The best beard wax should feature a non-greasy formula, should have a mild fragrance, and will allow you to easily style and restyle your hair. It should also be easy to remove and should boost both your beard and skin health.
Since beards are in these days, there’s no shortage of beard care products on the market. This can make it difficult to choose a product that actually works, and one that offers that type of pleasant, mild scent that won’t overwhelm you or anyone who comes near you. Since there are a variety of beard care products to choose from, finding the right one can be a challenge. Not all waxes are created equal, which can make it a matter of trial and error until you find a product that works for you, your grooming needs, and even your beard type. I’ve tried several products on the market and narrowed it down to the top seven waxes that work, won’t leave your beard looking greasy, and will make restyling your beard a cinch.
I’ve also created a buyer’s guide, which will go over the features to look for, how to choose a wax that’s perfect for your beard length, grooming needs, and scent preference, and how to avoid a wax with a greasy formula.
Below, you’ll find a comparison chart that lists each of the waxes I’ve reviewed, how they rated, their active ingredient, and other important information that will make it much easier for you to choose a winner.
Beard Wax Comparison Chart
Badass Beard Care Beard Wax
This popular beard wax by Badass features a medium to light sweet citrus scent and offers a medium, natural hold, so it’s a great choice for medium to thick beards. It’s designed to instantly give your beard a fuller look, and works to deep condition your beard and skin, promoting hair growth and beard health. Its main ingredient is beeswax, yet it also contains essential oils and shea butter, both of which can help to hydrate the skin and keep your beard looking shiny, full, and healthy.
- Mild scent
- Easy application
- Non-greasy formula
- Low price
- Medium hold
- May not work for styling thicker beards
This product offers a medium hold, which will work for thin to medium-thick beards, however, it won’t be the best choice for thicker beards, beards with a rough texture, or longer beards. The non-greasy formula makes styling and restyling easy. The product itself is easy to wash out and contains all-natural ingredients that are designed to boost beard health. This product earned a rating of five out of five stars.
Seven Potions Beard Wax
Seven Potions beard wax is one of their biggest sellers. This wax provides a medium hold, which makes it a great choice if you have thin to medium-thick hair, or a medium-length beard. This is an all-natural wax that contains beeswax as the main ingredient, four essential oils, and a mild sandalwood and cedarwood scent that is best described as slightly sweet. If you’re looking for a wax that will allow you to easily restyle your beard throughout the day, one that offers a mild fragrance, and a product that contains all-natural ingredients, then this wax by Seven Potions delivers.
- Mild scent
- Medium hold
- Low price
- Contains four essential oils
- Will not work on long beards
- Can be difficult to wash out
This cruelty-free beard wax will work great on fine hair, patchy beards, and short to medium-length beards. It features a mild sandalwood fragrance that’s not overwhelming and a texture that’s non-greasy. This product allows you to easily restyle your beard, however, it can be difficult to wash out, which can lead to dryness and irritation. This product isn’t recommended for thicker or longer beards since it doesn’t offer the type of hold needed to maintain them. But overall, it’s a great choice for shorter fine to medium-thick beards.
Urban Nomads Beard Balm and Wax
This product contains all-natural ingredients and offers a strong hold, so it’s perfect for thicker and/or longer beards. This wax works to help style and hydrate the beard, promoting skin and beard health and leaves your beard looking fuller, shiny, and well-maintained. Aside from beeswax, this formula contains citrus fruit oil, bergamot oil, sesame seed oil, carotenes, and a mild fragrance that doesn’t smell overpowering. The strong hold is a huge selling point since most waxes offer a light or medium hold. The wax is specially formulated to leave your beard looking shiny and instantly fuller. The essential oils will help to stimulate beard growth while moisturizing the skin and softening your beard.
- Light scent
- Strong hold
- Contains essential oils
- Designed to boost hair growth
- Instantly thickens your beard
- Will be overkill for fine hair
- Not designed for shorter beards
This all-natural wax is designed to keep your beard looking great and contains essential oils that will stimulate beard growth and promote beard health. The fact that it offers a strong hold will make this product a great choice for thicker or longer beards, however, it will be overkill for fine beards or shorter beards. The wax itself is easy to rinse out, which is another huge plus, especially for those who have struggled to remove beard wax in the past. This product earned a rating of four and a half out of five stars.
Prophet and Tools Beard Wax
This product offers a mild scent and a mild hold, which will make it a great choice for finer hair or shorter beards. This product contains zero alcohol and one hundred percent organic ingredients. The non-greasy formula allows you to rinse out the wax easily, and also makes it easier to restyle your beard throughout the day. According to the manufacturer, this product can provide up to twelve hours of coverage, and features a light formula that won’t weigh down your beard.
- Lightweight formula
- Mild fragrance
- Mild hold
- All organic ingredients
- Will not work for thicker beards
- Not recommended for long beards
While this formula doesn’t have what it takes to style thicker or longer beards, it’s a great choice for fine hair or shorter beards. The non-greasy texture makes it easy to rinse out the product, while the twelve-hour formula offers the type of full-coverage most beard wearers are looking for.
The Rocky Mountain Barber Company Beard Wax
This beard wax is unscented and contains all-natural ingredients including eight essential oils, jojoba oil, and beeswax. This is a great choice for beard wearers who are looking for a wax that’s scentless and won’t interfere with their cologne or other hair care products. This is a strong hold wax, which will work for thicker or longer beards and features the type of non-greasy formula that most beard wearers are looking for. The lightweight wax will not weigh your beard down and instead can work to tame even the most unruly beard.
- Strong hold
- Lightweight formula
- All-natural ingredients
- Contains eight essential oils
- Not designed for fine hair
- Not recommended for shorter beards
This lightweight formula is fragrance-free, which will be a huge selling point for anyone who doesn’t want a beard wax that will be in competition with their cologne or other fragrant hair care products. This wax is easy to apply and can be used to restyle your beard throughout the day.
The Hairy Bastard Campfire Hair and Beard Wax
This beard wax has a unique scent that the manufacturer calls campfire. The smoky scent is very masculine but may be overwhelming for some. Aside from the unique fragrance, the wax also offers a medium hold, which makes it a great choice for different types of beards such as fine to medium-thick, and shorter beards. Of course, since it’s a medium hold wax it’s not a good choice for thicker or longer beards. Aside from keeping your beard looking great, this product is also designed to hydrate the skin and beard, leaves the beard looking shiny and full, and features essential oils that can help to stimulate hair growth.
- Lightweight formula
- Medium hold
- Promotes hair growth
- Leaves beard looking fuller
- Low price
- Fragrance may be overwhelming for some
- Not recommended for thicker or longer beards
This product features a unique campfire scent that some may find pleasing, while others will find it overwhelming. The lightweight formula makes the product more manageable and will allow you to restyle your beard throughout the day by simply combing, brushing, or running your fingers through your beard. While this product isn’t recommended for thicker or longer beards, it will keep fine beards and short to medium length beards looking well-groomed. I gave this product a rating of four stars out of five stars.
Mustache and Beard Wax by Mountaineer Brand
This beard wax smells like spicy citrus and is beeswax-based, which will make it easier to restyle your beard throughout the day. It contains all-natural ingredients, including grapefruit and citrus extracts, jojoba oil, shea butter, and clove extract. This product offers a medium hold, so it will work well for short or medium length hair, fine hair, and medium-thick hair. It’s not recommended for longer beards or thicker beards. The non-greasy formula makes the wax easy to wash out using warm water and a mild cleanser. Overall, this product is a great choice if you’re looking for a wax that has a mild fragrance and one that’s lightweight and perfect for shorter beards.
- Lightweight formula
- Mild fragrance
- Perfect for short or medium-length beards
- Low price
- Easy to wash out
- Not designed for long beards
- Not recommended for thicker beards
The spicy citrus scent is mild, so it won’t overpower the scent of your cologne or other hair care products. The lightweight formula won’t weigh your beard down, while the texture of the wax itself makes it easy to restyle your beard throughout the day.
Choosing a beard styling product can involve buying and trying out different types of products such as creams and waxes, or a variety of the same type of products, in search of one that doesn’t smell overwhelming and will work with your facial hair type, texture, and length. If you don’t know what to look for, you can quickly end up with a medicine cabinet that’s full of useless bread care products, which is basically just throwing money away.
This guide will discuss what to look for in a wax, what to avoid, and how to find the right product for you.
The best beard wax will keep your beard looking and smelling great, add some much-needed shine, hydrate your skin and generally boost skin and beard health. Often, finding the right wax can be a matter of personal preference and can even depend on the type of look you’re going for.
A little wax can go a long way, however, the wax you choose should offer a non-greasy formula, be easy to apply, and should make styling your beard easy and keep it looking good throughout the day.
However, considering how popular beards are these days, there’s no shortage of beard care products to choose from, ranging from balms and creams to oils and wax. Wax is a great option because you can reactivate it to fix flyaway hairs, so it doesn’t need to be applied more than once a day.
How it Holds Up
In terms of features, hold is pretty important, especially considering it’s the whole point of using wax. If a wax holds strong, it will prevent your beard from looking wild, frizzy, and unkempt. The goal of using wax is to tame your beard, giving you a well-groomed, manicured look. However, not every wax is created equal, which means you’ll come across many products that simply don’t work and instead of keeping your beard looking groomed and shaped, it will give it a greasy appearance.
With so many products to choose from, finding a wax that smells appealing should be simple enough. Unfortunately, there are way too many products on the market that have an overpowering smell which can get old fast. Since the wax is in your beard, you’ll constantly smell it. Because of this, you’ll want to choose a product that has a mild fragrance, one that won’t be overwhelming and one you won’t mind smelling all day long.
What Ingredients to Avoid
You’ll want to look for a wax that’s not petroleum jelly based. These formulas tend to be greasy, which turns into a big mess fast, especially if you need to restyle your beard later in the day. Aside from getting everywhere, this type of wax will leave your beard looking greasy and unkempt. Additionally, washing out a wax that contains petroleum can be difficult and can even leave your beard looking dry after you’ve washed it several times to remove the product. Petroleum will also clog your pores, which can lead to ingrown hairs, blemishes, and rashes.
Ingredients to Look for
Look for a wax that contains all-natural ingredients. The fewer ingredients, the better. Try to avoid buying a wax that contains any chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Again, petroleum is one ingredient you’ll want to avoid. Most types of wax will have beeswax as the main ingredient. Beeswax is gentle on the skin and features a non-greasy formula, which will make it easier to wash out or restyle your beard. Products with beeswax can thicken your beard instantly, so if you’re just barely growing out a beard or your beard has grown in patchy, a beeswax-based product can solve your problem and instantly make your beard look healthier.
Styling your beard with wax is a more forgiving option than using beard oil. While beard oil is the go-too beard care product for some men, it’s too easy to use too much oil, which can leave your beard looking and feeling greasy. Additionally, restyling your beard if you use beard oil can be difficult, since it doesn’t actually hold your beard in place and simply works to keep the beard soft and somewhat tamed.
But like beard oil, a little wax will go a long way.
Before you apply the wax, you’ll want to first wash your beard and dry it. Make sure you use a hydrating beard facial wash that’s specifically designed for facial hair. Conditioning your beard at this time will also be important since a dry beard can result in flaky skin and a beard that has a rough texture that makes it hard to tame. If you don’t currently use a specially formulated shampoo and/or conditioner, check out my guide on beard softening products.
Once your beard is washed and conditioned it, dry it using a blow dryer set on cold. Applying the wax to a dry beard is important since most products will lose some of their effectiveness if applied to wet hair.
Grab a small amount of wax and rub your hands together, evenly coating your palms with the product. First, apply the wax on one side of your face and gently stroke your beard until it feels smooth. You’ll do the same thing for the other side of your face.
Next, you can use a comb to evenly coat your beard with the product. Combing out your beard will also allow you to easily shape a long beard, sculpt a shorter beard, remove any loose hair, get rid of any remaining trapped debris, and allow you to achieve a well-groomed look. Now, you’ll grab a towel and carefully remove any excess wax. If you’ve used a small amount of wax, there shouldn’t be much to remove, but if you’ve gone a little overboard, then this is a great trick to remove some of the product and prevent the wax from weighing down your beard or from giving it a greasy appearance. Brush or comb your beard again, and you’re all set.
Many men love using wax because it’s a product that can easily be reactivated by just combing the beard again. If you don’t have a comb or brush handy, even just running your fingers through your beard will reactive the wax, which will instantly tame any stray hairs, for a smooth look.
How to Remove Wax
Whether you’ve used too much, or you’ve used a product that’s really strong and difficult to wash out, you can easily remove the wax using warm soapy water. Some beard wearers recommend using a tear-free baby wash to get the wax out quickly. Others will stick with their beard specific shampoos. With wax, you don’t have to wash it out daily. Doing so can actually dry out your skin. Instead, leave it in for a few days and wash it out in the shower using your beard care shampoo and conditioner.
This guide and my product recommendations is designed to help you find the best beard wax, a product that you can use daily to help keep your beard looking and smelling great. Remember, the wax you choose should have a non-greasy formula, should be easy to use and apply, and should make styling and restyling your beard much easier. Of course, the fragrance is also important, so when you’re checking out each product, if you’re ordering online, make sure you pay close attention to the ingredients or read reviews on the product to learn more about its scent. I hope I’ve helped to guide you in the right direction, so you can find the perfect wax that can keep your beard in check, while also boosting skin and beard health.