I always envy the gentlemen I see who sport a perfect, immaculately-maintained beard. These guys never have a hair out of place, and their beards seem to almost flow, they’re so smooth.
My beard, on the other hand, tends to be a bit more unruly. I try to keep it in check of course, but there are still times when I feel like it is more of a wild-man beard than anything else. Perhaps you’ve been in the same situation, and like me, you’re looking for something to help you control your beard a little better. Well, maybe you should take a look Honest Amish Beard Balm!
Things to Consider Before Buying a Beard Balm
Beard balms are designed to give your beard a bit of shine as well as a bit of control. They’re primarily aimed at men whose beards have a bit more frizz to them or those whose facial hair tends to grow “out” more than it wants to grow down; I’m definitely in the latter category. If either of these scenarios describes you and your beard, a beard balm may be a good option. It could also be a good choice if you’re looking for something like a beard oil to condition your beard but you want more control. Again, if that describes you, you may want to consider a beard balm.
Should everyone use a beard balm? Beard balms are typically intended for longer, more unruly hair; if you wear a shorter beard or keep everything trimmed close, you may not need the extra hold. For shorter facial hair styles, most men opt for a beard oil. These nourish and shine the beard without the extra hold. A beard oil is liquid, whereas a beard balm usually comes as a solid and requires a bit more work to apply. So if you don’t think that a beard balm is the right fit, you should look at the beard oils; there are several out there that may suit you just fine. But since this article is about a beard balm, there are a few other things to take into consideration:
- The scent: Beard balms come in a variety of perfumes as well as unscented kinds. Are you looking for a particular aroma?
- The source: Do you want an entirely organic beard balm? Or are you ok with a non-organic version?
- The equipment: Do you have a beard comb and beard brush? You’ll need at least a comb but probably the brush as well to properly apply the balm and style your beard.
The Product–Honest Amish Beard Balm
Honest Amish is a small company located, as the website says, “in a small town in Western Pennsylvania.” The company is inspired by the local Amish industries and how they hand-make all of their own products. While the company sells soaps and candles, a large part of what they make is focused on beards.
Honest Amish Beard Balm is marketed as a “leave-in conditioner,” which helps to both style and nourish your beard. The balm is sold in several versions, including scented, unscented, and heavy-duty. It comes in a tin as a semi-solid that is loosened between the fingers and then applied. I found the application process to be quite easy. Below, I’ve listed some pros as well as some cons of the Honest Amish Beard Balm.
- Price: Honest Amish Beard Balm is priced at $12.87 for a 2 oz. tin if purchased directly from the Honest Amish website. Since I only needed a small amount, this meant the tin lasted a while.
- All natural: The balm is made from all-natural ingredients.
- Variety: Honest Amish makes several variations on the same theme; I used the original one found here. But there are also heavy-duty varieties for really wild or long beards and unscented ones for guys who aren’t looking for any extra scents.
- Amount: The price given, $12.87, is for only a 2-ounce tin. That’s not a lot, and while it will last me for a while, it may not go as far for a longer/thicker beard.
- Hold: More on this later, but I will say that the original beard balm didn’t have the strongest hold. That wasn’t a huge deal for me–my beard isn’t the longest, so overall it worked just fine. But for others, it might be a holdup (no pun intended).
Facts and Features
The beard balm is based on a blend of natural oils, including argan oil and jojoba oil. This means that the balm is very nourishing, and it adds a fair amount of shine to your beard as well. While I continue to use the beard oil along with the balm, you could actually get by with just the beard balm–very handy if you’re in a hurry.
Butter-based, not wax-based
Not the edible butter, of course. Honest Amish uses shea butter as well as a number of other natural butters like cocoa and aloe to give the balm a thicker consistency. But since they don’t use beeswax (or, even worse, paraffin wax), the balm has a lighter feel than a pure beard wax. I found that it was much easier to work with–it spread easier and consequently held much better.
Honest Amish Beard Balm is a “leave-in conditioner.” While there were some other reviewers who washed the balm out after a few minutes, overall there’s no real need. You just apply a beard oil, apply the balm, style, and leave it be. I liked the convenience of it.
Easy to work with
I found that using the beard balm really did make my hair much easier to style and shape. Even just combing it was much easier; the knots and tangles combed out quicker, and my beard lay much flatter when I was done. When it came to the actual styling part, it was a big improvement. The Honest Amish Beard Balm has just enough hold to keep your beard out of trouble, but where it excels is at keeping all the loose strands of hair from flying all around. The balm really did a number on the wild ends my beard usually has. That, of course, makes the finished product look a lot better.
The oils and butters in the balm do a great job keeping your beard nourished throughout the day. The instructions on the tin say that you don’t have to use the balm each day, and I did find that if I skipped a day or two my hair kept a lot of its shine. You lose a bit of the hold and styling after the first day, but my beard still looked much better.
PRO TIP: Apply the beard balm while your beard is still damp, even borderline wet. This helps to trap the moisture in your beard and keeps it from drying out.
After some quick searching, I found several other recent reviewers of the Honest Amish Beard Balm. Most seem to really enjoy the product. You can find their videos or articles below.
The Backpacking Engineer’s review is a little older (from 2014) but does an excellent job taking you through his process of using the Honest Amish Beard Balm.
Major Beard is definitely a fan.
Another favorable review that works through the entire process is from Beard Dude.
I really enjoyed the Honest Amish Beard Balm, but it might not be for you. If you’re looking for an alternative, try one of the following options.
- Grave Before Shave Beard Balm is night-and-day different in packaging from Honest Amish. If Honest Amish is your conservative uncle, then Grave Before Shave is your heavy-metal-loving crazy aunt who lives in Sweden. But the product itself serves the same purpose as Honest Amish– conditioning and styling your beard. Grave Before Shave is also available for only about a dollar more than Honest Amish, and many of the reviews compare the two brands quite favorably.
- Smooth Viking is another brand with radically different packaging, although Smooth Viking’s tin stands out because it isn’t over-the-top crazy like Grave Before Shave. Inside the rather plain tin is a very well-received beard balm, however. Smooth Viking sports a richer smell than the others, and many reviewers report that it is widely versatile, good for skin and nails as well as for beards. In some cases, the lady friends were stealing Smooth Viking for their nails, they liked it so much. If the Amish aren’t your thing, maybe a Viking will suit you better!
- And back to the inventive product labeling with Slam Bam Beard Balm & Conditioner! A slightly more expensive brand than the previous ones, Slam Bam sells for about $20 compared to $12.87 for Honest Amish. But the product gets great reviews, and like Honest Amish is made in the USA. Slam Bam is wax-based, which provides a much stronger hold at the loss of some of the moisturizing abilities. But if you’re looking for something similar to Honest Amish, able to nourish but also provide a much stronger hold, then Slam Bam may be a good bet. And the picture itself is fantastic, of course.
Having trouble keeping your long beard under control? Tired of a dry or itchy beard? Honest Amish Beard Balm can help solve both of these problems. The balm is high-quality, organic, and easy-to-use. It works well, as I can testify, at both controlling stray hairs and nourishing your beard. Check it out on Amazon or directly from the Honest Amish website.