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 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 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 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 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 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 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.