Best Beard Butters [2020]

Beard butters are the newest beard care products to hit the market. These products are basically a cross between beard oil and beard balm, and they are designed to condition and nourish your beard. Usually, these are chock full of natural butters and oils, and it is has creamy semi-solid consistency.

Beard butter is usually made without styling agents like beeswax, and the ratio of solids to liquids is designed to keep a smooth creamy consistency. That doesn’t mean they can’t contain wax, because some of them do, but the purpose is to thicken the product or give it a touch of hold. The main purpose is to condition and nourish your beard hair as well as your skin.

Butters come in different consistencies from hand lotion style, whipped, and even similar thickness to balms. We don’t consider lotion consistency or balm-like products to fall into the “butter zone.” There is no standard definition, so any company can take a beard balm and call it a butter. For us, a butter is firmer than a lotion and softer than a balm. If you need a guitar pick to remove it from the container, it’s not a butter (in our opinion.) We understand the argument can be made either way on how to define this product, but we have to set a guideline for our review, or we would have to include a much larger product list.

What Is Beard Butter

Beard butter is a product that is designed condition and soften your beard. It uses natural butters and oils to accomplish this. Some common ingredients found in beard butter are shea butter, avocado oil, argan oil, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. The mixture of oils that are liquid must be blended with solid oils and butters to ensure that the final product is not a hard solid or a liquid.

When it comes to product development, the right mixture is crucial to both stability and performance. Too many solids and you may end up with something so hard that you would need a knife to sccop it out. Too much liquid and you will have a greasy mess or basically a beard oil. Some oils are solid at room termperature, and others are liquid. Shea butter is pliable and kokum butter is very hard. All of these factors must be taken into account during product development.

Beard butters will help your beard whether you have an established beard or you are in the growing phase. It will hydrate your beard, keep it soft, and it will help to control beard itch. These can be used solo or in conjunction with other beard care products. That’s what makes them so great!.

We have reviewed some of the best beard butters that you can find, and also some of these beard companies made our best in the business list.

Top 7 Best Beard Butters Reviewed

Badass Beard Care Beard Butter

BA Beard Care’s newest product is beard butter, and it is incredible. This uses a 4 butter formula that includes shea, kokum, mango, and cocoa. Each butter provides unique benefits to your beard and skin that we cover later in the article.

If you have been following our blog, you know that we prefer essential oils. They have some incredible scents to choose from, and they are made with essential oil blends. This means that they are not using synthetic fragrance oils, and they list each essential oil in the product. Their scents are also complex. A lot of companies will use 2-3 essential oils which is great, but BABC goes one step further. They use a variety of oils and extracts that are not commonly used like coffee extract, bay, fir, and bergamot. We love that they break the norm of only using common oils like orange, clove, and cedar.

Our favorites are The Ladies Man (Lemon and Vanilla), The Outlaw (Tobacco, Pepper, Vanilla), and The Royal Knight (Earl Grey, Lavender, and Vanilla.)

The butter is easy to remove with your finger, and it melts very easily with no gritty feeling. The scents are fantastic, and your beard will feel like it grew a couple extra inches (not really, but the stuff works great!)

Beard Octane Beard Butta

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Beard Octane Beard Butta is handmade, and it is easily one of the best beard butters available. It has skin and beard nourishing butters like shea and mango, and it contains oils like coconut and sweet almond. We like their beard butter because it contains a perfect blend of liquids and solids.

It also contains arrowroot powder which is used as a thickener in cosmetic products. It also helps to create a product that is less sticky and non-greasy.

They have around 10 scents to choose from, and they offer a range of scent styles, so you should be able to find something that you like.

This is a quick melting whipped butter, and it has a great feel to it. If you haven’t tried Beard Octane’s beard butta yet, you are in last place. Our favorites are Citrafella (citrus scent) for the summer and Texas Tea (Fir and Cedar.)

You can check out their awesome beard butter at their site, and if you use our discount code BBLADE, you should receive 10% off your order.

Detroit Grooming Beard Butter

Detroit Grooming beard butters are widely known as some of the best in the industry. They are intensely moisturizing, and full of antioxidants and proteins.

Their butter’s ingredients are the exact same as their beard oil with the addition of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Beeswax is common in balms, but there is not a lot in it because the butter is smooth and creamy with little to no hold.

Their newest scent 313 sounds amazing, but we have not tried it yet, but we hear it is great. Our favorites are Corktown (Vanilla Tobacco) and Leland (Mango and Lime.)

Live Bearded Beard Butter

Live Bearded beard butter is made for deep conditioning and light hold. They utilize a shea butter base with carrier oils like avocado oil, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil. If you try something, and you end up not liking it, they currently offer a 365 day return policy.

They have made some product and packaging changes this year (2020) so their butter is different from their earlier formula.

This is an extremely smooth butter, and it is so much better than their older version. We highly recommend you try the new formula. It is super creamy, and they use essential oils for scents which we love.

You can check out Live Bearded Beard products here. You can use coupon code BBLADE10 and you will receive 10% off your order.

Fresh Beards Beard Butter

Fresh Beards was established in 2015, and they have made a name for themselves in the bearded community. Their beard butter is a shea based product that is made to be more natural and less oily.

This is a little on the thicker side, but it is an all around solid performer. The scents are great, the company is great, and the butters feel amazing. No. 5 is sooo good in the summer time. Black Light is probably their most popular scent which is a nice cologne style scent. It’s on the stronger side, so if you like that then you should go for the Blacklight.

Royal Beardsmen Beard Butter

Royal Beardsmen uses a shea butter base along with 7 carrier oils for their formula. They have a lot of scents to choose from, and they like to get creative. Their most reviewed scent is Dragon Spice which is a blend of woods, cinnamon, and vanilla. If you haven’t tried this one out, you should because it smells soooo good.

Their butter is light and whipped, and it goes in your beard easily. It absorbs quickly, and we love the feel in beard. One of the things that we like is that it doesn’t feel heavy. Because of this, we like to use it for daytime use.

Grave Before Shave Beard Butter

Grave Before Shave beard butter uses a combination of butters and oils to provide a nice creamy butter. They use shea butter and mango butter along with several carrier oils to provide a product that can cover a beard.

Their butters come in a 4 ounce tub, and these are beast mode when it comes to melting. Your hands will be coated in all sorts of butters and oils. Maybe it’s the aloe vera in the ingredients, but this stuff spreads very well. This is great for you bigger bearded gentlemen.

Our top pick is the Cigar Blend which is a smooth cigar and vanilla scent.

How To Use Beard Butter

Beard butter can be used in multiple ways, and you just need to find the way that it benefits you. It falls in between a beard oil and a beard balm, so it can be used for multiple purposes.

Most guys start beard grooming with oils and balms, and then they get in a routine of using them. Then, they take a look at butters and wonder “where can I add this in?” The answer is a beard butter can be used instead of an oil or balm, or it can be used in conjuction.

One common area of need for bearded men is overnight beard care. A lot of guys will use oils and balms to help their beard look better, but there is no need for that if you are about to hit the bed. A butter works great here because it is can be used as a nightime routine. This will provide deep conditioning to your beard all night, and it will help to soften it up before the next day. Of course, you can use oils and balms at night, but they are usually not packed with nutrient dense butters.

You can also use it instead of a beard oil for daily use. They perform similarly, but they provide a little more deep conditioning. This may be something that you prefer, or you may like an oil better. Grab a tub of butter and see which you like better.

If you prefer balms for their hold and their ability to tame fly away hairs, then you are probably going to be happier with them. Most beard butters don’t have a significant amount of wax or high amounts of hard butter that will provide a substantial amount of hold. If you don’t like balms due to their thicker consistency, then you should grab some of these beard butters because it may be exactly what you are looking for.

Understanding Ingredients

  • Shea butter: A fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It’s an excellent emollient for dry skin.
  • Kokum butter: A very hard butter that is derived from the fruit of the kokum tree. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and loaded with vitamins.
  • Mango butter: A light and nongreasy butter that is easily absorbed into the skin. It’s very moisturizing.
  • Cocoa Butter: A very hard butter that comes from the fat of a cocoa bean. Provides a denser feel to products.
  • Coconut Oil: A solid oil until it reaches 76 degrees then it melts. Contains MCT that can have antimicrobial properties.
  • Avocado Oil: Chock full of vitamins and helps to moisturize you skin.
  • Jojoba Oil: Helps to nourish your skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Grapeseed Oil: It is full of antioxidants and contains vitamin E.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: Rich in vitamins D and E. Helps restore skins moisture barrier.
  • Beeswax: Help make products firmer
  • Arrowroot: Helps to make cosmetics less greasy and helps to soften skin.

Help! My Beard Butter Melted

Sometimes, beard butters will melt in the container once they reach a certain temperature. This of course depends on the brand and what ingredients they use. If this happens to you, there is no need to worry. Just put your container in the refridgerator for an hour or two, and your butter should be a solid consistency again.

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About James Woods

Hi, I am James Woods, the founder of Beardedblade. I have extensive experience working in the men's grooming industry. I have worked in the beard care and shaving industries, so I have first hand experience working with products in those areas. I also enjoy all things outdoors and topics related to men's lifestyle. I am an avid camper, hiker, biker, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

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