Beard oil is still rising in popularity among men and today we’re going to take a closer look together at this substance.
- What Is Beard Oil?
- What Does Beard Oil Do & What Are The Benefits?
- What Ingredients Are In Beard Oil?
- Some Common Carrier Oils In Beard Oil
- Just Say No To Fragrance Oil
- How Can You Tell If Fragrance Oil Has Been Added To A Beard Oil?
- Does Beard Oil Really Work?
- When Should You Use Beard Oil?
- How Much Beard Oil Should You Use?
- How Frequently Should You Use Beard Oil?
- How Long Does Beard Oil Last?
- How Much Does Beard Oil Cost?
- Where Can You Buy Beard Oil At?
What Is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a blend of oils that are designed to help condition and improve the skin under the beard as well as the beard itself. The main oils are a mix between carrier oils which dilute the formula and carry the oils to the beard and skin and essential oils that provide additional skin benefits as well as natural scents.
Beard oil basically helps do a few main things:
- Prevents Beard Dandruff (beardruff)
- Prevents Beard Itching, Irritation and Dry Skin Skin Under The Beard
- Prevents Brittle Beard
- Helps Control Frizzing and Split Ends
- Replaces Lost Natural Skin Oils
- Conditions The Beard & Keeps It Soft & Healthy As It Grows
Below I’ll discuss these things throughout our Ultimate Guide To Beard Oil.
What Does Beard Oil Do & What Are The Benefits?
The idea behind beard oil is simply to replace the lost oils, called Sebum, that the skin naturally produces. Sebum is created by the Sebaceous glands that are within nearly all areas of our skin. This is actually the same gland that is responsible for causing acne if it is oversecreting. Masculine men with higher testosterone usually have an easier time growing and maintaining a beard because high testosterone leads to an increased sebum production. As your beard grows longer in length our bodies natural oils struggle to reach the full length of the beard, this is especially true when your beard gets over an inch or 2 in length.
As your beard grows longer in length our bodies natural oils struggle to reach the full length of the beard, this is especially true when your beard gets over an inch or 2 in length.
When the oil that our skin produces cannot produce enough quantity to coat the entire beard as the beard grows, the beard can then become dry, brittle and develop bad split ends. The split ends can be controlled by simply following a beard grooming procedure that will ensure the health of your beard but you’ll need to also be able to take care of the other issues that come with an oil deprived beard.
One condition is dry skin under the beard called Beard Dandruff or as many bearded folk call it “Beardruff.” Obviously, beard dandruff is itchy, irritating and having little white flakes all over your clothes doesn’t look attractive at all.
When the skin becomes dry not only will it flake with dandruff as mentioned above but it can be extremely itchy and cause skin irritation which results in itching and potentially causes red rashes around or under the beard.
Once the beard becomes dry and damaged the hair can easily become brittle causing the beard to no longer be soft. Instead, the beard hairs become course and scratchy and this is where even more of the irritation comes from. Beard oil is also one part of the equation for keeping your beard soft which I have written extensively about here.
What Ingredients Are In Beard Oil?
Beard oil has several key ingredients.
- Carrier Oil
- Essential Oils
- But Should NOT Contain Fragrance Oil
The first of the ingredients are carrier oils as I mentioned in the start of this guide. Again, carrier oils help dilute a formula and help carry the scents and benefits of the oils to the skin. If beard oil only contains essential oils the result would be an overpowered, smelly and slicked down beard. No thanks!
The next ingredient in beard oil is essential oil(s). Some blends of beard oil contain as little as 1 essential oil and some have several.
Take the Artius Man Sandalwood Blend for example. This blend is designed with several carrier oils and only one essential oil; Sandalwood. However, looking at the entire line of Artius Man Beard Oils you’ll see some have 5 or more essential oils added.
Typically, you’ll see essential oils listed near the end of the label and the carrier oils listed above them.
Some blends of beard oil do not contain essential oils. This leaves behind simply the base formula of carrier oils. There is nothing wrong with this but what you’re left with is an unscented blend. Obviously, you’d love any hair and skin benefit that the essential oils would normally bring but you’d still get the benefits of the carrier oils. Some men simply do not like scents and so they only use Unscented blends.
Some Common Carrier Oils In Beard Oil
- Castor Oil: Castor oil contains vitamin e and omega 3 which stimulates hair growth, treats split ends, moisturizes, nourishes and detoxifies the hair and skin.
- Jojoba Oil: Regulates skin oil production, moisturizes, cleanses and conditions the beard and underlying skin. Plus it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and can aid beard hair growth.
Sunflower seed oil: Conditions the hair all the way down to the base of the shaft making your beard softer and less irritating to the skin. It also locks in moisture to keep the beard soft and smooth throughout the day. It also helps block harmful UV rays from the sun
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) seed oil: Helps alleviate dry skin and moisturizes the hair/skin
- Argan Oil: Promotes healthy beard hair while it moisturizes and conditions the hair and skin. Furthermore Argon oil reduces inflammation and has been shown to fight acne
Some brands contain 1 or 2 of these other brands like Artius Man contain them all plus a couple additional oils shown below:
- Sclerocarya Birrea (marula) seed: Nourishes the hair follicles and hydrates the underlying skin to help prevent itching, flaking, and redness. This potent ingredient helps our oil feel like a “miracle” to your beard
- Adansonia Digitata (baobab) Seed Oil: This powerful therapeutic healing oil helps protect hair and skin against extreme weather (hot or cold) while protecting the skin from free radicals and damage caused by the elements
Basically, this offers added protection and helps nourish and condition the hair even more.
Just Say No To Fragrance Oil
Many brands of beard oil use fragrance oil in their beard oil rather than essential oils. They do this because it saves them quite a bit of money. However, what you’re left with is an inferior product and potentially damaged skin. Fragrance oils, while designed to smell OK typically do not smell nearly as great as the essential oil it’s trying to mimic or they smell will be off by a large margin.
Again, taking a look at Artius Man’s Sandalwood formula you’ll notice it uses natural sandalwood essential oil. Obviously, this raises the cost of the product slightly over the base blend $19.95 as opposed to the base formula at $14.95 but you have an amazing, naturally scented formula.
The other issue with fragrance oils is that many men are actually allergic to them. This can cause further skin rash and irritation. Since beard oil is designed to help alleviate issues such as beard irritation; you wouldn’t want to chance to further the agony. Because of this issue, it’s best to avoid fragrance oils in general.
How Can You Tell If Fragrance Oil Has Been Added To A Beard Oil?
This is actually pretty easy. The back of the label where the ingredients are listed will say that the product has fragrance oil in it. This is typically one of the last things on the label, but, some have it higher up on the label.
Does Beard Oil Really Work?
Yes! However, keep in mind that while beard oil works some people falsely believe that it will single handily help the beard grow larger and faster. I dispel this in my myths about beard oil found here. While beard oil does promote beard growth it takes a full beard care regimen and some help from your genetics to really make the beard growth explode. However, beard oil does exactly what it’s meant to do and that is to replace the lost naturally produced oils, coat the beard and relieve dandruff and irritation.
I won’t go through everything I just did beforehand but beard oil is designed to help take care of all of those issues we discussed above.
When Should You Use Beard Oil?
This is a personal choice. You can start using beard oil when you have just a bit of stubble or you can wait until you have a few inches of beard growth first. If your beard is short it’s best to use just a small amount rather than the full recommended amount of a dime size of oil. Often times this means you’ll need to test different amounts of beard oil to see what looks and feels the best at various lengths.
Another way to look at when you should be using it is to realize if your beard feels itchy, irritated or has become flaky. If you have any of those symptoms it is definitely time for you to be using at least a minimal amount of beard oil.
How Much Beard Oil Should You Use?
Depending on the length of your beard you’ll want to use more or less beard oil. I have a full explanation of how much beard oil you should use here. However, to save you time I’ll break it all down for you here briefly.
- Short Beard Under 3 Inches: About a dime size in palm
- Medium Beard 3 – 5 Inches: About A Nickel
- Long Beard: Anything Over 6 Inches: About A Quarter
Obviously, these are not exact and you should spend a few days testing various amounts on your beard. Just make sure you’re applying it correctly first before you judge if you’re using enough.
If your beard looks really greasy or your skin feels greasy after application you’re probably using too much and you need to use less beard oil. If your skin still feels really dry or you’re still seeing flakes after a week of use you’re probably not applying enough. Every man’s beard is different so testing is the key!
How Frequently Should You Use Beard Oil?
Typically you should apply beard oil in the morning after you’ve showered and patted your beard dry. Then you should also apply beard oil again in the evening just before bed. This will ensure that you’ve properly hydrated your beard to prevent dryness. If you work outside or in some very rough elements you might consider a minimal mid-day application but for most men this is completely unnecessary and will simply cause your beard to look oily.
Applying morning and night should be a daily routine for you. This is how often you should use beard oil.
How Long Does Beard Oil Last?
A 1 oz. bottle should last you about 2-3 months. However, if you have a rather large beard it might be less. Additionally, if you have a shorter beard it’ll likely last longer. Again, size, shape, style and type of facial hair differs in every man, so it’s important to test for yourself.
How Much Does Beard Oil Cost?
This varies from brand to brand. However, most brands cost anywhere from $15/oz. to as much as $50/oz. It’s all relative to the brand. Some brands use more/less ingredients to others and are often priced accordingly. That doesn’t stop some brands from simply slapping on extreme premium rates. You’re typically going to get what you need out of a $15 bottle of beard oil.
Beard oil brands that use premium ingredients such as natural therapeutic grade essential oils often need to charge a few extra dollars to make up for the added expense. I.e. again, natural Sandalwood is very expensive and costs quite a bit more to produce than oil essential oils.
Where Can You Buy Beard Oil At?
Many retail stores have yet to carry beard oil. However, you can find beard oil online through Artius Man’s Beard Shop or you can shop any other brand at Amazon. Just want to test beard oil? —Get one here and only pay shipping.
Do you have any questions? Just ask below. Before I formulated my beard oils I spent thousands of hours in research and then testing to perfect them, so if you have a question I typically know the answer. I hope you enjoy my Ultimate Guide To Beard Oil and if you need anything just let me know.