When it comes to grooming upgrades, a big, bushy face forest is fairly low maintenance. Aside from the occasional trim, a good beard oil is all you need to keep your whiskers soft, smooth, and scratch-free. That said, there are a lot of options out there, and unless you carry a pocket-sized guide to essential oils, choosing right from wrong can prove difficult. If you’re questing for the perfect pick, here’s a handy beard oil review to get you started.
If you’re partial to pipes, elbow patches, and a good pair of brogues, Mr. Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir will fit your regimen like a glove. Age-old conditioners like grapeseed oil keep hairs soft, while a blend of patchouli, vetiver, and pine lends a warm, woodsy scent straight out of John Muir’s pack.
All beards are at risk of growing dry and itchy, but if your face-thatch feels like a bed of steel wool, it may require some special attention. The Barba's Terra and Blanco organic beard oils both contain a nourishing blend of oils—jojoba, almond, grapeseed, grapefruit, ginger, and tea tree—that penetrate hairs for extra hydration. A dose of Vitamin E encourages healthy growth, resulting in softer, stronger hair from the get-go.
While potency varies, most beard oils carry their own native scent, which can cause some crossed frequencies if you like to wear cologne. MCMC Fragrance Dude No. 1 Beard Oil pairs its conditioning power with a finely crafted fragrance, blending the woodsy aroma of cedar with spicy ginger and peppercorn. The result is a consummate two-in-one product, and a spellbinding scent that lasts all day.
Beard oil may be great for your scruff, but it can also mean trouble for greasy, acne-prone skin. Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic is made with two lightweight oils: Hazelnut, a nutrient-rich restorative, and jojoba, a fast-absorbing oil that works wonder for sensitive skin. Apply a few drops of this lightly scented oil, and after a brisk rub, you’ll quickly forget it’s there.
While there’s no force on earth that can transform you into a morning person, the right beard oil can certainly help. Mr. Natty Bring Me Sunshine Frank’s Beard Elixir (yes, it’s a mouthful) carries all the restorative properties of the brand’s flagship oil, with a fresh, citrus scent that’s tailor-made to get you going. Apply it every morning to jump start your day, or sub it in as your summertime oil.
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