There was a study some months ago that said that men’s beards carried more germs than dogs do. Yes, it was just one study and the sample size was very small, but it ought to be enough to set off alarm bells in just about any bearded individual. Between food and beer and sneezes, there’s a lot of gross stuff that can get stuck in facial hair.
While using shampoo will get your beard clean, it won’t make it happy. As is plainly obvious by just looking at it, beard hair is a little different than the hair on your head. The skin on your face is also different than your scalp.
Part of the way shampoo gets your head clean is by removing some of the sebum in hair, leaving it clean and not oily. But beard hair is naturally more dry than head hair, so you want a product that preserves the natural oiliness and moisture. This will keep a beard looking fresh by preventing flakiness and strengthening hair. Plus, taking good care of your beard will reduce itchiness.
The best beard washes use natural ingredients and essential oils, keeping the harsh chemicals off your mug. These are the ones to try.
1. Beard Wash by Mountaineer Brand
This beard wash uses all-natural ingredients and is free of synthetic dyes and parabens. The essential oils give it a woody scent, and reviewers were pleased with the wash’s ability to improve beard softness and reduce itchiness.
Pros: Unique woody scent, all-natural ingredients, many reviewers found that it made their beard softer.
Cons: Some reviewers found that the twist cap is difficult to use in the shower, and noted that a pump top or flip cap would be easier to prevent spillage.
2. Beard Wash Shampoo by Ranger Grooming Co
This beard wash is paraben and sulfate-free, and it has a gentle tee tree and peppermint scent. It uses aloe to heal and refresh skin, and the composition is 73% organic. Other helpful ingredients include jojoba oil and vitamin E.
Pros: Soothing herbal scent, reviewers found that it improved the skin under their beard and helped make their facial hair softer.
Cons: 4 oz bottle is the smallest on this list.
3. Viking Revolution Beard Wash & Beard Conditioner Set
Viking Revolution’s beard wash also comes with a bottle of beard conditioner for added softness. The ingredients are all-natural. The conditioner uses both argan and jojoba oils to reduce skin flaking. The shampoo and conditioner have a crisp peppermint and eucalyptus scent.
Pros: Set includes both shampoo and conditioner, making for a good value. Fresh minty smell.
Cons: Reviewers found that the plastic used was too hard for a squeeze-bottle design, making it hard to get the liquid out in the shower.