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.