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Beard Oilcyclopedia Part 2: Essential Oils And How to Make Beard Oil

Alright, so in part 1 of the Beard Oilcyclopedia we covered the variety of carrier oils used to make your own Beard Oil. Today, in part 2, we will dive into the multitude of essential oils used in beard oils to produce different effects and add scent.  These oils are much more potent than carrier oils, and in most cases should not really be applied directly to your face or beard without being diluted by some kind of carrier oil. Most essential oils are made through a steam distillation process, and take many pounds of the plant to produce a small amount of essential oil.  The essential oil is in effect concentrated plant.  Some are “expeller pressed”, which is the technical term for squished really hard to squeeze out the juices. Herbs and plants have been used since prehistoric times for all different types of stuff.  Essential oils are pretty much just the evolution of this practice.

One thing to keep in mind before you use any of these oils or even read this is that all of these oils have different properties and need to be used in the appropriate amounts, which I am not going to get into in this post.  You can get some really serious reactions if you overdo it with these, so do your due diligence and spend some time learning how to make Beard Oil before you try any of these on yourself! So, lets take a look!

 

Essential Oils For Beard Oil

 

Bergamot

Bergamot is a cold pressed oil that comes from smashing the peel of the Bergamot fruit. Bergamot is commonly used for its scent, and is a pretty common top note in a lot of perfumes.  Bergamot also has some pretty great properties for beard oils, including antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

 

Cedarwood

Cedarwood is an awesome essential oil that goes all the way back to biblical times and earlier.  Cedarwood oil contains the greatest concentration of Sesquiterpenes, which is a terpene that actually helps release toxins from the body and increase circulation.  Cedarwood also has antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, and anti fungal properties - as well as working as a natural insect repellent.  In aromatherapy, cedarwood is said to have a calming effect, but everything else aside, cedarwood has a great, woodsy smell.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common oil you see in a lot of beard oils, and has a distinct smell….. like cinnamon. While the smell alone makes it a great choice for a beard oil, cinnamon actually has some serious astringent, antibacterial, and antifungal properties - and is even used as a natural antidepressant.  Special care is required with cinnamon oil, as it is noted as as a skin irritant and can be especially irritating to mucous membranes.

 

Clove

Clove oil is used for all kinds of things.  Clove is also used as a dental anesthetic and a treatment for toothaches.  Clove is kinda a “wonder oil”, and is said to be everything from antiviral to anti-aging.  Clove also has a great “spice” scent.

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is very common in beard oils, and for good reason.  Eucalyptus is very effervescent, and has a great scent. The scent also plays into the expectorant and respiratory benefits of eucalyptus.  Another “wonder oil”, eucalyptus is used as an antibacterial, deodorant, anti-aging, anti inflammatory treatment.

 

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils - not just for beard oil, but in general.  Used as a relaxer, pain reliever, and treatment for all kinds of respiratory conditions, lavender has no shortage of useful application.  This is no different when it comes to beard oil.  Lavender has a very pleasant (slightly girly) smell, and is used as a treatment for both acne and hair loss, which makes it a prime candidate for a beard oil ingredient.  Lavender is also quite mild, and is one of the easiest oils to work with because it is usually very gentle on skin.

 

Lemon

Lemon is a pretty rockin beard oil ingredient.  Lemon is known for its ability to remove toxins from any part of the body, including the skin and hair.  Lemon is beneficial to hair, and is a known treatment for acne and seborrhoea.  I feel like lemon is one oil that is a bit under the radar when it comes to beard oil, but be warned- lemon oil is super concentrated, so rubbing it on your face is like putting a couple hundred lemons on your beard. Take the proper precautions!

 

Peppermint

Peppermint oil is probably my favorite - if you made me choose just one.  The smell is awesome, the cooling feeling on the skin can’t be beat, and the effects of the oil are killer. Mint oil is very beneficial to both hair and skin and has stimulating effects on both, as well as antiseptic and regenerative qualities.

 

Pine

Pine oil is another favorite of mine as it is killer across the board in terms of smell, effect, and benefits.  Pine oil is used often for the smell alone in a variety of cosmetics, and is also primarily used in the treatment of a range of skin conditions including psoriasis, itching, and breakouts.

Patchouli

I have never used patchouli oil myself, but I see it listed often as an ingredient in a lot of beard oils.  Patchouli is commonly used as a deodorant, and has a pretty distinct spicy/ musky smell.  Aside from the astringent and antiseptic properties, patchouli is also said to have aphrodisiac properties - so there you go.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is great, and not just on chicken.  Rosemary oil has a ton of known hair and skin benefits, including the stimulation of follicles for the growth of stronger and longer hair.  Rosemary is also said to boost mental activity, and is used as a brain and nerve tonic and has actually produced higher cognitive function in students that inhaled it just prior to taking exams.

 

Sage

Sage is another oil that has so many different uses I can’t (don’t want to) list them all here.  In terms of beard oil, sage has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties just to name a few.  It also smell like…. sage - so it has that going for it as well.

 

Sandalwood

Once used to embalm the dead, sandalwood is a pretty awesome essential oil to use in your beard oil.  Sandalwood is especially great for skin, and has a host of benefits like soothing acne and helping with itch.  Sandalwood is one of the best smelling of the essential oils in my opinion, but it aint cheap.  One thing to be aware of with essential oils in general but especially sandalwood is the possibility that it is diluted to make it cheaper.  Last time I looked, a 1 ounce bottle of pure 100% sandalwood was pushing $45, but you will see it in with the other essential oils at about the same price.  Look carefully - these are diluted with carrier oils already to make them cheaper.

 

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is pretty much magical.  Tea tree oil does some many great things that I my fingers will probably go numb trying to type them all out, so if you are curious just poke around the old innynet for a while.  To sum up a few key points, tea tree has all kinds of nasty-killing powers, as well as some serious stimulating effects for hair and follicles.  It not only helps your skin, but it will help heal it as well if you do happen to get some kind of blemish or something. Just plain awesome stuff.

Thyme

Thyme oil has a strong smell, and is a good all-around antiseptic and antibacterial oil.  It is noted for encouraging hair growth, as well as preventing hair loss.  Thyme is pretty strong, and can be an irritant on skin if you don’t dilute it enough!

Vanilla

Vanilla does have some properties that are good for treating stuff, but none of them are really related to anything you would be dealing with when growing a beard.  It does smell awesome though, and is pretty common as a scent in a lot of beard oils. Nothing wrong with that.

 

Vitamin E

Technically, vitamin e is not an essential oil.  It is in here because it is along the same lines as an essential oil in terms of an ingredient in a lot of beard oils.  In order for it to really be one, there would have to be some kind of “vitamin e tree” to squeeze the oil out of, and there just is no such thing.  Anyways, vitamin e does have a lot of great benefits for hair and skin, and makes a pretty solid ingredient in a beard oil.  Vitamin E does a lot to moisturize skin and hair, and stimulates hair growth through the stimulation of capillary growth which delivers improved circulation.  

So there you have it, part 2 of the Beard Oilcyclopedia.  This should hopefully give you a deeper understanding of the wonderful world of how to make Beard Oil, and help you find the right one for you - heck, maybe you can even take a crack at making your own Beard Oil!


Like I said above, be careful with mixing and using essential oils, and always try new beard oils on a small area of skin to see how you react before using it fully on your beard - whether you make your own or buy it! I have not covered every type of oil here, so if you run into another one I should add let me know, and let me know your favorite oils in the comments below!


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25 Responses

Steaven
Steaven

August 14, 2016

I’m having some trouble finding two essential oils. I want to use Oud wood and cashmere wood. I would love to use these two with a hint of vanilla or cinnamon and then coconut oil as a carrier oil but I can’t find them anyone have any suggestions on where to look.

Muzafalu ronnie
Muzafalu ronnie

January 27, 2016

hey thanx for your basic ideas concerned about beard growth, but i’ve agood question to answer, am having 22yrs and am lately delayed to grow beard faster, and I feel ashamed to my fellow residents coz all my age ments atleast they have some beards to look for, so if possible can u tell me the right combination like those oils and make my beards grow now…?!!!!!

Phil
Phil

December 27, 2015

DJ’s comment using 10 drops for 1 ounce is a good one. I have research a lot on the dilution subject and most recommendations are 2%. I use 2oz carrier oils, 1ml or 24 drops.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Yes, peppermint oil – I’ll get that updated, thanks!

Zander
Zander

November 16, 2015

The mint oil you talk about, is it peppermint essential oil?

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Yeah, my own formulation uses 10 different essential oils – 3 of which are carrier oils. Just be very aware of the appropriate dilutions for each oil. Some can be irritating if not diluted correctly.

Jay
Jay

November 16, 2015

I was wondering if it is a good idea to mix diffrent oils? I usually use coconut oil on my beard, but I also have jojoba, tea tree conditioner as almond oil.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

That is a great question Patrick.

You need to look for resources that give you the suggested dilution of the essential oil.

There are a ton of sources for this information – I suggest cross-referencing several to be as safe as possible.

Patrick
Patrick

November 16, 2015

Helpfull articles in the education of oils. As you warned the amount of each oil is important. Is there a resource for the appropriate measurements when making one’s own beard oil ?
Thanks
Patrick

Simon
Simon

November 16, 2015

Really interesting information. Many thanks for sharing.

Shubham waray
Shubham waray

November 16, 2015

Good one!
Thanks!

Me'urramya Cederstrom
Me'urramya Cederstrom

November 16, 2015

Oakmoss is a great oil too. It’s got antiseptic properties, helps with inflammation (useful to combat those nasty ingrown hairs), and helps maintain the moisture in your skin. It’s also good for breathing problems. And…. it’s a panty melter- its musky scent is very sexy. ;)

Dbob
Dbob

November 16, 2015

I use two essential oils not listed here. Adirondack Birch and Lemongrass. Both have very nice scents and some of the same properties as the oils listed. Great article, thanks for the info.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

It is really tough to have a “rule of thumb” like that for all oils. There are a few that need to be diluted even further than that.

The most important thing is that you make sure your dilutions are safe. You should verify the proper dilution for each oil before using it.

Way to stick with the Beard my friend, you are almost through the most difficult phase – keep it going my friend!

DJ
DJ

November 16, 2015

Hey there Ian, many thanks for the explanation about the oils, it’s really helpful.
I myself am currently approaching the 4 week mark, and am looking into taking care of my beard.
One thing I have come across regarding the mixing, is to use no more than 10 drops of essential oil per 1 fl oz (or 30 ml), what is your take on this?

PS: great website

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

Very cool, thanks for the tip!

nirvanabear
nirvanabear

November 16, 2015

You should try petitgrain essential oil. It’s distilled from the leaves, twigs and flowers of various citrus plants. My favorite is Mandarin petitgrain. It’s citrusy but it’s got a nice earthiness as well. Antiseptic, antidepressant, antianxiety. Consider it. :)

Zander
Zander

November 16, 2015

Thanks man, I’m just getting into essential oils and I was talking to my wife about it and she asked what kind of mint oil. I didn’t know there were different kinds to be honest.

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

I like mixing them for the consistency I like, but it is truly a personal preference thing!

Thanks!

Damon
Damon

November 16, 2015

should we stick with one carrier oil or is mixing several carriers recommended?

Ian
Ian

November 16, 2015

I guess I’d have to ask what the fragrance oil is actually made out of. Oils should blend together pretty well naturally.
You can also run into problems with the coconut oil reconstituting at room temperature – you can use fractionated coconut oil to fix that.

Ian Hancock
Ian Hancock

November 16, 2015

I’m using a 3 carrier oils coconut oil ect and I’m using a fragrence oil and its separating from the carrier oils do I need a emulsifier ?

Chazus
Chazus

November 16, 2015

Great article!!! Thanks so much!

jimmy
jimmy

November 16, 2015

I thought the article was indeed very helpful and enlighting to me as i am trying to make my own oil to sell where im from it gave me a good prospective on oils thanks

Phillip
Phillip

November 16, 2015

Incredible article Thank you for taking the time to educate us on the differences of carrier oils and essential oils..

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