If you are growing a beard (whether on purpose or a lingering consequence of the pandemic), or if you are in the process of becoming accustomed to grooming habits, you might’ve wondered what the difference is between beard balm and beard oil. We’re here to flesh out the possibilities for you!
You may have already noticed that most beard companies offer both options for beard grooming. Now the question is, do you need both? And why are they important for your beard?
If you’ve searched for beard oils online, you’ve probably encountered hundreds of results, and many different options. While beard oils are immensely popular, beard balms are a little under the radar. Essentially, beard balms are made of all the same ingredients as beard oils (as in, all the same oils), but made with a primary base of cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax. These ingredients make it resemble a waxy and creamy substance (hence the balm), which melts when you rub it into your hands. Balms are amazing because they provide conditioning for your beard as well as a hold that oils don’t really offer. If you have an unruly and messy beard, then balms should be the to-go for you.
If your beard is pretty tame, and you enjoy the way it lays naturally, then we recommend you go for a beard oil. Beard oils provide essential nutrients and vitamins for your beard that won’t affect the shape or grooming style. If you want to condition your beard, and maintain healthy nutrients, while letting the shape roam free, then beard oil is the way to go.
The case for both
Some people use a combination of both: oils in the evenings and balms in the morning. Using a combination provides extra nourishment and longer lasting effects. If you are growing your beard, we can’t stress enough how important it is to use at least one of these products and include it in your grooming routine!
We recently spoke with DJ Irie about his grooming habits and how he’s been growing a beard during quarantine, give it a read.