- Why We Are Qualified To Recommend The Best Beard Oil
- What Is Beard Oil And Why Should You Consider Using It?
- So This Might Have You Wondering, What Is Beard Oil Made Up Of?
- Understanding The Role of Carrier Oils Within Beard Oil
- Essential Oils Will Give You Both Great Aromas and Some Unexpected Positive Benefits
- Lastly What Else To Look Out For On The Label When Considering A Beard Oil
- Doing Your Due Diligence On The Company
- How To Apply Beard Oil?
- Is Beard Oil Just Used For Winter Months?
- Looking at All The Beard Oils Available Through Amazon
- How The Final Rating Was Determined For the Best Beard Oil of 2018
- Best Beard Oils 2018 – Here’s The Top Ones:
Why We Are Qualified To Recommend The Best Beard Oil
At Tools of Men building trust with each and every single one of our readers is critical. That’s why when you read each one of the reviews below, you can be rest assured that none of the companies mentioned are secretly stuffing money in our back pocket in order to skew the review process.
We take great pride in being a part of the bearded community and have spent countless hours covering every facet of how to properly care for your beard. We have written about some of the best beard balms, beard shampoos (commonly referred to as washes), beard combs, and even beard brushes.
Without bragging too much, we like to say that we are one of the leading and unbiased authorities when it comes to recommending beard products for men across the United States and even the entire world.
To take the review process even one step further, with each one of the reviews below we also did our qualitative research in bearded communities to see what others beardsmen have thought about the beard oils reviewed.
What Is Beard Oil And Why Should You Consider Using It?
Beard oil has been around for years, however it wasn’t until just recently did it really start to take off when men discovered all the benefits that it gives.
One of the textbook problems that beard oil solves is beardruff.
What’s beardruff you might be wondering? Here’s a high level overview:
As your beard begins to grow in, you will start to experience an itchy sensation. This usually happens about a month after untamed growth. The reason for this increased itching is that your skin is drying out beneath your beard.
To understand this dryness you have to take a bit closer look at your beard and what is going on within your outer layer of skin.
You see, when your beard follicles grow, they naturally require more nutrients and moisture (think of it like a plant).
At the root of every hair, you have a couple sebaceous glands that are located along the shaft of each hair follicle (as pictured below):
Unfortunately whether your hair follicle is .5″ or 12″ in length, the sebaceous glands are a finite size and can only produce a finite amount of sebum oil within a day. As your beard continues to grow longer and longer, there will be a cross over point where your beard follicle needs more sebum oil than what your sebaceous glands can produce in a day.
This is demonstrated in the illustration below:
After this cross over point occurs (circled above), the skin that lies beneath your beard will eventually start to dry out.
A natural side effect from the dry skin will be a common problem that effects all men with beards that don’t use a beard oil – beardruff.
Just like your dandruff for your scalp, beardruff is just the flaking of your skin due to extreme dryness.
Coincidentally, this is where products like beard oil and beard balm come in to solve this problem.
When you use beard oil, you are giving your face the much needed nourishment (and more importantly – moisture) that it is looking for that it is currently missing out on.
Beard oil acts as a completely all natural supplement to the sebum oil that is lacking in production from your sebaceous glands.
The great part about most beard oil on the market is that its all natural (i.e. only comes from plants), and is able to compliment just about any skin type.
Even if you have naturally oily skin, but are still experiencing beardruff – you shouldn’t skip using beard oil as a fear of increased acne and other skin aliment. Plant oils like jojoba act as a balance to your natural sebum oil and shouldn’t cause an uptick in acne production or clogged pores. In addition, some essential oils such as tea tree and sandalwood oil actually act as anti-septics which combat the onset of acne. I’ll touch on this a bit more in the next section as well.
So This Might Have You Wondering, What Is Beard Oil Made Up Of?
Beard oil is primary made up of two main ingredients, carrier oils and essential oils. Some higher end and cheap beard oils may also contain other ingredients which we will touch on in just a moment.
Understanding The Role of Carrier Oils Within Beard Oil
By and large, the largest component to any beard oil is going to be a carrier oil. If you were to take a look at any beard oil off the shelf, more often than not the actual oil is made up between 90 to 95% carrier oil (in some instances 100%).
Carrier oils are responsible for giving beard oil all of its great skin and hair benefits.
The reason why carrier oils are so key in beard oil is not only that they do a great job in warding off beardruff, but they also will make even the roughest of beards much smoother and make them appear a whole lot healthier.
A smooth and well nourished beard that contains beard oil will also be much less susceptible to split ends as well.
Now there are a few things to keep in mind when taking a look at beard oils and the ingredients listed on the label.
Some beard oil vendors like to use an old marketing trick of making their product sound much more sophisticated than what it is. What we mean by that is that they like to use the scientific or botanical name of the carrier oils. So therefore if you see Simmondsia chinensis on the label this is really just jojoba oil (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”), nothing else.
Speaking of jojoba oil, if its your first ever time picking up a beard oil, we would highly recommend checking out a product that contains this carrier oil as its core ingredient.
You see jojoba is the one carrier oil that most closely resembles the natural sebum oil that you are already producing. Therefore when applied to your beard and skin the chance of allergic reaction occurring is going to be minimal while still being a terrific high performance oil to achieve all the great benefits.
If you want to skip on jojoba and go with another mild carrier oil, a product containing argan oil would also suffice as well.
It is definitely worth mentioning that some men do simply use just a straight jojoba or argan oil on their beard every day as it will be a few buck cheaper than purchasing a beard oil itself that contains essential oils.
But while you might save a few bucks using just a carrier oil in substitute for beard oil, you miss out on all the fun that essential oils provide!
Essential Oils Will Give You Both Great Aromas and Some Unexpected Positive Benefits
The life of the party and of beard oil is definitely going to be the essential oils.
So what are essential oils?
There are literally hundreds of essential oils on the market, from cedarwood to lemon, and just about everything in between there will be scents to suit your nose.
Just like cologne, scents given off by essential oils are highly subjective and rest solely on the beardsmans shoulders to decide which one will suit them best.
Now it is important to note that when it comes to beard oil and the essential oils contained within it, they are more of a passive scent. Therefore beard oil isn’t made to replace your cologne, in fact the scents given off by beard oil will be incredibly subtle a few hours after application. The reason for this is due to essential oils potency. The scent found in cologne is synthetically made to last for several hours.
Therefore, if you are sensitive to smells, you don’t have to worry about beard oil being too overpowering when you apply it before you head out the door in the morning.
When deciding on a beard oil, one of the most common and most beloved scents are those that contain pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood.
However, with the essential oils, scents are only half of the story.
Many essential oils do indeed provide several topical benefits for your skin. As we eluded to a bit earlier, some popular essential oils like sandalwood and tea tree double as an disinfectant which is great for your skin and pores.
This is important for men you may have acne flare ups from time to time as essential oils that are naturally antiseptics will actually clear out your pores thus likely reducing the occurrence of acne. Every man of course is different, so results will vary from one guy to the next.
In addition to skin benefits its critical to mention the potency of essential oils. As inferred earlier, essential oils only make up a small portion of any beard oil, typically around 5% to 10%.
If you ever have a reaction to beard oil (although rare), in most cases it will be due to an essential oil. If you have severely sensitive skin, of course you will always want to consult with your physician or dermatologist, we would recommend steering clear of any citrus based essential oils as they are more likely to cause general skin irritation.
Lastly What Else To Look Out For On The Label When Considering A Beard Oil
As the beard trend has taken off as of late, naturally you will have “premium” and “thrifty” or “economy” beard oils within the marketplace.
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering any of these beard oils.
First off, a good rule of thumb is that if the beard oil vendor doesn’t list the ingredients on the label, its best to avoid that product. Since this is a oil that you will be applying on a regular basis, the last thing you need to be doing is applying a mystery solution and experiencing unintended results.
Secondly, and this goes for the cheaper oils, make sure you avoid products that contain synthetic ingredients (i.e. silicone), as these actually don’t provide any sort of skin or hair benefits for your face or beard.
Lastly, this one is actually a great thing to look out for, is if the beard oil contains Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is a nice little benefit that beard oil vendors are starting to include within their products. Vitamin E provides an extra layer of benefits for both your hair and skin that aren’t already covered in a carrier or essential oil.
Doing Your Due Diligence On The Company
While the beard trend is in full swing, there will inevitably be a lot of people out there trying to make a quick buck.
When putting together this review, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t fall into the same trap that so many other consumers have fallen for before.
Therefore every one of the beard oils reviewed in this article have been fully vetted to ensure that they have proper customer service lines, contact forms, and someone behind label that can actually help you should you have any questions.
We feel that this is fair – especially given so many shady companies out there.
Now if you do decide to venture off and buy a beard oil yourself – look for these signs of a scam beard oil company:
- They have an actual website with a phone # or address (preferably in the country you are purchasing it from)
- Their address is of an actual office building (we found some companies providing a Virtual Office in a large city to seem real)
- Social Media doesn’t lie (Instagram and YouTube especially) – see if they have ever posted a picture of their production facility, founder, etc. of people who work at the company (not just a picture of a bottle or memes)
- Read the reviews on their product detail page to see customer service experiences
How To Apply Beard Oil?
Applying beard oil is a extremely easy – and in fact should become a part of your everyday morning routine.
Once you wake up, hop in the shower and give your beard a gentle scrub with a beard shampoo instead of soap (this is so it locks in additional moisture).
After you are done with your shower, you will want to make sure that your beard is thoroughly dried off.
Then you would take your beard oil and pour out about a dime sized amount (about 3-4 drops) into the palm of your hand.
Simply rub your hands together and begin to massage your beard starting from the base of the follicle and work your way down to the tip of the hair.
It is important to note that the amount of beard oil may vary depending on the length of your beard.
As we mentioned earlier, the number of beard oils on the market in 2018 is staggering.
Which is great for you as it has helped lower prices a bit!
However, just like everything in life just about, its cheaper for you to build it yourself that to buy it off the shelf.
Beard oil is no different in this respect. In fact beard oil is marked up on average about 80 – 90%!
Here’s the kicker though:
If its your first time every purchasing beard oil, we would very much highly recommend that you buy one off the shelf before you take the plunge into the beard oil making world.
Not necessarily because making your beard oil is hard (because its not), but that you want to make sure you have a base for the type of consistency and scent to expect after trying out one that was made from the pros.
Once you have tried a few different bottles, then you can start crafting your own by following our beard oil recipe guide.
Or you can check out this video we made:
Is Beard Oil Just Used For Winter Months?
No not at all.
But here’s the deal:
When its winter time, the elements are a lot harsher, especially the further north you go. With the dryness of winter, your beard will suffer big time.
Beard oil should be applied year round, however, during the winter months it is especially important.
During the winter months, your beard will be especially dry and will be lacking of nutrients. In fact the lack of moisture that your beard has, it will in fact start to frizzle and be extremely unkempt.
Looking at All The Beard Oils Available Through Amazon
As we said in the beginning of this article – we love beard oil and have spent countless hours and sleepless nights researching it exhaustively!
So much so, that we were wanted to share this unbelievably awesome graph with you:
So what does this tell us?
A few really critical things actually!
So we went out to Amazon and took a list of all beard oils in similar sizes (i.e. 1oz bottles) and compared them based on the following dimensions:
As you can see above Price is listed on the Y axis on the left and rating ($0 to $35) and rating on the X axis (3.6 to 5.0).
The size of the circle is determined the number of reviews (larger the circle equates to more reviews given).
A quick note about the rating and reviews dimension:
Amazon isn’t perfect when it comes to reviews. There are a few companies that try to game the system to make sure their product is shown as highly rated.
To combat this, we only included beard oils that had 30 reviews posted. While its somewhat hazy whether 30 is actually a statistically significant amount, we wanted to have that as our starting point. This would filter out beard oils that had a perfect 5.0 rating and only a small handful of reviews.
But why Amazon and not every beard oil vendor’s site?
From our cursory research we found that reviews on vendors sites tend to be a bit more favorable than those on Amazon. This is likely due to brand loyalty and repeat purchases from loyal beardsmen.
Also companies may mask negative reviews or remove them altogether – therefore making it harder to get a true view of what a rating is about a beard oil.
In addition, beard oil vendors that are highly engaged with their audience may be able to solicit higher ratings when compared to other beard vendors – this is why we thought Amazon was a good starting point for this graph. Also not all vendors have the same review scale on how beard oils are rated.
We thought that Amazon would bring out a more natural score when compared elsewhere.
So be sure to check out the entire write up along with the interactive chart on the following post.
How The Final Rating Was Determined For the Best Beard Oil of 2018
Judging beard oil can be tough, given purely the subjectivity of it.
Much of it is scent based and every guy has their own opinion on what smells right for them.
Therefore in our ratings that we give for the best beard oil, we didn’t weigh too heavily on scent (although it is a factor).
Instead we also looked at several other factors including price, average rating from various online vendors, quality of the ingredients, and most importantly the beard oils effectiveness at keeping a beard well nourished throughout the day and its ability to prevent beardruff.