Beard Balm Scents: Choosing The Right Balm
Beard Monster offers a lot of variety when it comes to our fragrances. That can seem a little overwhelming, but this brief synopsis of each scent should help you choose the right one for you. All of Beard Monster's balms have the same top quality base of local organic beeswax, unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba, almond, meadowfoam oils, and vegetable glycerine that will condition your beard and provide hold for style.
The Monster line is our original line, with scents based primarily on wood and spice. These are masculine and exotic scents, and a bit edgier than the ones you may have tried before. Our fragrances are naturally derived, using either essential oils or infusions (for those scents that do not come from essential oils, but rather from resins or special extraction methods).
- The Bigfoot: Cedar is the primary ingredient in the Bigfoot scent blend, but it is not the only one. There is a sweet top note to this scent that has a very subtle hint of licorice. The base is rounded out by a blend of earthy tones. The Bigfoot is woodsy, and slightly mysterious.
- The Ghostly Pirate: Easily our most complex fragrance, this scent smells of spiced rum with a pleasant top note of orange. A blend of four spices and citrus oils make up the bay rum portion - it does not contain bay rum, so it is not harsh (like your grandpa's aftershave).
- Witch Doctor: For those of you who love the beach, the islands, and the great tropical destinations in the world, we offer this sweet and tangy citrus fragrance. You'll notice lime above all else, with a middle note of mandarin orange, rounded out by a warm vanilla base and just a hint of coconut.
- The Vampire Hunter: Based on the image of the Victorian era vampire hunter, and influenced heavily by Bram Stoker's character Abraham Van Helsing, this oil's scent comes from an infusion of sweet pipe tobacco and a blend of spice oils. It smells similar to the sweet aroma of fine cigars, with the sort of old spice fragrance you smell in a spice shop, or in the pages of old books.
- The Wolfman: The Wolfman's chief scent comes from Siberian fir needles, which have a tangy pine fragrance. By adding earthy essential oils, and a few drops of clove, this tanginess is rounded out and left smelling exactly like a walk in a pine forest.
- The Zombie Killer: Beard Monster originated in Georgia. We have since relocated to Washington, but the Zombie Killer is our tribute to our home state. It's an eclectic blend of pine, tobacco, and a special infusion of sweet tea made from black tea, bergamot, and a touch of honeysuckle. Those from Georgia who have used this oil all say how much it reminds them of growing up down here. And that's what we were aiming for.
- Cthulu: A musky blend of fossilized amber resin and immortelle. It's low, dark, and mysterious. A bit ozonic with a deeply masculine muskiness.
- Gravedigger: Earthy, smokey, and fresh, this oakmoss based fragrance smells like the earth after a summer rain. (Formerly known as Grave Moss, changed June 2017).
- The Reaper: A lot of beard products contain a trace amount of tea tree oil to impart its many benefits on your beard and skin. Tea tree is believed to have so many health benefits that when naming this fragrance, we had a vision of withered, dead plants in the underworld, with the tea tree as the only one so brimming full of life that even the reaper can not snuff out its light. This oil uses a bit more tea tree than the average oil, and rounds out its potent fragrance with a bit of peppermint. (The Reaper was known as Death's Garden until November 2016).
- The Creature: Frankenstein's monster escaped from the doctor's lab and took to the woods. Here he hid himself from the world, ocassionally associating with a family who lived in an old wooden cabin. Like the creature in the novel, this fragrance is strong and rustic, containing powerful, long-lasting notes of Cedar, Fir, Patchouli, Bergamot, and Frankincense.
- The Viking: Our tribute to the sea-faring, warrior poets of old. This fragrance has several levels; you're likely to get a touch of citrus at first, quickly giving way to the nutty, grassy tone of vetiver. There's a touch of sweetness in the middle, and a strong, woodsy base with prominent notes of cedar.
- Samedi: Named for the voodoo loa of death, this balm is scented with anise and wyrmwood, giving it the fragrance of the absinthe spirit. It's sweet with a licorice top and an herbaceous, woodsy base.
Beard Balm FAQ
What is Beard Balm?
Beard Balm is a conditioning and style balm for your beard. It is sort of like pommade for your beard; a scoopable substance with a thick, almost buttery consistency used primarily to tame your mane. The product contains beeswax to provide hold and tame fly-aways and wild beard hairs that don't like to stay in line. It contains shea butter, which is great for skin and hair health, and serves to help lock in moisture from the balm and from our beard oils so that you stay moisturized all day. The coconut oil, jojoba, almond, and meadowfoam oils provided conditioning and moisture, and can work in conjunction with our beard oil to keep your beard moist. It can also have a volumizing effect, thickening up your beard when applied.
How do I apply beard balm?
1. Purchase Beard Monster beard balm.
2. Using the back of your thumb, scrape out a thumbnail sized portion of balm.
3. Smear the balm into your palm, and rub it between your hands. The balm should melt pretty easily between your palms. Make sure you don't leave any solid chunks or flecks of balm before applying!
4. Apply the balm as you would the oil, by first combing your fingers up through your beard, then wiping them back down again.
5. Once the balm is worked into your beard, you should be able to do a little shaping. You can do this with a brush or comb, or simply by using your fingers. Some basic shaping should be easy to achieve with your hands, and with a bit of smoothing you should see the more wily hairs of your beard brought to bear!
- Beard balm offers some of the same benefits as beard oil, with the added bonus of providing some hold. It's better for more established beards.
- You can use both oil and balm as the same time, to get the best of both worlds! There is oil in the balm, so if you use both, consider using a smaller amount of oil, lest ye become to greasy!
- If you are ordering in winter, or just live somewhere super cold, your balm might arrive kinda hard. To fix this, put about a quarter inch of hot water in a bowl and set the tin in it. You may need to change the water out once or twice as it cools, but it shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to soften up enough for use.
- Make sure you store your balm at room temperature. Too cold and it will partially freeze, leaving it hard; too warm and it might get too liquidy.
How can I make my beard thicker?
There are a few fundamentals to good beard growth. An active lifestyle and a good diet can both contribute to a healthy beard. Beard oil can also help with volume. Far better though is beard balm, a product made with beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil, all of which can have a volumizing effect on your beard. The use of a good beard comb can also help with the appearance of thickness; use it to fluff up your beard hair by coming up from the underside, then smooth back into place with your hands for a super thick look.
Should I use beard oil and beard balm together?
The short answer is yes. Oil and balm have two different functions. Oil serves to hydrate and condition your beard. Balm provides you with hold and volume. The shea butter in the balm also serves to lock in moisture, enhancing the hydrating power of the oils in our beard oil and the balm itself. Balm is a little heavier, so we don't recommend using it every day. It might not hurt anything, but it's good to let your beard breathe. But when you do use balm, it's fine (and generally preferable) to use both products together.