With Beards being so popular, the rise of beard grooming products has exploded, But what do these product offer and why use them?
Here at British Master Barbers we have tested some of the many beard oils on the market and aim to explain how they differ and can aid condition and growth of a beard.
Beard oil usage is now one of the main routines of the beard owner. This product serves both aesthetic and a functional purposes. Oil offers beard conditioning and nourishment and the mix of masculine scents is purely a personal preference and can almost take place of the usual manly cologne.
Most beard oils are made with all-natural ingredients and offer a healthy option for your skin and beard.
To use beard oil, pour a small amount into the palm, then distribute over the fingers of both hands. Then apply the oil directly on to the skin under your beard, this will start the hydrating process at the base, and work the remaining oil through the rest of your beard and moustache. This is also a good time to give the beard a bit of a comb. How often you use beard oil might depend on the dryness of the climate and hardness of the local water, but it could be from a few times daily to every few days.
We have been sent Beard oils from some of the most popular brands around the world and have found every oil has a slightly different viscosity, Scent and longevity.
All the products we have tested offered great results and greatly improved the look and feel of the beards we tested on, most of which have never used beard oil.
DEAR BARBER - 30ml £9.95
Dear Barber Beard Oil creates soft, smooth, whiskers and adds a healthy sheen. High quality results for professional use, but also a great product to sell in salons thanks to it's unique design. Part of the amazing Dear Barber modern male grooming range.
Contains: Argan oil, Almond oil, Coconut oils
VARSITY BEARD - 30ML £16.00
Varsity Beard has designed a simple and effective Beard Oil, which is infused with a unique blend of Essential Oils, specifically selected for their properties, and giving a fresh, clean scent. Ideal for daily use.
Contains: Argan Oil, Citronellol, Geranoil, Limonene, Linalool
BRIGHTON BEARD COMPANY - 3X 10ml gift set £19.95
The 'Groombridge' 3 piece gift set features three fragrant and uniquely scented beard oils;
The original Mandarin, Juniper & Cedarwood,
Black Pepper and Grapefruit.
and the Ylang Ylang & Sandalwood.
Contains: Argan oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E.
IBIZA BLEND BEARD OIL - 30ml £unavailable
Ibiza Blend Beard Oil has been created by a bearded man in Ibiza. Only natural ingredients meticulously blended to create a fine nourishing oil and an amazingly original almost minty scent.
All ingredients are sourced from natural organic stores and great care is taken in hand preparing it on the special island of Ibiza.
Contains: Almond Oil, Grape seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil and 3 separate essential oils for it's unique aroma
BARBERSHOP BEARD OIL - 50ML £17.99
Blended in Manchester using all natural produce and the finest essential oils. The rich blend of sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Petitgrain give off a woodsy yet musky aroma while still smelling fresh and hygienic like an old school barber shop. The base oils have been carefully selected to reduce irritation and inflammation making them perfect for your beard.
Contains: Prunus dulcis (almond sweet)
Simmondsia chinesis (Jojoba)
Tocopherol (vitamin e)
Cananga Odorata (ylang ylang)
Santalum Album in Amyris Balsamifera (Sandalwood blend)
Cedrus Atlantica (cedar wood)
Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender)
Citrus Aurantium (petitgrain)
Throughout our testing we noticed the aromas were the most noticeable difference in these oils. Obviously personal taste determines which oil you buy. Most brands offer smaller sample 10ml sizes so at a relatively small cost you can afford to mix it up and try a few.
The thickness (viscosity) of the oil also made a difference. The thicker oil seemed to provide a better result on longer thicker beards but would also leave more of a residue.
The results on all the beard oils we used, clearly showed an improvement in smoothness, moisture, decline in wispiness and generally more nourished beards. If you have a beard and have never tried a beard oil, you have a lot to gain and little to loose.
Special Thanks to all the Beard oil manufactures that were involved with creating this review.