If the man in your life is a bit of a beard enthusiast, why not celebrate this year’s International Men’s Day with a gift of good old-fashioned beard oil, made by your own fair hands? Falling on Sunday 19th November this year, International Men’s Day is a great excuse to treat your brother, boyfriend, husband or dad to a homemade gift that’ll mean the world to him.
Using the right ingredients – especially the right essential oils – is critical to getting a beard oil that smells suitably manly, meaning he’s all the more likely to make good use of it! Good beard oil can help to moisturise the skin underneath, tame frazzled ends and leave behind a pleasant scent.
First, let’s look at the simple outline for a good beard oil. The centre of your beard oil will, unsurprisingly, be a carrier oil. There’s a whole host of choices available to you, but popular options are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil and coconut oil. These all provide superb, easily absorbed moisturisation and make a great foundation for your homemade beard oil.
You can mix carrier oils together or use one as your basic ingredient: it’s up to you. Once you’ve chosen your carrier oil(s), all that remains is to add your selection of essential oils. But before we go into that, a quick word on coconut oil: as you may or may not know, coconut oil is often supplied in solid form and starts to soften when it meets room temperature or higher. It can be tricky to mix in your essential oils when you’re dealing with solid-state coconut oil, so simply add your chosen amount into a small bowl or ramekin then rest it inside a larger bowl of warm water without letting any of the water get into the oil. The coconut oil will soon start to liquefy so you can add your essential oils and mix together. Then, when it hardens again, it’ll be infused with delicious scents.
So, speaking of scents, let’s run through the manliest essential oils available today!
Cedarwood essential oil
A critical note in many of the best-selling men’s fragrances, cedarwood is rich with a warm, balsamic and woody scent making it the perfect ingredient for a homemade beard oil. It’s also known for its relaxing, soothing properties, so the lucky recipient will appreciate the impact it has on his daily mood.
Eucalyptus essential oil
The heady aroma of eucalyptus needs only a light touch to deliver maximum impact, and is often used in popular aftershaves because of its fresh, sharp fragrance. It’s invigorating!
Lemongrass essential oil
Adding a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your chosen carrier oil will infuse it with an uplifting citrusy note. It’s also a great natural insect repellent so no beasties will want to climb inside his beard, no matter how big it is…
Peppermint essential oil
Fresh, zingy and invigorating, peppermint essential oil makes a great ingredient for an addictive beard oil. It’s also good for evoking a sense of peace – what a great way to start the day!
Bergamot essential oil
Last but not least, bergamot essential oil is at once sweet and spicy with warm notes, making it the perfect addition to your homemade beard oil. Bergamot is used by aromatherapists to banish low moods, helping to get his day off to the strongest, most positive start.