Fir + Cedarwood Beard Oil
A phenomenon among the male species has developed over the past decade. I don't quite understand it, but I am observing, taking notes, and researching. It pertains to the growing fascination with all things facial hair.
I personally never thought much about the art of men's grooming. I expected my husband to shave it all off daily and that's that. I was actually quite averse to anything on my husband's face that would cause irritation to him or myself, and pitied women with sensitive skin (or any skin?) who suffered through their man's new hobby. I warned all our guy friends that if they really cared about my husband, they'd quit pressuring him into that no-shave November nonsense, or else I would return us to our earliest relationship status (that is, friends with benefits... of hand-holding ONLY). Only recently have I discovered that there MIGHT be a solution to this conundrum of his manliness versus my sanity, should he take the plunge.
Why Beard Oil?
I’m hearing raving reviews from guys (and their gals) about beard oil. It is a game-changer for coarse, dry, scratchy facial hair. “Beard oil?? I’m not a high-maintenance kind of guy,” you might be saying. Well, whether you are or not, your skin can get itchy and flaky when dry, and is subject to irritation and even breakouts from the rubbing of your coarse beard hair. Annoying, right?
Appearance-wise, the hair itself can become dried out, frizzy, and tangled if not “oiled” regularly. Rubbing the oil into your hair moisturizes and softens it, and massaging it into your skin protects it and encourages hair growth for a fuller beard. You can prevent ingrown hairs, “beardruff,” that classic homeless look, and breakouts by using this oil regularly, whether or not you lift your pinky when drinking tea.
What's In It?
I did quite a bit of research on ingredient options and comparing reviews of other beard oils before I formulated this blend. Not just any oil is good for hair (even if it’s in an expensive beard oil blend). And likewise, not just any essential oil would do - it had to be EFFECTIVE, and holistically beneficial. If you wanna know how they work, read on. If not - just skip to the recipe below and make your own.
Obviously, a chemical-containing (read, “toxic skin-irritant”) solution is no solution at all in my mind. So, with my beloved, bearded cousin and brother-in-laws' holiday gifts in mind, I set out to find a combination that was toxin-free, and worked better than the commercialized brands out there, for MUCH LESS.
For those who don’t have a beard yet but want one, this combination of oils is ideal for hair growth! Massaging with oil alone is great for circulation and stimulating the hair follicles. However, Young Living's Cedarwood oil in particular has been studied for its hair-restoring properties in those with hair loss. (Note: that this attribute is from the oil of Cedrus atlantica... not all oils labeled "cedarwood" are this species, and thus not all have these qualities.) So for the hairy and hairless, oil it up!
- Apricot Kernel Oil. Softens and strengthens hair and skin. Absorbs quickly into skin and hair. Unlike many oils, is not greasy.
- Castor Oil. Prevents and heals ingrown hairs, and unclogs pores. It soothes irritated and inflamed skin and aids circulation which encourages hair growth. Moisturizes the hair shaft, preventing breakage.
- Moroccan Argan Oil. Softens beard and adds shine. Moisturizes dry skin and prevents and heals breakouts.
- Vitamin E. Helps repair damage to hair follicles, aiding in hair growth. Soothes inflamed skin.
- Balsam Fir Oil. Is astringent, antibacterial, soothes inflamed skin, and stimulates blood flow aiding in hair growth.
- Cedarwood. Great remedy for hair loss, and is astringent, soothes inflamed skin, and is antimicrobial.
- Sandalwood. Adds shine to hair and soothes irritated and inflamed skin.
So without further ado, grab a 2 oz dropper bottle and start pouring.
Ingredients & Directions
- 3 Tbsp apricot oil
- 1/2 Tbsp castor oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Argan oil
- 1/8 tsp Vitamin E (either puncture and squeeze 2-3 capsules OR buy a bottle in the skincare section of a natural foods store)
- 10 drops Young Living balsam fir oil
- 10 drops Young Living cedarwood oil
- 6 drops Young Living sandalwood oil
Combine all in a dropper bottle and shake well. (Double the amount for the 4oz. bottle shown in pictures.)
Use 2-3 drops daily on freshly washed, slightly damp beard. Massage from the skin outward, combing through beard with fingers or a brush.