A beard-grooming enthusiast who writes about beard products, styling and other related facial hair trivia who also sports a beardstache.
Are the Beard Oil Alternatives Any Good?
If you are looking for Beard Oil alternatives for your beard it’s usually due to a case of the following?
You have run out of beard oil, forgetting to buy some more. You don’t really like using beard oil and want something that’s a little less greasy.
Then of course, the most common issue being that it can be a bit pricey (which in fairness, I don’t have any complaints about that in which case I recommend you jump straight to the #3 beard oil substitute).
Plus, there are those who have skin issues with beard oil such as when they can break out in spots and acne. In fact, there are quite a few disadvantages of beard oil.
We have compiled and grouped a range of beard appropriate beard oil substitues that can help to cater for your beards needs and condition it appropriately to keep it health and smelling great. Not to mention they will be awesome to help your skin keep in top condition too.
So let’s take a look at just what these beard oil substitutes are:
- Beard conditioning balms
- Beard butters
- Whole carrier oils
- Beard moisturiser
- Beard Conditioner
- Alternative Products
Now let’s take a look at each of these beard grooming products in a bit more detail.
#1 Beard Conditioning Balm
You can two types of beard balm. Beard styling balms and beard conditioning balms, the former holds more styling properties and hold and wouldn’t be considered an actual alternative to beard oil. Beard conditioning balms such as Beardbrand’s utility balm are a great option to potentially replace your beard oil. Will they provide the same deep conditioning properties that an oil will? No, but they will do a darn good job. Plus, they offer some hold too, so it will allow you to get some shape and texture to your beard.
What Does Beard Balm Do?
They are basically like a solid state version of a beard oil. They come with beard butters (such as Shea) and wax (typically beeswax) which allow to get some hold with your beard, but they help to also lock in the carrier oils and essential oils that come with beard balm too. So they perform like a leave in conditioner. Allowing them to slowly hydrate the beard throughout the day.
#2 Beard Butter
A beard butter is very similar to a beard balm in a lot of respects. They are essentially comprised of the same ingredients, butters, waxes, essential oils and carrier oils. However, their actual composition tends to be higher towards the ‘butters’ and the amount of actual butters used, hence the name. They are great at conditioning a beard but they don’t tend to lack slightly in the level of hold compared with most beard balms.
How to Apply Beard Butter
- Prep your beard to ensure it is clean and combed
- Scoop out some beard butter
- Spread it across your finger tips and palms
- Apply it thoroughly and deeply within the beard, completely coating the hairs.
- Use a beard brush to evenly distribute the butter throughout your facial hair.
#3 Whole Carrier Oils
If you are wanting a purely cost effective solution to replacing beard oil, then the best thing to do is just invest in a large amount of carrier oils. See, in the actual beard oil, these are what carry most of the conditioning properties to help your beard. What makes it expensive is the scent which are down to the essential oils, plus the bottling of each one.
Instead, investing in a jug of castor oil, coconut oil or even argan oil will allow you to get the same benefits as that of a beard oil. The only downside is that your beard is probably not going to smell as good. If that is a concern for you though, you could always take the DIY approach and make your own batch of beard oils. The great thing about beard oil is that it has a really long shelf life, so you could make a good batch and you will set up for a year or so.
How to Make a Beard Oil
If you are looking for recipes as well as how to make beard oil, there are hundreds of videos and guides online to create a whole range of different scented beard oils, that allow you to do it on the cheap.
You simply need a selection of carrier oils and essential oils, then you’re off. You can experiment and make up your own special blend at a fraction of the price that a beard manufactuer can end up charging you. The only real downside, is that you really, really have to like the scent you create — as you’re going to end up with a lot of it.
#4 Beard Moisturiser
Beard moisturiser aren’t a common product but they are a fantastic beard oil alternative. If you are looking for a specific product, look to the award winning Beard Moisturier offered by Murdock London, a fantastic product that can help get your beard to reach the top of its game. That said, it does come with a price tag. It’s for those who are looking for a product somewhere in between that of an oil and a balm.
It’s very much like a liquid cream that can be easily applied into the beard and naturally disolves into the skin and beard. However, due to its light consistency, it doesn’t feel overly greasy and leaves a cooling effect on your skin and beard. It seems to be rather popular with those who have issues with beard oil causing excessive spots and potential acne as it was designed partially with those in mind and not wanting an overbearing greasiness to the beard once it has been applied.
#5 Beard Conditioner
A beard conditioner also often gets referred to as a beard softener is a product that you use in the shower as you go about washing your beard. You will see that Beardbrand have a fantastic range of Beard Softeners (essentially conditioners) that you can use to help hydrate your beard. The clue is very much in the name, they are used to condition and hydrate your beard to make sure they are soft and clean.
You can carry out a process known as co-washing. Where you are essentially just washing your beard out with conditioner, helping it to stay clean but you aren’t stripping it of the natural oils that reside in the beard that you would be doing with a dedicated beard wash or shampoo.
How to Use a Beard Conditioner
- Step into the shower at lukewarm temperature
- Thoroughly wash your beard
- Reach for the beard conditioner and squeeze a few drops into your palm
- Apply throughout the beard
- Rinse the beard thoroughly in order to avoid itching
If you want to actually wash your beard, make sure that you apply the beard conditioner after you have shampoo’d the beard. Otherwise, you will strip the oils that the softener has injected into your beard and you will be leaving your beard literally out to dry. I would try and get the scents to match up as well if you can.
#6 Alternative Products
You will actually find that a lot of common skin care products for your face will actually be quite good for your stubble too. Of course, make sure you investigate the ingredients so that you don’t end up drying your beard. However, what you will tend to find is that standard creams, gels, butters as well as moistusiers will actually help your beard stay in good health too, but at a fraction of the price that a dedicated beard oil will. That said, they don’t often smell as nice though and can leave your facial hair feeling a bit strange.
Of course, if you have any questions with regards about the beard oil alternative suggestions that we have mentioned above, then just get in touch with us through the questions and answers section below and we will be more than happy to get back to you. Plus, if you have any other suggestions of what can be used instead of beard oil to keep it in a good state, then let us know through the comments.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jonathan Lees