Why beard oil?
Beards need care (and love) too! A well-groomed beard is generally considered more comfortable and more visually appealing than a poorly groomed one. Growing a beard is just like growing hair - the longer it gets, the more care it needs - washing, trimming and conditioning. Beard oils moisturize and prevent beard hair from growing brittle. As a result the skin gets smoother and the beard is shiny and soft.
Carrier oils vs. essential oils
Carrier oils like coconut, grape seed, jojoba, saffron and argan are the main ingredient in beard oils. They are absorbed easily because of their chemical compositions, similar to the natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin. Some carrier oils have anti-inflammatory properties which cut down the irritation. Essential oils are optionally added for a natural fragrance and the ones considered manly are cedarwood, lime, bergamot and others. If applied directly, they might cause chemical burns or skin irritation and that is why they form a smaller volume of the product and are paired with carrier oils. Apart from their scent, most essential oils condition the beard hair as well.
How is it done?
Making a beard oil is quite simple. You need a carrier oil, some essential oils (optional) and a dark glass bottle (for example, a dropper bottle) to keep the final product in. Just combine the oils in the bottle and shake well to blend. There are plenty of recipies on the Internet. I tried making the Woodsy blend oil from Growing Up Herbal which has an amazing scent:
Per 30 ml (1 oz) of carrier oil (I used grape seed oil) add:
- 6 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil
- 1 drop lime essential oil (I couldn't find any so instead I used lemon essential oil)