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.