Real talk: I’m proud to call myself a hairy guy and that’s why I only want the best beard balms. I hate shaving and I’m pretty sure that male grooming companies that make billions by marketing the b.s. of shaving really hate me. I’ve had the ability to grow a full beard since the age of 15, rocking whiskers for most of my adult life. I love my beard.
Like woodworking or planting a garden, growing a Odin-esque beard takes time and dedication. Think of a beard as trailing moss hanging from the bough of some aged oak.
A few weeks ago, I went to a barbershop in Los Angeles for a beard shape-up. I asked him about my maintenance routine for my face fleece — shampoo, conditioner, and occasionally some beard oil. He scoffed at me, telling me I was doing more harm than good.
“Stop doing that. Immediately. Just get yourself some good beard balm.”
A man’s beard is an extension of himself. But that doesn’t mean you can let it go like a lumberjack in the 1890s. Beardruff is a big problem once your beard ages a couple months, as is the dreaded beard itch from dry skin that drives a grizzly man to do the unthinkable: Shave his face. Plus, no one likes a beard with split ends like a Civil War general– Why look like a mangy cat rather than embracing your true Sasquatch?
That’s why a great beard must be maintained with a proper, all-natural beard balm. Over time, wash-in shampoo and conditioner will dry your beard out, destroying the protein in those prickly hairs instead of nourishing it. A good beard oil with natural ingredients like Argan, avocado, Jojoba, and almond oils will help restore your beard and leave it shiny, but it won’t help you shape it to look more robust like a true Gandalf beard.
Insert beard balm, the men’s grooming essential that every beardsman needs to apply on the reg. Almost all beard balms include beeswax to help shape your beard, alongside a variety of all-natural ingredients and oils to properly condition those hairs. In addition to coconut, Argan, avocado, Jojoba, and almond oils, many beard balms out there include raw Shea butter and Vitamin E. Not only does beard balm make your facial hair look and feel softer, it makes it smell fantastic.
I want you to live your best bearded life. Self-improvement while embracing your manly awesomeness is the drum we beat to here at BroBible. So I put together a non-nonsense guide to the very best beard balms on Amazon.
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites beard balm options on Amazon…
Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner
Honest Amish is one of the most popular beard balms on Amazon, with thousands and thousands and thousands of units sold. It’s also one of the cheapest beard balms on Amazon. Hailing from the tiny town halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh, Honest Amish whips up a blend from scratch using only 100% natural, organic and sustainable ingredients. The base blend consists of virgin argan, avocado, almond, virgin pumpkin seed, and apricot kernal oils, with shea, aloe, cocoa, and kokum butters added to keep your whiskers extra soft. It keeps your beard nice and soft, but the best thing is thing is the smell: There’s a touch of clove, a little black licorice, and lots of citrus-spice notes.
Just a little dab goes a long way.
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Magic Beard Balm by Mountaineer Brand
Founded by a brother-sister duo in West Virginia, Mountaineer Brand is lauded for keeping beards soft. Their signature beard balm is scented with grapefruit, lime, and fir needle, leaving beards smelling like a pine grove forest. There’s no aloe in the all-natural blend, but it does contain grapeseed Oil, almond oil, beeswax, sheabutter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, lime oil, fir needle oil, and grapefruit oil.
Say goodbye to that pesky beard itch.
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Grave Before Shave — MISC Scents
Spice is the variety of life. California-based GRAVE BEFORE SHAVE is all about *options* with their all-natural beard balms. There’s a cigar-scent beard balm. A bay rum beard balm. A bourbon beard balm. Even a tequila limon beard balm. Despite all the varieties, their scents are significantly more mild compared to more over-powering options in the marketplace.
Bonus points for having some of the coolest label packaging in the beard balm game. It’s like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas meets manscaping.
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Bossman Relaxing Beard Balm
More scent options! Bossman hails from Austin, Texas, ironic hipster beard capital of the world. Their RELAXING blends of beard balm help tame your beard while also nourishing and replenishing it to keep it silky smooth and soft for that special someone in your life. The Magic Scent packs a true olfactory punch: Heavy notes of sandal wood and vanilla, along with “intoxicating” accents of bergamont, patchouli and frankincense.
Gives a rugged, cedar lumberjack smell and doesn’t leave your beard feeling like an oil pan. Win-win.
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Duke Cannon Best Beard Balm
Shout out to my aunt for getting me a tin of Duke Cannon for Christmas. It’s a new balm for me and it doesn’t disappoint. Best Damn Beard Balm comes in a tin that acts like an Altoid tin — It actually collapses! No prying or screwing off necessary. There’s not as much balm in the product itself — 1.6oz compared to two ounces. It’s also a little bit more grainy than other balms out there (that’s from the Shea Butter re-cooling and crystalizing), but it leaves your beard soft and smelling like a redwood forest, with big notes of citrus.
Duke Cannon Supply Company also donates a portion of their proceeds to charities that support veteran causes. Bravo to that!
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Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm
CEDARWOOD! Let me repeat that… CEDARWOOD! If you’re looking for a balm that keeps you soft with jojoba, tea tree, and coconut oil and gives you lots of style control, Rocky Mountain Beard Balm is for you. You’ll smell like Grizzly Adams’ log cabin in the middle of the mountains, not like a flaky hipster city boi flower patch. They use eight-different essential oils sourced across Canada for the musk, which also includes hints of rosemary and lavender.
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Beard Balm by Liberty Grooming
Subtle-smelling and manly. Liberty Virtu helps manage your beard while combating the dreaded beard itch. The musky scent is far from exotic — kinda reminds me of grandpa cologne — but it does apply smoothly to your hands without any weird chunkiness. Also, one of the more affordable options on Amazon.
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Detroit Grooming Co. – 4oz Beard Butter
First of all, this product from Detroit Grooming Co. has an AMAZING aroma. Cedarwood, tobacco, and vanilla, almost like the pleasant scent of fresh pipe tobacco. It hydrates your face like crazy thanks to the following ingredients: unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Germ Oil.
A big plus for me is the size of the packaging. With an application every day, I’ll run through a two-oz tin of beard balm in about three or four weeks. The four-ounce Detroit Grooming Beard Butter, however, lasted a couple months.
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Urban Prince Beard Balm
Are you a MASTER OF YOUR MAN MANE? Urban Prince beard balm is all about mosterizing “the skin underneath your beard to keep beardruff at bay.” Urban Prince Beard Balm keeps that face fuzz extra soft thanks to Jojoba and Argan oil to help promote your hair growth, along with sheat butter, olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E. The smell is warm and pleasant, without making you feel like you just doused yourself in hippy oils.
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Honest Amish – Heavy Duty Beard Balm
Remember Honest Amish at the very top of this list? Well let’s talk about their HEAVY DUTY, OLD FASHION option. The difference is HOLDING POWER. Just like a truck, a manly beard needs torque and the heavy duty balm keeps those bristly whiskers on the chin rug soft while going in the same direction. Perfect for all hairsuite woodsmen who find themselves in an office cubicle during the 9-to-5.
Also: Points for one of the best Amazon answers ever:
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Rogue Beard Company Beard Balm
Hailing from the majestic mountains of Colorado, the dudes at Rogue Beard Company know that few things in life are as pleasant as the scent of sandalwood. It’s a musk that smells like pure manliness. Because keeping that furry face extra silky is the key to any and all beard balms, Rogue Beard Balm includes a unique mix of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Argan Oil, and Jojoba Oil, along with pure Sandalwood Essential Oil.
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Cremo Beard & Scruff Cream
Years ago, when I was a baby-faced, clean-shaven man, a barber recommended Cremo shaving cream to help combat nicks and scratches. It changed the game for me and I’m pretty confident in saying that Cremo’s signature tube-creme is some of the best shaving cream in the world. Let’s talk about their beard product: It’s great for hydrating those dry beards, preventing split ends. It feels like a high quality hand salve when you rub it in your hands. But hydrating and shaping is only one part of the pie in a great beard balm. Smell is key. Though there’s definitely some musk, Cremo’s Once-For-All Beard Balm is relatively odor-less, which is kind of a bummer if you want to smell your whiskers all day.
But hey — If that’s what you’re looking for, more power to you.
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Smooth Viking Beard Balm
SKÖL! SKÖL! SKÖL!Thicken that beard like a Nordic legend ready for a seafaring voyage across the frigid North Atlantic.Smooth Viking is a beard brand trying to make products for “the modern-day Viking,” claiming that archaeologists have found “combs, tweezers, razors and various other grooming utensils which indicate that Vikings wanted to look their brutish best at all times.” I believe it — You ever see Jared Allen’s beard back in the day? That thing was wild but tamed.
Keeps your beard soft, moisturizes, but a little greasy if you overdo it.
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Badger Beard Balm
If you’re into really keeping that beard luscious, do yourself a favor and read up on Babassu oil. Here, I’ll make it easy for you. While many beard balms go heavy on coconut oil and shea butter, Badger Balm is a firm believer in Babassu oil, a more lightweight oil from palm fruit that soaks in fast with less mess. It leaves your beard light and feathery,. This leaves your whiskers feathery.
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Lumber Prince Beard Balm
Another fantastic scent from the guys at Bushclawz that tries to capture “the modern day LumberJack” while leaving your beard beard manageable.
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Wild Willie’s Beard Butter
Beard butter made with all-natural ingredients in Georgia to tame wild facial manes. Wild Willies Beard Balm is buttery with a pungent piny odor that makes you smell like you slept on a forest floor.
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