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If all natural beard care is new to you, you may need to learn how to apply beard oil properly. In this video The Mod Cabin’s Damiano Dentice a.k.a. “The Bearded Critic” explains how to apply and get the most out of your beard oil.
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The Mod Cabin is proud to introduce our newest beard oil – Wanderlust. For a limited time save 15% on Wanderlust beard oil.
Wanderlust beard oil contains only the finest beard softeners and conditioners. Unrefined jojoba softens your facial hair and replaces the oils synthetic beard washes, shampoos and soaps strip from your beard. While pure argan oil moisturizes and repairs damaged hair, reducing split ends and breakage. Our all-natural essential oil blend has a light, woodsy base and refreshing top notes of jasmine and juniper that will leave you feeling like you just walked out of an alpine meadow in the Rocky Mountains.
There are a lot of beard oils to choose from. Almost all claim to moisturize and condition your beard. A lot claim to be all natural. How can you make sure you are getting the best beard oil for your money? That’s what this article will explain. After reading this article you will be able to make educated and informed choices about which beard oil is right for you.
Beard oil moisturizes and conditions your beard. There are two tiers of moisturizers/conditioners used in beard oils.
Extracted from the kernels of Moroccan argan trees, Moroccan men have known of the benefits of argan oil for centuries.
They were so impressed by argan oil’s ability to soften, thicken and increase their beards manageability they referred to it as liquid gold. It is only recently that the west has begun to realize the benefits of this amazing all natural oil. Argan oil immediately improves the flexibility of beards that have become brittle and dry due to exposure to harsh conditions. Argan repairs damaged whiskers, reducing breakage which in turn makes it easier to detangle your beard and creates conditions for increased beard growth.
Indigenous to the Sonoran and Mohave deserts, jojoba is a liquid wax ester derived from the evergreen shrub Simmondsia chinensis. Jojoba is unique because its molecular structure is similar to sebum; the oil your body naturally produces to keep your beard and the skin underneath it moisturized.
Store bought beard washes, shampoos and conditioners deplete these oils. It is crucial to replenish the oils your body naturally creates; which is exactly what jojoba does. Because of its molecular similarity to sebum, jojoba will not disrupt the skin under your beard’s natural balance. Jojoba strengthens facial hair and hydrates from the inside. It is also especially helpful at reducing the itch of early growth. Jojoba is the best beard conditioner because it softens facial hair and increases volume, causing your beard to appear thicker.
Grapeseed oil is cheaper and easier to obtain than jojoba or argan, so many beard care companies use it as their main ingredient. On the positive side grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid which helps prevent moisture loss. Grapeseed oil has a very short shelf life however (POI Carrier Oil Property Chart). Once you buy beard oil with grapeseed oil in it you must use it quickly or risk it becoming rancid. If the company has already had the oil for three months before they send it to you, it may already be rancid when you receive it. In addition, grapeseed oil can contain dangerous amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons due to direct contact with combustion gasses used in the drying process ( Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society2000, Volume 77, Issue 12, pp 1289-1292). For these reasons grapeseed oil is considered a 2nd tier moisturizer compared to argan and jojoba.
Coconut oil is a nutrient rich oil that can soften and provide shine to facial hair. Unfortunately most of the nutrients of coconut oil are lost during the refining process. If you choose to use a beard oil containing coconut oil, make sure it is unrefined coconut oil. Unlike jojoba, coconut oil’s molecular structure is not similar to the sebum your body naturally creates. Coconut oil can react negatively with some people’s body chemistry, producing a musty, unpleasant odor after a few minutes of applying it. It is also a very greasy oil that can be hard to wash out.
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids that coat the shaft of your facial hair, which can help hide the damage done by synthetic beard washes and beard conditioners that contain Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and other chemicals that are harmful to facial hair.
Unfortunately the fatty acids in olive oil make it very greasy and unpleasant to wash out. Olive oil can work in a pinch, but it is probably not something you want to put in your beard on a regular basis.
There are different levels of quality when it comes to beard oil. The best beard oils contain jojoba and/or argan oil as their main ingredients. They are more expensive than grapeseed, coconut and olive oil however. Because of this, companies often use grapeseed, coconut and olive oils as their main ingredient while adding small amounts of jojoba and/or argan. Just because a companies beard oil description says something like jojoba and argan provide moisturizing and conditioning power doesn’t mean they are using mostly jojoba and argan. To find out what’s in a beard oil read the ingredients label.
The first ingredient listed should be the main ingredient. The last ingredient listed is the least used ingredient in the beard oil. For best results, choose a beard oil with either jojoba or argan as its main ingredient. If the beard oil is scented, make sure it is scented with an essential oil or essential oil blend. Beard oils scented with synthetic fragrance oils should be avoided as they may pose serious risks to your health (Huffington Post).
You now have all the information you need to pick the right beard oil for you. Remember to read your ingredients label, avoid fragrance oils and most importantly, enjoy your new beard life.
Here at The Mod Cabin we are big believers in living natural lifestyles. With beards growing in popularity and gaining more acceptance in the work place, a lot of beard care companies have popped up claiming to be “all natural.” With that in mind, we have created this all natural beard care guide to help you make informed choices that will aid you in growing a healthy, happy beard as well as cultivating a healthy, happy lifestyle. This is part one of a three part series on all natural beard care.
What does all-natural mean?
When it comes to beards and skincare, the FDA defines natural ingredients as ingredients derived from natural sources (dermascope.com). At The Mod Cabin, we strongly believe in using only ingredients derived from natural sources like birch tar, jojoba and argan.
But we also believe that natural means more than just what you put on your skin and beard, natural is a way of life. That is why we take a holistic approach to beard care and life in general.
Why all-natural beard care?
Natural beard care is important because using synthetic chemicals on your beard can not only damage your facial hair and skin, it can cause permanent skin problems such as contact dermatitis and skin sensitivity. In some cases synthetic beard care products can even be toxic. (dermnetnz) Many of the ingredients used in beard care products in the United States are banned in other countries due to their toxicity. (http://ec.europa.eu/)
Beard care companies often boast that their products contain “No Parabens.” This is because parabens are antifungal agents used as preservatives in foods and pharmaceuticals. They have been linked to skin sensitivity and contact dermatitis (dermnetnz). Natural beard care products contain no parabens. Unfortunately some unscrupulous beard care companies boast about being paraben free while replacing parabens with even worse synthetic chemicals such as Diazolidinyl Urea and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Often found in paraben free “beard washes,” these chemicals are even more dangerous than parabens. Diazolidinyl Urea, often found in paraban free “beard wash” is known to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, also used in paraben free beard washes and conditioners is even worse than Diazolidinyl Urea. It was originally used in paints, primers, and even coolants. (Annmariegianni) and is toxic to humans. In fact, it is even restricted in some countries due to its toxicity! (Badreshia, S; Marks Jr, JG (2002). “Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate”. American journal of contact dermatitis) Yet you will find various beard tonics, beard shampoos and beard washes containing this ingredient.
So how can you tell if a beard care product is safe and good to use? First off, you want to make sure the ingredients are prominently listed on the packaging and product description.
What to use
The following ingredients are all-natural, paraben and chemical free and safe to use on your beard:
- Unrefined Jojoba – Natural, unrefined Jojoba (like the kind used in The Mod Cabin’s beard care products) has a light golden color and is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not block pores. It moisturizes, softens and conditions facial hair leaving your beard strong, healthy and attractive. (incaoil)
- Pure Argan – Pure Argan (also used in The Mod Cabin’s beard care products) is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is also non-allergenic and non-comedogenic. Argan oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants that repair damage caused by synthetic ingredients as well as damage from overexposure to the sun (vizeribeauty)
- Shea Butter – Unrefined shea butter is a yellow or ivory colored natural oil which is produced from the crushing and boiling of shea nuts. Unrefined shea butter conditions your facial hair and seals in moisture without damaging your skin and beard like synthetic alternatives (fao)
- Beeswax – Beeswax is similar to shea butter, it is a natural sealant that is safe to use on your beard and skin and will not damage your skin like synthetic sealants can.
- Pure essential oils – Pure essential oils, unlike their synthetic counterparts; fragrance oils, are obtained from plants, using natural extraction methods, that has not been altered in anyway.
- Birch Tar – Birch tar is made from the dry distillation of the bark of birch trees. This process is old. Really old. There is evidence that people were dry distilling birch tar in what is now Germany 40,000 years ago to make a glue necessary to create weapons for hunting. People have benefited from the restorative qualities of birch tar for centuries. Acne, eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, dandruff, and itchy skin have all been successfully treated with birch tar, and because of the naturally occurring salicylic acid (an organic plant hormone) and methyl salicylate (an organic ester) in birch tar, it acts as a natural exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin and tones new skin. Birch tar is also an excellent diuretic; it is used for body detoxification and cleansing. It helps enhance the body’s blood circulation and prevents toxins from collecting in muscles and skin. Birch tar can even be applied to small cuts and wounds to prevent infections and speed up the healing process because of it’s disinfectant and antiseptic properties.
What to avoid
The following ingredients are synthetic and should never be used on beards or skin:
- Petroleum Jelly – Petroleum Jelly is a derivative of oil refining originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s (Huffington Post). The components that are removed from the oil during the refining process of petroleum jelly are carcinogenic in some cases. And since petroleum jelly is water-repellant not water-soluble like beeswax and shea butter, you dry out your pores by keeping out air and moisture.
- Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate – Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is a preservative originally used in paint and coolants and is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin, and is thought to present risks to human reproduction and development. (Ingredient Watch)
- Diazolidinyl Urea – Diazolidinyl Urea is a primary cause of contact dermatitis and should be avoided.
If you treat your beard right it will treat you right.
Every one of The Mod Cabin’s beard care products are all natural and safe to use. You can find all our beard care products here.
The next installment in this series will focus on proper nutrition for healthy beard growth and maintenance.
Run the frigid ridges in style this winter with all-natural Ridge Runner Beard Oil from The Mod Cabin.
The spicy citrus scent will warm you up and have you smelling devilishly handsome while our unmatched combination of jojoba, argan and coconut oils will soften and condition your beard leaving you looking healthy and downright dapper!
But don’t take our word for it, Men’s Journal, Esquire and Examiner.com all recommend The Mod Cabin’s Beard Oils. That’s because we never dilute our beard oils with cheap, harsh fillers. Nothing but unrefined jojoba, pure argan, high quality coconut oil and natural essential oils make it into our beard care products.
So what are you waiting for? Click here and enter coupon code: MOONSHINE for 15% off your first order of Ridge Runner Beard Oil.
Congratulations to our Decembeard Winner – Eddie, aka @coinopboy on twitter. We felt that his combination of awesome beard/unique style/unruly ferret best represented the spirit of Decembeard. He is winning a Beard Care Kit from The Mod Cabin containing Backwoods Beard Balm, Birch Tar Soap, Gunbarrel Beard Oil and Moustache Wax. In addition he will also receive an autographed copy of Nick Offerman’s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of our friends over at Beards on MMA and a Grumpy Stache Art Tee courtesy of Outsmart Originals.
There were a ton of great entries! Thank you to everyone who participated! If you didn’t win, don’t fret, things are about to get Januhairy up in here!
We have received so many fun and creative Decembeard entries that we have decided to extend the deadline for entering to Friday December 20th. The winner will receive an all-natural Beard Care Kit from The Mod Cabin containing Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Moustache Wax and Birch Tar Soap as well as a Grumpy Stache’ Tee from Outsmart Originals and an autographed copy of Nick Offerman‘s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of the Beards on MMA podcast.
Today is December 15th, your last day to submit your Decembeard progress picture for a chance to win beard oil and beard balm from The Mod Cabin as well as a Grumpy Stache’ shirt from Outsmart Originals and an autographed copy of Nick Offerman’s book Paddle Your Own Canoe courtesy of our friends at Beards on MMA.
How do I enter you ask? Simple – just post your Decembeard progress picture in the comments section of this post, or tweet us your pic to @themodcabin or post your picture on our facebook wall. Make sure to get your pictures submitted before December 16th. The winner will be announced on the Beards on MMA podcast December 31st and announced on The Mod Cabin twitter and facebook page.
Country Fried Rock has been doing their part to pull American radio out from the abyss of the soulless and overly-simplistic corporate bubblegum pop that dominates today’s airwaves for over 200 shows now. Since Country Fried Rock is made for the discerning individual who isn’t afraid to ditch the herd of mediocrity and carve out their own path, it doesn’t surprise us that they have a very bearded fan base. And because of that Sloane Spencer, the perspicacious yet always cordial host and producer of Country Fried Rock has been awesome enough to offer a Beard Care Gift Box from The Mod Cabin to one lucky beard.
If you’re not familiar with Country Fried Rock, shame on you! Just kidding. But seriously, Country Fried Rock is a one hour weekly radio show showcasing the best cutting-edge, off the radar musicians out there. Former guests range from legendary veteran James McMurtry to incendiary young country singer and songwriter Rachel Brooke to the banjo pickin’ awesomeness of The Defibulators.
There was a time when folks proudly let their facial hair grow without regard to corporate dress codes or prudish societal norms; and if The Mod Cabin and Country Fried Rock have our way, that time will come again. In fact, it has already begun. What started as No Shave November has turned into Decembeard and with the help of Country Fried Rock, The Mod Cabin and YOU – 2014 will be the beginning of an all out beard revolution! Beards up razors down say we!
That being said, winter can be harsh on beards. Beards, just like cars – need to be maintained. That is why our Beard Care Gift Box contains all-natural beard oil. Unlike lesser beard oils, The Mod Cabin’s beard oils contain unrefined jojoba, pure argan oil and pure essential oils. The 1-2 punch of jojoba and argan moisturizes and conditions your beard, keeping it soft and purty, not brittle and fugly. And our pure essential oils make you smell like you just made friends with a black bear while rescuing a baby chickaree in a Rocky Mountain pine forest. In addition to beard oil, the winner will also receive our amazing Backwoods Beard Balm – like our beard oils, our beard balm contains both jojoba and argan as well as fair trade shea and beeswax to help seal in that moisture and provide a light hold.
But that’s not all, the lucky winner will not only get beard oil and beard balm, they will also receive a bar of The Mod Cabin’s amazing all-natural Birch Tar Soap – the preferred beard soap of mountain men from the Canadian Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.
So whether you’re a Ridge Runner in East Tennessee or an urban Vagabond in Oakland California – take a little internet journey over to countryfriedrock.org and enter to win a Beard Care Gift Box from The Mod Cabin and discover some awesome, authentic off the radar music to boot!