6 Best Beard Oils | March 2017
- made in the united states
- clove and licorice scent
- nothing amish about it
- contains healthful tea tree oil
- calms itching and flaking
- trusted name in beard maintenance
|Brand||Grave Before Shave|
- made with virgin organic coconut oil
- all ingredients 100 percent organic
- one bottle can last for months
|Brand||The Gentlemen's Beard|
A Dry Beard Is A Shy Beard
A beard is a meaningful token of masculinity. Just ask any man who can't really grow one, and he'll tell you how very important a beard is. I've been growing out full beards since high school (I look 35 in my senior picture), keeping to three and six month rotations depending largely on the climate I occupied.
For obvious reasons, a beard is excellent through the late fall and into early spring. The one big problem in those months, however, is that most indoor environments utilize some kind of heating system to regulate the temperature indoors against the plummeting temperatures outdoors. That's all well and good if you don't want to freeze to death, but most indoor heating systems create an incredibly low-humidity atmosphere.
Low humidity means dryness everywhere, not least of all in your beard. When I was a young man with a beard, no amount of dryness ever created a problem. My skin had oil for days. In the last decade or so, however, those dry months have meant itchy, uncomfortable skin under a beard of coarser, angrier hair. The irritation led to dandruff in the beard, and it led me to purchase both some beard oil and a humidifier.
If you've experienced any of those or other symptoms of a dry and malnourished beard, you're going to need to get your hands on some beard oil, as well. Beard balms are also an option, but you'll find that they have an added style component to them that's akin to hair gel. In my case, I just want the nourishment; I'll leave the style to nature.
When you rub a beard oil into the hair on your face, it does what the natural oils you had when you were younger would do. It absorbs directly into the hair and its follicles, where it softens the beard, reduces tangles, and can provide a lovely scent where desired. Many of these oils are also wonderful for the skin beneath the beard, moisturizing it against the driest of wintry airs and keeping your face as cozy as can be.
The Smell Test
It's a proven fact that a beard makes you seem more trustworthy, like your word somehow carries additional weight and reliability. Unfortunately, despite the market category into which they fall, none of these beard oils has a beard of its own, so you couldn't easily pick out the more trustworthy options. It's also likely that anyone trying to advertise any of these brands is going to have a beard of their own, so they'll each be equally trustworthy.
To make your selection from among the beard oils on our list then, you'll need to look at other aspects of each brand in comparison with one another. One of the most pressing attributes of any beard product, something that you should consider first and foremost, is its scent.
Interestingly, the human olfactory system will eventually become accustomed to the presence of most smells on your body. When you put on cologne, you stop smelling it after a while. As a result, a lot of guys wear way too much of the stuff. While you don't necessarily have to worry about overdoing it the same way with your beard oil, you shouldn't rely on your ability to ignore its scent if you don't like it. Anyone you might want to get in close to your face is going to have to smell it and endure it on their own skin long after kissing you, so be considerate.
Fortunately, most beard oil manufacturers brag about their scents, so you can get a good idea of what you're in for from their descriptions, whether it's a beard that smells like licorice, clover, coconut, or bourbon. That last one sounds like a really nice scent to me in every instance except for the one where you get pulled over for speeding and you don't even realize that you smell like whiskey.
Men Finally Care
Men have been growing beards a lot longer than they've been shaving them. Of course, a pretty long time elapsed before they had the ability to shave them, so I don't think shaving really ever stood a chance. Still, it's worth noting that the beard has been a part of our species since its inception, and that, however the fashions trend, it will always be a part of us.
In the most ancient of recorded civilizations, the Babylonians wore beautiful, curly beards that–if you go by their ancient writings–they frequently anointed with oils. Pretty much any time Gilgamesh does anything of significance in his epic, he takes a bath and anoints his body and his beard. Even wild Enkidu gets a little anointing done before he up and dies (spoiler alert!).
In more recent years, a boom has taken place in men's grooming products. After spending centuries letting girls have all the fun in the bathroom, we finally have our own hours-long rituals of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and age-defying. Beard oils fall into a more rustic and traditional category, to be sure, than a boutique men's eye cream, but they are still very much a part of this recent revolution.