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Essential Oils

The Best Essential Oils for Beard Grooming

Recently, growing out a beard has become more of a trend for many men and is even the subject of challenges like No Shave November. If you take good care of your beard, it can look strong, thick, and luxurious. Let it dry out, and it can become a frizzy, scratchy, and an unkempt-looking mess. The use of essential oils can help to keep the skin under your beard healthy and make sure that the beard itself looks its best too.

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Essential oils are used frequently in skin care regimens, and therefore, have a lot of potential benefits for beard groomings. Essential oils can help fight off skin irritation, protect against infection, nourish the skin, and soothe the mind. There are many essential oils to choose from, and each one presents a different scent profile and range of health benefits. Let's take a look at some of the best essential oils for men's skin that can be used for beard grooming.

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Tea tree oil is something that most young men will be familiar with because it has traditionally been a staple of locker rooms and wrestling gyms. Tea tree oil contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties and can help to fight everything from ringworm to acne . It is highly potent and best used only in small amounts. 1

Sandalwood Essential Oil


Sandalwood is an anti-inflammatory oil that is also good for fighting off infection, and it is thought to help promote hair growth too. 2 This makes it a great choice for men who are looking to develop thick and healthy beards. Sandalwood is popular in a lot of men's soaps and shaving creams and makes a good addition to any beard oil as well.

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Eucalyptus oil is a great cleanser, and it helps heal cuts and scrapes as well. In addition, it can help to remove grease and grime from a hard day's work. These are all ideal characteristics for optimizing the appearance of your beard.


Making Your Own Beard Oil


It's important to take good care of your beard because it covers a large portion of your face and it can hold oil and dirt. Also, it's easy for the skin under your beard to get irritated. In addition, it is all too easy for the hair on your beard to dry out. Split ends and a frizzy and unkempt beard do not make for an appealing look.

While you can buy beard oil, this can often be expensive. Luckily, you can make your own oils using essential oils and a carrier oil for a cheaper yet effective alternative.

A good oil for beard grooming will be made with a light carrier oil, plus scented with essential oils. Good carrier oils include jojoba and sweet almond oil. If you have a short, closely trimmed beard, then coconut oil could be a good choice because it is one of the best moisturizing carrier oils. For longer beards, jojoba oil is a better choice since it will rub into the beard more readily. Hemp seed oil is another great moisturizing carrier oil that a lot of bearded men swear by.

The bulk of the recipe will be the carrier oil. This is the oil that you use to dilute your essential oils, and it is the oil that will help the essential oils be absorbed by your skin and beard. Essential oils are volatile, and they will evaporate quickly if you try to apply them directly to the skin, as well as irritate the skin in the process. 3 Carrier oils are more stable and more readily absorbed, so they are a natural delivery system for your chosen essential oils.

You don't need to use a lot of oil for beard grooming. A one-ounce bottle of beard oil will last a fair while. Start with your carrier oil, and then add a total of no more than 10 drops of essential oils per ounce of carrier oil. If the oil has a strong scent, the three to five drops are all you need.

So, you might want to add three drops of tea tree, three drops of peppermint, and four drops of sandalwood essential oils for a refreshing and earthy oil. Try a few different oils to see what has the best aroma, and don't be shy about experimenting with some of the more gentle scents such as lavender, or more unusual ones such as ylang-ylang. You’ll be surprised by what works well.

Conclusion beard grooming


If you’ve hopped on the beard trend but have found that your beard isn’t looking quite as expected, the essential oils highlighted above might help you out. The combination of their skin and hair benefits makes them a great choice for giving you a full, well-kempt beard.

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