“Bearded” doesn’t have to mean scruffy. In fact, beards are “in” now more than ever, and with the proper care and right beard balm, that beard you’re sporting can be soft, smooth and suave. But of course, buying and trying out a bunch of balms and waxes, wasting half-tins that don’t work for you, just to find one you like is a bit of a pain- – so we’ve rounded up a few of the best beard balms out there right now. With the right balm and the right care, you can up your beard game and go from disheveled to dapper or bedraggled to bearded Bond in no time.
If you care about your beard, you don’t want to be putting in any kind of unnatural chemicals or artificial ingredients in there, so our guide contains only the most natural and healthiest balms we could find. Here’s our list for the best beard balms of 2018.
Honest Amish Beard Balm
With a name like that, how you can you not want to trust this balm? The Amish sure know a thing or two about beards – and about making quality goods by hand. This fantastic balm made from only the finest all-natural ingredients, including virgin argan, avocado, grapeseed, virgin pumpkin seed, and apricot oil. Mix that with some nut butters (shea, aloe, cocoa) and you’ve got some seriously smooth, soothing stuff. It comes in a classic, vintage tin, and is entirely chemical or preservative free.
Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm
Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm is made in America, and has a nice scent reminiscent of a redwood forest. It’s made with natural ingredients such as Lanolin, Beeswax, Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter and Jojoba oil, which give your beard a silky smooth, soft feel with a bite of shine -and without any grease. Duke Cannon also gives it a small, portable tin that clasps solidly tight for travel.
Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm
The ultimate old-fashioned, outdoorsy beard balm. Rocky Mountain Barber Company makes their products with the mission to provide active, outdoorsy men with the best control their hair and beards can have. Their Beard Balm is made from all natural and organic ingredients, 8 different essential oils, beeswax and shea butter, with a delicious and masculine cedarwood scent. Putting this stuff in your beard will not only give you great control and smooth shine – but inspire you to get outside and partake in some adventure.
Wild Willie’s Beard Butter
Wild Willie’s prides themselves on being unique and original – styling your beard how you wish, with pride. And that’s the same spirit they put into their Beard Butter, an organic blend of 13 natural ingredients made in Georgia, that moisturizes your beard, removes itchiness and keeps everything tame and in place. It comes in two unique scents – Original tea tree, and Cool Mint – for a unique, vintage vibe.
Smooth Viking Beard Balm makes your beard look fuller and thicker, with its (of course) all-natural mix of essential oils and butters – including avocado and sweet almond – adding some volume and life to thinner beards. On the other hand, Smooth Viking’s superior hold and shaping power tame and control even the thickest and gnarliest of beards. It’s got a clean, light scent without any added fragrance, so your beard smells fresh but not overpowering.