Most people, when they are looking to purchase a bottle of beard oil, will look into two things; the scent and the design of the bottle.
Beyond that point, the consumer, and often not even the manufacturer, have any idea what a good beard oil product should include. In most cases, the consumer thinks the manufacturer knows what they’re doing, and the manufacturer knows that the consumer doesn’t know anything.
This creates a market full of products with poor ingredients, only to be prettied up with nice design and good scents.
What you should really be looking in a beard oil are the quality of the oils, as you want to focus on using monounsaturated and saturated (MUFA and SFA) source only, and skip all the polyunsaturated (PUFA) kind which become rancid in the skin surface and negatively impact the hormonal health of the hair follicle.
You should also look to avoid not only PUFA oils, but also extracts and pressed oils from things like hemp, soy, flax, and mint as these disrupt the optimal hormonal growth conditions of the facial hair.
So after looking through Amazon for their thousands of beard oils. I was pretty shocked to see that ALMOST ALL of them had PUFAs or some androgen suppressing seed oils & extracts. This is simply bad manufacturing and cluelesness in part of the producers.
With that being said, after several hours, I was able to find 7 of the best beard oils that I can recommend without losing my sleep over.
Here they are:
1. Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
It’s mainly monounsaturated so it doesn’t hurt the hormonal enviroment of the hair follicle.
And it has just the right viscosity to make a thinner beard look significantly more dense.
There are many types of castor oil on the market…
2. Drunken Pelican Original Beard Oil
Unlike many of the oils on the market that are laden with questionable ingredients and polyunsaturated fatty-acids which peroxidise when in the beard, compromise the hormonal balance of the follicle, and actually CAUSE beard rash and flakes, the Drunken Pelican oil has all of its fats and oils in saturated or monounsaturated form that has none of the above problems.
It’s crazy how many beard oils have been pumped full of cheap and harmful vegetable and seed oils, and extremely refreshing to find a product with pretty much perfect ingredient list.
You have a good blend of organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oils as the carriers, and then nice infusion of natural waxes, magnesium, and vitamin E to provide some nourishment and nice masculine scent.
Granted it’s not the cheapest oil at little over $17 per bottle, but I’m sure you won’t regret the purchase.
3. Grave Before Shave Cigar Blend Beard Oil
Although this oil has small amount of polyunsaturated oil in it (which can rancify and is problem with 99% of the beard oils) it’s also balanced with vitamin E (which as a natural fat-soluble antioxidant prevents that from happening).
To balance out the PUFA there’s also some quality carrier oils like Jojoba oil (saturated fat) and Tea Tree oil (monounsaturated fat). So I would say this isn’t perfect as everyday beard oil, but due to it’s epic scent, I would recommend it as occasional oil for the use of partying and special occasions.
4. Hunter Jack’s Organic Beard Oil
When it comes to quality of the ingredients and smart use of the correct oils, Hunter Jack is also at the highest level of the game.
Their organic blend of vitamin E oil, aloe vera, chamomille oil, and Jojoba oil provide a smooth mix of nourishment to the facial hair follicles without burdening them with hormone suppressing ingredients.
Vitamin E oil especially is extremely good at hydrating the skin underneath the facial hair, and there’s some science linking vitamin E to enhanced testosterone levels, which certainly can help accelerate the rate of beard growth as well.
Despite the great quality, a bottle will only cost you little shy of $11.
5. Northern Fir Beard Oil
But it isn’t perfect.
Although it has a very strong case for its main carrier oils; argan and jojoba. It also unfortunately has some grapeseed oil. The deal with grape seed oil is that it’s mostly polyunsaturated and thus not ideal to use in cosmetics and especially facial hair.
However, I have decided to cut grape seeds some slack since they do actually increase nitric oxide production, which funnels nutrients to the facial hair follicles dues to increased blood flow.
Northern Fir oil also gets my recommendation due to its excellent scent of natural forest. But by all means, I don’t think it ranks up quite as well as the Drunken Pelican oil for example.
6. Beardology Sandalwood Facial Hair Care Oil
It doesn’t have any bad ingredients. Only a nice short list of quality nourishing fatty-acids and vitamins, such as;
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
- Avocado oil
- Sandalwood oil
- And vitamin E
The oil is hand made in Cleveland, and doesn’t break the budget at $15 per bottle.
If you’re looking for a simple everyday oil with supreme quality oils, consider the Beardology brand.
7. Jawbone Brothers Premium Jojoba and Argan Oil
This is one rad skull bottle, which definitely sets the Jawbone brothers apart from competition.
Their ingredients are also very simple, and extremely good for beard health, follicle hormonal environment, and fatty-acid profile (mostly saturated or MUFA, no PUFA).
In fact, this neat skull dropper bottle hides in only two ingredients at 50/50 split; Argan oil and Jojoba oil.
It has no added scent or essential oils, but the natural Argan oil scent is pretty pleasant, sort of nutty. Definitely better than most attempts out there.