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What is the most important ingredient in beard care?

A regular question seen on social media recently is: "Does more ingredients make it better?"

The short answer is "Probably not" and "it depends".

Are there ingredients out there that are better than others? Yes!

The main reason behind a choice of ingredients will vary depending on the maker. The most common (from what I have seen) is a combination of Shea Butter and Mango Butter. Most beard products make your beard feel soft AF but also treat the skin underneath too.

Let's look at Shea Butter.

Shea butter has an excellent ability to penetrate the skin without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe. Shea butter can be used on the hair and moisturises dry hair by massaging it into the roots. So it is no wonder it is used for beard treatments.

Mango butter shares many of the same uses as Shea and Cocoa butter; yet, the fatty acid profile varies with an enhanced level of antioxidants and vitamins.

Here we have two ingredients that complement each other; one focuses on hair and the skin, creating a killer combo for facial treatment for a face covered in hair.

So why do we add cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter is quite a hard butter. Including this butter allows the product to give a slight hold in the beard without using wax. Adding cocoa butter to your blend can preserve the shelf life as it is a natural preservative. It also acts as a natural barrier to the elements.

OK, so we have covered the base butter; let's now pay some attention to the oils…

 

Beard Butter Ingredients

 

Our butter bases include grapeseed oil, jojoba, argan oil and sea buckthorn oil.

Due to Grapeseed Oil's high linoleic acid value, the oil is moisturising and light for skincare use. The oil absorbs very quickly into the skin's pores, making this excellent for various skincare applications.

"Combining Jojoba into Grapeseed makes an exceptional massage oil, whilst combining Sea Buckthorn into Grapeseed makes for a very special facial oil." Naturally Thinking

That pretty much explains why we use this combination: "makes for a very special facial oil".

What we have created in reality is a Very Special facial oil. Yet, I first stumbled across Sea Buckthorn Oil when I was making Elements Water. This was the first time I used the oil. When researching ingredients, I wanted to create a product that resembled Water. SEA Buckthorn Oil. Made sense! In turn, I discovered oil that no one else I could see at the time was using in their beard care products. I still hear it today; "Oh wow, Sea Buckthorn Oil, I never see that in products!".

OK, OK, Sea Buckthorn is the bee's knees! We get that now, but you missed one…

Now we all know that almost all luxurious hair care products for women include argan oil. Case closed! No, really, that's why I add argan oil to my products.

Almost all our ingredients focus on the skin, which is actually an important place to start. Rather than looking to cure the symptoms of facial irritation, we need to address the source, which is usually the skin's health. Look after your skin and pores, and the hair should look after itself, with a bit of help from the argan oil.

There is one ingredient we should mention: Vitamin E. You may not see this in the ingredients list of a product. What you will see is Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil. Helianthus annuus, or more known as; the common sunflower. Yes, that's right, ladies and gentlemen, sunflower seed oil.

This bad boy is one of the most important ingredients, believe it or not. As well as providing skin antioxidant properties, Vitamin E helps slow or stop the essential oils from oxidising and prevents peroxides from forming in the essential oil blends. If this ingredient is not in the product, it most likely does not have a Cosmetic Product Safety Report. Any half-decent toxicologist will inform you that this ingredient must be included in the recipe.

 

 

And that's it! The ingredients used in our beard butter and why. Of course, there are the individual scent blend ingredients, but that'd develop into a small essay.

I hope you found this article both interesting and informative. Would you please leave a comment below if you did?

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