Despite the fact that growing a beard requires little to no effort, achieving a desired level of scruff can be hard work. So much patience, so many awkward in-between phases before full beard glory is achieved. Once you’ve reached a point of peak facial hair, one box remains to be checked—you’ve got to groom that thing.
Whether you’re a minimalist or you have a full self-care regimen, products can be bewildering. When it comes to your beard, you pretty much have two options to keep it looking and smelling great: beard oil and beard balm. So what’s the difference between them?
Oil It Up
You didn’t invest all that time into your flowing facial tresses only to have them look dried out and—even worse—feel sharp and prickly to anyone who might get close to you. This is where beard oil enters the picture.
Any oil will make your beard look, well, oily, but beard oil performs a higher function. Not just for looks, beard oil also conditions and protects, keeping your fine facial tresses looking and feeling rich and glossy. But not just any beard oil will do. As with anything you use on or near your face, you want to go with the good stuff.
American Provenance Natural Beard Oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers courtesy of shea butter, milk thistle seed, argan oil, vitamin E and more to keep your beard feeling as healthy as it looks.
Rub Some Balm On It
Sometimes you grow a beard with a particular look or style in mind—or once your beard is grown you realize it could use some style—and that’s when you reach for beard balm.
Like pomade or styling putty for your hair, beard balm gives you the control needed to shape your scruff while not looking like you’re trying too hard. As with beard oil, not all beard balms are created equal. Some are overly heavy, others flake, while others are drying. The Goldilocks of beard balms hits that sweet spot of care with just a bit of control.
American Provenance Conditioning Beard Balm takes the nourishing ingredients of its beard oil—shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, etc.—and blends them with beeswax for maximum style with minimum fuss.
Looks Aren’t Everything
Real talk: Beards look pretty cool. That’s the reason so many people put the effort into having them. But with their proximity to food, sweat, and the other things that go into being a human with a face, they don’t always smell as fresh as they could. That’s where American Provenance all-natural grooming products come in, with scents to suit your style.
If you’re into the bracing smells of Peppermint, Cypress and Eucalyptus, go for Shotguns & Shenanigans. If piney scents such as Wintergreen, Fir and Cedar are your thing, Firepits & Flannels is for you. Lemongrass, Bergamot and Marjoram blend together to make Fastballs & Fisticuffs, while Horseshoes & Hand Grenades gets its fragrance from Ylang Ylang (an Indonesian flower), Bergamot, and Clove. Make sure when someone leans in close, they come away saying, “You smell so good!”
When it comes to beard maintenance, whether you’re an oil man or a balm guy, there’s no wrong way to go. The only bad grooming is no grooming at all.