This post was most recently updated on November 25th, 2018
The beard is truly back and it looks like it’s here to stay, but gone are the neanderthal days when you’d just get up and go. The modern man needs to look after his beard, and maintaining a healthy beard takes more than just a simple wash in the morning. It’s an ongoing daily relationship between you and that mass of hair on your face. Left alone and it will become a scraggly, itchy burden that will irritate you until you just can’t stand it no more and you reach for that razor! But wait, it doesn’t have to be a struggle, there is a savior and a way to tame the beast.
Welcome to the world of beard oil, a magical mix of ingredients that can help you and your beard. We’re here to help explain which are the best manly smelling essential oils for beards and the benefits they bring, plus we’ll show you how to create your very own signature scent. It might even inspire you to start your own beard oil brand, or at least craft some great gifts for your bearded brethren!
Firstly, a quick run-through on what beard oil actually consists of. Beard oil is a combination of carrier oils and essential oils, meaning it not only makes your beard smell great but it moisturizes and conditions the often dry skin underneath. It’s win-win for you and your beard.
The carrier oils make up the bulk of the mixture, they act as the base and dilute the more potent essential oils. Most of these base oils are softly scented and come with their own unique health benefits, here’s a list of some of the most popular carrier oils:
Our natural world is abundant with raw plant materials, and it’s from these raw plants that the different essential oils are produced when crafting beard oils. Some of these essential oils offer unique benefits to your health and have been used as medicinal purposes for centuries. For example, the likes of lavender and bergamot are great for relaxation, helping to fight against the stress and anxiety that modern life can bring.
A lot of essential oils are chosen for their strong scents, such as cedarwood and tea tree, giving those awesome beards that powerful and manly smell. There are at least 100 common essential oils available, meaning you have a wide range of oil combinations to experiment with. Check out our list of the top essential oils and their benefits at the end of this article.
Many beard oil brands are widely available in shops and on websites all across the world, but if you didn’t already know, some can be expensive. Sure, you do only use a couple of drops each time, but you’ll be looking to pay anything from $10 for a 1-2 oz. bottle, rising up to around $40 for a premium bottle of beard oil.
Expensive, right? So that’s where the DIY beard oil idea comes into play. Firstly, we should point out that it will cost you more to begin with because carrier and essential oils are not cheap to buy. However, your cost per bottle will be incredibly cheaper in the long run. Trust us, it’s definitely worth the investment if you plan on keeping your beard for a while.
The beauty of making your own beard oil is that you can experiment, you can find the right mix of scents that suit you and your beard. For example, a strong scented oil can give you a lift in the mornings and boost your confidence for the day ahead. Or maybe you have a dry and brittle beard, therefore you’ll naturally want a beard oil that moisturizes your skin! It’s all in the mix and you are in charge!
So, if you like the sound of becoming the master of your own beard oil blends, read on.
Creating your own beard oil is not a complicated process, however, taking the time to find the right mixture for you and your beard is what sets the boys from the men. Throwing any old number of drops in will more than likely result in an average beard oil.
We recommend that you add the drops of essential oil in one drop at a time, until you find the right combination of scent and health benefits. Test the mixture on a small patch of skin just to check for any possible irritation (keep on diluting the mix with more carrier oil if it’s too strong).
Below we have listed the equipment and a simple step-by-step guide to creating your own signature scent:
The carrier oil goes in first, we recommend using just one carrier to begin with. Make the process easy for yourself and then as you gain more experience, you can start to refine your mixtures with more oils and more complex combinations. Simply measure out about 1 oz. of the carrier oil and add it to the storage bottle using the small funnel, easy.
The beard oil essential oils come next, using just two of these will be enough to make a well-balanced scent. Your essential oil bottles should come with a built-in dropper, carefully add a small number of drops to the carrier oil (2-3 drops of each essential oil is more than enough to begin with).
Twist the cap back on the bottle, give it a shake, and that’s all there is to it. Apply a couple drops in your palm depending on your beard size, spread it evenly and massage into your beard. The best time to apply it is just after you’ve showered when your beard is clean and slightly damp.
Here we have some popular recipes for you to mix up, ranging from simple to more advanced (but to be honest, it’s an easy process if you have the right equipment). Remember, add the essential oils drop by drop and test to make sure you get the right mixture for your skin.
It’s as simple as one, two, three with this recipe. Perfect for the beginner, just take two carrier oils and one essential oil and add them all together (try the recipe with different essential oils to match your preferred scent).
1 oz. Jojoba oil
1 oz. Fractionated coconut oil
8-10 drops of lavender oil
A great all-rounder with soothing and skin healing qualities, leaving your beard with a manly and woodsy smell. The lavender soothes and relaxes you whilst the jojoba helps to absorb the essential oils, reducing acne and dry skin.
1 oz. Jojoba oil
5 drops of lavender oil
2 drops of tea tree oil
3 drops of peppermint oil
A rugged, outdoors mountain man type of smell is what you get with this recipe. Great for keeping your skin hydrated and the natural Vitamin E will help with your beard growth. Mix the two carrier oils first, then add the essential oils and mix everything together.
1 oz. Sweet almond oil
¼ oz. Argan oil
3-4 drops frankincense oil
3-4 drops cedarwood oil
All oils recommended are doTERRA. While they are more expensive, they are distilled from plants making for high-quality oils and they are trustworthy. Unfortunately, there are so many cheap brands out there that offer crap quality oils, therefore I can’t recommend other essential oils I have not tried.
Crushing the peel of the bergamot fruit gives you this popular cold pressed oil. A scent commonly found in perfumes, it also serves as a popular beard oil due to its effective antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Bergamot is a great choice when creating a more balanced scent.
Cedarwood is considered to be one of the heavyweights when it comes to beard oil scents. It has an extremely manly smell and has many health benefits as well, including anti-fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Despite its strong fragrance cedarwood is also known to have a calming effect when used in aromatherapy. So if you want that manly scent then you should really consider cedarwood oil!
Cinnamon is found in many beard oils due to its unmistakable smell and calming effects. A great choice for summer evenings as it is rumored to be a natural mosquito repellent. However, you should use this sparingly as cinnamon oil is known to be a skin irritant to some people (take extra care if you decide to use this oil).
Clove oil is known to produce a strong and spicy scent, it can be traced back to the ancient times for anesthetic treatment and is still a popular choice among many aromatherapists. It’s a great choice if you want a fragrance that really sticks out, but go easy to begin with because it is strong stuff!
Eucalyptus oil is another popular choice because not only does it offer a great scent, but it also has many skin caring qualities. It is widely used for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging treatment. Eucalyptus is a great addition to your beard oil if you are looking to give it a healthy kick.
Lavender oil is another very common addition to beard oils, it is used for a number of treatments including respiratory conditions and pain relief, plus it is great for your skin. To top it all off, it’s one of the easiest essential oils to work with because of its mild nature. The slightly female scent should not put you off, instead you should embrace it and enjoy all of the benefits that come with a drop or two of lavender oil.
Lemon is often overlooked when creating beard oil, but it can add a real health kick if used correctly. It works wonders when removing toxins from the body, so just a small amount of lemon oil will leave you feeling fresh (take note that it is very concentrated).
Kick-start your day with some peppermint, there is a good reason why this is so often used in beard oils. It is known to both reduce hair loss and restore hair growth, bow down to the all mighty peppermint oil! The smell is also fantastic, making it a very popular choice.
Pine oil is another top choice as it tends to give a slightly woody fragrance, but it doesn’t overpower. The fact that it naturally reduces the dreaded beard itch will make it a popular choice for many people.
Patchouli oil brings many scents to the table. It has a distinctively rich, spicy and musky smell and is said to be beneficial to skin and the prevention of wrinkles. Also, patchouli is considered to have aphrodisiac qualities, so we’ll just leave that there for you to think about!
Rosemary is another popular ingredient, it is known to benefit your skin and helps stimulate hair growth. You need to be careful with the amounts because it can be overbearing if used too much. Studies have also shown the use of rosemary increases mental activity, certainly something to think about when choosing your oil combinations.
Sage is another popular choice for many beard oil creators, it’s great for your beard and has that recognizable sage smell. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties to name just a few, so it does have a lot going for it!
Sandalwood is up there with the best of the essential oils. It does wonders for your skin and benefits your beard in many different ways, reducing the beard itch is a popular reason to use sandalwood. However, the scent is what makes this oil one of the most popular, seen as the perfect middle ground between pine and cedarwood.
There is something mysterious about tea tree oil, it has awesome powers and there are plenty of benefits from using it in your beard oil. It has skin healing qualities, it nourishes roots and stimulates hair growth. The scent is similar to eucalyptus and is another popular choice with its all-powerful healing properties.
Thyme, like Rosemary, can easily overpower other oils and is very potent. However, it is known to prevent hair loss and has antibacterial qualities, so a small amount can create some interesting scents and give you some useful benefits as well.