The Best Beard Oil: Our Top Picks for Scent, Growth, and Skin Care
If you're picking out a beard oil for the first time, you've probably noticed: there are a ridiculous number of beard oils out there. There are literally hundreds of them, and they all look and sound the same, and it can be a hassle to figure out what you need.
So, like the heroes we are, we used and then took notes on dozens of them, and came up with our Best Beard Oils list. What you see below is the best of the best, and we arranged them by type—best-scent, best for growth, and best for skin care.
We should be honest here: we overdid it a bit, and the post below goes really in-depth, to an almost silly degree. So, if you just want an overview of our results, we've included a summary of each of our reviews—that should provide you with everything you need to know and get you on your way.
Beard oil can fix a lot of the problems that come with having a beard—everything from dry skin, to itchiness, to beardruff—and they can make your beard look fantastic, as well. We hope there's something here that helps you.
The Top Beard Oils: Summaries
After extensive research, here are what we believe to be...
The Most Fragrant Beard Oils:
Zeus Beard Oil. These are, in our opinion, the best "classic" masculine scents—Zeus features delivers on clean, crisp scents like Italian Cypress, Verbena Lime, Vanilla Rum, Sandalwood, Spiced Maple, and Tea Tree, and "Woodsy." These actually smell like what they're supposed to smell like, which isn't always the case.
Grave Before Shave Beard Oil. These are the most creative scents we found—everything from Cigar + Vanilla to Caramel Mocha to Bourbon and Sandalwood to Tequila Limon. It can be difficult to get creative with masculine scents, but these are somehow fun and youthful and rugged all at once.
Honest Amish Beard Oil. This is the best sweet-scented beard oil we found—it's unique, pleasant, inviting, and most importantly, not over-the-top. Very unique and just right.
The Best Beard Oils for Growth:
Beardoholic Beard Oil. It's got a great ingredient list, it comes in a handsome bottle and features a stopper top so the bottle doesn't leak, and it has a really fascinating fragrance—it's a lot like a cologne, but not too heavy. It can help create a healthy skin environment that can help beard hair grow.
Growther Beard Oil. With a very unique formulation—among other things, it's got ylang-ylang and flowers of sulfur (aka, "brimstone")—it's designed specifically to assist in natural beard growth. It, too, has a unique and enticing scent—earthy and a little minty.
The Best Beard Oils for Skin Care:
Viking Revolution Beard Oil. It only contains two ingredients—argan oil and jojoba oil, plus an essential oil if you get a scented version—and it specifically targets dry skin and beardruff. Unlike many oils focused on skin care, it comes in different scents, including Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Bay Rum, and Cedar and Pine.
Jack Black Beard Oil. The thickest beard oil we've found, and maybe the best moisturizer. It's the only beard oil we found that includes shea butter, which gives it some real lasting power—can be a great option if you need some skin care and hate it when oils evaporate too soon.
Gentleman's Beard Oil: One of the only true "scent-free" options out there—it includes argan oil and jojoba oil, and a few other ingredients—and it's designed to alleviate the "big three" beard issues: dry skin, itchiness, and beardruff.
If we had to choose our "best of the best," it would be Beardoholic Beard Oil—it moisturizes, it can help with beardruff, and it smells really great.
Alright! Those are our results, boiled down. For those of you who would like to know more, here are all the details—our observations, what we liked and didn't like, and a few photos of the products themselves. We'll start with...
The Most Fragrant Beard Oils
Beard oils are an important tool, and the right beard oil can make your beard look great, all while hydrating your skin and hair—but if we had to guess, we'd say the aspect of beard oils that guys appreciate most is the scent. If you're looking for product suggestions with a great fragrance range, these are the beard oils you may want to consider—we think they smell amazing, and far better than the rest of the oils we reviewed.
Keep in mind, we're discussing fragrance here, but that doesn't mean these oils are lacking in any other area—they're all top-notch beard oils with fantastic ingredients, and each can do a great job moisturizing your beard hair and skin and making your beard look healthy. First up:
Zeus Beard Oil: A Great Range of Classic Scents
Zeus was a busy guy, and in classical terms, he's best known for his generosity with thunder, and his gorgeous beard.
In present-day terms, we know him for his fantastic beard oil and its incredible range of classic scents. This company, along with Grave Before Shave, offers—in our humble opinion—the widest and absolute best selection of scents. They cover all the bases, in terms of sweet scents and earthy scents, and each one is really well-balanced. They've got:
Verbena Lime Beard Oil (favorite): Here's our absolute favorite thing about this scent: it actually smells like lime. We've reviewed more than a dozen oils with a citrus scent, and few actually resemble anything like citrus, but this actually has a bright, clear lime scent, and it's really pleasant. Lime is—and this is, along with everything else in this post, our opinion—a really fantastic scent to wear around all day: it's fresh and sweet and energetic. Thumbs up.
Italian Cypress Beard Oil (favorite): We love this one because there simply aren't too many beard oils that have an Italian Cypress scent. It's a really unique fragrance—Italian Cypress is fresh, a little pine-like, maybe even a little smoky. It's an earthy, interesting fragrance—a little like cologne, but much gentler. This can be a great option if you're going out for the evening, and want something a little "mysterious."
Sandalwood Beard Oil (favorite): Most beard companies make a beard oil in a sandalwood scent—it's a scent that a lot of guys equate with barbershops. It's cool and clean and refreshing, and their take on it stays true to what an experience of sandalwood is supposed to be.
Tea Tree Beard Oil: People new to tea tree scents are usually surprised by it—it's very strong and very minty. When we're having a sleepy morning and need a pop of energy, we give this a sniff. It's another wakeful, energetic scent, and if you like that sort of thing, it can be great to have in your beard.
Spiced Maple Beard Oil: This is another scent that most other beard oil makers skip over, and the only other one we know of is Caveman Smoked Maple Bacon Beard Oil, so it's great that Zeus included it. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and it actually fades a little more quickly than we'd like it to. Their other sweet scent is...
Vanilla Rum Beard Oil: This is, in our experience, their sweetest scent. Both vanilla and rum are inviting, welcoming scents, and while it's very aromatic, it doesn't make you smell like a desert, which is sometimes the case with vanilla scents. And finally...
Woodsy Beard Oil: "Woodsy" is a funny name for this scent—most beard oil makers name it "Fir" or "Pine" or something like that. It's a good name, though—it doesn't resemble any of those in particular, and instead smells... well, like the woods!
When we put all that together, it's a strong lineup! And when you consider that the beard oil has some great moisturizing ingredients that can hydrate a beard and ease some itchiness (namely, safflower oil, argan oil, and grapeseed oil), it basically covers everything we could ask for in a beard oil.
The *only* thing you need to watch out for here is that grapeseed oil—it has a shelf life of about six months, so you may need to give it a sniff every once in a while to make sure it's still good. Other than that, wonderful.
Grave Before Shave: A Great Range of CREATIVE Scents
This doesn't really matter, but one of our favorite things about Grave Before Shave is the artwork on the bottles. Every image is brilliant: you've got skeleton pirates with eye patches, lumberjack skulls with pinecone beards, zombie Viking bikers with horns—scary, gorgeous images. It's really creative, and that seems to be Grave Before Shave's goal—to be creative.
Each of their scents is a weird and unique combination. You've got:
Tequila Limon: We couldn't find another beard oil with a tequila + lemon scent, and that's what we're talking about: a bright, perky scent you won't find elsewhere. It's not a straight up citrus scent—it's a little fruitier somehow—but if you're a fan of bright scents, this one can be a nice option.
Cigar + Vanilla (favorite): When people hear "cigar," they may think something like cigarettes, but that's not the goal here—it's more like fresh tobacco leaf. The addition of vanilla is a nice touch, and that's actually what shines through—it's more of a sweet scent that's earthy, if that makes sense.
Headhunters Beard Oil: We have a mild gripe with names like this, because it doesn't really tell you what the beard oil smells like. Does "Headhunter" have a fragrance, and do you want to experience it? Perhaps not normally, but here, you might: it's their tropical scent, and it's a nice mix of citrus-y notes / fruit-y notes (and no coconut, which a lot of people expect).
Bay Rum Beard Oil (favorite): Perhaps more than their other scents, this is the most "classic" scent that Grave Before Shave offers. It has the sweetness of rum, but it's also got some spiciness to it, but not "spiciness" in the sense of heat—the kind of spices that may you'd add to an apple cider. Very nice.
Pine/Cedarwood Beard Oil: Many people complain that pine scents don't come across, but that's not our experience here: it's VERY pine-y. Love pine? You might like this one. Don't like pine? You may not like this one.
Viking Blend: This is another great scent that doesn't reveal itself in the name (because after all, Vikings had great beards, but they probably didn't smell so great!). In our experience, this has a minty / tea tree / lemon-y scent. We wouldn't expect Vikings to smell minty, but maybe the good folks at Grave Before Shave know more than we do.
The Outdoorsman: This has a smoky, woodsy fragrance, and it contains citronella, which can keep the bugs away—again, great for the outdoors—but it’s not for everybody. If you don't like citronella, this one may not be for you, especially when you consider that you'll be putting it directly underneath your nose.
Gentleman's Blend (favorite): This is a mix of bourbon and sandalwood, and that's a great combo—the bourbon brings a sweetness, and the sandalwood brings a cleanness, and the result is a little perkier than a lot of other bourbon scents.
Caramel Mocha Beard Oil: We'd expect this to be more perky, because when we hear "mocha" we think "caffeine," but this is more of a sweet fragrance, like chocolate. This is another one we haven't found elsewhere, and if you're a fan of sweet scents, it can be a fantastic option.
So, if you were to say to us, "I want to work my way through a bunch of fantastic scents," Grave Before Shave is where we'd send you. If you're a scent junkie—and we are scent junkies—there's a lot to love here, especially if you're tired of the "classic" scents. Zeus has a great range of classic scents, whereas Grave Before Shave mixes things up a bit. They, too, cover all the bases, but each scent is unique—and that's a wonderful thing, especially if you want to stand out a bit.
Honest Amish Beard Oil: A Wonderfully Sweet Fragrance
Here's the truth of it: in any online review of any beard product, you're eventually going to read something about Honest Amish. When beards became popular, they were one of the first names in the game, and in terms of companies that make beard and mustache products, they're probably the best-known. So here's our take:
Honest Amish Beard Oil is the best sweet-scented beard oil out there. If you're looking for a sweet scent, we think this is the GOAT, the #1 reigning champ, the Alpha and the Omega. It's very sweet—not cloyingly so, but the sweetness will definitely come across—and the great thing about Honest Amish is that it's a unique type of sweet. Allow us to explain:
Most sweet-scented beard oils go really heavy on the scent that makes them sweet. For instance, if it's a vanilla scent, the beard oil will overdo it on the vanilla, and you'll end up smelling like a cake. There's no balance, in other words—but that's where Honest Amish gets things right: their formulation is a blend of clove (which is very sweet), anise (which is a little bit like licorice), and cedarwood (which is earthy, and cut any excess sweetness from the scent). There's a nice harmony between all those ingredients, and it keeps it from being an over-the-top fragrance.
Here's the only downside to Honest Amish: they don't offer a wide selection of scents, so if you like the scent of the beard oil, great, but if you don't—well, then, you don't like most Honest Amish products, because most of their products have that clove / anise / cedarwood scent. There's something almost enviable about Honest Amish's decision to keep their scent range small—perhaps they're so confident in their signature fragrance, that they don't need to show off—but it does limit your options. If you're looking for "depth-and-breadth," that's not Honest Amish's game.
That said, they do offer one beard oil that has a different other scent, and it's one we like a lot: Honest Amish Premium Beard Oil. It has a peppery, woodsy mix, that feels like the forest—something like woodchips, or sawdust (in a good way). It's another great, well-balance scent, and it's a nice counterpoint to their sweet scent.
Before we close out, we'll mention another thing we love about Honest Amish Beard Oil: it's sold in a 2-ounce bottle (at the time we wrote this post, anyway). That's fantastic, because beard oil is 1) a product that you can go through quickly, and 2) usually sold in 1-ounce bottles. The majority of beard oil is sold in those single-ounce bottles, so it's fantastic that Honest Amish also packages it in a larger container.
If you're looking for a unique, sweet scent, Honest Amish Beard Oil is the one we suggest—it's gentle, inviting, and comforting.
Ranger Grooming Company Unscented Beard Oil: An Excellent Scent-Free Option
Technically, an unscented beard oil shouldn't be in our "Most Fragrant Beard Oil" category, because after all—if the measurement is scent, how is one unscented beard oil better than another unscented beard oil? But, we're on the topic of scents, so we'll cover this one now.
Our favorite unscented beard oil is Ranging Grooming Company Fragrance Free Beard Oil. It's 100% organic, which is wonderful, and it's probably got the simplest ingredient list of all the oils we've reviewed: it's 100% pure jojoba oil, and 100% pure argan oil. That's it! Those are two fantastic ingredients, and if you're going to make a very simple formulation, those are the two we'd pick—they do an incredible job moisturizing beard hair and the skin underneath your beard, and they can make a dry, pricky beard look and feel healthy again. In fact, jojoba oil is an ingredient we usually only find in top-tier beard oils, and we discuss that in our "Beard Oil for Skin" section.
The most important thing about this formulation is that we couldn't smell anything in it, and that's fantastic. Sometimes the phrase "fragrance free" doesn't actually mean there's no scent to the product—it actually just means that the maker of the oil didn't *add* any scent to it. That's a bummer, because it means your scentless beard oil actually smells like something. That's not the case here, at least not in our experience—Ranger Company Beard Oil really didn't smell like anything. No scent + good moisturization potential = thumbs up for Ranger.
The Best Beard Oils for Growth
If you're looking for a beard oil to help you grow your beard, there are two that we like: Beard Farmer Growther Beard Oil (great name) and Beardoholic Beard Oil. We'll discuss both in a minute, but before we do, we should probably address the big question a lot of guys have when it comes to growth oils: do beard growth oils even work?
The answer is...
In a sense, yes—they do. But in a much more realistic sense... no, they don't.
Confused? You should be. That was a confusing answer. Here's what that means:
If you can't already grow a beard—if your body cannot yet produce whiskers that grow long and form a beard—a beard growth oil won't force your body into growing one. As far as we know, there really isn't any product that can do that.
If you are already capable of growing a beard, but you're not able to grow it because your skin is too dry, or it's too flaky, or your pores are clogged, or whatever the case may be, a growth oil can fortify your skin and create an environment where you beard hair can grow.
Does that make sense? If your skin and the environment on your skin is problematic and that's the reason you can grow a beard, a beard growth oil can help moisturize your skin and let you grow your beard. If you can't already grow a beard—meaning, your body isn't yet capable of growing out those whiskers—then a beard growth oil won't help.
Real talk! That may disappoint some of you, but that's how it is. The good news is, most guys are eventually able to grow a beard—just not as soon as they'd hope. That's a bummer, but it's OK.
So, the next question is, how can a beard oil help your beard grow?
The answer to that is true no matter what the product is: the ingredient list. Certain ingredients can be really helpful when it comes to skin, itchiness, beardruff, etc., and the following two beard oils have great ingredients lists:
Beardoholic Beard Oil: An Exceptional High-End Option
There are a lot of ways in which Beardoholic Beard Oil is a standout, but first and foremost is its ingredient list. It's got a few of the same ingredients you see in a lot of beard oils, but also some rare ones, and altogether they form something fantastic. It includes:
> Castor Oil. Not many beard oils feature castor oil, and that's a shame, because it offers a lot of benefits—everything from preventing wrinkles to alleviating acne to moisturizing skin;
> Argan Oil. All oils are moisturizers, really, but argan oil also includes Vitamin E, which has a looong list of benefits for skin—everything from fighting wrinkles, to lessening the appearance of scars, to smoothening skin;
> Almond Oil. This is a common ingredient in beard oil, but it's included here to straighten out beard hair, so that it doesn't lie on top of your skin and gum up your pores—and that can do a lot to encourage natural beard growth;
> Grapeseed Oil. There's a lot of talk about antioxidants, and most people don't really know what they are—and we're going honest here: we're not doctors or chemists, and we don't really know what antioxidants are either. That said, people who do know say that they help skin look young, so that's nice. The only "meh" aspect to grapeseed oil is that it can actually go bad in a few months, so if you go with this beard oil, give it a whiff every once in a while to make it still smells OK. If it smells off, chuck it.
> Wheat Germ Oil. THIS is a unique ingredient—the great majority of other beard oils don't include it, and that's odd, because it's chock full of good stuff, such as Vitamins A, B, D, and E, along with antioxidants. All those agents are fantastic for your skin, and that can help create an environment for a healthy beard; and finally
> Jojoba Oil. This is the other superstar ingredient. Jojoba oil actually has a chemical structure that's not unlike the natural oil (called sebum) that your skin produces. Because jojoba oil is so similar to your skin's natural oil, it can help control oil production in your pores, and open up clogged pores—and clogged pores can inhibit beard hair from growing.
All of that adds up to beard oil that can be a fantastic agent for growth. As we said, your mileage may vary, but ingredients like the ones above can create a skin environment that's conducive to beard growth.
With all that said, though, there's a lot else we love about Beardoholic Beard Oil. If fact, it's one of our very favorite beard oils, even aside from growth properties, because:
It’s Got a Fantastic Scent. As we mentioned, scent is a personal experience, and what we love, you may not. That said, there's something very unique about Beardoholic's fragrance: it's a bit more like cologne than a beard oil. Many beard oils have scents that are—frivolous, maybe? simple?—but Beardoholic has a mysterious, masculine scent. Both the Light Cedar and the Pine fragrance have that tone—they don't really smell that much like Light Cedar or Pine, to be honest, and instead smell like something both serious and enticing. It's hard to describe, but we really like the scent.
The Bottle is Unique. A lot of beard oil companies didn't really put much thought into the design of the beard oil, but what's actually another area where Beardoholic stands out: the bottle is shorter than most, sturdier than most, and packaged in a darker bottle that extends the life of the oil. It's functional and attractive, and it stands out—most beard oils look the same, but this one looks like an old-timey medicine or something else curious.
It Has a Stopper Top. This is a such small detail, but we absolutely love it: instead of using a dropper, like most beard oils do, Beardoholic has a cap on the top of the bottle which keeps oils from leaking out. You screw it on and you screw it off and you drop a few droplets out when you need them. No drippy droppers. After having regular beard oil bottles with droppers that spill and leak, we think this is a wonderful design. That top is difficult to get off at first, and you'll need to use a fingernail or something, but keep at it—it's supposed to be a little difficult to remove.
This is probably our top pick overall, and the best beard oil out there. Two thumbs way up.
Beard Farmer Growther Beard Oil: Has Ylang Ylang!
After looking at the ingredient lists on many, many beard oils, you start to see some ingredients pop up over and over again. And that's fine—a lot of those ingredients really are fantastic, so it's not a surprise that they're in a lot of oil concoctions.
What we don’t see a lot is a beard oil with a very unique list of ingredients. Beard Farmer Growther Beard Oil has, hands down, the most unique ingredient list we've come across. It features...
Aloe. You'd imagine this would be in more beard products, but it's actually pretty rare. That's a shame—and it's fantastic that it's included in Growther Beard Oil—because it offers a wide range of benefits: it's an anti-inflammatory loaded with Vitamins A and C, and it's great at treating dry skin—and dry skin is one of those issues that can inhibit whisker growth;
Avocado Oil and Castor Oil. These are both "carrier" oils that are included to moisturize skin. Carrier oils hydrate both beard hair and the skin underneath it, and that makes them fantastic inclusions in a beard oil designed for hair growth. These are "dual-use" agents—they moisturize the beard (which is the real purpose of a beard oil), but they also help moisturize the skin;
Thyme and Geranium. These sounds like gentle ingredients, but it's actually really clever that Growther included them—thyme is an anti-inflammatory that has antifungal and antibacterial properties, and geranium has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. They've been used in traditional medicines all over the world, and they can help create a healthy environment on the skin;
Flowers of Sulfur and Ylang Ylang. These are very rare, and we've never seen either in another beard oil. Have you ever even heard of flower of sulfur? Most people haven't—but they know it by its other name, which is "brimstone" (as in "fire and brimstone"). It's another one of those traditional ingredients that's used to treat skin conditions, and it's believed to promote hair growth (although the science is a little iffy on that); and finally
Cypress, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Sage, Grapefruit, Rosemary, and Lavender. These are more common—they have vitamins in them, but they're mostly included for scent—and what's interesting is that there's so many of them. Most oils only have a few oils for scent—seven scents is a lot.
All of that adds up to a formulation that's very focused on skin health—and by extension, beard growth. Again, beard growth oils aren't a sure thing—they may work for some people, and may not for others—but the ingredient list on Growther Beard Oil is really impressive, and even if nothing else, it can help create a healthy atmosphere on the skin, and that in itself is a big step in the right direction.
The Best Oils for Skin Care and/or Beardruff
We talk at length about how much we love beards, but we often forget to mention how rough a beard can be on your skin. Growing and maintaining a beard can lead to some pretty awful skin situations, including but not limited to:
> That never-ending itch on your skin, which can sometimes graduate from "drive-you-crazy-itch" to "outright pain";
> Red, rashy skin, that makes the hair follicles at the root of your beard pulse and ache; and
> Dry skin that flakes off and gets lodged in your beard—aka, beardruff—that affects a *lot* of guys.
If you can't fix those issues, or even just alleviate them, a beard—no matter how majestic—can seem like a burden instead of a benefit.
So here's the thing: we tend to think of those problems as "beard problems," but the truth is those are "skin problems." If you can get a handle of what's happening on your skin, you have a better shot of eradicating those issues.
With that in mind, here are three beard oils we've had good luck with, when it comes to healthy skin:
Viking Revolution Beard Oil: A Fantastic “Clean” Formulation
Our favorite aspect of Viking Revolution Beard Oil is that it's really simple. It's got two ingredients: argan oil and jojoba oil. That's it! Just those two—and, if you get a scented variety, a third ingredient, which is the essential oil for scent. That's it—plain and simple.
That may seem underwhelming, especially considering the complexity of other formulations (like Beard Farmer, with its extensive, exotic ingredient list), but it's actually an incredible strength—especially when it comes to skin care. Here's what those two ingredients do:
Argan Oil. Argan oil is a fascinating ingredient, because it has such a wide range of benefits—not only can argan oil produce elasticity in the skin, it's also been known to heal skin damage, and with the many antioxidants it contains—most notably linoleic acid and oleic acid—it can inhibit skin aging. That's all wonderful, but the second ingredient is actually our favorite:
Jojoba Oil. Our skin produces an oil called sebum, and that sebum is one of the many things that keeps our skin functional—it keeps it supple, elastic, and healthy. Jojoba oil actually had a chemical structure that's similar to sebum, and it can help regulate oil product in pores, keeping them from getting either clogged or dried out. Not only that, but jojoba has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars. And, perhaps most importantly, it's a powerful moisturizer—and that's a hedge against skin dryness, which is a huge issue when it comes to beards.
That's all there is to say, really! Two ingredients, both of them included to fight itchiness, dryness, and beardruff.
We mentioned earlier that sometimes there's one or two other ingredients added for scent—for the Viking Revolution Sandalwood Beard Oil, that would be sandalwood seed oil; for Viking Revolution Cedar and Pine Beard Oil, that would be pine tar oil and cedarwood oil; and for Viking Revolution Clary Sage Beard Oil, that would be clary sage essential oil.
That's it—a really simple beard oil focused entirely on skin care. Another one of our favorites.
Jack Black Beard Oil: An Effective Moisturizer for Skin
Aside from the handsome bottle—and we'll talk about that in a minute—the first thing you may notice about Jack Black Beard Oil is that it's THICK. You may not necessarily feel it when you put a few droplets in your palm, but when you rub them together, it's very apparent—Jack Black is a much denser oil than most others out there.
Thickness is a good thing in a beard oil, and while not everybody likes it—in fact, some guys like a more water-y oil, and Viking Beard Oil is one we'd describe as a little "thinner"—it has definite advantages:
It does a great job coating whiskers. Thin oils may not go as far, when coating individual beard hairs—but a thick oil, like this one, can provide a little more "bang for your buck." One of the reasons it coats so well is because it contains shea butter, which can cleave to beard hair in a way that simple oil cannot (and we'll talk more about that in a second).
It can last a bit longer. A common complaint when it comes to beard oils is that they evaporate too quickly. We didn't run into that problem with Jack Black—it stayed moisturized for hours. Some of the ingredients in the formulation are specifically included for that reason (and we'll also talk about that in a moment, as well).
You need to use less of it. We actually wrote in-depth about how much beard oil you should use, and the guidance in that post is right-on, except for when it comes to Jack Black Beard Oil. Whatever amount you would normally use with a normal beard oil, you can less with Jack Black—it goes a lot further. For those of you who hate running out beard oils and having to get new ones, that's a big plus.
One of the reasons Jack Black Beard Oil is so thick and lasts so long is its ingredient list. It's got all the carrier oils we'd hope to see, but it's also got shea butter, which is used in beard balms to make the product bind to the beard. As far as we know, it's one of the only oils that contains a butter—most beard oils contain ONLY oils, so it's a bit rare that this one contains shea butter. It's not an all-natural formulation (and that's kind of a bummer), but those synthetic inclusion are there to make it denser and more long-lasting.
That said, it includes some skin-care ingredients that are rare in beard oils, including kalahari melon oil, which is an excellent moisturizer, marula fruit oil, which is rich in fatty acids and can smooth and comfort skin, and plum oil, which can soften brittle beard hair and make it soft.
All that adds up to a beard oil that can provide a lot of benefits to the skin, including alleviation of skin flakes, beardruff, and itchiness. We had great luck with this on the sideburns—it softened the short whiskers on the jawline right below the ear, and relieved a lot of itchiness. It doesn't have a scent—although some might say it has a general "oil" scent—but that's fine for a beard oil that focuses on skin care.
We think this is a great option, and it's another beard oil that has a fantastic design: it's got a pump-release top, so you can get specific amounts out of the bottle (which is difficult with to do with the droppers that most beard oils come with), *and* it has a lockable top, so you can twist the top to the right and be sure it won't get pressed and release oil—making it a good option if you want to throw it in a backpack or carrier bag. Another thumbs up.
Gentleman's Beard Oil: Powerful for Softening Beard Hair
(We should mention, before we jump in—Gentleman's Beard Oil is in no way related to this site, which is named "Rough and Tumble Gentleman." There's no relation there).
Gentleman's Beard Oil takes a unique approach to beard care: they soften the beard hair, in order to make it less irritating to the skin. That's clever, and it's a two-pronged approach: moisturization relief for skin, coupled with softened beard hair so that no irritation comes from the beard itself.
We've talked at length about two ingredients—argan oil and jojoba oil—and all the benefits they can bring to a beard oil. Those are included here, along with some other great ingredients, including coconut oil and sunflower oil—great moisturizers—and "evening primrose" oil. That's a unique ingredient, and while the science is still on what it actually does (other than moisturize), it's an interesting inclusion—it's the only beard oil we've found that has it. This can be a great option if you find that other beard oils leave your beard a little bit grisly, and you're looking to soften things up a bit.
That's a Wrap on Beard Oils, Lads!
Thank you for reading! We've done a ton of research, and all of our findings are represented here. Hopefully there's something that helps you find what you're looking for, but if you have any questions, feel free to hop over to our "Contact" page and drop us a line.
Until then—be good, have fun, and happy beard!
Michael Morris is the head writer here at Rough and Tumble Gentleman. He's got a ducktail beard and loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He's married to the woman of his dreams and lives in Brooklyn, NY.