Well-Groomed: The Manual’s Best Beard Oils

best beard oils

Technically, growing a beard requires nothing more than a face, swarthy genes, and time.

However, that manner of growing facial hair is ill-advised, lest you succumb to an unruly, itchy face monster.

There are a few additional items you’ll need to maximize your beard’s potential. Beard oil, for example, can keep your mane soft, help stave off unwelcome itchiness, and keep your facial hair manageable. No matter the season, we suggest that you eschew big and bushy in favor of neat and trim and an oil can help keep your beard looking its best. You don’t want just any product, however; you want the best beard oils there are and we’re here to help.

Woodsman Beard Oil, $20

Don’t be surprised when people mistake you for a turn-of-the-century lumberjack. This Austin based grooming brand really knows how to get your beard looking it’s best. Natural oils keep facial hair soft and reduce itchiness associated with beard growth and this particular oil is scented with Texas cedar and other essential oils and extracts.

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Portland General Store Black Fly Beard Oil, $30 

black fly beard oil

Don’t you just hate when flying creatures flock to your beard as if it’s some kind of bug haven? Yeah, that’s a rhetorical question. Rather than dousing your face with toxic, stinky bug spray, you can simply use this beard oil that uses a pleasant-smelling cocktail of citronella, chamomile, tobacco and black pepper to repel insects.

Obal Oil, $80

Obal Oil

While this new and exotic smelling oil isn’t necessarily marketed for beards, after using it on our face and beard for several weeks we noticed it kept our beard smooth and shiny while keeping our skin clear and soft. So, we added it to our list of best beard oils anyway. Thanks to the blend of hemp (soothing), argan (softens skin), black cumin (antibacterial) and sweet almond oil (rehydrates), your girlfriend may be stealing this so keep it close. Be sure to use this all over your face (sparingly!) as it is an excellent fast absorbing moisturizer too.

US Organics, $15

US Organics

While most of the brands we love are Earth friendly, this may be the most tree hugging beard oil on the list. US Organics are made with only premium grade organic ingredients. There are no chemicals, no additives, no preservatives and they are registered with the Leaping Bunny Program. As for the oil, the Tea Tree and Peppermint give it a clean, minty and refreshing scent and the oil possess natural antimicrobial properties that help protect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganism growth in beard. For those big bearded dudes, that is pretty important. Also keeps your skin flake free (the ladies will appreciate that).

Mayron’s Goods Black Malt Man Oil, $55 

If you want your beard to be insanely soft and to smell like heaven–vanilla-and-black-pepper heaven, that is–this is the oil for you. Formulated with jojoba, sunflower, Abyssinian and meadowfoam oils, Man Oil will keep your beard from becoming an itchy nuisance. You’ll never want to shave your face again.

Proraso Beard Oil, $16

proraso oil

If you’re going to trust a brand to keep your beard in check, you could do worse than a century-old Italian barbershop. With that much experience, you can trust that this citrus-scented oil will tame even the untamable of facial hair.

Yuli Mr. Incredible, $68

mr incredible by yuliWhile this is technically a shaving oil, it is nourishing and powerful enough to use as a catch-all beard oil. Mr. Incredible is also made with a mixture of jojoba, argan, and grapeseed oils. You’re probably noticing a theme here. This beard/shave oil sets itself apart with a brilliant blend of essential oils, which create a cornucopia of amazing scents. As you apply this oil liberally to your beard, you’ll enjoy notes of champaka, black calla lily, and Vanuatu sandalwood.

Brooklyn Grooming Commando Beard Oil, $29

commando beard oilIn addition to organic argan and jojoba oil, Commando is loaded with hempseed and sesame oil for additional moisturizing. Since this oil does not have any additional fragrances, it will make it easier for you disappear while stalking your prey. Of course, you don’t have to be a seasoned woodsman to enjoy Commando. This is the perfect beard oil for anyone with a sensitive nose.

Lucky Scruff Tea Tree Beard Oil, $20

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Tea Tree Beard Oil from Lucky Scruff has been carefully formulated to soothe and moisturize your beard without making it feel heavy and oily. Sweet almond oil and sandalwood essential oil help build the scent profile of this wonderful blend, but tea tree oil is the real star of the show. The crisp, refreshing scent of tea tree oil will help wake you up in the morning and keep you going all day.

2 Guys Beard Co, $16

2 Guys Beard Co

While the Arkansas based brand has four different scents, we really enjoy ‘The Dapper Man’. The light, clean scent evokes Mahogany teakwood with just a hint of leather (that smell when you buy a new wallet and you feel weird for continually sniffing it. You know you do). Their beard oils contain all natural ingredients including carrier oils combined with essential oils that will get your beard manageable with a little shine without looking greasy.

Beardbrand Spiced Citrus Beard Oil, $25

beardbrandIf you’re looking for a light, fruity beard oil, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the Spiced Citrus blend from Beardbrand. The exquisite mix of vanilla, clove, and grapefruit will leave you smelling fresh—and slightly hungry—all day long. This oil will also give your beard a healthy sheen that makes it look as good as it smells. You’ll also want to check out the tea tree oil version as well.

The Roosevelts Beard Company’s Yosemite Beard Oil, $30

the roosevelts yosemite

What do you get when a couple Eagle Scouts grow up to be in a southern-raised rock band who then decide to start making their own grooming products and sell them to their fans on tour? The Roosevelts Beard Company and their fantastic, light, naturally-scented Yosemite Beard oil. Made with jojoba oil, almond, oil, argan oil, and essential oils including eucalyptus, tobacco, rum, and peppermint, this small-batch oil will leave your beard conditioned and also smelling like your grandfather’s old school barbershop with just a hint of the wild. A portion of all proceeds goes directly to the National Parks Foundation, so you’re doing good while looking it.

Finding a good oil is an important aspect of grooming a beard. Since you are the only one with your particular beard, we encourage you to try the above beard oils until you find one that soothes your skin and charms your nose in just the right way. Good luck, and happy bearding!

Article originally published July 20, 2015. Updated March 27, 2017 by Cator Sparks.