Why Argan Oil is a Must-Have for Your Beard

So, you want a soft and luscious beard the natural way? 

Don’t want to get pricked every time you run your hands through your beard?

Is it time to stop that dreaded beardruff once and for all? 

Then we have one answer for you: argan oil. 

You’ve probably heard of argan oil before, as it’s a popular ingredient in many skincare and haircare products. But do you know what makes it so special? 

If not, no worries. We’re about to take you through the A to Z of argan oil. You’ll learn what the benefits are, how it works, its side effects, and how it compares to other moisturizing oils. 

Properties and Nutrients in Argan Oil

Argan oil is truly a magic ingredient. 

But, it wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t for its rich makeup of essential vitamins and fatty acids. 

First of all, argan oil has a high concentration of vitamin E — a required vitamin for healthy hair, skin, and eyes that comes from linoleic acid. 

Second, it’s full of fatty acids, like omega-6s. These help promote beard growth, thickness, and increase shine. 

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the benefits of argan oil for beard care are coming up next. 

Benefits of Argan Oil for Beard Care

Although argan oil is traditionally used in Moroccan foods, it’s a lot more than just cooking oil. 

I mean… you’re not spreading vegetable oil in your beard — or at least we hope you aren’t.

Below you’ll find out exactly what makes argan oil so popular. 

Moisturizes Beard Hair and Skin

Is it really an oil if it doesn’t moisturize? 

We’re not sure… But that’s not important, because argan oil is a humectant or a moisturizer that draws water from the air and into your skin. 

Compared to their chemical counterparts, humectants provide longer-lasting moisture. 

And argan oil is no different. 

The added moisture keeps your beard shiny and smooth to the touch. So say goodbye to the days of getting poked and prodded by your beard. It’s time to welcome version 2.0, the soft one. 

Promotes Healthy Beard Hair Growth

Argan oil helps you achieve your beard goals. 

Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want a bigger, thicker, and more dense beard?

A study in 2013, found that phenol, a compound found in argan oil, promotes cell production on the scalp. That means new hair follicles will grow quicker, and older ones become thicker and stronger. 

Want to know what else that means? No more beard shedding.

So, take a shower or wash your face without worrying about losing hair.

Prevents Dryness and Itching

The only thing worse than the dreaded beard itch is the dreaded beard dandruff. 

But what if we told you these two things go hand in hand? 

More often than not, the solution to your itchy and flaking beard is hydration. And, as we learned, argan oil has got you covered when it comes to hydration. 

However, if moisture isn’t the cure for you, argan oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties as well. 

That way, your dandruff and itching are covered in all directions. So no matter what the cause is, argan oil has got your back.

Softens and Smooths Beard Hair

Moisturizing goes hand-in-hand with a soft and smooth beard.

It’s simple, argan oil has impressive nourishing benefits that helps heal dry, brittle, and damaged hair. 

And it’s not just a temporary fix. 

Argan oil penetrates deep into the hair follicles — solving the problem from within. 

The best part? You can start to see results after only a few uses. 

Reduces Frizz and Split Ends

If you’ve got a big beard, you know how easy it can become wild.

Frizz, split ends, and environmental damage (like UV rays and pollution) all cause your beard to lose control.

And as badass as Vikings are, yanking a knot out of your beard certainly doesn’t feel badass.

Thankfully, a moisturized beard is one that’s easy to manage. And, as you know, argan oil is a powerful moisturizer. 

How Argan Oil Works for Beard Care

So, argan oil is filled with benefits, but how does it work? 

Let’s face it — nobody wants to promote hair growth, if the price is a greasy beard.

So, here’s how argan oil works in practice. 

Penetrates Hair Shaft

We mentioned it briefly, but let’s go into a bit more detail.

Part of the reason argan oil is such a well-rounded oil, with a wide range of benefits, is thanks to its ability to penetrate a hair shaft deeply. 

That helps it repair split ends, damaged hair, and control frizz. 

Absorbs Quickly

Most moisturizers sit on top of your beard. 

But not argan oil. 

Instead, argan oil sinks in quickly to your hair and skin — leaving your beard soft and smooth to the touch.

Oils that don’t absorb as quickly tend to be sticky. 

And does anyone really want a sticky beard? 

Non-Greasy Formula

“I want my beard to look oily,” said nobody. 

Seriously, nobody has ever said that. 

Thankfully, since argan oil absorbs so quickly, it leaves your hair free of any grease-like appearance. 

Instead, you’ll have that perfect shine that reflects the light just so elegantly. 

Protects from Environmental Damage

Environmental damage is a silent killer. 

Ok, maybe it’s not a killer, but it can hurt your beard. 

UV rays and pollution both turn your soft, gentle beard into a dry, prickly mess. 

And, again, nobody wants that. 

Luckily, argan oil is a natural protectant. 

For that reason, we recommend applying it in the morning — before you expose yourself to anything that could be potentially harmful to your beard.

You can learn more about how to apply argan oil below.

Tips on How to Use Argan Oil for Optimal Results

You’re starting to become an argan oil expert. 

You’ve learned, what it’s made of, what it does, and how it achieves those results. 

But, if you don’t know how to apply it, does it really matter

We’ll answer that for you, no. 

So, here’s how to use argan oil for the best results:

How Much To Use

First, you’ll want to start with how much argan oil to use.

Too much, and your beard will be sticky.

Too little, and you won’t receive the wealth of benefits.

So, how much argan oil should you use?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t one size fits all. 

Rather, the amount of argan oil you use in your beard depends on how big your beard is.

Here’s what we recommend:

Short BeardsA few drops are enough
Medium Length BeardsThree to four drops
Long BeardsMore than four drops

How to Apply Argan Oil

Now, it’s time to talk about exactly how to use argan oil. 

Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Wash Your Beard: Either take a shower or scrub your beard in the sink. Either way, be gentle! 
  1. Dry Your Beard: For shorter beards, pat them dry with a towel. For longer beards, you can dry it on the lowest setting of a hair dryer. Keep your beard damp as compared to completely dry.
  1. Apply Argan Oil: Now it’s the fun part. Drop the recommended amount of argan oil in the palms of your hands. Rub your hands together and gently massage it into your facial hair. 

You can also follow this same routine right before bed — letting the oil sit in your beard overnight. 

Frequency of Use

How often you use argan oil is very important. 

Just like how much you use, the frequency you use argan oil can leave your hair feeling greasy, or like nothing has changed. 

For best results, apply argan oil two to three times per week. 

However, keep your hair type in mind when thinking about how often you want to apply argan oil.

Dry or damaged hair requires more frequent treatment, while oily skin and hair requires less. 

Combining with Other Beard Care Products

Finally, you want to know how to use argan oil with other beard care products. 

Well, we certainly recommend it. That’s because typical facial hair products, like beard oil and balm, often include plenty of hydrators. That means, you’ve got double coverage.

In fact, one of the biggest benefits of using beard oil is a softer, smoother, and more moisturized beard. Learn more benefits here.

So, if you want a well-rounded beard care product that includes argan oil, look no further — what you’re searching for is right here

Comparison to Other Beard Care Products

As we just mentioned, a lot of beard oils (at least the good ones), include argan oil.

But how does argan oil alone compare to other ingredients for beard care?

Let’s check it out.

Chemical vs. Natural Products

Listen up, beardiful, because we’ll say this only once:

Natural is almost always better. 

Here are a few reasons why:

  • More sustainable: Carrier and essential oils, like argan oil, come from plant-based sources — making them vegan and eco-friendly.
  • Less irritating: Compared to harsh chemicals, like sulfates and parabens, natural ingredients are more gentle for your skin.
  • Better benefits: Many natural ingredients have a wealth of benefits. You can’t say the same about their chemical counterparts. 

For another high-powered moisturizer, check out coconut oil. We’re positive it’ll impress you.


When it comes to cost-effectiveness, argan oil is pricier than some of its competitors. 

For example, you can find tea tree oil (our favorite cost-effective choice) and peppermint oil (another great product) at a lower price.

Want to know more about tea tree oil? Find out how it compares to argan oil here

Or if peppermint tickles your fancy, learn more about the power of peppermint

Potential Side Effects and Precautions

A good rule of thumb is, if you’re putting it on your skin, learn the side effects. 

That way, on the low chance you experience one, you know where it’s coming from!

Here are some potential side effects of argan oil:

Allergic Reactions

While it’s less common than, say, a nut allergy, you just may be allergic to argan oil.

Common signs of an allergy are skin redness, discoloration, burning, or itching at the location of application. 

If you have an allergy, immediately wash the argan oil off your skin and consult your doctor. Seriously, you don’t want to mess around with a skin allergy.

Skin Sensitivity

If you have sensitive skin, argan oil might not agree with you.

If that’s the case, start using it slowly (only once or twice per week), until you’re sure it’s safe for your skin. 

And, of course, if you have irritation when using argan oil, discontinue use immediately.

Purchasing and Storing Argan Oil

You may not be aware, but the way you’re storing your beard care products influences their effectiveness. 

So, how should you store argan oil?

Choosing a High-Quality Product

Well, before we get into storing it, it’s important to purchase a high-quality, natural argan oil. 

We recommend 100% pure argan oil for the best possible results. 

Alternatively, you want an authentic product. These are often imported from Morrocco (where it’s indigenous). 

How To Store Argan Oil

If you want your argan oil to stay as potent as possible, keep it in a dark glass bottle. 

Transparent bottles let light in, which breaks down the argan oil, making it less effective. 

And what’s the point of beard oil that doesn’t work?

Thankfully, most high-quality argan oil that you buy comes in a proper type of bottle. 


So, if you’re trying to grow healthier facial hair, pick up some argan oil. 

You’ll notice it becomes softer, smoother, thicker, and less itchy. 

And what’s not to like about that?

You can also pick up an argan oil-infused beard oil for a wonderful scent along with all these benefits.

Lucky for you, all our beard oils at Mission Beard include argan oil. No pressure, but take a look at the store – you’re missing out.

Alex Cutler
Alex is the owner and Editor in Chief of Mission Beard. When he's not researching articles or creating badass beard care products with the MB Crew, you'll find him exploring the great outdoors, training BJJ, or in the pub with a good pint.

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