What's the difference between beard oil and beard balm?

What's the difference between beard oil and beard balm?

I am often asked to explain the difference between Beard Oil and Beard Balm, as well as, give advice on which one someone should use.  As always, I will share what works best for me, along with some general guidelines that I have learned over the years.  The simple answer is that both products will soften the beard, with beard oil being better for the skin and beard balm providing more shape and control. To be more specific, here are some basic characteristics of each.

Beard Oil:
  • The main purpose is to soften the beard and hydrate the skin.
  • Typically made with all natural carrier oils, containing vitamins, essential fatty acids, and proteins that help make your beard soft, silky, and shiny.
  • Many include essential oils for scenting, mood control, and anti-bacterial properties

Beard Balm:
  • The primary function is to shape and control your beard.
  • Most, but not all, are made with wax.
  • Can come in varying degrees of hold, from light to strong.
  • Light hold balms, especially ones not made with wax will condition the facial hair and give it a great shine.
  • In most cases it will not condition the skin under your facial hair as it tends to stay primarily on the beard.  

Based on the characteristics listed above you should have an idea which one will work best for you.  If you are still unsure, experiment until you find your routine.  

For me, I have found that I like the results of using both products together.  I apply beard oil right after showering when the pores of my skin are open and the beard is slightly damp.  This will result in better absorption and a less oily beard.  After a minute or two, I apply beard balm.  It's important to rub the balm between your hands to get it to fully melt before applying.  This will allow the product to distribute evenly throughout your beard, as well as, fully absorb.  After applying any product, use your comb or brush to get the shape you are looking for. 

Most of the time I encourage people to start with a great beard oil, and as the beard grows out, add a balm to the beard care regimen.  Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer.  The best product for you is the one that works for you!

Thank you for reading!

Kelly Brott ~ Brott's Beard Care

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