beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chincheeks or neck of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. From an evolutionary viewpoint the beard is a part of the broader category ofandrogenic hair. It is a vestigial trait from a time when humans had hair on their face and entire body like the hair on gorillas. Since hair bore parasitic bugs and ticks, as humans evolved they lost more hair, due to the advantage that a more glabrous body prevented parasitic bugs. The evolutionary loss of hair is pronounced in some populations such as indigenous Americans and some east Asian populations, who have less facial hair, whereas Caucasians and the Ainu have more facial hair. Women with hirsutism, a hormonal condition of excessive hairiness, may develop a beard.

Throughout the course of history, societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era's fashion trends. Some religions (such as Islam and Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all males able to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdomstrength, sexual prowess and high social status. However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a "savage", uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor.


Beard oil is a grooming product for bearded men, akin to conditioner for hair on your head.  It is unknown as to how long beard oil has been around, although earlier versions of today's products may go back as far as the 1930's.  I have also read that Native Americans living in cold climates used beard oil made from natural oils, but the accuracy of this is unknown,

What ever its history, today's beard oils can make the difference between a healthy-looking, well-groomed beard and the 1960's  scruffy look.  The oil usually contains conditioning ingredients, such as jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil, that can also prevent flaking- known as "beard-druff" - and can hydrate the skin, preventing "beard itch".  Good-looking whiskers are hard to maintain in cold, windy weather, especially if you're using hard water, both of which are drying.  then, too, the hair in a man's beard can sap nutrients and oils  from the underlying skin.   Beard oil helps to replace them.  All you have to do is rub a few drops into your beard after your morning shower.


Beard balm is simply a leave-in conditioner that moisturizes, conditions, softens and helps style your beard. Most beard balms contain shea butter for softening and moisturizing, sweet almond oil for conditioning and boosting growth, and sealant (such as beeswax) for sealing in moisture.