Have you been using beard oil since the first hour and can you already judge which product is good for you? Then you are a real miracle beard. The vast majority of bar wearers have no idea what to look for when it comes to choosing beard oil. Nevertheless, they happily recommend any oils - without rhyme or reason. Your only chance to find out whether a beard oil is good or just crap in the bottle: Learn what the composition is all about.
What is this beard oil?
Beard oil is the number one remedy for maintaining your beard. It's a mixture of different carrier oils and often essential oils as well to give the whole thing a scent. You knew that too, didn't you? But now it gets interesting:
When it comes to beard oil, there are various parameters that you have certainly not considered before. Even the most handsome full beards among us usually don't know exactly what's in their beard oil. And that maybe they only have such a gorgeous mat because they just got lucky in their choice of beard oil...
There are two important points that determine the quality of an oil and by which you can tell whether it is a good beard oil. One is the fatty acid spectrum, the other is the ability to spread.
The fatty acid spectrum
To put it simply, every oil consists of different fatty acids with different effects. Depending on the composition, the oil has a moisturizing effect, absorbs quickly or spreads particularly well.
Each oil on its own does not make a good beard oil. On the contrary. With a few exceptions, a beard oil with just a single base oil will not adequately care for your skin and hair. That's why it's all about the right mix.
And some manufacturers should have informed themselves better. Because when oils are combined correctly, the result is an effective magic beard oil. If you dump the wrong people together, you'll quickly end up with greasy skin and straw hair!
How do I recognize a good beard oil blend?
Orientate yourself on the fatty acid spectrum. This should be covered as broadly as possible in order to offer balanced care. Don't worry, it's actually very simple. For example, almond oil and grapeseed oil go very well together because they cover a wide range. Of course there are numerous other oil combinations, but we'll use this as an example. That's why it's enough for now if you know that there are three types of base oils and special oils that make up most of the beard oils in the world. We have put together the most common beard oil ingredients for you.
1. Oils with a high oleic acid content (replenishing)
Apricot Kernel Beer
2. Oils with a balanced proportion of oleic and linoleic acid (nourishing, protect the skin)
Travel germ oil
3. Oils high in linoleic acid (regenerating, fluidizing)
wheat germ oil
4. Special oils flavor the basic mixture, so to speak, and have special effects, but are not absolutely necessary.
jojoba oil (long-lasting protective effect, cannot be metabolized by bacteria. a good companion for any oil mixture, stabilizing)
coconut oil (penetrates quickly but only superficially into the skin, creates a soft feeling on the skin, antibacterial, improves the flow properties)
Then there are beard oil boosters that improve the spreading ability of an oil. This makes the oil mixture more fluid and easier to distribute on skin and hair.
These are included in only a few beard oils because they are too expensive.
Squalan (improves the spreading ability of a mixture so that it can be better distributed)
Broccoli cream (improves the ability to spread, is considered natural, less dangerous silicone substitute)
hemp seed oil (increases spreading ability, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating, cell-renewing)
With a combination of the following oils you are guaranteed not to go wrong. Combined in this way, the ingredients complement each other, cover the entire spectrum of fatty acids and offer an excellent care effect:
Group 1 + 3 + 4 + Booster
Group 1 + 2 + 4 + Booster
Group 2 + 3 + 4 + Booster
That was quite a lot of material. But now you at least have the opportunity to see if your beard oil is a really good product or a blender that just mixes some cheap oils together.