Updated Jan. 24, 2014
Updated January 23rd, 2014
January 1, 2014 at 12:40pm
Let’s discuss Beard Oils and the pros of using them…cons too. Beard Oils are mixtures of several oils with a base oil and one to several essential oils for fragrance. Beard Oils help keep the skin beneath The Beard moisturized and hydrated. They also help soften The Beard, add shine, and a fragrance. Those with allergies will want to test the oils in small spot on their bodies first to see ifthey have a reaction. The oils are natural and many claim they’re ‘organic.’
There are many oils used in these mixes, but here is a short list of commonly seen oils and extracts. It’s suggested that you shake your bottle of beard oil before you use it.
1. Argan Oil (aka Moroccan Oil) – able to penetrate the hair and repair damaged follicles. It is known to be a good skin moisturizer, adds shine to hair, and is not greasy.
2. Jojoba – One good thing about Jojoba is that it’s molecular structure is very similar to sebum, natural skin oils. It has a long shelf life and supposedly has anti-bacterial properties. Jojoba is greasy.
3. Coconut Oil – said to be the most effective moisturizer ever. It claims to stimulate hair growth in the follicles, add shine, and soften hair. also claims it prevents breakage and split-ends. It is also known to be very greasy if used by itself; hard to wash out.
4. Grapeseed Oil – Has moisturizing qualities as well as being mildly astringent with antiseptic qualities.
5. Olive Oil – Has fatty acids that coats the hair shaft and helps protect it. Also used to treat dandruff, helps with frizzy hair, adds shine and softens hair too.
6. Vitamin E Oil – Contains antioxidants and can stimulate blood circulation (which is good for all parts of your body) It is also said that Vitamin E can help prevent premature ‘greying’ and can repair split ends. It also adds shine to hair.
7. Sesame Oil – can darken hair, prevents premature greying, helps increase circulation, and acts as a natural sunscreen. It is a good moisturizer and when mixed with other essential oils, is used to treat head lice.
8. Rosemary Oil – can darken hair over time and is not suggested for folks with light color hair, unless you want it to darken. It helps stimulate follicles and claims to help hair grow longer and stronger. It is a natural conditioner and is effective against dandruff too.
9. Sandalwood – used a fragrance in many products. It can help reduce itchiness of skin and helps the skin retain moisture. It is also effective against dandruff.
10. Castor Oil – Castor oil contains vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties. It helps condition hair (helps the hair shaft retain moisture), reduces split ends, and regular use may encourage thicker hair growth.
11. Hemp (less commonly used) – is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and protein. (has Vitamin E in it) It has a nutty scent to it so if you use it by itself, the scent may take some getting used to. It’s good for conditioning hair and skin and helps the skin retain moisture.
12. Apricot Kernel Oil – Rich source of oleic acid and Vitamin E. Known to soften skin and is an excellent moisturizer for hair and skin.
13. Cypress Oil – used in treating Alopecia, supposedly boosts hair growth and clears up oily skin.
14. Aloe Vera – The use of Aloe Vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians. It contains enzymes that help to eradicate dead skin cells and promotes healthy hair growth. It can also help stabalize skin and hair PH. It can alleviate itchy, dry skin, and reduces dandruff too. It makes a great conditioner and adds strength and luster to hair.
15. Horsetail Extract – an herb common to the North American continent. Horsetail extreact contains silica which plays a vital role in the formation of keratin. It also contains silicic acid, magnesium, flavanoids, and alkaloids. Use of this can help reduce hair fall and breakage by strengthening the cuticle. It helps repair damaged tissue and stimulates new hair growth.
16. Nettle Extract – Use of Nettles dates back to the Bronze Age. It contains high levels of anti-oxidants and is used to relieve dandruff. It is also an anti-inflammtory, astringent, bactericidal, mild deodorant, and a stimulant. It is said it stimulates hair growth, restores vibrancy to hair, and blocks DHT (hormone that causes baldness). Helps keep hormones for healthy hair growth in balance.
Now the Essence Oils used as fragrances, though also have benefits for skin and hair are:
1. Sandalwood – used a fragrance in many products. It can help reduce itchiness of skin and helps the skin retain moisture. It is also effective against dandruff.
2. Cedar – Historical in that it is documented use by the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, and Tibetans. Contains sesquiterpenes which oxygenate at a cellular level. These sesquiterpenes bring the release of toxins in the skin and promotes circulation.
3. Vetiver – a grass used on the Indian sub-continent. Also known as “khus khus.” It is used extensively in perfumes, cosmetics, and foods. Also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. Used also as an Aphrodisiac.
4. Lavender – It is said Lavender Oil can help hair grow and is used to treat Alopecia (a disease that causes the body to reject its hair follicles as foreign objects) Can stop hair loss and is considered a ‘regenerative.’
5. Pine – One of the most important essential oils used in aromatherapy. It’s known to have antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, energizing, antiseptic, and aromatic properties. Dermatologists often prescribe the oil for treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, poor skin, scabies, sores, and fleas.
6. Tea Tree – Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent native to Australia. It can also help remove ‘build-up’ from product usage or minerals in the water we use. It cannot help new hair grow, but its antiseptic properties help unclog blocked hair follicles.
7. Peppermint – An astringent which can help balance the PH of oily skin and oddly is used to also treat dandruff and dry skin. It is said to stimulate hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Also helps moisturize the hair shaft, but should not be used full strength. Suggested mix is about 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to one cup of water.
8. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil for hair can encourage circulation and be used as an antifungal agent. The use of this oil on the hair is often popular among individuals with dry, damaged scalps. The organic extract is believed by many to be able to control dandruff, mild forms of psoriasis, and encourage the growth of new hair. Used daily it can increase blood circulation to the scalp and add shine to the hair. This is another oil that you should not use full strength on your skin. It must be mixed before application.
9. Juniper – Juniper has been used in ancient Greece and Egypt to combat the spread of disease and was still being used by hospitals in France during the First World War. This oil promotes scalp health and moisturizes the hair.
10. Lemon – Lemon oil is extremely beneficial for the hair, helping in removal of dandruff and lice, dry scalp treatment, and also for sebaceaous glands that aren’t very active. This oil is best used for oily hair type.
11. Clary Sage – helps with greasy skin and used as an aromatic.
12. Patchouli – used in aromatherapy and considered an acquired taste! lol
These fragrances are combined to create many of the ‘woodsy’ scents that are on the market today and all that I’ve tried are wonderful (so far) and I have 14 different oils by nearly as many producers.
This is by no means 100% accurate, but should give you a good idea what ‘Beard Oils’ are and what’s put into them. Many folks do also make their own mixtures, but you do need to know the ‘science’ behind mixing them (to a degree).
Cons; The cons of using natural oils is primarily due to allergies. Some oils should NOT be used by themselves and should be mixed with water or a carrier oil. Using too much oil at one time can clog the pores and this can cause issues too.
Below; My ‘collection’ of Beard Oils
Below; My favorites of the lot. These are the one’s I reach for time and time again; the shine, softening, and fragrance.
Information gathered from; essentialoil.in, ehow.com, livestrong.com, organicfacts.net, wisegeek.org, naturalnews.com, timesofindia.com, aromaweb.com, tojilife.com, herbhedgerow.com