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Beard Oilcyclopedia Part 1: Carrier Oils | Make Your Own Beard Oil

Hello again, and welcome to part 1 of a 2 part series on the different oils used to make your own beard oil.  In part 1, I will cover the various carrier oils properties found in the majority of beard oils, and part 2 will get into the other essential oils you might find in beard oils.

The formula for Beard Potion Contains 10 different oils, and while this is more than most beard oils, each one was added to the mix for its own unique characteristics - and what those characteristics can do for a beard.   There are a lot of questions about beard oil, and a good amount of them are related to what the different essential oils do, and which ones are the best.  While the “best” one for you might very easily not be the best one for the next guy, each oil has different qualities that may be what you are looking for in a beard oil.   So, what I want to do for you is first profile the oils used in Beard Potion, and then go through some of the other popular oils used in beard oil.

Carrier Oils for Beard Oil

Carrier oils are the most important part of a beard oil.  They produce the most effect on you beard, and also make up the majority of the beard oil itself.  Most essential oils are far too high of a concentration to cover your face with, but when diluted appropriately in a carrier oil can be highly beneficial.

 

Jojoba

Jojoba oil is the best known replacement for whale oil (which is apparently also an awesome beard oil - never tried it myself..) and comes from smashing the seed of the Jojoba shrub.  Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, and is the carrier oil closest to sebum, which is the natural oil produced by your skin.  Jojoba is not only a great oil for your skin; it is awesome for your beard too.  Jojoba has vitamins A, D, and E right in there, and because it so closely matches your own natural oils, it is absorbed by your face and beard like a sponge.  Jojoba has also been found to have fungicidal properties as well.

 

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a great carrier oil and has some killer characteristics.  Grapeseed has been found to have a higher concentration of Linoleic acid than many other carrier oils - which research has found to have anti-inflammatory, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties on skin.  Grapeseed oil is very mellow for your skin, and won’t clog pores or lead to breakouts.  It is also great for for the hair of the beard, and is noted for having healing effects for dry, damaged hair.  Since it is so “light”, it is also a really great option if you are looking to avoid the greasy feeling that can come from other heavier oils.

 

Argan Oil

Argan oil is also commonly known as Moroccan oil - pretty much because the Argan tree is found in Morocco.  Argan oil is one you have to be especially vigilant with if you are making your own oils as a huge portion of products marketed as “Moroccan oil” actually contain a bunch of different ingredients and are not pure Argan oil.  Anyways, Argan oil is one of the best oils for your hair that there is.  Argan oil has been used for centuries to condition and soften hair, and is also used for the treatment of acne as well as flaky skin.

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another fantastic carrier oil, and even though it is not one of the carrier oils used in Beard Potion, I have used it myself and found it to be absolutely great.  Coconut oil is a little different than other carrier oils in that it is solid at room temperature, and liquefies at when you warm it up by just rubbing it between your hands.  Coconut oil has some serious moisturizing powers, and, FYI, can be used as a sex lube.  Coconut oil has also been found to reduce protein loss in hair, which means it will maintain hair health and protect from damage.  Also, Coconut oil is (in my opinion) one of the best smelling carrier oils - it smells like…. coconuts.

 

Olive Oil

Olive oil is among the oldest oils used for beards.  It has a lot of great moisturizing and healing properties when it comes to beard health, but has also been used for millennia to prevent acne and heal several skin conditions.  When it comes to beard oil, the best olive oils to use are the cold-pressed organic extra-virgin olive oils, which are actually cloudy in comparison to the average olive oil we are all familiar with.  These oils are the lowest oleic acidity (1% +/-), which is can have negative effects on the beard if above about 3%.

 

Castor Oil

Castor oil is another oil used since ancient times for beard oils.  In fact, the Greeks actually favored Castor oil on their beards even though Olive oil was one of the primary product of ancient Greece.  Castor oil has a ton of uses, everything from industrial lubrication to over-the-counter laxative, and is an additive in thousands of different products.  The oil is pressed from the castor seed, and actually contains ricin - which is deactivated in the heating process.  It has even been said that castor oil can cure cancer, which has obviously never been proven.  Castor Oil does however have proven benefits for hair health and growth, as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties.

 

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is another popular carrier oil in beard oils, and is known for the exceptional benefits to skin and is used extensively in massage therapy. Almond oil is produced by pressing almonds, which are up to 44% pure oil by weight.  Almond oil softens and conditions hair as well, but is much more geared towards the health of the skin beneath the beard, which is in reality the foundation of the beard. This makes almond oil an exceptional choice for beard oil if you struggle with itch or dry skin. That pretty much covers carrier oils for the majority of beard oils out there.  I’m not saying that there aren’t more - these are just the most popular by far in making your own Beard Oil.   Click here for part 2, where I will go through a bunch of essential oils commonly used in beard oils.  It is going to be awesome! Let me know what your favorite carrier oil and carrier oil properties are in the comments, I'd like to hear about what works for you!
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30 Responses

hasham azam
hasham azam

March 21, 2016

I want to grow thick and big my beared and mustache . so can I use olive oil or navrtna oil. tell me please which oil is the best for my beared and mustache. Thank’s ☺!

Theo
Theo

March 08, 2016

The Greek extra virgin olive oil makes the beard thicker so soft and grow really fast…the holy oil has so many magical benefits…try it guys

Phil
Phil

December 27, 2015

As for Nuno’s comment I would use more Jojoba and Grapeseed. Both oils are light. I personally would use a small amount of castor oil and sweet almond oil. Castor oil is thick and sweet almond is a little thicker than jojoba and grapeseed. That’s just my opinion, Personally I stick to just 1 or 2 carrier oils. I try not to over think things. When I formulate I always use jojoba.

Phil
Phil

December 27, 2015

I use Fractionated Coconut Oil as an alternative to Coconut oil. It is light, no sent, and is used by perfumers as a carrier for their scents. Plus it contains all the good qualities that Extra Virgin Coconut carries.

sheldon
sheldon

December 14, 2015

i have been trying to make a beard oil for several months now. i have mixed quite a few batches up. tons actually.
my problem is that i cant get any of the scents i make to last more than an hour, even then they are really weak.
when i first apply the oil the scent is strong and full, dies off very rapidly.
which carrier oil will allow a scent to release in a timely fashion ?
i have jojoba, castor, grape, almond, argon, and apricot.
can you tell me a rough estimate on the portions of carrier oils i should use. and yes i know its all about personal preference, but i cant get this figured out. like i said months and hundreds of dollars in oils.
please suggest a rough portion of carriers i should try.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Hey man, that is what I am here for!

Thanks for checking out the blog

Silas
Silas

November 16, 2015

Perfect. I’ll be getting a bottle soon. Thanks for you thorough answer!

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Hey man, thanks for the question. I went with a combination of Grapeseed, Argan, and Jojoba because of the balance between a ton of benefit and a great feel. When it comes to promoting growth, essential oils are going to have a much more powerful effect than the carrier oils, which is why I also use Rosemary, thyme, and several other oils.

Castor oil is a great oil, and I am even considering using it in another “flavor” of Beard Potion, but it is also heavier and a little more on the greasy side.

If you are curious about it, I would definitely grab a little bottle and try it out. The beauty of all of this is that it really comes down to what works for you, so self-experimentation is a possibly the biggest key to success in growing a beard.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any more questions my friend! Live the Beard!
-Ian

Silas
Silas

November 16, 2015

Hello. I’m considering purchasing your oil – mainly for the purpose of stimulating growth (I’m patchy), which leads me to this question: Why did you choose not to use castor oil in your product? I noticed in this blog you wrote of castor oil that it has “proven benefits for hair health and growth”… Do any of the oils in your beard potion specifically stimulate growth, or is this an effect of the combination of oils? It seems like you have a great product from the reviews I’ve read on Amazon; I’m just wondering if an oil with castor oil (or even just pure castor oil) is best for stimulating growth. Thanks for any help you can offer!

Colleen
Colleen

November 16, 2015

Great article !!! I was looking for resources to make beard oil and I found your article. Glad I did. I will look at Part 2 now. Thanks for sharing !!!

vinay
vinay

November 16, 2015

Hey hiii…i’m confused which oil can help to grow my beard..i’m 24 and don’t have beard…Please help…any suggestion will be appreciated…

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

I have had a great experience with the Natural Grocers chain. They are awesome!

Arturo
Arturo

November 16, 2015

Just wondering, where is a good place to buy the carrier oils and the essential oils from?

Tim
Tim

November 16, 2015

GREAT INFO!!! I’ve been looking for a non-bias reveiw of all the different oils and found it. Thank you!

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

It is a process of going through and finding the proper dilution for each oil. I suggest you start even lower than the recommended dilution simply because you are putting this on your face.

Be sure to do your due diligence, and always put your safety first.

Moe
Moe

November 16, 2015

I’ve been thinking about making my own beard oil and I’ve been wondering how you decide how much of each essential oil you add, let’s say I was to go as far as putting in 6 essential oils, how would you decide how many drops of each you would put in

Thanks :)

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Hey man, thanks a million for the comment!

I can honestly say that this is the first time I have ever heard of marula. I am interested to find out more, and I will look into it for sure!

It is great to hear you are getting some value from the blog! The most important part of Living the Beard is finding what works for you – whether it is my products or not.

Take care man, and thanks again!

Timothy
Timothy

November 16, 2015

Hey there! I’ve been doing a lot of home mixes and have stumbled upon a really awesome carrier oil and wondered if you had heard anything about it. its called marula oil. I haven’t been able to get my hands on it but from everything I have been reading its amazing for the hair and body. The thing is I haven’t found many people using it in their oils so I’m wondering if this is just a lack of knowledge or what. I was hoping maybe you could shed a little light and if you have heard anything.
Cheers man, because of your post (and a handful of others) I have been able to come up with the best blends and much better than anything I have found on the Internet to buy.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Ali! You can really try just about anything you want with carrier oils – but be VERY diligent with making sure that you properly dilute your essential oils to the proper ratios to be safe!

ali
ali

November 16, 2015

Should jojoba and sweet almond be my main base carrier oils and the other ones just a small amount?

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

You will just have to play with the mixture to get it right, but those oils will probably mix just fine. Castor oil is quite a bit thicker than the others, so a low heat while mixing might help really mix all of the oils thoroughly.

hussain
hussain

November 16, 2015

is it ok if i mix Jojoba oil, sweet almond, grapeseed, argan, and castor oil in one bottle ? how much of each will be a good potion???

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Well, Beard Potion helps ;)

Otherwise, check out my other post on essential oils, it should get you squared away.

Mavrixg
Mavrixg

November 16, 2015

IS IT OK IF I COTTON DAB OLIVE OIL TO MY BEARD AND IS IT DONE WEEKELY OR DAILY, TY

Cheryl
Cheryl

November 16, 2015

When mixing carrier oils is it an equal portion of each or is there a recipe? For instance should my oil be primarily argan with a little grapeseed and jojoba? Also, I add vit d and lanolin as well to my oils.

I am trying to find something my husband will like. ;)

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Sounds like a decent plan to me. You really can’t go wrong with carrier oils, so try it and tweak it as you see fit.

The only thing I would add is that castor oil is a really thick carrier oil, so be aware that it may take some extra effort to get it to mix evenly with the other oils.

Thanks man!

Jay
Jay

November 16, 2015

Thank you very much for all of this info! It is my first beard and didn’t know that I “had” to use beard oil and when I saw the price… Let’s just say that my reaction was noticeable and I have been thinking about “Why wouldn’t I make it myself?” And I found your website! Thanks a lot for that! I’ll stick around a little bit, just to see more of what you’ve done!

Nuno
Nuno

November 16, 2015

Hello Ian, thanks for this article, it is great. I am going to combine jojoba oil + almond oil + castor oil + grapeseed oil to make my own beard oil, but i’m not sure about the amount i should put. Imagine, for 100ml , should i put 25ml each? Please let me know which ones should i use more and which ones should i use less. Thanks in advance.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

There is really no rules other than personal preference when it comes to carriers. They are safe to use without any kind of dilution as long as you don’t have any kind of allergy to them yourself.

I would suggest you try all of the carriers separately, and mix them based on most preferred.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Yeah, I suppose it won’t hurt anything to dab olive oil onto your Beard, but why not just put a little on your hands and rub into the beard?

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