How The Rating Scale Has Been Determined
Rating beard balms can be a bit tricky – given that its a bit subjective.
However I have accounted for this by giving the scent less of a weight on the final rating.
Other factors that were reviewed when looking at each one of these beard balms listed are the quality of ingredients used (and if filler ingredients were used), softness of beard, overall price, and lastly how it lasted throughout the day.
Manskape Co. Wild Willie’s Beard Butter Balm
Review of Wild Willie’s Beard Butter Balm
After using this product for a few days, there is no doubt about it, Wild Willie’s Beard Butter Balm will leave your beard in great shape. Not only does it give your beard great form, but it will cure any sort of itching instantaneously.
With so many oils listed as ingredients in this beard balm, your beard will feel extremely soft and look healthy within about a week after using it.
Regarding the scent of this beard balm, being that it has tea tree, rosemary, cedarwood essential oils, it does give off kind of a lavender/woodsy scent.
If you prefer an unscented beard balm, then this isn’t for you.
About an hour after application the scent will likely dissipate. While I don’t rate the scent that high on the the final grade – I found myself having to restrain from wanting to use more throughout the day (only for the scent). The actual performance of the product was indeed pretty top notch.
I was able to get a much softer beard than I was with some of the other beard balms reviewed.
There’s a catch:
If there is absolutely any downside to this beard balm it is going to be the use of emu oil within the product. If you aren’t sure what emu oil is, its oil that is extracted from the fat of an emu. If you are a vegan at all, then this product is not for you.
If emu oil doesn’t bother you on the other hand, then this product is definitely worth checking out. You will definitely be happy that you did.
What’s In Wild Willie’s Beard Butter Balm
These ingredients are listed on the back of the tin:
- Shea butter
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Apricot Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Castor Oil
- Emu Oil
- Tamanu Oil
- Vitamin E
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
Aroma of Wild Willie’s Beard Balm
As touched on in the review earlier, overall the aroma may be off-putting to some at first since its got a stronger woodsy/flowery scent, it does in fact seem to dissipate within the first hour of application.
If scents aren’t your thing you can either opt for a much more subtle beard balm or simply tough it out for the first hour.
Hold Through The Day
After giving your beard a good brush and comb to start the day, you will find that there is adequate beeswax within this beard balm to give your beard great shape throughout the day.
However, if you have evening plans, you may want to reach for this balm again as a slight touchup in order to make sure that everything stays orderly.
Final Rating: 75
Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner
Review of Honest Amish Beard Balm
Honest Amish beard balm is one of the most popular beard balms within the beard maintenance world and likely one that you may have already heard of before. With its low entry price, it makes it easy for most guys to pick up and use for their first ever beard balm.
When compared to other high quality beard balms reviewed, Honest Amish does rate well, but overall not the best.
The biggest reason for this has to do with a few points that are further outlined below.
If you are a budget beardsmen looking to save a few bucks on your morning routine, then give this one a shot, however, you will likely find that some of the better balms reviewed here will likely yield you better results for your beard.
What’s In Honest Amish Beard Balm
To my dismay Honest Amish is mum about some of the ingredients used within their beard balm. While its understandable that some companies want to hold on to their secret mixture (especially products in the beard care market with such low barriers to entry), when applying anything to your skin or face on a repeated bases, you should know every ingredient that you come in contact with.
According to their website, the only ingredients publicly listed are the following:
- Argan Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Apricot Oil
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Kokum Butter
- Other Essential Oils
While I don’t think there are any citrus essential oils involved in this beard balm, those with sensitive skin may want to steer clear of this beard balm as there is no definitive answer as to what essential oils are actually contained within this product.
Aroma of Honest Amish
The aroma for Honest Amish beard balm is hit and miss. Some guys will love it and some will hate it. Being that there is no disclosure on what essential oils are used within the product, its hard to nail down what the exact scent is.
It appears that it may be a licorice/anise midtone scent, but others may find that there is just a mixture of a bit of wood inspired scents along with cocoa butter.
After application you will find that it does dissipate after about an hour of use, so whether you like it or not, the scent won’t be noticeable in due time.
Hold Through The Day
One item noticeably absent from the ingredient list is beeswax.
Overall you won’t be able to get much styling out of the product itself. The best way to fix this is to either invest in their extra hold beard balm or purchase a tin of beard wax separately.
Final Rating: 60
Beard Balm From Detroit – All Natural Easy-to-Use Leave-in Beard Conditioner
Review of Beard Balm From Detroit
From the general scent to the overall hold that Beard Balm from Detroit provides it has your beard needs covered. Giving off a barky/woodsy smell, it will without a doubt make you smell like a rugged man.
But don’t worry, the scent isn’t so over powering that you will want to wash it out of your beard immediately after application. In fact, it gradually dissipates as the day progresses giving nice undertones that you and others may enjoy occasionally (this isn’t at all a bad thing!).
Made within the USA (Detroit, MI), this beard balm is absolutely top notch from all of the other beard balms tested.
Giving a great hold throughout the day by providing what seems to be just the right amount of beeswax – your beard will look professional and well kempt.
All ingredients are plant based with the exception of lanolin (which is derived from sheeps wool – therefore no animals were harmed in the making of this beard balm unlike another one that was reviewed), this product is nearly all natural.
What’s In Detroit Beard Balm
- Grape Seed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Lemon Peel Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Leaf Essential Oil
- Geranium Flower Essential Oil
Aroma of Detroit Beard Balm
It’s pretty tough to place your nose on the exact scent of this beard balm. With the top notes of lemon, eucalyptus, and geranium – when combined give you a barky yet woodsy scent.
While aroma isn’t weighed too heavily in all of the beard balms reviewed, this was by and far the best beard balm for a balanced smell.
Hold Through The Day
From first application to mid-afternoon, you won’t have to reach for your pocket beard comb once. This beard balm has the right balances of the 4 core ingredients – butter, wax, carrier, and essential oils.
Giving your beard and mustache the nutrients it needs while also keeping everything in order just as you intend.
You can’t really ask much more for performance out of a beard balm like this one.
Final Rating: 95
Virtu – Beard Balm for The Modern Gentleman by Liberty Premium Grooming Co
Review of Virtu by Liberty Premium Grooming Co
Overall this is a great beginners beard balm! Having a great base of carrier oils, it does a good job at completely getting rid of a dry beard after just a few short applications.
The biggest gripe that you will have about this product is the unknown of ‘essential oils’ on the labeling. This is always disheartening and should concern you when its not disclosed.
Some guys are allergic to certain ingredients, and when all ingredients aren’t disclosed, its hard to find out what may be the cause of an allergic reaction should you ever have one.
With that bing said though, the scent of this beard balm is extremely subtle. Therefore it does make a great beginners balm for any beardsman.
If you have a longer beard, there simply doesn’t seem to be enough wax within this product that would give you a substantial hold throughout the day.
However if you are looking for a beard balm with a bit better of a hold, check out the Wild Willie’s or Detroit beard balm. They will give you a better performance that this particular beard balm.
What’s In Virtu Beard Balm
- Babassu oil
- Argan oil
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Essential oils
Aroma of Virtu Beard Balm
As mentioned in the review above, this beard balm gives off an incredibly subtle scent that will dissipate after about an hour of use.
The primary note that you will smell from this beard balm will be eucalyptus. The best way to describe a eucalyptus scent is something along the lines of being just a bit woodsy mixed in with pine and a high note of mint and just a very low note of honey.
Hold Through The Day
Overall the hold of this beard balm is its weakest point. If your beard is longer, then you will want to pick up a tin of wax to compliment this balm.
However even though the beeswax appears to be lacking much substance within this beard balm, the carrier oils along with the butter will help your beard to remain soft throughout the day and you shouldn’t have to worry about hairs going too stray.
Final Rating: 80