Beards are everywhere. If you take a look around, you’re likely going to spot quite a few men sporting hair on their face, whether it be a full beard, mustache, or goatee. It’s estimated that 55% of the male population has some sort of facial hair and that 1/3 of men in the United States have a beard.
Today, we’re going to be looking at helping these men to take care of their beard hair with DIY Eucalyptus Beard Oil, plus go over how to use beard oils.
Why Use Beard Oil?
Beard oils are wonderful for moisturizing the hair and the skin underneath while also softening and taming hair. Beyond being a moisturizing agent, beard oil also doubles as a styling product for beards of all kinds.
The main reason why you should use beard oil is to help your skin and hair to stay healthy. This will prevent your facial hair from becoming brittle and weak. Beard oil can help to restore the hair follicles in your face and protect them from damage.
Over time, many men start to notice that their facial hair looks frayed and weak. You might have also seen that your facial hair is starting to look stringy and dirty. This is because your beard or mustache is starting to become brittle and weak. Instead of continuing to let your face hair look like this, you should start using beard oil. Grooming with beard oil provides nutrients to help your hair grow.
Best Essential Oils for Beard Oil
Adding essential oils to beard oils can help nourish and repair the facial hair, prevent infection and ingrown hairs, decrease dryness and itchiness, and prevent dandruff and acne to the skin beneath.
Other therapeutic properties are realized as well from essential oil beard oil, including elevating mood, boosting immunity, and of course, giving a nice scent.
When you’re making a beard oil with essential oils, you want to take care to use more manly scents, some great options are:
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Vetiver essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
- Pine essential oil
- Any of the tree oils
Read More: Essential Oils for Men
Eucalyptus Oil for Beard Care
A beard is the perfect way to show your personality and style. But keeping your beard looking good requires more than just regular washing. You also need to use a good beard oil.
Eucalyptus oil is a great choice for beard care because it has many benefits for your skin and hair.
You can use any type of eucalyptus essential oil for beards but in this recipe we are using Eucalyptus Globulus. Here is more information about this type of Eucalyptus Oil:
- This is the most common type of the Eucalyptus varieties because of its high cineole content.
- It is derived from the “Blue Gum” Eucalyptus native to Australia, steam distilled from leaves and twigs.
- It has a deep camphorous, medicinal, fresh, clean, and bright aroma.
Read More: Eucalyptus Essential Oil Spotlight
Carrier Oils for Beard Care
Beard care is a hot topic lately, with more and more men sporting full beards. If you're looking to keep your beard healthy and groomed, using carrier oils is a great way to do it.
Common carrier oils used in DIY beard oil recipes:
- Argan Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Castor Oil
DIY Nourishing Eucalyptus Beard Oil
This recipe calls for two other essential oils. One of them is cedarwood oil which is great for beard growth. The other is lime essential oil which adding a bright and energetic aroma. If you wish to only use eucalyptus oil in the recipe below, you will need 9 drops total.
Ingredients for Beard Oil:
- 1 Tablespoon Argan Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 2 drops Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 4 drops distilled Lime Essential Oil
- 1 oz Glass dropper bottle
In a 1-ounce dark glass container (I prefer bottles with droppers) add your drops of essential oil. Measure out your carrier oils and add to the bottle. Roll the bottle around gently in your hands to mix the oils. This recipe is at 1.5% dilution, good for everyday use. Make sure to label your DIY recipe.
***Safety Note: Be sure you are using distilled lime in this recipe. Cold-pressed lime is phototoxic and can lead to burns when used on skin that is then exposed to sun.***
Here is a distilled Lime from Plant Therapy:
How to Use Beard Oil
Here are 3 steps on how to apply beard oil:
Step 1 - Wash Beard:
It’s best to use beard oil when you’re out of the shower or right after you’ve washed your face, as damp hair and skin allows the follicles to absorb more of the oil.
Step 2 - Prepare Beard and Oil:
Gently towel dry your face and facial hair, leaving the hair slightly damp. Add drops of the beard oil to your hands and rub them together to disperse evenly between both hands.
Step 3 - Distribute the Oil:
Start at the roots of your beard hair and massage the oil into the hair and underlying skin, then continue rubbing the oil down to the tips of your facial hair. You can then comb your facial hair, or finish styling it however your normally do.
It’s best to use the beard oil every day for optimal results, especially in the winter when it’s dry and our skin is more prone to drying out and causing beard itch.
Read More: How to Make Beard Oil Using Essential Oils
How Much Oil Do I Need?
As you use the oil, you’ll find out how much you prefer to use. Below is a handy suggestion guide to get you started:
- Stubble Only – Use 1 to 2 drops of the beard oil
- Facial Hair that’s 1-2 inches Long – Use 2 to 4 drops of beard oil
- Facial Hair that’s 3-6 inches Long – Use 4 to 6 drops of beard oil
- Facial Hair that’s longer than 6 inches – Use 7 or more drops of beard oil
It’s always best to start with less drops and add if you need to. Remember, it’s much easier to add more than it is to take some away once you’ve applied it.