Top 10 Beard Oil Reviews

Beard oils may seem like the latest weirdo craze, but serious beard enthusiasts have long known that a good beard oil is a key component of growing a world-class beard. If you want to know more about what beard oil is and why you should use it, I have an article about it elsewhere on my site.

If you are convinced that a good beard oil is what you’ll need to put the finishing touches on your pirate costume, then you’ll be happy to know that here we have ten of the most popular beard oils you can order from the comfort of your couch. Are they any good? Should you rather go to your local homebrew hipster collective? Let’s find out.

BEST OVERALL:
Honest Amish – Classic Beard Oil

I’m not sure if any actual Amish people are involved with the creation of this beard oil or if they even use beard oil, but Honest Amish has become a known brand in the beard oil world. All we do know is that it’s “hand-crafted” and made in the USA.

We have the standard brown UV-blocking bottle here with the very cool Honest Amish label. I quite like the box too, if it were me I’d probably keep the oil in the box simply because it displays so nicely.

The ingredients in the Honest Amish oil is apparently a little more special than usual. It has organic virgin argan oil, golden jojoba, and an additional six hydrating oils. Say what you want, but these guys know how to market themselves.

It turns out that it isn’t just marketing, though. People are almost unanimous in their praise for this oil. It seems that all over the place Honest Amish are softening beards.

You can’t argue with results and although Honest Amish charges a buck or two more than the competition, it seems that it’s worth that and more. So it gets my nod as top pick.

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY:
Beardsman Premium Beard Oil

Finally! A beard oil company that does something different to all the brown-bottle brands. This beardsman oil comes in a bottle with a lovely blue tint and keeps the black and blue theme throughout. It really looks like a premium, modern grooming product instead of some snake oil from the 1800s.

This Spirit Oil from Beardsman promises to be the one to soften that rough beard and prevent tangles. If that sounds like you, this may be the right track you’re on.

This oil is meant to cut down on the greasiness and is made of a blend that contains jojoba, castor, grapeseed, and three essential oils. This Bold Forest scent has eucalyptus, cedar, and pine, so that you can smell like an actual lumberjack.

Beardsman says their oil is the best quality on the market, which is a claim that is conveniently impossible to do since what constitutes quality? What standards are being used? Their other claim has a bit more substance, however. At four fluid ounces this is one of the largest volume beard oils you can buy for the price and I often see it going on special.

In terms of performance it seems that Beardsman has done a great job. It softens and moisturizes with the best of them. The smell is a little more divisive. Most people seem to like it, but to some people it is basically bear repellent. The smell just really doesn’t agree with some people. Still, if you don’t mind the labeled fragrance mix you won’t find better value for money than this.

SENSITIVE NOSE PICK:
The Gentlemen’s Beard Oil and Conditioner Softener

That’s one classy-looking box they put this beard oil in, I’ll tell you that much. Look, I know the packaging doesn’t really matter, but I enjoy stuff that looks nice and so should you.

GB’s main claim to fame for this oil is that it really is scentless. Well, that’s what they say at least.
A little left of field, this uses primrose oil and has vitamin E added to it. There’s also sunflower, argan, and jojoba.

There’s not much to argue with here. It claims to not smell, soften the hair, reduce itch, and handle dandruff. Based on what customers say it hits every mark. For me the best feature has to be the lack of scent though. I’m not much one for perfumes, so that appeals to me.

THE BEST SELLER:
Leven Rose Fragrance-Free Oil and Conditioner

Leven Rose also decides to opt for the brown UV-blocking medicine bottle. Dropper? Check.

This is the fragrance-free version, but the oil also comes in sandalwood and cedarwood fragrances. This is a basic, strong oil mixed with just a two ingredients – jojoba oil and Moroccan argan oil. That’s it, nothing more.

Leven is pretty damn confident about this beard moisturizer and thickener. They say they’ll refund anyone who isn’t 100% happy and advertise it as risk-free purchasing. Who would go through all that trouble to get a refund on a $15 bottle of beard-oil is a different question altogether.

If you want an oil that also makes you feel good about yourself, well this might be it. This is a non-GMO, 100% organic, vegan-friendly, and probably saves kittens from fires.

So how does it do in beards across the world? Very well indeed. It seems the simple approach has paid off for Leven Rose. People are very happy with the results and this fragrance-free oil seems to actually be fragrance-free. Highly recommended for the un-fancy beardsman.

TOP GIFT PICK:
GRAND BRAVADO

The Grand Bravado is certainly named appropriately if you look at its packaging. This is definitely the most ostentatious beard oil product I have seen, and based on the presentation box alone it would make a nice gift to a bearded friend.

Everything is an ultra cool black. Even the glass is black. The oils in use here are jojoba, argan, grapeseed, and castor.

Pretty run-of-the-mill ingredients, but the oil has been blended to work with all hair types. This is another thing that makes it great as a present, since you don’t have to know what sort of hair issues or texture the recipient has.

The reviews are very positive and it really does look like it works for people with all sorts of different beards. That sort of versatility is something I find very impressive and that’s why this is my top pick as a gift for someone with a hairy face.

Smooth Viking Beard Oil

Beard oil companies are starting to scrape the barrel of things associated with beardedness, but Smooth Viking was lucky enough to get one of the good ones. The Vikings were not only bloody warriors, but famously fastidious and obsessed with their hair and beards. So they are exactly the right mascots to invoke.

The oil itself is one of the most varied mixes I’ve seen. The pumpkin and olive are a bit novel, but we also have castor, almond, jojoba, Moroccan argan and vitamin E. It’s a very nice mix and possibly one of the most complex blends I have seen myself.

So what do the guinea pigs say? Well, it seems that serious beard nuts really, really like this product. In terms of the quality and effect it really is up there with the best of them. On the other hand, quite a significant minority of people find the smell to be too strong.

Overall however, this is a great product with a rich and interesting formula.

Mountaineer Brand All-Natural Beard Oil

OK, so we have had Vikings, gentlemen, and Amish mascots, now it’s time for the classic mountain man.

Here we have another of those nice blue bottles I like so much. This is a scented oil with light cedar and fir tones with a little bit of eucalyptus thrown in for good measure.

The actual oils in use are grapeseed, almond, castor, and essential oil made from fir and cedar needles.

When it comes to conditioning and improving the quality of the beard, people say it does the job in a fantastic way. However, once again we see that oils containing cedar and fir smell “off” to some people. I really recommend that you try to smell this mix first before you start buying it online or take a chance with a first bottle. It’s cheap enough to risk it, but if you or those who have to be close to you can’t stand the smell then it is a non-starter.

Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Review

I love the name of this brand. “Grave Before Shave” definitely describes the attitude of a lot of modern beard growers. Now that work dress codes have relaxed and people don’t have all sorts of beard prejudices, we can enjoy a variety of different beard styles. Even ones that could have been considered extreme in previous years.

This pirate-themed beard oil smells of rum and coconut. An interesting and certainly pleasant mix, although one wonders how appropriate it would be to smell like a pirate party at work.

It turns out though, that of all the things people love about this, the rum and coconut scent is the things they like most. Yes, this does what an oil is supposed to do, just about like all these top oils do, but the scent just seems very popular. It’s certainly an interesting idea. So, is it a pirate’s life for you?

Woodsman Beard Oil by The Bearded Bastard

The pirates, mountain guys, and all the rest have had their chance. Now it’s time for the classic woodsman to have a go.

This is the first oil I’ve seen to come in a clear glass bottle. I guess they aren’t worried about sunlight damage or anything like that. The glass bottle also has a clever shaker insert that stops spills. Spilling oil is always a mega mess, so that’s a happy addition. After all, accidents do happen. The label is also very nice, with a wood finish and laser etched lettering. Pointless, but pretty.

This is a Texas cedar-scented oil that contains sweet almond, sunflower oil, grapeseed, jojoba, argan, castor, and some coconut oil. Actually, I think it contains just about every oil ever used for beard oil. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

Overall people seem to like it it BUT be aware that quite a few people discovered they had an allergy to cedar after using this. The smell is also a little divisive. It basically smells like sawdust or a freshly sharpened pencil. It’s up to you whether that’s good or bad.

Art Naturals® Organic
for Groomed Beard Growth

Artnaturals certainly has bottled their oil to look like an old-timey bottle of medicine, going for that Old West nondescript brown bottle look. Hey, I guess it doesn’t matter all that much.

The oil comes with a handy dropper so you can measure the right amount easily and not accidentally dump half the bottle on your hand and subsequently the floor.

This is both a beard oil and a leave-in conditioner. Artnaturals says it’s good for people who have a problem with coarse, dry beards and that it will help prevent dandruff and split ends.

As expected the main ingredient is jojoba oil with Moroccan argan and vitamin E diffused in it.

Artnaturals says that this oil is suitable for all hair and skin types, so no restrictions apply. If you are the socially and environmentally aware type, you’ll also be happy to know that this product is cruelty-free, made from recycled material, and is free-trade certified.

But is it any good?

Honestly , it seems that people are split between it being “OK” to “doesn’t work”. Lots of people have an issue where the oil is not getting absorbed and their skins are left with an oily residue. Too many people are complaining about this for it to be a simple case of over-application. The product is marked as “unscented”, but some customers do report a smell and an unpleasant one at that.

There doesn’t seem to be any specific reason to recommend this oil and it’s probably a good idea to shop around for something that performs a bit better.

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