Best beard oil 2023: for a soft and supple beard

T3's pick of the best beard oils to moisturise and hydrate your facial hair

A man looking in the mirror, drying his beard after applying the best beard oil

Growing a beard is no easy feat; if you’ve managed to surpass the patchy phase and achieved uniform growth you can take a bow, you’re officially a man, but don’t get too smug, as growing it is only the beginning.

An unkempt beard can be smelly, rough, itchy and home to dandruff. You need to ensure your beard is a statement for all the right reasons and that requires you to tame your wiry facial fuzz.

That's where the best beard oils come in.

And, while we're looking at beard maintenance, you should also look at the best beard trimmers and best electric shavers to keep your beard neat, or the best wet razors if you're more traditional.

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Beard hair is thicker and coarser than the hair on your head and needs conditioning to keep it soft and tame. Oil will work to combat coarseness as well as look after the skin beneath. 

Beard oil isn’t necessary on stubble, your moisturiser should suffice. But if it’s got some length, if it’s itchy or dry, then one of the options below will sort you out. 

When shopping for beard oil, be conscious of your skin type. If you’ve got sensitive skin, fragrant oils are the ones to miss. 

If you’ve got dry skin, you’ll want something enriched with moisturising properties to give the skin beneath your beard some much-needed attention. A heavier oil is better suited to longer beards. 

When it comes to using a beard oil, warm a couple of drops between your hands. Apply it after showering and once you’ve dried your beard (oil and water are a no-no). 

One to two drops is more than enough to add shine, tame frizz, and condition the skin beneath, minimising flakiness and itchiness as it goes. 

Obviously, once you've got your beard in shape you'll want it to smell nice by using one of the best fragrances for men.

These are the best beard oils

Acqua di Parma Collezione Barbier Beard SerumT3 Best Buy badge

1. Acqua di Parma Barbiere Beard Serum

A premium beard oil that smells amazing

Reasons to buy

Smells amazing! 
Fast adsorbing
Not greasy

Enriched with almond oil, pomegranate Oil, and grape seed oil, you’ll reap all the benefits of Acqua di Parma’s beard serum in one application. With a distinctive yet subtle scent, you’ll find this elixir to be fast-absorbing and non-greasy. 

That said, it is emollient-heavy, ideal for taming longer, wiry facial hair. You’ll find it adds shine to your hair and soothes the skin simultaneously, leaving it soft and irresistible!  

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2. Murdock London Beard Oil

A 100-percent natural beard oil

Reasons to buy

Easy pump applicator
100-percent natural
Stops beard dandruff

Treat your beard with Murdock London’s beard oil, an ideal solution to mitigate beard dandruff and ease dry skin. Work a couple pumps of this creation through your whiskers and enjoy the silky texture that follows. 

The gentle, refreshing scent adds a nice touch, plus all ingredients are 100% natural and a great choice for sensitive skin.

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3. Woody’s Beard and Tattoo Oil

This beard oil also works on tattoos

Reasons to buy

Contains a rich blend of Macadamia and Moringa oils
Softens hair cuticles
Does tattoos as well

Reasons to avoid

Slight residue

Beards and tattoos aren’t necessarily a unanimous duo, but if you do happen to rock this particular look, then this product will cater to both. It's lightweight and well-balanced to cater to both hair and skin. 

Woody’s beard oil is packed with antioxidants to replenish the skin beneath your beard, relieving any itchiness and beard dandruff, whilst softening the hair cuticles.

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4. Elemis Smooth Result Shave & Beard Oil

An excellent beard oil from the luxury beauty brand

Reasons to buy

A two-in-one giving you more bang for your buck
Refreshing scent

Reasons to avoid

Hard to dispense from the shaker bottle

The peppermint scent will certainly give the impression you’ve got yourself together by 7am. Providing enough slip for a close shave, it is enhanced with Jojoba, Hazelnut and Grapeseed oils to nourish skin and alleviate dryness.

 Said oils are also a blessing on beard hair too with their moisture-boosting properties to hydrate and slick down wiry ends.

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5. Brisk Beard Oil Unfragranced

This unscented beard oil is ideal for sensitive skin

Reasons to buy

Formulated with natural oils
Unfragranced- ideal for sensitive skin

Reasons to avoid

Greasy residue

A strong contender for grizzly beards thanks to the thicker consistency which does a good job of coating your hair. We’re conscious a little goes a long way and with the aid of the pipette you’ll be able to manage the amount with ease. 

As a result you’ll have a softer, smoother beard in seconds and at this price, it’s not going to break the bank.

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6. The Bluebeards Revenge Classic Blend Beard Oil

A feather light beard oil

Reasons to buy

Subtle scent

Reasons to avoid

Hard to dispense 

Slap this featherlight formula on you chops and you’ll feel it instantly disappear. Boasting a texture that’s more hydrating than greasy it’s softening to both your beard and skin. 

Formulated with a delicate scent and moisture-rich ingredients, you’ll feel the replenishing power work its magic throughout the day. 

Spencer Hart
Style and Travel Editor

As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over seven years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's driving up and down the country in search of the greatest driving roads, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or testing the latest fragrances.