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I’m not gonna lie: my dear husband has no sense of smell. I think he compensates for it with other senses – like he’s (somehow) still repulsed by a poopy diaper. Just because he sees it. Maybe he’s got Spidey vision or Superman’s x-ray vision to make up for his lack of smell.
So even though my hubby can’t really smell it, this beard oil is for him — the dude who can’t smell – which means it’s really more for me. I’ve always liked facial hair on my guy, even before beards were a thing. And yes, even before Movember. In our 20+ years of marriage, my man has sported everything from a goatee to a short, thick beard, and variations in between. Given how well-endowed we are in our family genetics, at least when it comes to facial hair, I’m guessing my four sons will come into their own preferences soon enough. Our oldest son is sixteen years old and I sometimes look at him and wonder how he’ll look with a close-cropped beard. It’s not that I want to rush him in the least – y’all know we mommies wish we could preserve every single moment in our kiddos’ childhoods – but so far he’s only been able to use my anti-acne formulas on his face. So I kinda-sorta can’t wait for him to use my beard oil, too!
But back to my hubby . . . even though he has no sense of smell, he still benefits from the essential oil blends I use in it. Know how I know? Because over the years, our oldest daughter has had headaches, viruses, and congestion totally cleared up by essential oil blends I’ve created for her. And she can’t smell a thing, either.
Hmmm . . . I wonder if it’s hereditary . . .
In any case, he can still benefit from its use as the oils in this particular blend are not just fresh, clean, and ‘manly,’ but they also have very specific attributes that I’m sure any of us can appreciate — like tranquility. And which hard-working man couldn’t use a little calm and relaxation in a bottle? The oils in this blend can be as helpful to him as a stress-free spa day can be to me! This beard oil smells ahhhhmazing. So yeah, it’s kinda-sorta for me, too!
Pssst– beard oil makes a great gift! Well, at least according to my cousins for whom I’ve whipped some up over the past year. : )
Camellia seed (Camellia sinensis) oil – high in antioxidants, nourishes *ahem* mature skin, is easily absorbed, and revitalizes skin and hair, with a smooth non-greasy finish
Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera) oil – high in several essential fatty acids with a light silky finish, doesn’t clog pores, and is suitable for all skin types
Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum, organic) essential oil – can help reduce the appearance of scarring and blemishes, is soothing and calming, especially useful for meditation as well
Cedarwood Virginian (Juniperus virginiana) essential oil – may support a healthy immune system, especially when encountering coughs and congestion, soothing to dry or flaky skin, and can help to evoke feelings of calm
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil – raises spirits and can address oily skin (look for an oil that’s bergaptine-free to ensure it’s not phototoxic, because a phototoxic oil is not safe for use during sun exposure)
One 3oz flip-top bottle — many essential oils can react with plastics, so it’s important to make sure that any plastic bottle you use is labeled HDPE or #1 (PETE) or #2. (Since Bergamot is a citrus oil, which makes it more likely to interact with plastic, I went with an HDPE plastic bottle I already hand on hand for my cousins, but these silicone ones work well, too. Future batches for my hubby will be in glass.)
DIY Beard Oil for Him (that you’ll love, too!)
1.5 oz camellia seed oil (this kind)
1.5 oz grapeseed oil (this kind)
15 drops Cedarwood Virginian essential oil (the specific species is here)
18 drops Bergamot essential oil (find my favorite Bergaptine-free version here, for those upcoming sunny days)
Instructions for you: Fill your bottle halfway with camellia seed oil. Add the essential oils. Fill your bottle the rest of the way with grapeseed oil.
Instructions for him: Shake well before each use. Take about half a dime-sized amount of beard oil, rub between the palms of your hands, and massage into your beard. Take a deep breath and . . . ahhhhhh!
Cautions: Australian sandalwood essential oil should be avoided by those taking tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, certain antihistamines, and SSRIs due to potential interactions. Because Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic, if yours is not bergaptine-free, then use no more than 11 total drops per 3oz bottle to avoid phototoxicity.
Yields: Approx 3 oz in a roughly 1.7% dilution rate. The ideal maximum dilution ratio for safe use of essential oils on the face is 2%, so you could add about six more drops of an essential oil of your choosing and still stay within safe guidelines. I’ve loved patchouli essential oil since my college days in the early 90s (did I just date myself?!) so I’ll be adding a few drops of patchouli to hubby’s next batch! For me, of course. 😉
By the way, you can join me in my studies over at Vintage Remedies and learn all about evidence-based aromatherapy, too!