Top 10 Best Beard Washes & Shampoos

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Great beards are not born. They are bred, they are groomed, and they are maintained. If you have a beard you may know this, and if you’re looking to grow a beard, take note. Before you pull out that trimmer, and even before you apply your beard balm or butter, you need a beard wash or shampoo. Indeed, like all great hygiene, great bearding starts in the shower.

Now, we aren’t talking about using whatever drugstore shampoo you have lying around, nor even a fancy salon brand. You need a beard shampoo or wash specifically. There are numerous reasons for this. Regular shampoos are designed to de-grease, clean and soften the hair on your head. When it comes your face though, your beard needs the extra oils that your follicles produce otherwise it will become dry, frizzy and susceptible to breakage and split ends. Beard shampoos and washes are made to work with, instead of against, the natural oils produced by your skin and facial hair. Also, your face and your beard take a beating every day whether you realize it or not from natural dirt, dust, and pollutants. Shampoos and washes get rid of all that environmental gunk. Next, if you are a gent that likes to color your beard, these products will help preserve the dye. Finally, beard washes and shampoos help nourish and hydrate the skin to help get rid of and prevent the ever-dreaded beardruff.

While adding one more must to your morning routine may seem a bit grueling at the outset, don’t worry. Using a beard shampoo or wash is fast and easy and is only recommended once every two to three days—using daily will dry your beard out and again, strip it of its natural oils. If you have a short beard, you’ll only need one quick pass of working a lather through and then rinsing. If you have a longer beard, two to four passes should be more than enough. Once you start using a beard shampoo or wash on a regular basis, you’ll start to see a healthier, shinier beard and won’t need as much beard oil or beard balm too. Which brings us to one last important caveat: A good beard shampoo or wash does not replace a quality beard balm or butter, or even beard oil. It is a great complement to these necessities and together they will give you the pleasant, glistening bristles of your burly, bearded dreams.

Check out our selections for the best beard shampoos and washes. These picks are all under $25 and will last for months, so you can feel good about making your beard look better. We’ve listed them from cheapest to priciest, for your added shopping convenience.


1. Maple Hill Naturals Honest for Men Beard Wash

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(MAPLE HILL NATURALS)

Sometimes, a superior shampoo doesn’t come in a bottle, it comes in a bar. Maple Hill’s orange, lavender and patchouli scented solid is simple and straightforward, with all-natural ingredients and no chemicals. In fact, the company claims, “If we couldn’t pronounce the ingredients we didn’t use them,” which is nice to know when it comes to a product you use repeatedly on the ol’ moneymaker. Plus, one of the main reasons many men complain of itchy beards and skin is because of those harsh chemicals used in many of the other products on the market. This bar won’t strip your natural oils or damage hair follicles, and can even be used on the rest of your body too if you so please. The recycled paper board container it comes in is also great for storage at home and on the go.

When it comes to using, this nice and hefty chunk of soap is easy to manage and will last a while. In fact, Maple Hill claims that one bar is equal to 24 ounces of regular liquid shampoo. Once you’ve worked the lather through your beard, let it sit for a short minute to allow the natural oils to really work their way into your skin and beard. Then rinse and carry on your way. The result will be softer scruff that’s also easier to comb and brush.

Price: $7.99

If the Original Scent doesn’t sound like your speed, you can also choose from Black Forest, Mint Tea, or Stealth blends.

Buy the Maple Hill Naturals Honest for Men Beard Wash here.


Pros:

  • Comes in storage container
  • Under $10
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons:

  • A bit drying
  • Scent is a hit or miss

Find more Maple Hill Naturals Honest for Men Beard Wash information and reviews here.



2. Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap

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(HONEST AMISH)

Here’s another handy bar option that’s also under $10. Honest Amish is known for making everything by hand and in small batches from original recipes. Their Beard & Body Soap holds up to its promise of delivering a milder, non-drying face and beard cleanser. It features lavender, clove, cedarwood and anise essential oils, as well as kaolin clay. Kaolin clay is highly regarded as the gentlest of all cosmetic clays and does not strip skin of its natural oils in order to cleanse.

This bar does do a great job of cleansing gently, while still removing product like yesterday’s beard wax. It’s easy to get a full lather too. Perhaps too easy though—the packaging warns to keep the soap away from running water. The issue is that this bar is a bit softer, so constant contact with water will start to turn it into mush. The bright side to this is that you can cut the bar up into a few different pieces, bring one into the shower, and then store the rest.

Price: $8.77

Buy the Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap here.


Pros:

  • Mild and not drying
  • Choose from two scents
  • Under $10
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons:

  • Keep away from running water
  • Scents are hit or miss

Find more Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap information and reviews here.



3. Mountaineer All-Natural Beard Wash

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(MOUNTAINEER BRAND)

This handsome bottle looks like it comes from a fancy French shop, but it only costs $10. The Mountaineer Brand has built a name for itself on delivering high-end, quality beard care products at modest price points. It’s beard wash delivers and is uniquely formulated with natural castile soap. Originating in Castile, Spain, castile soap is made from vegetable oils, is biodegradable and non-toxic. It also boasts grease-grabbing properties that won’t leave your beard stripped of all its natural oils. This might give you a less than squeaky clean feeling after you use it, but rest assured, your fuzz will be soft, free from dirt and happily still oiled.

The Mountaineer All-Natural Beard Wash has a natural, earthy pine scent that won’t linger too long on your skin or irritate your nose. Plus, a little goes a long way and it works up nicely and easily into a good lather.

Price: $10

Buy the Mountaineer All-Natural Beard Wash here.


Pros:

  • Castile soap
  • Lathers nicely with little product
  • All-natural ingredients

Cons:

  • Not as great for skin as it is for your beard
  • Scent is a hit or miss

Find more Mountaineer All-Natural Beard Wash information and reviews here.


4. Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo

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(BEAUTY AND THE BEES TASMANIA)

If you were to sign up for a class on beard care, Professor Fuzzworthy would definitely be the most-wanted instructor on the list. This chunky shampoo cube is rich in conditioning olive and castor oil and leatherwood honey. It also incorporates two highly unique ingredients exclusive to Tasmania, Australia where it is made: Tasmanian beeswax to combat itch and Tasmanian Kunzea, an antiseptic oil.

While this is a cube shape as opposed to a standard bar, you use it just the way you would the latter. Some users found it easier to get a good lather by applying the cube directly to their wet beard as opposed to using their fingers. Whichever way you choose, when you go for this pick, you’ll enjoy a high-performing product that leaves your beard feeling soft and pleasantly fluffy between washes.

Price: $12.95

Buy the Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo here.


Pros:

  • Nice job of softening the beard
  • Can be used on hair, beard and body
  • All-natural ingredients

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a storage case
  • Scent is a hit or miss

Find more Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo information and reviews here.


5. Grave Before Shave Beard Wash Shampoo

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(GRAVE BEFORE SHAVE)

With its black and white skeleton packaging, you know Grave Before Shave Beard Wash Shampoo is hardcore. The shampoo itself is thinner, lighter blue in color and has a more throwback, masculine sort of fragrance (the company likens it to an “old time barbershop”). It’s also enriched with argan oil to keep your facial follicles hydrated and happy, and can also be used on all hair if you’d like. A little bit of product also goes a long way into creating a nice, rich lather and that means it’ll last too.

If you find yourself facing beardruff or itchy spots, the Grave Before Shave Beard Wash Shampoo will also help alleviate those common beard annoyances as well.

Price: $13.95

Buy the Grave Before Shave Beard Wash Shampoo here.


Pros:

  • Lathers up nicely
  • Softens well

Cons:

  • Includes sulfate which can be irritating and drying
  • Scent is a hit or miss

Find more Grave Before Shave Beard Wash Shampoo information and reviews here.



6. Spartans Den Premium Beard Shampoo

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(SPARTANS DEN)

Spartans Den will help you “make your beard as strong as a Spartan.” Their products are all handcrafted in small batches for a higher level of quality control and offer more appealing, modernized fragrances. Their Beard Shampoo features premium ingredients including coconut, shea and aloe vera for noticeable results that won’t leave a heavy residue or result in dryness.

One unusual step with this cleanser is the directive to shake it before you apply it to your beard or mustache. From there though, it’s business as usual, requiring you to work it into a nice lather, rinse thoroughly, and repeat as necessary. If you commonly deal with beardruff, this is another excellent pick, and will eliminate those nasty flakes and leave your beard feeling softer, thicker and more manageable.

Price: $13.99

Buy the Spartans Den Premium Shampoo here.


Pros:

  • Fights beardruff and itch
  • Promotes thickness and growth
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons:

  • Thinner consistency
  • Doesn’t add much softness

Find more Spartans Den Premium Beard Shampoo information and reviews here.


7. Beardsley Ultra Shampoo for Beards

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(BEARDSLEY AND COMPANY)

Wild berries and an old, distinguished man just might lead the way to your beard cleaning salvation. That is, if you go with our next pick, Beardsley Ultra Shampoo for Beards. This cleanser is formulated especially for facial hair and to help with the underlying skin. It also alleviates itch and improves manageability of previously unruly bristles to leave them feeling clean and fresh.

While the berry scent may not seem the most manly choice, this shampoo does not smell like your mom’s favorite beauty store. It is a bit sweeter than others, but comes off as quite light and fresh and even better, tastes pretty okay if you happen to get it in your mouth while using. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.

Price: $14.95

Buy the Beardsley Ultra Shampoo for Beards here.


Pros:

  • Can also be used on other hair
  • Softens nicely
  • Lathers up well

Cons:

  • Ingredient list includes chemicals
  • Scent is hit or miss

Find more Beardsley Ultra Shampoo for Beards information and reviews here.


8. Zeus Beard Shampoo & Wash for Men

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(ZEUS BEARD)

The Zeus Beard Shampoo & Wash for Men achieves the holy trifecta of beard cleansers: it cleanses, softens and relieves itch. It’s also made with dragon’s blood. While it may not be the kind found in Game of Thrones, it’s still pretty cool. Dragon’s blood is a tree-based ingredient that helps to protect skin cells and reduce and prevent inflammation. When you combine it with green tea’s anti-dandruff properties and chamomile’s restorative and shine-boosting abilities, you get one fine product.

Zeus has been around for over a decade and has done extensive research on what goes into quality beard products and it shows. Their Beard Shampoo & Wash for Men will definitely help you achieve their goal of, “making it easy to maintain your manliness with minimal effort.” You can also select from three different scent options: The warmer and sweeter Vanilla Rum, woodsy Sandalwood, or fresh and citrusy Verbena Lime.

Price: $16

Buy the Zeus Beard Shampoo & Wash for Men here.



Pros:

  • Three scents to choose from
  • Natural, organic ingredients
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons:

  • Some users found it drying

Find more Zeus Beard Shampoo & Wash for Men information and reviews here.


9. Bluebeards Original Beard Wash

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(AMAZON)

If a skeleton donning a blue beard tells you, “Don’t shave it. Maintain it.” you should listen. Bluebeards Original Beard Wash is everything you need to get your scruff under control and looking good. It’s extra-conditioning properties will help soften and smooth even the wildest of beards by gently fighting frizz and adding natural shine.

This is a great option for those who deal with beard flakes too. For an added assault on that pesky stuff, apply the cleanser, work it in with your hands, and then use a brush or comb to really get to the skin beneath. After rinsing and toweling dry, brush or comb your beard again for added manageability.

Price: $22

Buy the Bluebeards Original Beard Wash here.


Pros:

  • Great for getting rid of beardruff
  • Good for coarser beards
  • Extra-conditioning

Cons:

  • Chemical ingredients
  • Scent is a hit or miss

Find more Bluebeards Original Beard Wash information and reviews here.


10. Medicine Man’s Itchy Beard Wash

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(ONE DTQ)

Utilizing old-world, healing knowledge and developed in a Brooklyn, New York workshop, Medicine Man’s Itchy Beard Wash is for you if your main facial mane issue is dealing with skin sensitivities. This cleanser is specifically designed to alleviate the two largest beard itch problems: It will help you get through the early itchy stages of growing a beard and it will help you if you experience chronic beard itch, beardruff or redness of the skin beneath your beard. The key ingredient is sea fennel, which improves blood flow to those areas on the skin and regulates the regeneration of keratin to make hair smoother and less frizzy.

When using, you only need one or two pumps to work up a nice, foamy lather that will tackle even the longest of beards. It’s earthy scent features rosemary and lavender, two soothing and calming ingredients. While it is the priciest option on our list, it’s long-lasting and consistently exceeds user expectations.

Price: $22.66

Buy the Medicine Man’s Itchy Beard Wash here.



Pros:

  • Great for guys who suffer from beard itch, beardruff and skin irritation
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons:

  • Dispenser can be tricky to open
  • More watery consistency
  • Scent is hit or miss

Find more Medicine Man’s Itchy Beard Wash information and reviews here.


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