Best Beard Balm Reviews

Best Beard Balm Reviews

You've read our article on beard balms, so you understand why you should be using 'em, but how do you decide which beard balm is best for you?

There's a lot of options out there, and choosing between them can be difficult. Luckily, you don't have to.

We put together this post to give you the comprehensive low down on beard balms, the differences between them and how that should guide your choice of product, so whether you're a beard care newbie or a veteran with a beard that scares small children, you'll be able to find exactly what you need here.

We've divided the list into four simple sections, to make it as easy as possible to navigate.

The Best Overall Beard Balms

We've scoured the four corners of the earth to find the best beard products and assemble them all in one place, and after all that work, these four beard balms come out on top. If you're new to beard care products, or you just don't know what to choose, any of these will suit you perfectly.

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Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

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Whether you're looking for a balm that’s a great conditioner, has a good hold, is all natural and made right here in America, Honest Amish's beard balm has it all.

It's completely 100% natural and organic, and that includes the packaging, which is specifically designed to have no colorants or plastics that might leech into the product and taint your hard grown beard.

It smells really masculine, earthy and real, like you've just come striding out of the yard after cutting half a dozen logs into kindling, and it's packed with over 15 active ingredients that'll leave your beard looking sleeker and healthier than ever.

Be warned that it's made with nut byproducts, so if you're allergic to nuts use another of our top picks, but if you aren't then this is simply the best beard balm out there.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural, all organic, all great for your beard
  • Guaranteed product. If you don't like it, send it back
  • Made in the good old USA
  • Can't use it if you're allergic to nuts

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Smooth Viking Shea Butter Beard Balm Review

Smooth Viking Shea Butter Beard Balm Review

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A thick and powerful balm, Smooth Viking's beard balm is the best of our choices for men with the biggest, most rugged beards.

Solid, waxy consistency and a great hold make this perfect if your beard needs work, but even considering that, this balm is easy enough to work with that an absolute beard beginner could use it for the first time straight out of the tub.

On top of that it's also 100% natural, and packed with ingredients that heal and nourish your beard, and potentially even help it grow even thicker! For a man who has uncompromising style, or needs the thickest balms for his thickest beard, grab a pot of this.

Pros

Cons

  • Exceptional beard softening
  • Fantastic holding, great for style
  • All natural and healthy
  • Possibly too stiff for some people. Pretty waxy

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Hoots Naturals Beard Balm Review

Hoots Naturals Beard Balm Review

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Hoots is another all natural beard balm that's the best choice if you're looking for value for money.

Coming in a tub at almost twice the weight per dollar of other balms, this product lasts forever. Another sweet bonus is the free beard comb that you get with it, which is surprisingly good quality.

Unscented, with a good hold and the important all natural ingredients list, Hoots only falls off because I felt like I could see and feel it in my beard for a couple hours after using it, but honestly, if you're looking for the balm that gets you the best deal for your dollar, whilst still being a great product, this is it.

Pros

Cons

  • More for your money
  • Comes with a good quality comb
  • Unscented
  • A little oily

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Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm Review

Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm Review

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Another American made brand, Rocky Mountain Barbers source as much of their product from local producers as possible, so it's great if you're a man who likes to support his local businesses.

If you're just looking for a great balm, though, this still delivers. It smells great, with 8 essential oils that stuff this balm with beard nourishing vitamins and it's all natural, the same as our other top four picks. The container also has a screw top lid, unlike a lot of others that just pop on and off, so you won't ever throw this into your gym bag and come back to an unfortunate accident.

Downsides? Because it's quite light, it doesn't give the greatest hold. But that's a tiny little downside, especially considering the upsides. If you aren't set on any of our other top picks, Rocky Mountain has it down.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural ingredients
  • Packed with 8 essential oils
  • Smells glorious
  • Not the greatest hold

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The Best Scented Beard Balms

Not every guy regularly wears a scent, and some of us regularly spend more time in closer proximity to other people. If this is the case, you're obviously going to want a balm that adds a scent to your beard, so you smell fresh and masculine all throughout the day.

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Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

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Our top choice of beard balm is also our top choice of scented beard balms. With a natural, earthy scent that reminds me of being back in the woods as a kid, Honest Amish has a really pleasant organic smell.

On top of this, it's the best beard balm we've seen out there. It's great at moisturizing and treating beardruff, it's got enough hold without being waxy or oily, and it's completely organic and vegan safe. That's why it's our number one beard balm.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural, all organic, all great for your beard
  • Guaranteed product. If you don't like it, send it back
  • Made in the good old USA
  • Cant use it if you're allergic to nuts

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Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm Review

Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm Review

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Rocky Mountain Beard Balm smells of cedarwood, with a blend of eight other essential oils to top it off. Needless to say, it smells sexy as hell. I love it, and in my opinion it's the best smelling of the beard balms we're looking at today.

On top of that, it's still a great beard balm, with a soft finish that's great for moisturizing and conditioning your beard, 8 essential oils that keep your beard as healthy as possible and potentially encourage new growth, as well as being light and easy to use.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural ingredients
  • Packed with 8 essential oils
  • Smells glorious
  • Not the greatest hold

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Grave Before Shave Cigar Blend Balm Review

Grave Before Shave Cigar Blend Balm Review

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Unsurprisingly smelling of cigars, but with a vanilla blend that takes the edge off so you don't give off the impression that you're wearing last night's bar clothes. Grave Before Shave cigar balm is a great beard balm for men looking for a more rugged, masculine smell that isn't flowery in any way.

Grave Before Shave are market leaders when it comes to beard care products, so on top of a smell that makes you seem like you just hopped off a Harley, this balm is also good at everything you need a balm to be good at. Moisturising, dealing with dry skin, shaping and protecting your beard.

For the man who wants to smell like a man and nothing else, grab Grave Before Shave.

Pros

Cons

  • Smells really masculine and fresh
  • Great moisturizing effect
  • Artwork is badass
  • A little more expensive than some other balms
  • Very little hold. Almost a butter

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Gentleman's Beard Premium Sandalwood Balm Review

Gentleman's Beard Premium Sandalwood Balm Review

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Sandalwood is a smell that's been associated with men for years. It evokes images of old time barber shops and men in impeccable three-piece suits who clean shave every morning with an old-fashioned straight razor.

That's why you'll see a lot of good quality products for men with sandalwood in them, and this one is no exception. All natural essential oils, coconut oil and shea butter condition your beard, it's got a fantastic 100% guarantee, and it's just an overall quality product. So why isn't it the best beard balm? Simple. It's more expensive than the rest. But then, you get what you pay for, right?

Pros

Cons

  • Really excellent moisturizing without being greasy
  • Smells great
  • Complete guarantee
  • Smell fades relatively fast
  • Expensive

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The Best Unscented Beard Balms

Sometimes a man wants to walk through the day proudly rocking his own natural scent, watching women swoon and children gaze wide-eyed as he strides past, his manly musk spreading far and wide.

Or, you know, maybe that's just me and you don't want the scent of your beard balm interfering with your aftershave. Up to you.

Unscented beard balms are also great if you have sensitive skin. Sometimes the essential oils can cause issues, and an unscented beard balm will have few to none essential oils as ingredients, leaving your skin safe and clear.

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Leven Rose All Natural beard Balm Review

Leven Rose All Natural beard Balm Review

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The best beard balm we've found without a scent, purely because it really doesn't have a scent.

You know what I mean. A lot of things that say that they're scentless or unscented tend to smell neutral, having a base, clinical smell because of the ingredients in it. This really doesn't smell of anything, so if you desperately need a beard balm with zero scent, you know what to buy.

On top of that, it's a great beard balm by itself. There's the usual list of all natural ingredients that give great results when it comes to moisturising and beard care, and it's got a 100% money back guarantee, just on the off chance you hate it. (But we know you won't.)

Pros

Cons

  • 100% natural, no chemicals, nothing fake
  • Helps beards to grow thicker and stronger
  • 100% guarantee
  • Soft, not good for shaping

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Honest Amish Fragrance-Free Beard Review

Honest Amish Fragrance-Free Beard Review

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Another offering by our favorites Honest Amish, this balm has all the hallmarks and quality of their usual balms, except in a fragrance-free formula.

Of course, it's got all natural ingredients. Of course there's nothing added and it's completely vegan safe. Of course it's excellent for locking in facial moisture and dealing with beardruff. It's everything you could ask for in a beard balm. That's why Honest Amish are always top of our lists when it comes to beard products, and that's why given the choice, I'd always buy one of their balms.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural, all organic, all great for your beard
  • Guaranteed product. If you don't like it, send it back
  • Made in the good old USA
  • Can't use it if you're allergic to nuts

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Softening

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Rocky Mountain Barbers Unscented Balm Review

Rocky Mountain Barbers Unscented Balm Review

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You'll notice a pattern in these reviews. Pretty much all of the beard balms we know, use and love come in scented and unscented options.

Just like the scented version of this balm reviewed above, this beard balm comes in an awesome twist top aluminum tin that keeps it locked away no matter how many times you drop it.

As for the balm itself? It's light, and provides a little hold without being stiff or waxy, and it’s still got eight essential oils to nourish and replenish your beard, leaving it thicker and healthier than ever before.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural ingredients
  • Packed with 8 essential oils
  • Smells glorious
  • Not the greatest hold

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Softening

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Gentleman's Beard Unscented Premium Balm Review

Gentleman's Beard Unscented Premium Balm Review

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More expensive than the rest of our options, Gentleman's premium balm is a solid product that does everything a good beard balm should do, with the added bonus of being unscented so you can use it with any other scent you might desire.

Unfortunately, it doesn't do enough to differentiate itself. Whilst it's a good product, with a great list of ingredients and a nice finish and feel on the face, it's more expensive, without really being better. Feel free to grab it, but I'd go for the Honest Amish myself.

Pros

Cons

  • Really excellent moisturizing without being greasy
  • Smells great
  • Complete guarantee
  • Smell fades relatively fast
  • Expensive

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The Best Fully Organic Beard Balms

Caring for a beard is hard, and it's harder still when you're covering your face with harmful additives and other chemicals.

Luckily for you and me, there's a whole bunch of fully organic beard balms out there, so you don't have to feel bad about caring for your beard.

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ArtNaturals Beard and Mustache Balm Review

ArtNaturals Beard and Mustache Balm Review

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If you're in the market for an all-natural, fully organic beard balm, ArtNaturals beard balm is the single best option out there.

It's thick enough to deliver a great hold without being overly firm or waxy, like a lot of other balms, and it's got a great set of ingredients that will keep your face smooth and skin clear and healthy.

On top of being a great balm that moisturizes with mango butter, jojoba oil and argan oil, it keeps to ArtNatural's 100% all natural commitment, plus it smells great, unlike some other fully organic beard products we've seen, which inevitably leave you smelling like the back of a hippy's van. Instead, you'll smell just like fresh cut oranges, so you'll be turning heads everywhere you go.

Pros

Cons

  • Every ingredient 100% natural
  • Contains vitamins A and C for beard growth
  • Smells like fresh citrus
  • Doesn't fully deal with beard itch

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Smooth Viking Shea Butter Beard Balm Review

Smooth Viking Shea Butter Beard Balm Review

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The best all natural beard balm for hold and style, Smooth Viking is our choice of organic beard balm for men with thick, rugged beards. If you're legitimately sporting a beard that would make a viking proud, then Smooth Viking, with its mix of shea butter, safflower, sweet almond, jojoba and argan oils, is the best balm for controlling that beast.

But don't be turned off by this. Even men with younger, less bristly beards are gonna find use out of this balm, because its formula is great for softening and moisturizing any beard, no matter the style. If you want an organic beard with the maximum hold possible, grab yourself some Smooth Viking.

Pros

Cons

  • Exceptional beard softening
  • Fantastic holding, great for style
  • All natural and healthy
  • Possibly too stiff for some people. Pretty waxy

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Hoots Naturals Beard Balm Review

Hoots Naturals Beard Balm Review

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There's a reason Hoots beard balm is one of our overall top picks as well as being one of our organic beard balm picks. It's just a great balm that treats your beard really well, despite the fact that it's made entirely of organic ingredients. A lot of products skimp on quality, or are just ridiculously expensive, but Hoots beard balm does none of this.

In fact, it's actually really good value for money, as well as being unscented, which for a completely natural balm is really impressive. Plus it comes with a beard comb, just in case you don't already have one.

Pros

Cons

  • More for your money
  • Comes with a good quality comb
  • Unscented
  • A little oily

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Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

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Honest Amish is our favorite beard balm, and luckily for everyone out there, its also completely organic, on top of being an awesome balm.

As soon as you put it on, you know it's all natural because it smells all natural. Real woodsy and green, like you've just buried your face in a handful of autumn leaves. But, like, manly, testosterone filled leaves.

As well as being organic, Honest Amish just make great products. This balm is really damn good at moisturizing, with a base of argan, avocado, pumpkin and grapeseed oils, so if you've got beardruff it'll kill it dead. You can buy with confidence, knowing that no matter what your beard needs, Honest Amish has it covered.

Pros

Cons

  • All natural, all organic, all great for your beard
  • Guaranteed product. If you don't like it, send it back
  • Made in the good old USA
  • Can't use it if you're allergic to nuts

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Our Top Pics

Our Top Pick

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Review

THE BEST BEARD BALM

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner

We love this beard balm, it's made from 100% natural products. The scent is fantastic, earthy yet almost sweet in smell. 

It does everything you expect of a beard balm. ​ 

You can see our full review here​

Our Second Pick

Smooth Viking Beard Balm Review

THE SECOND BEST BEARD BALM

Smooth Viking Beard Balm

This is our close second, it's a very waxy beard balm so really good for shaping your mustache. 

It's also unscented, which means if you mix your beard balm and beard oil together like I do before applying, you won't effect the beard oils scent.

A highly recommended beard balm, which you can read the full review here​

Our Third Pick

Hoots Natural Beard Balm Review

THE BEST VEGAN BEARD BALM

Hoots Natural Beard Balm

The final beard balm in our top picks is Hoots natural beard balm. This is perhaps one of the only vegan friendly beard balms we've come across. 

The ingredients used are top notch and the tin size is bulky so you get more for your money.

You can see our full review here

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