I can’t pretend to be an expert in caring for a beard, but I do know a little something about how to take care of the hair on my head . The bottom line is that hair needs oil for nourishment and conditioning. This same concept applies to all hair – whether it’s on your head, or your face. Similar to my conditioner recipe, this beard oil uses a nourishing oil as its base and essential oils. The only difference is that the base oil also needs to be good for your skin in order to prevent breakouts etc.
In my opinion, these are the best oils for both hair and facial skin, and therefore make the best base for a beard oil:
- Coconut oil – suits most skin types and is antimicrobial which means nothing funky will grow, and your skin will be less prone to breakouts. (buy here).
- Jojoba oil – is not technically an oil, but rather a wax that mimics collagen, which makes it great for your hair and skin. It absorbs well into the skin and hair. (buy here).
- Argan oil – is a non-greasy oil which is rich is vitamin E and other nutrients which nourish your hair & skin. (buy here).
Essential oils that you can use:
- Rosemary: Suits all hair types. It is packed with antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals that are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary stimulates blood flow and promotes strong and healthy hair growth. It is also effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin.
- Tea tree: unblocks the sebaceous glands and it stimulates blood flow. It eliminates dead skin cells and makes the hair healthy and shiny. Tea tree has antibacterial properties which will help clear and prevent breakouts, as well as keep your beard clean.
- Lemon: Great for oily hair, and is used to prevent scalp dryness, dandruff and lice.
- Lavender: Suits all hair and skin types, as it helps balance the skin’s natural oils. Good treatment for dry and sensitive skin, and it prevents itching. Lavender oil is said to make the hair soft and shiny too.
- Peppermint: Stimulates the blood flow to the hair root, and ensures that the hair receives proper nourishment, and thus it will promote hair growth.
Estimated shelf life: 2 years if stored out of direct sunlight and away from moisture.
Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.
*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.
Need help finding ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.
- 100ml Organic coconut oil
- 50 drops Rosemary essential oil
- Makes about 100ml.
- Mix essential oil into the coconut oil.
- Place in container and store away from direct sunlight and keep away from moisture for the longest shelf life.
- To use, rub about 1 teaspoon of oil between your palms/ fingers and apply to beard. The warmth of your hands will be enough to melt the coconut oil if it has gone solid.
- Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Peppermint.
- You can use one essential oil, or a blend of the above.
- - Using lemon essential oil will make your skin sensitive to the sun, and you will be vulnerable to getting sunburned. If using lemon, I recommend only using the beard oil in the evening. If using it in a blend for day time use, add only a small portion.
- - Peppermint is a very strong essential oil, and using a high concentration can irritate your skin. If you want to use peppermint, I would suggest using a dilution of only 15-20 drops to 100ml of base oil.
- - Do not use rosemary essential oil if you have epilepsy, as it may trigger seizures.
- - Read more about how to use essential oils safely here: http://naturalnerd.co.za/safety/
Since I don’t use beard oil, I’d love to know what you think of this recipe if you do. Please share your feedback in the comments below.