Some of the most common questions we get asked when it comes to beard oil vs beard balm are:

  • What is the difference between beard oil and beard balm?
  • Which one should I use?
  • How do they compare?

While these products are very similar, they do serve different purposes. But you will find a number of men and women who use them both. And no, women don’t use it on their beards but we do have beard and lady beard oil which women use for other purposes. It may be a little confusing for you if you are new to this world, and that’s why we made this post to give you the help you need. 

All About Beard Oil

Beard oil is ideal for short to medium-length beards. It doesn’t provide any hold but has the benefit of reaching the skin beneath your hair. Our oils are made with just two ingredients. These are the carrier oil and essential oils for fragrance and their great benefits. With these two oils working together, you can ensure your skin remains supple and your hair doesn’t get brittle and start to break. 

Carrier oils in beard oil complement the natural sebum that is being produced by your skin. The essential oils provide the minerals and vitamins that are necessary for nourishing your beard. What you get from this combo is less hair damage, less dandruff, and less itchiness. 

Beard oil won’t weigh down your beard and it won’t clog your pores. What it will do is give your beard a nice shine, which you can’t get with a beard balm. Note though that beard oil by itself will not grow your beard. You have to have a full beard care routine that you follow, including cleansing and conditioning your beard. Following healthy lifestyle guidelines will also help to ensure a fuller and thicker beard. 

If you make beard oil your choice, you will want to use it once daily. Wash your beard, comb through it and add a couple of drops of your beard oil. Rub it into your beard as well as massage it into your skin. It’s not a lot of work and it doesn’t take a lot of time. You can also purchase one of our boar’s hair beard brushes to help with distributing the oil properly and exfoliating your skin. 

How Beard Oil Works

The majority of a beard oil bottle is filled with carrier oils and because it is so concentrated, it allows for the full benefit. We use a high-quality carrier oil that is great for common skin and beard issues. 

We recommend using beard oil after a shower to get the most out of the product. Of course, you can choose to use it as you wish. The reason we recommend its use right after a shower has to do with the warm water and steam opening up your pores, allowing your skin the ability to properly absorb the nutrients and minerals provided by the essential oil profile of the beard oil. 


This also means that you will have the benefit of having your pores cleared out, and since beard oil is non-comedogenic, you don’t have to worry about it blocking up your pores. This means no breakouts.  

You can use beard oil anytime, even if you just decided to start growing a beard and have no hair yet. During the period of your beard growing out, beard oil will help to soothe beard itch. With no hair or less hair in the way, you have it easier to hydrate your skin which lays the groundwork for healthy beard hair. 

You should use beard oil because it will coat your facial hair and your skin. It has all the protein and nutrients that your hair and skin need and will soothe and protect your skin while facilitating good hair growth. 

What is Beard and Lady Beard Oil?

Female Using Beard and Lady Beard Oil

There are a number of ladies that like to use beard oil but not for beard hair. Beard oils are all-natural oils, which are kinder to the skin. And so women have started to see the benefits of using them to moisturize their skin. Some use it as a regular daily application item, while others use it after shaving to help the skin heal. Some even use it before shaving to help keep the skin smooth to avoid nicks and cuts. Are you a woman considering using beard and lady beard oil? You should definitely give it a try, many women love it.  

All About Beard Balm

Beard balm is a suitable choice for medium to long beards. It doesn’t provide much hold if any, so if you are looking for a product to provide hold, a balm will not help much. Similar to beard oil, beard balm will condition, moisturize and soften your beard so that it can be more manageable. 

The primary difference between beard oil and a beard balm is the base used in both. A beard balm will use a base of shea butter or beeswax so that it can have a creamy consistency. When you rub this into your hands it will melt. Beard balm is advantageous over oil as it will provide you with more volume so your beard will look thicker. 

If your beard is thin, patchy, or simply misbehaving, you may want to consider adding a beard balm to your regimen. We add oil to our beard balm so it can provide healthy conditioning and a nice shine. 

When using our beard oil you only need a pea-sized amount. Rub this in your palms and your body heat will melt it so you can work it into your beard easily. Once you have worked it in with your hands, you want to now use a comb and/or brush to spread the product, as well as to remove any residue that may be left behind. 

If you really want your beard to shine, you can use both an oil and a balm. 

How Beard Balm Works

If you have stray or wild hairs that stick out in multiple directions you will find that the beeswax content of a beard balm will do well to style your hair in place.  Most of the time, wild hairs are a sign that the skin beneath your beard is dry. This is also usually the culprit behind an itchy beard. This can lead to your facial hairs being brittle, weak, and overall unhealthy. 

On occasion, a healthy beard can have wispy hairs and a balm can help to keep them in check. The best time to use a beard balm is right after showering. You want your beard to be dry prior to application. You will specifically apply the balm to your hair and not your skin. It is okay if some touches your skin but you should concentrate your application on the beard hairs themselves. Due to the wax content, this type of product will stay in your beard hair a lot longer than beard oil, and it will give you a little help to shape your beard. 

The real benefit of using a beard balm is that the shea butter will provide you with a thicker and fuller appearance. It clings to hair strands and fluffs them up. 

Which Should You Choose?

If you have just started growing your beard or your beard is short, then we recommend the use of beard oil. Oil will help promote hair growth and will moisturize your face and alleviate itchiness. It is also ideal if you want your beard to keep its natural shape while looking healthy. 

If you have a longer beard and want to moisturize, as well as tame it, we recommend a beard balm. You can even use both. The beard oil will create a healthy environment or the best condition for your hair and skin, and the balm will help your hair to keep its shape, look thicker and fuller. 

You really can’t go wrong with either of these products. Your beard needs special care to look and feel great, and as long as you take the time to take care of it with either an oil or a balm, you will be certain to have it looking and feeling its best with a little time and care each day.