The difference between Beard Oils and Balms

The difference between Beard Oils and Balms

If you take your beard grooming seriously there is no bigger conundrum than deciding which product is better for your mane. Simply picking between beard oil and beard balm can prove to be a task that would normally have you scratching your beard.

But, is it actually necessary to choose between the two?
And what are the differences between beard oil and beard balm?

First up: beard oils.
Beard oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils.
The carrier oils (Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado Oil, etc) are the core ingredients and will make your beard soft, smooth and smell great.
Apart from these oils, the beard oil is completed when there are essential oils in the formula that give the product it’s unique scent with additional minerals and vitamins, necessary for the health of your beard.

The main objective of beard oil is the health of your beard, not the look of it,  even though your beard becomes more manageable. Although the hair will start to look much better once it is healthier it won’t be shaped enough with a few drops of oil.

An advantage with beard oil is that the nourishing agent of the oil sinks deep down the shaft of the hair follicle to the very root. This means that the oil not only makes your hair better it nourishes the skin too.

What about beard balm then?
Consider beard oil for a moment. It is healthy for your hair and it nourishes the skin as well as the beard very well. But as mentioned earlier, it doesn’t hold the beard and help to style it.

Well, beard balm is kind of like you put beard oil and beard wax in a mixer. Good beard balms are made of natural ingredients that help your facial hair grow better and stronger, and it can hold the beard like nothing else for that groomed, manly look.
A beard balm is essentially made of carrier oils, beeswax, shea butter and other essential oils. The stuff is like thick butter and it is just as healthy for you as beard oil. So, you get the best of both worlds.
In a sense, it’s a beard oil with the addition of wax and butters.
The beeswax is used to keep the balm in a solid state and also, to give your beard a bit of hold. The more beeswax the balm has, the stronger the hold. However, beard hold isn’t the main reason to use beard balm.
As for the butters, these are used to make the balm easy to spread on your beard. Besides that, the butters help the balm to melt easier on your hands before you apply it on your beard.

And there you have it…. the differences between beard oils and balms

Which one should you use and which one is better?
Although this is a common question it’s hard to tell if one is essentially better than the other or if you should use one over the other for better results. Instead, it all boils down to personal preference. Here is what the difference is between the two so that you can decide which is better for your own beard.

Short Beard
For shorter beards it may be better to go for beard oil.
Beard oil isn’t designed to shape your facial hair. It is used solely to nourish your hair.
If your facial hair is shorter it’s much more manageable. Therefore, you might be best better off with beard oil since the whole thing is not weighed down as much. If your beard is only a few weeks old the balm may not give you your money’s worth. Hair that short doesn’t need to be held in place. Beard oil is going to give your beard a health boost while reducing the itchiness.

Short Beard

Long Beard
If you have longer facial hair it becomes necessary to tame the beast a bit. Bringing your beard under control is essential if it is long and thick and more than a couple of centimetres long. Beard balm might be best in this case. The fullness and malleability of the beard is greatly improved with beard balm.

Long Beard

What if I want to use both of them?
I certainly didn’t tell you to choose between beard oil and beard balm. The fact that these two products have their differences and similarities, this doesn’t stop you from using both of them. You can easily include both in your beard care routine.