Have you ever been walking your facial hair down the street and noticed a man with a beard that makes Ned Kelly look like a chump and wondered what is he doing different? The answer: beard oil.
Beard oil soothes your skin, hydrates your beard, and straightens and manages your face hair so that you too can be the object of envy.
So what is beard oil?
Shampoo and conditioner have solidified their place as bathroom staples for centuries. Yet, only recently has the hair grown from the bottom of the face received the same love and care as the hair on top. Alas, shabby curls, split ends, and flaky and dry skin have become bearded commonplace.
Enter beard oil: a courageous brew of natural carrier and essential oils. (You could go with the synthetic option, however I find it can irritate the skin, and hippies).
Buccaneer Grooming’s Beard Oil is a natural and organic combination of carrier oils including Sweet Almond, Grape Seed, Jojoba Seed, Argan, and Vitamin E. Our signature scent ‘The Buc’ also has essential oils Peppermint, Lemongrass and Sandalwood, scented purely for the #recklesslyadventurous.
Beard oil moisturizes, softens, and styles your beard, all-in-one. It is basically the bearded love-child of shampoo, conditioner and hair gel. And did I mention it smells nice – the earthy zest of sandalwood, fresh lemongrass and cooling peppermint even beguiled my beard-fearing girlfriend.
How do I use it?
Firstly, every beard requires a different amount of oil. Depending on length, beard pride and levels of hygiene, generally the best rule is:
- Clean cut to a month: 3 to 4 drops
- One to three months: 4 to 6 drops
- Three to twelve months: 6 to 10 drops
- Twelve months plus: 10 drops and up
Buccaneer Grooming's Beard Oil is equipped with a dropper so that you can accurately measure your desired quantity. I find the droplet applicator easier and less wasteful than the pour tops. Remember to replace the dropper directly back into the bottle after use as it can contaminate those precious natural oils if left on a dirty counter top.
I like to apply oil every day to keep my beard fresh and under control, though if you live in a more humid climate, or are less diligent, you can adjust your frequency accordingly.
The best time to apply beard oil is straight after you shower. This is as your pores are open and receptive and therefore will absorb the oil more effectively. If you don’t feel like a shower, simply dip your beard into a bowl of hot water and towel dry before applying.
Rub the beard oil between your hands, ensuring even distribution. Then gently massage it into your face – the natural oils will instantly moisturise your neglected skin.
Move onto the beard. Run your fingers through your side burns, under your chin and across your mo, aiming to cover all the hair on your face.
Now brush the oil through with a good beard comb – I find this spreads it evenly so that no hair is ignored.
And if you choose to style your beard, grab a comb and work it. The hair on your face is now soft and malleable and easy to shape.
Initially the scent of the oil will be strong, but don’t worry, it will temper once it absorbs into your beard and face. And if you’re still fretting about your godly aroma, get a mate to sniff you and report back. Though, this is probably a lot lamer than smelling like a boss.
Thanks to this masterful blend of natural oils your facial hair will now be free from beard-druff, dry skin and shabby scraggles.
Instead, if applied correctly, your beard will feel and look like it was moulded from the distilled testosterone of a thousand angry silver-backs, the timeless erudition of the Grecian philosopher and the defiant barbarity of a mangy pirate (and some sandalwood).
So take it for a walk and get noticed - Miles Bouchard.