Jojoba oil (which is weirdly pronounced as ho-ho-ba) is easily one of the best carrier oils to use in beard oils. It’s produced from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) tree.

In the US, Native Americans used to crack open the jojoba tree seeds and use the oil for healing wounds and lesions.

Sometime during the 1970’s the use of jojoba oil in cosmetics skyrocketed. This was the time when whaling was banned in most areas of the World, and cosmetic companies were looking for some new alternative to whale oil.

Jojoba was seen as a suitable alternative, as it’s light, fast to absorb, and has no apparent scent. Due to its non-comedogenic nature jojoba oil also won’t clog your pores.

Partly because of those reasons, and a couple of others explained below, jojoba should be seen as the #1 carrier oil for beard care products like oils and beard balms, even in beard shampoos and conditioners.

Quick Facts:

  • Jojoba oil is commonly used as a carrier oil in beard oils.
  • Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, which means that its light and won’t clog pores.
  • The fatty acids in jojoba oil are stable and not prone to lipid peroxidation.
  • Current evidence suggests that jojoba oil won’t hurt beard growing hormones.

Jojoba Oil for Beard Use; a Review

Below, we share some evidence as to why we think jojoba oil is easily the most important of the natural carrier oils you could ever put in any beard products, from oils to shampoos.

Why Jojoba Oil is the Best Ingredient in Beard Products

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) leaves, seeds and oil on withe backgroundBeard growth is largely due to the male hormones testosterone and DHT (androgens), and sadly many companies are using DHT and testosterone suppressing oils as ingredients in their beard oil.

This is a bad practice that they likely are unaware of, as many beard oil producers simply don’t understand the mechanisms of human beard growth.

However, when it comes to jojoba oil, it’s actually perfect as the carrier for beard oils, as it has no hormone suppressing effects. Instead of containing a high number of unstable polyunsaturated fats that have been linked to lowered androgens1–3, jojoba oil is comprised mostly of monounsaturated Eicosenoic acid. In that sense, jojoba oil is not actually even an oil, it’s a liquid wax ester.

Instead of suppressing the critical beard growth hormones, the liquid wax esters in jojoba oil are stable and not prone to lipid peroxidation. Because of that, jojoba oil is unlikely to have any negative effects on androgenic hormones necessary for beard growth either.

The lack of polyunsaturated triglycerides makes jojoba oil superior to many other vegetable, seed, and nut oils (sweet almond oil, etc) when it comes to facial hair use.

Jojoba oil is also rich in vitamin E, which soothes the skin and can help increase androgenic hormones4.

When used as a carrier oil in a beard oil mixture that contains volatile essential oils (for scent purposes), the vitamin E in jojoba oil prevents the essential oils from the harmful effects of lipid peroxidation as well5. (due to their long carbon-carbon chains, many essential oils are extremely prone to going rancid when in contact with heat, light, and oxygen).

Jojoba oil provides a slight antibacterial and antimicrobial effect on the skin and the facial hair. This is caused by its rather high amount of naturally occurring iodine.

Conclusion on Jojoba oil for Facial Hair

If you are making your own DIY beard oil, make sure to use jojoba oil as the carrier.

It’s rich in antioxidants and contains mostly monounsaturated Eicosenoic acid that won’t suppress the androgenic beard growth hormones unlike sweet almond oil, and many other popular carrier oils do.

Due to its light and quickly absorbing nature, it has perfect properties for its use in cosmetics and beard care products.

I personally use this organic pure jojoba oil from NOW brand when mixing my own beard oils.

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Hämäläinen E, Adlercreutz H, Puska P, Pietinen P. Diet and serum sex hormones in healthy men. J Steroid Biochem. 1984;20(1):459-464.
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Umeda F, Kato K, Muta K, Ibayashi H. Effect of vitamin E on function of pituitary-gonadal axis in male rats and human subjects. Endocrinol Jpn. 1982;29(3):287-292.
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Mylonas C, Kouretas D. Lipid peroxidation and tissue damage. In Vivo. 1999;13(3):295-309.

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