Don’t say it. Just one look at your epic beard and we know what you’re here for: the best beard softeners for your mane of glory.
Note this used to be a top 10 list but after further testing it became clear some of the items weren’t up to snuff.
Why you need beard softeners
For Male Readers: So you want your beard to exude manliness. Even if your idea of masculinity is cooking a healthy vegan dish whilst stroking kittens, you want a beard that implies that you can absolutely fix a truck, shoot and prep a deer, and chop wood till the beers are fully chilled. But you don’t want to look like Mountain Man while you’re giving off those macho vibes.
Masculine yet sophisticated – that’s the look you’re going for.
Just like the hair on your head, beards can suffer from dehydration. They can be coarse and unmanageable. They can get dandruff – or “beard-druff”. They can itch.
That’s where beard softener comes in. Acting much like conditioner does on your head hair, beard softener is an essential part of the bearded gentleman’s grooming routine.
Oils are better for shorter beards, and those who’ve only recently stepped into being bearded. On the other hand, balms are better for long, full beards.
For Lady Readers: If your man rocks that Viking vibe (Travis Fimmel’s beard has its own website!), get him some beard balm conditioner. A Viking warrior may prefer the blood of his enemies, but beard balm is much easier to come by, and more affordable. And, well, less likely to bring annoyed relatives-of-enemies to the door.
Our Favorite Beard Softeners
|6||Gentlemen's Beard Oil||$$||7|
|5||White Beard Wax||$||7|
|4||Smooth Viking Oil||$||8|
|3||Leven Rose Fragrance Free||$||8|
|2||Honest Amish Classic||$||8|
|1||Honest Amish Leave In Conditioner||$||9|
This is an unscented and vegan-friendly moisturiser that helps control beard-druff whilst making your beard easy to style. It also soothes the itchiness of under-beard skin meaning your beard survives the itch-based urge to shave.
It is, however, a fraction pricier compared to other items on this list.
Short yet thick facial hair.
- Works well on beard-druff
- Unscented; great for those who don’t like smelling any product
- The eye dropper doesn’t go all the way down so it’s hard to get the last drops out when you’re running low
- Not the cheapest
This is a good, mid-price beard softener that helps keep your beard in good hair health. Definitely worth adding to the bathroom shelf and your morning groom.
White beard wax: a non-greasy beard softener that works well when rubbed through longer and coarser beards to soften them. It doesn’t offer super strong hold but if you apply it after a shower and follow up with a brushing, it will keep your beard soft and in place.
Also, it contains nut oil (almond) so make sure you’re not allergic to that.
Long, coarse facial hair.
- Not greasy
- Melts very easily when rubbed in your hands
- Good for softening longer, coarser facial hair
- Not suitable for those with nut allergies
- Not recommended for those with super coarse hair that needs strong holding
If you’re not interested in styling your beard but want to soften up a long and full facial mane, this is a good oil as long as you don’t have nut allergies.
It’s doubtful that the actual Vikings would have had glossy, smooth, and fresh-smelling facial hair (particularly after a long sea voyage and some pillaging), but we get that you men want the Thor aesthetic but with twenty-first century hygiene.
This Smooth Viking conditioner offers a light, unobtrusive, slightly citrus scent, and great styling hold without a waxy feel.
It works very well on long and full beards and leaves your Viking locks looking good and smelling better.
Long, thick, full.
- Good styling hold
- Not waxy
- Works well on long, full beards
- Light, fresh scent
- A handful don’t like the scent
If you’re happy with the idea that a man can smell fresh and fruity and still be virile and fearsome, then this is the oil for you. This is especially true if you like to change up the styling on your beard every so often and make a bit of an effort and an impression with it.
Don’t be put off by the name – this Rose conditioner is actually fragrance free. It doesn’t leave a shine on your beard, and is good for soothing itchy, under-beard skin, and for the itchiness often associated by those with bare scalps.
An all-round oil that should definitely be part of your grooming routine.
Suitable for all beard types.
- Multi-purpose conditioner
- Makes your beard softer and manageable
- Removes itchiness and flaking
- Good for all beard types
- Great customer support
- Did not work for some
Whatever your beard type, this conditioner is definitely worth having in your bathroom, so man up, and get past the fact that it says “rose scented” on the label . The scent is light rather than floral: think balmy summer day, rather than wedding bouquets.
This is also a very reasonably priced beard conditioner. If you buy it and don’t like the fragrance, you haven’t lost out too much.
Another offering for shorter beards, this classic beard oil is made from all natural and organic ingredients. It does soften the prickly hairs of very short and new-growth beards.
Great reviews from people who have had skin problems like eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Though not intended for this use, they’ve even started using it on their face!
Short, coarse beard hair.
- Softens short, coarse hair
- Natural ingredients
- Not greasy
- Good for skin problems
- Scent is polarizing
If you’re not bothered by the scent and you like to keep your beard short but hydrated, this could be the beard oil for you.
Honest Amish is an all-natural product that is ideal for shorter and finer beards. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of holding, it is good for softening your beard and soothing the skin under new beard growth.
So let’s talk about the smell of Honest Amish products. Some find it overpowering and stinky. Others, however, love the scent while others don’t mind it. The smell has been compared to hints of cloves, licorice, anise, or cocoa butter.
If you’re hesitating because of the smell, get the unscented version.
Short, fine beard hairs – goatees might suit this beard oil.
- Natural ingredients
- Does away with beard itch and beardruff
- A little goes a long way
- Has an unscented version
- Doesn’t offer styling assistance
- Greasy if you use a lot (Pro tip: Wipe off excess on your elbows, cuticles, and whatnot to get them soft too!)
It’s for good reason that this is the Number 1 Bestseller in Beard Conditioner and Oils. Also, note that the reviews on this product are genuine, unlike other so called best beard softeners that actually have fake reviews.
- Hand Crafted in the USA
- Softens Coarse and Rogue Hairs
- Stops the Itch and Eliminates Beardruff
Last update on 2017-10-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API