[List]10 Best Beard Oils And Balms For Men 2020

By | June 5, 2020
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[List]10 Best Beard Oils And Balms For Men 2020

What Is A Beard?

man with reddish beard and facial hair

Have you ever wondered about the best beard oils and balms for the man in your life? Let’s take a closer look. Ok, so we all know what a beard it, right? Well, those of us who cannot quickly identify with what a beard is, take a quick look at the image above, and then continue reading.

According to Wikipedia, a beard ‘is the collection of hair that grows on the chin and cheeks of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. From an evolutionary viewpoint, the beard is a part of the broader category of androgenic hair. It is a vestigial trait from a time when humans had hair on their face and entire body like the hair on gorillas.’

Well, to put it in layman terms, a beard is simply excess hair found growing on a face in the chin and cheek area on any man or woman – yes, there are some women with a predisposition to growing facial hair due to their testosterone hormonal level.

In any event, we will be talking about the best oils and balms for men and that anyone with a beard may find it useful to take care of their facial hair.

Types Of Beards

Before we discuss our list of best beard oils and balms for men in 2020, take a look at the image below to see the various types of beards that we can find. Of course, with so many technological advances in the type of equipment that can be used to shave, having a beard can be even more creative with interesting styling results.

10 best beard oils and balms for men 2018

Different types of beards: 1) Incipient 2) Moustache 3) Goatee or Mandarin 4) Spanish Style 5) Long Sideburns 6) Sideburn Joined By His Moustache 7) Style Van Dyke 8) Full Beard.
So, now that we know what a beard is, let’s see how a beard oil or a beard balm is defined.


What Is A Beard Oil Or Balm?

A beard oil or beard balm (generally referred to as a conditioning leave-in) is just another way to keep the bearded area moisturized. The variance in both products comes in the consistency. With the oil, it is more in its liquid original form while with the balm, it is more of a paste or very thick consistency.

There is also the beard wax which is more like a stiffening agent to keep the hair in place, for example, men who sport long curved mustaches tend to use a beard wax to help their mustaches keep the ‘upward’ motion of its style design!

Benefits Of A Beard Oil Or Balm

There is a lot to be said for the necessity of this product – conditioning. Not every man who sports a beard uses beard conditioning, however, here are a few points why he should:

  • like the hair on your head, it needs to be moisturized
  • the underlying skin of the beard needs to be moisturized – just like the scalp
  • too dry beard skin area will result in dry skin or ‘beardruff’ as some people have called it
  • too dry beard skin can cause itching and discomfort
  • improper cleansing and drying of the bearded can result in unpleasant odors

Indulging in the care of your beard is similar to caring for the hair on your head. You need to be attentive to its needs and your own personal comfort as well. In my opinion, I think it is important for all men who wear beards as well as those who don’t, to ensure that the skin on their face where facial hair can grow, should be cared for and maintained to reduce itching, redness, and the chance of acne.

How Do You Use It?

Once you have found the beard oil or balm that you like, the method of application is not difficult. The best time to apply the oil or balm is after a shower or a warm facial cleansing. The warmth tends to open the pores and makes it easier for the product to penetrate the skin and provide the nourishment or benefits of the product.

How To Care For Your Beard

Caring for your beard or any facial hair should be and can be an easy and simple process. What is important is the amount of time you choose to spend taking care of your face. Here is a simple routine that should help you to perfect one of your own:

  • wash your face – gently wash your face with warm water and then use an exfoliator sponge (if you have one) to remove the dead cells. You can choose any soap (organic is better) or just plain castile soap to gently cleanse your skin.
  • condition – yes, just like the hair on your head, using a conditioner will help to keep the beard hair moisturized and soft. You don’t have to do this every day, but maybe once or twice a month should be a great start.
  • hydrate – using a moisturizer to lock-in the moisture is a great way to keep that soft, smooth feel to your beard. It helps to keep the skin supple and also helps to promote healthy hair growth. Doing a little massage also helps to distribute the body’s natural oil or sebum as well.
  • style – yes, invest in a wooden (better for the hair) comb and a 100% boar’s hair bristle brush to groom your beard. Once combed, you can add beard oils, balms, or wax to style and shape as you desire.

Having a ‘beard care routine’ will make a difference in how your facial hair looks and feels. And like every routine, being consistent will deliver the best results. I also found  two very interesting articles that are great reads about your beard-care:

Now, let’s take a look at some beard oils and balms for men in 2020!

10 Best Beard Oils And Balms For Men 2020

1/Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner

Now, judging from the picture on the label, I am sure you are no stranger to the Amish people. This product is made from one of the many Amish communities in the region. And of course, beards are their thing! This product has more than 5,000 feedbacks, so that being said, it is something to talk and write about!

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-In Conditioner is a balm or paste that is used to moisturize the skin as well as the beard hair. It is:

  • 100% natural with no harsh chemicals
  • vegan
  • made from organic ingredients – oils and butters
  • not made with any synthetic colorants or fragrances
  • handmade

What the balm actually does for the beard is:

  • it softens the beard hair
  • reduces itching due to new growth and ingrown hair
  • get rids of beardruff
  • conditions the bearded area
  • reduces split ends
  • moisturizes the bearded area

With so many wonderful and powerful plant botanicals used in its formula, it is no small wonder about its effectiveness. It is infused with argan, avocado, grapeseed, pumpkin seed, and apricot kernel oils. Then further infused with fruit and nut butters like shea, aloe, cocoa, and kokum, to name a few, and then complimented with essential oils.

Here is a list of ingredients:

‘Virgin Argan, Golden Jojoba, Virgin Avocado, Sweet Almond, Virgin Pumpkin Seed, and Apricot Oils(Infused with 15 botanicals additives) plus Shea, Aloe, Cocoa, and Kokum butters and then the Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Clove, Anise, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Lavender, and Peppermint. Candelilla and carnauba waxes.’

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2/Growth Strong Organic Beard Oil Growth

Growth Strong Beard Oil is made for the beard and the mustache. It is suggested as a growth oil for facial hair. It:

  • is lightweight
  • softens the beard and conditions the skin underneath
  • helps to promote the growth of the facial hair
  • reduces itching and dryness

It is always helpful to massage the product into the skin so that the beard oil will be able to penetrate the skin. Remember, ‘less is more’, you only need a few drops of the oil to massage into the beard and maybe every other day should do the trick or until you find your ‘happy medium’.

Here is a list of ingredients:
‘Simmondsia Chinensis, Eucalyptus Globulus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Cedrus Atlantica.’


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3/Rapid Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit for Men Care

Well, one thing I will say right off the bat is this – Awesome presentation!!

The gift box is beautiful. It comes with all the necessary tools that anyone would need to take care of their facial hair – beard, goatee, sideburns, you name it. I love the 100% boar’s hair bristle hairbrush and the wooden comb – great tools that are natural-based made. And of course, the Rapid Beard’s extra sharp cutting scissors. This should make trimming easy.

Now, let’s talk about the beard oil and balm products. Both products are made with:

  • 100% natural and organic ingredients like argan, jojoba, and Vitamin E oil which are the main ingredients. All these oils are well known for their moisturizing, emollient, and growth properties.
  • 100% fragrance-free – no additives or scents.

The main features of the products are:

  • the ease of grooming that comes with a soft and well-moisturized beard hair.
  • superior hold, shaping power of the balm leave-in wax.
  • complete hydration of the skin under your facial hair.
  • helps to reduce itching and dandruff aka beardruff.

I must say that based on all the positive feedback I have reviewed, Rapid Beard’s Grooming & Trimming Kit is a wonderful investment for the man in your life as well as friends. Not only from the great kit appeal but more importantly from the natural-based products which should help make the facial hair and skin feel moisturized and groomed with consistent application.

Here is a list of ingredients:
Beard oil: Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Grapeseed oil, Ginger extract, Carbomer, Grape seed extract.

Beard Balm: Beeswax, Shea butter, Coconut oil, Tea tree oil, Macadamia oil, Almond oil.’

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4/Honest Amish – Classic Beard Oil

A very popular brand in the care and maintenance of facial hair, let’s see what Honest Amish has to offer in this beard oil. As is known with this brand, it uses:

  • 100% organic moisturizing oils
  • 100% natural and organic ingredients

This composite blend of organic oils combines to provide a great mix for the skin (under the beard) and the beard itself. Here is a short overview of what each oil provides to the blend:

  • avocado oil – great moisturizing, vitamin-enriched oil which prevents dryness.
  • pumpkin seed oil – a wonderful oil packed with tryptophan, unsaturated fatty acids, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-oxidants helps to soften the skin. It also contains zinc which helps promote hair growth.
  • moringa oil – bursting with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-aging compounds, this oil helps to keep the skin young, soft, and supple.
  • sweet almond oil – packed with vitamin E and A, and its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, this oil is great for sensitive skin.
  • apricot kernel oil – contains the plant compound amygdalin or so-called “vitamin B17” which helps nourish the skin.
  • jojoba oil well-known moisturizing oil for skin and hair.
  • argan oil – provides healing properties for cuts, anti-bacterial, and moisturizing properties.
  • kukui oil – because of its fatty acids content, the kukui oil is a popular Hawaiian nut oil used to treat minor skin irritations, burns and is a great moisturizer.

The main features of the beard oil:

  • easily absorbed
  • a little goes a long way
  • moisturizing properties
  • promotes growth

Any oil with an oil blend with these organic ingredients will inevitably ensure smooth, healthy facial skin and a soft beard. If I were a man, I would definitely choose this 100% natural formula for my facial care.

Here is a list of ingredients:


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5/Leven Rose Fragrance-Free Beard Oil & Leave-In Conditioner

Leven Rose is a well-known brand and is reputed for their beard oil. They have a 100% money-back guarantee with ‘no questions asked’ because they are that confident in the effectiveness of their products.

The formula is quite simple:

  • it only has two ingredients – jojoba and argan oil
  • no fillers
  • no fragrances
  • no parabens or GMOs
  • no additives
  • cruelty-free
  • vegan-friendly

The main features of Leven Rose Beard Oil are:

  • it moisturizes your beard and the skin
  • eliminates itching
  • reduces dandruff (beardruff)
  • it absorbs easily
  • soothes and reduces dark spots
  • encourages hair growth

It is amazing what these two organic oils can do for your skin and hair. Jojoba oil is already known to mimic the body’s natural sebum and already this is a ‘big plus’ for this oil in terms of keeping things natural. And argan oil is a great moisturizer that helps to keep the skin supple. So, combined, it is a simple formula but it will get the job done – and naturally!

Here is a list of ingredients:
‘A perfect, fragrance-free blend of 100% pure, organic cold-pressed, unrefined Golden Jojoba Oil, 100% Pure, organic cold-pressed, unrefined Moroccan Argan Oil.’

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6/The Gentlemen’s Beard Oil and Leave-In Conditioner

Features of The Gentlemen’s Beard Oil And Leave-In Conditioner:

  • it is 100% fragrance-free
  • it is100% natural and organic
  • it has no fillers, additives, parabens or GMOs
  • cruelty-free

Benefits that you will gain from using this beard oil:

  • more manageable facial hair
  • softer beard hair
  • smoothes beard hair and keeps them in check
  • no itching or beardruff
  • reduces irritation and flakes
  • easily absorbed into the skin and leaves no residue
  • conditions the hair and skin (Vitamin E and primrose oil are great emollients)

Looking at the list of ingredients, it is no wonder that this beard oil is so popular based on positive feedback. As someone who is a great advocate of natural products and their benefits for your hair and skin, I like the blend of ingredients and I know that together, these organic botanical extracts will deliver.

Here is a list of ingredients:

Organic Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) seed oil, Organic Oenothera biennia (Evening Primose) seed oil, Organic Simmondsia chinensis (JoJoba) seed oil, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).’

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7/Smooth Viking Beard Balm With Shea Butter & Argan Oil – Leave-In

I love the name of this brand. The manufacturer had a great vision when he came up with the name of this product -Viking! It connotes strength and stamina as I am sure this is the intention of his brand of beard balm.

The main features of this balm are:

  • it tames any beard with the strength of its hold
  • it softens
  • it shapes
  • it helps reduce itching
  • it conditions
  • it promotes hair growth and moisture with the formulated blend of botanical oils like avocado, safflower, sweet almond, jojoba, pumpkin seed, and argan oils along with shea butter.
  • 100% all-natural and organic ingredients
  • it is lightweight and easy to apply

I like this conditioning balm mainly because of its ingredients. I know that using natural organic ingredients will only benefit your hair and skin in a very positive way. I also noticed that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and great!

Here is a list of ingredients:
‘Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cera Alba, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Carnauba Wax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Candelilla Wax, Fragrance.’

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8/Badass Beard Care Trial Kit For Men

The Badass Beard Oils Trial Kit includes 8 trial sizes of its balms and beard oils. I like the idea of being able to sample the different oils and balms combinations before making an outright purchase. A fairly new company, so research was bare and sparse for me to decide how this product stands out. However, I included it on this list because:

  • its ingredients are all 100% natural oils and extracts
  • it gives the customer a small sample to find their preferences without making a big investment (and only to find that it is not quite the right products for them).
  • it has a wide variety of botanical extract options

Here is the list of the oils and balms in this set:

  • The Original – Sandalwood and Vanilla
  • The Ladies Man- Sweet citrus
  • The Biker- Earthy (patchouli) with sandalwood and a kick of peppermint
  • The Mountain Man- Pine and cedar
  • The Viking- White fir (citrusy pine) and orange with a hint of clove
  • The Patriot- Texas cedarwood, tea tree, rosemary, and patchouli
  • The Pirate- Bay leaf and lime
  • The Outlaw- Tobacco, black pepper, and vanilla

As you can see, each oil has its own essential oil mix and I am sure it will impart a different natural scent. I researched the main ingredients for each product further and came up with the information below from their website:

‘Beard Balms: Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and every oil that is in our beard oil.

Beard Waxes: Same ingredients as the balm, but with lanolin and a higher concentration of wax.

Beard Oils (except Secret Agent): Apricot oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, pure vitamin E oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, and tea tree oil.

Scents: We use all-natural essential oils and absolutes that are both functional and smell great. Our beard balms and oils may also contain cedarwood oil, sandalwood oil, vanilla absolute, lemon oil, ylang-ylang oil, pine oil, patchouli oil, cinnamon leaf oil, sweet orange oil, peppermint oil, bay leaf oil, lime oil, clove oil, white fir oil, earl grey tea extract, lavender oil, tobacco absolute, black pepper oil, coffee oil, lemongrass oil, grapefruit oil, and citronella oil.

Our Secret Agent formula is void of any scented oils, including the rosemary, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil found in all of our other oils and balms.

Mustache Wax: Shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, yellow beeswax, lanolin, and every oil that is in our beard oil.’

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9/St. Pierre’s Best Sandalwood Beard Oil – Conditioner & Softener For Men

St.Pierre’s Beard Oil is a lightweight beard oil made up with a few natural botanical oils. It is:

  • 100% natural and organic
  • vegan-friendly
  • kosher certified
  • is easily absorbed into the skin
  • moisturizes the beard and skin while conditioning

The main ingredients:

  • apricot kernel oil – rich in Vitamin A and very nourishing for the skin and compatible with all skin types.
  • jojoba oil – their oil is GMO-free and is labeled as a liquid wax. As everyone knows, jojoba oil mimics the body’s natural sebum and is rich in Vitamin E which helps to improve the skin’s smoothness.
  • sandalwood oil – it has a woody smell that is used a lot in Ayurvedic health practices and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to hydrate the skin.

There are other botanical extracts used in some of their other products which are just as good see image below. This brand is worth checking out.

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Here is a list of ingredients:

‘Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, & Oakmoss Sandalwood Oil.’

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10/Prophet And Tools 2 In 1 Beard Balm

The Prophet And Tools Beard Balm is similar to the beard oil, the difference being in the consistency. The main features of this beard balm:

  • it has a clean and not very overpowering smell
  • it holds and shapes the beard
  • it conditions and moisturizes
  • reduces skin irritations
  • eliminates beardruff
  • compatible with all skin and hair types
  • promises to thicken your beard
  • delivers coverage for up to 12 hours
  • even though it is a balm, it dissolves quickly and is lightweight
  • 100% organic and 0% alcohol
  • cruelty-free
  • has a 2yr expiration date

As a person who prefers to use natural products in as many ways as I can, when a product has this as their basis, it undecidedly gets my seal of approval.

Here is a list of ingredients:

‘Shea Butter, Beeswax, Oils: Jojoba Golden, Argan, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Castor, Vitamin E, Emu, Tamanu oils.’

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My Final Thoughts On 10 Best Beard Oils And Balms For Men 2020

Doing research on this article as a woman was very interesting and enlightening. I honestly did not realize the importance of taking care of your beard and facial hair as a man. It is certainly a necessary routine.

As a matter of fact, while I did my research, it reminded me of one of my past boyfriends who always had a ‘funny’ smell to his beard and mustache most of the time – now I know why – he did not take care of it using the best products.

SO, for all you men out there, remember the ones you get close to, make it a positively memorable experience for them – they will hold the memory dear! I hope you enjoyed this article on best beard oils and balms and that you ill share it with any or many of your ‘hairy’ friends!

I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Updated June 2020


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2 thoughts on “[List]10 Best Beard Oils And Balms For Men 2020

  1. Kevon

    Very comprehensive article on beards and beard oils and balms.

    As a guy with a beard myself, which I’ve had since I was 17, I know first hand of the issues that a beard comes with – itching, sharp and prickly stubble that makes kissing an irritant for the kissee (*_*). So I’ve actually used beard oils in the past, the Leven Rose fragrance-free beard oil to be precise. It was first given to me as a gift and then I continued using it myself. What I liked about it was that although it was an oil it really didn’t feel oily after application. And my beard did feel softer and I was told so by my kissee (lol).

    1. Michelle Post author

      LOL…I love your comment. I love the idea of the ‘kissee’ and your kind consideration for her. LOL
      Yes, I can just imagine your woes. Though in a way, I can – I shave my underarms and legs sometimes, so yes, hair regrowth and itching tend to go hand in hand! I use essential oils to help sooth the area too.
      I am glad you found this article interesting and thanks so much for visiting. Please come again.


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