March 29, 2020 7 min read

Naked Armor

Essential oils are nature’s bounty.

Published by Naked Armor

Essential oils come from different parts of the plant - bark, leaves, flowers, seeds.

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.

This post will 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.

Top 10 Essential Oils for Shaving:

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the few plant oils containing squalene, the nutritious compound derived from fish liver. This compound soothes and hydrates the skin, which is why we have been using olive oil for centuries in skincare.

Olive oil is also full of antioxidants, essential in the battle against free-radical damage from environmental aggressors (think pollution, UV rays, and everyday stress), which causes premature aging, lackluster 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, as it 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, so it’s also an ideal buffer against blade irritation during shaving. But because it's cumbersome to apply, it is always mixed with other oils 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 to be easily shaved away without tugging at the hair follicles. It also helps your beard retain its pigment. So while it won’t stop the graying process, it can help to slow it down.

Castor oil also moisturizes the skin, keeping it soft and free from dryness or irritation. Because it is thick, it will remain on the surface for some time. It will then penetrate deep into the skin, thanks to the high concentration of fatty acids present in it. The skin becomes moisturized, and dry areas disappear.

Castor oil is ideal for moisturizing the skin and keeping it free from dryness.

When using shaving products, always use organically produced ones. The skin on your face is a delicate organ, so you need to expose it to nourishing and beneficial substances.

— D'Rock, Naked Armor Founder

3. Argan Oil

They extract this essential oil from the kernels of the argan fruit. A native of Morocco, this fruit is now grown globally 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. It is fantastic for handling red bumps, razor burn, in-grown hairs, and dry or brittle skin resulting from shaving.

This oil can help moisturize and smoothen skin. After shaving, using argan oil nourishes and softens the skin and indulges moisture while supporting the vital and natural skin rejuvenation process. Add it into your pre or post-shave oil to have soft hair and smooth skin.

Argan oil has anti-sebum properties.

4. Hemp Oil

You can take hemp oil extract as a daily supplement for added nutrition that helps promote thickness and density and manage hair loss.

Thus, it is an excellent weapon against hair loss, thinning hair, and hair regrowth. If you have this ingredient in any of your hair and beard products, it will surely help keep your beard healthy and thick.

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

Hemp oil helps keep your beard healthy and thick.

5. Jojoba Oil

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

Jojoba oil helps lock moisture, thereby keeping your skin looking fresh and hydrated. It helps moisturize the skin without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores, which causes blackheads and a breakout of acne.

Unlike castor oil, jojoba oil is considered gentle enough to use as a carrier oil for mixing with other essential oils. One can also apply it singly; rub a few drops of it into the skin before shaving, and it’s going to reduce skin burns.

Jojoba oil contains vitamins and minerals that prevents hair loss and promotes hair thickness.

6. Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit essential oil is an orange-tinted, citrus-scented oil. We extract it 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. Research suggests that using this citrus oil may decrease blood pressure, relieve stress, and balance mood.

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. Because it helps keep your skin bacteria-free, this may also promote the acne healing process.

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, which protect the skin from harmful infection.

It’s a popular oil to use for beard balms and aftershaves. It helps get rid of beardruff caused by fungus. The menthol sensation also makes it a perfect addition for aftershaves. It feels cool and soothing, a sensation that calms the face after your shave. Using Eucalyptus is an effective way to feel spa-fresh.

Eucalyptus oil helps get rid of beardruff.

8. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. After winemakers press grapes into wine, the remaining grape seeds will turn into a multi-use elixir that offers health and skin benefits that men can benefit from.

Patricia Farris, a dermatologist and a clinical faculty at Tulane University, highlights the components of grapeseed oil that make it a skincare go-to: "Grape-seed oil contains linoleic acid, which is important for skin moisturization; it's also an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect your skin from aging and provide an extra layer of protection, and they're anti-inflammatory. Inflammation plays a role in aging skin."

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

Grapeseed oil helps fight free radicals and evens out skin tone.

9. Lavender Oil

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.

Lavender oil is known to be non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores. Lavender oil and witch hazel can be the perfect combination to use as a daily toner or with tea tree oil or argan oil to treat pimples directly.

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.

Witch Hazel Oil may prevent acne-causing bacteria from infecting your skin. For this reason, witch hazel is commonly added to numerous over-the-counter acne-fighting products and is especially beneficial for individuals with oily skin.

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

Witch hazel extract helps fix broken skin and has antibacterial properties.

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 you need to expose it to nourishing and beneficial substances.

Here at Naked Armor, our shaving products use natural essential oils to help ease the shaving experience while making it a healthy experience for the skin. We produce them sustainably and organically 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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