What is Beard Butter? And How to Use It

Beard butter is fast becoming one of the most popular products in all of beard care, and there is good reason for that. Beard butter can have a transformative effect on the appearance, health and feel of your beard, drawing away from ho-hum and steering it straight to magnificence. Beard owners around the globe are quickly discovering the benefits of regular beard butter use. But what is beard butter, what is beard butter used for, and how is it different from beard oils and beard balms? Should you use it, and if you do, when and how should it be used? Let’s take a closer look at beard butter and explore the answers to these questions.

What is Beard Butter? And How to Use It

What is Beard Butter?

The best way to describe beard butter is as a sort of lotion for your beard that benefits the hair as well as the skin underneath and at the same time offers a little bit of hold.

What is Beard Butter for? - How to Use It

While oil is used for pure nourishment, and balm is used mostly for styling, beard butter falls somewhere in between. Balms are usually made with wax, which means they’re harder and makes them great for styling. Butters are made with shea butter, coconut butter or cocoa butter, so they are softer to the touch and closer to a thick cream than they are a wax or an oil.

You’re going to get more nutrients out of your beard butter than you will from your balm and it’s going to leave your facial hair healthier, fuller-looking and softer to the touch than a balm would.

Who is Beard Butter for?

The answer is simple. Beard butter is for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy beard and healthy skin.

What is the difference between beard balm and beard butter? Beard wax? Beard oil?

Beard butter is a deep-conditioning treatment bursting with nutrients and made to be absorbed by the beard like beard oil, but also to offer a small amount of hold like beard balm. It’s a sort of inbetweener that offers the benefits of both a balm and an oil. Beard wax, of course, offers a stronger hold than balm, so it’s going to be much firmer and offer little to no nourishment for your beard. Beard butter can be used in place of balm or wax if your beard control needs are small. However, it should always be used in conjunction with a beard oil. Balms and waxes will leave your beard in place as they master that hold, whereas oils and butters will be absorbed and leave your beard soft. 

When do I use beard butter? Beard butter being massaged into a beard

If you’re considering adding beard butter to your daily beard care routine, you need to know the best time to use it.

Can You Use Beard Butter Everyday?

Yes, it is highly encouraged to moisturize daily with beard butter, but do not fully replace beard oil - use both.

Can you just use beard butter? Technically yes, but your beard will seriously be lacking in the benefits of including beard oil into your routine.

How many times a day should you use beard butter?

This answer can vary from Kingsman to Kingsman, and there are several options. One practice is to use beard butter at night. If you shower before bed, work your favorite beard oil in, wait a few minutes and then massage the beard butter through before you hit the sack. If you don’t shower, skip the oil and just use the butter. In the morning, you’ll find your beard is soft and easy to work with.

Another option is to use beard butter as a styling agent in the morning. If you’re looking for a light to medium hold, beard butter is perfect and your beard will be getting the nutrients it needs at the same time. Of course, use it after you let your beard oil absorb for a few minutes post-shower. With either of these methods or even both, you’re going to find your beard is softer to the touch than ever before!

Can I Use Beard Butter on Stubble?

The answer is overwhelmingly yes, as beard butter does an excellent job keeping both the hair and the skin underneath moisturized.

What is beard butter close up view

How do I use beard butter?

Whether you’re using your Kingsmen beard butter after a shower or not, you’re going to use it the same way. First, take a dime-size amount and rub it between your hands. Starting from the oldest growth to the newest, work your hands through your beard to disperse the product. Use your fingertips to apply the butter to your mustache as well. Don’t forget to get the underside of your beard! Beard butter provides benefits to your skin too, so you can work that product right to the roots. Any excess can also be rubbed into your arms, your hands or your elbows for a huge moisture boost! Once you’re done, use your beard comb to comb the product through.  Check out our Kent Beard Combs and Brushes here! 

Beard butter dime size close up for application

What benefits do I get from using beard butter? 

The benefits of regular use of beard butter are numerous. It is a long-lasting conditioning treatment for your facial hair. Most beard butters are packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep your beard looking healthy and clean. You’ll find that all your facial hair is softer and more manageable. It’s going to give your beard a much fuller appearance, so it’s great for all those Kingsmen with thinner or patchier beards. It’s a fantastic source of moisture that will combat dry, itchy skin and even dandruff under your beard. Some ingredients found in beard butters can even help to clear your clogged pores! Finally, beard butter can give you low to medium hold and help you smell great all day long.

What is Beard Butter Good for?

  • Deep conditioning
  • Softer hairs 
  • Light to medium hold
  • Gives a fuller appearance
  • Smells great
  • Prevents itching under your beard
  • Great for your skin 
  • Prevents dandruff
  • Can help clear blocked pores
Dime close up for beard butter portion comparison

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How much beard butter should I use?

Knowing how much beard butter to use can be a little tricky. That’s because, unlike other beard products, beard butter is designed to leave a little residue in there. When using beard oil or beard balm, you should be able to run your hands through your beard after a while and have them come out clean and grease-free. Beard butter, on the other hand, is going to leave a bit of a feel behind and that’s intentional. It’s a leave-in treatment meant to nourish your beard. It will be absorbed if you’re using the right amount, however. Some use it in the morning for styling purposes, but many Kingsmen use beard butter as an overnight treatment. The problem though is that it’s really easy to overuse beard butter which is one of the most common beard care mistakes. 

The question is, then, how can you tell if you’re using too much beard butter? 

Luckily, there are a few ways to tell you’re using too much beard butter, or even too little. For instance, if you’re really struggling the next morning to rinse out your beard butter, you’ve likely used too much. If your beard feels dry after a full night treated with your favorite beard butter, you’re using too little. One of the biggest signs you’re using too much beard butter, though, is going to be your bedding. If your pillowcase is a greasy mess every morning, you’re going to have to pull back on the amount of beard butter you’re using. 

A good rule of thumb is to use a dime-sized amount of beard butter for a full beard, but depending on how big your beard is, you may need to adjust this to suit your needs. 

Signs you might be using too much beard butter:

  • Is the beard butter difficult to wash out in the morning?
  • Is your pillowcase looking greasy?
  • Is your beard excessively greasy to the touch?
  • Are you using more than a dime-sized amount for an average-sized beard? 
Man looking into mirror touching and reflecting on the growth of his beard

Does beard butter help beard growth?

Beard butter is packed with nutrients that can help to promote healthy growth. A beard butter used in conjunction with a beard oil on a daily basis is even more effective in growing a full, healthy and soft beard. Both beard oils and beard butters offer vitamins and all kinds of other good stuff to assist with a thriving beard. If you’re struggling to grow a healthy, full-looking beard, we suggest starting with the butter/oil combo. 


What is the best beard butter?

Choosing a beard butter that’s going to yield the best results for your facial hair is important. You don’t want to be putting harsh chemicals near your face every day and every night. In short, the best beard butter is made with the safest ingredients, making sure to avoid toxicity.

What is in Beard Butter?

Our best advice is to pay attention to the ingredients. Are they natural? Do you recognize them? Do they sound like lab-developed chemicals or do they sound like something that can be harvested? Stick with clean ingredients and you’re going to get the best results.

How long does Beard butter last?

With natural ingredients only, expect beard butter to last for about 6 months on the shelf.

What is the Best Smelling Beard Butter? 

Kingsmen Premium offers a powerful beard-nourishing butter with a clean, natural formula. The ingredients are simple: Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and essential oils and fragrances. It’s made to be fully absorbed by your beard with no need to wash them out. Kingsmen all over the globe keep coming back to our formula and to our unique scents. Black Knight is reminiscent of a cologne scent with its blend of lavender, citrus, mixed Berries, sandalwood, and rum spice. Chainmail a clean scent made of citrus essential oils. The Dragon scent is made with authentic patchouli essential oil. You won’t easily forget the deep earthy notes, campfire, and a subtle cologne-type scent. Holy Grail is our Flagship scent with an Oud base. Oud was worn throughout history by noblemen and elites the globe over. Oud has a complex scent that is strongly reminiscent of dense honey.  It can also smell like green grass, dark woods and leather. Many Kingsmen have claimed it smells like catholic church smoke. Kings Court is a blend of natural sandalwood, vanilla, and rosemary essential oils. White Knight is a soft and clean combination of lemon, sage, and lavender. Wizard is a refreshing blueberry-thyme scent.  

Of course, you can also opt for our unscented beard butter if you’re looking more for utility than you are a scent.

No matter which scent you choose, daily use of Kingsmen Premium Beard Butter is going to transform your beard into a healthy, soft, full-looking masterpiece that any Kingsman would be proud to sport.