A Beginner’s Guide to Beard Oil
for Overlanders & Outdoorsmen

The night is young. The rooftop tent is in place. Food is on the skottle and those closest to you lounge around the fire in carefully placed camping chairs.

The sun is setting. The stars start to glow. A cool breeze begins to blow and thanksgiving goes up for another dry night around the campfire.

Overland Beard Company Campfire Beard OilAs you stoke the fire, someone shouts, “Life doesn’t get better than this!” You couldn’t agree more, lift a toast and wished the day would never end.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. Memories last a lifetime and can be triggered through any one of our five senses—sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.

We can’t help you with the bookends. But that middle one… well, let’s just say we’ve mastered it! Every beard oil we produce mimics the smells from the great outdoors.

But if the world of beard oil is new to you, this overlander’s and outdoorsman’s guide will give you a quick introduction to all you need to know about beard oil.

To kick things off, you need to realize that how you take care of your facial hair ultimately determines how it looks and how well you’re able to keep it under control. Beard oil is an important part of a beard care routine.

But what exactly is it and how do you use it? Keep reading to find out…

What Is Beard Oil?

The Outdoorsman Beard Oil CollectionBeard oil is a specific type of lightweight oil used to moisturize the skin underneath the beard. It pulls double duty as a styling product for tamer beards, but because of its formula, it isn’t like a cream or wax that can be used to shape unruly hair.

Essentially, beard oil is a type of leave-in conditioner, but because beard hair tends to be drier than the hair on your head, it needs heavier moisture than your average bottle of hair conditioner can offer. In terms of beard products, however, beard oil is one of the lightest you can get.

Who Should Use Beard Oil?

Anyone with a beard!

Beard oil is the perfect all-purpose product for all types of hair and beard lengths.

The Benefits of Using Beard Oil

There are many benefits to using beard oil, including but not limited to:

  • Softer, more manageable beard hair
  • Improved beard growth
  • Less itching and dandruff

How Is Beard Oil Made?

The Overlander Beard Oil CollectionTypically, beard oil is made from combining multiple types of lightweight oils together that each have different properties to create a moisturizing, long-lasting conditioning formula that is suitable for all beard types.

Beard Oil Ingredients

The most common types of oils used in beard products include:

  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Argan oil

Some brands use fragrances to scent their oils, however, good beard oil will only contain natural essential oils like cedar, sandalwood, and bergamot to name a few. Avoid purchasing beard oils that use synthetic fragrances.

How to Use Beard Oil

The Weekender Beard Oil CollectionTo use beard oil, fully wash and towel dry your beard using your favorite brand of beard-specific shampoo. When your facial hair is almost dry, apply 3 to 5 drops of beard oil into the palm of your hand, rub hands together, then massage the oil upward into the beard and skin under your chin and cheeks.

Aim for only a thin layer of oil on your skin, but don’t be afraid to add a few more drops if you need to in order to make sure the oil sufficiently covers all areas of your face with hair.

Then, you can gently pull the oil through your beard hair to work it through the individual strands before combing to ensure even distribution of the oil throughout your beard. You can finish with a light layer of oil on the outside of your beard, or use another product like beard balm or beard butter if you need more control over the shape of your beard.

What to Look for When Shopping for Beard Oil

When shopping for beard oil, you want to look for oils that use:

  • Quality ingredients that you can understand and pronounce
  • Natural fragrances instead of synthetic perfumes
  • No synthetic dyes
  • A dark glass dropper bottle to protect the oil from being broken down by harmful UV rays

Frequently Asked Questions About Beard Oil

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about beard oil:

Can beard oil be used with other beard products?

Absolutely, but there’s just one catch — when using multiple products like beard oil, beard balm, or beard butter, you want to be conservative with how much of each you use.

If you’re only using one type of product, you can use a bit more, but if you’re doubling up, make sure your total amount is roughly equal to what you would normally use with a single product.

Which is the best kind of beard oil to use?

The best kind of beard oil to use is the oil that works best for your beard. Sometimes it’s a trial and error process to find a product you really love and that works well for your specific type of facial hair.

My beard is curly. Can I still use beard oil?

Curly beards need conditioning too. Beard oil is an excellent addition to care routines for curly beards; however, you may also want to use a bit of beard balm or beard butter on the outside to tame flyaways.

How long does beard oil last?

How long your beard oil lasts depends on several things:

  • How long your beard is
  • How thick it is
  • The type of facial hair you have
  • How much product you use

Typically, a 1 oz. bottle of beard oil can last anywhere from four to six weeks. For very short beards, it may last as long as eight weeks.

Can I use beard oil on my mustache?

Yes! Beard oil should be used sparingly on your mustache and the skin underneath to keep it hydrated and soft.

Can I make my own beard oil?

There are plenty of DIY beard oil recipes online that seem simple enough to make.

However, when you’re talking about quality beard oil, you’ll need more than just a jar of coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil. Great beard oil is made with tested, proprietary combinations of oils designed to make your beard look and feel its best — something hard to achieve in your kitchen without a lot of specialized supplies.

Plus, who wants to deal with cleaning up an oily mess and storing dozens of bottles of different kinds of oils?

New to Beard Care?

Then start here.

At Overland Beard Company, we offer three premium beard oil collections known as the Outdoorsman, the Overlander, and the Weekender. Each collection contains three unique beard oils that mimic the smells of the great outdoors.

So the next time you venture out, make sure you take us along for the ride. Our premium beard oils won’t disappoint—from home to base camp and back again.