After much testing, deliberation, re-testing, and perhaps a just a bit too much beard play, we determined that the best beard oil available on the market today is Honest Amish Premium. It not only had a perfect mixture of ingredients, but the value size (2oz) coupled with the extremely effective results led us to this determination.
When we initially set out on our search of finding a top beard oil, we looked at 80 in total and were able to nix out many based on either sub-par results, less than stellar feedback by other men, along with several other factors (i.e. if they actually worked at making a beard look and feel better).
While Honest Amish Premium reigns supreme this year as being the best overall beard oil, there were definitely plenty of other beard oils that are worth considering. Each of following were amazing in their own right:
- Overall The Best Beard Oil – Honest Amish Premium
- Best Smelling Beard Oil – Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight
- Best Beard Oil For The Money – V76
- Best Natural Beard Oil – Wild Willies
- Best Unscented Beard Oil – Ranger Beard Oil
In addition to the full reviews that we did below, we go on to further talk about all the important facets of beard oils in great detail and how you too can spot a quality product from afar.
Needless to say, we couldn’t be more happy to provide you with the ultimate guide on discovering the very best beard oil to suit your needs, and more importantly, your beard.
Here’s a quick summary of our research:
|Name||Dominate Scents||Primary Carrier Oils||Price Range||Country of Origin||Size||Cures Beard Itch?||Softens Beard?||Scented?|
|Wisdom Beard Oil by CanYouHandlebar||Earthy Tones||Olive, Grapeseed, Apricot, Argan, Vitamin E + Essential||$$$||USA||1 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Proraso Single Blade Beard Oil||Variety||Walnut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil||$$$||Italy||1 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Wild Willie’s Beard Elixir||Cedar / Woodsy||Primarily Organic Oils||$||USA||2 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|V76 by Vaughn Beard Oil||Woodsy / Leather||Castor, Safflower, Sesame, Sunflower, Olive, and Jojoba||$$||USA||2 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Ranger Beard Oil||Unscented||Jojoba & Argan Only||$$||USA||1 oz.||✔||✔||✗|
|Cremo Beard Oil||Tea Tree / Peppermint||Sunflower, Avocado, Jojoba, Argan, Coconut + Vitamin E||$$||USA||1 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Honest Amish Classic||Clove||Avocado, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Kukui||$||USA||2 oz||✔||✔||✔|
|Honest Amish Premium||Classic||Cumin, Avocado, Jojoba, Argan, Boabab, Apricot||$$$||USA||2 oz||✔||✔||✔|
|Beardbrand Tea Tree Beard Oil||Earthy Tones||Jojoba Base||$$$$||USA||1 oz||✔||✔||✔|
|Mountaineer Brand WV Timber||Cedar / Pine||Grapseed, Sweet Almond, Castor||$||USA||2 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight||Warm / Inviting||Soybean, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Aloe Leaf, Jojoba, Avocado||$$$$||USA||2 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
|Badass Beard Care Beard Oil For Men||Citrus||Apricot, Argan, Jojoba, Coconut||$$||USA||1 oz.||✔||✔||✔|
Why We Are Qualified To Recommend The Best Beard Oil
At Tools of Men building trust with each and every reader is critical. That’s why when you read each one of the reviews below, you can be rest assured that none of the companies mentioned are secretly stuffing money in our back pocket in order to skew the review process.
We take great pride in being a part of the bearded community and have spent countless hours covering every facet of how to properly care for your beard. We have written extensive articles on beard balms, beard shampoos (commonly referred to as washes), beard combs, and even beard brushes.
Without sounding like we are bragging, we like to think that we are one of the leading and unbiased authorities when it comes to recommending beard products for men across the world.
What Is Beard Oil And Why Should You Consider Using It?
Beard oil has been around for years, however it wasn’t until just recently did it really start to take off when men discovered all the benefits that it gives.
One of the textbook problems that beard oil solves is beardruff (i.e. dandruff on your beard).
What’s beardruff you might be wondering?
Here’s a high level overview:
As your beard begins to grow in, you will start to experience an itchy sensation. This usually happens about a month after untamed growth. The reason for this increased itching is that your skin is drying out beneath your beard.
To understand this dryness you have to take a bit closer look at your beard and what is going on beneath the surface of your skin.
You see, when your beard follicles grow, they naturally require more nutrients and moisture (think of it like a plant).
At the root of every hair, you have a couple sebaceous glands that are located along the shaft of each hair follicle (as pictured below):
Unfortunately whether your beard is .5″ or 12″ in length, the sebaceous glands are a finite size and can only produce a finite amount of sebum oil within a day. As your beard continues to grow longer and longer, there will be a cross over point (orange circle in diagram below) where your beard follicle needs more sebum oil than what your sebaceous glands can produce in a day:
After this cross over point occurs, the skin that lies beneath your beard will eventually start to dry out.
Just like your dandruff for your scalp, beardruff is just the flaking of your skin due to extreme dryness.
Coincidentally, this is where products like beard oil come in to solve this problem.
When you use beard oil, you are giving your skin the much needed nourishment (and more importantly – moisture) that it is looking for that it is currently missing out on.
Beard oil acts as a completely all natural supplement to the sebum oil that is lacking in production from your sebaceous glands:
The great part about most beard oil on the market is that its all natural (i.e. only comes from plants), and is able to compliment just about any skin type.
Even if you have naturally oily skin, but are still experiencing beardruff – you shouldn’t skip using beard oil as a fear of increased acne and other skin aliment.
Plant oils like jojoba act as a balance to your natural sebum oil and shouldn’t cause an uptick in acne production or clogged pores. In addition, some essential oils such as tea tree and sandalwood oil actually act as anti-septics which combat the onset of acne. I’ll touch on this a bit more in the next section as well.
Key Ingredients That Are Found In The Best Beard Oils
Beard oil is primary made up of two main ingredients, carrier oils and essential oils. Some higher end and cheap beard oils may also contain other ingredients which we will touch on in just a moment.
Understanding The Role of Carrier Oils Within Beard Oil
By and large, the largest component to any beard oil is going to be a carrier oil. If you were to take a look at any beard oil off the shelf, more often than not the actual oil is made up between 90 to 95% carrier oil (in some instances 100%).
Carrier oils are responsible for giving beard oil all of its great skin and hair benefits.
The reason why carrier oils are so key in beard oil is not only that they do a great job in warding off beardruff, but they also will make even the roughest of beards much smoother and make them appear a whole lot healthier.
A smooth and well nourished beard that contains beard oil will also be much less susceptible to split ends as well.
Now there are a few things to keep in mind when taking a look at beard oils and the ingredients listed on the label.
Some beard oil vendors may follow international nomenclature when listing ingredients making their product sound much more complicated than what it is.
Speaking of jojoba oil, if its your first ever time picking up a beard oil, we would highly recommend checking out a product that contains this carrier oil as its core ingredient.
You see jojoba is the one carrier oil that most closely resembles the natural sebum oil that you are already producing. Therefore when applied to your beard and skin the chance of allergic reaction occurring is going to be minimal while still being a terrific high performance oil to achieve all the great benefits.
If you want to skip on jojoba and go with another mild carrier oil, a product containing argan oil would also suffice as well.
Essential Oils Will Give You Both Great Aromas and Some Unexpected Positive Benefits
While carrier oils do a terrific job at delivering the key nutrients, essential oils are what will really make a beard oil stand out.
So what are essential oils?
There are literally hundreds of essential oils on the market, from cedarwood to lemon, and just about everything in between there will be scents to suit your nose.
Here’s a small list that we found to be common in the beard oils we reviewed:
Just like cologne, scents given off by essential oils are highly subjective.
That’s why during our testing we did blind smell tests in order to determine which beard oil was the best (which ended up being the Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight).
Now it is important to note that when it comes to beard oil and the essential oils contained within it, they are more of a passive scent. Therefore beard oil isn’t made to replace your cologne, in fact the scents given off by beard oil will be incredibly subtle a few hours after application. The reason for this is due to essential oils potency. The scent found in cologne is synthetically made to last for several hours.
Therefore, if you are sensitive to smells, you don’t have to worry about beard oil being too overpowering when you apply it before you head out the door in the morning. But if you want to get a beard oil absent of any scent, then we recommend trying out this one.
However, with the essential oils, scents are only half of the story.
Many essential oils do indeed provide several topical benefits for your skin. As we eluded to a bit earlier, some popular essential oils like sandalwood and tea tree double as an disinfectant which is great for your skin and pores.
This is important for men you may have acne flare ups from time to time as essential oils that are naturally antiseptics will actually clear out your pores thus likely reducing the occurrence of acne. Every man of course is different, so results will vary from one guy to the next.
In addition to skin benefits its critical to mention the potency of essential oils. As inferred earlier, essential oils only make up a small portion of any beard oil, typically less than 5%.
If you ever have a reaction to beard oil (although rare), in most cases it will be due to an essential oil. If you have severely sensitive skin, of course you will always want to consult with your physician or dermatologist, we would recommend steering clear of any citrus based essential oils as they are more likely to cause general skin irritation.
Also be sure to conduct a patch test by apply a drop or two of beard oil either behind your ear or on the inside of your elbow to see how your skin reacts.
What Else To Look Out For On The Label When Considering A Beard Oil
As the beard trend has taken off as of late, naturally you will have “premium” and “thrifty” or “economy” beard oils within the marketplace.
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering any of these beard oils.
First off, a good rule of thumb is that if the beard oil vendor doesn’t list the ingredients on the label, its best to avoid that product. Since this is a oil that you will be applying on a regular basis, the last thing you need to be doing is applying a mystery solution and experiencing unintended results.
Secondly, and this goes for the cheaper oils, make sure you avoid products that contain synthetic ingredients (i.e. silicone), as these actually don’t provide any sort of skin or hair benefits for your face or beard.
Lastly, this one is actually a great thing to look out for, is if the beard oil contains Vitamin E oil (sometimes listed as Tocopheryl Acetate). Vitamin E oil is a nice little benefit that beard oil vendors are starting to include within their products. Vitamin E provides an extra layer of benefits for both your hair and skin that aren’t already covered in a carrier or essential oil.
Doing Your Due Diligence On The Company
While the beard trend is in full swing, there will inevitably be a lot of people out there trying to make a quick buck.
When putting together this review, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t fall into the same trap that so many other consumers have fallen for before.
Therefore every one of the beard oils reviewed in this article have been fully vetted to ensure that they have proper customer service lines, contact forms, and someone behind label that can actually help you should you have any questions.
We feel that this is fair – especially given so many shady companies out there.
Now if you do decide to venture off and buy a beard oil yourself – look for these signs of a scam beard oil company:
- They have an actual website with a phone # or address (preferably in the country you are purchasing it from)
- Their address is of an actual office building (we found some companies providing a Virtual Office in a large city to seem real)
- Social Media doesn’t lie (Instagram and YouTube especially) – see if they have ever posted a picture of their production facility, founder, etc. of people who work at the company (not just a picture of a bottle or memes)
- Read the reviews on their product detail page to see customer service experiences
How To Apply Beard Oil?
Applying beard oil is a extremely easy – and in fact should become a part of your everyday morning routine.
Once you wake up, hop in the shower and give your beard a gentle scrub with a beard shampoo instead of soap (this is so it locks in additional moisture).
After you are done with your shower, you will want to make sure that your beard is thoroughly dried off.
Then you would take your beard oil and pour out about a dime sized amount (about 3-4 drops) into the palm of your hand.
Simply rub your hands together and begin to massage your beard starting from the base of the follicle and work your way down to the tip of the hair.
The amount of beard oil may vary depending on the length of your beard.
Is Beard Oil Just Used For Winter Months?
No not at all.
But here’s the deal:
When its winter time, the elements are a lot harsher, especially the further north you go. With the dryness of winter, your beard will suffer big time.
Beard oil should be applied year round, however, during the winter months it is especially important.
During the winter months, your beard will be especially dry and will be lacking of nutrients. In fact the lack of moisture that your beard has, it will in fact start to frizzle and be extremely unkempt.
Looking at All The Beard Oils Available Through Amazon
As we said in the beginning of this article – we love beard oil and have spent countless hours and sleepless nights researching it exhaustively!
So much so, that we were wanted to share this unbelievably awesome graph with you:
So what does this tell us?
A few really critical things actually!
So we went out to Amazon and took a list of all beard oils in similar sizes (i.e. 1oz bottles) and compared them based on the following dimensions:
As you can see above Price is listed on the Y axis on the left and rating ($0 to $35) and rating on the X axis (3.6 to 5.0).
The size of the circle is determined the number of reviews (larger the circle equates to more reviews given).
A quick note about the rating and reviews dimension:
Amazon isn’t perfect when it comes to reviews. There are a few companies that try to game the system to make sure their product is shown as highly rated.
To combat this, we only included beard oils that had 30 reviews posted. While its somewhat hazy whether 30 is actually a statistically significant amount, we wanted to have that as our starting point. This would filter out beard oils that had a perfect 5.0 rating and only a small handful of reviews.
But why Amazon and not every beard oil vendor’s site?
From our cursory research we found that reviews on vendors sites tend to be a bit more favorable than those on Amazon. This is likely due to brand loyalty and repeat purchases from loyal beardsmen.
Also companies may mask negative reviews or remove them altogether – therefore making it harder to get a true view of what a rating is about a beard oil.
In addition, beard oil vendors that are highly engaged with their audience may be able to solicit higher ratings when compared to other beard vendors – this is why we thought Amazon was a good starting point for this graph. Also not all vendors have the same review scale on how beard oils are rated.
We thought that Amazon would bring out a more natural score when compared elsewhere.
So be sure to check out the entire write up along with the interactive chart on the following post.
Beard Oil Bottle Design Matters
While it might not seem like a big deal when selecting a beard oil, but smart bottle design can really make a difference when you are applying it daily as well as its long term preservation.
Common Applicators Used In Beard Oils
When examining the beard oil market, there are largely going to be three types of applicators:
- Restrictor valve
Of the three designs, droppers tend to be the easiest (and cleanest to handle).
Why does this matter?
You can easily get your predetermined amount every day and provide consistent results when it comes to conditioning your beard.
Both the restrictor valve and pump design (as featured in the Beardbrand and Wild Willies bottles above) will be a bit more messy of an application process and may lead to accidental waste of product.
Color And Material Of The Beard Oil Bottle Will Ensure Longer Shelf Life
Another factor to consider, and a topic we covered heavily when making our own beard oil, is the composition of the bottle itself:
Within the beard oil market we came across a great variety of bottle designs – from glass to plastic, clear to amber colored, beard care companies truly like to get pretty creative with their package design.
But in order to spot a quality beard oil from afar, you will want to gravitate towards those beard oils that have a dark or amber colored bottle. This helps to ensure that the UV emitting lights found in warehouses and drugstores won’t break down the delicate natural ingredients found within the bottle.
Now there is a caveat to this.
However, as you will see in our detailed review below, both companies pack their beard oil bottles in a small cardboard box which could be argued to be more effective with long term preservation than simply having an amber color bottle naked on a shelf.
Best Beard Oils 2018 – Here’s The Top Ones
Honest Amish Premium
There is a whole love to love about Honest Amish Premium, and the reason why it remains one of the best overall beard oils this year.
A staple in the beard community before it really had taken off, Honest Amish has served consistent yet quality products for beardsmen both old and new.
One of the first things that we took notice on this particular bottle of beard oil is their reliance on all natural ingredients.
You won’t find anywhere mention of a generic ‘Parfum’ nor ‘Fragrance’.
Honest Amish was able to create this (and their other beard oil we reviewed) through all natural resources.
When you take a look at the side of the bottle you will find 10 key ingredients:
- Black Cumin Oil
- Virgin Avocado Oil
- Golden Jojoba Oil
- Virgin Argan Oil
- Virgin Boabab Oil
- Rose Hip Oil
- Moringa Oil
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Virgin Seabuck Thorn Oil
- Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil
When working together, these 10 core ingredients are going to ensure that your beard will remain soft and still have a nice sheen too it (all without looking oily).
But what really sets Honest Amish Premium from the rest of the pack is the scent.
The smell of this beard oil is unlike any others on the market – it truly is a standout in a sea of woodsy dominated products. While scent is highly a subjective category for many men, for all those that we consulted when writing this article agree that this one by Honest Amish smelled the best.
The best way we could describe the scent would be a warm yet manly smell that has slightly spicy undertones.
Quality and scent aside, another great aspect of the Honest Amish Premium beard oil was its price per ounce. Unlike so many others that we reviewed that cost upwards to $20 an ounce, this beard oil rings up at a fraction of the price. While still having a price tag approaching $20, this beard oil comes packaged in a loft 2oz. container, making a great value buy.
Overall, it really doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to beard oil. Honest Amish is a company with a rich history in delivering beard care products. If you haven’t already tried this one, get it, you won’t be disappointed in the results.
Wisdom Beard Oil by CanYouHandlebar
If you ask any beardsman what the classic beard oil scent is 9 times out of 10 they are going to say something that channels their inner lumberjack and is earthy and just generally woodsy in scent.
Of all of the beard oils on the market, many of them miss the mark of delivering a product that meets that classic need – that is until they try Wisdom by CanYouHandlebar.
To understand this beard oil, or any beard oil for that matter, its always critical to closely examine the ingredients within the product itself.
This beard oil contains the following ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Rice Bran oil
- Jojoba oil
- Meadowfoam seed oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oils for wood smell (likely cedar)
There are a few distinct ingredients above that we want to call out.
First off this beard oil contains jojoba oil, which we touched on in some of of our other beard oil reviews is an oil that provides a terrific amount of nourishment and moisture to both your skin and beard when applied.
Jojoba oil acts as a terrific oil to supplement the sebum oil that is naturally produced by your sebaceous glands that we talked extensively about in a recent post.
When applied to your face regularly, jojoba oil will completely rid your beard of beardruff along with making your beard feel completely smooth and ultimately less susceptible to split ends.
But the benefits don’t end there with jojoba oil, if you are experiencing split ends after excessive brushing or combing of your beard, jojoba will help to soften it up in order to prevent such irreversible damage that is only curable through proper trimming with shears.
Jojoba oil aside, the one ingredient that really stands out about this beard oil when compared to others is the inclusion of Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil naturally nourishes your skin while also being an antioxidant.
In addition Vitamin E helps block free radical damage that can cause pre-mature aging. Secondly Vitamin E oils helps to also ward off brown spots, repair cuticle damage, and generally makes the skin beneath your beard (and on your hands during application) a whole lot smoother.
When used in combination with other key carrier oils like olive, grapeseed, and jojoba among others.
Regarding the scent of this beard oil, Wisdom delivers a well balanced smell that is earthy with likely the use of cedar in the mixture. If its your first ever time trying out beard oil, most men might be thrown off by such a bold scent initially. However, what’s great about this beard oil by CanYouHandlebar is that it tends to dissipate an hour or so after use. Therefore making it a friendly beard oil for beginners alike. To note though, if you prefer to have absolutely no scent in your beard oil, then we would recommend checking out a fragrance free beard oil instead.
When it comes to the bottle and packaging for this beard oil, its largely a mixed bag. We absolutely love the card board container that the oil comes in, as its just simply a clean presentation, especially when others may come in a burlap sack that just looks a bit too sloppy and haphazard.
Like the top lineup of beard oils on the market today, this beard oil does come in a amber colored bottle to block out UV rays. This bottle style will help ensure that the oils within the bottle keep their structural integrity for several months.
Lastly regarding the price of this beard oil, at the current market this beard oil is just a bit more expensive than the market averages – however, there is no denying its incredible woodsy scent.
Proraso Cypress & Vetyver Beard Oil
Of all the men’s grooming companies we reviewed in the making of this article, Proraso is by far the most established. Founded in 1908 by Ludovico Martelli, Proraso has been serving men around the world for over a century.
But like any company looking to grow, their entrance into the beard care market only happened within the past few years – making them not nearly as respected as some of the other names mentioned on our list (namely Beardbrand, Wild Willies, or CanYouHandlebar).
As we write this guide, Proraso currently offers up beard oil in three different scents:
For the traditionalists out there looking for a beard oil, the Wood & Spice will be the classic offering that will likely catch your attention. It’s going to be one of those beard oils that exudes all the traditional outdoorsy traits that a lot of men downright love.
But for our review we wanted to focus on the Cypress & Vetyver beard oil.
Well to put it simply, vetyver (French spelling for vetiver) is an essential oil hardly found in many products. It not only evokes a light airy scent that is akin to lemon grass, but this scent will set you apart from the rest (in a good way).
Beyond the inclusion of vetiver, Proraso also includes a wide array of nourishing carrier oils that will make your beard look and feel incredible, those include the following:
- Sunflower seed oil
- Avocado oil
- Macadamia oil
Coupled with the essential oils and fragrances used within this beard oil, it truly makes a unique and effective tonic that men will love (this is also backed up by the positive feedback men have given Proraso).
When it comes to packaging, Proraso gets everything right. Not only is the beard oil contained in a dropper bottle for easy application, but it’s also stored in a cardboard box for longer ingredient preservation.
If there were any gripes about the Proraso Cypress & Vetyver beard oil it’s that the ingredient profile isn’t completely natural as it contains a few suspect ingredients while also commanding a slightly higher price than most.
But if you have the budget and you are ok with looking past a few of the setbacks, we think you will definitely love the scent and performance that Proraso offers in this truly unique beard oil.
Wild Willie’s Beard Elixir
From our initial assessment of over 80 different beard oils coupled by our in-depth analysis of a select few, we found that Wild Willies was unequivocally the best all-natural beard oil that currently exists on the market today.
Looking at the side of the bottle you will see the impressive list of the ingredients contained within:
As you can see, Wild Willies contains the following ingredients:
- Grape Seed Oil
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Castor Seed Oil
- Jojoba Seed Oil
- Rosemary Leaf Oil
- Argan Oil
- Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil (aka Moriche Palm)
- Juniper Oil
- Tea Tree Leaf Oil
- Linalool (naturally found in flowers and essential oils)
- Vitamin E Oil
Together these ingredients make for a rich (and natural) splash of nourishment that will make even the unruliest beards Instagram worthy.
So, if you are a guy that values a naturally derived beard oil, it really doesn’t get any better than what Wild Willies has put together.
Now for those men concerned about the scent given the relatively limited options by Wild Willies (they only offer one other type of beard elixir), the beard oil we reviewed was able to strike a delicate balance of tea tree and juniper.
The smell itself is quite subtle and definitely doesn’t announce to the world that you are wearing beard oil when you walk into a room – making it especially great for men who may work in close quarters or perhaps an office environment.
Of course, Wild Willies can be found at many online retailers including Amazon, but you should be able to find their products at your local Walmart as well – making it one of the few widely distributed quality beard oils.
If there were any gripes about Wild Willies it would be around the packaging itself.
A pump design housed in a plastic bottle can be a sticking point for some men (especially those who like to avoid plastic products).
Lastly, the price.
Competing toe-to-toe with Honest Amish Classic, Wild Willies beard oil comes in at 2oz. container with a price tag hovering around the $16 mark. This makes it one of the few beard oils out there with a sub $10/oz price tag – a true bargain considering the all-natural profile.
Overall, if you are looking for a reliable workhorse of a natural beard oil that doesn’t have a strong scent, you should definitely look at Wild Willies.
V76 by Vaughn Beard Oil
For men who value both luxury and performance, V76 by Vaughn expertly dances between both traits.
While having a wide array of products aimed squarely at top-notch men’s skin care including their daily facial moisturizer, facial cleanser, and even their tonic & scalp hair primer, Vaughn is quickly competing for the top ranks of men’s grooming with the likes of Jack Black and Brickell.
But when it comes to their V76 by Vaughn beard oil, it’s quite a remarkable product for many reasons. While the green bottle will definitely stand apart from the rest of your medicine cabinet full of manly colored products of brown and silver, this beard oil will equally out perform a lot of them as well.
Like the Wild Willies beard oil we also reviewed, V76 features a pump design. While still providing a bit more control than a restrictor valve design, it still falls short to the dropper.
So, if you have a habit of making messes, be forewarned that some beard oil may drip down the side every now and again.
Applicator aside, the texture of this beard oil is second to none.
Incredibly slick, in large part due to its unique ingredient profile (which we will get to in just a minute).
Once you spread this beard oil onto your face, not only will your skin instantly realize the benefits but your beard will too.
Of all the beard oils tested V76 was able to provide some of the smoothest, yet not greasy looking, results.
So how do they accomplish this?
When looking at the side of the box you will see the following natural ingredients:
- Castor Seed Oil
- Safflower Seed Oil
- Canola Oil
- PEG-40 Castor Oil,
- Olive Fruit Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Sesame Seed Oil
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Essential Oils
We think it’s through this mixture of the 9 unique carrier oils that they were able to achieve unparalleled slickness.
While we didn’t break it down above, many of the essential oils are derived chemically (i.e. cinnamyl alcohol – cinnamon essential oil, bisabolol – German chamomile, etc.). These are not the exact same as a generic ‘Fragrance/Parfum’ but we thought it was worth noting.
As far as long term preservation, while bottle is dark green in color, it does also come packaged in its own box – further ensuring the stability of the ingredients.
Now as far as value, this is where V76 really stands out.
While we would define them as a luxury grooming company, the price per ounce for this particular beard oil is actually not at a luxury price.
Housed in a 2oz. container, you can pick up V76 for about $9.50/oz or $19 total. This is a terrific deal given the type of performance you get.
To put that into comparison, other beard oil companies mentioned in this article are commanding a price tag approaching $20/oz!
Last but not least we want to make mention of the scent.
V76’s scent matches the label – it’s a luxury scent that harkens where this product was made (Miami, FL). While not necessarily aquatic, it does make you think of a warm sunny and breezy day.
Overall, V76 is a refreshing product that you will look forward to putting on before you head out the door in the morning.
Ranger Beard Oil
By far one of the most popular beard oils on Amazon with nearly 5,000 reviews is this 100% organic and unscented beard oil by Ranger Grooming Co…
…and with good reason.
Ranger Grooming Co. provides the best fragrance free beard oil that money can buy.
With a fine balance of organic jojoba oil that has been sourced in the USA coupled with an organic argan oil that came from Morocco, Ranger Grooming Co. expertly delivers when it comes to quality ingredients.
All too often during our in-depth review process did we come across beard oils using the ‘natural’ moniker that really doesn’t mean anything at all (per FDA).
To put it mildly, when a product claims to be ‘natural’, it’s up for the manufacturer to disclose this based on their (i.e. favorable) interpretation – and this is the reason why we were so happy to see Ranger Grooming Co. go 100% organic for this fragrance-free beard oil.
But does it work?
With regular application, your beard will not only feel incredibly soft, but this beard oil will be sure to target beard dandruff and fully remove it in only a few short days.
Men were shocked by just how well this beard oil performed.
Beyond performance, the bottle design for beard oils are incredibly important as we covered earlier.
As you can see in the picture above, this beard oil comes in a very dark glass amber bottle while also having a dropper for its applicator.
Not only will this design ensure the long-term stability of the organic ingredients housed within, but it will also be easy for you to get consistent amounts for your beard daily.
So, you might be wondering if this beard oil is ‘the one’ for you…
…well, if you don’t like scents like many of the others covered in this article, then yes.
Secondly, if you do like scents and wear a cologne or body spray daily, then you should go with this beard oil as well since it won’t compete with any other fragrances you may be wearing.
Now for the men out there that aren’t into the whole cologne or body spray scene (which is completely fine), then you will be happy to know that Ranger Grooming Co. does offer up their beard oil in a few different scents as well, including:
Both of which contain 100% organic ingredients.
Overall if you are looking for a great unscented beard oil that will make your beard look and feel great, then you really can’t go wrong with this one by Ranger Grooming Co.
There’s a reason why this beard oil is so popular with men, it’s just that good.
Cremo Beard Oil
Known for their trademark latherless shave cream, Cremo has taken their product line in a completely other direction and has introduced a line of beard oils.
Available in three different scent options:
Cremo serves up a pretty comprehensive offering that should serve many men’s scent preferences.
When reviewing their Tea Tree Mint, we really liked that it was not only invigorating, but simply smelled better and better as the day went on (until it dissipated after a few hours).
For a widely-distributed brand like Cremo, they do a great job keeping many nasty preservatives out of their beard oil by adhering to an all-natural ingredient profile.
The ingredients included in the bottle are as follows:
- Sunflower oil
- Avocado Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Argan Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Rosemary Extract
- Vitamin E
Overall, the mixture of ingredients not only will be compatible with just about any skin type, but the addition of Vitamin E is also a nice touch that will ensure that not only will your beard look great at the end of the day, but so will your skin.
While readily available on Amazon, Cremo is one of the few beard oils that are distributed to large retailers – expect to find their beard oil at your local drugstore.
Like all the Cremo products we have reviewed, their products are made in the USA as its emblazoned right on the front of the label.
If you are familiar with the Cremo latherless shave creams and want to try out their relatively new beard oil, then this one is definitely worth considering.
With a modest sub $15 price tag, you really can’t go wrong with this one – it’s a compelling offering for sure.
Honest Amish Classic
The one company that sets a high bar when it comes to beard related products is Honest Amish. Mostly known for their beard balm, there Classic beard oil is a fine product that stands up to both the new and established beard care companies in the marketplace today.
Here’s some of the key details that you need to know about this beard oil and just what sets it apart from some of the other large players in this market.
First and foremost this beard oil contains both natural and organic oils. Their organic oils are as follows:
- Avocado Oil
- Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Golden Jojoba Oil
- Virgin Argan Oil
- Kukui Oil
With such a diverse profile of carrier oils, this beard oil will do a terrific job at ensuring your skin and beard follicles stay moisturized and well nourished.
We wanted to make mention of a few carrier oils contained within this product, first we will talk about the Golden Jojoba oil:
Found in nearly all the popular beard oils on the market today, jojoba is an excellent carrier oil for beginners. Given its relatively gentle properties, its one of the most mild oils that you can apply to your skin without having to worry about potential reactions (although you should always do a skin allergy test just to be safe).
Even if you have a history of acne or clogged pores in general, jojoba usually won’t cause much of a flare up of acne given that it helps to actually balance oil production from your sebaceous glands.
Another ingredient worth mentioning is the virgin argan oil. Found in a plethora of beauty products, argan is another mild oil that is widely used within beard oils. However, there is one catch that comes with the use of argan oil – it’s a nut. Therefore if you have, or are around folks or kids with with severe nut allergies, you may want to keep this in mind as to not accidentally cause any sort of allergic reactions.
The last carrier oil that we wanted to call out in this beard oil is the inclusion of Kukui oil. This rare oil is sourced from Hawaii and naturally contains fatty and amino acids which will penetrate the shaft of your beard follicle leaving it to appear both well nourished as lustrous.
Generally speaking, from a carrier oil perspective, this beard oil is relatively mild making it suitable for many beardsmen.
Carrier oils aside, the other aspect to always take into consideration when choosing between beard oils is the essential oils contained within the product. According to Honest Amish, this beard oil contains the following essential oils:
When all the above essential oils are combined together with the base carrier oils, they evoke a remarkable scent.
To describe the scent is a bit tough, however its one that resembles a mixture of both cloves and licorice. Fellow beardsmen have said that the scent is “fresh, clean, and manly…has some black licorice and root beer tones to it” and that it generally “has a nice, soft scent”.
It’s definitely a warmer scent and one that you might want to wear in the winter months.
Like many beard oils that rely on essential oils for fragrance, the scent in this Honest Amish beard oil will likely dissipate after about an hour or so of application.
Now when it comes to value this oil really shines:
Compared to most, this beard oil is definitely one of the best value oils on the market. At just about $7/oz, its really hard to find another beard oil of both the same quality and price.
Looking at preservation, Honest Amish does a lot of things right as well:
Not only is the bottle dark amber in color, but it comes packaged in a small box that will prevent it from being exposed to harmful UV rays that would otherwise deteriorate the structure of the delicate ingredients.
This bottle also comes with a dropper that will help reduce excess waste when compared to other beard oils.
While this oil is incredible in its own right, based on our research, the Honest Amish Premium beard oil was just a little bit better. If your grooming budget can afford the few extra dollars, then upgrade, otherwise, this Classic version by Honest Amish is still a pretty darn good offering..
Beardbrand Tea Tree Beard Oil
Among some of the best marketed beard oil that you can pick up today will come from Beardbrand’s vast line up of beard oils.
Beardbrand has unequivocally paved the way and made beard oil the mainstream product it is today through their appearance on Shark Tank.
So how does their Tea Tree beard oil stack up to both the new and existing manufacturers in the field?
To understand any beard oil it’s important to first examine the ingredients used in the product.
Here’s the oils that Beardbrand uses in their Tea Tree beard oil:
- Jojoba Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Castor Oil
- Fragrance (essential oils)
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Glycerin (vegetable derived)
One of the mildest oils that you can use regularly, jojoba oil found in the bottle will help ensure that your skin and beard stays well-nourished and moisturized.
Another great addition to this product is the infusion of glycerin. As noted above, the glycerin used in the Beardbrand Tea Tree oil is naturally derived from vegetables and can be safely applied to your skin.
If you aren’t familiar with glycerin, here’s just a quick overview:
Glycerin is found in several different types of products, from pharmaceutical to sweeteners and has a large variety of uses. Its key role within this beard oil is to act as an all-natural humectant that will assist in locking in the moisture on your skin ultimately helping to keep both your skin and beard looking perfect.
The last ingredient that we want to call out is the use of “fragrance”. While it’s not explicitly stated on the bottle, we did get the word from Beardbrand in the past that their fragrance is derived from a mixture of essential oils.
When it comes to the scent of this beard oil, there’s a lot of obscurity around it given that the essential oils aren’t listed. However, Beardbrand dubs this product has having notes of peppermint, tea tree, and vanilla and elicits a smell that is ‘cool, clean, and crisp’.
Based on our blind smell tests, the Tree Ranger beard oil does have some masculine undertones, but does come across as both light and refreshing.
As great and effective as this beard oil is, it does have a few key drawbacks:
One of the main sticking points to this beard oil is the restrictor valve. While some men may love the compact design, a restrictor valve makes it harder to get a consistent amount of beard oil from the bottle with every use.
But our biggest gripe about this beard oil is going to be with the price. This particular beard oil is an extremely tough pill to swallow by commanding a $25 per ounce charge.
Overall, it’s a great beard oil that is effective at getting the job done, but with its price at $25/oz. it may rest outside some men’s monthly grooming budget.
Mountaineer Brand WV Timber
From the beautiful state of West Virginia comes this fine beard oil developed by longtime beardsman Eric Young. Unlike many beard oils that started up within the past year or two that are trying to capitalize on the latest trend in beards, Mountaineer has been around since 2013. Therefore this company has the beardsman in their heart and not just trying to make a quick buck.
So with their history of working with beardsmen far and wide, how does their beard oil stack up when compared to other popular brands in the marketplace?
Overall, they deliver, and at an incredibly affordable price as well!
This 2oz bottle of beard oil comes in at a very affordable $12.50 – which makes it nearly as cheap as making it yourself.
Regarding the bottle design, this comes with a restrictor valve, making for a easier application and measuring out pre-determined drops. In addition, the dark blue color of the bottle will help to block out harmful UV rays that would otherwise destroy the integrity of the carrier and essential oils.
What’s In The Oil?
You would think that being this beard oil is so affordable that Mountaineer likely skimped out on the ingredients by using cheap silicone based fillers, however that’s simply not the case. In this beard oil you will find the following ingredients:
- Grapseed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Castor Seed Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
- Fir Needle Oil
- Eucalyptus Leaf Oil
Generally speaking this beard oil delivers a nice mixture of both pine and cedarwood ultimately giving you that classic woodsy scent that many men desire in their favorite beard oils. Expect this terrific scent to last you a few hours and gradually dissipate throughout the day.
Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight Beard Oil
With a desire to create a line of products that were not only sexy and fun, but guaranteed to make a name in the grooming industry, Billy Jealousy introduces the Devil’s Delight Beard Oil.
Fun packaging aside, its what’s inside that truly counts.
When you turn around the bottle you will find a list of some great carrier oils that will be sure to not only fully remove beardruff in only a few days, but will leave your underlying skin looking well moisturized and healthy as well.
Within the Devil’s Delight you will find the following:
- Soybean Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Aloe Vera Leaf Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
While nourishment and hydration is by far the most important part of buying a beard oil, another, yet more fun part about Devil’s Delight will be the scent.
There’s a reason why we rated this beard oil as one of the best smelling beard oils on the market.
It smells downright amazing.
While smell is such a subjective factor when deciding a beard oil, we decided to ask both men and women what they thought and this one got the highest marks.
The smell of this beard oil is warm and almost sweet smelling. It’s at moments like this that we wish the internet had some sort of ‘smell’ feature (well maybe not, but you get the idea).
Overall, if you can look past its pump bottle design and slightly higher price tag, the Billy Jealousy Devil’s Delight beard oil will not only turn heads when applied, but you may also want to take out a bite of your own beard during the day!
Badass Beard Care Beard Oil For Men
Otherwise known as the “Ladies Man Scent” this 1 oz. bottle of beardy goodness is sure to keep you coming back for more time and time again. This product is designed to soften facial hair, promote hair growth, tame a crazy mane, and soothe itchy beards; all while using natural oils and butters. The oils are excellent for moisturizing the skin as they sink in without leaving a trace.
If you are a man who enjoys a lightly scented beard oil, then you may thoroughly enjoy this one. It has a subtle sweet scent of citrus that isn’t too overpowering but will stick around throughout the day. This scent is created due to the natural essential oils used within the product that are skin friendly. Let’s take a quick look at the amazing oils that are used in this product and what benefits they have for your skin:
- Apricot: This light and moisturizing oil is perfect for those who may already have oily skin. Apricot oil sinks in to the skin easily and doesn’t leave it feeling overly greasy; not to mention it smells amazing and is full of omega-6 which nourishes the skin.
- Argon: Hydrates the skin and uses fatty acids to naturally boost the skin and keep it looking healthy.
- Jojoba: As we age, sometimes the skin has a hard time keeping itself moisturized; that’s where this oils comes in. Jojoba aids in moisturizing the skin and acts as a natural sebum.
- Coconut: This oil is a powerhouse and acts as a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal moisturizer.
- Tea Tree: If you suffer from acne or skin blemishes, Tea Tree is great for soothing those areas.
- Rosemary: This oil is wonderful for promoting healthy, shiny, and fast growing hair.
- Eucalyptus: Acting as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic oil, Eucalyptus is great for keeping your face clean, fresh, and free of any irritating skin conditions.
Besides these oils there is also White Fir, Orange, Clove, and Vitamin E included in the ingredients list. These all have amazing benefits and work towards creating that natural and delicious citrus scent.
If the name, “Badass Beard Care” doesn’t already give away the fact that this oil is amazing, then the natural ingredients and soothing properties it has for sensitive and dry skin sure will!
Just like any product, there may be a few unexpected issues. Such as the fact, that although this is a beard care oil, there is no guarantee that it is going to help promote a fuller or faster growing beard. There may be a bit of an oily residue left over depending on your skin type, but other than that this product is truly a winner.
Whether you have normal skin or sensitive skin, dry or oily, the Badass Beard Care Oil for Men is there to help you achieve a beard that is free of dandruff, itchiness, and untamed hairs. If you are someone who is looking for a medium hold beard oil that has a subtle yet long lasting smell, then this product may be the perfect one for you! Just keep in mind that a little will go a long way, so make that 1 oz. bottle of goodness last by using just a few drops per use.