Washing your beard is a big part of your grooming routine towards a clean and soft beard. And getting the best beard shampoo can be a more important task than you can think of.
We are sure that you have already noticed it, but we care to point out once more: there is a beard revolution going on out there! And more and more men are joining the cause.
Perhaps you are wondering why.
It is because a beard is not only a sign of masculinity, but it also shows dedication, self-discipline and care.
This perception of masculinity comes from the long gone era when men were considered manly enough only if they had the savage look and the good, full beard.
Now times have changed and we judge men by their character more than by the fullness of their beards. However, deep down, we still sometimes surprise ourselves making this outdated association.
A good beard is also a sign of dedication.
One might naively think that this is going to be easy, but we speak from experience when we say that there is a lot of commitment and enthusiasm needed in order to carry on with the journey of facial hair.
It also takes a lot of self-discipline not to give up at the first sign of itch or at the first discouragement from your friends or family.
Patience is a virtue that is key when you grow a beard. And only a disciplined man can have the patience to wait and nurture a beard until it reaches its full potential.
Last but not least, we want to make it clear that it is impossible to grow a majestic beard without proper care.
If you are here on our website, we guess you have already figured it out: beard grooming is an important component of your bearded journey.
You can be disciplined and dedicated not to shave your beard. But if you don’t put some caring routine in the mix, you won’t make it very far!
And this last point takes us to the subject we would like to address in this article: finding a great beard wash and its key role in the beard growing process.
There is a lot of emphasis put on beard oils, beard waxes and beard balms and we feel that beard shampoo’s importance is somehow neglected, when, in fact, it is perhaps, more important than all of the above.
As beard enthusiasts and potion makers we felt it was our duty to correct this injustice.
In order to do that, we will first explain:
- What is beard shampoo?
- Then, we will answer the obvious question: what is the difference between beard and normal hair shampoo?
- We will further explain what makes a beard shampoo the best and we will elaborate on the criteria for selecting the best beard shampoo.
- Lastly, we will put together the best elements that are part of our personal beard wash routines, in order to help you attain the best results while using your selected top-notch beard shampoo.
Let’s get the party started!
What is a beard shampoo
That is a very good question.
Now that you have started this awesome project, you have to pay attention to all the steps towards achieving great results.
Washing your beard is one of them. Before starting to grow a beard you were just using water and that was enough.
You might be tempted to think this is still enough when growing a beard.
But you’re a smart man! Don’t fall in that trap!
Great beard comes with great responsibility!
And just like hair on your head becomes greasy and even starts smelling if not treated with care, the same thing will happen with the hair on your face.
And this one is right under your nose. You don’t want to smell that!
In order to grow a healthy and full beard, washing with shampoo is of utmost importance.
Debris, dust and excessive sebum can only be cleaned with appropriate products. Not to mention that a good shampooing will also speed up the growth and will take you to the expected results much faster.
But since beard is made of hair, why should you use a different product, you might wonder. In this case, please proceed to the next section.
What's the difference between beard and normal hair shampoo
This is a question that we encounter a lot. It happens a lot of time to hear that this is an industry generated need and that, in fact, using a regular shampoo will get you to the same results.
Actually, we beg to differ.
There is a big difference between regular shampoo and beard shampoo. The root of the difference comes mainly from the fact that we are dealing here with two different types of hair.
While the hair on your head is thinner and less exposed, your beard is the result of repetitive shaving, it is surrounding your mouth and is placed on your face. That means that it is the first one to take on the dust, the crumbles and the food and, due to your shaving history can be quite rough.
As it is in principle shorter, it is also prone to split ends, which only lead to an even rougher beard. It is for these reasons that your beard needs a special treatment, in order to grow properly, become soft and reach its full potential.
Hair shampoo usually contains detergents, such as ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, salt, in the form of sodium chloride or synthetic fragrances. All these strip hair and skin of their natural moisture, leading to rough beard and itchy skin.
They also contain some natural ingredients such as essential oils, but, usually, not enough to compensate for the harm done by the artificial ones. This is not such a big deal for the skin on your head, as it is a thicker type of skin.
However, the situation is different with your beard. As the beard is on your face and, we all know, the skin on our faces is more sensitive and more prone to irritation.
Unlike hair shampoo, beard shampoo is richer in carrier and essential oils, glycerine and other ingredients that help nurture the hair and moisture and protect the skin. However, be aware: there is no such thing as a 100% natural shampoo but only in very rare cases!
In vast majority of beard shampoos, the foaming effect can be obtained only with foaming agents. Which, by default, isn't natural except for only a small number of ingredients such as coconut acid. But, in any case, a good beard shampoo, will go as close as possible to “natural”.
And speaking of good beard shampoo, you might now be wondering what makes a beard shampoo the very best.
What makes a beard shampoo really the best?
There are of course many factors contributing to the quality of a beard shampoo.
What we used to pay attention to when we started growing our beards and, what we care about now that we started developing our own products are the following:
- natural ingredients,
Look at the label on the back
As mentioned also above, natural ingredients can make the difference between dandruff-y, dry, itchy beard and the majestic beard you are actually aiming for.
We learned this the hard way and we wouldn’t want you to repeat the same mistakes as we did.
Do your research before.
If your chosen beard shampoo contains any of the below ingredients, perhaps you should reconsider.
Ingredients to avoid, as they can cause rashes, itch and dryness of skin and hair:
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Chloride
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum
- Propylene Glycol (also known as antifreeze! Yes, the one you put in your car!)
Instead, maybe you should look for something that reminds your of the botanics lessons in school.
Another element that we consider that distinguishes a very good beard shampoo from an ordinary one is performance.
By performance we understand texture, foaming and results.
From our experience, a good beard shampoo is relatively thick, it forms a thick foam, by using just a small quantity, it makes the beard soft and it moisturizes the skin. After the wash your beard should be easy to comb and soft at touch.
The best perfumes come in small bottles
The container might be the last thing you think about when you buy your cosmetics products. But be aware that this element has an impact on the quality and shelf life of the product that is inside.
We consider that the best container, especially for products that are made of natural ingredients, is the amber bottle.
It is no wonder that most pharmaceutical products come in amber bottles.
It protects the product from deterioration caused by light, as it filters blue or ultraviolet light. This way, you can enjoy your product for a longer time.
Last but not least, we think scent is also important when choosing your beard shampoo.
As beard is on your face, pay attention to what you’re putting your nose through :). Of course, this is always a matter of taste.
But if you ask us, a beard shampoo should be manly yet subtle. It should make heads turn, but shouldn’t cause any fainting. Especially since you use this product a couple of times per week, you should avoid causing yourself nausea with something as simple as a beard shampoo.
This is what we pay attention to when making our products and what we consider makes a beard shampoo the best.
There are however certain other criteria that you should pay attention to when selecting your best beard wash.
Criteria to selecting the best beard shampoo
Besides the ingredients, that should be as natural as possible, we also consider brand to a quite important when selecting the best beard shampoo for you.
We have noticed on the market a battle between well established cosmetic companies and what could be called startups.
Although we are a startup ourselves and we encourage you to give startups a chance, we must warn you that you have to pay attention to what you are buying.
Handcrafted is charming but it doesn't make it better
Don’t just go for the cheap, “handmade” version, that is not registered and packed with the respect of cosmetic industry regulations. You don’t want to end up with rashes, irritations and who knows what kind of infections.
Ingredients are key to a good beard wash
Do your homework before going shopping and check out the company and the ingredients!
Packing is more important than you can imagine
Pay attention to the container, as well.
As pointed out in the above section, the container can prolong the shelf-life of the product. Moreover, it can be an indirect indicator of the fact that the product contains more natural ingredients.
A good product comes with the price
Of course, price always plays an important role in our decision making process. Make sure you get the best price-quality ratio, considering the ingredients, the brand, quantity, performance and container.
Don’t disregard a product just because it seems to be a bit more expensive.
Perhaps it comes in a bigger quantity than its competitors. Or perhaps it contains better quality ingredients.
And don’t just go for a product because it’s cheap. A cheap product can also mean that somewhere there might be a compromise. It could be in terms of ingredients. Or in terms of quality. You wouldn’t want to put your own face at stake!
Here's why Seven Potions Beard Shampoo is one of the best beard wash you can get
Now that we shared with you almost all our potion makers’ secrets, we would also like to present to you our own baby: the Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo.
We like to think that it is one of the best beard shampoos on the market. Not because it is the result of our love and passion for beards, but because it really checks all the criteria presented above.
Of course, we encourage you to experience more beard products before settling. But we do hope you will give us a chance to convince you.
We must assure you that we didn’t make any compromise in terms of quality. We are using the best natural ingredients from reputable suppliers. We have tested each one of our products thoroughly, in order to make sure that we will deliver the very best for you!
The Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo has more than 90% organic, natural ingredients, among which aloe vera and blackcurrant extracts, vegetable glycerine and wheat protein, ensuring that your beard will be conditioned and your skin moisturized.
It takes only a pea size quantity to create super lather that will wash all your bearded cares away. 250 ML will take you a very long way, ensuring that you get the very best for what you pay.
It comes in an amber bottle, protecting this magic potion from UV light damage and ensuring that all the active, super-powerful ingredients will keep their qualities as long as it takes.
We specifically left the following for last.
The Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo has the perfectly balanced scent that will blow your mind.
The cedar wood, sandalwood and our secret combination of 4 essential oils make this beard shampoo not too strong, but not too subtle either. It is the perfect combination of sweet and musky, which will definitely turn heads around.
If you are looking for a safe choice in terms of ingredients, a soft beard, no signs of split ends, a moisturized, itch-free skin and a go-crazy-for scent, then we are sure the Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo is for you!
Give it a try! We are sure you’re gonna love it!
Now that we have explained what is a beard shampoo, what makes a beard shampoo the best, what to pay attention to when buying a beard shampoo, why the Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo is one of the best on the market, it would only be fair to also share with you our own routine in terms of beard wash.
Before Seven Potions, we were just friends who happened to also be passionate about beards.
Since we started Seven Potions, we have brought our passion to a whole new level. Not only that we constantly share our bearded cares, but we also try to identify the best practices in terms of beard care routines. This is the result of our latest Seven Potions survey on the subject of beard wash.
We have all used the Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo in different ways and after debating the results, we have concluded in several points analyzed below:
- Depending also on the length, beard should be washed at least three times per week. Taking into consideration the polluted environment, the fact that we sometimes eat with our beards and that we all have the tendency to continuously stroke our beards, a proper shampooing is necessary to clean up the dust, debris, rests of food and all bacteria that might lead to a rough, itchy beard.
- Although the beard can be washed independently, we advise washing it when showering and, preferably, towards the end. Taking your time until washing your beard will allow the pores to open up and properly absorb the moisturising elements of your beard shampoo.
- We can’t speak about other beard shampoos, but when it comes to the Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo, a pea size quantity will take you a long way in terms of foaming.
- Make sure you not only shampoo your beard, but take the time to also massage it. It will allow for the oils to get into the skin, it will increase the blood flow, thus speeding the hair growth.
- Once done, rinse properly. Leaving the shampoo in can have the opposite effect of a rough, wiry beard!
- You a clean towel to dry your beard
- Brush (check out our beard brush) or comb your beard, preferably, after applying your very best beard oil.
That being said, we think you now have all our secrets in terms of beard wash routine.
By the end of this article, you should know what beard shampoo is and that there is quite a significant difference between the beard shampoo and the hair shampoo.
While the beard shampoo is rich in oils and natural ingredients, the hair shampoo might actually do damage to your beard.
Another important aspect we clarified tonight is that you have to pay attention to ingredients, performance, container and scent when you chose your beard shampoo.
- Natural ingredients are always welcomed for a better result.
- An amber bottle will increase the shelf life of the product.
- The scent, although a pure matter of taste, should not be too strong.
You should do your homework and check the brand! And, while price is important, make sure you know what is hiding behind it!
We also hope we have convinced you to use our Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo. Try to apply our routine while using it and let us know the result!
Stay strong and bearded!