Boulder Beard Therapy is an original Eric Cech recipe! This beard oil is an excellent choice for those who are prone to stubble troubles like acne, or ingrown hairs, and those who choose to prevent the occasional bumpy outbreaks of the skin underneath a beard. Using proven therapeutic oils for hair and skin care may be a favorable choice for those who prefer natural alternatives versus synthetic chemicals. Channel the true healing powers of natural plant extracts and familiarize yourself with the oils that work best for your conditions. Here you can find information about the oils in this blend, which are effective in restoring the skin and hair to a healthy state:

Tea Tree

This invigorating essential oil has remarkable skin and hair healing properties. Tea Tree can be applied to affected areas on the skin to fight infections and irritation often caused by factors like acne or eczema. It has been found in a study to show antioxidant and antimicrobial activity against “bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoal infections affecting skin and mucosa.” [1] Use it in combination with other anti-fungal oils, such as Rose and Lemongrass. Tea Tree will also bring balance to a dry scalp. Shampoo containing 5% tea tree oil was found to significantly treat areas affected by dandruff by 41% in a 2002 study. [2] Tea Tree oil isn’t very effective at penetrating skin on its own, so mix it with other oils high in cineole or limonene when applying directly to the skin.

Hawaiian Sandalwood

This Hawaiian oil, which represents the symbolic nature of Aloha, works wonders on inflamed and infected skin. Sandalwood was found to suppress PGE2 and cytokine, which are both pro-inflammatory enzymes in skin, according to a 2017 study. This oil is also very effective at killing antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, like MRSA. In addition, it can help suppress abnormal skin discoloration caused by aging or excessive sun exposure. [3] This oil’s incredible healing and fragrant nature makes it a wise addition to a natural lifestyle.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptol - the compound that makes Eucalyptus essential oil so therapeutic - has been found to have numerous healing properties, including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant characteristics. It is an effective substitute to many antibiotics; it has been discovered to be active against gram-positive and negative bacteria resistant to most antimicrobial agents. [4] It was also found in a study to have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects on mice, making it a helpful healing oil for most skin afflictions. [5]

Sweet Almond Oil

This wonderful oil is extremely versatile and nurturing to the skin and hair. It is rich in vitamins A and E, which gives it its moisturizing properties. Use this as a carrier oil for other healing essential oils to bring moisture and relief to dry skin. Sweet Almond oil can also be added to body care products for incredible results. When applied to hair, it has been proven to soften, strengthen, and cleanse. [6] There’s no wonder that this soothing oil is the most recommended for use in massages - it can universally be applied to several skin types.

Kukui Oil

With the addition of Kukui oil, your beard and skin will surely thank you! Cosmetic chemists who work with Kukui even agree that this oil absorbs wonderfully and does not leave behind any thick, greasy residue. They concluded that Kukui oil appears to “make chapped or dry skin feel smooth, silky, and soft” while also preventing scarring. [7] This oil is native to Hawaii and has been utilized by the Hawaiians for hundreds of years, specifically for the purpose of skin protection.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is widely touted as a skin and haircare wonder. Argan is considered a “dry” oil - meaning it's a non‑comedogenic oil that penetrates completely and doesn't leave a greasy feel or slip on the surface of the skin. Argan oil softens the hair and replenishes the skin, making it an excellent choice in any hair or skin formula. [8]

 

Written by: Alexandra Nagy

 

References

[1] Pazyar, N., Yaghoobi, R., Bagherani, N., & Kazerouni, A. (2012). A review of applications of tea tree oil in dermatology. International Journal of Dermatology, 52(7), 784-790. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05654.x
[2] Satchell, A. C., Saurajen, A., Bell, C., & Barnetson, R. S. (2002). Treatment of dandruff with 5% tea tree oil shampoo. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,47(6), 852-855. doi:10.1067/mjd.2002.122734
[3] Nautiyal, O. H. (2019). Sandalwood (Santalum album) Oil. Fruit Oils: Chemistry and Functionality,711-740. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12473-1_38
[4] Trivedi N.A., Hotchandani S.C. A study of the antimicrobial activity of oil of Eucalyptus. Indian J Pharmacol 2004;36:93-4
[5] Santos, F. A. & Rao, V. S. N. “Anti-inflammatory and Antinociceptive Effects of 1,8-Cineole a Terpenoid Oxide Present in Many Plant Essential Oils.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 14, no. 4, June 2000, pp. 240–244., doi:10.1002/1099-1573(200006)14:43.0.co;2-x
[6] Kumar, S., Swarankar, V., Sharma, S., Baldi, A. (2012). Herbal Cosmetics: Used for Skin and Hair. Inventi Rapid: Cosmeceuticals, (4): 1- 7, 2012.
[7] Ako, H., Fujikawa, L., and Gray, D. (1993). Emollient action of kukui nut oil. Journey of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. 239-240. doi=10.1.1.607.4720
[8] Monfalouti, H., Guillaume, D., Denhez, C., et. al. (2010). Therapeutic potential of argan oil: a review. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 62: 1669–1675. DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-7158.2010.01190.x