Beard Balm or Beard Oil, which is Best For Your Beard

Beard Balm or Beard Oil, Which is Best for Your Beard

There are many beard products on the market, each with its own benefits and different results. Customers often have trouble choosing the right product because the two different beard grooming products can have the same effect on their hair.

Common questions include: Which is better: Beard oil, or beard balm? Which should I choose? What's the difference? If you’ve asked any of these questions you are not alone. So, which product is best for your beard?

While the answer to this question is largely a matter of personal preference, there are certain aspects that you should consider. First, what type of beard do you have? Is it long and requires lots of products or is it short?

Your skin type is another important factor to consider. Is your skin oily, normal, or dry? Do you prefer your beard shiny or matte? Do you work in the food and hospitality industry, outdoors, in an office environment or at home?

These questions are relevant when you decide to buy balm or oil. We recommend that you read this article, but if you still haven't decided, we suggest purchasing both. You can never have enough options when caring for your beard.

Although they may look similar, the products serve different purposes. Some bearded men prefer to use both, while others would choose one. It's a little confusing. We are here to help and educate you.


This product is the essential grooming accessory for the modern beardsmen. This product is recommended for all beard types, but it's especially useful for the early stages of beard development. 

Its moisturizing properties help to treat flaking and beard dandruff, as well as reduce itchiness in younger and newer beards.

Beard Oil can be used quickly and easily to moisturize your entire beard. Because it is liquid, it can be applied with little effort to hydrate the skin of shorter or trimmed beards.

Use a Boar's hair brush or Beard Comb to evenly spread the oil throughout the beard. Oils will give you a silky smooth and shiny beard.

Benefits of Beard Oil

This product has an important benefit: it easily penetrates the skin underneath the beard and moisturize it. These two components, carrier oils and essential oils, work together to provide nourishment for your facial hair. 

They help keep your hair from becoming dry and brittle as your beard is growing. Additionally, as your hair draws moisture from your skin it helps prevent you skin from becoming dry and flaky. Afterall, nobody wants bearddruff.

The product's carrier oils complement your skin’s natural sebum oil production. Essential oils provide vitamins and minerals to nourish your beard. This results in less itchiness, dandruff, and damaged hair.

Fortunately, quality beard oils won't clog your pores or weigh down your beard. Beard oil can make your beard shinier and look even longer than when you use beard balm alone.

A second question about beard oil is whether or not it will grow your facial hair. The simple answer to this question is "Not by itself". 

However, It can be used in conjunction with shampoo, conditioner and a healthy lifestyle as a part of your daily beard care routine to grow a thicker and fuller beard.

Beard oil should be used at least once per day, but you can use it whenever you like. I personally carry some with me to use anytime my beard is especially itchy.

After washing your beard, comb or brush it and then apply a few drops to your palm. Massage the oil into your skin. It's just that simple.

Pro Tip: Brush your beard and exfoliate your skin to remove the microscopic flakes with a Boar's hair brush.


Beard Balm

Beard balm is a blend of nourishing ingredients that you apply after you wash your beard in the morning. It serves two purposes: to condition and nourish your beard and provide some lightweight control over it. There will be a variation in the taming power of each balm, as well the level of shine.

Beard balm is great for beardsmen with medium-sized to large beards. It's also an excellent product if your face has dry skin. Beard Balm has a thicker texture than oil, and is therefore more difficult to absorb. Balm, which unlike beard oil isn't liquid, comes in a small tin. It has a texture similar to pomade and solid cologne.

Balms sit on your skin and beard longer than oil before they are absorbed, nourishing your beard throughout the day. This gives your beard a healthy shine and keeps it healthy.

Beard Balm's thickness is functional as well. It has enough hold to comb out stubborn beard hairs, fly-aways and other things that can interfere with your grooming goals and beard shape. You can use it to give your mustache and sideburns a more finished look.

Beard balm works in the same way as beard oil. It moisturizes, conditions and softens your hair to make it easier to manage.

It will provide more hold for styling than beard oil, but beard balm won't give your hair as much shine as using an oil. Use a small amount of beard balm to get a smooth look. Rub the balm in your palm and let it melt from your body heat. Use your fingers to shape your beard. Use a comb, or a brush to spread the balm and oil through your beard.

Which one should you use? Beard oil or Beard balm?

Beard oil is recommended for those who are just starting to grow or have a very short beard. It will reduce itching, promote hair growth, and moisturize your skin. If you want your beard healthy, nourished and smelling nice, this product is a good choice.

Beard balm can be used by anyone with a beard. However, we recommend you use beard balm if you have a long or medium beard that requires extra care and nourishment. Balms can be too heavy for the skin so short-bearded men opt for beard oil or a facial moisturizer. Beard balm should be applied to the entire beard and not just the skin.

Beard oil and balm have a lot in common. They both contain carrier oils (like Jojoba oil) or essential oils. However, balms will have ingredients like beeswax which help to provide more hold allowing you to shape your beard.

We recommend both beard oil and beard balm when it comes to making your beard beautiful and healthy. Balms and oils can be used to moisturize and soften your skin and facial hair. The balm will make your beard look fuller and more voluminous. We think you can't go wrong using either of these products as long as at least one is used. Your beard deserves special care in order to look and feel amazing!

Pro tip: If you travel a lot you may want to consider using beard butter instead. It is something of an inbetweener beard care product. It provides more hold for styling than beard oil, but also is absorbed into your beard and skin quicker than beard balm. 


You may be wondering if you can apply the balm and oil to your beard simultaneously. The answer is "Yes", but there's a catch:

Use both products in moderation. Although both products can be very beneficial for your beard, it is easy to use too much. You can start with a small amount of each and gradually increase your use.

Tip: To achieve a glossier finish, use both Beard Oil and Beard Balm. Try our Kingly Beard Starter Bundle today. It comes with a beard oil and you choice of a balm or butter. 

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