Best beard oil is one of the most important products a guy should use on his facial hair. With a thoughtful blend of carrier and essential oils, beard oil can make you go from looking like a dishevelled hobo to a distinguished gentleman.
From beard dandruff and beard itch, to the texture of how your beard feels and looks, the benefits of beard oil are abounding. We shall go into each one specifically below.
Before we do that, its important to understand what makes up the constitution of beard oil and what exactly these botanical materials do when applied to your beard.
High quality beard oils are always made up of two types of botanical ingredients, a carrier oil and an essential oil.
In some cases, the higher end beard oils usually include ingredients like Vitamin E, just like in our range of beard oils here:- beard oil collection
To learn a little more about vitamin E and other ingredients we use in the Urban Beard product line go to our ingredients page here:- Ingredients page.
Carrier oils will usually deliver most of the benefits of a given beard oil. They typically make up 90% of the beard oil at the very least.
Mostly derived from seeds and nuts, carrier oils are completely natural with the most popular ones being jojoba (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”), argan, castor, grapeseed, and a few others.
These carrier oils are often found in many different beauty products besides just beard oil. If you purchase higher end beauty or all natural products, you will usually see ingredients such as jojoba in shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.
The reason why they are so widely used in beauty products is due to them being completely natural and having an amazing hydration ability for your skin and hair.
A decent carrier oil will deliver more moisturization and nourishment to your skin then using a mixture of chemicals to achieve the same hydrating effect.
We will touch on why hydration is so important in just a moment, but before we do, lets also examine essential oils:
More expensive beard oils will usually contain several essential oils in addition to carrier oils. Essential oils need to be diluted by a carrier oil before application, as they can be potent in large quantities, but when diluted to around 3% with a carrier oil they are safe to use. They supply your beard with essential nutrients that leave the hair soft, healthy and strong.
Beard oils come in several different scents ranging from lavender to sandalwood or bergamot to peppermint. Some have no scent at all! The options are truly limitless when trying to decide which scent of beard oil to choose from.
Traditionally speaking, beard oils that are more expensive will contain many different essential oils within the solution, as essential oils are by themselves quite pricey when compared to carrier oils.
Many price conscious beardsmen can decide to just pick up a bottle of jojoba or argan oil and directly apply it to their beard as they will be able to achieve many of the same benefits as any sort of beard oil.
But you shouldn’t scoff at using essential oils without trying them 1st. Many essential oils are used for natural remedies, which can be pretty effective. For example, an essential oil such as sandalwood or tea tree are natural anti-septics, therefore, when applied to your skin, these essential oils can actually do a good job of clearing out your pores and reduce the occurrence of acne.
If you are put off by strong aromas, don’t to worried about beard oil smelling to pungent. Typically the scents of beard oil will smell a bit strong at first, but will quickly dissipate after a short amount of time.
It's important to remember, the essential oils within beard oil aren’t a cologne, they are a complimentary scent.
Last thing on this topic on is cheap beard oils. Recently there has been an uptick in the number of imitation beard oil products making its way to the market. These oils usually contain chemicals that simulate a slippery feeling (i.e. silicone) and deliver zero benefits to your skin and beard. Therefore, its recommended that you stay away from these types of products. Secondly, if a beard oil doesn’t have its ingredients listed on the bottle, you should pass on purchasing it.
Just about every guy that grows a beard will start to notice that it gets itchy after about one month. While some guys can just push through it, the discomfort is unnecessary as beard oil can help neutralize the itchiness.
To understand why your beard gets itchy, its important to look at what's happening beneath your facial hair and how beard oil can play a role.
At the root of every one of your beard follicles, you have a pair of glands called sebaceous glands. These glands are key to making sure that your beard stays well nourished. The sebaceous glands create oil called sebum.
When your beard hair grows longer, it requires more and more sebum oil to coat the follicle while also keeping your skin well nourished and moisturized.
One important thing to understand, is that no matter how long your beard gets, your sebaceous glands stay the same size. Given that they are finite in size, their sebum oil production can’t effectively keep up with the demand of your beard hair.
No matter the length of your beard, sebum production remains constant. Therefore, when your beard gets to a certain length, sebum production simply can't keep up. This is when your beard and more importantly, your skin becomes dried out and itchy.
The introduction of beard oil to your routine will actually act as a supplement to sebum oil making the dreaded beard itch dissipate while also giving it the nourishment that it is seeking.
As we covered above, when you apply beard oil to your beard, you are giving it nourishment, which will then seep though to your skin and provide it with some much needed moisturization.
When you don’t use any sort of beard oil on your skin for an extended period of time and are constantly scratching it due to irritation, dry, flaky skin will rain down like a Christmas snow storm. Try to prevent beard dandruff before it happens by keeping the skin under your beard well hydrated.
While we have been concentrating on how beard oil effects your skin, it does help make your beard feel soft, healthy and look great.
When you apply beard oil, your beard will start to look less dishevelled, less tangled and have more shape about it. Therefore, if your beard is looking a bit scraggly or straw-like, regular application of beard oil will help in it's appearance. Especially when you comb or brush your beard afterwards. More on that later.
Regular use of beard oil will also help with the reduction of split ends occurring. If you are taking beard growing seriously, the reduction of split ends will be great news as you won’t have to trim your beard nearly as often.
In addition to the feel of your beard, the general appearance of your beard will also improve with the introduction of beard oil.
Applying beard oil is actually a pretty basic process.
In fact you can just put about a dime sized amount into the palms of your hands and rub it into your beard from the base and work your way to the ends.
Beard oil has gotten incredibly popular over the last few years. It seems as though every week there are new beard oil manufacturers popping up and selling their new concocted creation.
6 scented beard oils that keep your beard soft, healthy and in shape.
Once you have selected your beard oil of preference you can head here for a bit of guidance on how to trim your beard: How to trim your beard
You can learn what the best oils for your beard are in our article: What are the best 5 oils for a full beard
This is a question that we get a lot!
You see why not ditch the oil and go straight for the beard balm?
Well you can! If you take the plunge and purchase a beard balm you MUST make sure that it has conditioners. Just like our beard balm here
Our Beard balm is made up of carnauba wax and shea butter. It also contains other key ingredients like argan oil and jojoba (as does our beard oil).
You just need to be careful of looking at the ingredients in the beard balm to make sure your beard isn’t losing out on any of the essential nutrients that it needs as well as preventing beard dandruff
When first start using a beard comb or brush, many guys use a girlfriend or wife’s comb or just head to the corner store and pick up the cheapest one that they can find. Unfortunately these cheap alternatives aren’t the best to use on your beard.
Instead if you prefer a brush, you should pick up one that is made of boars hair bristle like this as this type of fibre does an amazing job in trapping in the essential oils and helps to distribute them throughout your beard and skin and.
Beard combs on the other hand are terrific for styling purposes and do distribution the oils to a slightly lesser extent.
Beard oil is the stuff your beard requires for a lot of reasons. If you’re serious about making your beard look its best while keeping it healthy, then beard oil is essential to the process. You’ll be amazed by how much better your beard looks and feels, especially if you combine using beard oils and balms with shaping and styling tools like beard brushes and combs. You'll definitely be taking your beard game to the next level. #LookLikeTheManWhoCan