Growing a beard, for the most part, is an automated process. Your body does it for you. And, if you’re blessed with highly hirsute genes, your beard might even grow out thick and lush in the exact shape to frame your face.
But that’s definitely not the case for many men, who see their beards grow out 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 a neat and trim version and 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
An ideal and effective beard oil begins with nourishing ingredients. Kiehl’s beard oil is the apex of exactly that. With help from a lightweight cocktail of sandalwood, cedarwood, and eucalyptus essential oils, Kiehl’s beard oil leaves a scent reminiscent of early morning hunting trips with your pops. It also utilizes the moisturizing capabilities of pracaxi oil to help tame unruly, coarse facial hair. Just massage a few drops upward into your beard and watch the easily absorbed oil work its magic. Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Oil is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2019, so you know it’s good.
Other Great Beard Oils
Although Beardbrand’s Old Money beard oil packs a bit of an eye-opening price tag, you’ll realize your money is well spent once you smell the tantalizingly rich hints of black pepper, oak, and amber. Its scent hints at a lifestyle cloaked in the trio of whiskey, cigars, and leather, but goes one step further by incorporating jojoba, argan, and castor oils to help bearded men maintain shiny and conditioned facial hair. If you like beard oils for their fragrances, Beardbrand’s Old Money boasts the optimal lightweight body so you can apply liberally without worrying about suffocating your stubble.
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.
Vaughn is a well-known brand in the grooming world, working with the likes of Tom Brady, Richard Gere, and Al Pacino. The 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.
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 as 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.
Glyder’s Miracle Beard Oil is inspired by one of Man’s best creations: the Old Fashioned. With notes of Australian sandalwood, bitters, rye, and orange zest, this oil is calming, smells great, and does a damn good job at keeping those face oils in equilibrium. It’s a cocktail of clary sage, pomegranate, and sunflower oil, which results in a formula that is easily absorbed and leaves the greasiness behind the bar.
Tom Ford anything tends to be in the upper echelon of both price and functionality. Its beard oil is no different. The American-rooted fashion brand infuses its beard oil blend with vitamin E, almond oil, and jojoba to condition all types of whiskers, from long and curly strands to coarse and untamed stubble. Its best attribute? Fragrance. Tom Ford’s beard oil boasts a tobacco and vanilla scent that radiates sophistication.
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.
Four Peaks Brewing Company offers a beard oil crafted from essential oils and — you’ll never guess — beer. Not only does the Arizona-based Four Peaks craft some incredible brews, but its beer and beard oil concoction is also weirdly and astonishingly effective in keeping your facial hair looking strong and healthy. It exudes tempting malt, amber, and toffee notes.
Offered in a trio of manly, refreshing scents — tea tree, pipe tobacco, Appalachia — The Mailroom Barber Co.’s beard oil does adds softness and shine to beard hair, moisturizes skin, and reduces reducing the impact of itchiness or irritation. The Mailroom handcrafts its products out of its South Carolina barbershop with ethically sourced ingredients. This blend includes natural castor oil for restoring moisture, almond oil to decrease healing time for irritated skin, and the anti-aging properties of grapeseed oil.
Not only does this blend of sunflower, jojoba, and hemp oils soothe and hydrate skin, but is also encourages thick and healthier beard growth. It plays host to a subtle rosemary and eucalyptus scent that will evoke the journey of a late summer hike through the Sequoia forests of Northern California, while helping your facial hair grow and appear as strong as the world’s largest trees.
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.
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 last updated by Bryan Holt.
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