If you read my reviews you will know that I mention the carrier oils as a benefit of the overall product. But, what are carrier oils? What do they actually do? And, do they really benefit your beard and skin?
Why are carrier oils used?
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential(EO’s)/fragrance(FO’s) oils and ‘carry’ them to your skin. This is due to the fact that EO’s are potent. They can cause irritation to the skin if used without carrier oils. Most carrier oils are unscented or very lightly scented. This means they don’t disrupt the fragrance you will get from EO/FO’s.
Carrier oils also have a wide range of benefits for both your hair and your skin. They aren’t used just for beard oils and balms but for other cosmetic products such as creams and body butters etc. There is a big selection of carrier oils that can be used in the UK but getting the right mix of oils and the ideal measure of each one is slightly harder.
This is where the magic happens for the small batch beard companies. Getting the right measure for each oil is a science and depends on which oil they want to be the main carrier. A lot of companies use 3 or 4 carriers because they work. They help nourish and protect your beard and stop the dreaded itch. Others might only use a couple whilst some go for 6 or more.
Do they actually work?
Carrier oils are vegetable oils derived from the nuts, seeds and kernels of plant. You can also get carrier oils that are taken from animals. Whilst the UK don’t generally use animal oils the US do. Emu and Ostrich oil is quite popular over there but due to it being an animal product, vegans and vegetarians are ruled out.
With the small amount that you get in a 30ml bottle a lot of the benefits you get are negligible. Things like reducing acne or helping with inflammation are something you probably won’t feel the benefits of as the oils are diluted. But, when different oils are mixed together they can be good for your beard and skin.
They can help moisturise and soften your skin. Nourishment of your beard is something that you get and the use of them can reduce beard ruff. There are a lot more benefits to go through but a lot of the oils cross over with these benefits.
Tell me about the oils then!
Well, I am going to tell you about them. However, I don’t want to just gloss over all the good and bad things about the carriers. I am going to be releasing a series of posts that go into more detail about each carrier oil, the benefits, where they come from and why they are used.
I will also talk about why the UK market tends to use the same group of carrier oil blends later on. Look out for the first blog coming soon!!
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