The UK’s 8 top beard grooming products

For a top-notch beard, you need top-notch assistance.

That’s top-notch, not top knot – although some of you do pull them off extremely well.

Over the last few years, beard care products have become increasingly popular alongside the growing popularity of beards themselves.

While this provides a tremendous selection of beard products to choose from depending on your unique tastes, it may make deciding what to purchase a bit daunting.

Men’s beard grooming kits have come a long way, but you still may not get everything your beard needs unless you’re picking out specific products separately.

So, today, we’re going to help you out, by compiling all of our favourite beard grooming products from the UK market. By doing this, we aim to narrow down your shortlists and make your online shopping experience a little bit less overwhelming.

Here are the top 8 beard grooming products UK:

1. The UK’s Best Beard Brush

The benefits:

As well as making your beard look much tidier, beard brushes do actually provide some additional benefits that you may not be aware of.

The first of these is how brushing your beard regularly will help convince your facial hair to grow in a specific direction. This direction is obviously downwards, which keeps it tidier and in check.

A beard brush is also good for exfoliating your face, clearing dead skin cells and relieving beard itch and dandruff, while simultaneously encouraging blood flow to patchy areas, and stimulating dormant follicles.

What to look for:

When choosing a beard brush, the materials that are used are very important.

A high-quality wooden body means a good grip, comfort and no splinters when you’re conducting your daily beard care routine. We recommend your beard brush is made from pear wood, beech wood or cherrywood.

The bristles are even more important. First-cut boar bristles do the best job of training your beard hairs and exfoliating the skin beneath, giving you all of the possible benefits listed above.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. The Seven Potions Boar Bristle Beard Brush

Seven Potions are a beard care brand we never hesitate to recommend.

In terms of their beard brush, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s not expensive- and you’re definitely getting bang for your buck.

The Seven Potions Boar Bristle Beard Brush is made from pearwood and features sought-after first-cut boar bristles that tame and soften your facial hair.

2. BFWood Boar Bristle Beard Brush

This small beard brush from grooming brand, BFWood, is a game changer for longer beards. With a small travel case included, making it perfect for taking with you on the go, this brush features soft bristles for a detangling experience that never scratches. 

The best part? It’s firm enough to evenly distribute beard balm or moustache wax, so it’s perfect for use as part of your styling routine. 

It looks pretty damn cool, too, with the solid black walnut wood design. 

3. Stiff Beard Brush by ZilberHaar

Beard Brush by ZilberHaar - Stiff Boar Bristles - Beard Grooming Brush for Men - Straightens and Promotes beard growth - Works with Beard Oil and Balm to Soften Beard – For beard kits - 6 inches long

Looking for a beard brush that not only detangles and smooth your beard, but styles it, too? You’ll adore this offering by ZilberHaar. 

Featuring stiff bristles that are perfect for spreading beard balm and wax, the brush helps to straighten unruly beards, giving your facial hair a more sophisticated look (not that we don’t like you rugged, too). 

The brush’s bristles are so strong they penetrate your beard, exfoliating the skin underneath. This leaves your skin smooth and soft, and reduces itching. 

2. The UK’s Best Beard Comb

The benefits:

Beard combs are both basic and brilliant.

They are great for polishing and fine-tuning your overall look and achieving your desired beard style, but at the end of the day, they are just a small piece of wood. A beard comb should never be overlooked, but don’t dwell on it for too long, either.

What to look for:

Like with beard brushes, the materials used and the build quality of your beard comb is key.

The ideal beard comb will be double-sided, featuring a broad-tooth side and a fine-tooth side, allowing for progressive detangling.

Beard combs should always be made from wood, too, and never plastics and metals that snag on beard hair and cause a build-up of static that can undo all of your hard work.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. H&S Anti-Static Wooden Beard Comb

H&S Wooden Beard Comb Anti Static Moustache Pocket Comb Wood Coffee Sandalwood for Men

Usually, you’ll find that a beard comb will come alongside a beard brush, so if you’ve yet to purchase a beard brush, you can look for a set that contains both, just like the Mission Beard Beard Brush And Comb Kit.

However, if you’ve already got a beard brush and you’re now looking for a beard comb to add to your beard grooming kit, it’s something just like the H&S Beard Comb that you need to get the job done.

2. BullDog Original Beard Comb for Men

Bulldog Skincare Beard Comb, 184 g

BullDog has long been one of the giants of men’s grooming, and this beard comb is no exception. Unlike plastic combs, you’ll enjoy static-free results since this comb is made with peach wood. 

It promises to detangle and smooth even the wildest of beards, giving a polished and sophisticated result. For best results, brush after washing with beard shampoo and use the comb to spread your beard styling product of choice. 

3. Viking Revolution Folded Beard Comb for Men

Folding Beard Comb w/Carrying Pouch for Men - All Natural Wooden Beard Comb w/Gift Box - Green Sandalwood Comb for Grooming & Combing Hair, Beards and Mustaches by Viking Revolution

The only thing better than a wooden comb that smooths your beard? A foldable beard comb that smooths your beard. With this innovative product that fits perfectly in your pocket, you can transform your beard whenever, wherever you are. 

Made from the highest quality sandalwood, wave goodbye to static, pulls, and unsightly knots. Say hello to a smooth, tangle-free beard you’ll be proud to show off. You can also use this high-quality, portable comb for applying beard balms and oils.

3. The UK’s Best Beard Oil

The benefits:

Beard oil is utilised by hundreds of thousands of bearded men for a variety of reasons, including softening and straightening beard hair, cleansing facial hair, providing minerals to promote faster growth and hydrating and soothing beard itch.

Beard oil will leave your beard soft and irresistible to touch – but try not to touch it too much or you’ll be undoing your own hard work.

What to look for:

Beard oils can be very basic, but they can also include some wonderful ingredients capable of working absolute magic on your facial fur.

Essentially, when buying beard oil, you’re looking for one that includes the likes of argan oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, Inca inchi oil and aloe vera for the best price possible.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. Mission Beard’s Underdog Beard Oil

We rarely rush to toot our own horn, but we really can’t see past our own offering when it comes to the best beard oil.

Mission Beard Grooming Co. Underdog Beard Oil, as seen in GQ, contains a blend of 13 nourishing natural ingredients, including vitamin E, to provide the entire plethora of beardy, badass benefits.

Underdog beard oil is 100% natural, cruelty-free and made in the UK.

2. Seven Potions Premium Beard Oil

Beard Oil 1 fl oz by Seven Potions. Sweet and Woody Scented Beard Softener. Stops Beard Itch. Natural, Vegan, Beard Conditioning Oil. Contains Jojoba Oil (Woodland Harmony)

Beard oil is a non-negotiable part of any beardo’s good quality beard care routine, and you can’t go wrong with this premium oil from one of our favourite brands, Seven Potions.

Grease-free? Check. Absorbed quickly? Check. Natural, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients? Check. A sensual woody scent? You bet. 

Made with 100% natural ingredients and boasting a musky smell that will have you eagerly sniffing your beard all day, this oil promises to make your facial hair, silkier, shinier, and more manageable.

It also vows to remove the dreaded beardruff and helps healthy, thick beard growth thanks to an a unique blend of carrier oils such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, crambe seed oil, and apricot kernel oil.

3. Captain Fawcett’s Booze and Baccy Beard Oil 

Captain Fawcett's Ricki Hall's Beard Oil

We never hesitate to recommend Captain Fawcett, because their oils absolutely blow us away. And Booze and Baccy is no exception. 

Featuring a fine blend of nourishing oils and a rich, masculine scent of spiced tobacco and whisky, if you’ve got a little cash to splash, Booze and Baccy isn’t to be missed. 

4. The UK’s Best Beard Balm

The benefits:

The advantages of beard balm are fairly comparable to the advantages of beard oil, but you’ll get a different overall appearance, so it’s more a question of personal choice.

If you wish to style your beard, the grip offered by beard balm will likely be preferred, as will the matte appearance produced by beard oil over the shiny appearance produced by beard oil.

What to look for:

Like beard oil, beard balms can contain a number of ingredients that provide benefits for both your facial hair and the skin underneath it.

However, beard balm uses the likes of shea butter or beeswax as its holding element. Better beard balms will contain either of these, plus the valuable oils found in beard oil itself.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. Camden Barbershop Company Original Beard Balm – £10.99

Camden Barbershop Company’s beard balm nourishes and strengthens your beard with all-natural ingredients, without over-hardening it or leaving an oily residue on your skin.

Their beard balm is composed entirely of natural components, with a unique mix that includes beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and a hint of almond oil.

Beeswax and shea butter hydrate dry beard follicles and replenish the skin layers beneath, eliminating irritation and dandruff within your facial hair. If you prefer a more styled look, your beard grooming kit needs this balm.

2. Zousz Black Oud Premium Beard Balm

ZOUSZ Black Oud Luxury Beard Balm - Classic Wood-Scented Facial Hair Grooming and Skin Care Butter for Men - Avocado, Argan, and Macadamia Oils- Moisturiser, Conditioner, and Dandruff Remover - 2 Fl Oz

This luxury beard balm by Zousz certainly isn’t the cheapest balm on the market, but we reckon it’s earned its high price tag with a commitment to high-quality ingredients and proven results. 

With the dark distinct scent of black oud, Zousz promises to leave your beard not only feeling and looking great, but smelling pretty darn good, too.

The balm conditions and softens facial hair, making it easier to shape into your desired style. If you struggle with dry skin underneath your beard, you can kiss goodbye to that and the associated beardruff. Loaded with natural essential oils, this balm moisturises skin, preventing the formation of those unsightly flakes and scales. 

3. Honest Amish Beard Balm

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner - Made with only Natural and Organic Ingredients - 2 Ounce Tin

This hand-crafted beard balm comes from one of the most trusted beard grooming brands on the market – Honest Amish. Featuring natural and organic ingredients, the beard promises to tame and condition even the unruliest of beards, without leaving any sticky or greasy residue. 

The scent is fresh and fruity without being overpowering and it vows to reduce itching and beardruff – two issues any fellow beard bros will know all too well.

5. The UK’s Best Beard Wash

The benefits:

Beard shampoo, which is often just referred to as ‘beard wash’, is used to clean facial hair which acts as a magnet for dirt and grime.

The reason beard shampoo exists, though, is because facial hair does not enjoy being treated the same way that head hair does.

Beard wash is much more gentle on the face, working with your skin’s natural oils instead of stripping them away and replacing them with harsh chemicals.

The result of using a decent beard shampoo is a clean, nicer smelling, itch-free beard that’s easy to maintain.

What to look for:

Like with regular shampoos, the higher-end options can contain some super ingredients like avocado oil, jojoba oil and argan oil, but, as mentioned before, they will not contain any harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate or Cocamidopropyl betaine – feel free to tag us in your attempts of saying these words on Instagram.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. ZOUSZ Beard Shampoo For Men

While there are definitely some cheaper options on the market that can do a very similar job, we are also very excited to share this product with you.

Made in England, ZOUSZ’s beard shampoo is by far the best we’ve tried ourselves, achieving every goal that it promises to and smelling incredible while doing so.

Beard grooming kits that do not have this absolute beardy power tool are seriously missing out on reaching your full beard potential.

2. L’Oreal Men Expert Barber Club Beard Wash

L'Oreal Men Expert Barber Club 3-in-1 Beard, Hair & Face Wash, 200ml

In the market for a beard, face, and hair wash all-in-one that’s super affordable? Look no further than this beard wash by L’Oreal’s Men Expert range. 

With a smokey, woody cedar scent, this wash deeply cleanses your beard and removes the flakes of dry skin that lead to beardruff (as well as toast crumbs – yeah, we see you). For best results, follow up your beard wash with beard balm and oil to soften that freshly cleansed facial hair. 

3. Gnarly Joe Beard Shampoo

Perfect for thick, dry, and damaged beard, this premium beard shampoo is made with only the finest, most soothing ingredients (your beard deserves it). 

The last thing any beard grower wants is brittle, damaged beard hair with split ends and flaky skin. Gnarly Joe’s shampoo aims to solve this problem, by using 100% natural ingredients packed with minerals and vitamins to hydrate both your beard and the skin underneath. 

Plus, it gently strips away dirt and harmful bacteria that builds from food and drink consumption and regular beard touching. This means fewer imperfections and smoother skin – win-win!

6. The UK’s Best Beard Roller

The benefits:

Microneedling’s ability to promote skin health is widely documented. We also know that having excellent skin results in a larger, healthier beard.

Microneedling may assist increase beard hair growth by increasing nutrient-rich blood supply to the region, in addition to stimulating collagen and keratin formation.

Healthy circulation is essential for hair development and skin health. A derma roller may also stimulate the production of stem-cell growth factors.

What to look for:

Beard roller’s come in different materials and also vary in needle sizes.

The depth necessary to release collagen from between the epidermis and papillary dermis necessitates needle sizes ranging from 0.25mm to 1mm.

Stainless steel or titanium are often used for beard rollers. In terms of efficacy, titanium easily outperforms the other two materials. Titanium needles are corrosion resistant and lighter to handle.

Finally, the needle count matters a lot, and more is definitely better. The best beard rollers have around 540 needles these days, while they used to only have around 200.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. Viking Beard Beard Roller

This great value beard roller ticks all the boxes in relation to the preferential criteria stated above.

With a total of 540 needles at a length of 0.5mm for a good level of penetration depth (I’ve written worse), your skin is getting the right treatment necessary for a good level of collagen release without bleeding.

Your dormant hair follicles will be stimulated into action and your beard should begin to grow out much fuller and thicker than before.

2. Lavossy Beard Roller for Growth

This derma roller promises to stimulate beard growth by promoting blood circulation in the area. Complete with a titanium microneedling roller, this product is easy to use and entirely painless. 

For best results, wash your skin and beard with a beard wash before micro-needling and only apply as much pressure as necessary to keep the needles on your skin’s surface. 

3. King Leonidas Derma Roller

KING LEONIDAS Derma Roller | 540 Titanium Needles | Beard Roller for Hair and Beard Growth | Beard Roller For Hair Growth For Men | Beard Growth Roller | Beard Roller Kit | With Travel Case

Looking to grow your beard longer, stronger, and thicker than ever? King Leonidas promises to help. With safe and painless micro-needling technology, this roller is specially designed to stimulate beard growth and enhance your beard’s texture. 

Plus, the roller improves blood circulation, which can allow your serums and balms to absorb better. If you’re a guy who likes to roll on-the-go (who doesn’t?) you’re in luck, since this derma roller comes with a travel case so you can take it with you everywhere. 

7. The UK’s Best Beard Growth Serum

The benefits:

While many of the benefits of beard growth serum can be realised by any premium beard oils, there is one ingredient found in beard growth serum that is certainly not usually found in beard oils – minoxidil.

Minoxidil promotes hair growth in trouble spots via dilatation of blood vessels that give nutrient-rich blood to hair follicles, providing them with the push they need to thrive once again.

Additionally, consistent use of Minoxidil extends the growth phase of the hair development cycle. Your facial hair will get thicker as a result.

What to look for:

The best beard growth serum will contain many beneficial nutrients in addition to minoxidil, and can often be used in place of beard oil if you’re willing to spend a little more.

Some notable ingredients to look out for, which are in fact included in our recommendation, are biotin and Capilia Longa.

Biotin deficiency has been directly linked to hair loss, so while there isn’t too much information on how it may help your hair grow, we know definitely keeps your hair strong.

Capilia Longa facilitates hair growth reactivation biologically, resetting the epigenetic in the hair bulb, which reactivates the dermal papilla cells.

Capilia Longa also improves blood circulation in the scalp, which helps to prevent hair loss. Capilia Longa’s innovative formula strengthens hair follicles, promotes healthier and stronger hair development, and extends the life of hair fibres.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. Copenhagen Grooming The Activator

If you’re serious about improving your beard hair growth, you need to be willing to spend a little bit of money in order to get your hands on the ingredients mentioned above.

With science and such a good quality product on your side, you’re bound to start noticing improvements in time, but be patient – these aren’t miracle formulas – you have to wait for biology to play its part.

2. Spectral BRD Beard Growth Serum

Spectral.BRD Beard Growth Serum by DS Laboratories - Facial Hair Growth for Men, Beard Growth Accelerator, Beard Thickener for Men, Reduce Patchiness for a Fuller, Thicker Beard (1 fl oz)

Do you wish you could take your beard from regular king to viking? Are you struggling to get your beard to your ideal length and running out of ideas? Did you once have a long, luscious beard that’s now waning with age? Try this stimulant serum from DS Laboratories. 

Containing key ingredients caffeine, biotin, and nanoxidil, this serum is powerful enough to be effective but gentle enough for daily use. You won’t find any parabens of phthalates here. 

3. Son’s Minoxidil 5%

Containing one of the key ingredients to look out for in hair growth serums – minoxidil – this serum promises to increase blood flow and oxygen in vessels to reactivate shrunken hair follicles. 

This scientifically-backed solution promises to treat mild to moderate hair loss and is best combined with biotin capsules for serious results.

8. The UK’s Best Razor

The benefits:

This particular beard grooming tool is a little different to the others, as it’s used to add by taking away.

We’re not telling you to shave, of course, but you should always have a high-quality safety razor in your beard grooming kit for tidying and shaping your beard.

Whether you properly care for your neckline and top-line may make or break your beard style, and unless you’re trying for a particularly rugged appearance, you should constantly pay attention to these areas.

What to look for:

This may come as a surprise, but there’s actually quite a lot to look out for when choosing which safety razor to buy.

The weight of the razor plays a big role, as the weight of the razor itself should be doing all of the work for you. Getting a close shave without having to apply much pressure is the goal.

The majority of safety razors feature a simple screw-off top for changing the blade, however a handful include a butterfly top. Instead of a more time-consuming and complicated unscrewing and re-screwing, the butterfly razor’s head pops up and shuts with a single twist.

Butterfly heads make blade swapping considerably simpler, but it really comes down to personal choice.

Our top 3 recommendations:

1. Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge Premium Safety Razor

Wilkinson Sword is one of the biggest names in shaving all around the world.

Only companies of this size are usually able to offer such high-quality tools for such great value.

This double edge safety razor has some excellent weight to it, a handle size that is easy to grip and control, and even comes with 5 refill blades.

2. BAILI Butterfly Double Edged Safety Razor

There’s a time when every bearded man wants to know what life’s like on the other (non-bearded side). And there are few better tools to get you there than this butterfly double-edged safety razor by BAILI. 

The razor head’s micro-comb guard design provides you with a smooth, close, irritation-free shave. It’s made from high-quality rust-proof zing alloy with chrome plating and is entirely recyclable – that’s a win for the planet and a win for your grooming routine. 

3. Bamboo Double Edge Silver Safety Razor

Double Edge Safety Razor with Long Natural Bamboo Handle

If you’re in the market for a safety razor made with eco-friendly materials, you’re in luck with this offering from Bambaw. Made with an environmentally conscious bamboo handle, this razor allows you to achieve a closer, smoother shave with professional results. Say goodbye to irritation or ingrown hairs, and say hello to a clean shave and a razor that will last a lifetime. 

As with all safety razors, you’ll save money. Unlike with disposable razors, all you’ll need to buy are new blades, promising excellent value for money in the long run.  

Alex Cutler
Alex is the owner and Editor in Chief of Mission Beard. When he's not researching articles or creating badass beard care products with the MB Crew, you'll find him exploring the great outdoors, training BJJ, or in the pub with a good pint.

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