Beard Oils; The What and Why’s

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

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Below; My favorites of the lot. These are the one’s I reach for time and time again; the shine, softening, and fragrance.

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Information gathered from; essentialoil.in,  ehow.com,  livestrong.com,  organicfacts.net, wisegeek.org,  naturalnews.com,  timesofindia.com,  aromaweb.com, tojilife.com,  herbhedgerow.com

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About Gary W Norman

54 yr old Beardsman, Pipe smoker, Network Creator/Webmaster, College Grad, Dog Lover, Coffee & Tea Fiend, Romantic, Photographer/Artist, Music lover, Nature lover, budding superstar and Coffee Shop Philosopher, OCD, bipolar.
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42 Responses to Beard Oils; The What and Why’s

  1. Sheldon Ackerman says:

    Thank you , Gary, for your explanation about beard Oils. I am a member of BeardedGents and have never found a clearer reason to oil my beard. Again, thank you.

    • You’re welcome Sheldon and as time goes by, I will elaborate on the fragrance oils more too..but I did want to cover the main ingredients used in many of the ‘commercial’ oils. 🙂

  2. James says:

    It would be very interesting to read of folks’ experience of using oils to darken grey hair in a beard. Which is the most effective? some say castor, some say rosemary, some say sesame. which is quickest? thanks

    • James, I cannot honestly say which is ‘fastest’, but do remember that using any natural oil to darken hair will take upwards of one year (more or less) to show effects, but from what I’ve read sesame oil would probably be the most effective. Perhaps Jamaican Black Castor Oil can do that as well. (it’s possible with Beard hair, any of these would perhaps be faster then for head hair, as Beard hair is very absorbent.

  3. WeirdBeard says:

    If you had to recommend your top three, what would they be? Hard to read the labels in your pics.

    • Well WeirdBeard depends on what you’d like as a scent, but my top 3 favorite Beard Oils that I’ve used would be (in no particular order) Louisiana Rosemary Beard Oil, Spiffy Stuff (either version), and Portland Beard Company’s ‘Timber.’ I do like others, like Grave Before Shave’s Pine Scent, beardbrands ‘Spiced Citrus’, and more lol This article was meant more to give you an idea of what types of oils are used and mixed into ‘Beard Oils’ There is not one oil in the mixes, but several to many, depending on who’s oil you use. I like Beard Oils that use Argan Oil (aka Moroccan Oil), Coconut Oil, rosemary, eucalyptus, etc. So I look for any of these ingredients when I purchase these products. Another product that I really like is Colter’s Tonic. It’s not an oil at all and won’t leave stains on your clothes should you drip it on your shirt. I use it several times a day.
      Gary

  4. Argan and jojoba and your best bets for beard oils. Coconut oil can be good but it tends to leave a musty scent in some people’s beards. It is also very greasy. Grapeseed oil has a short shelf life and can be exposed to harmful amounts of noxious gasses during the cooling process.

    • Thanks for the additional input! 🙂 Argan is very nice, though I find jojoba a bit greasy too. I’ve not noticed any scent from the Coconut Oil, and I’m not close enough to someone else for them to tell me that lol I use grapeseed oil in my cooking as opposed to slathering myself up in it. 😀 Much appreciated @TheModCabin!

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  6. Buffalo-Beard says:

    Thank you so much for the information Gary!!

    Awesome stuff to keep in my informatio box!:P
    I allso see you are a pipe smoker… I recently started smoking the pipe… but I wonder
    if its possible to smoke some kind of herbs/tea?? Like what you could see in LoTR?
    I smoke vanilla tabacco now but I would like to know if its possible to smoke herbs/tea 🙂

    Cheers

    • Hey Buffalo Beard, you can smoke most anything out of a tobacco pipe, but DO remember that pipes absorb smells and tastes. Once you’ve smoked something in it, the next bowl or two regardless of type of tobacco, will smell like what you smoked in in day one. I use my pipes for various types of tobacco, but there are some things I will not use my pipes for, for fear of ruining one.

      Gary

      • Buffalo-Beard says:

        Thank you for your information again Gary!

        So i can use tabacco with tea to get a sweet/nice flavour? 🙂

        Cheers

      • you can use most anything to add a scent/flavour if you will. Any essential oil would work, but there’s also other ways, for example, there’s a product called ‘Campfire Cologne’ which is slivers of different types of wood. When lit, they smoulder and the smoke adds scent to your Beard! lol

  7. Hillarie Gutierrez says:

    My husband wants to grow a longer beard. He currently has only a goatee, which is only about 1.5 inches….he’s had it for years! It just doesn’t seem to grow. His whiskers are very course and curly. Would you have any suggestions for us and our beard quandary? Thanks!

    • I have a theory that Beards take many years to ‘mature’ as I call it. So even a fully grown and older man starting out his first beard, will have the same issues a young man would have; thin spots/patchy growth. The very best thing one can do to help one’s beard, is to take good care of yourself. Take a good multi-vitamin, eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Another important thing (to me) is that as it grows, go as long as you can and not trim it. I believe trimming hinders this ‘maturation’ process. As the beard ages, it WILL fill in, get thicker, and longer too of course.

  8. WeirdBeard says:

    The longer I’ve had my beard the less I seem to trim and shape it and the more I let it grow naturally. Going on three plus years now and some areas are only now just starting to fill in. I do take biotin and other vitamins, but I’m wondering if anyone has an opinion on Vitabeard. It’s pretty expensive compared to a generic multi. Some people rave about it, but some of those guys are also sponsored by them.

    • I wouldn’t waste the money on Vitabeard my friend. It’s touted as a good multi-vitamin, but it really only contains the B vitamins. You’d be better off taking a good multi-vitamin, which has more of what your body needs, and is a LOT less expensive!

  9. JB says:

    Any recommendation for beard products; shampoo / conditioner / beard oil for oily skin. Something that doesn’t clog the pores and could promote acne?

    • I really like Bluebeards Original Fresh Mint, a LOT. lol Lion’s Mane is good too for beard washes. There us no beard oil for oily skin. Beard Oil is a mix of oils, which just adds oil. If youve got oily skin, your beard is naturally ‘hydrated’ because of it. I wouldn’t use an oil based product. Just stick with wash and conditioner. Beard Oils are conditioners too, but not good for you specifically Id say.

  10. Angus hardie says:

    Grapeseed Oil really works. I used it myself.

  11. brit1219 says:

    This is a great page, I really enjoyed learning. Thanks Gary 🙂

  12. stevegeibel says:

    Check out a site called mountainorganix.com. They’ve got a new brand called “Urban Commando” that turns out some really nice beard oils. They have balms too (I bought some at a gift show) but they don’t seem to be on their site yet.

  13. stevegeibel says:

    Check out a site called mountainorganix.com. They’ve got a new brand called “Urban Commando” that turns out some really nice beard oils. They have balms too (I bought some at a gift show) but they don’t seem to be on their site yet.

  14. kamal shirohi says:

    Can i use beard oil on small beards or so..?
    Will it help me in their growth?

    • You can use beard oil on short beards, but only use a couple of drops of it. I don’t think it’s going to help your Beard grow, though the oils can help keep your skin soft, and help stop the itch too.

  15. is there a combination that will have similar affects to minoxidil? im currently using minoxidil and have gotten great results from it, literally went from nothing to something 3 months in. im looking for a more natural alternative to it cause i know my skin and health can take a beating in the long run? can you recommend combination of these oils that help me keep my beard once im off of minoxidil? i would really appreciate it, thank you

    • Beard Oils are primarily used to keep the beard soft a shiny, and to help the skin beneath the beard. They help keep skin and hair Heatley, not to increase hairs growth like minoxidil.

  16. Marisol2 says:

    I did not like Jose Marin Argan’s oil – its was too oily ! The Somaluxe Argan Oil has improved the appearance of my thick coarse hair and has made it feel really soft and tamed my wavy/curly hair. What I like most about it is that it does not leave my hair with a greasy residue the way Jose Marin Argan Oil does.

  17. Ryan Black says:

    Gary – we would love to send you a sample of our beard oil! Send me an email to ryan@whiskermen.com and I will send you over the product of your choice. You can find our oil at http://www.whiskermen.com. Thanks for so many great articles! We enjoy them and share them quite often! – Whiskermen Beard Company

  18. Rickson says:

    Can it helps us to grow our moustache?

  19. does it helps in growing beard where there is no hair ?

  20. w.h. hix says:

    are all these oils good for black men

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