Essential Oils – A Comprehensive Guide

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    WARNING: While most essential oils are safe for most people, some essential oils are unsafe for pregnant women, and others can cause skin irritation and other serious side effects. Please read the indications on every bottle of oil before using it, and supply the same indications on your product before selling it. If you are concerned about the essential oils you want to use, please check with your doctor.

    Table of Contents

    1. Essential Oil Scent Guide
    2. Pairing Essential Oils
    3. Top Essential Oils
    4. Essential Oil Sample Packs

    Essential oils give your products, whether a beard balm or beard oil, its unique personality. In this guide, you will learn how to categorize an oil’s scent, how to pair oils that compliment each other, and more.

    Essential Oil Scent Guide

    Essential oils can be divided into 6 scent groups–balsamic (a soft, warm, vanilla-like smell), citrus, earthy, floral, spicy, and woody. There are many essential oils for each scent category. I have created a handy scent chart, and listed a collection of the more popular oils in the appropriate categories, below.


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    Pairing Essential Oils

    It’s important to have a good understanding of how scents combine when making your beard care products. The table below shows you which essential oils pair with 34 of the most popular essential oils used in beard care products. The oil listed in the left column is the primary oil, and the oils listed in the right column beside it are the oils that mix well with it. (On mobile devices, the paired oils appear below the primary oil. Tap the plus sign to see them).

    Thus, if you want to pair another oil with Basil, you should choose from among Clary Sage, Bergamot, Geranium, Lime, or Vetiver.

    BasilVetiverClary Sage, Geranium, LimeBergamot
    BergamotChamomile, Geranium, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose Geranium
    Black PepperFrankincense, Rosemary, Lavender, Sandalwood
    CedarwoodClary Sage, Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang
    ChamomileCedarwood, Lavender, Vetiver, Cypress
    CinnamonSandalwood, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood
    Clary SageGeranium, Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Lavender, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine
    Juniper Berry, Lavender, Cedarwood, Labdanum, Lemon, Sandalwood, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Clary Sage, Sweet Orange
    EucalyptusLemongrass, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Cedarwood
    FirPatchouli, Cedarwood, Lemon, Rosemary, Lime, Juniper Berry, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Frankincense, Pine
    FrankincenseTangerine, Cedarwood, Lavender, Black Pepper, Rose, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Lime, Cypress
    GeraniumLavender, Rose, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Jasmine, Bergamot, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Lime, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Black Pepper, Vetiver, Juniper Berry
    GingerCedarwood, Cinnamon, Sweet Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Petitgrain, Lemon, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Frankincense, Lime
    GrapefruitCypress, Jasmine, Pine, Lemon, Petitgrain, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Palmarosa, Geranium, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger
    Juniper BerryLemon, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Rosemary, Geranium, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Lime, Cypress, Grapefruit, Frankincense, Tangerine
    Lavender OilRose, Geranium, Frankincense, Vetiver, Pine, Lemon, Tangerine, Patchouli, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Cedarwood, Neroli, Petitgrain, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Clary Sage
    LemonBasil, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lime, Myrrh, Frankincense, Tangerine, Mandarin
    LemongrassEucalyptus, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, Rosemary, Clary Sage
    LimeRosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine, Petitgrain, Clary Sage
    MandarinCinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Geranium, Petitgrain
    MyrrhLemongrass, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Mandarin, Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Cypress
    PalmarosaLemon, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, Mandarin, Cedarwood, Geranium, Tangerine
    PatchouliLavender, Clary Sage, Rose, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Myrrh, Geranium
    PeppermintEucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Mandarin, Sweet Orange, Rosemary
    PetitgrainLemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Tangerine, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Sweet Orange
    PineTea Tree, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Cypress, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Rosemary, Frankincense
    RosemaryLavender, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Frankincense
    SandalwoodGeranium, Lavender, Rose, Myrrh, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Pine, Vetiver, Cypress, Patchouli
    SpearmintEucalyptus, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary
    Sweet OrangeLavender, Patchouli, Lime, Clary Sage, Lemon, Myrrh, Geranium, Frankincense, Mandarin, Rosemary, Tangerine, Grapefruit
    TangerineCinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lime, Petitgrain, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Rose, Lemon, Mandarin
    Tea Tree OilEucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium, Lemon, Clove, Pine, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Orange
    VetiverLavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Lime, Petitgrain, Lemon, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Patchouli, Mandarin, Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange
    Ylang YlangLemon, Rose, Vetiver, Mandarin, Black Pepper, Lime, Tangerine, Jasmine, Sweet Orange, Geranium, Grapefruit

    Top Essential Oils

    Here is a list of the top best-selling essential oils. I have them organized by source–for example, bushes and trees, nuts, fruits, etc. For a sample of essential oils organized by scent, see the previous section.

    Essential oils include:

    Woods / Bushes


    Mints / Flowers / Leaves / Seeds


    Essential Oil Sample Packs

    A photo of the essential oil sampler set.

    When collecting essential oil samples to craft your own brand of beard oil, it’s a good idea to purchase a pack of essential oils. It will give you many different scents to experiment with while saving you loads of money. Get the complete set of essential oils. For a cool $100, you can get as many oils as you want to experiment with. They will last you for ages, as you only need a few drops per bottle.

    Photo of a set of oils for creating beard oil.

    This smaller pack comes with 7 essential oils and 7 oil blends.

    A photo of essential oils used for beard oil.

    This set contains 14 unique essential oils, including popular flavors for beard oil like Tea Tree and Patchouli.

    Finally, you can make it easy on yourself when making seasonal or thematic blends by purchasing seasonal essential oil packs. For example, the “Winter” essential oil pack comes with popular seasonal scents like peppermint, cinnamon, and cranberry.

    The Complete Book of Essential Oils

    A photo of The Complete Book of Essential Oils

    If you want an exhaustive study of the all possible essential oils, then snag The Complete Book of Essential Oils. I bet you’ll find an oil in there no one has ever used in a beard oil before, so you can set yours apart.

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    1. Brandon
      I tried sharing this Essential Oil- A comprehensive Guide on Facebook to get the free PDF guide, but the Facebook website said it could not link because it was broken? I would like to get the PDF guide of this. Any help. Very good information on essential oils. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

    2. yesterday i bought hemp seed oil, almond oil, tea tree, lavender and rosewood. i’m also thinking about buying pine, because i love the pine scent. i’m just trying out different recipes for now. the one i made yesterday has a little too much scent in general so next time i’ll use some more carrier oils. i’ll post my recipe when i find a good combination

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