Ladies, we know how much you love your man’s beard but...  wouldn't it be awesome if it felt silky to the touch and didn't smell like last night’s lasagna? Beards can be amazing but can also tend towards being scratchy and problematic if not maintained properly. If you or someone you love are looking for a better solution for your beard, you may be in luck! At Ananda, we are consciously aware that men deserve products to handle even the toughest problems without having to sacrifice their health. Many products on the market are filled with synthetic chemicals, fragrances, and dyes. We all deserve to be nourished properly and should have access to natural alternatives that are effective. We have formulated a brand-new beard oil for those of you who need a therapeutic boost for your facial hair! The ingredient list is robust, so here's a scientific breakdown of a few of the highlighted oils in this blend:

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil has been renowned for ages as it contains a plethora of nutritive and active substances considered both macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids) and vitamins (vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, E and D). The former serve as a building tool for new skin layers and their protection, while vitamins act like antioxidants and support accurate skin cell proliferation. Other actions of cedarwood oil have been confirmed by studies:

  • It’s a probiotic which means it promotes growth of the healthy, protective bacteria of the skin’s natural biofilm. The amount of bifidobacteria in a medium with added sandalwood oil was 3 times higher than in the control group.
  • It pronounces antioxidative properties which protect the skin from free radicals damage.
  • It effectively limits hyphal growth of fungi including the most cumbersome fungus for the skin - Candida albicans.
  • It’s antibacterial and therefore displays anti-acne activity.
  • It’s anti-inflammatory as it notably reduces the expression of cellular heat shock protein.

 

Sage Oil

Sage has been known as a highly potent essential oil.

  • It significantly encourages wound healing as it’s antibacterial especially to Staphylococcus aureus which happens to be the most common skin wound contaminator.
  • It destroys yeast cells that could infect the skin.
  • It’s got a reach fatty acid profile. It’s got an especially high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids (α-linoleic, oleic and linoleic acids) which are more similar to the ones naturally present in the skin’s protective barrier; hence they are more beneficial than saturated fatty acids.
  • It teems with substances of antioxidant activity like phenols and flavonoids which promote skin cell longevity.

 

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood stands out in terms of its anti-inflammatory features associated with α-santalol and β-santalol. These compounds:

  • reduce the total amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines,
  • suppress pro - inflammatory interleukines production,
  • inhibit cycloooxygenase which is an enzyme responsible for the synthesis of pro-inflammatory mediators like prostaglandins;
  • hence they display exceptional soothing properties and alleviate such conditions like eczema and other skin irritations.

 

Spruce Oil

The oil derived from plants of the genus Picea also shows to be beneficial in beard care.

  • It’s antimicriobial to a great extent. It contains active compunds like α-selinene and α-bisabolol which display both antibacterial as well as anti-fungal activities. Therefore it works as a potent antiseptic in infection prevention.
  • It’s abundant in flavonoids of unquestionable antioxidant characteristics.

 

 

References:

  1. Lauren A. Hassoun, BS,1 Jennifer N. Ornelas, BA, MAS,1 and Raja K. Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT2 Cedarwood Oil as Complementary Treatment in Refractory Acne THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Volume 22, Number 3, 2016, pp. 252–253ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2015.0208
  2. Junji Miyakoshi,a Eri Matsubara,b Eijiro Narita,a Shin Koyama,a Yoko Shimizu,a and Shuichi Kawaic Suppressive Effects of Extract of Cedar Wood on Heat-induced Expression of Cellular Heat Shock Protein 138, No. 1 YAKUGAKU ZASSHI 138, 97106 (2018)
  3. Ranjith Kumar Manoharan, Jin-Hyung Lee and Jintae Lee Antibiofilm and Antihyphal Activities of Cedar Leaf Essential Oil, Camphor, and Fenchone Derivatives against Candida albicans
  4. Aleksandr Yu. Prosekov , Lyubov’ Dyshlyuk , Irina S. Milent'eva , Valery A. Pavsky , Svetlana A. Ivanova , and Sergey Yu. Garmashov STUDY OF THE BIOFUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES OF CEDAR PINE OIL WITH THE USE OF IN VITRO TESTING CULTURES ISSN 2310-9599. Foods and Raw Materials, 2018, vol. 6, no. 1
  5. Milica Aćimović, Biljana Kiprovski, Milica Rat, Vladimir Sikora, Vera Popović, Anamarij, Koren, Milka Brdar-Jokanović Salvia sclarea: CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY Journal of Agronomy, Technology and Engineering Management ISSN: 2620-1755 Aćimović et al., 2018. Vol. 1(1): 18-28
  6. Ágnes Blaskó, Zoltán Gazdag, Pál Gróf, Gábor Máté, Szilvia Sárosi, Judit Krisch, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Lilla Makszin, Miklós Pesti Effects of clary sage oil and its main components, linalool and linalyl acetate, on the plasma membrane of Candida albicans: an in vivo EPR study
  7. Monika Sienkiewicz Anna Głowacka, Katarzyna Poznańska-Kurowska, Andrzej Kaszuba, Anna Urbaniak, Edward Kowalczyk The effect of clary sage oil on staphylococci responsible for wound infections
  8. Manju Sharma, Corey Levenson, Ian Clements, Paul Castella, Kurt Gebauer, Michael E. Cox1 East Indian Sandalwood Oil (EISO) Alleviates Inflammatory and Proliferative Pathologies of Psoriasis
  9. Sharma*† C. Levenson, † R. H. Bell, S. A. Anderson, J. B. Hudson, C. C. Collins and M. E. Cox Suppression of Lipopolysaccharide-stimulat Cytokine/Chemokine Production in Skin Cells by Sandalwood Oils and Purified α-santalol and β-santalol
  10. Sahil Gupta, Madhulika Bhagat, Rasleen Sudan and Kusha Bindu Bioautography Guided Isolation and Characterization of Antimicrobial Compounds of Picea smithiana
  11. Meryem Topal Determination of antioxidant and antiradical properties of Picea orientalis cone