What are base oils?
Base oils are what make up 95-99% of beard oil. These are what give beard oil all of its beneficial properties.
What are the benefits of these oils?
Each oil does a different job. Let's take, for example, Jojoba Seed Oil. This is a common ingredient in beard oil. Jojoba Seed Oil is known for its antibacterial properties which can help clean hair follicles to help promote hair growth. It's also known for its dandruff/beardruff controlling properties, amongst other benefits.
Another example is Apricot Kernel Oil. This oil is known for it's moisturising properties as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
Each ingredient brings another benefit to the table, so it's great to have a good mixture of oils in a beard oil base.
What should I look for in a Beard Oil?
It depends entirely on what you want the beard oil to do. If you want to simply soften your beard, look for ingredients such as Jojoba Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil.
If you suffer from "beardruff" or itchiness then you'll need to look for ingredients that moisturise the skin, a great one of these is Argan Oil which is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and Vitamin E. This can help prevent inflammation that can lead to dandruff, sores, itchiness and irritation.
Maybe you're looking to help your beard grow, while not directly responsible for beard growth, the right beard oil can help create the perfect environment for hair to grow. If you're looking to improve beard growth make sure you look out for Jojoba Seed Oil, this has antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent which helps provide the perfect environment for a beard to thrive.
We use all of the above mentioned oils in Balm House Beard Oil plus a few more we didn't mention.
How many base oils should be in a beard oil?
There's no universally agreed upon amount of oils that should be used. It depends entirely on preference and how complex the beard oil is intended to be.
I have a beard oil made up of only 2 base oils, is that OK?
As previously mentioned it comes down to how complex the oil is intended to be and what benefits are required.
Only having 2 base oils in your beard oil could be an indication that the the oil is produced cheaply. This could be a cost cutting measure to produce beard oils that can be sold for a lower price.
Next time you look at beard oils, have a nosy at the ingredients and judge for yourself whether it is a quality beard oil.
We at Balm House spent a long time working on our base oil which contains 8 different natural oils.