The 10 Best Beard Balms

Updated February 16, 2018 by Quincy Miller

10 Best Beard Balms
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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Having a beard isn't just a fashion choice, it's a statement about your lifestyle. But if you're not careful, that statement can be that you're sloppy and unkempt. Luckily, these balms and waxes will keep your facial hair in order, ensuring that you and your whiskers both get the respect you deserve. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best beard balm on Amazon.

10. The Gentlemen's Beard Premium

The Gentlemen's Beard Premium gets deep down inside each hair fiber, strengthening the strand while also keeping it soft and pliable. It barely has any scent at all, so if you don't like breathing in a fragrance all day, this is definitely the way to go.
  • great for brushing
  • helps reduce bushiness
  • can leave chunks behind
Brand The Gentlemen's Beard
Model pending
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Professor Fuzzworthy

Take your beard to school with this nifty little kit from Professor Fuzzworthy. You'll get an apple cider shampoo bar to keep everything clean and fresh, plus some gloss to make sure that everyone notices your highly-educated facial hair.
  • good for dry skin
  • masculine fragrance
  • provides a weak hold
Brand Beauty and the Bees Tas
Model pending
Weight 5 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Grave Before Shave

If you're really dedicated to your facial hair, then you'll find that Grave Before Shave works as well as a balm as it does a motto. This stuff breaks up easily out of the tin, and quickly soaks into your beard without leaving behind any crumbs or chunks.
  • can reduce itching
  • doesn't melt if left in heat
  • very strong citrus fragrance
Model pending
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Urban Prince

If you're embarrassed to have anyone run their fingers through your dry, brittle beard, then Urban Prince has your back. It's great for sealing moisture into the strands, ensuring that your facial hair is as rich and luxuriant — and stroke-worthy — as possible.
  • comes with a wooden comb
  • nice light density
  • can be a little greasy
Brand BushKlawz
Model pending
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Rocky Mountain Barber Company

Anyone that has difficulty sticking with the same scent day after day will love this Rocky Mountain Barber Company 4-pack. The formula in each of the 1-oz tins contains both grape seed oil and vitamin E, so your skin will be just as happy as your facial hair.
  • won't clump in your beard
  • provides all-day hold
  • not ideal for longer hair
Brand Rocky Mountain Barber C
Model pending
Weight 7 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Rapid Beard

Hit your bristles with a powerful one-two punch, thanks to the oil and balm in this Rapid Beard kit. The argan and jojoba oils in the leave-in conditioner keep everything silky soft, while the beard butter ensures that your facial hair stays exactly where you want it.
  • reduces dandruff
  • no fragrance added
  • takes some work to spread the balm
Brand Rapid Beard
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Wild Willie's Beard Butter

Wild Willie's Beard Butter delivers all the vitamins and nutrients you need to nourish your facial hair and produce a thick beard with a stunning sheen. This generous set does the job without the unpleasant greasy texture that plagues some other options.
  • does a great job of moisturizing
  • good if you prefer a stiff hold
  • natural fragrance does not linger
Brand The Manskape Co
Model pending
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

3. Honest Amish All Natural

If anyone knows beards, it's the Amish. Honest Amish All Natural helps to soften coarse beard hairs, so they feel smooth and silky to the touch. It's packed into a generously-sized tin with an easy-open twist top (which counts as high-tech for the Mennonites, I believe).
  • good for preventing breakage
  • helps relieve irritation
  • tames flyaway strands
Brand Honest Amish
Model pending
Weight 5.4 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. QQWow Beard Kit

The QQWow Beard Kit is a salon-in-a-box for your facial hair. It comes with grease-free balm, all-natural oil, and a wooden comb, all of which is stored in a handy travel tin, so you can ensure that your beard is always better-maintained than any other part of your body.
  • pleasant floral scent
  • good for sensitive skin
  • comb is great for detangling
Brand QQwow
Model pending
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Bossman Kit

The Bossman Kit has everything you need to tame even the most wild and reckless of whiskers. Conditioner to keep follicles healthy? Check. Oil to prevent stiff and bristly hair? Check. A balm to thicken your beard and make it grow faster? That's a definite check.
  • fantastic non-oily shine
  • good for patchy beards
  • works well in arid climates
Brand Bossman
Model pending
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Beard Balm Vs. Beard Oil

So, you've grown yourself a beard. Perhaps, it's well along its way to legendary status. That's a good thing. But is your beard too dry, too itchy, too flaky (one flake is too flaky), too thin, too boring? Go ahead, touch it. Take a look at it. I'll wait.

Odds are, if you aren't already using a beard balm or oil, you encountered one of the nightmares listed above. Rest assured, there is hope for you, but you're going to have to decide just how you want to address the problem(s).

At the end of the day, there is no inherent superiority between oils and balms. This is ultimately a matter of personal preference, but I'll endeavor here to save you some time and money in figuring out which is right for you.

Beard Oils are predominantly conditioners. They are designed to soften your beard and sooth your skin, to moisturize and, sometimes, to add fragrance. Like New York Fashion Week, they have no real bearing on style.

Beard Balms, on the other hand, can serve multiple purposes. There are some brands that work exclusively like beard oils: moisturizing, scenting, and softening. But most beard balms are wax-based, and so they also serve as styling agents for your facial forest, providing shape and thickness in ways that oils cannot.

These waxes and sealants also help lock in the fragrant and moisturizing elements that you want to stick around throughout the day.

The downside? Beard balm tends to be pretty stiff at room temperature, so it requires a little handy work (rubbing your palms together) to get it going.

For my money, I recommend the workhorse, the beard balm. That little bit of friction you need to create is a small price to pay for an added level of protection and control.

But What IS Beard Balm?

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I had "blonde tips" in middle school, just in the front where my hair got oh-so-slightly longer and was styled upward. It was a bad look, and it took a lot of work to attain it. My hair is absurdly thick and unmanageable, so I used to use Clubman mustache wax to get those golden locks of shame to stand up.

That thick, utterly sticky material, that mustache wax is the precursor to the modern beard balm.

Essentially, beard balm is a marriage of beard oil–that simple, shapeless material used for conditioning a beard–and beard wax, which is ostensibly mustache wax in bulk.

Where beard balm outperforms beard wax is in its ingredients. Quality beard balms will pass over the more common and less soothing ingredients like petroleum jelly in favor of softer mixtures of wax and oil. As result, beard balm has superior conditioning and a more natural feel, even when heavily styled.

Your basic beard balm consists of a wax base, usually beeswax, shea butter or lanolin. Next you'll find one or more conditioning oils, most often jojoba or argan oil, which are preferred for their long shelf-life and gentle nature. Finally, most balms will contain some combination of essential oils to keep your beard smelling like anything from a seaside resort to a mountain hot spring.

We've Been Doing This for Years

That picture of a funny looking guy on horseback is one of the first images of a curated mustache in the history of art. Theoretically, it's been possible to shave for the last 30,000 years or so, as evidence of stone blades suggests. But in this image from Iran, not only is the man's face shaved down to its mustache, but that stash is neatly curled at the ends like Bill the Butcher's. See?

One of the questions raised by the shape of these ancient whiskers is: how did he do it? Well, if you take a look back into the oldest written histories known to us–take The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Akkadian poem from around 2700 BCE–you'll find all sorts of references to characters anointing their beards and their bodies with various oils. Since tallow and beeswax wouldn't make their way into the middle east until many centuries later, we can assume that one or more of these anointing oils stayed relatively stiff at higher temperatures, allowing it to work as the very first beard/mustache styler.

So remember Iranian Bill there the next time you scrape a little beard balm onto your thumbnail, and realize that you're dipping your finger deep into human history.

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Last updated on February 16, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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