Beard oil and beard balm: what's the difference?

Baardolie en baardbalsem: wat is het verschil?

Beard Oil and Beard Balm . Both essential care and nutrition of the beard. In addition to these 2 products, there is also a hard(er) beard wax variant, but we will not consider this in this article. Beard oil and beard balm are not the same thing. For example, beard oil is purely for the care of the beard hairs and the underlying skin. A good beard oil keeps the beard hydrated, soft and beautifully shiny. It replenishes the necessary fats and moisture content after washing the beard . So beard oil is actually a leave-in conditioner. If you don't use beard oil for your beard, you'll shave it off quickly. Without beard oil, it becomes very dry and flakes. Resulting in a very itchy beard . By the way, in our article 'What can you do against an itchy beard ' you can read all about this.

With a good beard balm you also feed the beard hairs excellently, but with that beard balm you can also style the beard lightly and massage it into shape. A beard simply cannot do without beard oil. But in addition to beard oil, beard balm is also a crucial product. Especially if you have a longer beard. Beard balm has the ultimate nourishing properties due to its ingredients and you can also use it to give your beard great styling. That is not possible with beard oil.

What does beard oil consist of?

A good beard oil consists of at least 80% basic oils and 20% essential (fragrance) oils. A base oil is used to dilute all essential oils or fragrance oils. These base oils are vegetable such as grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, argan oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. These oils are fats composed of a mixture of triglycerides, also known as fatty acids. Fatty acids that have very important nourishing and moisturizing effects on our skin and beard hairs. There is a lot of choice in various types of beard oil. There are also liquid and thicker variants available in different compositions and with a variety of ingredients and scents. Check out our article ' How to use beard oil ' so you know exactly how to get started!

Why is beard oil so important for your beard?

It's actually very simple. If you don't water a houseplant, it will dry out, become dry and die. The same also applies to your beard. If you think you can just grow a beard without investing TLC in it, you're wrong. Beard hairs are not like the hairs on your head. Beard hairs are stiff, hard and inflexible. The hair follicles / skin follicles are also unable to provide the beard hair with sufficient moisture and fats. Especially if you have a long(er) beard. Then the hair follicles are quickly exhausted. Just like your beard hairs. They become bone dry. This also irritates the skin quickly. Flakes & beard itch! Also check out our blog ' Why use a beard oil '. Let's go even deeper into it. A beard therefore needs perfect support to flourish. And to stay.

The solution to a healthy, soft and shiny beard? Using a good beard oil daily. A beard oil supports healthy beard growth because it is perfectly hydrated and at the same time contains the necessary fats so that your beard looks super healthy. In addition to the necessary nutrition, good beard oil also gives a phenomenal scent to your beard. From soft tingling vanilla to masculine rum and smoke. Odor-free variants of beard oil are also available for enthusiasts. If you want to buy good beard oil, we have a phenomenal collection of beard oils with high-quality ingredients with which you can care for the beard to the very ends.

Tip: Use a good beard oil during the growth of your beard. The first 2 months are tough. A lot is asked of the skin and youthful beard hairs unfortunately often itch. Solution: Use beard oil!

What is Beard Balm?

Beard balm is a beard care product that consists of a mix of butters, waxes and oils. With a good beard balm, just like beard oil, you can perfectly nourish and hydrate your beard. Provided, of course, that you decide to opt for beard balms that are as traditional as possible. There are also quite a few chemical beard balms on the market. Do not use because: with these artificial components you only damage the beard hairs and the skin. As we wrote, you cannot style the beard with beard oil. That's where a good quality beard balm comes into play. With a beard balm, you can not only nourish your beard excellently, but also style it somewhat so that the beard looks beautifully shaped. And you want that.

What does Beard Balm consist of?

A beard balm is not a liquid elixir like beard oil is. It has more the consistency of a cream. However, with a good beard balm, just like with beard oil, you nourish the beard and the skin. But thanks to a mix of various butters, waxes and oils, you can also style your beard with a good beard balm. Of course, just like with beard oil, phenomenal scents are added to most beard balms. Good to know is that the perfumes in a beard balm generally linger longer than with the beard oil.

Why is beard balm so important for your beard?

Just like beard oil, beard balm is an essential part of the care of your beard. Suppose you do not use beard oil, then a good beard balm is a must. Especially if your beard is a bit longer. Your beard hairs cannot do without the necessary fats and hydration. The moisture-skin balance of a beard must be in order. Beard hairs often want to grow out in all directions and with beard balm you can massage the beard hairs in a comfortable way. Are you not very familiar yet or do you want to try a different product, we have put together a top 10 of the best beard balm for you.

Tip: If you suffer from inconsistent beard growth or have 'holes' in your (relatively short) beard, using a beard balm with shea butter on board is recommended. This allows you to camouflage these places. You can find more information about this in our blog,what can you do about bald spots in your beard .

Can you use beard oil and beard balm at the same time?

Of course you can use both beard oil and beard balm at the same time. However, the order is:

  1. Wash your beard with a good beard shampoo
  2. Massage dry patted beard with a good beard oil
  3. After about 10 minutes you can massage the beard balm.

Beard oil is also easier to apply than beard balm because the latter is a thicker substance and you first have to rub it warm with your palms. The only disadvantage may be that the mix of beard oil/beard balm gives you less hold in the beard.

To make it easy for you, we have also put together a top 10 best beard oil for you. All excellent products to give your beard the ultimate care it needs. If you want to know more about bare in more detail, we recommend that you read our article why beard oil .

Of course we hope to have helped you a bit and that you now have a good idea of ​​the differences between the two products. Message: from a novice to a long beard you can't do without good beard oil and / or beard balm! If you still have questions, we would like to hear from you.

Good luck

Your friends, The Alpha Men.