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Best Beard Conditioners To Soften And Hydrate Facial Hair - Beard Beasts

Best Beard Conditioners To Soften And Hydrate Facial Hair

The Best Beard Conditioner is certainly a difficult subject and there is no right answer as everyone has their own opinions on what they believe to be the best one.

One problem many bearded brothers have, is that they don't believe a beard conditioner is a separate product from a beard oil. Many men think that the two are one and yet that could not be further from the truth. 

Now we now that the two are separate, I think it is time to dive into what makes a beard conditioner and the benefits your beard will gain from this product.

beard man looking at beard conditioners

What's A Beard Conditioner?

A beard conditioner is a product that is made by a whole range of different natural oils with added vitamins, butters and moisturizers to help your beard become more healthy, soft, manageable and less scruffy, itchy and dry.

A beard conditioner works the same way as a conditioner you would buy for your head hair. However, a beard conditioner doesn't contain any of the harmful chemicals that would strip your facial hair of its natural oils. It is important to know that your head hair is a completely different type of hair compared to your facial hair. 

Before we begin, it is important to know that there are two different kinds of beard conditioners available. 

Beard Conditioner You Leave In

Beard conditioners that you leave in your beard are usually applied in the morning instead of a beard oil. Leave-in beard conditioners are flexible in terms of their use as they can be used as a balm. A leave in beard conditioner has very good moisturizing qualities which helps to make your beard soft and more healthier. Just like a beard balm would, a leave in beard conditioner also helps to add a little bit of shine to your beard. 

Beard Conditioner For The Shower

Beard conditioners for the shower are usually paired when using a beard shampoo, whilst showering. These particular beard conditioners help your beard become less scruffy and better manageable, while also moisturizing your beard. You can buy this type of conditioner, either solo or as a package with a beard shampoo.

Beard Conditioner vs. Beard Oil

Let the battle commence...Every beard is in need of proper care and nourishment, which is why I highly recommend that you follow a good beard grooming routine.

Your day to day activities make your beard dirty and full of free-radicals. Therefore, I strongly believe that you should have a great beard oil and a great beard conditioner in your arsenal of beard products

If you don't have the money to buy both a beard oil and a beard conditioner, I would recommend a beard conditioner that you can leave in, as they typically include the same ingredients and do the same sort of thing, but a leave in beard conditioner offers slightly more benefits to your beard. 

To help you understand better, I am going to compare a best selling selling beard oil and a best selling beard conditioner without naming any names. 

The Best Beard Conditioner

The best beard conditioner I have chosen contains the following natural oils: 

  • Virgin Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oils
That is quite an impressive bunch of oils to apply to your beard. Most beard oils do not contain that many different natural oils. Of course it isn't just about the quantity, it is about the quality and this beard conditioner, uses high quality natural oils in their product.
This leave-in beard conditioner also contains the following fruit and nut butters:
  • Shea
  • Aloe
  • Cocoa
  • Kokum
Just to name a few. 
This product also contains hair enhancing oils and with all the ingredients included, produces a nice scent that lasts for the whole day.
It's time to look at one of the best selling beard oils I have chosen. 
Best Selling Beard Oil
The beard oil I have chosen which is one of the best selling beard oils currently on the market, contains only two natural oils:
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Argan Oil
Now don't get me wrong, I am not putting this beard oil down. I personally use this product and I love it, I am only comparing the two. This beard oil worked wonders on my beard. When I was suffering from the dreaded beard itch, this beard oil helped make my beard become much more soft and healthier, ending my beard itch. 
(I was recommend that bearded men learn the benefits of using beard oil before they purchase the product for a particular bearded problem.)
I do love a beard conditioner that you can leave in though, as I strongly believe that they enable you to properly mix the product into your beard better than an oil.
This is due to the butters included in the product. When using a leave-in beard conditioner, my beard always seems to stay hydrated for much longer, due to all the ingredients in the beard conditioner. I believe any job a beard oil can do, a leave-in beard conditioner can do and more.
If you are suffering from a dry beard like many bearded men do, then a leave-in beard conditioner would certainly benefit you.
Of course I am only speaking from my own experience. Everyone has their own opinions and experiences. It is now up to you to choose and experiment on what works best for you.
Many bearded brothers use both products. Every brother has their own personal favourite beard oil and beard conditioner. Whether you choose a leave-in beard conditioner or a beard conditioner you use in the shower, we can all see the benefits a conditioner comes packing with. 

Benefits Of A Beard Conditioner

The benefits and advantages of using beard oil is written all over the internet. Beard conditioners however, is not. So I would like to take this opportunity to explain some of the benefits and advantages of a beard conditioner.

Helps Relieve Beard Itch

Every bearded brother has suffered from the awful beard itch. In-fact beard itch is one of, if not the biggest reason why people shave their beard off. If you suffer from beard itch, don't be another statistic. Get yourself a leave-in beard conditioner and relax the itch before it drives you insane. 

Eliminates Dandruff

Beardruff is another reason bearded brothers shave their beards off. It doesn't look or feel to appealing when you are walking around with dead pieces of skin hanging in your beard. Simple solution...A good beard conditioner.

Softens The Facial Hairs

Some beard brothers suffer badly from dry and coarse beards. Their beards can be used to clean a greasy BBQ that has been left for a year to harden. But good news...A high quality beard conditioner can help your facial hair become more soft and manageable. Good news for your partner that has to kiss you. Applying a good beard conditioner is also important if you are only just starting to grow your beard out, as you want to make sure your beard grows, healthy and soft from the start.

Provides Hydration

A beard that has been left to dehydrate is not an appealing look. You don't want a beard that pulls you to the window because it senses rain. Instead you want a well hydrated beard that looks and feels hydrated and healthy. A leave-in beard conditioner is a great way to hydrate and nourish a beard. As we have seen already, a beard conditioner comes packed with natural oils and vitamins. 

Help Detangle Your Beard

A beard that is all tangled up, again, is not a good look. Not to mention the split ends you will endure. A beard is a mans crown. Therefore, you want a beard that isn't messy and tangled up. A good beard conditioner will sort and soften them tangles right out. Allowing you to run a comb through your facial hair without yelling in pain each time. 

Key Features To Look For In A Quality Beard Conditioner

Whenever we use or look to purchase a beard care product, we must always look to see what ingredients that product contains. Any bearded brother who has been in the beard game for a while, knows the importance of this. However, it is something majorly over-looked by men new to the beard life.

Natural Ingredients All The Way

The ingredients is the most important factor when looking or buying a beard care product. There are many beard products out there, which are full of rubbish chemicals and ingredients. I have lost count at the amount of beard products that contain silicone elements and properties. As soon as I see silicone in a product, it's put straight back. 

Tip: Look at the small print of a product when choosing, as some products try to hide the fact they contain silicone. 

Always look for a product that only contains all-natural oils, butters and so on. These products are the absolute best for your beard. It is important to care for your beard and not use rubbish products on it. Your beard will not thank you and you will end up doing more harm than good.

Hydration Is Key For Your Beard

Keeping your beard hydrated is key to any healthy beard. Therefore, picking a high quality beard conditioner is a must. When choosing a Beard Conditioner, it is important to find a conditioner that provides you with a hydrated beard for most of the day.

You may be thinking "How will I know if it will keep my beard hydrated most of the day?" Well you can usually tell by the ingredients, if it uses all-natural oils and butters, chances are, it will. 


When choosing a beard conditioner, always read what the scent is. That goes for any product, whether it's oils, balms, shampoos etc. Don't think that because it has a particular oil in the product, that will be the scent of the product.  

The problem I find with beard products that are not scent-free, is that often enough, the scent is overwhelming. I like to wear my cologne daily, I don't like a beard product that mixes with my cologne. So when choosing a product, be mindful over the scent. 

Easy To Apply

When choosing a beard conditioner, you want one that is easy to apply and doesn't leave you looking like a greasy mess because the product is overly thick. When buying a beard care product of any kind, if the product is too thick, it's money down the drain. 

You do however, want a product that is easy to spread over your beard and give it a nice coating. Light oil conditioners are usually quite thin and don't spread to well. So looking for a product that in-between is key, luckily all the products we will review soon will be in the low - medium range of consistency. 

Make Sure To Pick The Right Product For Your Skin Type

Just like with most products in the world that are used on skin, it is important to pick the right product for your skin type. Beard care products are no exception. When reading a label, you will find some beard care product are not good for sensitive skin. So it is something important to look out for.

If you are someone who suffers from sensitive skin, I'd recommend you try beard care products that do not contain a scent, as the oils that carry a scent in a product are likely to irritate your skin.


Some products contain nut butters, therefore, if you have a nut allergy, I would suggest you just avoid the product and find a product that doesn't contain a nut butter. 

The Best Beard Conditioner For Bearded Men

We have listed the best beard conditioners below. They are listed in no particular order and all 9 offer excellent qualities. We will be including the key ingredients in the products and the quality of the beard conditioner. 

#1. Beard Beasts Beard Balm

beard beasts leave in beard conditioner


  • 2 Ounce Tin.

  • Smooth Texture.

  • Made From All-Natural Ingredients.

  • Made In The U.S.A.

  • 6 Scents Available.


Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Rice Bran Extract, Rosemary Extract, Sunflower Oil & Extract, Vitamin E Natural Essential and/or Fragrance Oils.


Our very own premium beard balm has been specifically crafted for the bearded man who wants a products that can do it all. It contains all the benefits from our own premium beard oil but in the form of a beard balm/leave-in beard conditioner which works wonders on dry and rough beards. 

Benefits you will gain from our product are: 

  • Deeply Conditions Facial Hair

  • Eliminates Dry Skin Beneath The Beard

  • Promotes A Healthier, Better Looking Beard

  • Provides A Little Hold For Styling And Taming The Beard

  • Eliminates Beard Itch And Beard Dandruff

  • Softens Facial Hair, Making It More Manageable

  • Helps Control Them Annoying Fly-Away Facial Hairs

  • Provides Excellent Nutrients To The Facial Hair And Skin


Our beard balm/leave-in conditioner is perfect for every bearded man. We use a great selection of natural oils, butters and extracts that provide endless benefits to your beard and the skin beneath your beard.  

2. Honest Amish Beard Balm 


  • 2 Ounce Tin

  • Smooth Texture

  • Subtle Scents Of: Cedarwood, Anise and Clove


A great mix of all-naturals oils including Virgin Argan, Avocado, Almond, Virgin Pumpkin Seed, and Apricot Kernel Oils, paired with a superb mix of fruit and nut butters such as Shea, Aloe, Cocoa, Kokum, just to name a few. 


Honest Amish has built its brand into one of the biggest names in beard care products. They have generally always stuck to the same ingredients for their products. Honest Amish Beard Balm doubles as a leave-in beard conditioner and is considered one of the best on the market. 

The ingredients used in this product are all-natural ingredients and are the perfect combination for softening and hydrating your beard all day long. You will able to style your beard a little bit with this product, which is a plus for any bearded brother with a mid - long beard. 

All you need to do with this product, is rub a little bit of this conditioner in the palms of your hands until it melts, then apply it to your beard, making sure you coat all of your beard. The reason we melt the conditioner prior to applying to our beard is for two reasons. Firstly, It makes it easier to apply and secondly, it will absorb into your beard hair a lot better. 

Perfect For:

  • Softening Coarse and Rogue Hairs

  • Stopping Beard Itch

  • Eliminating Beardruff

  • Encouraging New Growth

  • Hydrating Your Beard


A fantastic beard conditioner and balm. Full with great all-natural oils, includes fruit and nutter butters. On top of that, Honest Amish are one of the biggest brands in the beard care industry. I personally don't think you can go wrong with this beard conditioner. 

Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner


  • 8 Ounce Container

  • Medium Texture

  • Subtle Scents


Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner claims to be made by all-natural ingredients, which include the following: marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, nettle leaf, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, agave nectar, silk protein, Kukui nut oil, & more.


This beard conditioner is not a leave-in conditioner. When you apply this conditioner to your beard, making sure you coat your beard well. Then leave it to work it's magic for 3 - 5 minutes, then rinse the excess off, using warm water. 

The ingredients in this beard conditioner are perfect for hydrating your beard, so if you suffer from dryness and beard itch, this product could be worth a try. The brand Scotch Porter are a big name in the beard care product industry and their products have raving reviews online. 

Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner is an effective deep conditioning product that is crafted to nourish and revitalize a dry beard. The conditioner includes vitamin B-5 which is known for giving a beard a nice shine.  

Perfect For: 

  • Softening Coarse and Rogue Hairs

  • Stopping Beard Itch

  • Encouraging New Growth

  • Hydrating Your Beard

  • Promoting A Soft, Thick Beard


A great product by another great brand. The conditioner is a rinse off conditioner, not a leave-in beard conditioner. Therefore, it works for like a treatment rather than a daily use product. The product itself has glowing reviews throughout the internet and would be a good product to use, if you suffer from an extremely itchy or dry beard.

Polished Gentlemen Beard Shampoo And Conditioner


  • 8 Ounce Bottles

  • Medium-Thick Texture

  • Slight Minty Scent

  • Top Brand 

  • Non Leave-In Conditioner


The ingredients in these two are great ingredients to make an effective shampoo and conditioner for your beard. The ingredients include: Manuka Honey, Biotin, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Rosemary, to just name a few. I think anyone would be impressed with the ingredients used in these two products. 


Polished Gentleman's beard shampoo and conditioner has a brilliant mix of ingredients that will help soften, hydrate and promote a generally healthy beard. It you are someone who suffers rogue and dry facial hairs, then this conditioner could be a good choice for you.

The beard shampoo in this pack also contains great ingredients, which make for a superb beard shampoo. Use the beard shampoo to cleanse your beard, without harsh chemicals stripping the oils from your beard and then moisturize your beard with the conditioner.

Perfect For: 

  • Softening Your Beard

  • Moisturizing dry Beards

  • Promoting An Overall Healthy Beard

  • Eliminating Beardruff

Conclusion:Gentlemen's Beard Shampoo And Beard Conditioner is filled with great all-natural ingredients and promotes a healthy beard. Perfect for any beard type. This combo is one of the best combo packs on the market currently. 

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Leave-in Conditioner


  • 8.5 Ounce Spray Bottle

  • Leave-In Conditioner

  • All Natural Ingredients

  • Cocoanut Scent

  • Light Texture


Palmer's Leave-In Conditioner features natural oils and butters such as, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, & Vitamin E. 


Although this is not traditionally a product for beards, it deserves to be in this list for the qualities it has. The natural ingredients it contains are great for hydrating. If you have ever used the butter for your skin, then you know how great their products are at hydrating. Therefore, if you are suffering from dryness or beard itch, their leave-in conditioner would be worth ago. 

I would recommend this product being used after a shower and I wouldn't use it daily. Use it more as a deep treatment a couple of times a week. You will certainly see and feel a difference. 

The Vitamin E helps bring a nice shine to your beard, while the butters and oils soften and hydrate your beard. This leave-in conditioner will usually last most of the day and you will only need a few sprays each use. 

Perfect For: 

  • Softening Your Beard

  • Moisturizing dry Beards

  • Promoting An Overall Healthy Beard

  • Relieving Beard Itch

Conclusion:Although Palmer's is not a brand in the beard industry, there is no denying that their leave-in conditioner has many benefits for bearded brothers. It is certainly worth trying Palmer's leave-in conditioner as a beard conditioner

Clubman Pinaud 2-in-1 Beard Conditioner and Face MoisturizerSpecs: 
  • 3 Ounce Tube

  • Light Texture

  • Leave-In Conditioner

  • Contains Natural Ingredients

  • Light Fragrance 


This 2 in 1 beard conditioner by Clubman contains Sunflower seed oil, rosemary, coconut oil and nettle.


If you suffer from a unruly beard that is hard to manage, then Clubman's 2 in 1 beard conditioner could be a good option. This products aims to moisturize, not only your beard but your skin also. This conditioner works very well to soften your facial hair and the skin beneath your man mane. I have tried this product when I suffered from beard itch and it helped to stop the itch all-together after around 5 days of use. The product comes a nice fruity scent but only slight. Perfect For:

  • Unruly Beards

  • Beard Itch

  • Softens Your Beard

  • Moisturizes The Skin Beneath Your Skin

Conclusion:I really like this product, as it not only pays attention to your beard but also pays close attention to your skin beneath. Usually I tend to stay away from 2 in 1 products, but this beard conditioner is certainly worthy of being on our list. 

6. Rugged Roots Beard Balm


  • 2 Ounce

  • Smooth Texture

  • Nice Scent

  • Leave-In Conditioner

  • Quality Ingredients

Ingredients: Rugged Roots Beard Balm which can be used as a leave-in conditioner is made from natural beeswax which has been mixed with jojoba, argan, grapeseed and babassu oils. All these oils are super rich in Vitamins and Fatty Acids, all the essentials needed for a great leave-in conditioner. Overview:While Rugged Roots may not be at the top of the list in term of brand names in the beard industry, it is safe to say that their beard balm which doubles as a leave-in conditioner certainly competes with the top brands. With a mix of great ingredients, the quality shines through. This balm is great for softening the facial hairs while stimulating growth. What I like about this product, is the fatty acids. Fatty acids really work well into your hair fibers, making them more healthy and stronger. Perfect For:

  • Softening The Beard

  • Treating Beardruff 

  • New Beard Growth

  • Unruly Beards

  • Fragile Beards 

Conclusion:Whilst they may not be a huge name, their product is certainly increasing their name. They have made a solid beard balm that doubles as a leave-in conditioner. 

7. Bulldog Beard Balm


  • 2.5 Ounce

  • Leave-In Conditioner

  • Light Creamy Texture

  • Contains Natural Ingredients

Ingredients: The Bulldog Beard Balm contains some impressive ingredients such as aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. All 3 ingredients are perfect for treating a dry beard. It also contains butters, rich in fatty acids such as shea butter. Overview:Bulldogs Beard Balm which doubles as a leave-in conditioner comes packed with great oils and butters for your beard. If you suffer from a dry and itchy beard, then you can't go wrong with this leave-in conditioner.If you have a beard that needs styling then I would probably not choose this beard balm and the texture is light and doesn't carry much hold. If you are looking for a product to soften and produce a healthier all-round beard then you can not go wrong with this product. 

Perfect For:

  • Short, Medium Beards

  • Softening The Beard

  • Promoting A Healthier Beard

  • Stopping/Preventing Beard Itch

Conclusion:An awesome product by an awesome brand. I like the fact that have also included some great butters in the product. In order to promote a healthy beard, you need some fatty acids and this product comes with them. This product is on the lower end in terms of price, proving great value for money.

9. ZEUS Beard Conditioner 


  • 8 Ounce Tube

  • Essential Oils

  • Rinse-Out Conditioner

  • Light Texture

Ingredients: Zeus Beard Conditioner packs some impressive ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Vitamin B-5 and Avocado oil.

Overview: Zeus really went to work in creating a premium quality beard conditioner. It comes packed with impressive natural ingredients. With ingredients like Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Vitamin B-5 and Avocado oil, you are sure to have a soft beard, that is easy to manage and is well hydrated.The fact that Zeus have added green tea to their beard conditioner says straight off the bat that beard itch will be a worry of the past. It is an excellent ingredient and not one that is commonly used. If you are someone who suffers from sensitive skin, you should not have any problems with this product, due to green tea helping with inflammation.

Perfect For: 

  1. Preventing Beard Itch

  2. Promoting A Healthy Beard

  3. Promoting A Shiny Beard, Without The Greasy Look

  4. Hydration

  5. Bearded Brothers With Sensitive Skin

Conclusion: If you are someone who has sensitive skin, this would be a great option for you. It holds it weight in gold. A very impressive rinse-out beard conditioner that is packed with high quality ingredients.  And that brings us to end of our best beard conditioner 2020 article, I sincerely hope that this best beard conditioner guide helped you in some way.  Before you leave, be sure to check out some of our other best articles. 


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