Argan oil is a great carrier oil for your beard oil, since it does a great job moisturizing, but it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave your face and skin feeling greasy like many commercial moisturizers can.
If you’re looking to make your own homemade, DIY beard oil, argan oil is one of the best carriers that you can choose. Not only is it good for keeping your skin hydrated, but it has other benefits as well. For example:
- Some people use it to ease the wounds of acne, and it can also keep skin irritation a bay, which is what often causes the acne to form in the first place.
- It has antioxidants that can protect the skin from damage.
- It is also rich in certain vitamins that are great for the skin, such as vitamin E.
When it comes to conditioning the hair on your face, it can also keep it protected from the elements and avoid its being damaged. It’ll give your hair a nice healthy glow while keeping it from getting matted and tangled. Since you’re already going to smother it all over your face, this is probably also a good time to mention that it makes a great lip balm.
A you can see, argan oil is a great overall oil to use, so let’s take a look at the best essential oils that go well with argan oil as the carrier for your beard oil recipe:
Basic Beard Oil Beginnings
Here is a really basic recipe that you might want to try, especially if this is your first journey into the land of homemade beard oil. It smells good, it feels good, and it’s good for your beard and skin.
Lavender oil in this recipe has its own benefits: besides smelling good and having calming effects, it has some antiseptic effects which may help with any acne you have underneath that scraggly mop on your face.
Ceder oil has similar benefits and is used by a lot of people to keep skin problems under control for this reason.
Rosemary oil works to keep you extra moisturized, though some people claim that it can help them grow hair—it hasn’t been proven whether this is necessarily true, but if you’re trying to grow your facial hair faster, it’s worth a shot, and it certainly isn’t going to hurt.
Besides that, all of these essential oils smell good together, which makes for a decent, solid first beard oil recipe.
- 1 oz of Argan Oil
- 7 drops of Lavender Oil
- 5 drops Rosemary Oil
- 3 drops Cedar Oil
If you’re new to the beard oil game and are looking for something much more simple, you can try something a bit less elaborate, like cutting out the other oils and just using argan with lavender. It’s not quite as exciting, but it will work more or less as well.
The Moss on Your Face
This is another great basic recipe that is sure to keep your face moisturized and healthy. It’s a balanced mixture, with equal parts of just about everything (except obviously much more of the carrier oil).
Patchouli oil, in case you are unfamiliar, is great for your skin, and helps to keep it from drying out.
Vitamin E is of course for its antioxidant effects; it will help keep your skin and hair healthier, and help it to regenerate dead cells better. You might be thinking: Doesn’t argan oil already have vitamin E? Well, sure it does, but let’s add some more for good measure.
Oak moss oil is basically oil that’s been squeezed from that moss that grows on oak trees all the time. It’s included for its antiseptic effects, since it’s usually prudent to include something that will help fight acne in your beard oil recipe; even if your beard does a pretty good job of covering that up, you don’t want to end up with scars on your face if you can avoid it. Here’s how to put this recipe together:
- 1 oz of Argan oil
- 6 drops Patchouli oil
- 6 drops Vitamin E oil
- 6 drops Oak moss oil
If the numbers here seem a little too symmetrical for you or you otherwise tend to be superstitious, then add another drop of vitamin E oil; you can never really have too much of that stuff, and it will help give you beard a healthy shine.
Cloven and Woodsy
This is a simple recipe, but it does have some quite beneficial ingredients. As we already mentioned, ceder oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it will work to prevent infections on your face, such as those that lead to acne.
Clove oil is similar in this regard, and can help fight bacterial or fungal infections, though some people also claim that it can help fight wrinkles. It’s also a common ingredient in natural insect repellents, as the smell helps to render you invisible to biting insects like mosquitoes and gnats. (Though nothing beats DEET, this is still a nice touch.) Here’s how to put this recipe together:
- 1 oz of Argan oil
- 10 drops of Clove Oil
- 10 drops of Cedar Oil
- 3 drops of Lime Oil
If you’re not into citrus smells, you can drop the lime of course. Alternatively, if you want something a bit more subtle and aromatic, you can go with citrus bergamot oil, which is an essential oil that’s found in a lot of perfumes.
These are just three recipes that go really well with argan oil as a carrier, but of course there are many others, and you can also always make your own and come up with some nice recipes through experimentation.
Argan oil is definitely not the cheapest carrier oil you can buy, since it is harvested from a tree that grows in a very specific region of the world, and it’s often still manufactured using relatively expensive traditional means. However, it has so many benefits over other kinds of carrier oils, that it might just be worth the cost, especially if you’re looking for an oil that comes with plenty of vitamins for your skin and won’t leave your beard feeling greasy all day.
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