Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Gazette
The Essential Oil Guide to Pugilist Brand Beard Care Products June 4, 2015 12:46
Last year we wrote an article called 'The Definitive Guide to Beard Oils' a general outline of why we chose the carrier oils, glass bottles, droppers, heat shrunk hygienic sealed bands and essential oils in our products.
The previous article can be found on our website here;
We wanted to expound on that article and make it even more informative & specific to Pugilist Brand Gentlemen's Grooming Products Beard Care & Grooming product selection.
There have been a lot of beard oil companies entering the market in the last year, many using Fragrance Oils rather than Essential Oils. While we can see the attraction of fragrance oils it should be noted they offer no benefits to the user, beyond a long lasting scent that offers a variety of completely synthetic scents that smell like chocolate, whisky, cheesecake, ice cream, breakfast and myriad other flavors.
The Essential Oils we use in our products use a natural steam distillation extraction method from the herbs, plants, trees and flowers rather than being produced synthetically in a laboratory. Essential oils such as Rosewood are ethically sourced.
Historically most Essential Oils have been used medicinally and in aromatherapy for hundreds if not thousands of years, in such cultures as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Iran, China & Europe
We offer 9 Beard Oils, each one has a narrative story and is specifically tailored towards a specific bearded lifestyle, story or fantasy. Additionally aimed towards a lifestyle, health benefit or goal such as invigoration, the outdoors, relaxation, social events as well as hair care, growth and skin care. Many of our beard conditioning oils crossover and have multiple uses.
We hope you'll find this information helpful with all your hirsute activities.
Absinthe - Essential Oils used Aniseed, Fennel, Coriander, Hyysop, Angelica Root.
Scent Aroma: Black Licorice with tinges of Herbal Spice.
Hair benefit: Aniseed helps add sheen to hair. Fennel strengthens hair. Coriander may helps prevent hair loss by strengthening the hair. (not male pattern baldness)
Skin Benefit: Aniseed is good for treating oily skin. Fennel repairs skin tissue and stimulates the skin. Coriander is a natural antiseptic. Angelica Root is an excellent skin healer ( used in tiny quantities as is the case with Absinthe)
Aromatherapy Benefit: Fennel has been used since Egyptian times to promote strength. Coriander is warm and calming. Hyssop helps with anxiety ( do not use if epileptic). Angelica root is used in Chinese Medicine and known as Dong Quai or Female Ginseng, known as a nerve stimulant.
Side effects & Caveats: Hyssop can trigger epileptic seizures, for those with epilepsy. Caution using Aniseed on sensitive skin.
Buccaneer Blend - Essential Oils used; Bay Rum fragrance, Cedar Atlas
Scent Aroma: Old school Barbershop cologne with Woody undertones.
Hair benefit: Cedarwood relieves beard dandruff. Stimulates hair at the root. Cedarwood was successfully studied in Alopecia Areata ( hair loss ) clinical trials to treat this condition ( not male pattern baldness)
Skin Benefit: Cedar Atlas treats acne and oily skin and eczema. It's an excellent astringent
Aromatherapy Benefit: Cedar Atlas has warming, uplifting, and toning properties. comforting, reviving and an aphrodisiac. acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughing, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress
Cedar Atlas Shrugged - Essential Oils used; Tea Tree, Cedar Atlas, Grapefruit, Bergamot.
Scent Aroma: Camphorous/Medicinal with nuances of Citrus & Wood.
Hair benefit: Tea Tree can help combat Beard dandruff. Cedarwood stimulates hair at the root and has been used successfully in Alopecia areata clinical trials to treat hair loss ( not male pattern baldness)
Skin Benefit: Tea Tree can help eczema and be beneficial as an overall skin treatment. Cedarwood relieves beard dandruff, treats acne and oily skin.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Cedar Atlas has warming, uplifting, and toning properties. comforting, reviving and an aphrodisiac. acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughing, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress. Citrus Oils such as Grapefruit & Bergamot are said to have uplifting anti-depressant properties.
Side effects & Caveats: Tea Tree can irritate the skin of some people. Citrus Oils can cause photosensitivity. Bergamot should be used with caution on people with sensitive skin. The bergaptene ( the oil that causes photosensitivity) in our Bergamot Oil has been removed.
Citrus Grove - Essential Oils used; Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lime, Lemon, Bergamot
Scent Aroma: Fresh zesty Citrus.
Hair benefit: Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime help oily hair as they cleanse and removes oil from the hair
Skin Benefit: Lemon treats oily skin and is a great astringent. Bergamot is good for psoriasis & eczema treatment.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Bergamot lifts the mood, eases depression, can also relieve stress & tension. Lemon is a positive mood & concentration enhancer to help focus as are all Citrus Essential oils. Think of the uplifting feeling you have when smelling citrus fruits on a summer day.
Side effects & Caveats: Citrus Essential oils can be photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight after use. The bergaptene ( the oil that causes photosensitivity) in our Bergamot Oil has been removed.
Frontiersman - Essential Oils used; Jasmine, Rosewood, Vetiver, Coffee, Birch Tar.
Scent Aroma: Initial Smokiness subsiding to Masculine Perfume/Floral blended with fresh Coffee
Hair benefit: Jasmine & Coffee strengthens hair at the root. Rosewood naturally balances hair ph so it's not too oily or dry. Birch Tar reduces dry hair and is used in many soaps and shampoos.
Skin Benefit: Birch Tar is used in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Vetiver reduces dryness and sun damage in skin. Rosewood protects skin and helps new skin grow.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Our go to Beard Oil for the great outdoors Birch Tar & Rosewood are natural mosquito and insect repellents. Vetiver is a natural lice repellent. Which makes this scent great for camping and the outdoors. Jasmine is an anti-depressant and aphrodisiac. Coffee stimulates the mind and aids mental focus. Vetiver has a warm, masculine, relaxing earthy smell, eases stress and calms nerves.
Mojito - Essential Oils used; Lime, Peppermint
Scent Aroma: Peppermint and Lime Citrus
Hair benefit: Peppermint's tingling and cooling sensation to the hair follicle promotes blood circulation at the root. Peppermint deters lice and dandruff while providing a slight sheen to the hair. Lime acts as a natural facial hair cleanser.
Skin Benefit: Lime & Peppermint are excellent skin toners and astringents.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Lime is a mood uplifter. Peppermint opens the nasal passages and relaxes the mind while relieving stress. Both Peppermint and Lime boost concentration & mental focus with their refreshing qualities.
Side effects & Caveats: Citrus Essential oils can be photosensitive. Avoid direct strong sunlight after use.
Shaman - Essential Oils used; Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Clove
Scent Aroma: Bouquet mixture of Herbal, Camphorous, Spice, Citrus, Pine & Floral.
Hair benefit: Clary Sage & Rosemary possibly promote hair growth at the follicle, Rosemary was used in an Alopecia study with some success. Clove increases circulation and may stimulate hair growth at the root, it's one of nature's most potent antioxidants. Eucalyptus is a natural lice treatment and increases blood circulation at the hair root.
Skin Benefit: Clary Sage helps fight against Beard dandruff. Rosemary treats oily skin and hair. Eucalyptus is an incredible natural skin cleanser and anti-bacterial. Lemon Balm is used to treat cold sores.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Clary Sage is a relaxing herbal, calming, meditative essential oil that helps relieve stress. Eucalyptus relieves sinus congestion, controls coughs and helps you breath easier when you have a cold and is a natural insect repellent. Lemon Balm helps to relax and calm nerves.
Side effects & Caveats: Cinnamon can cause possible sensitivity in mucous membranes. Follow caution using any essential oils. Test on a small area. Keep away from pregnant women & children
Vanilla & Sandalwood - Essential Oils used; Vanilla, Amyris
Scent Aroma: Fresh Vanilla & Warm Smoky Wood ( similar to a vanilla pipe tobacco)
Hair benefit: Amyris offers some hair softening properties, however it most beneficial to the skin and as an aromatherapy oil
Skin Benefit: Amyris soothes and softens dry irritated skin as it's a rich emollient.
Aromatherapy Benefit: Vanilla is mostly used for it's aphrodisiac fresh floral aroma, there are no apparent hair or skin benefits but it's a most beloved aromatic scent. Amyris is a natural stress reliever and can induce relaxation, while calming nerves and anxiety. Amyris is also a natural insect repellent, especially for ticks and flies and
Zen Musk - Essential Oils used; Lavender, Frankincense, Patchouli
Scent Aroma: Lavender floral with undercurrents of Spicy Incense and traces of Musk
Hair benefit: Lavender promotes hair growth according to some studies. Lavender was also used in Alopecia study on hair loss with some positive results. Patchouli prevents hair loss according to a European Alopecia areata clinical trial to treat hair loss ( not male pattern baldness). Frankincense is an excellent treatment for ingrown hair inflammation and can help speed up hair growth and repair at the hair root.
Skin Benefit: Lavender can help treat oily skin. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. Patchouli is helpful in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and beard dandruff.
Lavender is a natural relaxant in aromatherapy. A great oil to use at bedtime. Relaxing, Stress releaser, Antifungal, Analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
Frankincense: Used since biblical times, Stimulates the mind, stress relief, elevates the mind, encourages a meditative state. Frankincense increases the potency of the other EOs it is paired with.
Patchouli is an alleged aphrodisiac. Relieves nerves and serves as an antidepressant, stimulating and tonic agent. Helps skin irritations and acne. anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, fungicidal.