Growing a beard, for the most part, is an automated process. Your body does it for you. And, if you’re blessed with swarthy genes, your beard might even grow in thick, lush, and in the exact perfect shape to frame your face.
But that’s definitely not the case for most men. Many guys see their beards grow in patchy and unruly. To tame and manicure that face monster properly, you’re going to need to put in some grooming time. One of the most basic elements in a man’s grooming arsenal? Beard oil.
Beard oil keeps your whiskers soft, staving off unwelcome itchiness and smoothing the hair into an aesthetically presentable condition. No matter the season, we suggest you eschew the big and bushy beard in favor of neat and trim and an oil can help keep your beard looking its best. You don’t want just any product, though — you want to invest in quality. Behold, the best beard oils.
Best Beard Oil
What do you get when a couple of Eagle Scouts grow up to be in a Southern-raised rock band, then decide to start making their own grooming products and sell them to their fans on tour? The Roosevelts Beard Company and the fantastic, light, naturally scented Yosemite beard oil. Made with jojoba, almond, argan, and other essential oils like eucalyptus, tobacco, rum, and peppermint, this small-batch concoction will leave your beard conditioned and 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. The Roosevelts Beard Company Yosemite Beard Oil is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2018.
Best Beard Oil For Oily Skin
Jojoba, sweet almond, and sea buckthorn oils combine with herbs like witch hazel to create this 3-in-1 shave, beard, and face oil. Not only is the oil refreshing, it’s also extremely lightweight and non-greasy, making this the perfect option for summer so you don’t have to worry about looking like a walking oil slick. What’s more, the bottle looks pretty cool sitting on your counter, since the oils separate over time to create a distinctly layered effect.
Best Quality Beard Oil
This herbal-smelling beard and face oil from New York men’s hair stylist and salon owner Martial Vivot gets high marks for performing double duty. A soothing blend of hemp oil, vitamin B complex, aloe vera, jojoba oil, olive oil, and a variety of healing plant oils combine to create an invigorating and refreshing product. A little goes a long way with this stuff, so use only two to three drops for your beard and the same for your face.
Best for the Workman
Formulated with pumpkinseed oil to infuse your follicles with hydrating vitamin E and fatty acids, this beard oil smells as good as it works thanks to the addition of grapefruit, bergamot, lime, tangerine, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Dab a few drops of this into your beard and walk away feeling clean and refreshed.
Best for the Almost-Famous
Vaughn is a well-known gent in the grooming world, working with the likes of Tom Brady, Richard Gere, and Al Pacino. His line of products is a favorite of ours, and the beard oil doesn’t disappoint. Safflower oil prevents dryness and saw palmetto soothes the skin. Plus, the fragrance is a subtle cedar-leathery combo.
Best for the Wood Cutter
If you’re looking for something with a woodsy scent and effective essentials oils to keep those whiskers tight, Austin-based Northern Fir Beard Co. has handcrafted a tempting blend of quality ingredients such argan, jojoba, and grapeseed oils that is sure to restore skin, soften stubble, and ultimately tame even the coarsest facial hair. Pick up one of the brand’s unique maple and walnut pocket combs while you’re at it.
Best for the Texan
Don’t be surprised when people mistake you for a turn-of-the-century lumberjack. This second 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. This particular oil is scented with Texas cedar and other essential oils and extracts.
Best for the Bar
Born in Yorkshire, England, this beard oil was created by Sam Martin, a young bartender who wasn’t taken seriously until he grew a beard. Keeping that beard up got Sam interested in the grooming game, and he came up with his Original Recipe beard oil. We love the classic scent of this product with its hints of sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and frankincense (reminds us of our dad’s Royall Muske from Bermuda).
Best for the Tree-Hugger
While most of the brands we love are Earth-friendly, this may be the most tree-hugging beard oil on our list. US Organics, which is registered with the Leaping Bunny Program, uses only premium-grade organic ingredients. There are no chemicals, no additives, and no preservatives. As for the oil, the tea tree and peppermint give it a clean, minty scent. The blend possessed natural antimicrobial properties that help protect against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganism growth in beard. For big-bearded dudes, that is pretty important. It also helps keep your skin flake-free.
Best for the Multi-Tasker
If SteelMclean’s products had to be summed up with one word, it would be quality. There is little that this all-purpose oil can’t do. Featuring an original blend of soybean, sweet almond, and peppermint oil, SteelMclean’s Oil Purpose is designed to hydrate and invigorate both your facial hair and the skin underneath. It boasts a great viscosity (a little goes a long way) and versatility, as Oil Purpose can also be used to nourish one’s scalp and head hair if you’ve got a particularly flaky dome.
Best Heritage Beard 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. Any of Proraso’s beard oils will tame even the most untamable facial hair.
Best for the Scent-Sensitive
In addition to organic argan and jojoba oil, Commando is loaded with hemp seed and sesame oil for additional moisturizing benefits. Since this oil does not have any added 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.
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.