Whether you typically sport some business casual stubble or a full blown Gandalf beard, maintaining you beard should be an absolutely essential part of your grooming routine. This involves everything from trimming, washing, conditioning, and brushing. Beard oil is one of the most effective products you can use (Psst, we've previously covered what beard oil does and how to use it). Not only does the skin absorb the oil to moisturize, but there are countless benefits to your beard when growing it.
But just like any other grooming product in your arsenal, a beard oil is only as good as it's ingredients. The ingredients ultimately decide how effective it will actually be.
What Is In Beard Oil
As we've mentioned before, beard oils are basically a conditioner for your beard. They're a blend of carrier oils and essential oils that are used to treat specific beard issues like itching, dry skin, and acne.
Each ingredient has specific benefits for what they will actually do to your beard. Below are a few examples:
Argon Oil Benefits: Found in many skin moisturizers because it is extremely rich in Vitamin E, argon oil is the perfect conditioner. It is one of the lighter oils and very rich in vitamin E. It also helps reduce dry skin and flaking, and has anti-acne properties.
The fat content is lower than other oils so it is not great at absorbing into the hair shaft or binding to the outside of the hair shaft to stop moisture from escaping. This means your beard will have a slight shine and can sometimes have a greasy, oily feel.
Castor Oil Benefits: This is another very popular ingredient in beard oils that are all-natural. It is probably because of how quickly it penetrates skin under beard thus alleviating wild, coarse and dry hairs. Castor oil also has properties which eliminate itching, dandruff and at the same time also promote growth of the beard. An easier to manage and style beard means less breakage hence manlier beard at the end.
Castor oil has one of the highest percentages of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These acids are too large to penetrate hair's cuticle. Most of them bind to the outside of hair and stop moisture from escaping. This means your beard will have a shine and have a greasy, oily feel.
Almond Oil Benefits: It's super rich in Vitamin E, zinc, potassium, protein. These nutrients are beneficial for eliminating beardruff, reducing irritation, and increasing beard growth.
It also has a high mix of saturated and monounsaturated fats that penetrates the hair shaft better so that when you wash your beard, the hair shaft can't absorb as much water and is less prone to drying out and causing beard itch.
Coconut Oil Benefits: Everyone loves coconut oil for a variety of reasons, and when it comes to the beard it's a powerhouse. Yes, it contain vitamins and minerals, but it also has antioxidant properties that will significantly help improve the look of your skin and hair.
It is one of the lightest oils, and because it is has very high mix of saturated fats and monounsaturated fats it can absorb into the hair shaft much faster to stimulate healthy hair growth, while being non-greasy.
Jojoba Oil Benefits: Jojoba has the advantage of having a similar structure to sebum - this is the oil that your skin naturally produces. It is the lightest oil and similar to coconut oil it has the highest mix of saturated fats and monounsaturated fats, while being non-greasy. It's pretty much a powerhouse for any beard oil.
Vitamin E Oil Benefits: Incorporating Vitamin E oil into a beard oil has been shown to soften skin and hair because it helps create an increase in blood flow, which facilitates more facial hair growth. Perfect if you are just starting out and worried about patch spots!
Peppermint Oil Benefits: It helps bringing nutrients to your beard faster and stimulates better blood circulation underneath your skin. This helps promote more hair to grow and leads to a more full and healthier beard.
Tea Tree Oil Benefits: It promotes beard growth by reducing redness, dandruff and itching. This oil also moisturizes, heals and repairs damaged beards leaving them smooth and shiny. Considering that it is quickly absorbed into the skin, it does not leave greasy oily residues on the beard.
Other popular ingredients that you will find in beard oils are grape seed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, cedar oil, etc. as well as different types of essential oils.
From the list above, it's probably easy to see why Otter Grooming Co. beard oils specifically select to use coconut oil and jojoba oil - they're lightweight the fastest absorbing without leaving a greasy residue.
Regardless of which beard oil you choose, it's important to understand what all the ingredients do before buying so you know exactly what you're getting into.