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Beard Balm vs Oil: Which Should I Choose?

  • 5 min read

Ah, the glorious beard! A symbol of masculinity, wisdom, and the uncanny ability to catch food crumbs. But with great beard comes great responsibility. If you're a beard enthusiast, you know that beard care is no joke. That's why we created a two-step skincare routine using our Cleanse and Hydrate products to keep your skin and beard looking their best. But why stop there? In this post, we're taking things up a notch and talking about the benefits of adding beard oil or beard balm to your grooming routine. Trust us, your beard will thank you.

Beard Oil vs Balm: The Showdown

Before we embark on this hairy adventure, let's first distinguish between our two contestants: beard oil and beard balm.

Beard Oil: The Smooth Operator

Beard oil is a slick, fast-absorbing potion that's like a spa day for your beard and the skin beneath it. It's a magical concoction of natural carrier oils and essential oils, providing hydration and a dazzling shine to make your beard irresistible.

Beard Balm: The Tamer of Wild Beards

Beard balm is the rugged cousin of beard oil, with a thicker, pomade-like consistency. Crafted with a mix of carrier oils, essential oils, and natural waxes or butters, beard balm is your go-to for styling and taming those rebellious whiskers while keeping them soft and conditioned.

The Benefits of Using Beard Oil

Now that we've met our contenders, let's explore the wonders of beard oil and why your beard will thank you for using it.

Moisturization: The Quencher of Beard Thirst

Beard oil is like a tall glass of water for your parched beard and the skin underneath. It locks in moisture, preventing dryness and flakiness. It's a lifesaver during the harsh winter months or for those living in moisture-sucking climates.

Softening the Beard: Unleashing the Cuddly Bear

Beard oil transforms coarse and rough beard hairs into touchable, soft whiskers. A softer beard is not only more caressable (wink, wink) but also easier to groom and manage.

Ditching the Itch: Bye-bye Beardruff

Itchy, irritated skin is a common nemesis during the early stages of beard growth. Beard oil fights off these pesky foes by moisturizing the skin and creating a barrier that reduces friction between your hair and skin. Say hello to itch-free bliss! And if you’re really struggling with beard itch, make sure you give Hydrate a shot. It is guaranteed to help with that annoying itch.

Promotes Beard Growth: Channeling Your Inner Lumberjack

Some beard oils (like ours) contain ingredients like castor oil or jojoba oil, which help unleash your beard's full potential. These oils nourish the hair follicles, encouraging a fuller, healthier beard that would make any lumberjack proud.

Beard Balm Benefits

Now let's dive into the beard balm's corner and see what it brings to the table.

Styling and Taming: The Whisker Whisperer

Our beard balm Groom provides a light hold, giving you the power to tame and style your beard like a pro. The natural waxes and butters help you shape your beard, ensuring it stays on point all day long. There are other beard balms that provide a high degree of hold if you are so inclined. They tend to include petroleum derived ingredients and can be a really B to wash out so we prefer to stay with the nourishing naturals like shea butter.

Locking in Moisture: The Hydration Guardian

Like its slick counterpart, beard balm provides hydration to your beard and skin. Its thicker consistency, however, makes it the ultimate moisture bodyguard, especially for those with dry or coarse beards.

Protection from Environmental Factors: The Beard Shield

Beard balm creates a protective force field around your beard, defending it from the elements like wind, cold, and pollution. This barrier helps prevent damage and keeps your beard looking its best, even in the face of adversity.

Encourages Beard Health: The Beard Doctor

Using beard balm regularly can boost your beard's overall health. The blend of natural oils, waxes, and butters nourish and condition your beard, supporting growth, reducing breakage, and banishing split ends.

How to Choose the Right Beard Oil or Beard Balm

With a sea of beard products out there, picking the perfect beard oil or beard balm can be as tough as choosing your favorite pizza topping. If you want to make your life difficult and don’t want to go with our award-winning beard oil and beard balm, consider these factors when making your decision:

Ingredients: Nature's Beard Buffet

Scout for top-notch, natural ingredients like carrier oils (e.g., jojoba, argan, or baobab oil) and essential oils (e.g., eucalyptus, lavender, or orange peel). Steer clear of artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals that could irritate your skin, much like a mosquito at a campfire.

Not sure if it contains artificial fragrances? Check the bottle. If you see “fragrance” or “perfume” on the label, that product uses cheap, synthetic chemicals to add scent instead of pure essential oils. Given the growing body of evidence demonstrating the harmful effects of synthetic fragrances, we decided from the beginning that we would never use fragrances in any of our products.

Consistency: Beard Potion or Beard Paste?

Choose a consistency that matches your preferences and beard type. If you have a short beard or enjoy a lightweight product, beard oil may be the winner. For longer, thicker beards or those on the quest for a styling product, beard balm could be the champion.

Fragrance: The Scent of Beard Seduction

Beard oils and balms come in an array of scents, from woodsy and earthy to fresh and citrusy. Pick a scent that tickles your fancy, but remember that some essential oils also offer bonus benefits like antimicrobial or anti-inflammatory properties. Yet another reason why fragrance free is the way to be!

Adding Beard Oil or Beard Balm to Your Skincare Routine

Introducing beard oil or beard balm to your skincare routine is as easy as pie. After washing your face with Cleanse: Daily Probiotic Face + Beard Wash and hydrating it with Hydrate: Daily Probiotic Face + Beard Moisturizer, apply a few drops of beard oil or a dollop of beard balm to your fingertips. Massage the product into your beard like a loving pet owner, ensuring it reaches the skin beneath. Comb or brush your beard to distribute the product evenly and style as desired.

Incorporating beard oil or beard balm into your skincare routine can take your beard game to the next level. By keeping your beard moisturized, soft, and protected, these products help you maintain a dashing, well-groomed appearance worthy of a round of applause.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: Can I double-dip and use both beard oil and beard balm together?

A: Absolutely! Apply beard oil first for some serious moisturizing and conditioning, then follow up with beard balm for styling and extra protection. It's the ultimate beard care dream team. And of course make sure you apply your daily facial moisturizer before applying your beard oil/balm.

Q2: How often should I treat my beard with beard oil or beard balm?

A: Generally, once or twice a day should do the trick, depending on your beard's needs and the climate you live in. Those with desert-dry beards or living in colder environments may need more frequent pampering.

Q3: Are beard oil and beard balm suitable for all types of bearded beasts?

A: Indeed! Both products can benefit all beard types. However, the consistency and specific ingredients may vary based on your beard's needs, so choose a product that suits your majestic mane and preferences.

Ready to up your beard care game? Check out our award-winning Beard Oil Here and Beard Balm Here

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