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!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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!