Honest Amish Beard Balm Review

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By now it’s not a surprise to anyone: Beards are back. Once was the purview of bikers and lumberjacks, beards of all shapes and sizes have become more common over the past couple of decades. With such a resurgence in facial hair, it’s only natural that products for styling, conditioning and cleaning beards have been exploding all over the market. With so many beard balms out there, it is worth noting that Honest Amish Beard Balm has led the market for years. In this article, we’ll explore why and see how Honest Amish stacks up against several other leading brands.

Beard balms serve three main purposes. First, they are used to condition your beard, much like the hair on your head. Since beard hair is more stiff and wiry than head hair, beard conditioner is typically made from different substances than typical hair conditioner. While there are beard oils that condition, beard balms typically contain a mix of waxes and butters that give it a more solid consistency. These waxes and butters allow the balms to serve a second purpose besides conditioning—namely shaping and taming the beard.

Most of the beard balms you’ll find use natural ingredients, for two reasons. First, it’s a popular feature. When there are natural versions of products available, especially ones we use on our face, people gravitate toward those. And since the natural ingredients in these beard balms don’t drive the price point up too high, it’s counterintuitive to go with anything else. The second reason is simple: The natural oils, waxes, and butters in beard balm work better than the alternatives and leave a pleasant scent.

In this review, we’ll look at Honest Amish Beard Balm, and how it stacks up against other popular beard balm brands.

Honest Amish Beard Balm Review

Over the past several years, Honest Amish has established itself as a leading supplier of all natural grooming supplies, including shampoos, conditioners and—you guessed it—beard balms. Based in Pennsylvania, Honest Amish makes their products by hand and uses simple ingredients. All of their products are made 100% in the U.S. from only natural ingredients. Their beard balms come in a reusable metal tin that won’t leach like plastic does.

What is Honest Amish Beard Balm?

Like any beard balm, Honest Amish Beard Balm is a mix of essential oils to strengthen and condition your beard hair and a thickener to shape your beard. Many beard balms contain beeswax, and several contain different natural butters. Honest Amish contains a blend of shea butter, coconut butter, aloe, and kokum, with no beeswax. This makes for a great conditioning balm though it won’t support an elaborately styled beard for long. If you’re looking for a clean, soft, great-smelling beard, you can’t go wrong with Honest Amish.

Product Specs

Honest Amish offers a variety or beard products, including a heavy duty version that is waxier and better for styling. In this review, we’re focusing on the original balm and conditioner, which is more geared toward softening and hydrating your beard and the skin underneath. This is especially important if you find you’re subjected to the dreaded “beardruff,” or dandruff that falls from your face and settles on the front of your shirt.

If you’re new to the world of beard balm, you’re in for a treat. That scratchy, stiff growth on your face can be soft, smooth and comfortable after just a few days of using one of these products. Before we go diving into the review, let’s go over how beard balm is applied.

  1. Get your beard wet (but not soaked) with just a little bit of water, to spread the balm evenly through your beard.
  2. Take a small amount of the balm from the tin and place it in your hand. When we say small, we mean small. Depending on the product, an amount about the size of a kernel of corn can be enough. If you’re not sure how much to use, start with less than you think you need. A small amount of beard balm can go a long way.
  3. Rub your hands together gently, allowing the balm to soften. Balms made with more wax may take more time to warm up and melt.
  4. Run your fingers through your beard repeatedly in the same direction, doing your best to apply the balm evenly.

And that’s it. Once you’ve applied your beard balm, you can leave it in all day and feel more confident about your face.

Pricing

So, how much is this going to cost you? The good news is, beard balms are fairly inexpensive and last for a while. Prices among various beard balms are fairly stable. While most balms come in 2-ounce containers, some are smaller. Price per ounce ranges from around $4.50 to $7.50. Since each 1.5-2 ounce tin will last for months, pricing isn’t going to be a deciding factor unless you’re picky about your budget.

 

How it Compares

We picked a couple of similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Wild Willie’s Beard Butter
  • Smooth Viking Beard Balm
  • Beard Balm – All Natural Leave-in Conditioner

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner

Honest Amish has been around for a long time— longer than the current beard trend. The Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner is one of their most popular products, and it is also the best-selling beard balm on Amazon. Each batch of beard balm is handmade from all natural, vegan-friendly ingredients. While it contains beeswax to hold your facial hair in place, it isn’t the strongest contender for shaping and styling. However, it is great for conditioning, leaving your beard hair and the underlying skin moisturized. The scent is a subtle, woodsy tone that isn’t overpowering. An unscented version is also available to suit your preference.

PRICE
HOLD
SCENT
CONDITIONING
Overall Quality

Around $13 for a 2-ounce tin $$

Oils

  • Virgin argan
  • Avocado
  • Grape seed
  • Virgin pumpkin seed
  • Apricot kernel

Butters & Waxes

  • Shea butter
  • Aloe
  • Cocoa butter
  • Kokum

Pros

  • No animal products used
  • Good conditioning
  • Scent is pleasant without being overpowering

Cons

  • Is not the best for shaping
  • Slightly more expensive than other brands

Wild Willie’s Beard Butter

If you’re looking for a product with a little more hold that is still all natural, Wild Willie’s Beard Butter is a solid choice. In addition to yellow beeswax, it contains shea butter to help tame an unruly beard or shape it to perfection. Wild Willie’s is available in several aromas, including pine, tea tree, and cool mint. Each scent is created using natural ingredients, with nothing artificial added. Still, the smell can be too strong for some users and can linger for an hour or more before dissipating.One potential downside to Wild Willie’s Beard Butter is that it contains emu oil, which is harvested from the fatty tissues of native Australian emus. This will be a concern for those who don’t want to use animal products in their beard oil.

PRICE
HOLD
SCENT
CONDITIONING
Overall Quality

Around $9 for a 2 oz tin $

Oils

  • Sweet almond
  • Apricot
  • Gold jojoba
  • Castor
  • Argan
  • Tea tree
  • Cedarwood
  • Rosemary

Butters & Waxes

  • Shea butter
  • Yellow beeswax

Pros

  • Good hold due to shea butter and beeswax
  • All natural
  • Money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No unscented option
  • Contains animal products

Smooth Viking Beard Balm

If you’re looking for a beard balm that does a little bit of everything, take a look at Smooth Viking Beard Balm. This balm is initially much thicker and waxier than other balms, and must be rubbed between your palms to soften it up. Its thickness means it is one of the best for shaping your beard and taming wild hairs. It’s made with beeswax, shea butter, and mango butter. Be warned: use too much in your beard, and it will stay greasy all day due to its thick ingredients.In addition to its superior hold, Smooth Viking Beard Balm conditions well, making it a good all-around beard balm. The aroma on this one is almost nonexistent, and after a few minutes, you likely won’t even notice a scent at all. This can be a good or bad thing depending on what you’re looking for from your beard balm. If aesthetics are all you’re after, the unscented balm may be your best bet, but if you like a fresh, pleasant smell to your beard, you may need to look elsewhere.

PRICE
HOLD
SCENT
CONDITIONING
Overall Quality

Around $13 for a 2 oz tin $$

Oils

  • Avocado
  • Sweet almond
  • Pumpkin
  • Argan
  • Castor

Butters & Waxes

  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter
  • Beeswax

Pros

  • Shapes exceedingly well
  • Does a little bit of everything
  • Subtle scent

Cons

  • Scent may actually be too subtle, depending on your preferences
  • On the more expensive end

Beard Balm – All Natural Leave-in Conditioner

It may be strange in a review about beard balms to see a product called Beard Balm. But the no-frills nature of this product extends even to its brand name. Beard Balm All Natural Leave-in Conditioner is another good all-around product. It has decent hold, though it won’t keep an elaborate beard styled all day. Beard Balm’s aroma is a mild but satisfying blend of eucalyptus, geranium and lemon peel. This one will condition your beard, keep your hairs soft, and help to shape and style your beard. While it does each of these things competently, it doesn’t excel in any one area.

One thing to note is that although the price is on the low end, the container is only 1.5 ounces as compared to the standard 2 ounces, making this product actually the most expensive per ounce on the list.

PRICE
HOLD
SCENT
CONDITIONING
Overall Quality

Around $10 for a 1.5 oz tin $$$

Oils

  • Grapeseed
  • Coconut
  • Lemon peel
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium

Butters & Waxes

  • Beeswax

Pros

  • Does a little bit of everything
  • Good aroma that isn’t overpowering
  • Ingredients sourced from environments listed as free of contaminants

Cons

  • Most expensive on the list
  • Not the best hold or conditioning

Conclusion

Obviously, there is a wide variety of beard balms available. Many are made with all natural ingredients, and most have fairly similar pricing, so how do you choose which one is right for you? First, you need to decide whether elaborate styling will play a part in your beard routine. If that is your main goal, Smooth Viking is an excellent choice. Besides being a decent conditioner, Smooth Viking will give you the hold you need for hours on end. We give it 5 out of 5 stars for shaping and hold, and 4 out of 5 stars overall.

For the rest of us, who aren’t so concerned with crafting landscapes on our chins and want a soft, healthy, clean beard, Honest Amish Beard Balm is our favorite for a reason. Its mix of oils and butters provides a smooth, soft feel and an aroma that is both pleasant and manly without being overpowering. For day to day conditioning, Honest Amish Beard Balm gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

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