What is the difference between beard balm and beard oil?

This is one of the most frequent questions we get asked here at The Brighton Beard Company. But fear not, bearded brothers, we are here to enlighten you! Some fellas like to use just one, but others go for both of these beard grooming essentials. So which one should you use?

Honestly? It's all down to personal preference. Those with a shorter beard might prefer an oil, or perhaps you have a long, gnarly beard that needs a bit of TLC, but like how you beard lays naturally. Our Old Joll beard oil contains lots of hair and skin enhancing nutrients, such as jojoba oil, argan oil, tea tree oil and not to mention vitamin E. Conditioning the beard, without weighing it down or clogging up your pores, it's fresh, easily absorbed and super light.

So when might you go for beard balm instead of the oil? Beard balm tends to give a little more hold, especially to those who have misbehaved, unruly beards. For example, our Creampot Tom's beard balm contains shea butter and beeswax, as well as most of the wondrously beneficial oils featured in the beard oil. You might opt for the beard balm if you find your beard needs smoothing down and taming - as it'll do a grand job at providing enough hold to keep it looking tip-top, whilst still retaining that natural look. We recommend pairing our beard balm with a natural boars bristle brush, which will help to smooth out any kinks even further.

The verdict: Opt for beard oil if you want your beard to retain it's natural shape, but feel nourished and healthy. Go for a beard balm if you want to tame your beard lightly, whilst conditioning at the same time.

I myself like to use both. I use the beard oil daily, and use the beard balm once or twice a week. Applying to a clean, damp beard is best, as the hair cuticle will still be slightly open and thus drink up all those nutrients. It's all down to preference though, a few customers have said they find the balm great for everyday use - especially those who work outdoors and their skin and beard can end up dry and irritated.

Make sure you go for at least one of these beard grooming essentials - your beard will thank you!

A quick Lesson in - how to apply beard oil.

Heres' our good friend @craigthebeard showing us how its done - courtesy of the Regal Gentlemen team.

It's best to start with a clean, fresh-out-of-the-shower, towel dried beard; the cuticles of the hairs will still be slightly open and most susceptible to absorbing all of the oils nutrients. Begin with 1-2 drops of oil. (It's easier to add more if need be, and will stop you from wasting any of the beardy nectar!) Add to the palm of your hands, rub together then massage into the beard and skin beneath. Finish by combing the beard with a comb or natural bristle brush. 

Top tips? We're glad you asked.

- Don't forget to screw the lid back on straight away; we can tell you from experience that it will save a whole lot of heartbreak.

- Apply after sorting out your barnet, Old Joll's beard oil will weigh down head hair like the Captain's anchor.

Use as often as you like, daily, twice-daily, it's up to you! There's no right or wrong way, you'll end up finding the perfect beard care routine for you with a bit of experimentation and trial & error.

HOW TO: APPLYING BEARD BALM

Carrying on from our 'HOW TO apply beard oil' we're talking beard balm application.

So our Creampot Tom's beard balm is an alternative conditioning treatment to an oil. With shea and beeswax, we describe it as a butter - as it melts as you use it. Because of this we recommend using this on beards which are longer than around 5mm, as it can be a bit heavy for hair shorter than this.

Perfect at smoothing down unruly hairs and getting them to 'behave', we now have three scents of balm available; Mandarin & Cedarwood, Jasmin & Lemonand Lime & Basil.

As with beard oil, it's best to start with a clean, fresh-out-of-the-shower, towel dried beard; the cuticles of the hairs will still be slightly open and most susceptible to absorbing all of the tasty 'beard-food' nutrients. Though using on a dry beard is also fine!

Begin by scooping a small pea size amount and warm the product between your palms until it's melted. Smooth the balm through the lengths of the beard, using the flats of your hand to help you get the tamed look you're after. Using a boar bristle brush really helps to smooth and straighten out those unruly hairs, whilst evenly distributing the balm through the beard.

Top tips? 

- A little goes a long way... start with a small amount and work your way up if need be!

- Apply after sorting out your barnet, Creampot Tom's balm will weigh down head hair like the Captain's anchor.

Use as often as you like, daily, twice-daily, it's up to you! There's no right or wrong way, you'll end up finding the perfect beard care routine for you with a bit of experimentation and trial & error.

As always, we're happy to answer your mostly beard related questions (although we'll do our best to advise what you should eat for dinner, should the question arise) send us an email over on hello@thebrightonbeardcompany.co.uk.

Hope this has helped, and have a great week folks!

 

1 comment

Hi Team,
I have started growing beard, its been three weeks now. My final goal is to have more beard, but unfortunately beard will not grow faster for my gene/skin/other reasons. Hence i ordered beard oil with the intention that it would help growing the beard.

What i started is a good start? Please confirm.

With Love,
Prabhu Muthaiyan

Prabhu Muthiayan February 11, 2019

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