So you are probably wondering what do the divine products we offer contain? We greatly appreciate being conscious about what you put into your face, and about the decision process that leads to it. And we are happy to enlighten you. And to sell you stuff to put into your face. Also you can learn some Finnish-trivia you can later brag with, as we put the Finnish names of the ingredients in parenthesis! It will not help you with pronunciation. Have fun!
Cold Pressed Organic Oils? Why?
We are glad you asked my anonymous friend! To explain it shortly, if we were using non-cold pressed oils we could get into a problem called “unnecessarily destroying chemical components”. In the process of making oils, different kinds of solvents and levels of heat can be used to get the oil out of the plant material or to separate unwanted things from the right stuff. All of this could interfere with the original chemical structure of the good fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins by breaking or altering the chemical bonds, making them less effective.
But what is cold pressed, and why is it better? The name of it pretty much explains, how the process works. ‘Cold’ means that no added heat is used to separate the oil from the unwanted stuff (like other plant material — you would not want pieces of almond sticking out of your beard). ‘Pressed’, well, by adding pressure the nice healthy oils get squeezed out of the plant material. If you have hard time comprehending this, imagine it to be a bit like making freshly squeezed orange juice.
Using organic products minimizes the risk of carrying unwanted chemical components into your face and body. Those pesticides and insecticides can gather into the plant material, and then later crash into your beard party, leaving behind a mess and an unhappy hairy fellow. The same goes with using cold pressed stuff, as it means that no chemical solvents were used in the production process – thus no risk of extra baddies messing things up.
Below you can read what ingredients are used by us in our beard & moustache products and what kind of effect they have.
Argan oil also gives your beard a wonderful shine, without that greasy feeling. This is because of the lightness of the oil, it is not as “heavy” as many other possible carrier oils. Argan oil will immediately also help taming those rebelling hairs, so it is great addition for a styling agent in a beard oil!
The probable reason behind those sweet powers of almond is quite simple: Protein. All hair are mostly made of protein (10% water, 90% protein called keratin), and sweet almond oil is providing the hair follicles just that. This will help you to build your magnificent hairy Beard Fortress.
The reason behind the punch packs are in the lipid properties of the oil. The content is similar to our skin. Here in the harsh Nordic conditions it can help to soothe and repair the skin that gets damaged by the strong northern winds and the ball-freezing temperatures. It is also said that apricot kernel oil has anti inflammatory effects, which help to calm down the skin that has gone through a hard day.
This stuff is THICK. Really, really thick. If could you solidify this stuff somehow, it would probably become an impenetrable layer of armor. This also explains the effects we are looking for in it. It will create a protecting barrier for your beard and moustache. We thank our great buddies, the vitamin E, proteins and triglyceride fatty acids for these effects.
Castor oil has also been used by women to thicken their eyelashes, so the second effect we are getting from it is making your beard and moustache thicker and stronger!
And thirdly: Kicking bacteria’s ass. Castor oil contains undercylenic acid, which is said to help in disinfecting the skin and killing bacteria. Protect that beard and moustache!
The unique properties compared to other seed oils come from the fact, that jojoba oil is very much like the human sebum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_gland). It moisturizes the scalp, prevents hair looking too oily by helping to control and balance the sebum protection in the scalp, it helps with dreaded beard loss and thinning, it has our old friend, vitamin E, it is an antioxidant and it kills bacteria.
One interesting fact is, that whale fat was used in cosmetic products before 1971 because it contains those same nice wax esters. After whale oils were banned in the USA 1971, they found out that you get even more benefits by using jojoba oil in cosmetics.
Balmy & waxy stuff
Beeswax works as an skin moisturizer, because of its waxy structure it helps with locking the moisture. This wax also helps with building the protective shield for your skin, beard and moustache. Melted into our products it makes them thicker and provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial/viral benefits.
Also, this stuff smells awesome!
Coconut oil has saturated fats, medium chain fatty acids and triglycerides. Because of these fats, the coconut oil helps eliminating the moisture loss in the skin and hair pores. It also contains three additional fatty acids worth of mentioning. These three acid musketeers are capric, caprylic and lauric acid. They strike swiftly against microbes and disinfect your skin, soothing it.
Also, the dearest and most known ally for your skin and hair care, the vitamin E will again join the fight for greater beards! Repairing the skin, preventing premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.
Working as a natural emollient, it helps to moisturize your hair and skin, prevents hair loss by strengthening hair shaft, repairs hair strands (prevents split ends!) and also prevents further damage to your hair and skin. But what components in the cocoa do this? It’s all about the fats. Cocoa contains mostly saturated fats (around 57-64%), which are useful source of antioxidants and repairing material for your skin. With healthier skin comes healthier beard and moustache.
Since the ancient times pine oil has been used as an natural way to lower inflammation, kill bacteria, fungi. It also beats ass of those free radicals messing up your healthy beard growth. How free radicals try to mess up your beardventure? They attack your healthy skin cells, resulting in unfunctioning cells, wrinkles and all of that annoying and usually unwanted stuff. This pine stuff helps against itching and also conditions your skin.
It has also been said, that the refreshing scent of the pine oil energizes and lifts your mood. Great for the dark winter days here in the North! You could say that the scent reminds of eucalyptus oil, with a forest-like smell added into it.
But what makes the lemon essential oils work so well? It contains d-limonene (a terpentene), which seems to be the One! It is a very potent antioxidant and also fights againt inflammation. This oil is so great, that it has been noted that it has even potent anti-anxiety effects! Inhaling the vapours of lemon essential oil can calm down your nerves! The high vitamin content of lemon oil boosts your ability to fight against unwanted beard-invaders, arm that immune system! We should also mention, that this oil also improves circulation of the skin, more building blocks for that magnificent moustache or beard!
Orange essential oil will help your beard and skin by kicking ass of inflammatory, it also works as an antiseptic beating those unwanted microbes irritating your skin. Not to mention the vitamins, the great amount of vitamin C will protect and heal your skin by slowing the rate of skin damage from UV exposure, pollution and toxicity. Remember, healthier skin equals a healthier beard! Orange essential oil contains the same d-limonene as in lemon, a very potent antioxidant.
This really plant brings interesting benefits for your beard and moustache. It will help your beard growth by providing important nutrients for your skin, like potassium, manganese, magnesium and calcium. It will also boost the circulation in your skin, thus boosting those hairs to grow more and better. It also has great anti-inflammatory properties due to the eugenol containt of the clove oil. The benefits, they never stop coming. Clove can also help to fight against acne and pneumonia causing E. coli and Staph aureus and Pseudomonas aureginosa. Your fists are probably too large to hit those annoying bacteri faces, so let clove do the ass beating for you. We vote clove to protect those beard borders against foreign invaders!