Oil or Balm. We hear this question all the time. Which one do I use? What’s the difference? Do I need both? Yes, you want both and there is a difference.
The best way to think of it is to think about when you fry up some chicken. Oil is there to coat and moisturise. It also adds protection while giving it what it needs so it doesn’t dry out when you add the heat. And it works quickly. Balm is exactly what it says on the tin. It balms, or protects. It’s the batter that makes sure the moisture that's in that chicken stays in that chicken. It helps seal in the oil and helps prevent it from just evaporating away when your face hits the elements. Or for that matter the oil hits the heat coming off your face.
Do both moisturise? Yes. Both have moisturising qualities. We use coconut and avocado oil in both of ours to moisturise both hair and skin. Balm however also contains beeswax which helps give it some hold and styling quality. But with some balms containing up to 40% beeswax that's nearly half the goodness so we recommend using both beard oil and beard balm as beard oil on its own will evaporate quickly. That way, the balm seals in the oil, meaning the oil can get to work quickly and you can rest assured knowing you’ll stay looking tip top at the end of the day.
And now you know. Is all about both oil AND balm.