Top 10 Essential Oils for Shaving

March 29, 2020 6 min read

Top 10 Essential Oils for Shaving

Naked Armor

Essential oils are nature’s bounty.

Published by Naked Armor

Different types of essential oils

They are natural oil compounds extracted from plants and capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence.”

The perfume industry uses essential oils to manufacture scents. But there are other uses for essential oils that don’t involve producing aromas. That’s because essential oils also contain nutrients that can be beneficial for the skin.

These nutrients make a great addition to wet shaving products which is why a lot of them incorporate these oils into their ingredient mix. But just because it’s an essential oil (there are 90 types, FYI) doesn’t mean it’s automatically the best for your shaving.

In this post, we are going to show you which of the top essential oils you need to use for shaving. Whether you shave with a single or multi-blade razor and use canned shaving cream or shave soap, knowing which is the best essential oil for shaving will make your experience more comfortable and luxurious.

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the few plant oils that contain squalene, the nutritious compound that is derived from fish liver. This compound helps soothes and hydrates the skin which is why olive oil has been used for centuries in skin care.

Olive oil is also full of antioxidants, which are essential in the battle against free-radical damage from environmental aggressors (think pollution, UV rays and everyday stress), which causes premature aging, lacklustre tone, and congested skin. It's also totally non-comedogenic, meaning it won't block up your pores or cause acne.

Look for this oil in your pre-shave or beard balm products. This will help prep your skin and minimize skin irritation. Meanwhile, if this ingredient is also present in your shave soap, you’ll have a lather that will help hydrate your skin against the effects of razor burn.

Olive oil helps prep your skin and minimize skin irritation

2. Castor Oil

Castor oil has natural anti-fungal qualities because it contains undecylenic acid. In texture, castor oil is very slick and thick to touch which is why it’s also an ideal buffer against blade irritation during shaving. But because it's very heavy to apply, it is always mixed with other oils in order to maximize its health benefits.

You will want to have castor oil in your beard and balm products. It is a very effective ingredient for softening the beard, so that it can be easily shaved away without tugging at the hair follicles. Castor oil also moisturizes the skin, keeping it soft and free from dryness or irritation.

When using shaving products, always use organically-produced ones. The skin on your face is a delicate organ so it needs to be exposed to nourishing and beneficial substances.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

3. Argan Oil

This essential oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan fruit. A native of Morocco, this fruit is now grown across the globe because of its various culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal benefits.

Argan oil contains a lot of healthy fatty acids and phenolic compounds. It is also rich in vitamin E, or tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin that serves as a potent antioxidant to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals.

This oil can help moisturize and smoothen skin. It can also heal the small accidental cuts that can result during shaving while also soften new hair follicles. Add it into your pre or post shave oil in order to have soft hair and smooth skin.

4. Hemp Oil

Its name may have some disreputable association but we can assure you that hemp oil is not addictive. 

It can actually rejuvenate the skin because it has healthy omega-6 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory and encourages new skin cell growth so it can lessen skin irritation and rashes. It works well even with oily skin because it doesn’t clog your pores.

Most importantly, it is a great weapon against hair loss, thinning hair, and for hair regrowth. If you have this ingredient in any of your hair and beard products, it will surely help with keeping your beard healthy and thick.

Hemp oil helps keep your beard healthy and thick

5. Jojoba Oil

Harvested from the jojoba shrub that commonly grows in Mexico and Southwestern United States, this essential oil contains low saturated fat content that has many beneficial effects particularly when added to shave soaps.

Unlike castor oil, jojoba oil is considered gentle enough that it is often used as a carrier oil for mixing with other essential oils. But it can be applied singly; rub a few drops of it into your skin before shaving and it’s going to reduce skin burns.

Hemp oil helps keep your beard healthy and thick

6. Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit essential oil is an orange-tinted, citrus-scented oil. It is extracted from glands located in the peel of the grapefruit through cold pressing.

Because of its tangy smell, it’s a favorite oil to use in aromatherapy since it can reduce blood pressure and stress levels when smelling it.

But beyond its olfactory qualities, it also contains limonene which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. When added to aftershaves, it can help kill off bacteria and keep the skin smooth and clarified.

Grapefruit oil helps kill off bacteria and keeps the
skin smooth

7. Eucalyptus Oil

While it’s often used for respiratory medications, eucalyptus essential oil is also beneficial for the skin.

Its distinctive medicinal smell is due to the compound eucalyptol. This aromatic substance also has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

This is why it’s a popular oil to use for beard balms and aftershaves. It helps get rid of beardruff which can be caused by fungus. The menthol sensation also makes it a perfect addition for aftershaves.

Eucalyptus oil helps get rid of beardruff

8. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. It is extracted from the grape seeds left behind after pressing.

It contains vitamin E and a lot of omega-6 fatty acids. This is why it can help fight free radicals when applied to your skin. It also contains proanthocyanidin, a powerful antioxidant, that evens out skin tone.

Grapeseed oil helps fight free radicals and evens out
skin tone

9. Lavender Oil

Derived from the beautiful lavender plant, this essential oil is popular among grooming products because of the variety of benefits it has for the skin.

It can lessen acne, reduce wrinkles, and give the skin an even tone. It also improves hair health.

In aromatherapy, it is a favorite oil to use to uplift your mood. And when combined with other ingredients in pre-shave oils or aftershaves, it can help nourish the skin and make the person feel good.

Lavender oil helps lessen acne, reduces wrinkles, and gives skin an even tone

10. Witch Hazel Oil

This oil comes from the witch hazel shrub which is indigenous to the United States. Native Americans have used it for centuries as a remedy for skin ailments related to irritation and inflammation.

Among shaving products, witch hazel is a favorite ingredient for aftershaves. This is because of its astringent properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it an awesome product for treating razor burn and other skin irritation.

Top 10 Essential Oils for Shaving

Choose Your Shaving Products

When using shaving products, always use organically-produced ones. The skin on your face is a delicate organ so it needs to be exposed to nourishing and beneficial substances.

Here at Naked Armor, our shaving products use natural essential oils in order to help ease the shaving experience while making it a healthy experience for the skin. They are also produced sustainably and organically in order to protect the environment.

Check out our site if you're interested in giving your shave a healthy twist.

Naked Armor's Hemp & Argan Beard Oil which is included in our Beard Grooming Kit + Shavette

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