What are the best essential oils for growing a beard?

Hello there, oh manly readers of all things about essential oils for men. Today, let’s talk about a subject already treated in this blog that some of you asked me to develop more. Essential oils and beard! This article will be followed by one or two more, with the objective to be complete. Before we talk about the best essential oils for growing a beard, you need to know that there is no magic product or formula for growing a beard. And do not believe the sites, bloggers, or other YouTubers who claim the opposite. It does not exist!

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Even beard growth accelerators will not make you grow hair where you don’t have any. They are often food supplements that aim to strengthen your beard.

However, natural and safe products exist for you to improve the health of the skin and hair, thus enhancing the growth of the beard. This is where essential oils come in.

Some tips for growing a beard

While there are no magic products, there are some must-haves and essential tips to follow when deciding to grow a beard. Here is a reminder of the crucial steps to follow.

Clean your beard

The beard is like the hair; it gets dirty. You will therefore need to clean your beard regularly, but not just any way, nor with just any product.

Under no circumstances should you use hair shampoo. Use a shampoo specially designed to clean the beard. They do not necessarily cost more than traditional shampoo. They are often more natural and less aggressive for your skin.

Do not wash your beard more than three times a week, as this may irritate your skin.

Use a beard oil

Whether you have a 3-day stubble beard or a hipster beard, your skin needs to be hydrated, just like your hair. This is why it is important to use a moisturizer.

Man with beard. Best oils for growing a beard

Whatever product you choose (beard oil or beard balm), it’s always better to choose it as natural as possible. Sometimes it is difficult to resist the scents of certain oils that are not entirely natural. It’s like Candy Corn, we know it is full of dyes, but once in a while, it’s nice.

Finally, be aware that many beard oils contain essential oils, the subject of this article. As we will see a little later, they are necessary and effective in treating your skin.

Brush your beard regularly

Beard hair is like hair; it needs to be brushed regularly, even if your beard is short or sparse.

Brushing your beard hair will allow you to remove the dead skin that remains on the surface of your skin. It also helps to distribute the beard oil during its application, and to style and structure your beard.

Man brushing beard. Best essential oils for growing a beard

Again, do not underestimate this important step for good hair growth. And whenever possible, try to choose a good quality beard brush.

Carrier oils to grow the beard

Before telling you about the best essential oils for growing a beard, know that most beard oils contain carrier oils.

Carrier oils are the foundation of beard oils. The better the carrier oils, the better the final result will be. It is possible to use only one carrier oil, or a blend, depending on what you like or what effect you want.

These carrier oils must be natural and, if possible, cold-pressed. It is under these conditions that they bring all their benefits. If I had to name only the best known, I would mention Castor Oil, Mustard Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, etc. I have written about carrier oils before, here is the list of the best carrier oils for essential oils and men.

Essential oils (EO) should, therefore, not be confused with carrier oils, although the two are often used together. Essential oils are very concentrated and need to be diluted in a carrier. On the other hand, carrier oils need essential oils to be more efficient. Perfect teamwork!

The benefits of essential oils for the beard

Essential oils have a lot of benefits. They are commonly used to fight against stress, stay in shape, heal naturally, or maintain your skin, body hair, and hair. Each essential oil will have its particularity.

Before taking care of facial hair, you have to treat the skin. Your beard will certainly grow better if you have healthy skin. This is where essential oils will make the difference.

Read more: 8 Best Essential Oils For The Skin Of Men

While some essential oils stimulate the epidermis, treat your skin problems or clean your pores, others will hydrate it. They will then facilitate the growth of the hair and thus make it grow faster and stronger.

Depending on the essential oils you choose for your beard oil, here are the main properties you need to consider:

  • Antibacterial (active substance against bacteria and the undesirable effects resulting from it)
  • Healing (promoting the healing of skin wounds, such as certain pimples)
  • Antiparasitic (helps with treating skin diseases caused by certain parasites)
  • Fragrant (to remove or mask an unpleasant smell)

While there is little risk to using essential oils (especially natural ones), they can sometimes be dangerous.

Since they are highly concentrated and come (mostly) from plants, some people may be allergic to them. When using an essential oil for the first time, most aromatherapists suggest testing it on the inside of the elbow. You will then quickly see if you tolerate it or not.

The last point, when it comes to essential oils for beard growth, avoid applying them pure. Always dilute it with a carrier oil.

The best essential oils for growing a beard

Below is a list of the best essential oils for beard growth and their respective benefits. Never underestimate the power of essential oils. Nature always has something to surprise us.

Tea Tree

Present in many beard oils, Tea Tree essential oil is selected for bearded men with sensitive skin or skin problems. It has an antiseptic action that is no longer to be proven. If it is one of the most used essential oils, it is definitely for its powerful antiseptic properties.

Tea tree essential oil is used for the fragrances of numerous beard oils because it has a very natural and pleasant scent. Also, the manly Tea Tree oil scent suits men very well.

Here is a list of other essential oils recommended for skin problems and beard growth: Atlas Cedar, Turmeric, Patchouli, Peppermint, True Lavender, Bergamot, Palmarosa, and Sandalwood essential oils.

Read more: 16 Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Essential Oil


Eucalyptus essential oil is known to regulate the overproduction of sebum. And who says excess of sebum, says pimple. It is, therefore, an oil to recommend to people with oily or dry skin problems. Ideal with a mixture of Palmarosa and Tea Tree essential oils.

Eucalyptus oil has a very recognizable scent, also used to create the fragrance of beard oils.

Here is a list of other essential oils recommended for oily skin problems: Petitgrain, Ylang-Ylang, True Lavender, Tea Tree, and Patchouli essential oils.

Read more: The different types of Eucalyptus Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil has different grades: I, II, III, and complete. For beard oil, it’s better to use the Ylang Ylang Complete essential oil. It is produced from a longer distillation, and so has more potent properties. The scent of Ylang Ylang is very floral and probably not the first choice for those looking for a manly scent.

Ylang Ylang oil has healing and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for itchy skin with rashes and redness. Also, it is ideal for skin with pimples. Ylang Ylang oil is even more efficient when combined with an antibacterial essential oil such as Tea Tree.

For beards with fragile and dry hair, avoiding Ylang Ylang essential oil is better.

Likewise, its strong fragrance constitutes the fragrance of some all-natural beard oils.

Here is a list of other anti-inflammatory essential oils you can use for your beard: Peppermint, Clove, Chamomile, Lemon, Lavender, and Clary Sage essential oils.

Read more: 10 Benefits and Uses of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Atlas cedar

Atlas Cedar Branch. Essential oils and beard

Atlas Cedar Essential oil is antiparasitic and anti-infectious. It is a good plus in beard oils because it eliminates bacteria, reduces inflammation, and heals the skin.

In the same way as the Ylang Ylang essential oil, it will calm the itching due to skin problems, especially during the first weeks of growth.

Regarding its fragrance, some beard oils only use this essential oil as a fragrance. It has a pleasant manly scent, definitely better than Ylang Ylang. Here is a list of other anti-infectious essential oils for your beard: Rosewood, Chamomile, Lemon, Turmeric, Melissa, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, and White Sandalwood essential oils.


Bergamot essential oil is antibacterial and antiseptic. It has an incredible citrusy fragrance and is part of the manly scent essential oil list. Bergamot oil is one of my favorites (along with the Tea Tree).

This essential oil is recommended for oily skin, acne-prone skin, and oily hair.

Bergamot essential oil brings a beautiful fragrance; some beard oils on the market use only this essential oil for the scent.


Essential oils, when it comes to beard growth, are often used to create the scent of beard oils. In addition to having an all-natural fragrance, beard oils also benefit from all their healing and relieving properties.

Some brands will even go as far as to list, in an exhaustive way, the essential oils used in their beard oil. Unfortunately, only a few companies do it. What a pity!

It is important to know the properties of essential oils and carrier oils, and what they can bring. It helps you choose, when buying it, what beard oil is best for your needs. Also, it helps to know what is best when you make your own beard oil.

This list of essential oils is not exhaustive. Feel free to add any that I forgot in the comments.

And as always, until next time.

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