7 Best Beard Oils of 2019 (Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Every Type of Beard)

Psst, hey guys, gather round – we’ve got a secret for you.

Here at Prim and Prep we take pride in helping you find the very best tools and products for your beard and mustache.

The secret is though, they are all garbage.

Yep, none of them work properly – unless you pair them with a quality beard oil.

This incredible product, you see, is the original building block for a healthy beard.

Not only that, it helps every product that comes afterward, from waxes to beard balms, to do their job properly too.

Not bad, huh?

So in this article, we’re going to help you find the best beard oil to suit you and your face fuzz.

That way, you will have stocked up your armory with the first but most important weapon you need in the battle for a beard that looks and feels awesome.

Use the table of contents below to jump to the sections most important to you.

Table of Contents

Best Beard Oil

Things to Consider When Buying Beard Oil

Before we get to our review section, first of all, we’ll highlight the features that you should bear in mind whilst reading our reviews.

Remember them, and they will help you to find the right oil to suit your beard, your budget, and your personal tastes.

Since each feature will be more or less important depending on what you’re looking for in the best beard oil for you, we suggest taking a quick read of this section first.

Or, you know, don’t.

It’s up to you.

1. Carrier Oil


Carrier Oil

Beard oil is, usually, made of two types of oil.

Carrier oil is present in every bottle, and it will be anywhere from 85% to 100% of the total oil.

It serves two important functions.

Firstly, it is the body of the oil, working to dilute any essential oils that are present.

The carrier oil also works to provide the bulk of the hydrating effect of the beard oil.

Jojoba and Argan are the two best carrier oils, so we’ve highlighted when one or both oil is to be found in a product.

Below is an infographic of the common carrier oils used in beard oils along with their related benefits.

Carrier Oil used in Beard Oil Infograhic

2. Essential Oil


Essential Oils

Whilst carrier oils do the heavy lifting in your beard oil, Essential oils are what the premium brands are using to add a little extra kick.

If the carrier oil is the pizza base, the essential oil is the pepperoni.

Not all beard oil will contain essential oils, and that can be a good thing if you have sensitive skin.

In that case, because they are so strong, essential oils – or too much of them anyway – can cause irritation.

For most men though, quality essential oils like eucalyptus and tea tree (great for the skin) and pinewood and fir needle (great for tackling beardruff) can be very useful extras, and worth dropping a few more bucks on if you want a beard oil that can tackle underlying problems like itching.  

3. Scent


Scent

Finding the best smelling beard oil is hard, not least because the smell is such a subjective thing.

What we’ve done below then is to highlight the key elements of the scent of each oil.

If it’s woody or leathery, then it’s a pretty masculine scent – think Clint Eastwood lighting a match on this chin stubble.

We’ve also included more citrus-based products, for men who like a “fresher” style of smell.

In addition to that, because we’re so damn cool we’ve even tracked down and included a product with no added fragrance at all since we know that a lot of you guys prefer that.

4. Ease of Application


Ease of Application

Beard oil is pretty easy to apply, as you’ll see in our How to Apply Beard Oil section further below.

That being said, some oils are easier than others, so we have rated them as either Easy or Medium in terms of application.

(No one should find it Hard to apply beard oil!).

The main things that make the oil harder to apply is that it is a little runny, so you may spill some oil.

Also, the bottle type has an impact.

Bottles with droppers are best and make up the bulk of our products.

They allow you to measure out an accurate portion of oil, nice and easy.

Stopper style bottles are harder to use but can be cheaper, so you’ll find a few examples of these on the list.


5. Price


Price of Product

Finally, there is the price to consider.

Beard oil price can run the full gamut from sub 10 bucks to over $40.

Yes, the higher price oils usually have a formula packed out with high numbers of quality ingredients.

But that’s not to say you can’t find a beard oil that will do a good job for you without selling a kidney first.

We’ve assembled a list of oils that are suitable for a wide range of budgets, to help you find the best beard oil for you.


The Best Beard Oils of 2019 Reviewed

1. Honest Amish – Classic Beard Oil

Honest Amish – Classic Beard Oil

The classic, the king of the jungle, the big dog.

Honest Amish have been around for a very long time, and have built up a solid rep for producing quality beard products including beard oils.

Is Honest Amish Beard Oil the stuff for you?

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Any man looking for a time-honored oil tested and approved by tens of thousands of men worldwide.

Key Features

Naturally, when you’re putting together a list of quality beard products, you are going to be including Honest Amish on that list somewhere.

We joked a bit in the intro to this product above, but they really are the kings of the jungle when it comes to beard oils.

They’ve been making them for a long time and a lot of men love them.

That’s good enough for us to pick them for our list!

But there is so much more to this oil than just that fact alone.

It’s not just a case that this oil is so familiar that it’s the standard product for so many men – it’s the fact that it has more than enough features to justify that market leading position too.

Chief amongst those standout features has to be the fact that it is packed out with no less than 14 oils – 7 carriers and 7 essential.

That is a crazy high level of oils, and you are not just getting quantity here – but quality too.

Jojoba oil is in there as one of the primary carrier oils, and we love to see it since it is such a high quality oil for hair care.

It is backed up by Kukui Oil, which is made from the nut of a Hawaiian tree.

Kukui Oil is not an ingredient we see too often, which is a shame really, given its ability to really strengthen hair.

That carrier oil body is backed up by a very impressive range of essential oils including grapefruit, lavender, and clove – the last of which is really strengthen hair.

The oil itself is nice and viscous (that’s a posh word for thick), making it easy to apply.

The bottle is dark to prevent UV degradation and the dropper is well designed for easy oil measuring.

Best of all, you are getting a full 2 ounces of this product for a very reasonable price tag.

There really aren’t many negatives to this product!

That being said, though, Honest Amish Classic Oil perhaps shouldn’t look too smug, as there could be a new challenger to the throne – and this one is from very close to home…

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


2. Honest Amish Beard Oil – Premium

Honest Amish Beard Oil – Premium

Oh, dang!

That’s right – the pretender to the Honest Amish throne is… another product from Honest Amish!

Hey, Shakespeare was no fool, and he knew that when it comes to challenges to the throne, the best are from inside the family!

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Any man who wants to invest a little extra cash into the upgrade of the market leader.

Key Features

So we already covered just why Honest Amish has such a well-earned rep for producing quality beard oil.

That rep is largely based around the product we looked at above, the Classic beard oil.

Who would really be better placed to improve upon one of the best oils on the market though, than the people who actually made that oil in the first place?

That is the logic, we assume, behind this next oil on our list, the Honest Amish Beard Oil – Premium Edition.

You may well have noticed that the oil content has dropped a little.

From 7 each (carrier and essential), the premium version has only 5 of each type of oil.

That seems a little strange until you look at the ingredient list of the premium model.

When you do that you can see that the quality oils in the classic version have been replaced with even higher quality, premium grade oils here.

For example, Jojoba oil is still here as one of the primary carrier oils.

It is however joined by Argan oil, one of the most highly regarded carrier oils in the hair care world.

It’s not for nothing that Argan Oil is referred to as “Liquid Gold.”

Many beard oils will contain either Jojoba or Argan.

The fact that you get both highlights the high quality nature of the product.

This oil really is packed out with everything you need to tick all the boxes of quality beard oil.

It hydrates and nourishes hair whilst protecting against beardruff and itchy skin.

On the other hand, it’s good but it’s not exactly cheap.

It’s not the most expensive oil on our list, that’s true.

But it’s also not the best value, especially compared to the Classic edition of the oil.

It is an upgrade on the original, sure – but is it enough one to justify that price hike?

Perhaps the king can sit on his throne for a little while longer yet…

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


3. Cremo Beard Oil

Cremo Beard Oil

Cremo is an Italian grooming company perhaps better known for making quality shaving creams.

Here though they have thrown their hat into the ring with beard oil to supplement their wide range of grooming products.

Is it any good though?

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Any man looking for a cheap but effective beard oil.

Key Features

Like we said in the little section above, this oil is both cheap but also pretty effective.

What Cremo has done here is to put onto the market a beard oil that is pretty basic, but still has enough of the trappings of a premium brand product to warrant that “Cremo” label – after all, they are not going to put their name on any old crap, are they?

So what you have here are some quality ingredients.

Just like in the Premium Honest Amish above, you have both Jojoba and Argan.

As we pointed out, that is a sign of quality and premium grade beard oil.

What is not such a good sign is the presence of Sunflower oil.

Yeah, the stuff you cook your fries in.

It’s not the end of the word that it is here, it is simply employed as the bulk carrier oil.

That does mean that the other oils are present in a lower concentration than you will find in other oils.

But do you know what else is lower?

The price tag.

This is a sub 10 buck oil, and probably about the best quality you are going to get at that price range.

Also, just because the oils are watered down a little, doesn’t mean it can’t be effective.

In fact, this oil is that much milder in terms of its essential oils, which makes it ideal for people with sensitive skin.

It’s also great for shorter beards and even stubble.

The sunflower oil does make it a little greasy, so you do need to rub it in more carefully than some other pricier options.

But, this is still a high quality product with (mainly) excellent ingredients that cost less than a Big Mac meal.

That is pretty impressive.

The mild oil plus the low price makes this an ideal beginner oil by the way, perhaps for a younger man taking his first steps down the path of the beardsmith.

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


4. Ranger Fragrance Free Beard Oil

Ranger Fragrance Free Beard Oil

Next up we have an oil for all those men who want to hydrate their face fluff without being drowned in fragrance.

Apart from being free of the smelly stuff though, what else is this product bringing to the table?

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Men who don’t like strong fragrances in their beard oils.

Key Features

The big stand out feature (and one of the reasons why this product made our list in the first place) is the fact that it is fragrance free.

Now, as we rapped about above, we know that scent is important to a lot of you guys.

For some of you, the most important thing can be finding the right scent for you.

For others though, we know that you prefer a product without a scent, and we try to include one on every list.

It makes sense too, it means that the oil you select won’t compete or override your favorite aftershave, and for some, they simply don’t like strong fragrances on their beards all day.

There is more to this oil than it’s simple lack of scent though.

Or rather, there is a lot less.

This is a very simple style of beard oil, with only two ingredients.

On the other hand, though, they are very high quality ingredients – Jojoba and Argan oils, which as we mentioned above are two quality oils that contribute a lot toward a hydrated beard.

In particular, if you have a beard that has “beardruff” (dandruff for the beard), this oil is very well suited to tackle that issue.

It’s also nice to see that both oils are from 100% organic sources.

Hey, if you’re only going to have two ingredients, make sure they are the two best ingredients and from the best possible source.

Very impressive indeed.

Yes, we should point out that this is very simple and basic beard oil – but that should be clear enough from the product description!

Don’t expect the bells and whistles and bespoke action brought to you by other products that come packed to the brim with essential oils.

But if you want an extremely simple but highly effective (and scent free) oil, this could be a good option for you.

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


5. Wisdom Premium Beard Oil

Wisdom Premium Beard Oil

This is a premium oil from a premium brand for a premium price tag.

Would you be “wise” to buy it?

Read on to find out.

(Get it? Wise? Because it’s called Wisdom? Never mind.)

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Men who want a quality beard oil with a very impressive list of carrier oils in the formula, and a very nice scent too.

Key Features

One of the hard things writing beard oil reviews, and this applies to a lot of other products too, is describing the scent of each one in words.

As we said above, we know this is important to you, so we try our best.

But if the state of our inbox is anything to go by, we may not always do the best job!

So when we say that one of the standout features of this oil is its scent, we know we’re on thin ice.

All we’ll say is that we really like it, it’s a kind of deep earthy/woody smell, with a fresh citrus undertone.

It’s very nice!

Aside from the great smell, one of the other big stand out features is the sheer amount of oils in this product.

No less than 6 different ones, in fact, are employed here as carrier oils.

There a few left field options here such as Meadowfoam Seed, which is great at adding attractive shine to hair, as well as repairing dried and itchy skin.

Oils like this are joined with our old favorite Jojoba oil to make for a beard oil that is packed out with really high quality carrier oils.

It also contains some high quality essential oils to aid the carriers.

We have to take CanYouHandleBar’s word for it on that though, as they hold the essential oil part of the formula as a closely guarded secret.

One quick shout out to the packaging, which is not an area we review too often.

Here though, it looks great, with a quality bottle delivered in a very attractive card tube outer.

They combine for a very good-looking product, making this oil an ideal candidate as a present for someone.

Everything about this product screams premium, including the packaging.

If you can stump up the price tag, you are certainly getting a quality oil here.

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


6. V76 Beard Oil by Vaughn

V76 Beard Oil by Vaughn

Next up we have another strong contender for the crown worn by Honest Amish.

This oil is a very impressive mixture of high quality ingredients with an impressive price tag, but is it enough to make it the best on the market?

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Men who want a premium beard in every aspect – apart from the price tag. 

Key Features

There is a lot to like both about this product itself, but also about the ethos behind it.

After all, it is easy enough to draw up a list of the best ingredients available, slap them into a bottle and add a $$$$ price tag.

Companies that do that don’t impress us.

What we like are companies like Vaughn.

They draw up similar lists, then they look at their formula and say, “ok, this is a quality beard oil. How can we price it so the average man can use it too?”

We like that.

It’s the same ethos Honest Amish employ and it’s done them no harm at all.

The big stand out feature here is the excellent formulation of the carrier oils found in this product.

Jojoba is in here, always good to see as we’ve discussed above.

Another oil that caught our eye on the ingredients list is Castor oil.

This ingredient is one of the best beard growth oils out there, so if you’re on the lookout for a beard oil that is loaded up with the ingredients for a fast growing and thick beard – this could be the one for you.

There are a couple of negatives to take note off.

Firstly, whilst there are essential oils in here, Vaughn doesn’t disclose what they are or how much of them they are.

Bit of a bummer, but not the end of the world.

This is also one of the few oil products to make out list without a dropper style application.

Instead, this has a built in stopper that lets out a few drops of oil at a time.

It’s fine, but in use, it’s just not quite as accurate as of the dropper style bottle.

All in all, though, this is a very high quality oil with a price tag (and large 2-ounce bottle) that really helps it to tread an impressive line between quality and value.

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


7. Mountaineer Brand Beard Oil

Mountaineer Brand Beard Oil

We’re going to finish up with a slightly basic but still high quality beard oil that delivers excellent results without leaving a dent in your wallet.

Specs

Who Is It Best For?

Any man on a limited budget who still wants good quality in his oil.

Key Features

We’ve had some oils already that represent good value for money, but this final entry is going to take the gold medal in that category at least.

You’re looking at a big old 2-ounce bottle here, with a price tag that can’t be beaten at that bottle size.

If you want a product that’s not only cheap to pick up but also long lasting, take a look at this one.

Of course, it’s no good if you get a 2-ounce portion of beard oil but it’s just a load of crap.

No such worries here though, thanks to this quality oil that boasts a pretty simple but also quite impressive 3 x 3 carrier/essential oil formula.

There is no Jojoba or Argan oil, alas, most likely a nod to keeping the price down.

Instead, Grape Seed is the main carrier, joined by almond and castor.

They are all fine oils that will do a decent job on a tight budget.

The essential oils are more impressive.

Cedarwood and fir oils are here, and they both also lend their aroma to the overall scent of the oil, providing a nice woody fragrance.

Eucalyptus oil is the stand out ingredient, however.

It is dynamite for sensitive skin, can really help to keep your skin healthy and happy – it will really help to tackle beard itch too.

Of course, when the budget is trimmed there will be a few negatives, and every cheaper style of oil makes compromises in some ways to keep the price tag lower.

The biggest issue with this oil is actually it’s packaging though, specifically its bottle.

It’s just a bit cheap.

The stopper style oil outlet, in particular, is not great, making it hard to accurately measure out the right amount of oil drops.

That, in turn, can lead to you wasting a bit of oil with each application.

Of course, bear in mind that since the bottle is pretty big (and the price tag pretty low) it’s not such a crime to waste a few drops here and there.

Come into this product knowing what you are getting – a simple but effective beard oil that will do a good job without performing miracles.

Bear that in mind and don’t be disappointed that it’s not quite packing the bells and whistles of premium oil.

But on the other hand, do know that this is a good oil that will be effective for the majority of men and provides incredible value for money.

Check out the hundreds of customer reviews here on Amazon.


Want to know how to use your new oil?

Or are you wondering how much to use?

Read on and find out!


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering what the benefits of beard oil, or even just what is beard oil?

Don’t worry, our mailbag* is stuffed with questions about beard oil, so we’ll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions in this section, which we call… well, the frequently asked questions section.

(*And by mailbag we, of course, our inboxes unless you are reading this on a piece of paper delivered to you by Kevin Costner in some weird post-apocalyptic wasteland.

God, that film sucks.)

1. What is beard oil?

Beard oil is oil for your beard.
 
Oh, you want more? Ok, you’re the boss.
 
You can look at beard oil as basically like pet food for your beard.

It is a finely balanced product, formulated to deliver important oils to your beard hair and underlying skin – though of course, the formula will change a little from product to product.
 
It is mainly there to hydrate and soften the beard hair.

The secondary purpose of most oils comprises looking after your skin, again by keeping it hydrated and staving off irritation and itch.
 
Like we said in our intro, so, so long ago, beard oil is the building block, or even the foundation, of a quality beard.
 
It keeps your beard happy and healthy so that other products, like waxes, balms, brushes, and combs can be deployed to do their stuff.
 
The best beard oil, therefore, is pretty much a miracle worker.

Easy to use, cheap to buy – but delivering incredible results.

2. Does beard oil work?

Strangely, we get asked this all the time, and we think we have finally worked out why.
 
We suspect that many people simply don’t believe that such a cheap and simple product as beard oil really can deliver on all the promises that are made for it.
 
The simple answer though is that it very much does deliver.

The simple way to test it is to grow a beard, and not use any oil.

You will find that the beard without oil feels tough and looks scraggly, with loose hairs poking out at all angles like twigs.
 
It will also be hard to tame it with a balm or, especially, wax alone.

These products simply lack the deeply hydrating power of a quality beard oil.
 
Ask any experienced beardsman or barber, and they will confirm that dry beard is a crap beard.

It looks crap, it feels crap – and it’s going to be itchy as hell.
 
So in answer to does beard oil work?

We would say not only does it work, but it’s also actually essential for a good looking and healthy beard.

3. What does beard oil do?

The benefits of beard oil really are pretty extensive.

Right up there at the top of this piece, we mentioned that beard oil is the building block onto which all other grooming products and tools are allowed to do their thing – and we’re weren’t joking around.
 
The most important thing that that beard oil does is to bring deep hydration.

Join us for a second in a though experiment.

Rub your head hair, and then rub your beard.
 
(Apologies baldies – you guys rub where your hair used to be and try to remember what it felt like to have flowing locks of gorgeous hair).
 
If you do this experiment, you can literally feel how coarse your beard hair is – and that is why beard oil is important.

That deep nourishment and hydration help control and moisturize your beard.

That makes it feel better and look better, and also makes it pliable and ready for additional products like waxes and balms.
 

4. Can I make my own beard oil?

You know what, we get asked this question a lot.

Whether it is beard balm or mustache wax [Insert mustache wax link here!], we get mail after mail from you guys asking if you can make your own stuff – wax, balm and, we guess after we publish this article, your own beard oil too.
 
We’ll say the same here as we’ve said on our other articles – go for it if it makes you happy.

In fact, we even published our own mini guide to homemade beard oil – you can find it right here.
 
We will also say that yes, on the one hand, it can be a good idea to make your own oil, especially if you want to know (and hence control) everything that goes into it.
 
On the other hand, just take a look at the ingredient lists of the beard oils we reviewed above.

They are packed full of carrier oils and essential oils.

Buying all those ingredients is not cheap, so don’t expect to save much money making your own oils.
 
No one is also sure, apart from the manufacturers, of just how much of each oil is found in the formulas of their products– so it’s hard to make your own recipe too.
 
At the end of the day then, the answer is that yes, you can make your own beard oil – but, when quality oils like the ones we saw above are available for such low prices, the better question is why would you want to bother?
 


How to Use Beard Oil

One of the things that we really love about beard oil is how damn easy it is to use.

You don’t need to go on a course to learn how to apply beard oil, but at the same time, it is worth knowing how to do it properly so you can get the most out of your oil.

Everyone is going to have a slightly different regime, but we would suggest that this step-by-step guide below represents the building blocks of a good oil application regime:

1) First of all, know that your beard needs to be clean before it gets oiled if you are going to get the best results.

We would strongly suggest then that applying oil becomes part of your post shower routine.

Remember to clean your beard with a quality beard shampoo first and it will be all ready to be oiled up.

2) Your beard should also be dry before you apply the oil.

Remember though, pat it dry, and don’t rub it.

That will protect your beard from damage like split ends.

3) Once dry, measure out a portion of oil onto the palm of your hand (more on that below!) and rub your hand together.

This will heat the oil slightly as well as dispersing it across your palms.

Both actions will make it easier to apply, and also easier to absorb into your beard.

4) Slide your palms over your beard to transfer the oil.

Start at the roots and work toward the tips.

If you have an especially long or thick beard, you may need to pause and reapply a little more oil to ensure that it is carried out all the way to the tips.

A beard brush can also be useful for applying oil on longer beards.

That’s about it, folks!

As we said, many people will develop their own application styles tailored to their beards and the amount of time they have available.

Broadly speaking though, if you can follow the tips above you should have no issues getting a lovely oiled up beard that looks and feels great.


How Much Beard Oil to Use

This is a question that comes up an awful lot, and mainly because the manufacturers themselves usually offer only very vague directions – what is a “few drops” anyway, huh?

As a broad rule of thumb, we find that starting out with 4 drops is a good middle ground. 

Start off with this amount and see how your beard feels.

If it looks greasy or too wet it may be too much.

Too dry and you may need to upgrade to an extra drop or two.

Remember, too much oil won’t damage your beard, though it can upset your skin, especially if it is very sensitive and/or your beard oil has a lot of essential oils in it.

So experiment, but don’t go chucking a Big Gulp’s worth of oil on your face.

Also, bear in mind that winter weather can really affect your beard in a negative way.

During the colder months of the year (or if you live in Minnesota) you may need to use a few extra drops of oil to provide a little extra protection.

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