Beard butter and beard oil are two of the most popular beard products in the market right now. So, you're probably wondering what the difference between them is? So today, we're going to break down the difference between beard butter vs beard oil and let you decide which beard care product is right for you!
What Is Beard Butter and What Does It Do?
Beard butter is a beard care product designed to mimic the natural oils produced by your skin. Your skin is covered with sebaceous glands, which produce an oily secretion called sebum. Sebum helps keep your beard and skin hydrated. Well, beard butter mimics that process and is designed to coat your beard with natural oils to keep your beard hydrated. Since beard butter also contains essential oils, it also helps scent your beard, so you smell great all day long. Beard butter is also a solid that can melt down in your hands for easy application.
What Is Beard Oil and What Does It Do?
Beard oil, designed to do the same things as beard butter, is essentially a mixture of essential oils and additional carrier oils to help soften and condition your beard. Beard oil is designed to mimic the natural oils produced by your skin but in a liquid form instead of a solid, as is beard butter.
The Differences Between Beard Butter vs Beard Oil
Beard oil is sold in small bottles, so it is much easier to store, carry, and apply when you're on the go. Our beard oil comes in 1 oz. bottle (Browse Oils Here), whereas our beard butter comes in a 4 oz. tub. (Browse Butter Here) Beard oil is also cheaper than beard butter. The downside, of course, is that beard oil does not contain natural butter, so it will not give you the same styling capabilities as beard butter would. Because beard butter contains shea butter, which allows some hold to the beard, beard butter allows you to style the beard more than you can with beard oil.
Let's take a look at the difference between applying the two beard products.
Applying Beard Oil
Beard oil is easy to apply. You pour a small amount into your hands. We recommend a dime for a shorter beard and a nickel size for a larger beard. Then you rub your hands together to warm the oil up slightly and then run them down the sides of your beard. Next, work your hands underneath the beard all the way down to the skin. Wipe your hands into your mustache and then back down the sides of your beard to finish up. Wipe your hands off on a towel or rinse them afterward.
Applying Beard Butter
Beard butter is rather simple to apply. You simply scoop a small amount out of the tub with your index finger and then rub it between your hands and fingers so that the product melts into a liquid. Next, you work it into the sides of your beard, then underneath the beard down to the skin. Next, apply to your mustache and wipe your hands down the side of your beard again. After application, wipe your hands off on a towel or rinse them off in the sink.
Next, we need to take a look at the ingredients between the two. You'll quickly notice that both have a wide array of natural and organic ingredients, but we'll make sure to point out where they vary greatly.
Ingredients In Beard Oil
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) seed oil, argana Spinosa (argan) kernel oil, scleroderma birrea (marula) seed & adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil, tocopheryl (vitamin E) acetate, essential oils. *Certified Organic.
So with beard oil, you have 2 main ingredient types.
Carrier Oils: These oils help transport, spread, and ultimately help soften beard hairs. These oils are castor oil, jojoba oil, shea seed oil, argan oil, sunflower seed oil, and marula oil.
Essential Oils: These oils are natural oils that are used for scenting. These are safe oils that are easy to mix and blend into the formula.
Ingredients In Beard Butter
100% All Natural Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, & Essential Oils for scent.
With beard butter, you'll notice that there are 3 main ingredient types.
Carrier Oils: As we mentioned with beard oil above, these oils help spread the product through the beard.
Essential Oils: Just as above, they are used for scented the product naturally.
Pliable Agent: These ingredients help turn the oils into creamy easy to apply substances. They also help, like carrier oils, to soften and hydrate the beard. These include butter like Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter.
Beard Butter and Beard Oil Comparison Chart
We created a quick reference guide to help you make your selection between beard butter or beard oil.
Should You Use Beard Butter or Beard Oil?
Both have their own benefits, and it really comes down to your preference. It honestly doesn't matter if you have a long beard or a short beard, a thick or a thin beard. Everything comes down to preference and how you like the final product to feel during the application process.
If you're looking for a solid with natural butter that gives a soft hold, go with the beard butter. If you're looking for a liquid that easily travels with you, is cheaper but doesn't provide as much hold to the beard, go with beard oil. You'll find, especially with Artius Man brand, that both will feel great in the beard, on the skin and hydrate your beard properly. We have 20 awesome scents to choose from as well!