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Beard Oil vs Beard Balm: Understanding the Differences and When to Use Each

Updated: Mar 17

Men new to the beard-growing experience may be interested in knowing which products to use to best maintain healthy and well-groomed facial hair. Beard oil and beard balm are two popular products for keeping beards healthy and looking their best. While both are designed to nourish and condition the beard, they have different textures and uses. This blog will explore the difference between beard oil and beard balm and the best time to use each.

What is Beard Oil?

Beard oil is a liquid formula made with a blend of carrier oils, such as jojoba, argan, and coconut oils, as well as essential oils. The carrier oils are lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin and hair. In contrast, essential oils provide fragrance and additional benefits for the hair and skin. Beard oil is designed to moisturize and soften the beard, reduce itchiness, and promote healthy growth.


When to Use Beard Oil

Beard oil is best used after washing and drying the beard. Apply a few drops of beard oil to your palm and rub your hands together to distribute the oil. Then, apply the oil to your beard and massage it into the skin beneath the beard as well. Beard oil can be used daily or as needed to keep the beard looking and feeling healthy.


What is Beard Balm?

Beard balm is a thicker formula that contains a blend of carrier oils, such as shea butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter, as well as essential oils. The carrier oils in beard balm provide a thicker texture and a stronger hold than beard oil, making it ideal for shaping and styling the beard. The essential oils offer fragrance and additional benefits for the hair and skin.


When to Use Beard Balm

Beard balm is best used for styling and shaping the beard. It's perfect for men who have longer or thicker beards and need more control to keep their beards looking neat and tidy. Apply a small amount of beard balm to your palm and rub your hands together to warm it up. Then, apply the balm to your beard, starting at the roots and working to the tips. Use a comb or brush to shape and style the beard as desired.


The Bottom Line

In summary, beard oil and balm are fantastic products for keeping your beard looking and feeling its best. Beard oil is best used for moisturizing and softening the beard, reducing itchiness, and promoting healthy growth. Beard balm is best used for styling and shaping the beard, providing a thicker texture and a stronger hold than beard oil. Use beard oil daily or as needed, and use beard balm for styling and shaping your beard when you need more control. Whether you use beard oil, beard balm, or both, your beard will thank you for the extra care and attention!


 

Frankie E. Valle, LMHC, is the Owner and Chief Formulator of Esthete Beard Co., a men's grooming company that prioritizes mental and emotional wellness. With over a decade of experience as a Licensed Mental Counselor in Florida, Frankie is passionate about identifying real solutions to life issues and promoting healthy living through a faith-based approach. With a background as an Adjunct Professor and Consultant, he grew a small private practice into a treatment center before founding Esthete Beard Co. Check out Frankie's tips for achieving good mental, emotional, and spiritual balance in the Point Man Blost Post, where he emphasizes the importance of nurturing supportive fellowship, healthy living, and a meaningful relationship with God.

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