, sandalwood or eucalyptus,). Before you rub a new one all over your face, check to see how your skin reacts by applying a small amount in an inconspicuous spot, like the inside of your elbow.
Use it post shower. Your skin will be clean and damp, which makes it the perfect canvas for absorbing the product’s moisturizing goodness.
Work it through well. Start with just a few drops to avoid a greasy look because you can always add more. Make sure to moisturize both the roots and your beard fully; if you’ve got a lot of hair, it may help to comb out your beard first, so the product can be applied more easily.
With an eye on affordability, smart packaging and customer reviews, we’ve rounded up six beard oils that will leave your beard looking full and attractive.
This nicely priced oil is handmade, using only organic ingredients, in Transfer, a small town Western Pennsylvania. It's made from a blend of 10 different oils, including golden jojoba, argan, black cumin and baobab.
Pros: It comes in a two-ounce bottle, so ounce for ounce, this is one of the more affordable beard oils on the market. It’s got some distinctive ingredients, such as sea buckthorn and baobab, both of which are believed to be especially beneficial for dry skin.
Cons: Some reviewers compared the woodsy scent to either sawdust or pencil shavings and found it unpleasant; there were also reports of the orange-tinged oil showing up more noticeably in white or blonde facial hair.
With its invigorating minty scent, this product is guaranteed to perk you up in the morning.
Pros: This oil is enriched with vitamin E, which may help your skin hang onto moisture longer, and the two-ounce size means a bit more bang for your buck. The pump makes the oil easy to dispense without having to fiddle with a dropper or screw-top bottle
Cons: It comes in a clear bottle, which may cause the oil to break down more quickly than the typical tinted containers used by other brands. Customers either loved or hated the smell, but if you want a more classic scent, Wild Willies also makes a version with cedarwood and rosemary oils.
This beard oil is made with brown algae, vitamin E, and carrot extracts to protect the skin, and plum oil helps keep facial hair vibrant.
Pros: The specific formulation is made without synthetic fragrance, colorants, and parabens that might irritate your skin. It’s light and doesn’t feel sticky.
Cons: The texture can be too slick for some.
This oil, which has a slightly piney scent, is part of the V76 grooming line created by celebrity barber Vaughn Acord, who's snipped and styled the locks of Tom Brady and Paul McCartney.
Pros: It’s not too spendy, and it’s enriched with vitamin E and saw palmetto extract, both of which help moisturize dry skin.
Cons: Some users felt that they would have liked a stronger, more decisive scent.
If you can't deal with scented products of any kind, or you want to show off your favorite cologne instead, this is the oil for you (although the company, which became famous for its shave creams, also makes woodsy- and mint-scented versions).
Pros: The formulation is lightweight get still nourishing, and it’s enriched with vitamin E.
Cons: Since it’s unscented, you may be missing out on the skin benefits of other essential oils.
This beloved skincare line, which dates to 1851, has created a solid beard oil with a subtle scent and mix of unusual ingredients.
Pros: The smell—a mix of sandalwood, cedarwood, and eucalyptus—is pleasing but not overpowering. It also contains pracaxi seed oil, which is intensely hydrating due its polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Cons: It’s a pricey commitment once you get hooked.
Hello, let us introduce you to one of the most luxurious, exhilarating (yes, in this case the word applies) grooming lines out there. Tom Ford has an enviable scruff at all times, so he’s sort of an expert in the field.
Pros: Tom Ford’s beard oil is a lightweight blend of almond, jojoba and grapeseed oils along with vitamin E. And yes, you’ll detect the slightest, most subtle, Private Blend scent.
Cons: The price can be a bit steep.
This small, Virginia-based company was started by a former Marine in honor of one of his close friends who was killed in Afghanistan. Their mix contains nourishing ingredients like hemp seed oil, which is thought to boost skin circulation, and rosemary oil, which smells great and prevents dandruff by stimulating hair follicles.
Pros: Because it’s airless, the pump keeps the product fresher longer—it’s also less messy. Plus, five percent of the company’s net profits are donated to the Marine Raider Foundation, which supports veterans dealing with post-combat mental illness.
Cons: You don’t get a lot of oil for your money.
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