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Struggling with an unruly, rough and itchy bit of man mane that you need taming? Then beard balm pretty much addresses all your problems in one. It basically performs like a rather awesome triple styling agent (i. Moisturiser ii. Shaper and iii. Scent) and has recently grown in popularity to become what’s considered a necessity in a beardsman’s grooming arsenal.
Daily use, will help to end your unruly beard, allowing you hold to give it some shape, deters your beard from getting scruffy by acting as a leave in conditioner not to mention it performs like a natural cologne too, keeping your beard smelling pretty glorious.
What is Beard Balm?
Essentially, all beard balm is the ‘dry’ version of beard oil, and with that you get all the key benefits that oil offers you. So it will help keep beard dandruff at bay, will ease up the itchiness, and will keep your beard smelling great too.
The one key advantage that beard balm has over a beard oil though, is that you can shape your beard with it - the ones with stronger holds you can style and keep unruly hairs at bay. Giving you a neater overall look and offers a ‘matte’ type natural finish as opposed to a shiny one that beard oil tends to offer.
What makes these the ‘Best’ Beard Balms in the UK?
If you’re wondering where to buy the best range of beard balm, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
All the beard balms you see featured below have been handpicked and rigorously tested (and selected from dozens of different beard balms out there) from our team at the beardsmen so you know that you are looking at the very best beard balms available in the UK. You’ll find that all of them are are handcrafted in small batches with good natural organic ingredients, meaning your beard is getting treated - just like it deserves to.
How Does Beard Balm Benefit My Beard?
i) Soften Up Your Beard
As balms contain carrier oils (natural moisturisers such as jojoba and argan oils) this will provide provide much needed moisture to your beard and then the butters and waxes (beeswax and cocoa butter) will help to conceal that moisture.
This will not only help your beard to feel fresh and clean, it is also treating and preventing potential beard problems such as beard itch and beard dandruff. In all, keeping your beard from becoming overly dry and just generally healthy, making it perfect for improved beard growth.
ii) Style, Tame & Can Give the Look of a Thicker Beard
If you have a particularly unruly beard that isn’t too well behaved, then getting a beard balm is a must. See most of the beard balms above contain a wax (typically beeswax) this will help you get a grip of your beard so you can get it underwraps. Particularly useful for when you need to look a little more presentable, at work or an upcoming do.
They will also give the look of an extra bit of volume and density to your beard by bringing all the flyaway hairs into player helping it to appear thicker with a glossed matte type textured finish.
iii) Leave Your Beard Smelling Glorious
Really this comes down to personal preference, but there’s a wide range of choice to pick from whether you want to go the “woodsman” type of scent to your beard or a fruity citrus - really the choice is yours. We’ve tried them all and they are all pretty sumptuous - which will be your favourite?
How to Use Beard Balm?
It’s actually very easy to use.
Literally, just a case of cracking opening the tin, take a scoop out with the back of your fingernail (how big a scoop or scoops depends on the size of your beard), work it down in the palms of your hands and then massage right throughout your facial scruff. We recommend daily usage is about right, but adjust to how you feel fit.
To make the most out of your balm (and beard oils as well), we highly recommend using a decent beard brush to help distribute it right throughout your beard evenly too. A boar bristle brush or horse hair brush will genuinely work a treat, it makes the beard appear tidier and easier to work with too.
When it Comes to Choosing?
As you can see above, there are a whole load of beard balms to choose from where different ones offer you slightly different aspects. Some come with a higher hold strength through a different make up of ingredients and obviously varying scents from the classic woodsman for those who want to go all manly to the sweet fruit fragrance (a lot of beardsman have a rather nice collection of a range).
Of course, all of them use natural ingredients without any of the nasty stuff such as petroleum as well as other synthetic ingredients that does more harm than good to your beard.
Instead, you will find the likes of jojoba oil, cocoa butter and beeswax that can help form your beard. Remember to regularly wash your beard after every few days or so to remove the dirt and excess oil build up - then follow that up with a proper beard conditioner too.
Balm or Oil?
If you’re debating between Beard Oil or Balm?
It comes down to personal choice.
That said, they actually compliment each other very well. Where a beard oil will offer you deep immediate conditioning penetration, a balm will act to release it throughout the day, pretty much a leave in conditioner.
Although we don’t using them together otherwise (right away) you will have a build-up of oil. A good beard routine will usually incorporate both: a good way to go about it is beard oil on a night time for the “deep” conditioning and balm on a morning, ready to keep it all in shape ready for the day ahead and will release moisture gently through the day.