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December 10, 2020 3 min read

The boom in beard culture has led to the creation and production of many different products. In fact, there are so many beard products out there now that it can be difficult to figure out which ones you should actually use! 

Beard balm, in particular, is a point of contention in many bearded many. Some think that beard oil should be enough, some argue that beard butter is a better option. This article, however, will talk about beard balms and how they are made to help you understand why it’s a good choice in beard care.

What are they?

Beard balms are leave-in conditioners that serve to moisturize, condition, style, and soften your beard. They are often made from four classifications of ingredients, which are described as follows:

1. Carrier oils

These are oils that are made to moisturize and nourish the skin under the beard. Some popular examples are jojoba, argan, and sweet almond oil. These oils interact with beard follicles in the sebaceous glands, and work to create a balance in the skin oils—not too much, and not too little. This will prevent rashes, itching, and flaking. 

2. Essential oils

Essential oils work to improve the effects of the carrier oils, but exist to add pleasing scents to the whole mixture. Tea tree mint, lemon, lavender, and other citrus oils are some popular essential oils used in beard balms. 

3. Beeswax

Beeswax is what solidifies the product, which would otherwise be a liquid. The special properties of beeswax also serve to protect the ingredients from pollutants, and can act as a shaping agent for those with longer and wilder beards. 

4. Malleable agents

The most popular form this takes in the mixture is shea butter, but the Unshaved uses healthier and even better alternatives such as moringa butter and avocado butter. It can turn a hard wax into something softer and easier to manipulate. Not only that, but it adds moisture to the product. This moisture is wonderful for the skin and hair, ensuring healthy and taut skin as well as strong and firm strands that are not too stiff. 

How do I apply it?

Beard balms are best applied after a shower, after your beard has fully dried. 

To make sure you have all of these ingredients in equal measure, rub a finger on the balm until you have a small dollop on your fingertip. Depending on the length of your beard, you may need a little bit more or less. 

Next, work your hands and fingers together until the product is warm and supple. You should be able to feel it between your fingers. 

After this, rub it gently into your beard by running the hairs through your fingers. Make sure it is evenly applied in the process. For longer and wilder beards, it might be useful to have a beard comb on hand to help in the shaping process. 

Final thoughts

While there are plenty of products available out there, choosing the right one begins with understanding what you need. A person with a shorter beard or just some fuzz, for example, might be fully satisfied with beard oils; a person with a Full Lumberjack, on the other hand, might need a beard balm to help keep it looking healthy and luscious. 

If you’re decided that you do need abeard balm for your glorious mane, look through our selection at The Unshaved. Our ingredients are all natural and are never tested on animals. 

Matthew Rotter
Matthew Rotter

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