Essential oils are used to scent products, and they are basically oils that are extracted from plants and fruits. These oils are extracted by different methods such as steam distillation, cold pressed, and CO2 extraction.
The type of extraction can affect the essential oil’s scent and properties. These oils should be researched fully before incorporating them into your beard oil. Some oils are ok for topical application, and some are not. This article does not discuss that, so please be sure to research that information and work with a vendor before mixing essential oils with carrier oils.
There are limitless ways that you can use essential oils to scent beard oils. These products are very popular in beards to help control itch and to make them smell better like using a cologne. Many guys prefer using these over colognes because they are naturally scented, and they help maintain and hydrate your beard at the same time.
Here are some great essential oils for beard oils:
Agarwood or Oud has become a popular scent for beard products. Oud is warm, woody, leathery, and it also has notes of amber, tobacco and musk. This oil is very expensive, and if you can find it for a low price, it is likely diluted in a carrier oil, or it is not pure.
Agarwood is around $700 per ounce which comes to a cost of about $1.25 per drop. You can get it in smaller sizes, but then the cost per drop increases to about $2.00. You can purchase a pre-diluted version of 5% which runs about $50 per ounce. These are mixed with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. To understand that better, a 1 ounce bottle of Oud 5% is 95% carrier oil and only 5% essential oil.
Cedarwood essential oil is very common in a lot of beard oils. It is used as a stand alone oil or as a combo with others. One of the most popular oils to mix this with is Orange oil. There are also multiple versions of cedar oil like Virginian, Atlas, Himalayan and Texas.
Each one has its own distinct scent even though they all smell like cedar. Technically, Texas and Virginia cedar are not even a true cedar. They are actually from a juniper.
Clove oil is like Christmas in a bottle. It is warm, sweet, and spicy. It can be a little harsh on its own, so you can use a little vanilla with it to smooth it out.
Eucalyptus on its own has a very medicinal scent, but when combined with other oils like tea tree or mint, it can really help to round out the scent. Most people think of cold medicine when they think of this oil. Texas Beard Company makes use of this combined with mint, and it smells great.
When it comes to Lavender essential oil, most men probably think of this as a scent that is not masculine. Most cosmetic products in the market use synthetic scents, and this is one of the most popular for that. Most fake lavender smells gross, and it is not accurate. When it comes to the oil, there are multiple varieties to choose from, and each has a distinct scent.
French lavender has a very different aroma compared to Hungarian. Some are more floral, and some are more herbaceous. The most masculine smelling version to me is Hungarian.
This works great on its own or combined with vanilla, orange, and just about any other oil.
Orange oil is great to blend with other oils. On its own, it smells great like fresh cut juicy oranges. The problem is citrus oils are very volatile, and the scent is not very strong or stable. However, adding it with other oils makes this a great choice for your beard oil. On its own in beard oil, the natural scent of the carrier oils will often be stronger than the orange scent unless you add a lot of it.
Everyone knows what Peppermint oil smells like. It is refreshing, uplifting, herbaceous and warm. This scent can be used by itself, but don’t go overboard with it because too much can cause the skin to tingle. Your lips are also very sensitive to it.
Rosemary oil is very strong and herbaceous. While commonly used in cooking dishes, it is also widely used in cosmetic products. This works great with peppermint which will give you a fresh, herbal and uplifting minty scent.
Tea Tree is one of the most commonly used essential oils in beard oil. It is often used by itself, and if you have ever smelled it, then you know what you are getting. It is fresh, woody, and medicinal.
Vanilla is available in many different forms, and even though some are not technically vanilla, many people will still label them that way. Some of the different forms include vanilla absolute, vanilla CO2, Benzoin, Tonka Bean, and Balsam of Peru.
Vanilla CO2 means the oil is extracted by a certain process using carbon dioxide. It is usually available for purchase diluted in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut. Because it is diluted with other oils, the price is much lower.
Vanilla absolute is harder to come by, and it is also more expensive. This can go for around $500 an ounce. The scents are slightly different based on the extract method used as well.
Tonka Bean Absolute is used for vanilla sometimes as well. It has a more caramel-like, sweet, and powdery scent. This is used as a fixative in a lot of perfumes and colognes. This is also very expensive.
Benzoin is similar to vanilla in scent, and it also has warm notes of spices. This stuff is very thick to use, and it is difficult to work with. If you do decide to use it, make sure to warm it up in water by placing the vial or bottle in warm water for a few minutes.
Vetiver is pure manliness. It is woody, resinous, smoky, and earthy. There are several varieties available like Haitian and Distilled. Each one has a unique scent. Some may be more smokey, and others like a Double Distilled Vetiver may be a little more green and less smokey. Vetiver can be used alone or with other oils.
Please refer to the COA and SDS for any essential oil that you plan to use. It is also a good practice to reach out to the vendor to ensure proper usage.
There a so many essential oils available to blend with beard oils. Some oils like Bergamot and Cinnamon are not suggested. Bergamot is photo-sensitizing to your skin, so it should not be used in a product which will go on your skin. There are FCF Bergarmot oils that don’t do that, so that is an option.
Cinnamon Bark oil has a high risk of skin sensitization, and I know many people who have gotten red faces from using products with it.
If you would rather just purchase premade beard oils, then you can look at our list of the best.