The best essential oils for beard growth | the 5 best beard oil recipes

By Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

The best essential oils for beard growth are;

  • Black pepper
  • Clary sage
  • Rosemary
  • Carrot seed
  • Cedarwood
  • Tea tree

These oils, are the best essential oils for beard growth, as they all have the therapeutic action of increasing the circulation. By encouraging blood flow to the hair follicles of the beard, we are ‘feeding’ the hair, thus helping it grow.

There are other essential oils that benefit the hairs of the beard, and that we will add into our blends and recipes below.

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Read more about essential oils for HAIR & SCALP here.

Why use essential oils for beard growth?

Essential oils are the pure, natural oils that are extracted from the flowers and leaves of plants, herbs and even the bark of tree’s. The oils are so pure that they have the ability to be absorbed into the skin and have an effect here – a greater effect than most other creams and lotions that sit on the skins surface.

In the case of essential oils for beard growth, the oils that we want to use will stimulate the circulation at the base of the hair follicle. The fresh blood supply will feed the hairs, thus encourage them to grow.

In addition an essential oil beard oil, will soften the hair and skin, so the condition of this area will be improved.

Using a beard oil with essential oils, will also help you smell amazing!

The best essential oils for beard growth

Black Pepper

A very warming oil, that stimulates the circulation which in turn will bring fresh blood supply to the hair follicles encouraging the hairs to grow.  While it brings many benefits, black pepper essential oil should be used sparingly as it can irritate the skin.

(Incompatible with homeopathic medicines)

Clary sage

Another warming oil, that will encourage blood supply to feed the follicles and promote hair growth.  Clary sage is also know to reduce skin inflammations so can be useful to prevent beard or razor rash.

Carrot seed

Carrot seed essential oil is vasodilatory, which means it help to increase the blood flow through the blood vessels.  It is also a highly nourishing oil that will hydrate and soften the skin and the beard hairs.


Rosemary is rubefacient, so it stimulates the circulation, so brings plenty of fresh blood to encourage the hairs to grow.  In addition, it helps to refresh dull skin.


Cedarwood not only encourages circulation, but it is a good antiseptic and calming on the skin.  Ideal to use on the beard area to prevent razor rash.

Tea Tree for beard growth

Tea tree essential oil is another ideal oil to use to encourage beard growth, as it stimulates the circulation, which will strengthen and encourage the follicles to grow the hair. In addition to this, tea tree is very antiseptic, so will prevent razor rash, or infected hair follicles.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is a carrier oil that you can use for the base of your beard oil. Jojoba oil is a particularly good oil to use for the skin, as it is beneficial for both dry and oily skins. It will hydrate the skin if the skin is dry and lacking in natural oil, or if the skin is oily or congested, can help to unblock pores and balance the oil production.

Argan oil

Argan oil is found in many hair care products, so makes an ideal base oil for a beard oil. It is known to be very softening for the hairs, and helps to hydrate, moisturise and tame the straggly ends of hairs.

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Essential oil beard growth recipes

Essential oil for beard growth #1

  • 30ml Jojoba oil
  • 3 drops Black pepper
  • 4 drops Carrot seed
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Lemon

The addition of lavender and lemon, not only give the blend a refreshing aroma, but lavender is very soothing and healing to the skin, and lemon is antiseptic and helps to improve circulation too.

Black Pepper Oil

Carrot Seed Oil

Lavender Oil

Lemon Oil

Essential oil for beard growth #2

  • 30ml Jojoba oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Tea Tree

The rosemary helps with the hair growth, bergamot is cooling, antiseptic and any inflamed skin conditions, while tea tree is also antiseptic and helps with any dryness or dandruff that might be in the beard area.  Plus, this blend smell divine!

Rosemary Oil

Bergamot Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Softening beard oil with essential oils

Beard hair can obviously be coarse and often spiky as it is growing, so applying a little beard oil, daily, can really help to soften the hairs while nourishing them and the surrounding skin too.

  • 30ml Argan oil
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Carrot seed

Aftershave beard oil blend #1

Apply a little of either of these oils to the beard to not only benefit the hairs, but also as an alternative to aftershave as these smell so good.

  • 30ml Argan oil
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Petitgrain
  • 4 drops Grapefruit

Cedarwood Oil

Petitgrain Oil

Grapefruit Oil

Aftershave beard oil blend #2

  • 30ml jojoba oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Lime
  • 4 drops Bergamot

Peppermint Oil

Lime Oil

Bergamot Oil

What is a beard oil?

A beard oil is a product that is made up of usually 2 main ingredients; a carrier or base oil, and essential oils. The carrier oil, often jojoba, sweet almond or argan oil, give vital nourishment to the hair and the skin. This often is enough on its own, however the addition of essential oils, give extra therapeutic actions and a great aroma!

As any hair grows, the longer it gets the drier the hair gets. This is because the more it grows up and out of the hair follicle, it is receiving less nourishment from within the skin. In fact, as soon as the hair is past the skin surface, it is basically a dead hair – dry, coarse and rough, and in the case of the hair on the chin and beard, bristly, and spiky too.

The beard oil will give much needed hydration, moisture and nourishment to the hair, helping them soften, look less spiky and sit better on the face, while preventing irritation, itchiness and ‘dandruff’ of the beard.

If you have any facial hair growth, a beard oil should become a natural part of your daily routine, just as much as moisturising and brushing your teeth!

What does a beard oil not do?

A beard oil does not clean the beard.

And this is important to know, because at the end of each day, you will need to cleanse the beard area, which is easy enough to do, along with your face.

Whatever cleanser or soap you are using, ensure that you work it into the beard to cleanse any oil away. You can always reapply to the oil after washing your face, but regular cleaning avoids a build up of oil, which can lead to irritation, or congestion of the skin.

How to apply a beard oil

Dispense a little oil into your fingers, and simply apply it onto the hairs of your beard. A light massage into the skin, on the beard area, will ensure that the skin beneath benefits from the oil too, and this will also help to stimulate the circulation to encourage growth.

If your beard is longer, then make sure you work the oil, right through to the ends, using a small comb if necessary.

Remember that the ends of the hairs, will be the driest, as they have the least amount of natural moisture in them, so will benefit – and need – the oil even more.

Precautions of using an essential oil beard oil

The main precaution to be aware of is if you suffer with very sensitive skin.

Black pepper may irritate sensitive skin, so should be used in small amounts to begin with.

Black pepper and Peppermint are incompatible with homeopathic medicines.

Rosemary should be avoided by those with high blood pressure.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.