Beard Oil vs Beard Balm

What do I use on my beard? Beard Oil? Beard Balm? Deer Urine? Isn’t that the age old question of anyone who has ever tried to grow a beard? It took me almost a decade before any product ever touched my face. I just couldn’t find the information about what to use and why to use it. In the past 6 plus months it seems that this information is now more available, but it takes time to find it, and it’s not on all the bottles of oil or balm you buy. So, I thought I would take a stab at it, and let you know what I have found and insert my thoughts after using several brands. I’m going to go over what I have found about Beard Oil and Beard Balm/Beard Butter. Hope this is helpful.

Critics say a healthy beard equals badassness, I say it equals a man with patience. If you can be patient enough to grow a solid beard, you have the patience to deal with just about anything in life. Hey, maybe we should wait for another bearded president to show up. He will definitely have the patience to deal with all the shit they will deal with, and make the right decisions. We can only dream. #honestabe

Now it’s time for the facts and less of the amazingly sense of humor from me.

Beard Oil
Beard Oil moisturizes and hydrates the skin under your beard leaving your beard soft and tame and your face itch free. The best time to apply beard oil is right after washing your face. This way, your hair follicles and pores are open and can easily absorb the oil. Caring for skin is crucial, especially if you live in a cold or dry climate. The ideal beard should look shiny and groomed — not dusty, flaky and shaggy. Beard oil is designed
to naturally care for your beard by feeding your hungry hairs with nutrients. We tend to think ‘more is better,’ but just a few drops of most oils is plenty. In addition to being a great moisturizer, beard oil can act as a beard deodorizer and cologne.

“mmmmmmm beard…”
-Homer Simpson (undocumented)

Beard Balm
Beard Balm helps moisturize your beard, and tames pesky fly-aways. Beard balm is a styling and shaping aid as well as a leave in beard conditioner. A good beard balm should moisturize your facial hair, provide hold for styling and make your beard look thicker. If you have a patchy or thin beard, consider using a beard balm.

Lock in oil and deep condition all day. Smooth hair out. Repairs split end. Provides protection from the elements. Layer of protection. Light natural hold for more cohesive shape and makes your beard look more dense and fuller.

Beard Butter
I was always under the impression that beard butter and beard balm were just two way to say the same thing, but I was wrong about that. Instead of me trying to explain the difference just check out this article which does a great job from our buddies at Live Bearded.

Difference between balm and oil
Beard balm or beard oil? Some people say they are one and the same. This simply is not true. Beard balm is a pomade made by mixing, heating and cooling moisturizers and sealants. Beard oil is a leave in moisturizer and conditioner made by mixing carrier oils with essential oil blends or in some cases fragrance oils.

The main consideration is what you’re using a product for. I use Beard Oil as a moisturizer and Beard Balms to provide a considerable amount of hold and control but will also moisturize and condition.

“When you hear of a lot of people using both I think it’s due to their length, in terms of their beard, and for what they want to do to their beard. I will use both especially in the winter, I like to use a beard oil first mostly for the conditioning and moisturizing affect then what I like to do is use a little bit of beard balm to control stray hairs and give my face a little bit extra protection. Either way, both do a great job.”

Both the oil and the balm will add a healthy shine and make your beard smell amazing.

Badass Beard Care is one of the first products I used and this video showed me my foundation of what I know now and demonstrated how to use the balm and oil together.

Beard oil and balm video from

I have found varying opinions on if balm and oil should be used together, should only be used if your beard is a certain length or they should be used seasonal depending on where you live and how dry your skin gets. I have found using them both has been phenomenal and can’t complain about how my beard looks and feels.

If you want to try yourself just go to and do a search for beard balm vs beard oil, and you will find all sorts of opinions.

In my opinion I would use both. I have tried using one or the other and it just doesn’t give me the soft, manageable beard I am looking for. I always feel like I’m missing something. Oil makes the beard soft and without tangles, and the balm gives it a shiny look and helps style the wild hairs.

Mustache Wax
Having a thick mustache changes my body temperature drastically, and since moving to Florida, I really don’t need that. So, I keep it trim and have never used wax, so I can’t really give my two cents. Sorry.

Check out this video from Mike at Detroit Grooming Co. He does a great job explaining how to use other products, and he doesn’t disappoint with this video on mustache wax.

I hope this helped and thought I’d add a couple things I thought you would find interesting.

If you want an amazing resource with a shit-ton of information, go get yourself some Propet and Tools and you get a free download called, “Prophet and Tools’ exclusive OIL IS RICHNESS”, I would definitely recommend it, lots of valuable information

“You don’t grow a beard, you simply let the beard grow.. It does it all by it itself. All you have to do is have three goals: Commitment, Self Restraint, and Maintenance.”

Mod Cabin, Detroit Grooming Co., Badass Beard Care, Propet and Tools and various other google searches have helped with the content of this blog. I can’t take credit for much of the information, I am just trying to get it all in one place to help my fellow bearded man.

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