We all love to go out and buy a new beard oil and as is most often the case its online, we search through the vast amount of companies that have popped up and try and choose one that sounds good, but What is in my beard oil and why?.
There is a massive choice, woody, spicy, sweet, fresh and so we make a choice, but most people actually choose their beard oil based on the essential oils that give it scent and we ignore the blend of carrier oils that make up the base that the essential oils are added to. This base could be very simple and just contain one oil like sweet almond oil but its the oils that have been pain stakingly blended out of a mix of different oils that are the best, so what are these oils and why are they used. The purpose of this post is to help you choose a beard oil that is perfect for your beard by explaining what to look out for and know ‘What is in my beard oil and why?’
‘Sweet Almond Oil’ – Sweet almond oil is a very popular oil that has a golden colour and a nutty odour and has a shelf life of 12 months. It is great in softening hair and skin but its main benefit is on the skin and is great for those who suffer from dry skin. Beard oils are as much for the skin under the beard as they are for the beard itself. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D and is rich in protein, it costs £2.00 per 100ml.
‘Jojoba Oil’ – Jojoba oil is one of the most useful oils as it is chemically very similar to the oil secreted by our sebaceous glands. It helps to moisturise, nourish and protect and Jojoba also has a natural SPF of 5. it is clear slightly yellow oil and contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 , Vitamin E, it costs £5.00 per 100ml.
‘Grapeseed Oil’ – Grapeseed oil is absorbed very quickly and does not leave a greasy feeling, it is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce acne. it has a yellow to green colour and is light in odour. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and mixes very well with Jojoba oil, it costs £2.00 per 100ml.
‘Argan Oil’ – Argan oil is probably the best oil for your beard but isn’t used as much as the other oils, beard oils that contain Argan oil are in my opinion very good. Its a slightly heavier oil that is golden to dark in colour and has a sweet smell, Argan oil should be kept out of direct sunlight and has a shelf life of 12 to 18 months. it contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and it costs £12.00 per 100ml.
‘Fractionated Coconut Oil’ – Fractionated Coconut Oil is more stable than virgin Coconut oil and like Jojoba oil it helps the skin naturally control its natural oil secretions. Unlike virgin coconut oil it is virtually odourless and contains vitamins A, B and E as well as phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. It costs £4.00 per 100ml.
‘Castor Oil’ – Castor oil is very rich and so only a small amount is needed, it is one of the best to help with itching and has been used for hair loss treatment and is useful to help prevent split ends and dry hair. It is very rich in Vitamins A, B, D & E, golden in colour, has a shelf life of 24 – 36 months and costs £2.00 per 100ml.
‘Avocado Oil’ – Avocado oil is perfect for dry skin as it penetrates the skin and helps maintain strong hair. Light Green / Yellow / Golden in colour unlike the Avocado oil that is cold pressed which is a vibrant Avocado Green and has thick moisturising properties. Avocado oil contains high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E has a shelf life of 10 – 12 months and it costs £3.00 per 100ml.
‘Apricot oil’ – Apricot oil is a very good carrier oil and is very beneficial to the skin, it is a great alternative to Sweet Almond & Grapeseed oil. It is golden in colour with a deep nutty smell it contains Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B6, B17 and Vitamin E it costs £2.00 per 100ml.
There are of course many other very good carrier oils that can be used in beard oils that I haven’t listed, this is just a basic introduction to some of the more popular carrier oils used in beard oils and I hope it is of some use. If you want to know more about the carrier oils used in your beard oil, you could use sites like Naturally Thinking to search for them.