Should I use a beard balm or a beard oil?
Grooming Journal

Should I use a beard balm or a beard oil?

The industry is saturated with lots of different beard products you can select from, and all of them report different purposes and results. But when two beard grooming products have the same effect on hair, customers struggle on which product to pick.

We have an ongoing stream of customers asking about the difference between beard oil and beard balm. Since the oil and the balm both moisturise your beard, which product works best for you?

Although the answer to this question weighs heavily on personal preference, there are some aspects of both you and the products that need to be considered. For example, what kind of beard you're rocking (is it a long beard that requires lots of product, or is it a short groomed beard for work?). Another variable to take into consideration is skin type. Is your skin dryer than typical, or is it excessively oily? Do you like your beard to have a shiny appearance, or do you prefer a matte finish? Do you work in food and hospitality, at an office, or outdoors?

All of these questions apply when choosing to purchase balm or oil. If you finish reading this article and still can't make up your mind, we recommend purchasing both (you can never have too many options when it comes to caring for your beard).

BEARD OIL

This is the fundamental grooming accessory for the modern man who prefers a beard. This product is typically recommended for all beards, but especially in early stages of beard growth. Its moisturising factors help treat beard dandruff and flaking, and also calm down the itchy phase of newer and younger beards.

Beard oil is an oil-based light moisturiser that can be applied throughout your entire beard quickly and effortlessly. Its liquid form also means it's more effective in hydrating the skin through shorter or trimmed beards as opposed to their larger counterparts.

A beard brush or beard comb to distribute the oil evenly through the entire beard. While their appearance is subtle, oils will afford you a silky smooth beard without the gunky texture you might get from commercial conditioners and silicone products.

Beard Balm

Beard balm is a great product for men rockin' a medium to large-sized beard, but also a solid choice if your skin is dryer than most. The balm was designed to have a higher viscosity than the oil - meaning it's thicker in texture and takes longer to absorb. Where beard oil comes in a bottle of liquid, utility balm is closer in texture to pomade or solid cologne.