Beard Oil vs Beard Balm: What's the difference?

Updated: Aug 15


When you start growing your beard out, you quickly find out that a beard isn't just sunshine and rainbows. Your face starts to itch and you quickly start to doubt whether that beard really is worth it.


I wish that growing a beard was quick and easy and you wouldn't have to deal with all of beardruff, coarse hair, and itch. But we can't change life. So that's why men have been trying for centuries to get their beard to grow in faster and cure their itch.


It goes back to Mesopotamia where men would slather sesame seed oil on their face to help their beard grow in faster. Men from the Romans to the Vikings to the Chinese and beyond have used some version of this to grow a better and fuller beard.


We've come a long way from those days of using sesame seed oil on our beards. We've realized that certain oils condition better than others and some make our faces break out more than others. We've figured out different ways to package this oil.


So let's dive into this what's the difference, Beard Oil vs Beard Balm?


What's Beard Oil?

Beard oil is... simply put... oil for your beard. Just kidding, well sort of. Beard oil is a leave in conditioner for your beard.


Beard oil is a mix of carrier and essential oils specifically selected to help your beard grow, be softer, healthier, and stay hydrated. It also isn't just for your whiskers but also the skin underneath. It's meant to condition the skin underneath to reduce your beardruff.


Beard oil comes as a liquid and depending on that particular brand of beard oil it may be thicker or thinner in viscosity. Also depending on the brand the container may be different, most often coming in a dropper bottle or a shaker bottle.


Typically most beard oils are made with argan oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, grapefruit seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, boabab oil, olive oil, etc.


What's Beard Balm?

Beard balm isn't really that different from beard oil, at least it's supposed to do roughly the same thing, condition your beard and skin.


Beard balm is typically a mix of solid carrier oils selected to help your beard grow, be softer, healthier, and stay hydrated. It also helps that skin underneath by conditioning it to keep the beardruff at bay.


Beard balm is a solid and typically comes in a tin or small glass or plastic container and again dependent on the brand it can be more or less solid. This is where things start to deviate, because there really isn't much of a consensus on what a beard balm truly is.


Beard balms traditionally in the past are more solid that gives you some control over your beard hair. For these types of beard balms you often need to use your finger nail to scrape off the balm.


Beard butter balms are on the other end of the beard balm spectrum. Butter Balms are softer and don't provide much hold for your beard hair. You typically won't need to scrape the balm out of the tin.


Beard balm is typically made of coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, castor oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.


Which One Do You Use?

We can't really tell you that. When it comes down to whether you should use beard oil or beard balm, it's really a personal preference. So we suggest you try them out.


There is some evidence to show that beard oil does better with a longer beard, because it easily spreads across the hairs. Where beard balm does better with shorter beards. Again though, it really comes down to your preference. One of our biggest customers prefers beard balm to beard oil and he has a massive beard.


So hopefully that helps you in deciding what will work better for you. If you're looking to buy now click here to check out our Beard Oil and Beard Balm

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