Post date: March 24, 2021 | Blog

Beard Balm vs Beard Wax: Which beard product is right for you?

Beard balm and beard wax are becoming increasingly popular beard grooming products on the market. It used to be that the trusty old beard oil held the monopoly over beard-loving men and their grooming regimen. However, as beards are becoming more acceptable and common in today’s world, the demand for different types of grooming products has grown also. Which is great news for us beardsman!

Some of these newer products include beard balm and beard wax: the subjects of today’s article. We’re going to discuss the differences and benefits between these two popular beard products, and give you some direction in choosing the right product for you!

Beard Balm vs Beard Wax: Overview

We’ll go into more depth later in the article, but here’s a quick summary: Beard balm will provide less of a hold than wax, but more moisturizing and health benefits. Beard wax, on the other hand, is a dedicated styling product that provides a strong hold, but few health benefits.

Why is this? Put simply, beard balm is a beard grooming product meant to bridge the gap between the moisturizing properties of beard oil, and the styling properties of wax. If you’re looking for a dedicated styling product, go for beard wax. But if you’re looking for a “do-it-all” product, choose beard balm.

Here’s a short video describing the differences!

Now, let’s talk about each product individually to see what makes them unique!

Beard Balm

Beard balm is a men’s grooming product that focuses on delivering a combination of moisturizing, softening, and styling qualities. Often called a “leave-in conditioner,” beard balm is commonly made with many of the same essential oils that you can find in beard oil, but combined with various waxes and butters to create a thicker consistency. This thicker consistency also provides a medium hold for your beard.

Beard balm will typically provide longer hydration than beard oil will due to the length of time it takes to absorb balm into the skin as opposed to oil. Beard oil, especially a high-quality beard oil, will absorb very quickly into the skin to avoid becoming sticky, uncomfortable, or heavy. This is great for quick hydration but often means that you need to re-apply beard oil more often than balm. This is why balm will last longer.

Common Beard Balm Ingredients

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We can’t speak for every beard balm that is on the market, but we can give you an overview of what to expect with Premium Volt Beard Balm.


  • Bees Wax, Carnauba Wax, Lanolin Wax: 100% natural waxes that lock in moisture and provide thickness and style to your beard.
  • Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Capuacu Butter: Adds volume to hair, moisturizes skin, and combats dryness, itchiness, and flakiness in your beard.
  • Babassu Oil, Jojoba Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Olive Oil, and Argan Oil: Light, fast-absorbing, and hydrating oils that provide shine and softness to your beard.

And by the way, Volt Beard Balm is preservative, silicone, GMO, phthalate, and cruelty-free, and made only with natural and organic ingredients. Now let’s jump into wax!

Beard Wax

Beard wax is a styling product meant to provide a long-lasting and high-strength hold for your beard hair. Think of all those classy gentlemen with handlebar mustaches, they are likely using beard/mustache wax to style and shape their mustache in that fashion. Beard balm wouldn’t provide enough strength for you to do this (unless you used a LOT of it) and even then, as the beard balm absorbs into your skin, its effect would weaken.

Beard wax isn’t meant to absorb in the same way that beard balm does, and this is why it can provide a greater hold. Wax is simply made with a much thicker set of ingredients. Let’s discover those ingredients, and their benefits, now!

Common Beard Wax Ingredients


Here is a list of the ingredients you can find in premium Volt Beard Wax!


  • Bees Wax, Carnauba Wax, and Lanolin Wax: 100% natural waxes for hydration and thickness to lock in style and hold hair.
  • Pine Rosin: Organic pine rosin meant to provide a refreshing pine scent and much stronger hold for beard and mustache styling.
  • Abyssinian Oil and Jojoba Oil: Provides shine, moisture, and assists with the pliability and softness of the wax.

And, as always, Volt beard wax is preservative, silicone, GMO, phthalate, and cruelty-free, and made only with natural and organic ingredients.

As you can see, there is really only a single ingredient that makes up the difference between beard balm and wax; Pine Rosin. This pine rosin provides the added thickness and scent that makes beard wax so specialized and effective as a styling product compared to beard balm.


So, there you have it. The only question you need to ask is “What am I looking for in a beard grooming product?”

Are you looking for a well-rounded product with some health and style benefits (balm)? Or are you looking for a specialized styling product (wax) to compliment your favorite beard oil? The choice is yours!

Either way, if you’d like a little direction, go ahead and click the button below to take this quiz on which VOLT product is right for you!

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