Which beard oil is right for you?

Which beard oil is right for you?

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For millennia, men have worn beard of all shapes and sizes. The trend of growing a beard is becoming clearer and stronger every day, and soon every other man will be walking around with an impressive display of facial hair. But how do you best maintain and care for your beard? And which beard oil tickles your olfactory senses? Here at Beardoil.io, we’ve listed, tested, and reviews some the best oils on the market today, to make this choice a little easier for you. And we describe the smells in a way that actually make sense. If it smells like a tennis ball, we’ll say tennis ball ― nothing exotic like patchouli (a scent which practically no bloke knows, anyway). We then give our approval, or some well-chosen words, for each product.

Ready to find the best beard oils of 2017? Let’s go!!

#1 Edwin Jagger – Limes & Pomegranate

Summary:
Oh god, we’re in love! The moment we saw this packaging, we knew it was going to be something special, and when we took our first sniffs, our senses started doing the samba. This beard oil checked off all our boxes as far as wishes and criteria are concerned for what makes a good oil ― fresh and well-balanced scent, an incredibly good-looking bottle and label, and the packaging itself is top notch. This one is our absolute favourite for autumn/winter 2016/2017!
Scent: Clear lime- and apple scent.
Packaging: 50 ml bottle
Price: 169 kr
Overall impression: Very affordable
Our score: 4,9 out of 5

#2 JS Sloane

Summary:
Oooh, this beard oil is really sniffing the first place spot, but it thunders in as a clear second! Sure, JS Sloane’s beard oil costs a little extra, but it also boasts with a fantastic scent and a sense of quality. The oil itself is a little thicker than most, which leaves the beard feeling softer than a mink’s tail that just left the Conditioner club’s yearly meeting. We put this one on the top shelf of our bathroom cabinet, tip our hats, and give it all our thumbs and big toes up!

Scent: Perfect blend of ripe lime and English library
Packaging: 60 ml bottle
Price: 379 kr
Overall impression: Top notch!
Our score: 4,9 out of 5

#3 Oil Can Grooming – Iron Horse

Summary:
Well, what’s this fun little beard oil? Oil Can Grooming definitely boasts one of the coolest bottles on the market today, and we almost fought over being the first to review this product. So what’s the verdict? Well, once we’d put together our thoughts and experiences, it was clear that this oil had an obvious place among the top candidates on our list. An amazing beard oil in amazing packaging.
Scent: Sweet, musky, and woody
Packaging: 50 ml bottle
Price: 299 kr
Overall impression: Fantastic beard oil in fantastic packaging
Our score: 4,9 out of 5

#4 Frans Oskars – Midnattssol

Summary:
Frans Oskars has put together one of the best beard oils of the year with their “Midnattssol”. This eco-friendly oil was released on Midsummer’s eve, and will tame even the wildest of beard out there. A big plus is also the packaging the bottle comes in.
Scent: We think it smells of fresh jungle oil, with a touch of eucalyptus. A more detailed description can be found in the review.
Packaging: 30 ml bottle
Price: 249 kr
Overall impression: One of the best beard oils of the year. Period.
Our score: 4,85 out of 5

#5 Mr Bear Family – Woodland

 

Summary:
“Okay… and why is this beard oil in fifth place?” you may ask? Well, let’s just collect ourselves and start from the beginning. Mr Bear Family is one of the Swedish pioneers in beard- and mustache care. The company was founded in 2012, and today they offer lots of stuff, from brushes and combs, to beard shampoo and beard wax. But sorry… let’s get to the point: how do we really feel about their beard oil?

We ordered a “Woodland” and expected a nice scent of bark, soil, pine, lava, and lumber… and that’s exactly what we got! A nicely robust, musty oil that without any further ado brings your thought the darkest forests of Sweden. We could easily use this one for its scent, rather than splashing on a bunch of other strange products. Good and well-balanced strength that lasts for a long time. Just simply top notch! Also available as a gift set!

Scent: Strong scent of pine forest
Packaging: Cool 30ml bottle with a dropper included
Price: 189 kr (30ml) – 749 kr for the gift set
Overall impression: Very affordable
Our score: 4,8 out of 5

#6 Nôberu Heavy Beard Oil – Amber-Lime

Summary:
A perfect beard oil for those cosy nights in that you’ll always remember. In short: a cold pressed oil where scent and strength are balanced to perfection.

Scent: Fresh lime
Packaging: 60 ml bottle
Price: 279 kr (also available as a gift set for 529 kr)
Overall impression: A really, really good beard oil that blows most others out of the water
Our score: 4,8 out of 5

#7 Anchor Mariner Jack – Frankincense

Summary:
The first image that pops into our minds when we sniff Anchor Jack Frankincense is… a well-smelling outhouse. Now don’t get us wrong, this is the greatest compliment we can give, because the more we sniff it, the more we smile (and that’s always high praise). If we try to explain what we mean, we end up with a soapy smell with hints of roses and potpourri. It just smells clean! Two thumbs up from the whole panel. The oil is available in two sizes, 10ml and 50ml.

Scent: Fresh, clean, and summery
Packaging: 10ml or 30ml bottle
Price: 129 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: Very affordable
Our score: 4,8 out of 5

#8 Hommer

Summary:
This might just be the best-looking bottle we’ve seen! And the contents aren’t too bad, either. Hommer’s beard oil is one of our new favourites, with a careful but fresh scent of driftwood. Among the ingredients, you’ll find for example hemp oil, which protects, moisturises, and gives the beard an extra touch of exclusivity.

Scent: Careful but fresh scent of driftwood
Packaging: 50 ml bottle
Price: 249 kr
Overall impression: A really good beard oil that will probably be a favourite a long time to come.
Our score: 4,7 out of 5

#9 Broder Joe – Trollskog

Summary:
Oh, how fun it is to come across an eco-friendly oil that’s so good and has so much character, that it just blows all the other beard oils out of the bathroom cabinet. Broder Joe’s beard oil “Trollskog” doesn’t take any shit from anyone, but also demands a brave beard-wearer. Because this oil definitely stands out.

Scent: A clear and well-balanced scent of hazelnut
Packaging: 30 ml bottle
Price: 249 kr
Overall impression: The beard oil with the most character on the market
Our score: 4,7 out of 5

#10 Capt. Fawcett’s Beard Oil

Summary:
Capt. Fawcett’s beard oil is one of the most well-known and most used oils on the market today. With a fantastically stylish bottle and packaging, a large selection of their own beard oils, and a big number of laid back ambassadors, we count this beard oil as one of the very best at the moment. Their oils often end up in the top tier of various tests, and we can really see why. “Private Stock” is one of the best-selling ones that’s both moisturising and refreshing for both beard and face. The scent reminds us of a nice old sea shack, and the oil comes in two sizes, 10ml and 50ml.

Scent: A nice scent of old oak that’s been rubbed with lemon.
Packaging: 10ml or 50ml bottle
Price: 179 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: Very affordable
Our score: 4,65 out of 5

#11 The Dapper Duke – Gentleman’s Summer

Summary:
You know when something pleasantly surprises you? You immediately break into a smile, and your body tingles. That’s what “The Dapper Duke” does. It doesn’t just make your beard smell like a Swedish summer’s day… no, it’ll also really make you crave fruits. Actually.

Scent: A fresh, summery scent of whistling birch leaves, budding flowes, and ripe fruits.
Packaging: Available in 10ml and 30ml bottles
Price: 139 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: One of our top favourites!
Our score: 4,6 out of 5

#12 Solomon’s Beard – Japanese Sandal

Summary:
Hmm… An Italian beard oil with a smell of Japan… What would that result in? Well, we’ll tell you right now. Sure, the slightly hard-to-pinpoint smell works just as well for the Nobel dinner as well as a boys’ night out, but it smells just a liiittle too strongly for our taste. Though overall a good and stable oil for all the bearded men out there.

Scent: Completely all right smell of sandalwood, leather, and soap
Packaging: 30ml bottle
Price: 249 kr
Overall impression: Passable, with an extra plus in the margins.
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#13 Rumble 59 – Mandarin

Summary:
If you really like mandarins and fruity beard oils – look no further! We’ve found the ultimate oil for all the fruit lovers out there. Rumble 59 Mandarin fits like a glove for your beard, and smells of mandarin all the way to the tip of the dropper. Read more in our review.

Scent: Sun ripe mandarins
Packaging: 50 ml bottle
Price: 169 kr
Overall impression: A good choice for fruit lovers
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#14 Beard Monkey – Sweet Tobacco

Summary:
Finally, we’ve reviewed Beard Monkey’s beard oil, and the whole panel was pleasantly surprised. Despite having a hard time detecting the smell of “sweet tobacco”, and instead agreeing that this beard oil does have that slightly smoky coconut smell shared with the classic sun oil Hawaiian Tropic, we don’t think it fits very well in our beards.

Scent: Sweet tobacco ― no. Hawaiian Tropic ― yes!
Packaging: 50 ml bottle
Price: 229 kr
Overall impression: Good oil if you like smoky coconut
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#15 Sailor’s Beard Oil – Antarctica

Summary:
Sailor’s Beard Oil is an eco-friendly beard oil that’s taken the market by storm. The beard oil, which may have the best-looking label in the business, is available in three scents ― Forest, Antarctica, and Jungle ― and particularly suits beards in the cold, harsh Nordic climate. The oils contain only natural ingredients, and make both beard and skin softer. For those curious about the scents, we can say that Antarctica has a fresh scent of citrus, eucalyptus, and mint, Forest gives a hint of cedar wood and pine, and finally Jungle fills your beard with the smell of sweet sandalwood.

Scent (Antarctica): Pepper-y scent of citrus and eucalyptus
Packaging: 30ml bottle with one of the best-looking labels on the market, and a dropper
Price: about 139 kr (30ml)
Overall impression: Affordable
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#16 Sisuman

Summary:
Perhaps the coolest bottle on today’s market. Indeed, it smells of pine with a hint of vanilla, and has a clever little attachment so that you can hook it on your keychain. Those Finns know how to cook up a good beard oil. Thumbs up from us!

Scent: Pine needles rubbed in vanilla
Packaging: Perhaps the coolest bottle on the market, though with points docked for the dosage method
Price: about €13.90 (30ml)
Overall impression: Affordable
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#17 Nôberu Feather Beard Oil – Sandalwood

Summary:
Noberu has a few lighter versions of their beard oils as well, like this Feather Beard Oil – Sandalwood. However, we think this one is beaten by its big brother, Heavy, both in scent and consistency.

Scent: Newly-built sauna with hints of burnt wood paneling
Packaging: 60ml bottle
Price: 279 kr
Overall impression: Good oil that didn’t quite live up to the expectations. Though a bit Hurrah! for the bottle itself.
Our score: 4,5 out of 5

#18 Gents/Vision Haircare

Summary:
When we first laid eyes on this bottle, with its thoroughly inspiring label, we thought the contents would be just as boring. But oh, how wrong we were. This oil got an immediate thumbs up from everyone on the test panel, and if only this beard oil gets an aesthetic upgrade, it will become a bestseller in no time.

Scent: Lemon, mint, soap, and old wooden box
Packaging: 50ml bottle
Price: 149 kr
Overall impression: Very good oil with boring packaging
Our score: 4,4 out of 5

#19 Recipe for Men Beard Elixir

Summary:
Hmm… How do we sum up this little bugger? The first time we sniffed this one, we were a little hesitant, but it actually grew on us after a while. We like the bottle, give a thumbs-up for the dropper, and we think the “flap” on the label is creative (but also a bit annoying).

Scent: Actually smells a bit like the sports drink, Pripps Plus.
Packaging: 25 ml bottle
Price: 159 kr in most places
Overall impression: Good, but a little fruity for our taste.
Our score: 4,3 out of 5

#20 Proraso

Summary:
A rather okay beard oil with hints of eucalyptus, menthol, cedar wood (and perhaps a little caramel?). This Italian oil is one of the bestsellers among beard wearers throughout Europe, but we don’t really think this one beats any of the Swedish contestants. The oil sits nicely in the beard, though, and on the skin. Especially developed for the slightly bigger beards out there. Bonus points for the dropper.

Scent: Eucalyptus tablets… and cough syrup.
Packaging: 30 ml bottle
Price: 165 kr
Overall impression: Okay (but that’s it)
Our score: 3,9 out of 5

#21 Brazil’s Lion Tamer’s Beard Oil

Summary:
Do you like the smell of sawdust? Then you’ll love this beard oil from Brazil’s. Immediately when we opened the cap, we were transported to an early 20th century lumberyard. Sure, the scent definitely has its charm, but we think it’s just a little overpowering.

Scent: Sawdust. Period.
Packaging: 30 ml bottle
Price: 189 kr
Overall impression: Hmmm… for emergencies
Our score: 3,8 out of 5

#22 The Brighton Beard Company – Mandarin & Cedarwood

Summary:
If you’re the type of person who stands around and sniffs all the fruits when getting groceries at the local shop, this little bugger might fit you like a glove. The oil practically breathes fresh mandarin (and a tiny, tiny, tiny hint of wood), and works for most occasions. A slight downside is that the scent fades rather quickly.

Scent: 98 percent mandarin, 2 percent wood
Packaging: 10ml or 30ml bottle
Price: 129 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: Fruity as hell
Our score: 3,7 out of 5

#23 Golden Beards – Toscana

Summary:
We can say that we were expecting more from this Danish beard oil, but no dice.
The scent is too strong and doesn’t impress in any way, and the bottle and label are both quite boring, all of which prompts us to give this oil a thumbs-down.

Scent: Strong lemon juice topped with a fistful of black pepper.
Packaging: 30ml bottle
Price: 168 kr
Overall impression: Unimpressive.
Our score: 3,4 out of 5

#24 Apothecary87

Summary:
Our first thought when we got our hands on this one, was how lovely the label and the packaging were. Expectations rose, and we so badly wanted this scent to make us stand up and cheer. What we got was anything but cheer-worthy. Read more in the review.

Scent: We hate to say it, but we say… public pool shower soap.
Packaging: 10ml or 50ml bottle
Price: 129 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: Nope, not for us.
Our score: 3,3 out of 5

#25 MenRock – Blues

Summary:
You could say that our very low expectations were definitely fulfilled. It’s rare for us to come across a beard oil as boring and nondescript as this one. The scent is so boring you fall over, and the label looks like it belongs on a global budget brand of deodorant. Want to know more about our thoughts? Read the full review.

Scent: Citrus (zero points for creativity)
Packaging: 10ml or 29ml bottle
Price: 189 kr (29ml)
Overall impression: No, no, no!
Our score: 2,2 out of 5

#26 The Bearded Man Co – Race Day

Summary:
One of the most prominent brands of beard oil is the English brand, The Bearded Man Co. Their very popular beard oil is available in almost 30 different scents, so that each and every one can find their favourite (or choose according to occasion). With scents like Race Day, Irish Moss, or Steel, The Bearded Man Co has really found their niche on the market. But the scent “Race Day” was unfortunately a huge disappointment. None of us are great amaretto enthusiasts (because that’s exactly what this smells like), so unfortunately we’ll be putting this one back in the bathroom cabinet to be forgotten.

Scent (Race Day): In our noses… Amaretto
Packaging: Stylish 10ml or 30ml bottle
Price: around 115 kr (10ml)
Overall impression: Well…
Our score: 2,1 out of 5

#27 The Bearded Man Co – Sandalwood

Summary:
When we got around to testing “Sandalwood” a few weeks after the disappointment that was “Race Day”, we were hoping for a positive experience, but no. Sandalwood did not tickle our senses either, and there are so many other better and more fun alternatives out there.

Scent (Sandalwood): We thought it smelled like cinnamon rolls.
Packaging: 10 ml or 30 ml bottle
Price: around 115 kr (10 ml)
Overall impression: Nope, not this one either
Our score: 2,1 out of 5

#28 Brooklyn Soap Company

Summary:
This oil offers no surprises at all, but instead just smells like the everyday man thinks a beard oil should smell. And how fun is that?

Scent: As you’d expect beard oil to smell. Do the math!
Packaging: 30 ml bottle
Price: 209 kr
Overall impression: If you want to take the completely safe (but boring) route with both braces and a belt
Our score: 2 out of 5

More reviews to come shortly…