Beard Oil or Beard Balm. What's the difference?

Beard oil or Beard Balm? If you’ve started growing a beard you’ve probably considered using these two products at some point.

Beard oil and beard balm are just two products which will promote healthy beard growth and appearance, but which product is best for you? To make your choice a little easier we’ve given you our opinion below.  

Beard Oil

Beard oil has been used since time immemorial by beardsmen and is considered a must have if you’re looking to grow a healthier beard. The primary benefit of oil is that it softens your facial hair, prevents itching and adds a lustrous shine. How does it achieve all these wonderful benefits? Well, mainly through its ingredients. Beard oil is made up mostly of carrier oils (base oils) such as jojoba, sweet almond oil, avacodo oil etc. These oils nourish both your skin and hair, preventing dryness. Essential oils are then added, which give the oil its scent.

The great thing about beard oil is that it moisturises the skin beneath your beard and is absorbed by hair follicles relatively quickly, making it ideal for use in shorter beards. When using beard oil remember to only apply a few drops though as you don’t want your beard to look greasy!


  • Great for shorter beards
  • Softens, reduces itching and adds shine
  • Makes your beard smell amazing

Beard Balm

Beard Balm is relatively hard in terms of consistency as its main ingredients are usually a mixture of solids like Sheabutter and Beeswax (which gives some shaping power). Balm turns oily when rubbed between your fingers, making it pretty easy to smooth into your beard. Because balm contains solid ingredients, it’s great for smoothing and taming longer facial hair or keeping those damned fly aways in check!

The ability of the balm to tame your beard will largely depend on how much beeswax is in it. Some balms contain very little beeswax and act more as leave in conditioners. 

Balm, like oil, softens and conditions your beard too. 


  • Tames fly away hairs
  • Ideal for longer beard looking for shape
  • Softens and nourishes
  • Enhances volume, makes your beard look thicker


Which one?

How long is a piece of string? The answer is, it depends.  If you have a shorter beard, then we recommend using beard oil. For longer and fuller beards beard balm might be a better choice as it provides the additional benefit of smoothing and taming. Of course there’s nothing stopping you from using both. I tend to use beard oil daily and beard balm a few times week. Whatever you decide to choose, know that you’re on your way to creating a healthier beard.

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