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 sexy as hell, that’s even better.
Essential oils – the secret weapon in your beard-grooming arsenal
Not only can essential oils moisturise and create a swoon-worthy scent, but many of these oils have properties that also benefit hair and skin.
TIP #1. Lover-up 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—I promise!
Proper skin care will help with itchiness and beardruff (ie. dandruff in your beard). Exfoliating and moisturising your skin can even help with ingrown hairs, dryness, and acne.
Your 3 Step skin care for beards:
STEP 1: Exfoliate—yes, even under the hair! Use Young Living’s Satin Facial Scrub™ to gently lift and remove dry, dead skin cells. You’ll be amazed at the difference in how your skin feels!
STEP 2: Tackle beardruff by using one of Young Living’s skin-moisturising shampoos. You have 3 to choose from – Lavender, Lavender Mint, Copaiba Vanilla, and KidScents. Don’t be put off by the name. KidScents is a fantastic shampoo with its wonderful Cedarwood aroma.
STEP 3: Moisturize your skin and facial hair with this well kept secret – beard oil. What’s beard oil, you ask? Keep reading!
TIP #2 – Tame the tangle with this miracle “beard oil”
OK, so I’m calling it “Beard oil”…but in fact it’s not just for beards. This miracle oil is also great for moustaches, 1830s-era muttonchops, and everything in between. Why’s it a miracle? It’s because it keeps your facial hair looking sleek and polished – like the difference between a well-tended field and a tangled jungle full of cookie crumbs. And making your own is easier than you think!
- 60ml (2 oz) glass bottle
- Your favourite 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: Instead of mixing your own carrier oils like jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil, you can use Young Living’s V6 mixing oil. This is a fantastic carrier oil that absorbs easily and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
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 of this beard oil in your palm, and rub it through your beard to smooth out those fly-aways, 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 Young Living’sShutran® Beard Oil! This is available through your Australian, NZ or USA virtual office. If you live in Europe, you can order this directly from the US using Young Living’s NFR (not for resale) program.
TIP #3 – Find your Sexy Scent – Man or Moose?
One of the best parts about mixing up your own beard oil is that you can customise the scent so that it becomes your personal signature fragrance.
You can choose your own adventurous scent: 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 a combination of deep and sensual smells, mixed with lighter more uplifting aromas. And, of course, essential oils aren’t just about the aroma. Many essential oils also have incredible topical benefits for hair and skin.
Essential Oils for Beards
Shutran oil blend
If you want “sex in a bottle”, this is it. Gary Young (the founder of Young Living Essential Oils) created Shutran oil blend with men in mind…..and boy, does it work!
So you can take it easy, and just use this blend in your beard oil, and you won’t be sorry.
This masculine scent pairs well with confidence—on the field, in the office, or wherever your day takes you.
Shutran has this amazing effect on women…it just seems to drive them wild with attraction!!! Gary Young sure did know what he was doing when he created this blend.
Sacred Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood’s aroma is often described as “Woody, balsamic, sweet and slightly musky”.
Perfect for the romantic in you, it encourages states of “higher” consciousness by bringing you back to your core essence – the very thing that makes you rare and unique, and very much “you”.
It nourishes dry, dehydrated skin, and is perfect for all skin types, and all ages of skin. Oh…and did I tell you it will help you sleep like a baby, too?
Sacred Sandalwood oil is the perfect oil for the modern man, instilling a deep sense of confidence, a stillness of mind (very Zen!), and a sexy depth of presence.
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil
As an alternative to Sacred Sandalwood, you could also experiment with its little brother, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil. This has a bright aroma that smells like fresh, warm wood. It has a lighter and more optimistic (less sultry) aroma than Sacred Sandalwood, putting an optimistic beat in your step as you take on the world. Plus, it may improve the look and appearance of healthy skin.
Cedarwood oil’s deeply virile aroma is both woodsy and a little sweet. It comes from the original Lebanese Cedar tree, which for centuries was used to build temples, ships and palaces throughout the Middle East.
The aroma is calming, fortifying and strengthening – perfect when you need a sharp mind in the office or on the playing field. And Cedarwood oil is great for conditioning and stimulating skin and hair!
You’ll be amazed how luxurious a beard you can grow with Cedarwood oil! It also mixes beautifully with Bergamot oil, which is fantastic for oily skin types.
Cinnamon Bark oil & Clove oil
You know the scent of Cinnamon Bark: it’s sweet, spicy, and cozy?
It’s a hot oil in more ways than one, so start with just a few drops in your carrier oil.
And if you want an even more exotic combination, add in a drop of Clove oil. Like Cinnamon Bark, Clove oil has a deeply spicy aroma with a warm and comforting overtone….making you all the more…hmmm….edible!
Warm, earthy Patchouli is a common scent in colognes and other grooming products. It’s renowned as an aphrodisiac, encouraging a plunge into pleasure and sensuality. Yet it also instills profound optimism with its mood-uplifting qualities.
It may also improve the appearance of dry or dull skin, by tightening and toning the skin. Its soothing qualities help prevent wrinkles and chapped skin.
Rosemary oil helps support healthy-looking hair. Its name comes from the Latin ros marinus, meaning “rose of the sea”.
Rosemary oil has a fresh, invigorating aroma that stimulates the mind, supporting alertness and an unshakeable self-confidence and sense of morale.
It also eases the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin, it nourishes the scalp, and stimulates the skin so that it shines from the inside out. Rosemary oil pairs beautifully with any of the other oils in this list!
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.
Pine oil is psychologically fortifying, restoring emotional positivity and a positive self-image, at the same time helping to evoke a healthy sense of boundaries. Hence it’s the perfect oil to use during any difficult or stressful periods….not to mention that it’s a miracle-worker on the skin, helping to keep it smooth and glowing.
Tea Tree oil
This oil is sold in Young Living under its botanical name, Melaleuca alternifolia. A little bit of fascinating history….
After landing at Botany Bay in 1770, Captain Cook and his party discovered a grove of trees with sticky, aromatic leaves that they used to make a spicy tea (hence the name “Tea Tree”).
It was also a valued bush remedy used by early settlers, and originates from a relatively small area of northern New South Wales (Australia), which happens to be exactly where I live! In fact, I have these trees growing in my garden!
Tea Tree has a refreshing scent and it helps maintain healthy-looking hair and skin, plus reduces the appearance of blemishes. In fact, it just might be your skin’s best friend!!!
With its fresh, exhilarating aroma and cooling sensation, Eucalyptus globulus is a brisk pick for your beard oil blend.
Perfect for anyone who is feeling trapped and “hemmed in” or constricted by their surroundings, it will conjure up the freedom of the great outdoors and those wide, open spaces without borders.
This an oil for Kings, having been used in rejuvenation face masks by the ancient Egyptians. It works as a super-nourishing treatment for mature, aging and dry skin.
It’s also a very “magnetic” oil. In his book “The Scented Ape”, Australian Scientist Michael Stoddart mentions how Frankincense and Myrrh contain substances that mimic sex hormones.
So when you’re preparing for a special night out or just want to put an extra spring in your step, make sure you sneak some Frankincense into your beard oil!
There’s no need to fear floral….especially once you understand its qualities.
Lavender has a light, calm aroma that soothes nervousness and shyness, so it’s the perfect oil to include in your beard oil blend if you want to stretch out of your comfort zone and ask someone on a date!
Oh, and did I mention that it’s also great for revitalising hair, cleansing and soothing skin, and reducing the appearance of blemishes?
Lemon oil 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.
Considered a mild aphrodisiac, it helps disperse confusion, opens the heart, and it uplifts the mind and the moods.
It is a great oil for the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells for a brighter, less dull complexion.
Pep up your routine with Peppermint! The scent is a balance of sweet and herbal, and it stimulates the mind into divine clarity, so it’s the perfect oil to clear the clouds from your mind after work, and help you shift gears into your adventurous spirit.
Peppermint has a powerful aroma, so just a little bit goes a long way. It will give you a zing each time you wear it. And being cooling to the skin, it’s perfect for those hot days and hot nights.
If you’re looking for something that’s both spicy and herbal, Sage is a favourite!
It’s traditionally used for its clarifying properties, and is the perfect oil to ensure that the dreaded beardruff never sets foot anywhere near your beard!
It’s also an ideal essential oil for balancing out oily skin and hair….not to mention that it’s been used by Native Americans to dispel evil Spirits. Now that’s an added bonus!
It’s time to think of Thyme as something far, far more than a kitchen herb! Not only may it improve the appearance of your skin – it also has a bold, herbal scent which enlivens the spirits and instils drive. In fact, in ancient times it was a remedy for melancholy!
So if life hasn’t quite turned out the way you expected, add a drop or two of Thyme oil into your beard oil, and turn that gloom into a wicked grin. Before you know it, you’ll put your rappin’ shoes on and tackling the world.