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Beard On the Sustainable Way!

For us beardsmen, we’ve all had a beard that starts off looking great, but then becomes itchy, dry, flaky, and just uncomfortable over time. This often leads to the rash decision of either completely shaving it off, or just rocking the really short stubbly beard, which is cool too. Over the years, I’ve been battling with this dilemma over and over again. My main problem was that I wanted to keep my beard in the best shape possible, but in a sustainable way. I debated whether or not I should buy pre-made beard oil, but I just didn’t see the point as they’re awfully expensive, contain too many essential oils in one mixture and are really limited to use only on beards. This just didn’t fit the bill as I really wanted something that was sustainable, and for me, one greatly important aspect of sustainability is versatility.

To get around this dilemma, I thought to hell with it, I’ll make it myself with the ingredients that I want! So I went to my local market and purchased a few sustainable essential oils for both my beard and other lifestyle needs.

Jojoba Oil

Touted as the crown jewel of all oils in our household, Jojoba oil is very unique in that it closely resembles sebum, which is the oil that our skin produces. Its benefits are vast and include, but are not limited to:

  • Moisturizing the skin, hair, and of course, beard
  • Modulating and regulating sebum production through regular use
  • Cleansing which helps with controlling acne outbursts
  • Controlling dandruff
  • Stimulating hair growth

Why is it sustainable?

  • The Jojoba tree has a long lifespan
  • It does not need to be replanted annually as only the seeds are harvested for use
  • It requires minimal water as it prospers in arid climates

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Known for its unique scent, Eucalyptus oil is one of the most versatile oils on the market today. It’s widely known to possess the following qualities:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Germicidal
  • Effectiveness in fighting respiratory problems
  • Anti-stress
  • Anti-cavity
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Temperature reducer in the case of fever

Why is it sustainable?

  • The Eucalyptus tree is known to grow very quickly
  • It is known to consume water efficiently and even adapts its water consumption habits depending on its environment
  • It greatly improves the soil as its leaves and branches are not acidic
  • It promotes a vast amount of biodiversity

Peppermint Essential Oil

Ah, the beloved peppermint oil. Between the fresh scent it gives off and the amazing properties it possesses, this oil is one of the best out there. Peppermint oil can be used both orally and topically, both of which can wield powerful results like:

  • Reducing stomach aches and soothing digestive issues
  • Stimulating the scalp when mixed with a shampoo while also removing dandruff and lice due to its anti-septic properties
  • Relieving beard/hair itch
  • Inhibiting microbial growth
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Freshening breath and reducing cavities
  • Stimulating hair growth

Why is it sustainable?

  • The Mentha piperita (peppermint) is a perennial plant
  • It self-pollinates very easily
  • It grows well in a majority of climates, discounting those with harsh extremes
  • It flowers very quickly

These three oils are so versatile and powerful, it’s incredible what you can do with them! More to come on this in a future post… For beard application, they really aid in preventing skin irritation, bacterial growth and dry skin while also stimulating healthy hair growth and making your beard smell better than ever.

My simple beard oil recipe using these three oils is:

  • 1 ounces (30 ml or 2 US tablespoons) of Jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of Eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops of Peppermint oil

While essential oils are extremely versatile and incredibly useful for a number of reasons, use them very sparingly and with great mindfulness as the oil extraction process can be very resource intensive. Every drop counts! Remember, many essential oils are often derived from endangered plants or trees. In order to ensure the prosperity of our planet’s wonderful ecosystem, it’s important to avoid using oils that are derived from endangered species altogether. As an added measure, it’s important to know who you’re buying from as well as to only use essential oils as a sparse compliment to your lifestyle, not as a crutch. With great power, comes great responsibility…

Where and how to buy: There is an amazing article written by Sustainablebabysteps.com that highlights some of the dangers in buying cheap oils and what to look out for to make sure that you’re getting the best essential oils out there from the most sustainable producers available.  

Beard on!

Until next time, The Sustainable Guy out.

 

Photo Credit goes to CircaSassy – https://www.flickr.com/photos/circasassy/ 

2 thoughts on “Beard On the Sustainable Way!

  1. Reply
    Nichole - February 14, 2017

    This is a great article! I use all three of those things often, so am aware of the benefits. Though I had no idea, and had never really thought about, the sustainability of their harvest. I will share this with my bearded man friends. Thanks!

    1. Reply
      The Sustainable Guy - February 14, 2017

      Thanks to you, for your support! Really glad you found it useful :).

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