8 Best Beard Conditioners Reviews - for a Smooth, Soft & Silky Beard
Of all the beard related purchases conditioner is definitely in the top 3 tricky ones.
The reason is that a lot of people believe that beard conditioner is not a separate category of a product at all. There’s even a Reddit post that says that a beard conditioner and beard oil are one and the same giving rise to the ‘Oil IS the conditioner’ myth.
So I thought it's about time to write an article about beard conditioners and review some of the best ones.
Any bearded gentlemen worth his salt should know that a beard conditioner is different product from beard oil. I will come to that in a minute. For now, here’s my pick of the top 9 beard conditioners in the market.
3 Top Beard Conditioners Picks
What Is a Beard Conditioner?
A beard conditioner is a blend of natural oils that is clubbed with vitamins and moisturizers to make your scruffy beard soft and tamed. It is similar to the conditioner that you’d use for your hair. Only, a beard conditioner does not use sulfates or other harsh chemicals that can inhibit the natural sebum production of the skin.
There are two different types of beard conditioners in the market:
1. In-Shower Beard Conditioners
2. Leave-in Conditioner
A leave-in conditioner on the other hand can be applied in place of beard oil before you leave for the day. Leave-in conditioners are very versatile products that can double up as oil or as a balm. Along with moisturizing and making the beard softer, it can also add the shine that makes beard oil such a sought after product.
Now that you know what a beard conditioner is, the next obvious question that people would ask is how different is a beard conditioner from beard oil and what do you need in your beard care routine.
Beard Conditioner vs. Beard Oil
An awesome beard needs all the care and nourishment that it can get and you should be looking at adding both, a beard conditioner as well as beard oil to your grooming routine.
If you are looking to pick just one of them, then it would make more sense to pick a leave-in beard conditioner because it usually has the same ingredients as beard oil and serves the same purpose.
To explain this better, let us pick one bestselling beard oil and conditioner and analyze their ingredients. We won’t mention the brand name for now.
Bestselling Beard Conditioner
This best selling leave-in beard conditioner has a blend of carrier oils as the base. It boasts of:
Not all beard oils have a variety of oils. (but some nonetheless have such a variety, a quick note on this: more oils doesn't necessarily mean better product).
Further, it has a blend of fruit and nut butters in Cocoa, Aloe, Shea Butter and Kokum butter making it extremely rich and spreadable. Non greasy, mind you, but very spreadable.
Last but not least; it has gentle aromatic essential oils for all-day fragrance in your beard.
Now let’s take a closer look at bestselling beard oil.
Bestselling Beard Oil
This bestselling beard oil on the other hand has a blend of oils the number is not constant of course, but it's a blend of carrier and essential oils.
I'm not taking anything away from the beard oil here. This is just an attempt to compare the two products. The oil is very effective at what it is meant to do. It will nourish the beard hair, keep it soft and prevent beard itch.
The beard leave-in conditioner on the other hand is clearly designed to make it easy for you to apply on the beard and the natural butter blend ensures that every single beard strand is coated and hydrated. Since it also has a blend of carrier oils and essential oils, it will serve all the purposes for which one typically uses beard oil.
There you have it. It is now up to you to pick what works best for you. If you want to use both the products separately, then you can pick an in-shower beard conditioner and use your favorite beard oil. Either way, the importance of a good conditioner in a beard care routine cannot be undermined.
Advantages of Beard Conditioning
While there are tons of articles and posts that discuss the advantages of using beard oil regularly, very little is written about the advantages of using beard conditioners. If you have ever wondered why you need beard conditioners in the first place, then here are a few reasons why.
1. It will soften your beard
If your beard looks like it can be used to scrub utensils, then you absolutely need a beard conditioner.
It will soften your beard and make it more manageable for you and for those around you. You will have a soft, flowing beard and a happy patner.
Even if you are still in the growing stage, using a conditioner will ensure that you do not have to go through the brillo pad stage. Your facial hair will become soft as it grows.
2. Soothe the Itch
The dreaded beard itch is one of the common reasons for many beards to be sacrificed at the altar.
Don’t let yours die a premature death.
Get a conditioner and treat the itch before it begins to make the beard seem like an unbearable malignant growth on your face. besides the itch, beardruff is another problem. And let me tell you that there is nothing more uncouth than white flakes of dead skin falling off your beard. A beard conditioner is your way out of that mess.
3. Detangle the Mess
If you find your fingers getting stuck in your beard as you try to run them through, then you have a problem on your face.
Tangles will lead to breakage and split ends and very soon, you will go right back to Brillo pad from well groomed. A beard conditioner will detangle that web and let that beard comb glide through the beard like it’s meant to.
4. Hydrate & Nourish it
A dehydrated beard is caveman’s turf. Unless you want to look like a Neanderthal, you should seriously consider hydrating your beard and what better way to do it than use a beard conditioner.
Regular conditioning will keep your beard healthy and thick. The nutrients in the beard conditioner will help you tremendously in growing the beard that you desire.
What to Look for When Buying a Beard Conditioner
Like every single facial care product that we use, we follow very simple rules while deciding whether to buy a beard care product or not. The most important of them all is that we take a good look at the ingredient list.
All-Natural Ingredients Only
The only place for chemicals and synthetic ingredients is in the lab. I've seen products advertised as all natural with silicones mentioned in a corner on the product label in print so tiny that most people would miss it.
I take the ingredient list first and put it under the scanner. Even if a manufacturer only mentions all-natural oils on the product label, I send them an email and ask them to divulge the ingredients. Any brand that does not reveal their ingredients probably has something to hide. That’s automatically a big red flag.
Hydration Is the Key
The most important function of any beard conditioner is to hydrate the beard. So, the first pick is a beard conditioner that is most likely to hydrate your beard for a longer time frame.
A blend of hydrating ingredients is always welcome. My favorites are jojoba oil, Argan oil and Sweet almond oil.
The texture of a beard conditioner is a very important but overlooked factor that can make or break your purchase.
The last thing you want is a beard conditioner that is too thick and waxy making it difficult to apply. At the same time, you do not want anything that is overly greasy and disappears into your beard to make it heavy and shiny.
Usually, Shea Butter alone suffices to give the conditioner a spreadable texture. But some products use a blend of butters too. I don't like products that are not easy to apply. As simple as that!
If you've used beard care oils, waxes or conditioners, I'm sure you're well aware of the fact that not all essential oils smell the same.
Some have an overwhelming aroma that can linger on your beard all day. If you do not like the scent or find it too overpowering, then chances are that its money down the drain. This is why I'm very picky about the essential oils in any beard care product, especially beard oil and conditioner.
If you are picking an in-shower beard conditioner that is with or without a shampoo, then you’d want to pick one that lathers easily and cleans your beard effectively.
Not all beard shampoos and conditioners are suited for all skin types.
If you have sensitive skin or acne, then some of the ingredients in beard conditioners can cause allergic breakouts. This usually happens in products that have multiple essential oils.
You can always use an unscented beard conditioner that does not have essential oils.
8 Best Beard Conditioners - Reviews
If you’d like to skip the effort and handpick from the 9 best beard conditioners in the market, then here’s the list for you.
As always, I have made the task easier and rated the best ones on the basis of their ingredients, quality and beards that it is ideal for. There's no specific order, they all good, it depends on your needs and preference.
Polished Gentleman’s shampoo and conditioner combination has all the right ingredients that you’d need to tame the beast on your chin. It has beard softeners which will let you control those rogue beard hairs, hydrate it and protect it from the elements all day.
The shampoo has a rich lather which deep cleanses your beard and the conditioner works to detangle, soften and hydrate it. Despite having eucalyptus oil, the aroma is not highlighted by the top notes in it. In fact it has a slightly woodsy aroma which is similar to cedarwood and sandalwood.
The ingredient list is quite vast too. But here are the ones that we liked the most.
Aloe, Biotin, Niacinimide, Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, Manuka Honey and Rosemary! That’s one of the best combinations of all organic ingredients that we have seen in a long time.
The Gentlemen’s Beard shampoo and conditioner pack is the complete beard cleansing and hydrating solution.
For starters, Honest Amish has been around forever. And their recipes for their beard care products have remained largely unchanged over the years. This beard balm leave-in conditioner is one of their best offerings till date.
It takes their all-natural organic formula and infuses it with some new skin-friendly ingredients to create a complete beard care product that softens, hydrates and styles your beard - the hold is not strong, but it will definitely be able to hold your beard a bit for styling puprposes.
Remember the best selling leave-in conditioner that I've used as a reference earlier in this article? That’s Honest Amish for you.
Take a little of the conditioner in your palm and rub it between your fingers to watch it melt away allowing you to apply it easily to even the deepest hair strand on the beard. It has a delightful aroma that is comparable to a musky, spicy perfume. Not feminine at all.
Honest Amish retains its retro inspired tin packaging which is way better than leaking bottles and nozzles to be fair. It slips into your pocket allowing you to groom on the go.
The base is a very powerful blend of carrier oils. You have virgin argan, virgin pumpkin seed, avocado, grapeseed and apricot kernel creating the perfect delivery system for a blend of essential oils. A healthy mix of butters makes the texture creamy and non-greasy.
There’s no better choice than the most trusted and reputed brand in beard care. This doesn’t even warrant a second thought. Go for the Honest Amish leave-in conditioner and watch your beard transform.
Smooth Viking has been as popular as Honest Amish in the past few years, with each brand commanding its own loyal customer base.
The leave-in conditioner differs from the rest because it contains a hint of beeswax that gives the beard firm hold. This makes it a very versatile product that styles along with nourishing and hydrating.
The aroma is a mild citrusy one that you’d barely notice.
You can completely cover the beard even with a tiny bit of this conditioner making it a value-for-money pack. Like Honest Amish, Smooth Viking also uses a tin instead of a bottle for packaging which is great according to us. The tin is portable and leak proof.
The conditioning blend is as good as it gets.
If you intend to grow a long beard, then you need a beard maintenance conditioner that will last long and will be gentle on your beard in the long run. Go for the Smooth Viking Conditioner.
Scotch Porter elbows out a lot of popular brands for the top spot in this list of the best beard conditioners. This deep conditioning formula has managed to garner excellent customer ratings in very little time.
Featuring a blend of all-natural ingredients highlighted by vitamin B-5, the conditioner hydrates and nourishes your beard. Also, it is proven to support the production of collagen in the body.
It has a thick and consistent texture that is easy to apply and a very subtle aroma that leaves a refreshing feeling on the beard.
One of the reasons why Scotch Porter’s conditioner has become so popular is because it has some very unique ingredients that are not commonly found in beard care products.
It has marshmallow root which is a natural detangler, slippery elm bark which makes the beard more manageable and styling easy, nettle leaf which makes the beard appear fuller and thicker, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Agave Nectar, Kukui Nut Oil and more.
Easy to apply, lovely aroma and some very beneficial ingredients, Scotch Porter is hands down one of the best beard conditioners in the market. At the price point for an 8 oz bottle, it offers more bang for your buck than any other product.
This leave-in beard conditioner which is called the Beard Salve by All American replaces another product that was advertised as all-natural but was loaded with tons of added synthetics including silicones.
You can apply it directly on a damp beard making this ideal for in-shower use too. It has a mild spicy aroma that lasts for hours.
This one boasts of a power packed all-organic ingredient list that can rival some of the best brands in this list.
The carrier oils include Organic Deodorized Argan Nut Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado Oil and Organic Apricot Kernel Oil.
Bay rum oil gives it a spicy aroma with the top notes like clove.
If this is the first time that you are hearing about this beard salve from All American, then give it a shot. I'm sure that you will be pleasantly surprised from the quality.
This list won't be complete without a fragrance-free beard conditioner. Personally, I love the fragrance of every single beard conditioner in this list. But if you prefer something that is fragrance-free anyway, then here’s one for you.
This is the Naked leave-in conditioner from Beard Balm that does not have any essential oils. Instead, it has an almost negligible natural smell of coconut oil and honey.
The coconut oil is perfectly complemented by grapeseed oil, medical grade lanolin and Michigan beeswax.
If you have a sensitive nose and hate a lingering fragrance all day long on your beard, then try Naked. This is as good a beard conditioner as any in this list and does not overwhelm you with the fragrance either.
A beard conditioner that’s 99.75% pure organic Aloe Vera was too hard to let by. This is a leave-in beard conditioner and repair lotion from Green Leaf Naturals.
Aloe Vera hydrates your beard and your skin and beard. But it is not as effective as some of the other carrier oils.
Additional ingredients are: Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, and Xanthan.
If you use beard oil and are only looking for a natural conditioner for your beard, then this is one of the best options you have. It is completely suitable for all skin types and will not cause allergies.
It would be an understatement to say that the market for beard care products has exploded with choices in the past couple of years. And it is good to see that most new brands are trying hard to compete with innovative recipes for beard oils and conditioners.
There’s Jojoba, Argan, Grapeseed which make this rich in natural Vitamin E and then Babassu oil, which is not commonly seen in beard care products these days. For those who are unaware, Babassu oil is rich in Vitamins, fatty acids and works as an ideal base for a beard conditioner.
The Rugged Roots leave-in conditioner has a blend of orange and cedarwood essential oils which give it a unique blend of citrus and woodsy aromas. The top note is cedarwood and orange acts as the perfect blend for a refreshing aroma.
If you are struggling with scruffy and dry beard, then try this Vitamin E rich formula to soften and get a nice luster to the beard.