Natural oils contain the best benefits for your skin.
We only use 100% natural carrier and essential oils and nothing else in our bottles.
We don’t use any fragrance oils at Hinterlands Beard Oil and while this limits us in terms of the scents we can use a tiny bit, it more importantly means everything going on your beard is 100% natural and contains all the best benefits for your beard and the skin beneath.
Carrier oils are the most important part of your beard oil.
They have been used since the time of ancient Greece and Rome when aromatic oils were used in massages, baths, cosmetics, medicinal applications, and yep, even beards, way back then!
They make up 90% of the bottle and each type contains many varying powerful benefits for both your skin and beard. They tend to be relatively scent free which is why we also add essential oils to the bottle to create a nice smelling fragrance.
After a lot of research and experimentation we have settled on a combination of three special carrier oils which go into all Hinterlands oils and balms as their base.
Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic practices have used almond oil for centuries to help soothe and soften the skin and to treat minor wounds and cuts. Today, it’s not uncommon to find almond oil in a wide variety of cosmetic and beauty products.
Sweet almond oil is known for it’s exceptional benefits to both the skin and hair. Almond oil softens and conditions hair, but is much more geared towards the health of the skin beneath the beard, which is the foundation of any good beard. This makes almond oil an exceptional choice to ward off dry and itchy skin.
This oil closely resembles the natural sebum produced in human skin. Applied to itchy, chapped, wounded, or sore skin, Apricot Kernel Oil facilitates faster healing without leaving a greasy residue.
Apricot oil contains Omega 9 which has many benefits for your body and, where your beard is concerned, it helps to stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair.
It spreads well and is absorbed readily into the skin, leaving a smooth, silky feel.
Castor oil has been used since ancient times for beard oils. In fact, the Greeks actually favoured Castor oil on their beards even though olive oil was one of the primary products of ancient Greece.
The oil is pressed from the castor seed and has proven benefits for hair health and growth, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
It is the thickest of the carrier oils we use at Hinterlands and is great in combination with the other two carrier oils as it aids in the application process helping the thinner oils to stay on the beard and soak in.
Essential oils provide the amazing natural aromas found in Hinterlands range of beard oils and balms. They also offer their own unique benefits for both your beard and the skin beneath it. As mentioned previously we only use natural essential oils in our products meaning you get a range of benefits not found in any fake fragrance oils.
Essential oils are extremely highly concentrated and should not be used on your skin alone which is why they are diluted along with a carrier oil (or in our case 3).
This oil comes from smashing the peel of the Bergamot fruit. Bergamot is often used for its scent, and is a pretty common top note in a lot of perfumes. Bergamot also has some great properties for beard oils, including being antibacterial and antiseptic.
It has a distinct spicy/musky smell. Aside from the astringent and antiseptic properties, patchouli is also said to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Once used to embalm the dead, Sandalwood is especially great for the skin and has a host of benefits like soothing acne and helping with an itchy beard. It also smells divine!
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of Petitgrain oil is its ability to promote relaxing feelings. The oil is good for maintaining the moisture and oil balance of the skin as well as for treating acne, dryness, cracking of the skin and more. Derived from the bitter orange tree, Petitgrain Oil possesses an aroma that is sweet, yet tart with subtle floral and woody characteristics.
Grapefruit essential oil is created from the rind of this fruit and has many benefits. The aroma of the oil matches the citrus and fruity flavours of its origin and provides an invigorating and energising aroma, perfect for early risers! The Grapefruit is believed by botanists to be a happy mistake, originating from the combination of the pomelo (citrus grandis) and the Sweet Orange (citrus sinesis).
This oil has an earthy, outdoorsy fragrance that is reminiscent of a thick forest and is often used mainly for its smell. However this essential oil offers many benefits to your skin and is also brilliant at helping to stop a beard from being itchy.
This oil contains the greatest concentration of Sesquiterpenes, which is a terpene that actually helps release toxins from the body and increase circulation. Cedarwood also has antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, and anti fungal properties – as well as working as a natural insect repellent. On top of all this, Cedarwood has a great woody smell.
This oil contains powerful topical cleansing benefits that will help to cleanse the skin. Detoxifying and full of antioxidants the oil works to repair and strengthen the epidermis, allowing it to defend itself from impurities that can damage the skin and cause premature ageing. It has a sweet, fresh and woody smell.
This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is an effective natural remedy for irritated or damaged skin. It helps restore the epidermis and calms affected areas. For sunburn, rosacea or breakouts, this healing element soothes and nourishes the skin. It also smells divine.
Cinnamon oil has been known to stimulate the scalp and increase blood circulation. Proper blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles is essential for hair growth. Cinnamon also helps reduce puffiness and redness, has antiseptic effects which help fight bacteria that cause acne and other skin infections. The oil helps to moisturise dry skin and helps slow the signs of ageing.
Lime essential oil has restorative and anti-aging characteristics which are very beneficial for your hair. It has been known to reduce dandruff, promote hair growth, and enhance your hair’s natural shine.
It helps to promote increased blood flow, strengthening the capillaries and regulating sebum production. This balance in turn strengthens the total hair follicle to promote healthy hair growth from within helping your beard hairs to grow to their fullest.
Rosemary oil helps promote beard hair growth. In addition to stimulating circulation that aids growth, the oil is great for moisturising the skin underneath the beard. Facial skin health is important because if the skin is not properly moisturised, dandruff or patches can develop, making the beard appear thin and unhealthy.
Vanilla essential oil is imbued with calming properties that help relax the mind and reduce anxiousness, this is why we recommend Serenity as a night time beard oil. The oil also helps to keep the skin free of acne as well as defend the skin from free-radical damage.
Black Pepper essential oil is perfect for promoting hair growth, where this is helpful in increasing the blood flow in the hair root. It can revitalise the hair, and also increase its shine.