With so many different beard related products on the market today, men who are new to facial growth may be somewhat confused as to what some products are designed for. So, this article will help you better understand what a beard balm is, what it can do for your beard, and how it is used.

What is a Beard Balm?

A beard balm is a pomade made especially for beards. It is thicker than a beard oil and normally contains more ingredients. It is also less thick and sticky than a beard wax used for firm styling of the beard.

A good beard balm should accomplish four things: moisturize the beard, which helps to prevent that brillo pad feel, seal in the moisture as well as give you the ability to keep those stray hairs in check and lightly style the beard.

How to Use a Beard Balm

When most people use a beard balm for the first time, they tend to overdo it and use far too much. Most beard balms come in small 2 ounce containers because a little of this type of grooming product goes a long way. To use a beard balm, simply use the back of your thumb nail to scrape out a bit of a balm (a pea size to dime size amount is generally enough.)

Then, rub the balm between your palms to soften it up and work it through your beard by running your fingers through it, starting at the neck, working up from the underneath of the beard and then reversing and working down from the chin area on top of the beard. Once the balm is applied, comb and style as usual.

Now that you know how a beard balm works and what purpose it serves for, here is a look at some of the best beard balms on the market.

Grave Before Shave Beard Balm

grave before shave beard balmMost men who purchase a beard balm for the first time are drawn to the Grave before Shave beard balm because of the manly pirate on the lid of its container.

However, there is much more to this beard balm than a great logo and marketing.

This balm comes in a 2 ounce tin and uses only the finest oils and butters such as Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera and vitamin E so that it doesn’t only help you control your beard but also keep this and your skin healthy and moisturized.

Reviews and ratings across the Net for ‘Grave before shave beard balm’ are very positive with most men stating that when using it, their beard not only looks healthier, but feels softer as well.

They also say that it helps to treat beard dandruff, and gives them a light, but good hold without leaving their beard looking oily. They add that a little balm goes a long way, so this small container can last for months.

Liberty Beard Balm For The Modern Gentleman

Liberty Beard Balm For The Modern GentlemanLiberty beard balm comes in a rather elegant looking container that reminds us one of those old fashioned snuff boxes.

This round tin contains 2 ounces beard balm which the manufacturers promise that will soften your beard, moisturize it adequately and ease beard itchiness. They also inform you that this product works best when your beard is still slightly damp.

The first thing we noticed about this product is that it contains several high quality natural ingredients such as Argan oil, which is known to help moisturize hair (as well as skin,) and beeswax, which works as a light sealant to hold moisture in.

Users give Liberty beard balm very good ratings and high praise. Most feel that this is an excellent quality product that actually helps to manage those stray and wiry beard hairs. It has a light pleasant odor that doesn’t last long so it won’t clash with your cologne.

Men say that after a few uses, their beards feel noticeably softer. Few of them also mentioned that when first applied, this bead balm felt waxy, but once the balm actually soaked into the beard, that waxy feeling went away, leaving it well conditioned and with a nice hold.

Smooth Viking Beard Balm for Men

Smooth viking beard balmCompared to other beard balm containers, the plain Jane rather inexpensive look of this container of Smooth Viking Beard balm may make some users pass this balm by.

However, doing so could be a mistake as inside this rather boring container there is a high quality beard balm that many men really like.

This product is a little stiffer than most other beard balms as it is made for both holding and shaping your beard.

It is loaded with high quality rich oils and butters such as Argan oil and Avocado oil, Mango butter and beeswax. Every ingredient is all natural and the product is made in the USA.

Men who are looking for a firmer holding beard balm really like ‘Smooth Viking’ and support that although it is quite thick, it really softens and conditions their beard, making it much more manageable. They also find it greatly reduces beard itchiness with some users discovering that it actually helps to heal sunburn and prevent skin from peeling, which gives this balm a double use.

However, there were few users who didn’t like its scent and mentioned that the balm is hard to soften, making it more difficult to work into their beard well. To this we would answer that it will soften when rubbed between your palms but it may just take a few more minutes due to its thicker form.

Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Beard Balm

 The Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Beard BalmGrave before shave bay rum balm can be purchased in either a 2 or 4 ounce container. It is the same great beard balm as the original ‘Grave Before Shave Beard Balm’ except that it has a pleasing Bay rum scent that many men like.

This product is not designed to provide a strong hold, but rather to condition and control the stray hairs while helping your beard become shining and healthy.

It contains some popular high quality natural ingredients such as Shea butter, Jojoba oil and aloe vera to help your beard be soft and well conditioned.

Users really like the ‘Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Beard Balm’ and think it has a nice scent and is easy to apply. It both tames and softens their beards, making them look attractive and feel healthy while also keeping the skin under the beard moisturized.

It lasts for hours with no more longer wiry beards needing more balm after 4 hours or so until the beard gets really conditioned from continued use.

Blackbeard’s Pride Beard Balm

Blackbeard pride beard balmThis 2 ounce container of Blackbeard’s Pride Beard Balm reminds you of the days when old time pirates roamed the seas, but while the looks of the container looks manly, it is the balm inside that earns this product high praise even from land lubbers!

Made with ingredients such as Shea butter, Argan oil, and Beeswax, it only contains natural food grade ingredients so that you never have to worry about having toxic ingredients close to your mouth and nose.

This balm is designed more to condition and thicken your beard rather than provide a strong hold.

Users give ‘BlackBeard’s Pride’ high praise and state that their beard feels softer and looks fuller, healthier and shining. While it doesn’t work for seriously styling the beard into different shapes for competition, it does keep stray hairs in place and lasts the entire day. It is also easy to wash out when you shower and shampoo your beard.

Slam Bam Best Beard Balm and Beard Wax for Men (Skunk Balm)

Slam bam beat beard balmThe cover on this 2 ounce of container of best beard balm is rather cartoonish and the name skunk balm sounds humorous. Still, the important thing that is the actual balm is great especially for those men who like products scented like the deep woods.

Made in the USA, this product does not cause skin irritation or oiliness and helps to repair damaged split ends in your beard and mustache.

It contains some really high quality natural ingredients such as Babassu oil, Shea Butter, Argan oil, beeswax as well as vitamin E oil. It is also additive free.

Users like this beard balm a lot, giving it high marks for its ability to condition their beard and making it look and feel healthy. They enjoy its pleasant masculine scent and say that it not only softens their beard and eases itchiness, but also helps to repair dry damaged hairs in the beard and mustache which get a nice healthy shine. The stray hairs are kept neatly in place.

B.I.G. Beard Balm “Tame the Mane”

B.I.G Beard balmThis B.I.G. Beard balm comes in a manly looking container featuring a lion which has a great looking mane and wears a mow.

Inside this 2 ouch container, you’ll find 100% high quality organic ingredients like Shea Butter, Argan oil, Vitamin E Oil and beeswax that will condition, moisturize and improve the health of your beard while helping that often neglected skin under it  remain healthy and moisturized as well.

Users enjoy this ´Tame the Mane Beard Balm´ a lot and find that a little bit goes a long way. They are also relieved that it has a nice light smell.

Although it seems to be a bit stiffer than most other beard balms, it softens up pretty quickly and really tames those stray wild beard hairs without leaving your beard looking and feeling either greasy or sticky.

People report that this product makes styling a lot easier, helping them to keep their beard extremely well groomed while at the same time relieving beard itch.

My Best Beard Balm Leave In Conditioner

My Best Beard BalmMy Best Beard Balm comes in a 2 ounce container and is the only beard balm in this review that is made up of several synthetic ingredients, containing few if any of the oils and butters that tend to make other beard balms so popular and effective.

The product itself is rather sticky, rubbery and tacky which would appear to be a a negative thing, but, according to user reviews, it does not appear to be negative at all since men find that it goes on smoothly and is best suited to those who actually want to shape their beard and have it firmly held into shape.

People state that it has a nice light scent and controls those fly away beard hairs without making the beard look weighted down. Additionally, It makes their beard extremely easy to manage and calms the frizz.

While some men do find it a bit too sticky and gummy for their liking, others who want a strong hold believe that this beard balm does the trick extremely effectively.

Hoot’s Naturals Beard Balm

Hoot´s natural beard balmHoot’s Naturals Beard Balm comes in a 3.5 ounce container with a cute bearded owl on the label. It contains all natural and organic ingredients such as Argan oil, Beeswax and Vitamin E oil.

It also comes with a free high quality beard comb and a money back satisfaction guarantee. It is designed to condition your beard, help reduce itching as well add moisture to your beard and leave it kissable soft.

Users really like this product and find it extremely easy to work into their beard. They think it has a pleasant scent and doesn’t leave the hairs feeling greasy or oily.

They review that their beard becomes softer, more manageable and there is little or no beard itch while also finding that this Hoot’s Naturals beard balm leaves their beard feeling and looking healthy and well groomed.

In conclusion, the above reviews on the best beard balms and the guidelines of what a beard balm is and how to use it must have given you a good idea of whether this beard product is worthwhile your beard grooming attention.