Hello and happy November!
This means we can talk about Christmas now, right?! I usually try to hold off on the Christmas decorations, music and gift-buying until at least November 1st. I jumped the gun a little bit this year though. Just a little bit. 😉
November 1st also marks the start of the much-loved-by-men but much-hated-by-women No Shave November. I used to refer to No Shave November as “No Kiss November” because I hated my hubby’s scratchy, coarse beard. Towards the end of the month, he’d also begin to complain of it being itchy and even flaky. Not a good look.
A few years ago, my hubby wised up and started applying beard oil to keep his beard soft. This took care of my complaining but didn’t do much for the flaking or itchiness. He asked me if there was anything he could put on it for relief (because shaving it off and losing the office-wide competition wasn’t an option, duh). Not wanting him to rub chemicals on his face, I mixed up an all-natural DIY beard oil recipe. It worked! Within a week, the redness, itching and flakiness was gone. He even liked the results so much he’s been sporting a beard year-round ever since!
Natural DIY Beard Oil Recipe
1 oz jojoba oil
7 drops lavender essential oil (which is a natural antifungal)
7 drops tea tree essential oil (another natural antimicrobial)
Mix all ingredients in a tincture and store out of direct sunlight. Wash and thoroughly dry beard. Apply 2-3 drops of the beard oil hands, rub together, then massage the oil into the beard, making sure to massage the oil all the way down to the skin. Use morning and evening.
Jojoba oil is chemically similar to the oil the face naturally produces, so it’s great for moisturizing the skin and hair. However, if you can substitute sweet almond oil or extra virgin olive oil if you don’t have access to jojoba oil.
Make sure to use a high-quality essential oil. I like doTerra but there are other great brands out there. Low-quality essential oils are often a combination of fragrance (read: chemicals) and essential oil. Not something you want to rub on your face and risk getting in your mouth. Yuck.
P.S.- Are you a man that participates in No Shave November? Does your significant other? And most importantly, have you/they won? 😉