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Beard Oil: How to Use, Recipe, Benefits & Where to Buy
Beard oil has become one of the top personal care products bought by men with beards. But exactly what does beard oil do and should you use it?
Beard oil is a grooming product used by men to keep their beard and skin healthy. It also acts as a cologne, giving your beard a pleasant smell depending on what brand and scent you choose.
All beard oils have two common ingredients: a natural carrier oil and an essential oil.
A carrier oil is the main ingredient of beard oil. It helps to supplement the natural production of sebum oil in the skin and to dilute essential oils. If essential oils aren’t diluted they can cause skin irritation and burning. Three carrier oils that are typically used in beard oil are argan, jojoba, and sweet almond oil. Each of these oils bring their own unique therapeutic properties to beard oil.1
- Argan oil is commonly used to hydrate and revitalize the skin.2
- Jojoba oil is used as an anti-inflammatory and for skin protection.3
- Sweet almond oil is also used as an anti-inflammatory and to improve skin tone.4
The second main ingredient of beard oil is an essential oil. Each brand of beard oil uses a different essential oil, or a combination of oils. Essential oils provide a scent to beard oil and some have additional benefits.5
- Cedarwood – antiseptic and treats dry skin.
- Sandalwood – treats oily skin.
- Eucalyptus – prevents skin irritation.
- Lemongrass – invigorating and opens pores.
There are many different beard oil products to choose from, depending on the carrier oil and the scent that appeals to your personally. Or you can make homemade beard oil which is easy to make with just a few ingredients. We’ve included a recipe below in this article.
But first let’s take a more in depth look at beard oil and its benefits, as well as the differences between beard oil and beard balm.
Beard Balm vs Beard Oil
Beard balm and beard oil are used for grooming your beard and keeping it shiny and healthy looking. Both products moisturize your beard and skin, but what are the differences between them?
Beard balm is thicker than beard oil, much like a wax. Its main ingredients are beeswax and/or shea butter. Beard balms will have a scent to them from the addition of essential oils, but typically they are less scented than beard oil.
Beard oil works as a moisturizer within an oil base, so it’s easily applied through your beard and is absorbed quicker than beard balm. Beard oil works better with shorter beards than beard balm because of the ease in which it can be combed through your facial hair.
Beard oil helps keep your beard and skin healthy. Balm does the same but is more frequently used when you want to give your beard a fuller look or if you want to style it.
How to Use Beard Oil
Beard oil is applied from the ends of your beard all the way to the skin, so it coats the hair follicles as well as the beard.
How to apply beard oil:
Apply beard oil first thing in the morning after you’ve cleansed your face, such as after a hot shower. The follicles and pores are more open on your skin at this time so more of the beard oil will be absorbed.
You only need a small amount of beard oil. Rub two or three drops of oil into the palm of your hand and massage it into your beard. Start at the base of your beard and work outwards. This way your skin will be moisturized as well. If you have a longer beard, use a comb to distribute oil evenly throughout.
If you have a longer beard, apply beard oil before going to bed as well as in the morning. This allows the oil to be absorbed while you sleep, giving your beard and skin a deeper moisturizing treatment.
Beard oil is going to work best on healthy hair. Hair grows best when you are taking care of your body which means exercising regularly and maintaining a nutritious diet. Many men keep their diet and fitness regimens in check by supplementing with multivitamins and testosterone support products like HexoFire Labs’ Delta Prime.
Beard Oil Recipe
This DIY beard oil recipe is easy to make and requires few ingredients.
Cedarwood Beard Oil Recipe
- ½ ounce jojoba oil
- ½ ounce sweet almond oil
- 1 tbsp. fractionated coconut oil
- 3-4 drops cedarwood oil
- 3-4 drops sandalwood oil
- Small glass or plastic bottle with a cap or eyedropper
- Put jojoba oil into the bottle.
- Add the sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil. Shake well.
- Add the cedarwood and sandalwood essential oils.
- Place cap tightly on bottle and shake well.
- Use your hands or eyedropper to apply 2-3 drops of beard oil into the palm of your hand. Massage through beard.
- Comb or brush your beard to distribute oil well.
Beard Oil Benefits
As well as leaving your beard smelling good, beard oil has other benefits as well:
Moisturize beard and skin – Beard oil helps to soften your beard and makes it easier to groom. It also helps to hydrate and moisture your skin, keeping it in good condition.
Relieve beard itch – The longer your beard gets the more sebum oil it needs to protect the root follicles. A deficiency of sebum oil can make your skin dry and itchy. Beard oil can help to supplement sebum and revitalize your skin.1
Eliminate dandruff – Beard dandruff, popularly also known as “beardruff”, is the result of dry, flakey skin under your beard. Beard oil helps hydrate your skin and keep your beard looking healthy.
Control acne – The carrier and essential oils in beard oil can work as an anti-inflammatory to control acne and prevent breakouts. Tea tree is a good essential oil to look for in beard oil as it’s well known for its antiseptic properties.6
Soften facial hair – Facial hair can be brittle and coarse. Beard oil helps to soften your beard, giving it a healthier appearance.
Where to Buy Beard Oil
Beard oil is available in beauty salons, drug marts, and health stores. You can also buy beard oil online through reputable sellers. If you’re buying beard oil for the first time, consider buying a beard oil kit that has everything you need: beard oil, brush, and comb.
- 1Picardo, M. & Ottaviani, M. (2009). Sebaceous gland lipids. Dermatoendocrinol. 1(2): 68-71. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835893/
- 2Lizard, G. & Filali-Zegzouti, Y. (2017). Benefits of Argan Oil on Human Health. Int j Mol Sci. 18(7): 1383. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535876/
- 3Pazyar, N. & Yaghoobi, R. (2013). Jojoba in dermatology: a succinct review. G Ital Dermatol. 148(6): 687-91. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24442052
- 4Ahmad, Z. (2010). The uses and properties of almond oil. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 16(1): 10-2. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20129403
- 5Orchard, A. & van Vuuren, S. (2017). Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017: 4517971. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435909/
- 6Enshaieh, S. & Jooya, A. (2007). The efficacy of 5% topical tea tree oil gel in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 73(1): 225-5. Retrieved on October 10, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17314442