Having an itchy face comes with the territory when you have a beard. But adding a leave-in beard oil to your post-shower routine or daily beard grooming routine can condition coarse beard hairs and nourish the skin underneath to relieve itch for all-day comfort. Natural oils like argan and jojoba work to soften the hairs on your face, soothe dry skin and promote beard growth, not to mention leave you with a nice shine. Some beard oil brands also add scented essential oils into the mix for that extra pop as well as antioxidants like vitamin E to help protect skin cells.
Here are some other ingredients to be on the lookout for. You don’t need all of them, but you’ll definitely want a beard oil with one or some of them.
- Jojoba oil: Jojoba comes from the jojoba shrub, which is native to California, Arizona and Mexico. It’s moisturizing and a very stable oil so it makes for a great base oil.
- Argan oil: Argan oil comes from argan trees in Morocco. It naturally contains vitamin E and fatty acids to enrich your hair.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil, of course, comes from coconuts and is high in saturated fatty acids, which makes it great for skin (and for cooking too).
- Grape seed oil: Grape seed oil comes from, unsurprisingly, grapes. It naturally contains fatty acids and vitamin E.
- Almond oil: Almond oil comes from the dried kernel of almonds and is rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and saturated fat, which help keep skin healthy.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil comes from Australian tea trees and smells like a woody eucalyptus. Anecdotally, it can help treat dandruff and dryness and is responsible for a wonderful tingling on skin.
- Shea butter: Shea butter comes from the African shea tree and is an excellent natural moisturizer to treat dry, itchy skin. It’s less common in oils but does appear in formulas for its effectiveness at moisturizing.
As with any product, the best beard oil is the one that fits your needs. We evaluated over two dozen of the best beard oils to help narrow down the options for you. You’ll find our top picks below. Whatever you need, whether you’re looking for an affordable daily beard oil, a masculine-smelling sandalwood oil or a great cheap beard oil, you can find the best beard oil for your grooming needs here.
And applying beard oil is easy as one, two, three. You just put a few drops in your hands, at least a couple but probably not more than four or five. Rub the oil between your hands and massage it into your facial hair, mustache, beard and all, from root to tip. For best results, do this after you get out of the shower when your pores are open and your beard is towel-dried and slightly damp. That’ll get you the best absorption, but beard oils work plenty well on dry beards too.
For ease of use, many of these options come with a dropper, spray pump or press cap to make going from scraggly to smooth as easy as possible. But for those beard oils with regular screw caps, just be careful not to dump too much oil out into your hands and you’ll be fine.
1. Pura d’Or Beard Oil
Pura d’Or, the makers of our favorite hair-loss shampoo, know a thing or two about good oils and just skin and hair care in general. So it should come as no surprise the brand is responsible for one of the simplest and best beard oils out there.
You’ll see results in taming your itchy, scruffy, dandruffy beard from day one. The Pura d’Or Beard Oil is highly hydrating and conditioning, with certified organic oils like argan and jojoba, and it carries a hint of citrus fragrance, thanks to the bergamot and grapefruit peel oils.
The bottle comes with an eyedropper cap for ease of use, and it contains 4 ounces of oil. Most beard oils ship with 2 ounces, which is fairly standard, but you get better value here with 4 ounces even though you’re paying a bit more. The only potential downer to note is the oil is somewhat thin. The quantity of oil makes up for that, and a thinner oil is arguably easier to spread around and will also absorb into skin and hair more easily. But you should be careful and quick about handling it with the dropper or the oil may drip out a bit.
That all being said, if you’re considering buying your first beard oil or are just looking for a change, the Pura d’Or beard oil is just an all-around great option.
2. Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil
The best beard oils should offer a good value, use natural ingredients and do what they claim to do. Honest Amish’s Classic Beard Oil hits all three of those marks.
Argan, jojoba and six other natural, organic essential oils combine to condition beard hair and soften skin, and you get 2 ounces of oil to work with. The eyedropper cap will help make sure you don’t waste any of it and help ensure you don’t use too much.
It does have a bit of an earthy-clove scent with some hints of licorice that we can’t pin down to a particular oil, but the fragrance is not very strong and more or less goes away if you don’t use too much oil.
Overall, Honest Amish’s beard oil is just an excellent, no-fuss beard oil for a pretty solid price. It is more expensive per ounce than the best beard oil overall pick, but it’s widely praised by users on Amazon nonetheless.
And hey, Honest Amish stands by its beard oil enough to offer a full refund for returns, so this pick offers no risk to try out and will work great for most beards. If you want to make daily beard grooming a breeze and soften, tame and style your beard hair, add this beard oil to your daily routine.
3. Striking Viking Cedarwood Beard Oil
Striking Viking was only founded in 2015, but the beard brand has begun to develop a reputation as a solid beard oil maker with a great variety of scents. In particular, we dig the Striking Viking Cedarwood Beard Oil. Unsurprisingly it smells of cedarwood that could’ve come straight out of the pine trees and conifers of the Pacific Northwest. While the cedarwood oil gives it that great earthy, woodsy scent, tea tree, jojoba and argan oils keep things smoothed and soothed, with aloe leaf juice going the extra mile to tamp down on irritation.
The oil itself is fairly light, so it’ll spread and absorb easily for fast application and maximum conditioning, and it’ll take care of your beard at a very reasonable price for 2 ounces.
In short, don’t let the fact that this is a relatively new brand scare you away. This beard oil works great to hydrate and comes in an unscented version or three other scents, including sandalwood, citrus and vanilla.
4. Northern Fir Beard Oil
BEST PREMIUM PICK
Northern Fir’s US-made beard oil costs more per ounce than most alternatives because the company’s formulation uses unrefined argan and jojoba oils. Unprocessed oils cost more, but they can retain more nutrients for healthy skin. So this beard oil might cost you a bit more, but it’ll hydrate your skin and soften even the gnarliest of beards. And with essential oils from cedarwood, sandalwood, juniper berry and black pepper, you’ll smell great too.
5. Cantu Men’s Shea Butter Beard Oil
The best beard oils are great and all, but paying an extra few dollars here and there adds up over the year, especially when you’re only getting 2 ounces from most beard oil brands. That’s why we recommend Cantu Men’s Shea Butter Beard Oil. For under $5, you get 3.4 ounces of beard oil.
Though this oil’s formula is a bit different than others by incorporating shea butter, you can still count on its effectiveness. Shea butter and hemp seed oil work to moisturize and condition your skin, while caffeine helps strengthen your hair and promote hair growth. Add in Cantu’s mix of six other oils, including tea tree and olive oil, and you can understand how this oil can soften and tame your beard hair at an exceptionally low price for the quantity of oil.
It does have a cologne-like smell that we can’t precisely identify, but it won’t last long if you don’t use too much oil.
6. Arlo’s Original Beard Oil
It’s not as cheap as the Cantu Shea Butter Beard Oil, but Arlo’s Original Beard Oil was easily the second cheapest option we found at about $2.28 per fluid ounce.
With coconut, argan, tea tree and vitamin E, it’ll help you tackle your scruff and bring it to heel as well as leave you with a bit of that sweet tea tree tingle.
It also comes with a convenient little screw top, so you can twist it open for a few drops of oil and twist it closed with only one hand.
7. Grow Alpha Beard Beard Oil
If scents aren’t your thing or you’ve got sensitive skin, you’re going to want to check out Grow Alpha Beard’s organic unscented beard oil. This is one of the most basic beard oils on this list, consisting only of jojoba, argan, aloe vera and vitamin E oils. That means no extra fragrance, just the hydrating and moisturizing power of the best oils you can put on your face and the soothing power of aloe vera.
It’s non-greasy, absorbs fast and is one of the cheaper beard oils for two ounces we found. You only need a couple of drops of this stuff from the eyedropper to bring your beard under control and add shine, so don’t overdo it.
8. Proraso Beard Oil
Proraso Beard Oil is one of the few beard oils to use eucalyptus and menthol, staples of Proraso’s products for generations. If you’re looking for a more traditional beard oil, this one will wake your skin right up and just maybe give you some sense of how your grandfather might’ve taken care of his beard.
9. Crafted Beards Beard Oil Conditioner
We believe in the user at Spy. Personal experience counts for a lot and basic facts about a product’s manufacturing can tell you a lot, but at the end of the day, it’s hard to argue with hundreds of happy customers, especially when they’re almost unanimously praiseworthy of a product. That’s exactly the case with the Crafted Beards Beard Oil Conditioner.
Among the two dozen or so beard oils we checked out for this round-up, this was the best-reviewed beard oil on Amazon by a long shot, with 87% of over 400 reviewers giving it five stars. For context, the second-best reviewed beard oil we found had 83% with 525 reviewers, and no other beard oil we found topped 80%.
So, what’s so great about this beard oil that reviewers see? One thing users loved was this oil’s tobacco-vanilla scent, with just the right amount of tobacco smell so you smell manly, not like you’ve been smoking outside all night. Otherwise, the biggest takeaway is this oil just works.
If a beard oil smells great and just works to soften your beard, can you ask for anything more? We would say a fair price, and this beard oil is a little pricey for 1 ounce, especially when you got brands like Cantu offering you three times as much for half the price. But at least you know you’re getting a universally approved fragrance and great conditioning when you drop your hard-earned dollars on the Crafted Beards oil.
10. Viking Revolution Beard Oil Conditioner
BEST SANDALWOOD OIL
On the subject of universally-approved fragrances, we wanted to recommend a beard oil with one of our favorite scents: sandalwood. Sandalwood wood is one of the most sought after woods in the world because the oil extracted from it has an extremely alluring woodsy-floral scent. We happen to agree sandalwood smells manly and fantastic, and that’s where the Viking Revolution Beard Oil Conditioner comes in.
This beard oil consists of argan oil, jojoba oil and sandalwood oil, and that’s it. So go ahead and smother your beard with five or six drops of oil and revel in your newfound manly sandalwood odor. The more you use, the longer and stronger the smell will be, but unfortunately, you only get 1 ounce from Viking Revolution, so do your best to control yourself.
But we certainly won’t blame you if you “accidentally” use too much and have to smell fantastic all day.
11. Live Bearded Mossy Oak Beard Oil
BEST OUTDOORSY SCENT
You can’t go wrong with Live Bearded beard oils, in particular the Live Bearded Mossy Oak Beard Oil. The scent consists of oak, cedar, pine and eucalyptus that’s straight out of the Pacific Northwest. Thankfully, the fragrance isn’t too strong. It’s strong enough that someone could smell it up close, but not so strong as to take over a room.
This oil also hits the sweet spot of viscosity. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it spreads and absorbs easily without running off your hands or leaving your facial hair too greasy.
12. Mountaineer Brand Beard Oil
BEST VARIETY OF SCENTS
If natural musk isn’t your thing, a beard oil offering a variety of fragrances could be the changeup you need. Mountaineer Brand offers multiple scented oils with no artificial fragrances, and at a great price point for 2 ounces. This beard oil formula doesn’t incorporate any argan oil, which is one of the best and costlier ingredients, but grapeseed, almond and castor oils will work to keep your skin comfortable. If you really dig this oil, Mountaineer Brand also offers other complementary products like beard balms and washes as well as an unscented oil.
13. Jack Black Beard Oil
We recommend Jack Black products a lot because we’ve used many of them ourselves. But when it comes to the Jack Black Beard Oil, you don’t have to just trust us because it was the second-best reviewed beard oil we found, second only to the Crafted Beards Beard Oil. More than four out of five users gave it five stars and we wholeheartedly agree with their assessments.
The Jack Black formula is among the most unique when it comes to beard oils, and you can definitely count on it to eliminate whatever scruff comes its way. Kalahari melon and marula oils contain fast-absorbing fatty acids to soften hair and skin, and brown algae and carrot extract contain antioxidants to minimize damage to your skin from free radicals.
Just a few spritzes of this stuff will make you wonder how you ever walked around with an itchy, scratchy beard. The only major downside is the price for 1 ounce, which is more than double every pick except for the Northern Fir beard oil. But if you want one of the best beard oils, Jack Black will take great care of your beard hair and skin.
14. Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Beard Oil
We wanted to make sure we found a beard oil that was both very well-reviewed and with tons of reviews. We found it in the Grave Before Shave Bay Rum Beard Oil, which can boast what few beard oils can: Over 80% five-star reviews on over 1,300 reviews.
This beard oil smells of citrus, spice, ocean and rum, the kind of scent you imagine a well-kept pirate sailing the Caribbean in the 1600s would have.
15. Shea Moisture Complete Beard Kit
If you need a one-stop-shop for your beard, the Shea Moisture Complete Beard Kit will take your beard from zero to hero in no time flat. This natural, Fair Trade-certified set includes an excellent beard conditioning oil — one we previously had in this list until it sold out — a beard wash, a beard detangler, which is basically a leave-in conditioner, and a beard balm for styling. Everything in the set uses shea butter to bring your unwieldy beard to heel, so you can walk around with the confidence of a well-groomed man.
Seriously, whatever problems you’re having with your beard, whether it’s dryness, itchiness, wild hair or dry skin underneath, if you start to use everything in this Shea Moisture set, you’ll have a new beard overnight. Even if you only use the beard oil conditioner at first, you’ll find the hair and skin hydrating so effective that you’ll want to try everything else just to see how soft and amazing your beard could truly become.