Essential Oils for Beard Health

Autumn and winter can be a great time to grow longer facial hair, especially with No Shave November giving the opportunity to grow it for awareness of a good cause. Beard grooming and the products you use are both important to make sure your beard is both great looking and healthy. This means that time and attention must be given to the hair of your beard as well as the skin underneath.

The hair on your face needs just as much care and grooming as the hair on your head. The right grooming techniques and products can help the hair of your beard stay soft and smooth while stimulating hair growth and repairing damage and split ends. Even if you’ve had a beard for so long that you haven't seen it in years, there is skin hidden under there. Proper skin care can help with the dry itchy skin that can be a common ailment of longer facial hair, especially in colder months. It can also help to combat ingrown hairs, acne, and dandruff in your beard. 

Creating your own products to care for your facial allows you to customize the ingredients for your specific needs and preferences. Essential oils have a variety of benefits for overall beard and skin health and make great and helpful additions to your DIY beard care products. They can help cleanse and moisturize the skin, strengthen and repair the hair as well as support new hair growth.

beards and essential oils

Here are our favorite essential oils for beard care

  • Lavender

    • Cleansing
    • Soothing
    • Relieves itchy skin
    • Reduces blemishes
    • Revitalizes hair 
  • Tea Tree

    • Reduces blemishes
    • Cleansing
    • Antibacterial
    • Repairs split ends
    • Removes excess oil
  • Patchouli

    • Brightens skin
    • Antibacterial
    • Combats odor
    • Tightens pore
  • Rosemary

    • Stimulates hair growth
    • Relieves itchiness
    • Reduces skin puffiness
    • Strengthens hair
  • Sandalwood

    • Antibacterial
    • Removes excess oil
    • Combats dry skin
    • Tightens pores
    • Nourishes hair
  • Peppermint

    • Invigorates skin
    • Antibacterial
    • Strengthens hair
    • Moisturizing
    • Increases hair thickness
    • Conditions skin and hair
    • Antibacterial
    • Tightens skin
    • Stimulates hair growth

Beard Wash

beard wash essential oils

A good beard wash is the first step in caring for your facial hair. It can help get rid of build up from other products as well as cleanse the skin to combat dry skin and itchiness.

Ingredients

Directions

Add castile soap, jojoba oil, and essential oils to a bowl and stir vigorously to combine. Add water and stir again. Allow any bubbles that may occur to dissipate before pouring the solution into the bottle. Add a small amount to your hand and work into your beard. Use your fingertips to gently massage the wash into the skin for more thorough cleansing.


Beard Oil

beard oil essential oils

Beard oil helps in taming your beard while also nourishing the hair and skin underneath. It keeps your beard looking maintained and healthy and can even help stimulate hair growth.

Ingredients

Directions

Add all ingredients to the bottle and give it a good shake to combine. Add a few drops to your hands and rub throughout your beard to nourish and smooth the hair. You can also massage a few drops into your skin to help stimulate beard growth and moisturize your skin.


Mustache Wax

mustache wax essential oils

Ingredients

Directions

Melt the beeswax and shea butter on a double boiler until completely liquid. Remove from heat and stir in the jojoba oil and essential oil. Pour the mixture into the tin and allow to cool and harden completely. Work a small amount of product between your fingertips and use it to help tame and shape your mustache. You can also warm the wax in your hands and smooth over your beard or goatee for particularly unruly hairs.


Shaving Soap

shaving soap essential oils

Ingredients

Supplies

  • Heat Safe Bowl
  • Pot or Double Boiler
  • Spoon or Rubber Spatula
  • Heat Safe Soap Mold
  • 99% isopropyl alcohol in a misting spray bottle
  • Round Metal Tins 

Directions

  1. Chop 1 pound of melt and pour soap base into smaller pieces and add to a heat safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl on top of a pot with a few inches of water in it. Bring the water to a bowl and gently melt the soap, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the soap from heat and add clay and thoroughly stir everything together. Add glycerine and essential oil blend and stir again.
  4. Pour into the tins and mist the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to dissipate any air bubbles. 
  5. Allow the soap to cool and thicken for a few minutes, then stir gently one more time to avoid clay settling  to the bottom.
  6. Allow to cool and harden at room temperature for several hours.
  7. Use a wet shaving brush, work the soap into a lather in circular motions and apply to the face before shaving.

After Shave

aftershave essential oils after shave

Ingredients

Directions

Add all ingredients to the bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Be sure to shake before each use to keep things thoroughly combined. Spritz directly over freshly shaved areas or spray into hands and gently press into the skin.