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Beard Oil: 7 Things You Need to Know About What You're Using
So these are the 7 things you need to know about beard oil and what you’re using. Only one tip really draws the line in the sand that our oil is better, but I think you get the picture, chemicals have no place on your face.
Now, you might be wondering why you don’t see the beard oil listed on our website. That’s because, for the 1 month mark of launching the company, we’re going to be launching our beard oil. That’s coming up on April 1, this coming Monday. Our newsletter subscribers are going to get first dibs because this is going to be a somewhat exclusive. We’ve got a limited number of bottles that we’re going to sell in the first week. Then next weekend we’re going to open the floodgates.
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1. What is the difference between store-brand and those I see from The Bearded Vets?
This one is very straightforward, you just need to pick up a bottle and read the label. Don’t believe that it’s that easy? I’ll do it for you…
Here’s Jack Black beard oil… top ingredient is: cyclopentasiloxane.
What? What is cyclopentasiloxane?
I’ll tell you, it’s a silicon-based cyclic compound that may be associated with environmental toxicity. Yeeeah, I want that all over my beard. Now here’s the thing. This exact product is the one that made me start making beard oil over 5 years ago.
Okay, now I don’t have the same fancy label on my bottle (yet…) but here’s my top ingredient by volume/weight/use %: sweet almond oil.
Okay, but what’s that? Sweet almond oil is a cold-pressed oil that is high in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and fatty acids that help your skin retain moisture. Like the comparison?
TL;DR – Natural oils are better, mine has em.
2. Beard oil is meant for your skin too…
If you read through the ingredients in my beard oil, almost all of them mention that they are a humectant. This means that it is absorbed into the skin and keeps your skin from bleeding off moisture into the atmosphere.
Castor oil is a big player in my blend. One of the key uses of castor oil is to reduce inflammation. A key factor of dandruff and beardruff is inflammation of the skin. Castor oil helps to reduce this inflammation and also lock in moisture to hydrate the irritated skin.
I use cranberry seed oil, which while it is quite expensive is well worth the inclusion because it also helps to naturally reduce eczema and psoriasis. While I can’t say this treats these conditions, it does mean that our beard oil helps promote healthy skin.
TL:DR – Use good oils, get good skin.
3. If you want a beard oil recipe, look at ancient cultures.
What does this mean?
Cultures have used natural oils in skin care and hair care for centuries. This article in the American College of Healthcare Sciences talks about Greek cultures using olive oil on their hair, skin, fingernails, and even their teeth. While olive oil has many similar properties to the oils I use, it’s also heavier and the chief complaint about beard oil is leaving your beard….oily.
Moroccan cultures used and still use argan oil, and this is one that has carried forward into the premium beard oils on the market today. I use it in mine, and I’d rather have less margin in a product and deliver premium results over high margin money-grab products.
The Egyptian culture used a combination of castor oil and sweet almond oil. The almond oil carried and thinned the castor oil, while the castor oil does most of the heavy lifting. Do you see the resemblance to my recipe structure?
TL:DR – Worked for them, works for you.
4. Beard Oil naturally softens hair.
Hair is a column of dead cells. No really, go look.So how do you make it softer? Well, it’s made up of layers like an onion, or more closely resembling the scales on a snake. The ridges are easier to feel if you pinch a hair between your fingers and move down the hair, then go in the opposite. Healthy hair might have a little squeak, but unhealthy hair is like that sawgrass on the golf course, you just want to stay away.The way that hair can be conditioned and softened is by applying oils, fatty acids and vitamins to make new hair grow healthier, and reduce the ridges on the older hair.Over time, and it’s not overnight, your beard will feel softer to the touch and may start to grow in better. I have wiry hair so when my beard is short and new it needs more product that you would think to make it manageable and presentable, I don’t like looking like a bum.
TL:DR – Say no to brillo-pad beards by using oils long-term.
5. Some of them contain biotin!
6. Beard oil grows your beard faster.
7. They’re a natural preservative, you don’t need to add more chemicals.
Wait, hold up. What does that mean?
That means that castor oil, grapeseed oil and some of the others in the mix actually inhibit bacteria and fungal growth.
This means that they are shelf stable and don’t require an external preservative. When you’re aiming to make a natural product, the inclusion of a preservative is the first item that knocks you off of that goal. But, most of the time that’s a necessary step, except here, when you really can make an all natural beard oil.
What this does for your beard is allow you to use less harsh chemicals because the oils do the work of promoting and maintaining beard hair and skin health long-term, meaning you can hit that goal of a yeard this year.
TL:DR – don’t need a preservative, all natural product.
- Natural oils are better, mine has em.
- Use good oils, get good skin.
- Worked for ancient cultures, works for you.
- Say no to brillo-pad beards by using oils long-term.
- Biotin = good, mine has it because of avocados!
- Good stuff helps beard grow, like castor oil.
- Don’t need a preservative, all natural product!