Learning Carrier Oils and Other Common Ingredients


This learning center contains information I found useful in my own beard jouney.  I hope it can be of assistance to you in evaluating your individal beard needs.  It is shared freely in the hopes that it may benefit you, the bearded community, and men considering a beard.

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The Comedogenic scale runs from 0 to 5.  The lower the number the less chance of the oil clogging your pores.  The higher the number the more potential for clogging your pores. 

0   Does not clog pores

1  Low risk of clogging pores

2  Moderately low.  May clogs pores for some but fine for the majority

3  Moderate.  May not clog dry sking types; however, those people who are acne prone or have oily skin may be effected

4  Fairly high.  Clogs pores of most people

5  High probability your pores will be clogged

Acid types contained in oil:  Linoleic acid usaully has a low clogging capability. Linoleic acid is a very well proven to promote hair growth.  Oleic acid has a slightly more pore clogging capability.

On the discriptions of the different oils listed in the library,  Comedogenic score is given for all the oils and composition levels of the different acids.

I myself try to limit a score of 0-3 for my personal use; however, your individual skin type and needs may vary.


What are carrier oils?  A carrier oil is great for hair, skin, and more.  Each oil type brings thier own unique benefits for the varying hair and skin types. Your individual needs will vary.

Carrier oils are fatty-based fixed oils that do not evaporate and are non-volatile.  Essential oils are highly concentrated and volatile.

When using essential oils, for fragrance in your beard products, they are diluted in carrier oils to dilute the concentration and volatile characteristics of the essential oils.



Comedogenic Rating:  2 High in Oleic acid

Apricot Kernel Oil:

1.  Is a lighter organic oil suitable for sensitive skin that isn't greasy or oily

2.  It is organically rich in the following ingredients:

  • Fatty acids
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Viamin C
  • Viamin K
  • Minerals

3.  Helps build collagen in the skin which gives your skin elasticity and strength

4.  Widely used in hair and skin products

5.  Rejuvenates, moistirizes, and hydrates the skin under your beard

6.  Is easily and rapidly absorbed in to the skin

7.  Helps prevent dry/flaky skin

8.  Help seal in moisture in the hair and skin

9.  Helps eliminate itcheness

10.Helps prevent beardruff and skin conditions

Used in both our budget and premium products.


Comedogenic Rating:  0  High in Oleic acid

Argan Oil:

1.  Is widely and popular used in premium hair and skin products

2.  Is a natural UV blocker for your hair and skin

3.  It is organically rich in the following ingredients:

  • Omega-6 Fatty acids
  • Antioxidents
  • Lots of minerals
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E

4.  Is a great anti-inflammatory to aid in helping prevent skin irritation under the beard

5.   Helps with reducing and preventing acne

6.  Increases moisture in your skin

7.  Conditions hair and repairs damaged hair follicles

8.  Helps with hair growth

9.  Helps repair split ends

10.Very nourishing

Used in our premium products.

Comedogenic Rating:  3  High in Oleic acid

Avocado Oil:

1. Is one of the few light oils that can penetrate into the hair.  Without build up on your beard hair

2. It is heavily and organicall enriched with the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B5
  • Omega-3 fatty-acids
  • Loaded with potasium
  • Antioxidants
  • Biotin
  • Minerals

3. Is great at nourising /conditioning your skin and hair.  Thus speeding up hair repair and growth

4. It is a light and easily absorbed oil that can benefit the first top 2 levels of your skin 

5. Help repair you skin under your beard

6. Helps repair collagen in the skin

7. Moistirize the hair and skin on a deep level

8.  Helps prevent hair breakage

9. Is widely used in in hair and skin products due to its amazing organic properties

10.Helps prevent inflamation and dry/flaky skin.

Is used in both our budget and premium products.

Comedogenic Rating:  1  High in Eicosenoic acid and Linoleic acid

Grapeseed Oil:

1.  Is a light oil

2.  Quickly absorbs into the skin

3.  Is naturally high in the following ingredients:

  • Fatty acids
  • Vitamin E

4.  Helps heavier oils absorb into pores and skin

5.  Easily loosens dead skin cells

6.  Helps to nourish, hydrate and rehydrate the skin and hair

7.  Linoleic acid is proven to promote hair growth

8.  Has the shortest shelf life of 3 to 6 months of any carrier oil

9.  Helps prevent and treat acne and skin irritations under the beard

10.Helps to clean pores and pull out excess sebum build-up

Used in our premium products.

Comedogenic Rating:  0  High in Linoleic acid Moderate in Linolenic acid

Hempseed Oil:

1.  Full of vitamins, oils, and fatty acids, and antioxidents

2. It is a light thin oil that is absorbed quickly 

3. Is a heavily nourishing oil that helps both the skin and hair

4. Won't clog pores or damage hair

5. It strengthens your hair

6. Revives your hair

7. Refreshes your hair

8. It contains the most unsaturated  oil in the plant kingdom 

9.  Is one of the most protein packed oils in exsistance

10. Stimulates blood flow at the base of your hair, allowing your hair to grow faster and stronger.

Comedogenic Rating:  2  High in Eicosenoic acid

Jojoba Oil:

1. Does a great job of drawing moisture into your skin and hair leaving it well hydrated while deeply moisturizing at the same time

2. Helps prevent skin irritation under the beard 

3. Is actually a liquid wax from plants and not an oil.  Its ingredients act and feel like an oil

4. It has exellent antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties

5.  Is probably the best oil that acts and feels the same as oils produced naturally by your skin.

6.  I believe it to be the very best carrier oil  from all the carrier oils available

7.  It is naturally rich in the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Chromium 
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iodine

8.  It can help fight bacterial growth on the skin to help prevent acne

9.  It is a very deep conditioning oil for skin and hair

10.Helps prevent dry/flaky skin and beardruff

Is used in our premium products.

Comedogenic Rating:  2  High in Linoleic acid  Moderate in Oleic acid

Pumpkinseed Oil:

1.  Aids in maintaining collagen levels

2.  Is rich in the following ingredients:

  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty acids
  • Minerals
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Maganese
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Variety forms of Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Tryptophan

3.  Has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

4.  Has anti-inflammatory properties reducing irritation of the skin under the beard

5.  Reduces acne and other skin problems

6.  May promote greater hair growth

7.  Hydrates follicles for healthier hair

8.  Helps maintain  clean and strong hair follicles preventing dead skin build up and other skin problems

9.  Encourages cell turnover for healthier skin under the beard

10.Helps grow and strengthen hair

Used in our premium products.  May effect sensitive skin, it is best to try it on a small area first before applying to large areas.

Comedogenic Rating:  2  High in Oleic acid

Sweet Almond Oil:

1.  Is a gentle, hypoallergentic oil which is used on sensitive skin. 

2.  Is widely used in many hair and skin products due to its beneficial oganic ingredients. 

3.  Sweet almond oil is easily abosorbed into the skin pores to help maintain healty skin and hair folicals.

4.  It contains a small amount of vitamin K.

5.  It is heavily and organically enriched with the following ingredients:

  • vitamin E- one of the best known anitoxidants. Keeps hair looking great while boostig hair follicle health, increasing hair volume, and reducing inevitable hair loss.  Helps heal sun damage, reduce the effects of aging and breaking down scar tissue while helping repair some of the collagen layer
  • vitamin A
  • good monounsaturated fatty acids
  • zinc- which has been proven to help prevent hair loss and help keep your hair
  • naturally heavy in biotin- making your hair stronger
  • trace minerals- which aids to prevent hair breakage
  • vitamin B7- which helps get rid of beardruff ie. dandruff and fungal infections of the skin
  • proteins
  • potassium
  • iron

6.  Is high in antioxidants that helps fight free radicals in the skin and aiding to slow the aging process 

7.  Is highly anti-inflammatory to help prevent skin irritations under the beard and skin overall

8.  Is great for hydrating the skin, promoting moisture retention by preventing moisture loss from the skin/hair, promote hair growth; making the hair shinier and thicker.  Is a better alternative to everyday synthetic leave in conditoners

9.  Is a natural sunblock

10.Great at cleaning skin pores, prevent acne, and heal skin allergy, eczema, or psoriasis

Is used in both our budget and premium products.

Sweet almond oil provides many benefits to your hair and skin.  It works great with other ingredents to help maximize the benefits of your skin and hair needs, while aiding in the prevention of some hair and skin conditions.  A fun fact is that almonds are actually condidered a fruit and not a nut, but can still effect those with nut allergies.

Comedogenic Rating:  2

Vitamin E Oil:

1.  Is widely used in hair and skin products

2.  Helps balance out your natural oils

3.  Helps block UV rays to help prevent damage to your hair and skin

4.  Helps prevent dry, itchy and flaky skin while reducing the risk of beardruff 

5.  Has high anti-inflammatory  and anti-bacterial properties reducing irritation 

6.  Helps clean the skin under the beard preventing clogging and acne

8.  Helps to moisturize skin and hair

9.  Help prevent or repair split ends

10.Helps promote hair growth, repairing damaged hair follicles and making them stronger

11.Helps stimulate collegen production

12.Is one of the very best natural moisturizers

13.Helps keep hair and skin under the beard hydrated

14.Contains many antioxidents

Used in our premium products


Comedogenic Rating:  0-2  High in Oleic Acid, Moderate in Stearic Acid

Shea Butter:

1.  Widely used in the beauty industry

2.  Shea Butter heavily organically enriched with:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamine E
  • Fatty acids

3.  Is a natural skin condioner

4.  Helps keep skin and hair healthy

5.  Is a natural conditioner that locks in moisture without leaving the hair or skin feeling oily or greasy

6.  Helps heal irritations to the skin while being deeply absorbed into the skin

7.  Naturally aids in the prevention of of UV damage to hair and skin

8.  Helps hair follicles become stronger helping to improve hair growth and prevent hair loss

9.  Helps prevent skin irritation under the beard

10.Stimulates collegen production for healther skin and is very moisterizing for hair and skin 


Is the only natural hypoalergenic non-toxic wax in the world.  It is a fatty acid.  It helps to repair hair and blocks bacteria.  Coats the hair without blocking pores.  Helps coat the hair preventing UV damage.  Is packed with vitamins and minerals that promotes hair growth.  Helps stimulate collegen production in the skin and helps prevent skin irritation.  Is antibacterial and helps fight acne.