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.
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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.
Grow a Beard NOW Essential Oil Scent Chart
- Balsamic (soft, warm smell): Benzoin, Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh, Peru Balsam, Tolu Balsam, Vanilla
- Citrus: Bergamot, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Tangerine
- Earthy: Patchouli, Spikenard, Vetiver
- Floral: Carnation, Neroli, Ylang Ylang
- Spicy: Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg
- Woody: Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir, Pine, Sandalwood, Spruce
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.
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
- Cedarwood Oil – Scent. Also helps with acne, and breathing problems.
- Clove Oil – Scent. Spicy, peppery.
- Sage Oil – Scent. Savory, peppery.
- Rosewood Oil – Scent. Warm, woody.
- Eucalyptus Oil – Herbal, woody scent. Soothes skin irritation.
- Lemongrass Oil – Strong scent, invigorating.
- Patchouli Oil – Warm, earthy aroma. Naturally repels insects without chemicals. Easily absorbed, locks in moisture.
- Cypress Oil – Sweet with warm overtones. Slight berry aroma.
- Tea Tree Oil – Therapeutic; used as a primary scent.
- Sandalwood (Top Grade) – Rich, decadent woody smell. A staple for masculine products.
- Bergamot Oil – Woody, citrusy
- Juniper Berry
- Pine Essential Oil
- Vetiver Oil – Earthy, Woody.
- Birch Tar – Smoky, rich, woody, “campfire” scent.
Mints / Flowers / Leaves / Seeds
- Evening Primrose Oil – Helps cure skin conditions like psoriasis.
- Rosemary Oil – Rosemary imparts a rustic, leathery scent.
- Vanilla Oil – Balsamic, warm softness.
- Peppermint Oil – Scent. Helps breathing, refreshes.
- Lavender Oil – Scent. Fresh, woody.
- Rose Geranium Oil – Strong rose fragrance. Natural tick repellent.
- Bay Rum Oil – A warming oil. Strong, spicy, masculine scent.
- Black Pepper Oil – Strong and sharp. Has a spicy aroma.
- Amla Oil – Infused with sesame seed oil. A therapeutic oil for damaged hair.
- Penny Royal – Minty, sweet scent.
- Spearmint – Minty, smooth scent. Not as sharp as peppermint.
- Ylang Ylang – Floral, soothing, comforting.
- Geranium (Bourbon) Oil
- Cinnamon Bark Oil
Essential Oil Sample Packs
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.
- 32 Essential Oil Sampler Set – $99.95
This smaller pack comes with 7 essential oils and 7 oil blends.
This set contains 14 unique essential oils, including popular flavors for beard oil like Tea Tree and Patchouli.
- 14 Oil Sampler Set – $30.90
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
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.
Build Your Shop
Now that you have your product, it’s time to build your online shop. Shopify is a great place to build your online shop. They have a drag-and-drop interface that anyone can use, and they handle all the payment processing for you. There’s no easier way to craft an online shop for your beard product empire than to use Shopify.
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