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If you’re like a lot of men, you have some sort of grooming kit at home.
You know what we’re talking about – a bag or box where you keep essential items like a toothbrush, deodorant, nail clippers, etc. It’s convenient, and it travels well.
The same true with beard grooming kits. But we’re talking about kits that feature one company or brand’s tools for beardsmen. That includes beard and mustache grooming kits, as well. It’s one-stop shopping, and grooming rolled into one.
In this post we’re going to review our favorite beard grooming kits – starting with the superb Seven Potions Beard Grooming Set – and also talk about the advantages of buying a kit instead of buying each product separately (it’s cheaper, for one).
Let’s get started:
|Seven Potions Beard Grooming Set||Check on Amazon →|
|Beardsley in the Box Beard Care Set||Check on Amazon →|
|Zeus Deluxe Beard Grooming Kit for Men||Check on Amazon →|
|Maison Lambert Deluxe Beard Care Kit||Check on Amazon →|
|Beard Care Kit by Mountaineer Brand||Check on Amazon →|
|Grave Before You Shave Beard Care Pack||Check on Amazon →|
|DUCKBUTTER Beard Oil Beardsman Pack||Check on Amazon →|
|The Art of Shaving Beard Grooming Kit||Check on Amazon →|
Before you buy: 5 Tips for choosing a beard grooming kit
There are things to keep in mind before you buy your first beard grooming kit.
Sure, grooming kit obviously needs to include the right tools – shampoo, oil, etc. – to make it a complete beard grooming kit, but also take into account how those tools perform where it matters, on your beard.
1. Check the ingredients
If your skin is sensitive, or even if it’s not, a kit that has all-natural ingredients should be your number one choice.
2. Your kit needs to include a high-quality comb or brush.
All the beard oil and balms in the world won’t get rid of the knots and tangles in your beard, but a beard or brush will.
Make sure your kit addresses hydration, i.e., whether your facial hair and the skin below it is properly kept moisturized. That said, a kit that includes oils and balms is always helpful.
Pay attention to the kit’s fragrances: in the oil, shampoo, wash, conditioner, etc. Make them appeal to you and those around you because you don’t want to invest in a full kit and then find out you don’t like how stuff smells.
5. Shampoo and wash
A good kit should always include some wash or shampoo. After all, how great is a beard if it’s not clean? But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule.
8 Best beard grooming kits of 2020
The Seven Potions brand is riding a way ever since its inception in England in 2014. Focused primarily on premium male grooming products with natural ingredients, their products are showing up on a variety of “best of” reviews, and deservedly so.
Their Beard Grooming Set has everything a serious beardsman needs: beard oil, beard brush, and beard shampoo, and contribute to giving you a soft, manageable beard that looks – and feels – well-maintained.
You’ll also get the three products in full-size versions, not half (or smaller) containers that you get in many beard grooming kits.
Indeed, there the same size you get from Seven Potions’ regular portfolio of products.
Their Woodland Harmony Beard Oil softens and controls your unruly beard hairs while nourishing the skin to prevent aggravating issues such as beard itch and beardruff.
The oil contains jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, as well as vitamin E, which stimulates beard growth, among other things.
The Seven Potions Beard Shampoo – also included with this kit – has a similar woodsy, masculine scent while answering the bell in a variety of categories, including that it softens your beard, reduces dandruff, and the fact that a small amount of it produces a rich lather.
Last, but not least, the Seven Potions premium beard brush completes the kit and helps keep your beard styled and well-maintained. Made of 100% boar bristles, it comes with a pear wood body.
- Perfect for yourself or as a gift
- Natural ingredients
- Oil and shampoo come in full-size containers
- Few, if any, but some reviewers say that you need to use an extra bit of oil on coarse beards
Another great product by the folks at Seven Potions.
It has everything you need to keep your beard looking its best, and you don’t have to worry about the oil and shampoo running out early because they come in regular-sized containers.
Perhaps the best beard grooming kit.
Some grooming kits will give you everything you need but just not a lot of it.
Our friends at Beardsley say, “the hell with travel-size shampoo, conditioner, etc.” and give you full-size everything instead. We thank them for that.
That said, the Beardsley kit is all about the hygiene of your beard and not beard growth.
Not that other kits don’t also place emphasis on hygiene, but Beardsley figures that a clean, great-smelling beard will, among other things, draw the ladies in rather than push them away.
So what do you get in a Beardsley kit? Full-sized containers of top-notch shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and oil, that’s what.
Your kit comes with two shampoos – Wild Berry Ultra Shampoo and Cantaloupe Ultra Shampoo. Both shampoos are specially formulated for beards and mustaches.
Beardsley’s ultra conditioner leaves your beard feeling soft and your skin smooth and refreshed.
Meanwhile, the unique lotion has a cooling Bay Rum scent, while the oil is lightweight enough to be used every day and keeps your beard extremely manageable.
- Two distinctly scented shampoos
- Full-sized bottles of all products included
- Your beard will be clean, look great, and smell awesome
- No comb or brush
You’ll love the different Beardsley products in their beard grooming kit, not the least of which are their uniquely fragrant shampoos and lotion. It’s not an inexpensive kit, but the full-sized bottles will last a long time.
Zeus has you covered – and then some – with their beard grooming kit.
But that’s no surprise because their kit is based on the premise that a good-looking beard is one thing, but a good-looking beard that is soft and manageable is even better.
Make no mistake; the Zeus Deluxe Kit is comprehensive because it includes beard shampoo, conditioner, beard oil, and boar bristle brush, and a cool burlap sack with which to carry it all. It’s worth taking a look at each:
Zeus Beard Shampoo and Wash is good stuff. It’s formulated especially for beards and mustaches and also has an antioxidant blend that’s great for all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, no worries. This shampoo will work for you.
A key ingredient in the shampoo is Dragon’s Blood, a tree-based substance that reduces skin inflammation. The shampoo and wash also include green tea – which is great for dandruff – and chamomile, which strengthen hair while also giving it a nice shine.
And, like a quality beard shampoo should, Zeus’s brand won’t strip your facial hairs of natural oils.
Made from all-natural ingredients, the Zeus Conditioner Wash will condition and soften your hair while protecting skin cells. It also protects you from beardruff and split ends.
- Beard oil
You have to have beard oil in your kit. Oil makes your beard healthier, fuller, and more manageable.
Still not convinced?
Well, it also keeps your skin from drying out and the beardruff flakes at bay.
The oil in the Zeus Deluxe Beard Grooming Kit answers the bell both regarding ingredients (all-natural) and performance.
It even comes in three scents: Verbena lime, sandalwood, and vanilla rum. You’ll look good and smell good, but you won’t overpower anyone with fragrance.
- Good price for a comprehensive kit
- Choice of beard oil scents
- Designed to keep your beard in shape as well as looking good.
- Shampoo smells great
- Not many cons, except perhaps the bit of dust that comes with the burlap bag and lack of brush.
It’s not a stretch to call this an exceptional beard grooming kit. It has everything you need to keep your beard looking and feeling great.
Everything about the Maison Lamber Deluxe Beard Care Kit has a classy feel to it, and it all starts with the cool wooden cigar box it comes in.
Indeed, it’s classy in pure French fashion, and that includes everything in it: organic beard balm, organic beard shampoo, a wooden beard comb, and the organic body soap that’s also included free of charge.
Maison Lambert is also diligent when it comes to keeping their products hypoallergenic and artificial fragrance-free.
Their scents come from pure essential oil to create a pleasing but not overpowering fragrance that has hints of wood.
There’s no-animal-testing with Maison Lambert’s ingredients, and they’re free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, toxins, and all the other artificial junk that’s not good for your skin or hair.
Let’s do a run-through of the Maison Lambert kit’s individual elements:
- The handmade beard soap includes shea butter and beer. That’s right, beer, because beer has been known to calm and soothe irritated skin and also contains ingredients that act as an anti-bacterial agent. It’s good stuff.
- The shampoo includes argan oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and cocoa butter – which are essential ingredients in any beard shampoo the claims to be legit. It gives you a good lather and leaves you with a softer beard that has a pleasant smell.
- Maison Lambert’s beard balm is 99% organic and has a smooth and easy texture that makes it easier to apply than many other balms. Even better, it does a great job in fighting beard itch and beardruff.
- The beard oil also lists argan and jojoba oil among its ingredients, as well as Tocopherol – which is an antioxidant from the vitamin E family. It absorbs quickly into your beard and provides the kind of woody scent that most women will find appealing.
- The beard comb is handcrafted, looks great, and does everything you’d expect a quality beard comb to do.
- Everything about Maison Lambert has a personal touch.
- Excellent fragrance
- Natural ingredients
- It’s hard to pinpoint any specific faults with this kit. To do so would be nit-picking.
Everything about this kit reeks of class, from the box it comes in, to the products included in the box. You could do a lot worse with other kits.
Don’t let the brand name fool you.
True, “Mountaineer” conjures up images of rugged, bearded men living off the land, but Mountaineer Brand’s products – while decidedly masculine – give your beard a refined, lush looking beard, not a scraggly appearance that screams “unkempt.”
With their complete beard care kit, Mountaineer Brand gives beardsmen the opportunity to manage their beards at every step of the way. Their Beard Care Kit includes beard oil, beard balm, beard wash, and a military-style (oval) beard brush.
And it all comes in a nifty burlap bag.
Mountaineer Brand’s kit can also lay claim to being 100% natural without chemicals. There’s nothing artificial about their “stuff.”
Mountaineer Brand beard oil is considered to be among the best on the market and would make the rest of this kit worthwhile even if the other products were mediocre (which they’re not).
It’s ideal for preventing dry, brittle hair and, like the beard balm and wash, it has a woodsy smell that’s clean but never overpowering.
The Mountain Brand beard wash contains all-natural essential oils and is made from an organic (and mild) Castile soap base.
Like their beard oil, It’s available in two scents – cedarwood and fir needle – and lathers up nicely. Use it at least twice a week for best results.
The beard balm comes in three aromas – grapefruit, lime, and fir needle. Again, they’re pleasing scents that won’t knock you over because they’re so strong.
As mentioned, the beard brush is in the classic military style and is designed to keep your beard tidy and in order.
- The beard oil and wash are truly top-notch
- All-natural ingredients
- Brush isn’t as good as you’ll find in other kits.
This kit comes at a good price and for what you’re getting it’s a bargain. You can’t go wrong with the beard oil and wash, but the other products included in the kit also will help you keep your beard looking its best.
Just the name itself – “Grave Before You Shave.”
Says it all, doesn’t it?
As a dedicated beardsman, you probably have days when you’d rather pass from this mortal coil than shave your incredible display of bearded glory.
That said, however, there’s more to Grave Before You Shave than a great name that captures the spirit of many proud beard-wearers.
Their Beard Care Pack is ideal for any man who is serious about taking care of their beard.
Here’s what you’ll get with your Grave Before You Shave Beard Care Pack:
- Two bottles of beard oil (Viking Blend scent and Bay Rum scent)
- Beard soap
- A switchblade beard comb
All of the elements are high quality, which isn’t a surprise because the folks at Grave Before You Shave are devoted to helping men maintain the best-looking beard possible.
The GBYS oil not only smells great – with two scents to choose from – but also does a great job in keep your beard conditioned and untangled.
You’ll like how it helps you style your beard, but also to help keep it (and your skin underneath) moisturized and free from itching.
The beard soap is similarly effective and also keeps your beard air from becoming too frizzy while also keeping it conditioned.
Finally, the kit comes with switchblade comb that looks great and enables you to style your beard effectively.
- The oil is great for moisturizing your beard
- Very affordable
- Natural ingredients
- It doesn’t include beard balm or wax
Grave Before You Shave has achieved almost cult-like status, but they also deserve plenty of props for the quality of products they produce. While this kit doesn’t include balm or wax, you’ll love the oils and the fact you get a choice of two scents.
DUCKBUTTER’s Beard Oil Beardsman Pack – the product name’s a mouthful, but it accurately mirrors quite how much bang you get for your buck when you buy it!
So what do you get?
You get 4 separate scents, plus a Natural Boar Brush & Genuine Peach Wood Comb. All of which comes in a beautifully packaged gift box.
The scents are subtle – deep and rich without being overpowering. They are: Beard Commander (a manly, musky scent); Forrest Ranger (a natural, fresh scent); Metro Spice (a spicy citrus scent); and Cool Mint (a fresh, energizing minty scent).
While each is great, the best (in our opinion) is the Metro Spice, because it has the most manly, forceful fragrances with a touch of clove to add some freshness to the mix.
Each of the oils is also great quality: it’s never gloopy or excessively thick, and it will keep your beard slick and clean at all times. They are easier to wash out than most oils. And they contain plenty of lovely moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin happy as well as softening your whiskers nicely.
And the comb and brush are great – the perfect size to fit in your dopp kit, and nicely bristled to achieve a proper scrub.
This set is incredible value: you get so much bang for your buck, and the actual quality is tip-top.
- A great variety of scent options
- Oils are really kind to your skin – particularly great for dry skin
- Set contains everything you’ll need to keep your beard perfect
- A lot of people dislike the plastic insert in the bottle, which gives you more control over dosage but it does require more effort to use
A wonderful collection of top quality oils with lovely scents, a great comb set that is valuable in-of-itself and a great package.
There really is a great deal to love about The Art of Shaving’s Beard Grooming Kit, so we’re just going to go through the set item by item..
A tip-top quality wash that will keep your beard hair clean and shining. It’s enriched with lots of lovely olive oil as well as a nice splash of jojoba seed oil, which makes for a rich, nourishing lather. It doesn’t only remove dirt, oil and impurities – actually moisturises the skin and softens the facial hair.
The beard wash also features a beautiful peppermint oil scent which is not too strong but just enough to be energising in the morning.
This works great for basically any beard style and hair type.
With olive oil, castor oil and another little splash jojoba, the beard conditioner takes the work of the beard wash into overdrive. It softens your beard absolutely beautifully at the same time as spreading an extra level of peppermint scent – this time infused with rosemary and eucalyptus.
Sandalwood Beard Oil
Finally, the sandalwood beard oil tames and moisturises the beard within an inch of its life, for an exceptionally clean and shining mane. With argan, avocado and – yet again – jojoba oils, you end up with a completely greaseless finish that looks healthy and lustrous. Plus it boasts a lovely, masculine sandalwood scent.
Plus it all comes in a nifty little travel bag which keeps the whole set safe.
While the set doesn’t include a beard comb – an absolute essential element to a good kit – we were so impressed with the three items this kits does contain we’ve put it on the list anyway. Just add your own choice of comb to sack and you’ll be ready to roll.
- Exceptional ingredients
- Great scents
- Keeps the beard looking healthy and feeling great
- Doesn’t come with a comb
Pretty much a perfect set; just add your own choice of comb and any beardsman will be happy.
Buying a kit or buying grooming products separately: What makes most sense?
Beard grooming kits, particularly the best ones, don’t come cheap. Our top choice, the Zeus Deluxe Beard Grooming Kit for Men, will cost you close to $70.
On top of that, if you have a fondness for, say, a particular beard oil or shampoo, but already have a brush that’s from a different brand (and that you love) then a kit might seem like an overall expense you don’t need.
For instance, let’s say I love ZilberHaar Pure Boar Bristles brush and wouldn’t think of exposing my dear beard to any other brush. And there’s also a particular oil I have to have from a different company and won’t settle for anything else.
In either case, it may be worth my while to buy grooming products separately.
On the hand, if there’s a brand you like and are willing to use all of its individual beard grooming products, then a kit is a good way to go.
You’ll also save money in the long run.
Let’s take a do a quick price breakdown on two of our favorite grooming kits listed above, starting with the Zeus Deluxe Beard kit:
- If you bought each of the Zeus products separately (shampoo, conditioner, oil, boar bristle brush) you’d spend nearly $80. But you can get the entire kit on Amazon for $68.
- The same math applies with the Mountaineer Beard Care Kit. If you bought their wash, balm, oil, and brush separately, your total bill would be $45. Sold together in a kit, however, you’d spend $38.
Buying a kit as a whole makes more sense economically, especially if you’re loyal to one brand or company. Besides, look at the money you’re already saving by not shaving.
Here’s the other thing: beard grooming kits make great gifts. You’ll save money, and he will get all the tools he needs in one package.
And we think he’ll like that.
How we chose the best beard grooming kits
There’s no crystal ball or secret formula when it comes to our reviews.
However, there is a lot of research and personal experience. Can we try every grooming kit out there? No, but only because we don’t have the resources.
But we dig deep while being mindful of products that receive high rankings and plenty of positive reviews. After all, if enough people say something is good (or better), there’s enough reason to believe them. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, as they say.
That brings us to the end of our beard grooming kit review, my bearded friends. There are a variety of great kits available, so take your time, do the research, before you select that one that’s right for you.
As always, we also welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback. Do you have a favorite beard grooming kit? Would you rather buy beard products separately and not in a kit? If so, tell us why.
Until next time.