So you’ve decided to grow a beard. Or maybe you recently grew one. Hell, maybe you’ve had a beard for so long that you can’t even recall when you first embraced your facial hair, the memory stretching back well beyond the horizon, the only evidence of those heady early days an imagined whisper on the wind: Sweet beard, bro. No matter how long you’ve had it, though, there’s one thing that’s certain: Your beard needs oil. And not just any oil—the best oil.
This is because
a beard needs to be cultivated. Groomed. Tamed and maintained. But more than all that, a beard needs to be nourished. And that means it needs hydration. The best beard oil will give you just that, plus it’ll smell good, help shape your facial hair and control flyaways, and protect you from the dreaded phenomenon known as “beardruff.”
In fact, if you’re going to invest in just one product for your beard, it should be beard oil. It’s a wonder product, as impressive in its utility as it is in its simplicity. You just rub it into your facial hair (more on that in a moment) and suddenly your beard is softer, scratch-free, and ready for primetime. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of the most important thing you can put on that beard you love so much. Because that whisper on the wind was right: It is pretty sweet, bro.
What Does Beard Oil Do?
Beard oil has multiple functions: It hydrates your beard’s bristles and moisturizes skin, thus softening whiskers as they grow, and it also allows longer bristles to be groomed into place. It is often scented, too, thanks to natural ingredients like cedar wood oil, sage, or citrus.
How Do You Apply Beard Oil?
Rub 3-4 drops between your palms and through the fingertips, then apply in upward motions to a clean, dry beard. Start with the underside, moving the right hand across the face toward the left cheek, and opposite for the left hand. Use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil after application—don’t forget to comb it into the mustache, too!—then comb all of the hairs into place.
How Often Should You Use Beard Oil?
Application frequency varies from one person to the next. Apply it once in the morning, and again as desired; at the very least, you can wait a few hours between applications, and you really shouldn’t need more than three doses in a day. (For most people, once daily is enough.) Be sure to do this only after you have washed and dried the beard; a dirty or wet beard will not absorb the oil properly. If you apply oil before bed, it may soak into your pillow if you don’t wait for the beard to absorb the oil entirely.
The Best Beard Oils
Best Priced Beard Oil
Shea butter isn’t just great for the skin, but hair follicles, too. And combined with maracuja oil, this formula will soften your thick beard, without leaving an overpowering scent. What’s more, it has no mineral oils or petrolatum, which is not so common for products priced at under $10.
Best Beard Oil for Sensitive Skin
Bevel’s formula—which consists of castor oil and olive oil—will not only reduce dryness and breakage of hair, but will prevent clogged pores and skin irritation from happening.
Best Oil for Long Beards
Do you have a wild and unruly beard that goes well past your neck? Duke Cannon Supply Co.’s complex works overtime to lock in moisture, keeping frizz at bay, while adding a luster to your hair.
Best Vegan Beard Oil
To smooth coarse whiskers, while simultaneously soothing skin, V76 uses saw palmetto and safflower oils almost exclusively. This means that it’s a completely vegan product.
Best Beard Oil for Beard Oil-Averse Guys
Lightweight and with a scent that’s both woody and sweet, Scotch Porter’s serum is perfect for those that really hate applying products to their beard. It uses avocado and jojoba seed oils, which means your hair will glisten without feeling weighed down.
Best Beard Oil for Styling
If you’re looking to make a statement, well, STMNT’s beard oil was made for you in mind. The potent botanical formula will enrich your hair and give your beard a well-groomed look. And the fresh citrus scent will attract the right kind of attention.
Best Beard Oil for Dry Skin
Moroccanoil is typically for hair, but is your beard not hair, too? With a rich complex primarily made of softening oils, this conditioning formula has the necessary ingredients to nourish your skin, preventing flakes—aka, “beardruff”—from forming.
Best Beard Oil for Skin Overall
If you want baby-soft skin under your beard, the buck stops at Murdock London. The brand’s formula is ultra nourishing, with oils that penetrate past the hair follicle and into the skin. What’s more, the formula is fast-absorbing, which means your whiskers won’t look at all greasy.
Best Oil for Strengthening Beards
Everything on this list will strengthen your beard, but Billy Jealousy’s beard oil—comprised of sunflower, sweet almond, olive, and jojoba oils, along with aloe vera—just goes the extra mile. And the packaging is, in the best sense, positively sinful.
Best Oil for Dull Beards
Yes, Jack Black’s beard oil has potent antioxidants that prevent dry skin and a blend of oils that enriches hair strands, but where it truly shines is its ability to, well, add shine to your beard. Thanks to a mindfully concocted formula, it does the most to give you lustrous locks.
Best Fast-Absorbing Beard Oil
Baxter of California’s beard oil has the ingredients to enrich your hair, but won’t leave any residue. That’s because the complex, infused with avocado oils and vitamin E, is incredibly fast-absorbing, softening every strand without the complication of excess grease.
Best Beard Oil for Flyaways
Want to get rid of pesky strays? Solo Noir has the solution for you. Its chemical-free serum—containing jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, and grapefruit oils—will control untamed, loose strands, allowing you to tame those bad boys with no fuss.
Best Exfoliating Beard Oil
Along with having the essential oils to replenish your skin, Kiehl’s beard oil also contains salicylic acid, which removes brittle skin and prevents dandruff. And the scent—a blend of sandalwood, cedarwood, and eucalyptus—also receives high marks.
Best Beard Oil for Shaving
Are you ready to shave your beard? Lab Series sees you, offering a three-in-one product—a skin-hydrating, hair-smoothing, and shaving solution—that’ll let you bid farewell to your facial hair. But if you get cold feet, the formula will still enrich your beard until the day you choose to chop it off.
Best Fashion-Adjacent Beard Oil
It should come as no surprise that the most elegant man in the world has grooming products you need to look and feel your best. His beard oil, for one, is made from almond oil and vitamin E, and is infused with the scents of his signature fragrances.
Best Scented Beard Oil
Le Labo’s prices can be steep, but the results are well worth it. The formula consists of nourishing ingredients like jojoba, sunflower, and grapeseed oils, locking in moisture in the hair while also replenishing the skin. But what sets this product apart from the rest is the scent, infused with lavender, violet, and toka bean notes. There’s no need to spray on cologne when you have this guy doing the work already.
Best Affordable Beard Oil
You don’t have to break the bank to keep your beard looking good, and this beard oil proves it. With Moroccan mint and cedar, it smells as good as it’ll make your beard look.
Best Beard Oil for Stubborn Beards
For beards that have been through everything with you—rough patches and bumpy roads included—a tough beard oil is an essential. This one has softening ingredients that work wonders.
Best Lightweight Beard Oil
For those who are iffy about using beard oils because they don’t want to slather a cloying substance on their face (reasonable), this is the beard oil for you. All-natural ingredients make it feel so effortlessly lightweight, you won’t even notice it’s there.
Best No-Frills Beard Oil
Whether you’re a beard veteran or new to your beard journey, you’ve probably come across Cremo before. That’s because it’s an infallible classic, with ingredients like sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, and jojoba seed oil.
Trishna Rikhy is the Associate Style Commerce Editor at Esquire. Previously, her writing has appeared in Vogue Runway, PAPER Magazine, V Magazine, V MAN, and more. She is based in NYC, but can probably be found wherever the strongest cup of coffee is.
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