If you have a beard, you need to take care of it every day. There are a number of products designed to do just that, including beard oil, which has become an essential in beard care kits. With all the formulations on the market, it can be hard to make a choice. Here are our tips for finding the right beard oil for you.
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is a lipophilic liquid usually made up of two types of ingredients:botanical oilsandessential oils. This product made for use on facial hair has a number of functions: it softens and controls beard hair, reduces bacteria, hydrates the skin, reduces itching after shaving, and has a pleasant fragrance. Some beard oils are also enriched with active ingredients to stimulate hair growth, likebasil extract,which fills in any gaps and thickens the beard to make it look more uniform.
How should you choose a beard oil?
There are several criteria to take into account when choosing a beard oil:
If your beard is dry, choose a beard oil rich in botanical oils that are known for their nourishing benefits, such as jojoba oil or argan oil. Men who are prone to irritation and/or itching caused by shaving should use a soothing beard oil containing, for example, hemp oil, St John’s Wort, or arnica. If your beard is sparse and has some gaps, certain beard oils contain active ingredients which boost hair growth, like basil extract or castor oil.
Please note: Certain beard oils have a mixture of several botanical oils, to provide several benefits. In fact, some beard oils are nourishing, soothing and strengthening at the same time.
The type of beard:
It’s important to take into account your beard’s hair type and length when choosing a beard oil. A light and non-greasy oil will be better suited to a three-day-old beard, but for a long beard it’s better to choose a richer oil.
The ease of application:
Want our advice? Choose a beard oil with a pipette, which will make it a lot easier to measure out and apply.
The essential oils contained in a beard oil can provide antibacterial properties, like rosemary essential oil with camphor, or thyme essential oil with linalool. However, their main function is to provide a fresh, appealing fragrance, so you can choose your beard oil according to your favourite smell: woody, floral, fruity, spicy, etc…
Typology’s beard oil
Our beard oil contains several botanical oils: hemp, castor, argan, sunflower. It also contains green mandarin zest essential oil, as well as Scots pine essential oil, which gives it a fresh, woody fragrance of forest and pine sap. Our beard oil is packaged in a bottle with a pipette, so you can simply apply a couple of drops to the palms of your hands and rub them together to warm up and spread out the product. Apply it to your facial hair, massaging your beard in the direction the hair grows to help it penetrate the hair.
Pro Tip: For long beards, use a brush or beard comb to help apply your beard oil.