I have been testing a Beard Balm from The Great British Grooming Co and basically my advice is don’t touch this stuff. Its hideous and nothing like a beard balm at all, it quickly turns to a very thin oil in your hands and is just a botch of ingredients designed not for your beard but to cash in on the lucrative beard care market!!
If I had the choice of whether to use Beard Oil or Beard Balm, I would choose the latter! My beard is now at a decent size and I have a very dry and messy beard and so balm controls my beard better keeping those stray hairs in check.
Balms are usually made up of Beeswax, Shea Butter, Cocoa butter and essential oils to give it that scent. Some balms even come in different strengths of hold and this is down to how much beeswax is in the balm. I actually like a firm hold as my beard is messy!
I washed my beard ready to test this Beard balm from The Great British Grooming Co and then opened the tin. It’s a 50g metal tin with a screw and is adorned with the sleek black branding that makes this product stand out on the shelves.
I was quite surprised when I opened the tin to see a pure white balm, normally a balm is a yellowish colour from beeswax, I also don’t read anything about a product before I test it, I want to remain unbiased that can happen from reading the ingredients or blurb, I like to make up my own mind by putting it on my beard.
Balms are used by taking some out the tin and warming it rubbing your hands together to soften the balm. This Beard Balm almost melted as I put my fingers into the tin and quickly turned to a light oil in my hand. This resulted in very little hold and was akin to using a light oil and left my beard feeling greasy and just horrible!
I was confused as to why a “Balm” would be like this and the list of ingredients answered my confusion. Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (derived from coconut oil and glycerin), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl alcohol (a naturaly fatty alcohol derived from stearic acid), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Parfum (?), Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Kernel Oil, BHT (chemically a derivative of phenol), Coumarin (a fragrant organic chemical compound), Eugenol (a member of the phenylpropanoids class of chemical ), Limonene (a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that can have an orange aroma), Cinnamal and Linalool (a naturally occurring terpene alcohol).
Wow, that is certainly one hell of a list for a product that can be made using organic and natural products, I have tested 14 balms prior to this and I am a balm fan but this, well this is something else I’m afraid to say and I get no joy in doing so!
This is the first time I have ever stopped testing a product, I only needed to use it once to know it was, well I am afraid shit is the only word to describe it, although shit has more consistency and is probably less harmful to your beard!!!