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Beard oils smooth, protect and nourish—but they also smell rally, really good.
When it comes to fragranced beauty products for men, your mind might immediately turn to after shave. But the truth is, fewer and fewer men are clean shaven, opting instead for varying degrees of scruff (from shadow to beard) instead. Which makes after shave a touch useless for a good chunk of men.
Enter, beard oils. Whereas after shave tones freshly-shaved skin, beard oil nourishes facial hair to make it softer and more manageable. The added bonus of both products is a touch of fragrance to add to the experience.
Most beard oils and natural and use a combination of carrier oils (jojoba, coconut) and essential oils (peppermint, clove), so the scents reflect the ingredients. But, as with the explosion of beards you know see everywhere, there are just as many beard oils to choose from.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Beardbrand Tree Ranger Beard Oil
Smells like eucalyptus, cedar and pine—basically the best smelling forest you’ve been to. It hydrates with jojoba, grapeseed, castor and almond oils and keeps your beard soft, but never heavy. $32, www.beardbrand.com
V76 by Vaughn Beard Oil
Smells like leather and woods, very manly. This beard oil is super absorbant and smoothing. Safflower oil and hydrates right down to your skin. $25, www.revolve.com
Jack Black Beard Oil
Smells like very little—this is for the fragrance minimalists who want to smell clean, but not like anything else. Contains marula oil, vitamin E and carrot extract to soften, hydrate and protect.
Groom Beard Oil
Smells like pine, cedar, bergamot and lavender. Like a spa, but you know, a manly one. It relieves itching and softens hair and skin with seed oils, is lightweight and absorbs quickly. $28, www.frankandoak.com
Proraso Cypress & Vetiver Beard Oil
Smells very green and fresh. Made specifically for longer beards this oil is formulated to tame, nourish, protect and smooth with walnut and sunflower oil. $20, www.saksfifthavenue.com
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