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My personal experience with a few beard balms...

Felix Estridge

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This is an unsolicited review of beard balms that I have tried. These are my personal opinion and are the results of my personal use. My beard is used for seasonal work so I have to keep it in the best shape possible. Thus, I am very particular to what I use. Take what you will from this. I hope it helps my fellow Santa Clauses and others who grow their own beards to decide what works best for them, or, if they do not use a beard balm yet, to start using one as it definitely improves overall beard health.

  • Wonder Balm, by Beard Commander: This was my first foray into a beard balm. As with most beard balms, their scent selection is limited. They currently offer their Original scent (prominently sandalwood), Supreme Peppermint (light scent), and Old School Pipe (strong yet smooth). This product comes out of the tin easily but might feel somewhat grainy at first. After rubbing it between your palms for just a few seconds, that graininess disappears completely. It is a really smooth application. Taking your time to work it in all the way down to your skin is the best way to get your money’s worth in a beard balm. A great side effect of Wonder Balm is that it also an excellent skin conditioner. Many who grow a beard know of the dry skin that can occur from time to time. One application and the dry skin goes away, completely. The scents are awesome!!! The Old School Pipe is my favorite of their current 3 scents. It can easily last well over 24 hours. The Supreme Peppermint does not last quite as long, but it lasts at least a full 12 hours, if not longer. The Sandalwood is the faintest of the three, but it has its unique characteristics, too; smooth, calming, and fresh. The softness of my beard is very apparent and it lasts all day. They even supply instructions on use and application. http://beardcommander.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=df739d0de18c48863a28a3609f25e208

  • Bodacious Beard Balm, by Sleigh Master: This was my second product to assess. Their scent selection is quite varied, actually. They offer anything that Santa Claus could want; Candy Cane, Christmas Pie, Jingle Berry, Three Kings, Christmas Tree, and their latest, Secret Santa for those who just want conditioning and control but no scent to compete with other products that Santa might be wearing. The Sleigh Master has given quite a bit of thought into his product line. He also offers beard oils in the same scents as his beard balms. The consistency is nice and smooth, no graininess at all but like the smoothness of lip balm and thicker. The 2 scents I have tried are their Candy Cane and Christmas Tree. They are absolutely wonderful when opening the tin, very sharp, crisp, and fragrant. Application is smooth and easy to work down to the skin, too. This is less oily than Wonder Balm but it does not condition my skin under my beard as well. In fact, I will have some dryness at the end of the day on my chin like it is pulling oils out of my hair follicles and skin. The scents wanes after about 20-30 minutes and then it is gone except for the softness which lasts only for 3-4 hours. Another application is needed at that point. If you were to use the beard oil in conjunction with the beard balm, the scent will last longer and the softness does, as well, but this requires multiple applications throughout the day. http://www.sleighmaster.com/product-category/beard-balms/

  • Beard Balm, by The Art of Man: This was my last product to try out. They have quite a few scents, too; Angry Apple, Creed, Lust, Sniper, T3, and Winter Warrior. They also offer these same scents in oils, like Sleigh Master. The 2 that I have tried are Winter Warrior and Lust. These are similar in consistency to the Sleigh Master product as there is no graininess, just smooth, firm balm. The Lust is an awesome scent and seems like it would work well with a similar cocoa-scented cologne I have for Santa. The Winter Warrior has an over smell of spearmint and is nothing like I have smelled before, it seemed almost candy-like. Both scents also did not last long, like Sleigh Master. The softness lasted longer with this product than Sleigh Master. Their oil also helped rejuvenate the scent, but required multiple applications to keep it going. http://www.aombeards.com/shop/?category=Balms

Wonder Balm by Beard Commander is by far my #1 choice of beard balms. This is because these products do more than what is advertised by their scent lasts longer so much than any other beard balm I have tried. As I come across other offerings, I will post them, too.

Thanks for taking time to read through all of this. I hope it might help someone with keeping their beard in the best possible shape.

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Glenn Johnson

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Thanks a bunch, Felix, for this unbiased review. I use a leave-in conditioner (Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner) and wonder how this will affect the effectiveness of the balm. Any idea?

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Santa-Charlie

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Santa Felix and Fellow-Clauses (or - Clausii?)

My beard is coming in FULL-FORCE (I will likely have no problems with having to color it since it is growing in white!)
I am severely-cautioned by my barber that because my hair grows so thick, my beard might begin showing "spots / wear" - by the July-heat.
I am considering to start using Beard Balm IF it will avoid looking like I am wearing Beard balm in the regional weather.
Local weather can and has become rather extreme (last year, the Christmas Holidays were so warm that I actually wore shorts to a Christmas party in my region!)   Lucky I was sitting during my visit / covered with all the silken sheets.

 

Does beard balm help the facial-fur FILL IN or does it better DEFINE the hair style (remember that my hair grows terribly straight)?

*~Santa-Charlie in Texas~*

E-mail: cvanblom@gmail.com

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Felix Estridge

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Santa Felix and Fellow-Clauses (or - Clausii?)

My beard is coming in FULL-FORCE (I will likely have no problems with having to color it since it is growing in white!)

I am severely-cautioned by my barber that because my hair grows so thick, my beard might begin showing "spots / wear" - by the July-heat.

I am considering to start using Beard Balm IF it will avoid looking like I am wearing Beard balm in the regional weather.

Local weather can and has become rather extreme (last year, the Christmas Holidays were so warm that I actually wore shorts to a Christmas party in my region!)   Lucky I was sitting during my visit / covered with all the silken sheets.

 

Does beard balm help the facial-fur FILL IN or does it better DEFINE the hair style (remember that my hair grows terribly straight)?

*~Santa-Charlie in Texas~*

E-mail: cvanblom@gmail.com

It is not my experience that it helps with filling in but allows you to style your beard via better control in addition to conditioning it.  If you take the time to work it all the way down to your skin, there is an added benefit in using Wonder Balm that it actually conditions the skin, too.

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Santa Rick of Memphis

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I also find the Beard Commander balm a "must have" if you are sporting a beard.

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I have been using Coconut Oil for a few months now. I believe it really help hydrate my beard. From what I have read, it is very beneficial....cheap too!  

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Santa Rick of Memphis

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I have been using Coconut Oil for a few months now. I believe it really help hydrate my beard. From what I have read, it is very beneficial....cheap too!  

I have looked at the Coconut Oil at the grocery. I hear it is really good at making the beard softer. My beard is very course. How do you like the Coconut oil? Is it hard to warsh out of your beard? How often and how much do you use?

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I really do like it. I use it about every day. Maybe a 1/4 of a tsp. liquify it by rubbing between my hands and rub it in. I always do it in the evening and leave it in. Next morning rinse and condition. I only shampoo about once every couple of weeks. 

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