Oil, Balm, or Wax? How do I choose, and how do I use them?
A well-groomed beard is not difficult, but it does require supplies. Oils, balms, and waxes each have their uses, and choosing the right product from our line of blends can elevate your beard game almost immediately. Some Beardsmen use a combination of two, or even all three products to keep their face forest looking its best.
Universal Beard Oil:
Our oils come in a 1-ounce blue glass bottle with a pump top. The base is a blend of organic sweet almond, hemp seed, jojoba, grape seed, vitamin E, argan, and avocado oils. We add essential oils to that delicious cocktail to create our blends. Choose the one that is right for you, or contact us to create a bespoke blend just for you.
The purpose of beard oil is to condition and moisturize your beard and skin. Even if you are just getting started on the beard path, using oil can make your beard look and feel better, and help alleviate those early itchy stages. The best time to use it is when your beard is clean, like just after a shower. Gently use a towel to get your beard mostly dry. Pump some oil into your palm—start with a drop about the size of a dime—then rub your hands together to distribute it on both palms.
Once your hands are coated, rub it into your beard. If you are just starting to grow out your beard, a downward stroking motion will get the job done. If it needs a bit more taming, show it who’s boss with a wooden comb or boar’s bristle brush, and you are ready to face the day.
If your beard is longer (growing for 2 months or more), get oil on your fingers and work them through the beard, down to the skin—and don’t forget the moustache. Combing upward with your fingers is a good way to get the oil distributed down to the skin. You may need to add a bit more oil to your hands; let the texture of your beard tell you what it needs. After all this, your beard will definitely need a bit of styling. Break out a fine-toothed comb for the moustache and a boar’s bristle brush or wooden comb for the beard. You’ll find that the oil will make it a lot easier to get it back to ship shape.
Universal Beard Balm:
Our beard balms ship in a 1-ounce tin. They each begin with organic cocoa, mango, and shae butters, lanolin, and organic beeswax, mixed with coconut, hemp seed, grape seed, avocado, sweet almond, argan, vitamin E and jojoba oils. We then add essential oils to create our unique blends. Find one that fits you, or contact us to mix one to your specifications.
Like beard oil, beard balm conditions and moisturizes, but its beeswax base also allows you to train and style your beard. Beard balm is a good choice for Beardsmen with curly, unruly beards, and it can also make a patchy beard look fuller. You want to start with a clean, mostly dry beard; right after a shower is perfect. Some of our beard brothers like to use oil first, and then use the balm as a finishing touch. With a little practice, you’ll know what makes your beard look its best.
Start by putting a dime-sized dab of balm in your palm (using the back of your fingernail makes it easier to get it out of the tin). Rub your hands together to liquefy the balm, and then apply it to your beard and moustache with gentle downward strokes. The goal here is to smooth the hair and encourage it to lay in the direction you want. Finish things off with a fine-toothed comb (for the moustache) and a boar’s bristle brush or wooden comb (for the beard).
Universal Moustache Wax:
Our moustache wax comes in a 1/2-ounce tin (perfect for your pocket or desk drawer, for midday touch ups). We offer two levels of hold so you can choose what’s right for training your ‘stache; medium or Stiff. Each starts with an all-organic mix of bees wax and lanolin, blended with hemp seed, jojoba, coconut, sweet almond, and avocado oils. A potion of essential oils completes each blend. Choose one of our popular blends, or contact us about creating a wax just for your ‘stache.
Moustache wax is similar to beard balm, but its thicker formula offers more hold for styling your moustache. Often, Beardsmen think they only need moustache wax if they are going to rock some handlebars, but wax has many uses.
While your moustache is growing in, it can be difficult to train. It will often fall straight down over your lip and get in the way of eating and drinking. Moustache wax can help, by helping your soup strainer to part correctly, and lay out toward the corners of your mouth.
To use moustache wax, start with a dab the size of a pea (using the back of your fingernail makes it easier to get it out of the tin). Rub this between your index fingers to liquefy the wax. Once it’s melted, get your thumbs involved too—you want wax on both index fingers and both thumbs.
Starting in the middle, right under your nose, apply the wax with outward strokes. Use your index fingers on top and your thumbs underneath to distribute the wax evenly. Once your moustache is well waxed, use a comb to make a clean part in the middle, and comb the ends outward, away from your mouth. You may want to add more wax to the very center at this point. This is a problem spot for many Beardsmen until the moustache is long enough to stay parted. Once your ‘stache is combed out, it’s time to twist the ends or work on those handlebar curls if you wish.