You’re proud of your facial hair—and why shouldn’t you be? You grew it yourself! Whether you’re going for something neat and sleek or you’re rocking a look that really puts the “bear” in beard, taking care of your facial hair is key. And if your new grooming regimen also leaves you smelling incredible, that’s even better.
Essential oils will be a great tool in your beard-grooming arsenal. Not only can they moisturize and create a swoon-worthy scent, but many of these oils have properties that also benefit hair and skin.
1. Be sweet to your skin.
Even if you’ve had facial hair for so long that you haven’t seen your upper lip in decades, there is skin under there—we promise. Proper skin care will help with itchiness and beardruff—dandruff in your beard. Taking care of your skin can even help with ingrown hairs, dryness, and acne. Here are some tips for being sweet to your skin, even when it’s hidden from view.
Skin care for beards:
- Exfoliate—yes, even under the hair! Try our Satin Facial Scrub™ to gently lift and remove dry, dead skin cells.
- Tackle beardruff with dandruff shampoo.
- Moisturize your skin and facial hair with beard oil. What’s beard oil, you ask? Keep reading!
2. Tame the tangle with beard oil.
Beard oil—which despite the name is also great for mustaches, 1830s-era muttonchops, and everything in between—keeps your facial hair looking sleek and polished. It’s like the difference between a well-tended field and a tangled jungle full of cookie crumbs. Making your own is easier than you think!
- 2-ounce glass bottle
- Your favorite carrier oils
- 30-40 drops of essential oil
1. Fill the bottle about ¾ full of carrier oil. Use a funnel if necessary.
YL tip: You can use just one carrier oil—like jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil—or any combination you’d like. Learn more about carrier oils here.
2. Add essential oils. See recommended oils below.
3. Mix together. Shaken, not stirred. (Just kidding! You can stir it if you really want to.)
4. Store in a cool, dry place with the lid screwed on tightly.
Put 2-3 drops in your palm and rub through your beard to smooth flyaways and add shine. Remember to avoid your mouth and nostrils—unless you want them to shine too.
YL tip: No time for a DIY? Try our Shutran® Beard Oil!
3. Find your signature scent.
One of the best parts about mixing up your own beard oil is customizing the scent. You can choose your own adventure: rugged woodcutter or suave world traveler? You can even create multiple options to match your mood!
If you really want to tap into your inner scent scientist—or cologne mogul—go the extra mile and create a well-rounded scent using top, middle, and bottom notes. Check out this blog post for tips! And, of course, essential oils aren’t just about the aroma. Some oils also have incredible topical benefits for hair and skin.
Essential oils for beards:
Shutran: Young Living created Shutran essential oil blend specifically with men in mind. This masculine scent pairs well with confidence—on the field, in the office, or wherever your day takes you.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood is woodsy and a little sweet—just like you. It’s also great for conditioning skin and hair!
Cinnamon Bark: You know the scent of Cinnamon Bark: sweet, spicy, and cozy. It’s a hot oil, so start with just a few drops in your carrier oil.
Clove: Clove is also a great option for sweet spice with a warm and comforting aroma.
Eucalyptus Globulus: Eucalyptus Globulus is a brisk pick, thanks to its fresh, exhilarating aroma and cooling sensation.
Lavender: There’s no need to fear floral. Lavender has a light, calm aroma. It’s also great for revitalizing hair, cleansing and soothing skin, not to mention reducing the appearance of blemishes.
Lemon: Lemon has an energizing and uplifting scent and reduces the appearance of aging! It is a photosensitive oil, so it’s best for using on your beard at night.
Peppermint: Pep up your routine with Peppermint. The scent is a balance of sweet and herbal, and you’ll love the cooling sensation.
Pine: Pine is like carrying a bit of the forest with you, no matter where you are. It adds a fresh, woodsy twist to any blend.
Patchouli: Warm, earthy Patchouli is a common scent in colognes and other grooming products. It may also improve the appearance of dry or dull skin.
Rosemary: Rosemary helps support healthy-looking hair. It also has a fresh, invigorating aroma that pairs beautifully with any of the other oils on this list!
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood®*: Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood has a bright aroma that smells like fresh, warm wood. Plus, it may improve the look and appearance of healthy skin.
Sage: If you’re looking for something that’s both spicy and herbal, Sage is a favorite! It’s also traditionally used for its clarifying properties.
Tea Tree: Tea Tree has a refreshing scent and is an excellent oil for skin and hair. It helps maintain healthy-looking hair and skin, plus reduces the appearance of blemishes. Basically, Tea Tree might be your skin’s best friend.
Thyme: It’s time to think of Thyme as something more than a kitchen herb. This oil has a bold, herbal scent and may improve the appearance of skin.
Why stop with facial hair? Find out more about our favorite essential oils for skin and get some diffuser blends that smell almost as good you do.
Hey Shannon! Can you let us know what recipe you are using? This will help us be able to better help you! Thanks for stopping by!
Great blog and images
I thought it was best to avoid citrus oils on skin when out in the sun. Being that these beard oils will be on your skin (under the hair) is there still a need to avoid the sun? I would love to try some but dont want my face to burn.
Thank you for stopping by. All oils that have a Photosensitivity warning on the label will tell you how long to avoid sun exposure. We recommend always following label direction.
In addition to the DIY beard oil suggestions in this post, we do also have a new Shutran Beard Oil available. To learn more about this product, click here: Shutran Beard Oil. The level of citrus oils in the Beard Oil should pose no photosensitivity issues when used as directed on the product label.Thanks for stopping by!The level of citrus oil in the Beard Oil should pose no photosensitivity issues when used as directed on the product label. Thanks for stopping by!
I made a beard oil and beard balm for my hubby. I used equal parts of Oola Grow, Oola Finance, and Oola Family. The carrier oil in the oil mix is Safflower with a few drops of Vitamin E oil, and in the balm i did a mix of coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and beeswax. Hubby loves them.
I thought you had a new beard oil product, not just a personal blend of ones choice.
Hi Kenneth, In addition to the DIY beard oil suggestions in this post, we do also have a new Shutran Beard Oil available. To learn more about this product, click here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/shutran-beard-oil. Thanks for stopping by!
Many thanks, this site is extremely or clearly define regarding Beard oil
I would love to make a beard oil for my hubby… his favorite sent is Bay Rum… What combination or YL oils would that be???
Thank you for your attention and any help!
Hi Natasha, We recommend viewing each of our oils and seeing what combination your husband may like for a beard oil! Thanks for stopping by!
Beard oil really helps in reducing itch, every beard addict must try.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
I would also recommend to be more active in order to increase testosterone levels, rest (8-9 hours daily), and eat better, which means, no junk food, limit alcohol, plus eliminate smoking.
Question for Jonny T.
What size of bottle or how much carrier oil do you use with this ‘Mothership’ of beard oil recipes. It looks like it would smell phenomenal. Also, what is your favorite carrier oil?
My husband started growing a beard last month and I am excited to show him these recipes and let him pick one out. I am glad that I can make something that is personalized and just right for him. 🙂
I use coconut oil as my base and add Cedarwood and other oils. I use it twice a day and love the fresh feel it creates.
I love this blog!!! I make a beard oil for my son — we use the same recipe as Marco C. I am going to try these other recipes to see how he likes it! I think he’s been participating in the No Shave November for 3 years! lol
Johnny T I love your comment, “…it’s like my beard has a beard”. Ha! Hysterical! Thanks for that!
I LOVE this blog post! I’m going to show these recipes to my husband. A little while back, he researched a little and came up with a recipe (I’m not sure where he found it.) that included Cedarwood and coconut oil. It smelled fantastic, but he felt too shiny and never looked for another blend. With all of these oil (and blend) suggestions, he’ll certainly find one that works for him! As for me, I’ll just keep plucking the three hairs that grow on my chin while I use my oils for everything else! 😂
I like to use a drop of Valor, 2 drops of Bergamot and 3 drops of Citrus Fresh. I call it my “1-2-3” blend!
Good job guys.
Thank you! I feel that we often forget our Young Living men in the social medias. Please continue to share men related topics, there is not many good personal care suggestions available
Where can I find Shutran?? I can’t find it in my catalog.
Hi Jenn, You can head to the Young Living Website and find Shutran here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/beauty/life-balance/shutran-15ml. Thanks for stopping by!
Love this “man post”
I love this blog! I like the way YL is branching out in other areas of lifestyles.
I like adding 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Tea Tree, and 3 drops Cedarwood to a 5-ml bottle with avocado carrier oil.
Thanks for the ideas guys, I have been wanting to make some beard oil for my son.
This may be my most favorite blog post ever!!
I personally make a blend of Frankincense, Elemi, Geranium, Sacred Mountain and Lavender in a base of almond oil. Smells great and adds a shine!
Hysterical! Love this blog post!