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 to 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 Zeus Beard Grooming Kit for Men – 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:
- Before you buy: 5 tips for choosing a beard grooming kit
- Best beard grooming kits of 2017
- Buying a kit or buying grooming products separately: What makes most sense?
- How we chose the best beard grooming kits
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, it 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.
- 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.
- 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 they 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.
- 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.
Best beard grooming kits of 2017
OK, now let’s launch into our beard grooming kit reviews:
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.
Zeus’s beard brush has 100% boar bristles, which is the gold standard (as we’ve touched on in previous posts). The rounded bristles help distribute oils evenly over your skin and hair, which keeps your beard soft and pliable.
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.
It’s not a stretch to call this the best beard grooming kit. It has everything you need to keep your beard looking and feeling great.
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.
DapperGanger has made a lot of headway on the men’s grooming scene for a lot of reasons, including the practicality and functionality of their products.
Moreover, except for their beard balm, all of their products are vegan and organic.
Yes, the DapperGanger wave is starting to rise, folks.
Their commitment to quality is certainly reflected in their beard grooming kit, which they tout as the “complete beard gift pack” and, it’s true, it would be a great Christmas or birthday gift for a serious beardsman.
Here’s what comes in it:
- Full-sized organic bottles for beard oil, beard balm, beard wash.
- A metal beard comb that doubles as a bottle opener.
- Stainless steel grooming scissors that will give you a clean, true cut every time.
It also comes in a canvas travel bag that’s second-to-none. Indeed, the bag alone would cost you over $30 on your favorite online shopping source.
But there’s more to this kit than packaging.
For starters, the beard balm and beard oil are top-notch and will condition your beard to make it soft and more manageable. They have a light, subtle scent with hints of lemongrass, mint, and rosemary that is pleasant but won’t overpower you. Even better, a little bit of oil goes a long way, so the 2-ounce bottle of it that comes in your kit will last a long time.
Their products are great for sensitive skin while also working with all hair types. Whether your beard is just out of the crib or a full-fledged yeard, this kit is for you.
- Certified organic ingredients
- Attractive, easy to carry bag
- Soft-textured beard balm
- Some reviewers say the comb isn’t as effective as others
The folks at DapperGanger also call this a “seriously badass beard care kit.” It’s hard to argue with them.
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.
There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with properly caring for your beard. But if you put in the time – and have the proper tools – the results are worth the effort.
At Wizard Grooming, they want you to be responsible when it comes to your grooming, but they also want to give you a helping hand. Hence, their top-notch Beard Care Kit.
This kit has everything you need to keep your beard looking its best, and also comes with a travel bag so that you’re never without your favorite tools, even if you’re on the road.
Better yet, the Wizard Grooming kit doesn’t discriminate when it comes to beard length. Whether your beard is short or long and massive, their products will enable you to get the job done right every time.
Each Wizard Beard Care Kit comes with a beard brush, beard comb, beard oil, and beard wax. In other words, everything you need from brushing to combing to styling and moisturizing.
The brush is made of natural sandalwood and sports boar bristles and enables you to brush broadly and evenly distribute your naturally-occurring oils without scratching and irritation. The beard comb has wide teeth and is static-free and is effective on even the thickest beards.
The Wizard Beard Care Kit oil meanwhile are all-natural and feature the kind of ingredients your beard will love: vitamin E, jojoba oil, and aloe vera. They absorb quickly into your beard and help give it a healthy look.
Their beard wax is formulated with nourishing ingredients, including Shea butter, emu oil, argan oil, and vitamin E to help keep your beard looking stylish throughout the day.
If you don’t like it, no problem: the Wizard Grooming Beard Care Kit comes with a full money-back guarantee with no questions asked.
- Good for beards of any lengths
- All-natural oil
- Brush and comb are great for styling your beard
- No beard wash or shampoo
This kit makes it easy for you to groom your beard no matter where you are. Maintaining your beard is a man’s game, and Wizard Grooming gives you the kind of tools that only a man can appreciate.
The people at Jack Black grooming and skin care prefer to keep things simple.
They’ve built their foundation partly on the idea that men don’t want to spend a lot of time grooming. And it’s not that men who are serious about grooming their beard are half-assed about it; they’d just rather get the job done without complication, in the least amount of time.
Products that are convenient and are multi-functional are what Jack Black is after. But they have to be good, too.
With the Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit, you get the convenience of having all of your beard tools in one place and – in the case of their All-Over Wash – you get a multi-functional product that works for your beard, face, and body.
Like the other kits listed here, it’s also nice to have an entire beard grooming process at your fingertips that will keep your prized facial hair looking stylish and healthy.
Let’s break it all down:
All-Over Wash For Face, Hair & Body
While we almost always recommend using a wash/shampoo that’s made for your beard, Jack Black’s many-functioned All-Over Wash gets the job done. It’s made with wheat protein and panthenol that produces a creamy, full lather, and will leave you beard smelling and feeling fresh and clean. Even better, it won’t strip essential moisture from your beard.
Beard Lube and Conditioning Shave
At Jack Black, they don’t dismiss a wild bush of a beard. But they think a beard looks best when it has clean lines around it. That’s where their beard lube and conditioning shave come in: it allows you to see where you’re shaving and in it includes jojoba and eucalyptus to help reduce razor burn and irritation.
Jack Black’s beard oil includes vitamin E and Kalahari melon oil to condition the skin while soothing irritation caused by dryness and ingrown hairs. You’ll develop a healthy shine on your beard while also having greater control.
Handcrafted and travel-friendly, this beard grooming comb will keep your facial hair net and help distribute your skin’s natural oils (and Jack Black’s beard oil) evenly throughout your face.
Almost all of Jack Black’s treatment products are fragrance-free. Instead, what you smell are the natural botanicals included in the ingredients. Moreover, there are no artificial colorings in these products.
- Multi-functional grooming tools
- Pleasant, natural fragrance
- Doesn’t include shampoo that’s exclusively for beards
Jack Black’s Grooming Kit is convenient, multi-functional and easy to use. It also comes at a good price. In short, it gets the job done.
Do you want tools? Craft Beard has you covered.
Craft’s Beard Grooming Kit provides you with plenty of tools to help you make your beard stunning: two bottles of beard oil, a cool natural sandalwood comb, and a pair of professional grooming scissors.
Oh, and their beard oil is inspired by the craft beer they also produce.
So, let’s see: a beard, craft beer – OK, you’ve twisted our arms!
Seriously though, this is a great all-around grooming kit that’s designed to “harness your true manliness.” At Craft Beard, they want you to grow out your beard, but they also want you to keep it well-groomed as it continues to evolve.
They also want you to enjoy your morning grooming routine, not dread it, and they design their products to make your morning routine feel less like a chore.
Here’s what you’ll find inside your kit:
- 1 bottle of Lumberjack IPA Beard Oil. Indeed, it has the light essence of their Lumberjack IPA combined with floral, pine, and citrus notes.
- 1 bottle of Professor Porter Beard Oil, which has an essence of a fine Porter/Stout with additional notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
- A natural sandalwood comb that’s called “The Beardtender.” Made of natural sandalwood, it’s an excellent comb for gliding through the denseness and pesky tangles of a full-grown man’s beard.
- 1 pair of professional stainless steel grooming scissors that are the perfect size to target individual hairs while also providing the kind of precision you need to shape your beard and mustache.
Both of the beard oils included consist of 100% organic ingredients. Like all good beard oils, they condition the skin underneath the beard to help eliminate itchiness, skin irritation, and beardruff.
Another thing we love about this kit: it comes in a wooden cigar box that’s completely reusable.
- Craft beer-inspired oils
- Professional grade scissors
- Organic ingredients
- The kit doesn’t come with a wash or shampoo
If nothing else, you have to love the oil included in this kit. I mean, how many oils are there that are inspired by craft beer? Uniqueness aside, however, it’s a very handy kit to have for your morning routine.
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.