Smell (Irrelevant to Effects)
The predominant scent of this CBD beard balm seems to come from the argan and jojoba oils it contains. It smells largely sweet, almost dessert sweet, which was an issue for some of our testers, who reported that the sweetness was inescapable (after all, the beard is very close to the nose).
Our female testers tended to love the smell, but then again, they weren’t the ones wearing it inches below their noses all day. We say all this to warn you that, if you’re averse to strong scents or don’t care for overly sweet smells, you may not be that into this product.
The CBD beard balm from Hemp Bombs is off-white in color. It has a texture that’s halfway between buttery and waxy — not that surprising, considering it contains shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. It’s very firm to the touch, but warms up quickly with some rubbing. This may feel strange to some users, but don’t be fooled: a little bit of this beard balm goes a long way, and that little bit on your fingertips will do more than you might think.
Its waxiness helps it tame flyaways and errant hairs, lending a clean-cut, polished look to even the most unruly beards. However, this texture can make it a bit difficult to work through the beard. If you have especially coarse hair, we recommend starting with a beard oil to lend manageability and softness before using the balm to style.
We noticed better control over beard hair, cleaner edges throughout the day, and fewer flyaways. We also noticed a gradual improvement in the condition of our hair and skin over time using this CBD beard balm. Shave bumps grew smoother and less inflamed, itching lessened, and our skin felt softer and more elastic under the hair.
This CBD beard balm allowed us to create sharp, well-groomed looks that lasted from morning until late at night without excessive maintenance. With longer beards, the product tends to help the hair stay together especially well, which is nice — most of the time. That said, one of our testers did note that, on a windy day, he was hit in the face by his own beard for the first time after using this product.
Best Used For
We feel like this CBD beard balm is best suited to beards that need a high level of control to stay looking well-kept throughout the day. If your beard is shorter or on the curlier side, this balm may be able to help smooth your hair into submission and maintain your look throughout the day.
We feel like this CBD beard balm, and its cousin the CBD beard oil, could be especially helpful for people who struggle with razor burn and ingrown hairs after shaving. The CBD within can help soothe sensitive skin, reducing inflammation and the itching and pain it causes. The blend of beneficial oils in the balm can help hydrate the skin and improve its condition over time.
Best Used With
For the best beard styling experience, we recommend coupling this CBD beard balm with a beard oil. The oil will impart softness and manageability, allowing you to style the hair how you want it without a fuss. You can then use the balm to lock your style in place without compromising touchability.
If you’re looking to bring the benefits of CBD to the rest of your body, try an oral product. We recommend a systemic product like CBD gummies or a tincture to reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety for hours at a time.