What do you need for a beard oil formula?

You want to build your own beard oil – shaving oil – facial oil or whatever?

But you don’t know what’s needed for a beard oil formula? Nothing is more beautiful than to say goodbye to the mass products of the cosmetics industry. Put together your own care product from ingredients that you need for your own needs. Ingredients that your skin and beard hair tolerate well. Best of all, rounded off with an individual scent.

Nothing easier than that… with a little know-how. 

Which oils have which effect, we have already shown in the past in our blog and on the website. In the future, we will take a closer look at more oils. But here it is about something else. It is about the right combination of the different oils. Which ones fit together and which ones don’t? Which oils should I definitely not miss out on and which are “just” nice to have? Can you just mix everything together that you like or are there rules of the game? In short: What’s needed for a beard oil formula?

Yes, there are some rules!

There are a few oils that you can use pure and straight without any worries, such as jojoba oil. Others, such as rosehip oil, should be used sparingly because they are not only very expensive. In high concentrations they can damage the skin rather than care for and protect it. And nobody wants that.

So how do we go when mixing a good recipe for beard oil, for example?

First, we divide the different oils into groups. The classification is based on the specific fatty acid patterns. The fatty acid pattern basically determines the properties of an oil: protective, conditioning, regenerating, and so on and so forth. Of course, it makes the most sense to combine a wide range of these properties. This way you get a good all-round solution for your own oil.

1. stabilizing base oils

First we have to make sure that the formula is oxidatively stable. This ensures a long shelf life and good skin compatibility. The ultimate classic for this is jojoba oil. My absolute must have for any of my oil variations. Why this is so, I have explained here. 

Who wants to try something else, should do that of course. One possibility is olive squalane. Products made with it don’t seem greasy at all. It is absorbed very quickly and completely into the skin. Also your hair is beautifully maintained with it.

Who is looking for the opposite, namely an oil that is absorbed rather slowly, should take a look at Marula oil. A real insider tip from the elephant tree. Especially dry and rough skin is in good hands here.

2. nourishing base oils

In the second step of creating a recipe, you take care of the nourishing base oils. At least one of them should be part of every mixture. But usually these oils make up the largest part of an oil blend. This is because they are rather oxidatively stable and have wonderful protective, nourishing, regenerating and also barrier-protecting and promoting properties. 

These include classics such as argan oil, castor oil or almond oil.

  • Argan oil is known for its regenerating effect; skin and hair feel revitalized, nourished and soft and supple.
  • Castor oil has the special property of being very intensively absorbed into the deeper areas of the skin and at the same time builds up a healthy skin protection. It is precisely this property that makes it an optimal skin care product.
  • Regular use of almond oil leads to an improved skin appearance, as it provides the skin with moisture and suppleness.

3. active ingredient oils

Active ingredient oils are characterized by high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, some of which are very rare. Oxidatively these oils are very unstable, but in compensation these have cosmetically intensive regenerating and activating properties. They are cell regenerating, cell activating, anti-inflammatory, barrier-restructuring and wound healing. 

This implies that with these, less is more. As a rule, only 5 to 10 percent of a formula consists of these oils. Also because these oils like to be very expensive.

  • Rosehip oil supports skin regeneration like no other oil and is ideal for treating dry, flaky skin, pigmentation spots and scars.
  • Beneficial evening primrose oil supports the skin’s barrier function and helps it retain moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple. 
  • The oils of pomegranate – seed are a rich source of antioxidants. These are effective against the natural oxidation of skin tissue and fight so-called free radicals, chemicals that damage our healthy cells.

4. conception of an oil formula

How do I build a beard oil or shaving oil formula? First you choose your stabilizing base oil. Then you decide on one or more suitable caring base oils. And finally you round off your formula with one or even several active ingredient oils – active ingredient oils can be there, but do not have to!

The percentage composition follows no rigid calculations, but moves within certain limits. As a rule of thumb, you can assume the following: 30% stabilizing base oils, 60% nourishing base oils and 10% active ingredient oils.

Well then go ahead. Build your beard oil or whatever at home or – much easier – right here online. If you don’t know exactly which oils are right for your type, just go to our Beard Oil Lab and answer a few questions. Then we’ll pick out the right combination for you. It’s simple.