An Aromatic Beard Oil for Men

With Father’s Day upon us this weekend, I decided to release next week’s blog post a couple of days early! Aromatherapy is used for many women’s skincare products but an increasing trend in aromatherapy products for men is the use of a beard oil. An aromatic beard oil is simple to make – and a great product for dad to add to his skincare regime. Here’s a great aromatic recipe idea on how to make a simple beard oil for Father’s Day.

Carrier Oils to Make a Beard Oil Base

A beard oil is made up of a base component – a carrier oil – and appropriate essential oils. You don’t have to add essential oils, if you want to keep it simple, but essential oils can enhance the effectiveness of the beard oil, depending upon skincare issues. If you aren’t adding essential oils, I recommend combining one or more of the following carrier oils:

  • Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) – a basic, good quality carrier oil which is suitable for most skin types.

  • Sweet almond (Prunis dulcis) – a popular carrier oil used in aromatherapy for dry skin, inflammed skin, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.1

  • Sunflower (Helianthus annus) – a general, good “all-rounder” carrier oil which is useful for a variety of skin complaints including acne.

  • Pomegranate seed (Punica granatum) – a less well known but effective carrier oil used for acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, skin aging, wrinkles and to promote healthier looking skin and to increase skin elasticity.2

Combine one or more of these carrier oils to make the base for your beard oil.

Essential Oils for a Beard Oil

The essential oils that you chose for your beard oil will depend on the condition of the skin, specific problems, and the health history of the person you are making it for. It is best to consult a certified aromatherapist for specific issues but the following essential oils can be used, with caution, to create a simple beard oil:

  • Black spruce (Picea mariana) – warm, balsamic, pine-like aroma suitable for acne-prone skin and eczema.

  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – Woody-balsamic aroma suitable for oily skin.

  • Frankincense (Boswellia spicta) – Rich, balsamic aroma suitable for dry and mature skin.

  • Sandalwood (Santalum album) – Woody-balsamic aroma suitable for acne, dry skin, and cracked skin.

  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – Fresh, spicy-herbaceous, strong, minty aroma suitable for acne-prone skin and dermatitis.

  • Juniper (Juniperus communis) – Fresh, woody-balsamic aroma suitable for acne-prone skin, eczema, and dermatitis. Avoid use with kidney disease.

A Simple Beard Oil with Essential Oils

The following aromatic beard oil is suitable for use with most people,without specific health conditions which might be contra-indicated for use. However, use caution, and stop using immediately if a rash or other adverse reactions occur.

You will need:

  • 2 oz sunflower (Helianthus annus) oil

  • 4 drops black spruce (Picea mariana) essential oil

  • 3 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil

  • 2 drops frankincense (Boswellia spicta) essential oil

  • 2 drop spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oil

*TIP: If you enjoy a fresh, minty aroma, leave out the cypress essential oil, and substitute the number of drops with spearmint essential oil.

CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity in some individuals. This is just under a 1 % dilution rate.

Instructions for Use:

  • Combine the sunflower oil with the essential oils in a small bottle. Add a few drops of vitamin E oil to preserve.

  • Apply to the beard on a daily basis to promote health and vitality.

Happy Father’s Day!

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  1. Price, Len, 1999, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, UK Riverhead Publishing Ltd.

  2. Various references discussed in the article Pomegranate Seed Oil for Skincare Products.

  • The recommendations expressed in this article are based on the author’s 20 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry, as a UK-certified aromatherapist, as a published author in aromatherapy, as an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), as an aromatherapy business owner, as a consultant, and as Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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