Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for the perfect gift for a loved one that needs to tidy himself up, buying a beard grooming kit can prove a pretty difficult task.
Not only are there an incredible number of options out there to choose from, but they all seem to contain different tools and treatments.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
With your passion for a tidy beard and our know-how, we can work through this article together to figure out which beard care kit is perfect for you (or him).
- What is a beard grooming kit?
- What should be in my beard grooming kit?
- Where can I buy a beard grooming kit?
- Which grooming kit should I buy?
What Is A Beard Grooming Kit?
We try not to skip ahead here at Mission Beard, regardless of how self-explanatory a term may seem.
A beard grooming kit is simply your set of products and tools that you use to keep your beard looking as tidy and maintained as it can be.
A beard grooming kit doesn’t necessarily have to be a complete collection comprising everything that has ever been developed with the objective of taming beards all packed together nicely in a leather washback (although this is the goal).
It can also be as simple as having your beard brush, beard comb and beard oil neatly lined up by the bathroom sink ready for you to get stuck into your daily beard routine.
What Should (Or Could) Be In My Beard Grooming Kit?
There is an entire plethora of products that have been created to clean, groom, tidy and assist with the growth of your beard out there on the market today.
Do you need all of them? Maybe.
Certainly the majority of them, anyway.
It’s up to you whether you buy them individually and build up from the basics like the beard brush and beard oil or beard balm, or if you’re happy to take one big hit right in the bank in order to get all of the following items at much better value overall:
All beard grooming kits should feature a beard brush. It is the centrepiece of your kit that you will find yourself turning to most.
Your beard brush should be made of high-quality wood and feature sustainably sourced boar bristles in order to get the job done properly.
Any good beard grooming kit will basically chuck in a beard comb without really altering its price.
You’ll notice there are plenty of “beard brush and comb kits” out there that cost exactly the same as a standalone beard brush, so make sure you make the most of this when purchasing your goods.
Beard combs should also only be made of wood and can be either fine-tooth, broad-tooth, or both, which comes down to your beard length and preferences.
Never use a metal beard comb and definitely keep away from plastic ones.
Unless you prefer beard balm, each beard maintenance kit you purchase should always include a beard oil.
If there isn’t, you’ll have to figure out where the beard kit’s value comes from.
The majority of bearded individuals choose and buy beard kits depending on the quality and scent of the beard oil.
While a beard brush is perhaps the most integral component of your beard kit, the beard oil will most likely be the determining factor of whether or not you get your wallet out.
The same applies to beard balm as beard oil above.
If you prefer to use beard balm, make sure that’s what you type into the search bar and you’ll find there’s plenty on offer.
You can often find both beard oil and beard balm in a single beard grooming kit, of course.
Owing to its position next to your mouth, and how often you and others feel the need to touch it, your beard can pick up a lot of filth throughout the day.
A beard wash (also known as beard shampoo) is the solution required for this, which differentiates itself from standard soaps as it is less harsh on your beard and the skin beneath.
Beard Growth Serum
Now we’re getting into the more luxury beard grooming products.
Beard growth serum is very similar to beard oil – and can achieve many of the same things – however it also contains minoxidil, which has been proven to help stimulate hair growth in dormant follicles.
Beard rollers can often be found in beard care kits, but many men step away from them immediately.
Needles, after all.
Beard rollers use acupuncture to release collagen. The depth of needle necessary to release collagen from between the epidermis and papillary dermis necessitates needle sizes ranging from 0.25mm to 1mm.
The higher the penetration, the more collagen is released in quantity. The longer the needle, however, the more discomfort and blood loss there will be. It’s all up to you.
Beard trimming scissors seem to be the next thing that is added to a beard kit after brush, comb and beard oil – probably because they’re cheap to make.
They may be cheap to make but never overlook them.
Using a decent quality pair of stainless steel scissors to trim away unruly hairs not only does a great job of tidying up your look, but it also feels like a proper pampering session each time.
This may come as a shock, but there’s a lot to consider when deciding which safety razor should be included in your perfect beard kit.
The weight of the razor is important since the weight of the razor should perform all of the work for you. The idea is to get a tight shave without using too much pressure.
The majority of safety razors have a basic screw-off top for blade changes, however a few include a butterfly top. The butterfly razor’s head opens up and closes with a single twist, eliminating the need for more time-consuming and intricate unscrewing and re-screwing.
It’s rare to come across them in a pre-assembled, ready-to-buy package for facial hair care, but they’re essential to have on hand. Trust us.
Beard bibs are just as they sound. You wrap it around your neck and tie or stick it to your mirror or tiled bathroom wall.
No more clogging the sink or having to sweep or hoover the bathroom floor, and no more will the lady get on your case about it.
A wash bag is a perfect way to store all of your prized beard grooming possessions.
Many beard grooming kits come stashed inside a wash bag, which will usually be leather or canvas.
A beard kit wash bag then makes taking your grooming equipment with you, especially for those of you that often travel for work or manage to get away on regular vacations.
Where Can I Buy A Beard Grooming Kit?
Wherever you want, bud!
But we do have some suggestions, of course.
Amazon is usually the go-to. It’s where you’re most likely to find the perfect facial hair grooming kit for you without having to do a ridiculous amount of research – you’ve already had to skim through this article.
However, to support small businesses and maybe even get the same products for a bit cheaper by cutting out the middle man, you could always buy directly from the small businesses that are working tirelessly to help look after your beard.
The choice is of course yours, though, and Amazon is certainly the easiest, especially for those of you with Amazon Prime. Plus, a lot of the best beard grooming kits can be found here.
Which Beard Grooming Kit Should I Buy?
The beard grooming kit you should be seeking to buy is the one that offers you all of the tools you need at the lowest possible price.
However, your budget will play a significant role in this. While having as many of the above beard grooming products as possible is crucial, you also need the greatest quality tools available.
This is where you must decide if you want at least one of each beard grooming product, simply a couple of these beard grooming items but of higher quality, or if you’re totally dedicated and want to get all of the above in the highest quality accessible.
Basic Beard Grooming Kits
There are a few ways that you can look at the idea of a beard kit being basic.
A basic beard care kit could contain a few specific tools of decent quality that every man would need to get his beard journey off to the right start.
A basic beard care kit could also contain all of the beard grooming products in existence but of lower quality.
It’s up to you which type of basic kit will benefit you the most personally. Do you want a few decent quality necessities that you can build out your kit from? Or would you rather have one of everything right off the bat, regardless of quality?
Kit #1 – Fulllight Tech Beard Kit For Men – £17.92/$19.47
This right here is the perfect example of a beard grooming kit that comes packed with a great range of products at a fairly low cost.
Based on the cost alone, you know you probably aren’t going to get anything more than hydration from the beard oil, but it is all-natural and a good place to start.
The beard comb is made from wood, which is of course another plus, however there is no mention of what material the beard brush bristles are made of.
It’s likely that these bristles are synthetic, which isn’t ideal and certainly won’t provide the benefits of a boar bristle brush, but for the price of this kit, you’re getting a pretty sweet deal overall.
Kit #2 – ZEUS Basic Beard And Moustache Grooming Kit – £44.95/$66.95
First things first, you need to be aware that this excellent little set of basic beard care products comes in a choice of scents, including Vanilla Rum as seen in the image, Sandalwood and Verbena Lime.
This kit by ZEUS is an example of a high-quality basic kit.
This beard grooming kit comprises the Zeus Beard Shampoo and Zeus Beard Conditioner with essential oils, and Zeus’ Boar Bristle Brush, all of which are built with the finest materials and ingredients including Pro-Vitamin B5 and Avocado Oil.
Unfortunately, neither a beard oil nor a beard comb can be found in this kit, however this does give you the opportunity to source your own preferred beard oil while still getting similar benefits from the beard conditioner. Beard combs may also be purchased individually for a very low price.
Mid-Range Beard Grooming Kit
If your money can stretch a little further than the beard grooming kits featured above, you could be interested in other comparable sized kits manufactured with better quality materials and ingredients.
Kit #1 – Viking Revolution Beard Grooming Kit for Men – £19.99/$29.88
While this beard grooming kit doesn’t have as many components as the basic set we showcased above, it does include plenty of tools and the quality is certainly improving.
This handy beard kit contains a boar bristle brush, a double-sided wooden comb, sandalwood beard oil and beard balm, as well as some beard grooming scissors to polish off the job.
Kit #2 – King C. Gillette Beard Grooming Kit for Men – £14.85/$25
If you’re after a decent quality beard brush, beard oil and beard wash from a reputable beard care company, then the King C. Gillette Beard Grooming Set is the beard grooming kit for you.
The price is very fair given the sheer number of benefits that this beard oil can provide, as well as the build quality of the brush and the additional bonuses provided by the beard wash.
This set does come with a beard comb for application and removing knots, but there is no beard brush, although this does give you the opportunity to buy one from elsewhere based on your preferences.
Luxury Beard Grooming Kit
Now we’re in the territory of the best beard grooming kits.
Let’s see what we can get for our money in a single beard grooming kit if our budget simply does not stand in our way.
Kit #1 – ZEUS Premium Men’s Grooming Set – £79.95/$79.95
Back to ZEUS.
This comprehensive luxury beard care kit is one of the best beard kits out there, providing all the tools to fix all of your beard problems.
Within this kit, you will find beard shampoo, beard conditioner, beard balm, and beard oil, a boar’s hair brush with a handle and a handy pocket beard and moustache comb.
These aren’t just any tools, either; they’re fashioned from the best materials and include some of the highest-quality components available.
Kit #2 – Mission Beard Complete Beard Set With Waxed Canvas Wash Kit –
If you’re looking for the perfect luxury starter kit containing each of the most crucial beard grooming products featuring the highest quality ingredients, then look no further than our very own complete beard set.
With a brush and comb manufactured using the perfect materials for your beard, as well as one of each of our luxury beard oils: Underdog, True North and El Presidente, all arriving neatly tucked away in a Mission Beard branded canvas wash bag, you can have your beard in its ultimate form from the get-go.