So apparently there is sometimes some confusion on the difference between these two products, so what is the difference between Beard Balm and Beard Butter?
The base ingredients for the Balbo Beard Co #5 Balm (review here) are Organic Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Hemp Seed Oil and Argan Oil
The base ingredients for the Beardlab Darwin Beard Butter (review here) are Coconut oil, Palm oil, Jojoba wax, Peach Kernel oil, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Bees Wax, Palm free Vegetable Glycerin & Vitamin E.
Now all brands are going to slightly vary the ingredients but you can see why there is some confusion. The ingredients are very similar.
Is Beard Balm actually the same as Beard Butter? The answer is No!
What is the difference between Beard Balm and Beard Butter?
A beard balm has a higher ratio of beeswax to the butters used and sometimes there is no wax at all and this obviously results in a softer and often smoother consistency.
Beard balm will provide a hold to your beard and is great if like me you have unruly beard hair, balms will come in different strengths of hold any where from an almost butter like consistency up to very firm that is almost like a moustache wax.
Balms will often need to be worked in the palm of your hand to soften ready to apply to the beard, in winter some balms can take a fair bit of work. They also may not give your beard that sheen that an oil gives.
Beard butter will have less wax and more butter and therefore be softer and smoother and easier to work with. The butters are more moisturising and will only provide a small amount of hold and therefore your beard will feel a lot softer and it will have a more natural feel.
So how do you choose which to use?
This is really down to personal preference but if you have been using an oil and want a little more control, then try a butter but if you want your beard to keep its shape and have some hold or it is unruly, well then a balm may be more for you.