If you have a beard (and I would presume you do if you are reading an article about the best beard conditioners) then you will want it to look its best, right? It’s on show all the time as an integral part of your face, so it is important that it looks good.
Well then you need a good beard conditioner to really maximise your beard’s potential. Of course, you can have a healthy beard without conditioner, in the same way that you can have beautiful hair without using conditioner, but beard conditioner will always make it look better.
But in a market that is flooded with different options, what is the right beard conditioner for you? That’s what we are here to help you discover in this comprehensive list of the best beard conditioners available in the UK today. Let’s get stuck in.
Do you need a beard conditioner?
I guess the most literal answer to the question of whether you need a beard conditioner is – no. You can grow a beard without using a beard conditioner. However, you won’t be getting the most out of your beard this way.
A well-conditioned beard will be softer and smoother than a non-conditioned one. It will, therefore, be much easier for you to style and manipulate, and it will look a lot healthier as well.
So, if how your beard looks is important to you, then yes – you do need a beard conditioner!
Top 6 Beard Conditioners
Now that’s settled, let’s take a look at some of the best beard conditioners that are available on the UK market today.
Seven Potions Beard Conditioner
We’ll kick things off with this excellent beard conditioner from Seven Potions – a UK based grooming company that came into being in 2014. Fed up with men’s grooming products that didn’t respect quality and safety standards, they decided to make their own. They have a strong focus on making environmentally conscious decisions in their business, which is nice to see.
What’s more, they make really good products. This beard conditioner is made using vegan oils, with no testing on animals. All of the ingredients are natural, with no silicones, synthetic fragrances, colourants or parabens – it’s all natural, just like it’s meant to be.
Not only will this conditioner hydrate, moisturise and nourish your beard, but it will also make you healthier. The avocado oils and jojoba deliver vitamins and antioxidants to your skin – you’ll feel invigorated after every use!
There is also a great citrusy aroma from the lime, lemon and cedarwood. It’s a really nice, authentic smell. It’s not an overpowering odour, but it is a pleasant ‘background’ smell – just enough to notice.
The impact that it has on your beard is really noticeable after a few uses. I found it to help make my beard feel much softer and glossier, while my skin beneath it was less itchy and tight (which can be the case when using some other conditioners).
The best time to use the Seven Potions Beard Conditioner is just after you have shampooed your beard – similar to how you would use a regular conditioner. Our top tip is to leave the conditioner in your beard for at least a minute before you rinse it out, so that all of those natural oils can get to work on the hairs. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go almost immediately.
It’s one of the more expensive beard conditioners that we are going to look at today, but it does a great job, and if the environmental issues are important to you, then it is certainly worth the money.back to menu ↑
Viking Revolution Eucalyptus Beard Wash & Conditioner
Next up is this beard care set from Viking Revolution – a company based in Florida. They have been around since 2016 and are so confident in their products that they state on their website that “once you have experienced the feel of a Viking Revolution beard, you’ll never go back.” A bold claim – let’s see whether it has any substance.
First of all, as you would have already noticed, you don’t just get a beard conditioner here – there is a beard wash as well. This is effectively a beard shampoo – designed to refresh and clean your beard. And it does exactly that – packed with Argan Oil to protect the individual hairs from everyday damage, the wash will hydrate your beard while it cleans.
But our focus on this list is on the beard conditioner. Like the Seven Potions conditioner above, they use Jojoba oil to help improve the health of your skin as well as your hair. It also includes beard oil, which gives you a deep moisturisation – which could mean that you don’t need to apply beard oil separately, depending on the thickness of your beard.
It is worth pointing out, though, that if you find using beard oil has a negative impact on your skin, then it may be worth looking at another option.
The peppermint and eucalyptus combination won’t be for everyone, but I really liked it. It was sharp and powerful – really had the feeling of waking up my face in the morning.
In terms of value, this is a really great option, not least because it comes with a beard wash as well as a conditioner. That makes it a bit of a bargain, to be honest.back to menu ↑
Murdock London Men’s Beard Conditioner
Back to London now for a beard conditioner created by barbers. They claim to “know everything about the art of barbering”, so it stands to reason that the beard products that they produce will be some of the best around, right?
Right! We are huge fans of this beard conditioner. There has been a lot of thought that has gone into the production of this product. First of all, it is pH-balanced with citric acid, which is important for keeping cuticles flat and less prone to tangles. The wheat protein is there to give the beard hair strength, which again will make it straighter and less likely to tangle.
Just as important as what it does include is what it has left out – there are no chemicals or hard detergents. These can harm the skin below your hair, and it is something that some of the cheaper beard conditioners can include. It’s always better to go for a beard conditioner that is chemical free.
This is the perfect beard conditioner for people who have a beard that has a tendency to be quite dry or damaged. By using this Murdock product, you will find your hair becomes thicker and stronger, and even grow longer. It’s a tough conditioner that is gentle on your hair.
They sell this in a larger quantity than a lot of the other conditioners on this list, so it may seem more expensive, but it will work out as one of the cheaper options eventually as this bottle will last you a long time. You only need a small amount for each application, so this is a very good value beard conditioner.back to menu ↑
Be My Beard Conditioner & Shampoo
A real budget option now, with this shampoo and conditioner set from Be My Beard. Now, while it is by far the cheapest option on this list, don’t rule it out completely. It wouldn’t have made it onto our list of the Best Beard Conditioners if it wasn’t up to scratch.
Obviously, the price is a huge selling factor for this set – it is just so cheap compared to everything else that this is difficult to get away from. To be honest, I think it could be what puts people off buying this set, and if I was them, I would probably make it a little more expensive as this isn’t what you might expect.
First of all, the beard shampoo is decent. Made with tea tree oil, it works well on all beard and skin types – even quite sensitive skin like mine. It is soothing and soft, and it will clean your hair effectively as well as making it easier to style.
The conditioner is great too. Featuring avocado oil, argan oil and, our favourite, jojoba oil, there is a strong emphasis on moisturising with this conditioner. This works for the skin just as much as it does for the hair. There is menthol there too, which not only gives it a rather pleasing aroma, but this also helps to reduce irritation. I have to say, I am quite prone to beard itch, and after a few days of using this conditioner, I found that I wasn’t feeling any irritation at all.
It’s another item that is vegan and not tested on animals. They do seem to skimp on the packaging a little (I have seen a few people complain about bottles that have leaked) but I didn’t experience any of that. Presumably it is this area that the company cuts back on spending as the product itself is great.
This set should be on your shortlist, especially if you are working to a tight budget.back to menu ↑
Just For Men Beard Conditioner
Next up we have a familiar brand, but one that has reimagined itself a little lately. No longer is Just For Men for men with grey hair – they cater for everyone from hipsters to the elderly. They’ve actually been making beard products for over 20 years, so they know a thing or two about male grooming. They put their experience to good use here.
Just for clarity here – this will not dye your beard in any way! While that is probably obvious to most of you, their name has been synonymous with the dying of hair for so long that I thought it would be helpful to make that clear!
All of their marketing for this beard conditioner refers to the ‘facial veil’ – by which I think they mean beard! By using the Just For Men beard conditioner, you can expect your ‘facial veil’ to increase in volume, as well as becoming much softer. They packed it with oils which will be absorbed very quickly, giving your beard a healthy glow, as well as being softer and more manageable.
Again, this will help with itching, if that is something that you experience, and your skin will be moisturised.
In terms of price, this is around the midpoint of what you would expect to pay for a beard conditioner. It is good value, really, as it performs very well. You’ll get a softer, more manageable beard which is thicker.
Oh, and if you are concerned about the colour of your beard, they do offer a moustache and beard dye – of course!back to menu ↑
Keune 1922 Essential Conditioner
We complete our list of the Best Beard Conditioner UK with an offering from Keune. Now, this is a first for this list – a male grooming product from a company that doesn’t exclusively make male grooming products. Keune have been making hair products since 1922, for women initially. They have grown and grown since then, expanding their market all over the world, but always using the same principle – faith in science.
Which brings us to the 1922 Essential Conditioner. You’ll notice the absence of ‘beard’ in the title – that is because they designed this conditioner for both hair and beards, another first for this list. While this does go slightly against our advice in the earlier sections of this article, where we suggest that hair conditioner and beard conditioner are different, this does go against the grain in that regard.
It utilises cannabis sativa (hemp) extract, which is amazing at giving your hair extra strength. It will reduce breakage in your hair as well as helping to detangle it. It is great for all kinds of hair: short, long, head or beard. Your hair will be nourished with essential oils and conditioned to make it super soft and manageable.
So, while we would, generally, recommend that you have separate hair and beard conditioners, we make an exception for this product. It does a great job on your beard, and the fact that it does an equally good job on your hair is just an added bonus.
This needs to be taken into account when we look at the price as well. It isn’t that expensive for a beard conditioner, but when you factor in the fact that you won’t need to buy a separate hair conditioner, then it makes this very cheap! I would certainly include this on your shortlist.
A decent beard conditioner could make or break a beard. Don’t get me wrong, it is possible to have an okay beard without using a beard conditioner, but I would imagine if you have just read an entire article on the best beard conditioners, you are not the type of person to settle for an ‘okay beard’!
Our advice is to look through this list and select the one that most suits your needs and budget. Take into account the fact that some are better for oily skin than others, and that some are better for encouraging growth. Make your choice and we are sure that you will notice the difference within a few days – your beard will look much stronger and healthier.
Beard conditioners – What are they?
Before we delve into the best beard conditioners, first we should establish what a beard conditioner is, and why you should use one.
Basically, a beard conditioner is a lot like a hair conditioner – it is there to keep your hair soft and moisturised. If you leave your beard unconditioned for a long period of time, it becomes very brittle and can cause your skin to become irritated. You know that feeling where you have a very itchy face? That could be because your beard isn’t soft enough.
Now I can already predict your next question – if a beard conditioner does the same as a hair conditioner, why can’t I just use hair conditioner on my beard? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that, unfortunately.
Beard conditioner is specifically designed to target short hairs, and hairs that are rougher. It is also there to help nourish your face, rather than your scalp. Hair conditioner is there more to soften hair so that there is less friction between the strands, rather than nourishing it directly.
Beard conditioners are a great option for people that are prone to acne or that have oily skin – beard oil or balm can exacerbate these problems, whereas beard conditioner works to improve the health of your skin.