Best Beard Balms

The 12 Best Beard Balms

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The debate rages on among the bearded among us — which beard balm is the best? Maybe it’s not that intense of a debate, but it’s certainly on the minds of those of us who wear our beards proudly. And if you’re just starting to grow out your beard, beard care should certainly be top of mind. That’s where our list of the best beard balms should come in awfully handy.

Beard balms are renowned for their thicker texture and firmer hold, plus hydrating and moisturizing properties — all essential qualities in maintaining a beard that looks great and stays in excellent condition all year round. The best beard balm is going to blend an excellent scent with natural ingredients, great value and stellar quality — just like any other grooming essential, it’s worth taking the time to do your research.

You’ll see brands big and small on this list, and that’s the way it should be — each one brings something different to the table (and to your beard). If you’re searching for something with a pleasingly woods-y scent or something more crisp and clean, we’ve got you covered there — and each also brings the requisite quality you’d expect. So, without further ado — here are the best beard balms available today.

Big Red Beard Balm

Big Red Beard Balm

Big Red Beard Combs makes no qualms about its focus on crafting just the right products for your beard – that particularly goes for its combs (go figure), and that also extends to its beard balm. It’s a bold, rugged and tough approach that keeps your beard from getting, well, too tough and scratchy. The scent itself? A blend the brand calls “warm and spicy,” with a strong hold and all-natural ingredients. The packaging? Handsome and unique — a winning product through and through, and one that you should use as much as you can. – Buy It

Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm

Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm

Every man deserves to have a healthy beard that is treated well. What better way to maintain your mane than with the Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm? Made in America, this refreshing and warm Redwood scented balm is perfect for smelling great and looking even better. Contained within a small portable tin, Duke Cannon Best Damn Beard Balm uses ingredients such as cocoa butter and lanolin to give you that luscious silky feel with the right amount of shine. – Buy It

Uppercut Deluxe Beard Balm

Uppercut Deluxe Beard Balm

Uppercut’s Deluxe Beard Balm really is deluxe in its approach, with the right kind of specs to keep your beard in top form throughout the year (and particularly in the colder months). The Deluxe Beard Balm features a non-oily finish (something that’s difficult to find in most grooming products), and the slight hold allows you to control your beard. Even more important is the crucial nourishment and moisture the Uppercut Deluxe Beard Balm provides your beard — two qualities you certainly shouldn’t overlook when shopping for a great beard balm. – Buy It

Made In Detroit Beard Balm

Made In Detroit Beard Balm

What’s under $10, features a groovy tin design and packs in some serious quality and bang for your buck? The Made in Detroit Beard Balm, that’s what. Specifically crafted to tackle dryness, tangles, split ends and frizz, it should work like a charm on longer beards in particular. And should you like it as much as we think you might? You can sign up for a subscription to ensure you’re fully stocked. In a pocket-sized tin, this beard balm is no joke — it’s made with organic, fair trade ingredients. We think your beard needs this soon. – Buy It

Grave Before Shave Beard Balm

Grave Before Shave Beard Balm

The cleverly named Grave Before Shave crafts up the kind of memorable, high-quality products that you simply can’t live without — or at least, you won’t be able to live without ‘em after discovering them. It’s a beard balm that’s handcrafted in the U.S. with just about all the excellent ingredients you could ask for, from coconut oil to shea butter and aloe vera. This craftsmanship results in an overall beard balm that moisturizes, hydrates and keeps flyaway hairs tamed — plenty of great qualities that make it worth buying. – Buy It

Backwoods Beard Balm

Backwoods Beard Balm & Conditioner

Aside from Brooklyn, what better place to go to tame your beard than the great West — and Colorado specifically? Using natural ingredients — including argan and jojoba — is the name of the game for Backwoods, and that results in a beard balm that features no synthetic fragrances. At $20, it’s a solid price for an effective everyday product designed to promote beard growth and prevent breakage. If that checks all the right boxes for you, add this to your shopping cart and get ready to see and feel the results. – Buy It

Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm

Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm

A boldly designed tin, a blend of premium wax and a name like Rocky Mountain Barber Company — what’s not to love about this effective, uniquely produced beard balm? The brand produces products like its classic beard balm with all-natural ingredients and a masculine scent. Plus, they’ve made this product super portable — it’ll easily fit into your messenger bag or tote bag as part of your everyday carry. Value should also be top of mind, and this particular beard balm runs you just … slightly more than $12. – Buy It

Jao Beardscent

Jao Beardscent

Jao Brand’s Beardscent features a slightly higher price tag than other products on this list, and that’s with good reason. This versatile, multi-faceted beard balm has a lot going for it. Take the ability to tame flyaways and — like a beard oil — soften hair follicles, for one. Add in the ability to moisturize skin and even soften cuticles, and it’s clear that this beard balm sets itself apart in a big way from others on the market (to say the least). So, that slightly higher price tag? It’s definitely worth it. – Buy It

Wild Willie's Beard Butter

Wild Willie’s Beard Butter

From the handsome package design to the truly unique name, Wild WIllie’s Beard Butter counts as a winner in our book when it comes to the best beard balms for men. Available in either the Original or Cool Mint scent, it’s made to treat your beard from the inside — a unique mission among beard balms, to say the least. And with the aim of ending dryness and split ends, it’s clear the brand is serious about that mission — each product is handcrafted in Georgia. It’s an approach you really won’t find anywhere else. – Buy It

Brooklyn Commando Beard Balm

Brooklyn Grooming Commando Beard Balm

There’s a high concentration of beards within Brooklyn — to say the very least. And so, it only makes sense that Brooklyn Grooming would make a classic beard balm that gets the job done quite easily and effectively, no matter how long you’ve been rocking your beard. This beard balm has plenty going on, from the use of shea butter to ingredients designed to give your beard a slight sheen and a moisturizing finish. And that added moisture actually stimulates beard growth — all the better if you want to keep your beard going strong. – Buy It

Doc Elliot Beard Balm

Doc Elliot Beard Balm

Take it from us — small brands aren’t to be overlooked when it comes to men’s grooming essentials, and brands like Doc Elliot make winning that argument an easy one. Take the brand’s beard balm — it features the kind of handcrafted care that can sometimes be tough to find among the big box brands, and you get it for a great price. The White Label scent in particular is a personal favorite, as it features cedar, warm amber and tobacco leaf — a scent combination that’s certainly worthy of your beard. – Buy It

Rogue Beard Balm

Rogue Beard Balm

As Rogue Beard Co. says, “You don’t have to spend your life cutting down trees or building houses to be manly.” To get that same rugged edge and sharp look you crave?: Use a beard balm that stands up to anything and looks the apart — the Rogue Beard Balm more than gets the job done in that department. It’s made with a pleasing mixture of natural ingredients sans animal testing. They’re also confident enough in the product to offer a money back guarantee — that sounds like a good enough deal to us. – Buy It

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