In our pursuit to help men Keep on Growing, we've formulated and developed products that help keep beards, hair, and skin healthy and looking awesome. And when it comes to our products, we are meticulous about the ingredients we use. We’re also 100% transparent about those ingredients, which is why we’ve detailed every single one in this glossary.

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ABYSSINIAN OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Oil

What it is: Abyssinian oil is extracted from the seeds of the Crambe Abyssinica plant, which is commonly found in tropical northeastern Africa.

Why we use it: Abyssinian oil is loaded with omega fatty acids and emollients that condition the skin. It helps soften and soothe skin while reinforcing the skin’s protective layer, helping to prevent dehydration. Abyssinian oil is non-greasy and adds instant shine, hydration, and protection to hair. Abyssinian oil is not known to impact the body’s natural production of DHT, making it an excellent essential oil for Beard Oil.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner Moisturizer

ACRYLATES CROSSPOLYMER-4

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Acrylates crosspolymer-4 is a commonly used safe-synthetic that acts as a thickening agent, texture enhancer, film-forming agent, and emulsifier in cosmetics and personal care products.

Why we use it: Acrylates crosspolymer-4 helps emulsify and thicken Beard Wash.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer is a commonly used safe-synthetic that acts as a thickening agent, texture enhancer, film-forming agent, and emulsifier in cosmetics and personal care products.

Why we use it: Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer gives Styling Balm that smooth, marshmallow texture.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

ACRYLATES/STEARETH-20 METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Acrylates/Steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer is a commonly used safe-synthetic that blends steareth-20 with one or more forms of methacrylic acid.

Why we use it: Acrylates/Steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer helps to thicken Beardbrand Shampoo.

EWG Score: 1-2

Vegan Safe Synthetic

ALGIN

Products we use it in: Conditioner, Shampoo

What it is: Algin, also known as alginic acid, is extracted from the cell walls of brown seaweed and is regularly used in food, medicine, and cosmetics.

Why we use it: Algin helps to thicken Shampoo and Conditioner, creating a smooth, spreadable, non-greasy texture.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Aminomethyl propranolol is an aliphatic alcohol used in cosmetic products to balance pH levels. Aminomethyl propanal receives criticism as a cosmetic ingredient because it can cause irritation, particularly in the eyes. However, studies have found aminomethyl propanol to be safe for use in quantities of 2% or less in cosmetic formulas. Beardbrand uses less than 1% aminomethyl propanol in Beardbrand Shampoo.

Why we use it: Aminomethyl propanol helps to make the pH levels of Beardbrand Shampoo similar to the skin’s pH. It also helps other beneficial ingredients penetrate the skin.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Organic Compound

ALOE VERA (ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE)

Products we use it in: Beard Wash, Beard Softener

What it is: Aloe vera is a clear gel harvested from the leaves of aloe vera plants that has been used for over 6,000 years.

Why we use it: Aloe vera soothes, softens, and hydrates the skin while combating excessive oil buildup, dandruff, and bacteria.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF POWDER

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Aloe barbadensis leaf powder is created by grinding dried aloe vera leaves. It has been used for centuries to treat sunburns, scrapes, cuts, rashes, and dry skin.

Why we use it: Aloe barbadensis leaf powder contains vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B4, and B12, as well as essential minerals including potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, iron, lithium, and copper. Aloe barbadensis leaf powder soothes, softens, and hydrates skin while combating excessive oil buildup, dandruff, and bacteria.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

APRICOT KERNEL OIL PEG-8 ESTERS

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Apricot kernel oil peg-8 esters are obtained by the transesterification of prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil and peg-8 (polymers of ethylene glycol). In other words, it’s created during the chemical reaction between apricot kernel oil and alcohol.

Why we use it: Apricot kernel oil peg-8 esters are absorbed quickly into the skin, providing nourishment and protection. They also have excellent solubilizing, dispersing, emulsifying, and lubricating properties.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

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BABASSU OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Oil

What it is: Babassu oil is a tropical oil extracted from the seeds of babassu palm trees.

Why we use it: Babassu oil is packed with antioxidants and healthy fats and is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin. It is lightweight, non-greasy, and absorbs quickly.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Behentrimonium chloride is an organic compound made from colza oil obtained from brassica rapa subsp. oleifera (the turnip rape plant). It has a wax-like consistency and is an effective conditioning ingredient.

Why we use it: Behentrimonium chloride conditions, detangles, fights static, softens, and helps to straighten hair. Because it’s plant-based, it doesn’t coat the hair. Instead, it penetrates the hair shaft and provides deeper conditioning.

EWG Score: 3-4

Vegan Organic Compound Conditioner

BEHENYL ALCOHOL

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Behenyl alcohol is an organic alcohol sourced from fruits and tea.

Why we use it: Behenyl alcohol helps to emulsify or blend the ingredients in Beardbrand Shampoo, while also helping the hair shafts retain moisture.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

BENZYL ALCOHOL

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Benzyl alcohol is an organic alcohol and preservative found in many fruits and teas.

Why we use it: Benzyl alcohol is used as a preservative in select fragrance blends of Beardbrand Beard Wash.

EWG Score: 4-6

Vegan Naturally Derived

BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner, Utility Balm

What it is: Shea butter is extracted from the fruit of shea trees and is rich in Vitamin A and E.

Why we use it: Shea butter helps to restore skin elasticity and has been shown to relieve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis while protecting skin and hair against environmental damage.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) OIL

Products we use it in: Conditioner, Shampoo

What it is: Shea oil is obtained through the filtration of shea butter.

Why we use it: Shea oil helps to restore skin elasticity and has been shown to relieve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps protect hair against environmental damage.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

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CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE

Products we use it in: Utility Bar

What it is: Caprylic/Capric triglycerides are fatty acids that were separated from coconut or palm kernel oils. These emollients help soften and condition the skin.

Why we use it: Caprylic/Capric triglycerides help give the Utility Bar a silky smooth feel and allow the ingredients in the Utility Bar to penetrate the skin while creating a light, non-greasy protective barrier on the surface.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

CAPRYLYL/CAPRYL GLUCOSIDE

Products we use it in: White Line and Silver Line Beard Wash

What it is: Caprylyl/Capryl glucoside is a solubilizer and non-ionic surfactant derived from raw, all-natural vegetables such as coconut and fruit sugars.

Why we use it: Caprylyl/Capryl glucoside is used in White Line and Silver Line Beard Wash to create a stronger lather and remove dirt from the beard and face.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Balm

What it is: Caprylyl glycol is naturally derived from caprylic acid found in coconut milk. It’s often used in cosmetics as a humectant and preservative.

Why we use it: Caprylyl glycol has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which help Beardbrand products maintain their freshness. As a humectant, it also helps the skin retain moisture.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

CAPRYLOYL/CAPROYL METHYL GLUCAMIDE

Products we use it in: Gold Line Beard Wash

What it is: Capryloyl/Caproyl methyl glucamide is a surfactant derived from coconut and palm oils.

Why we use it: Capryloyl/Caproyl methyl glucamide helps Gold Line Beard Wash create a light, fluffy foam that is easy to rinse out of your beard.

Vegan Naturally Derived

CERA FLAVA/CERA ALBA

Products we use it in: Mustache Wax, Utility Balm

What it is: Cera Flava and Cera Alba are types of beeswax produced by bees. Cera Flava is yellow wax that comes directly from the honeycomb. Cera Alba is white beeswax created by bleaching yellow beeswax.

Why we use it: Beeswax helps to form a light barrier on the skin, allowing it to retain moisture.

EWG Score: 1

Naturally Occurring Conditioner

CETEARETH-25

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Ceteareth-25 is made from cetearyl alcohol and is commonly used as an emulsifier and surfactant in cosmetics.

Why we use it: Ceteareth-25 helps mix the water and oils in Beardbrand Styling Balm, creating a thicker and smoother texture. It also helps disperse all of the ingredients throughout the mixture.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Derived

CETEARYL ALCOHOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner, Styling Balm

What it is: Cetearyl alcohol is fatty alcohol sourced from vegetables. At room temperature, cetearyl alcohol takes the form of a waxy white solid or flakes.

Why we use it: Cetearyl alcohol helps increase viscosity and emulsify the oils and water in Beardbrand Beard Softener, Styling Balm, and Conditioner.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Cetrimonium chloride is an ammonium salt commonly used in hair conditioners.

Why we use it: Cetrimonium chloride is excellent at conditioning, detangling, and softening hair, and has tremendous anti-static capabilities to help to mitigate flyaway hairs.

EWG Score: 3-4

Vegan Naturally Derived

CHITOSAN

Products we use it in: Conditioner, Shampoo

What it is: Chitosan is extracted from discarded shells or exoskeletons of shellfish, particularly shrimp. It is commonly used in medicine and cosmetic products.

Why we use it: Chitosan contains antioxidants, is antimicrobial, and helps simultaneously soften and strengthen hair fibers.

EWG Score: 1

Naturally Derived Potential Allergen:Shellfish

CITRIC ACID

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray, Shampoo

What it is: Citric acid is a pH adjusting acid that is widely found in plants.

Why we use it: Citric acid helps to adjust the pH levels of Beardbrand Shampoo and Sea Salt Spray while enhancing the activity of present antioxidants and preservatives.

EWG Score: 1-2

Vegan Naturally Derived

CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) SEED EXTRACT

Products we use it in: Beard Oil, Mustache Wax, Sea Salt Spray, Utility Balm

What it is: Citrus grandis seed extract is a natural preservative extracted from the seeds and pulps of citrus fruit.

Why we use it: Citrus grandis seed helps to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria, allowing Beardbrand products to stay fresh for longer.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Occurring

COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic fatty acid made from coconuts. It is a known allergen and can cause skin irritation if allergic, but is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics.

Why we use it: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a mild surfactant with good foaming and cleansing properties. It also helps thicken up Beardbrand Shampoo.

EWG Score: 1-6

Vegan Safe Synthetic

COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is a safe-synthetic surfactant derived from coconut oil.

Why we use it: Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine is a known foam booster that helps create a thicker lather in Beardbrand Beard Wash.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic Conditioner

COCONUT GLUCOSIDE

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner, Shampoo

What it is: Coconut glucoside is a natural surfactant produced by the chemical reaction between glucose and coconut oil.

Why we use it: Coconut glucoside helps smooth out the hair structure, making hair more manageable and easier to style.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

COCONUT ALCOHOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Coconut alcohol is a mixture of fatty acids derived from coconut acid.

Why we use it: Coconut alcohol helps to create a thicker texture in Beardbrand Beard Softener, while the high fatty acid content helps to bolster the skin’s defensive barrier by locking in moisture.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Utility Bar

What it is: Cocos nucifera oil is a hypoallergenic oil extracted from the kernels of coconut palm seeds and is similar to coconut oil used for cooking.

Why we use it: Cocos nucifera oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties and is known to soothe dry skin, discourage dandruff, and help prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn. Additionally, it helps skin stay moisturized by preventing water loss through the skin’s pores.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

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DECYL GLUCOSIDE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Decyl glucoside is a biodegradable, gentle surfactant that doesn’t dry out the skin. Decyl glucoside is obtained from renewable plant-based raw materials.

Why we use it: Decyl glucoside creates more lather in Beardbrand Shampoo while gently cleansing the scalp.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

DIHYDROXYPROPYL PEG-5 LINOLEAMMONIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Dihydroxypropyl peg-5 linoleammonium chloride is a vegetable-derived long alkyl chain cationic designed for hair care applications.

Why we use it: Dihydroxypropyl peg-5 linoleammonium chloride helps lubricate, detangle, and remove static from hair, making it a key ingredient in Beardbrand Conditioner.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXACAPRYLATE/HEXACAPRATE

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate is a mixture of fatty acids that is used to emulsify and thicken cosmetic products.

Why we use it: Dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate helps blend the ingredients in Beardbrand Styling Balm to create a thicker product that feels good on the skin and hair.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

DISODIUM EDTA

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Disodium EDTA is an odorless crystalline powder that is visually similar to salt.

Why we use it: Disodium EDTA helps create a richer lather in Beardbrand Beard Softener and Conditioner. Additionally, EDTA catalyzes metal ions, which can be present in any water-based system. This helps Beardbrand Beard Softener and Conditioner maintain freshness and foaming power.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

DISTEARETH-75 IPDI

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Disteareth-75 IPDI is a safe synthetic ingredient used in cosmetic products and soaps to help thicken formulations and improve pouring ability.

Why we use it: Disteareth-75 IPDI helps increase the viscosity of Beardbrand Beard Wash.

EWG Score: 3

Vegan Safe Synthetic

DL‐PANTHENOL

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: DL-panthenol is a natural, plant-based form of vitamin B5 with known moisturizing and softening properties for hair.

Why we use it: DL-panthenol is excellent at penetrating and adhering to hair shafts and preventing split ends. Those deep-penetrating characteristics help Beardbrand Conditioner lock in moisture and protect hair from damage.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

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ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Balm

What it is: Ethylhexylglycerin is a conditioning agent and preservative derived from vegetable oil.

Why we use it: Ethylhexylglycerin helps keep natural products fresh while providing additional conditioning properties.

EWG Score: 2

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

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GELLAN GUM

Products we use it in: Conditioner, Shampoo

What it is: Gellan gum is a naturally occurring, vegan food additive and cosmetic ingredient produced by the bacterium Sphingomonas elodea.

Why we use it: Gellan gum helps to emulsify and stabilize Beardbrand Shampoo and Conditioner so that the products don’t change with temperature fluctuations.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring

GLYCERETH-26

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Glycereth-26 is a polyethylene glycol ether of glycerin commonly used in cosmetic products to emulsify the formulation. The number 26 indicates the thickness of the glycereth.

Why we use it: Glycereth-26 helps emulsify Beardbrand Styling Balm, creating a uniform product.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic Conditioner

GLYCERIN

Products we use it in: Beard Oil, Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Glycerin is a naturally occurring substance found in both animal fat and vegetables—including human skin. Glycerin is a known humectant that attracts moisture out of the air and is commonly used in cosmetic products due to its lubricating and conditioning abilities. Glycerin is also an effective carrier oil and is often paired with other skin-softening ingredients because it helps evenly distribute them throughout the formulation.

Why we use it: Beardbrand uses vegetable-based glycerin. Glycerin is used in trace amounts as a carrier oil in Beardbrand Beard Oil and Sea Salt Spray, helping disperse the natural preservative, grapefruit seed extract, throughout the product. In Beardbrand Beard Wash, Beard Softener, and Conditioner, glycerin is used for its ability to lock in moisture.

EWG Score: 1-2

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Glycine soja (soybean) oil is obtained from soybeans.

Why we use it: Glycine soja (soybean) oil contains a significant amount of essential amino acids and is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, all of which help maintain hydration, promote healthy hair, and repair damage.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

GLYCOL DISTEARATE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Glycol distearate is an emulsifying ingredient derived from vegetable oils.

Why we use it: Glycol distearate helps emulsify Beardbrand Shampoo as well as give it its pearly white color.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

GLYCOLIC ACID

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Glycolic acid is a clear, odorless liquid derived from sugarcane that is often used in skin serums and hair products.

Why we use it: Glycolic acid in Beardbrand Beard Softener and Conditioner helps to strengthen and protect hair by conditioning, moisturizing, and preventing breakage. It helps reduce friction on hair shafts, making it easier to comb and style. Glycolic acid also helps exfoliate and moisturize the skin beneath your hair and beard.

EWG Score: 1-4

Vegan Naturally Occurring

GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is a water-soluble organic compound that is derived from guar gum.

Why we use it: Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride has positively-charged guar ions that neutralize negative charges on hair strands. This helps remove static from hair, allowing it to be smooth and soft without feeling heavy or weighed down.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Organic Compound Conditioner

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HEXYLENE GLYCOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Balm

What it is: Hexylene glycol is a colorless liquid produced from the hydrogenation of diacetone alcohol.

Why we use it: Hexylene glycol helps combine ingredients, making products more spreadable and easier to use.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring

HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL / SEBACIC ACID COPOLYMER

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Hydrogenated castor oil / sebacic acid copolymer is a derivative of the reaction between hydrogenated castor oil and sebacic acid.

Why we use it: Hydrogenated castor oil / sebacic acid copolymer helps repair hair cuticles that have been damaged through coloring, bleaching, perming, or thermal (heat) straightening.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Hydrolyzed jojoba esters are a mixture of free fatty acids, free fatty alcohols, and wax esters that are derived from jojoba oil.

Why we use it: Hydrolyzed jojoba esters in Beardbrand Shampoo help reduce frizz in hair while also improving the hair’s appearance, shine, and softness.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Hydroxyethylcellulose is a plant-derived amino acid obtained from cellulose—the natural sugar found in the cell walls of plants.

Why we use it: Hydroxyethylcellulose helps make Beard Softener and Conditioner thicker.

EWG Score: 1

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ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Isopropyl alcohol is a type of secondary alcohol used in a variety of sanitary and cosmetic products.

Why we use it: A small amount of isopropyl alcohol is used in Beardbrand Conditioner to help mix the oil and water in the formulation. Isopropyl alcohol also penetrates hair shafts, allowing more beneficial ingredients to be absorbed by the hair.

EWG Score: 2

Vegan Naturally Derived

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KAOLINITE CLAY

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Kaolinite clay is a layered silicate clay mineral that forms from the chemical weathering of feldspar or other aluminum silicate minerals.

Why we use it: Kaolinite clay is rich in minerals and nutrients. It softens hair, helps with detangling, and enhances the natural curl pattern of hair. When combined with water, kaolinite clay binds to toxins and helps eliminate them from the skin and hair.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring

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LANOLIN

Products we use it in: Mustache Wax, Utility Balm

What it is: Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals.

Why we use it: Lanolin helps protect skin from the elements and retain moisture by forming a protective barrier on the surface.

EWG Score: 1

Naturally Occurring Conditioner

LANOLIN WAX

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Lanolin wax is a yellow waxy solid that has been separated from lanolin.

Why we use it: Lanolin wax adds thickness and stability to Beardbrand Styling Balm while creating a nice, smooth finish to the balm.

EWG Score: 1

Naturally Occurring Conditioner

LAURETH-4

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Laureth-4 is made by adding ethylene oxide to lauryl alcohol obtained from lauric acid found in palm kernel oil or coconut oil. Laureth-4 is a transparent, colorless synthetic polymer often used for enhancing the texture of products.

Why we use it: Laureth-4 enhances the way that Beardbrand Shampoo feels in your hand and on your scalp while also providing added cleansing and antistatic benefits.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Safe Synthetic

LAURYL BETAINE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Lauryl betaine is a clear or yellow liquid derived from vegetables commonly used in shampoos.

Why we use it: Lauryl betaine is a mild cleanser that helps create the lather in Beardbrand Beard Wash, allowing it to easily cut through oil and dirt without being harsh on the skin.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

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MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (DEAD SEA SALT)

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Magnesium chloride is salt obtained from the Dead Sea.

Why we use it: Magnesium chloride contains 21 essential minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, and potassium that nourish and strengthen hair follicles.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring

MAGNESIUM SULFATE (EPSOM SALT)

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Magnesium sulfate, commonly known as epsom salt, is a salt compound made up of magnesium, sulfate, and oxygen.

Why we use it: Magnesium sulfate adds volume and light hold to hair and has been shown to enhance the natural curl pattern in hair while resisting high levels of humidity.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER

Products we use it in: Utility Balm, Utility Bar

What it is: Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter is the oil extracted from the pits of mangos and has a soft, creamy feel at room temperature.

Why we use it: Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter is packed with vitamins A, E, C, several B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, calcium, and potassium that help seal in moisture on the skin and in hair follicles.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) EXTRACT

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Mentha piperita (peppermint) extract is an herbal blend made from the oil of peppermint leaves.

Why we use it: Mentha piperita (peppermint) extract contains menthol, which generates a cooling sensation while also prolonging the rate at which hair reaches the terminal phase and falls out.

EWG Score: 4

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

MIXED TOCOPHEROLS

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Mixed tocopherols are a blend of several different types of vitamin E derived from vegetable oils.

Why we use it: The mixed tocopherols in Beardbrand Conditioner help to moisturize hair and protect it from UV-induced and pollution-related free radical damage.

EWG Score: 1

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NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate is an ester of neopentyl glycol and a blend of caprylic, pelargonic, and capric acids.

Why we use it: Neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate has a light, smooth feel that gives a satin finish to Beardbrand Styling Balm.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

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PANTHENOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Panthenol, commonly known as vitamin B5, is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid.

Why we use it: Panthenol attracts moisture from the air, which helps hair retain moisture, prevents dehydration in cells, and adds shine, softness, and strength to hair strands.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

PALM KERNEL ACID

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Palm kernel acid is a natural blend of fatty acids derived from palm oil.

Why we use it: Palm kernel acid is used in Beardbrand Beard Wash. It is loaded with Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and antioxidants that help moisturize your beard without leaving it feeling greasy.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Moisturizer

PEG‐40 CASTOR OIL

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: PEG-40 castor oil is derived from the seeds of the castor oil plant.

Why we use it: PEG-40 castor oil attracts water to the hair, helping restore hydration. It also helps thicken the formulation of Beardbrand Conditioner, resulting in a smoother, creamier texture.

EWG Score: 2-4

Vegan Safe Synthetic

PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL

Products we use it in: Conditioner, Styling Balm

What it is: PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is a non-ionic, ethoxylated polyethylene glycol ester made from castor oil.

Why we use it: PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil has a multitude of functions, including emulsifying, cleansing, and enhancing spreadability.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Safe Synthetic

PEG-8 BEESWAX

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: PEG-8 beeswax is created by a chemical reaction between beeswax and ethylene glycol.

Why we use it: PEG-8 beeswax helps emulsify the oil and water in Beardbrand Styling Balm, creating the smooth, marshmallow-like texture of the balm.

EWG Score: 1-3

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PENTACLETHRA MACROLOBA (PRACAXI FRUIT) SEED OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Pracaxi fruit seed oil is an extract from the seeds of pentaclethra macroloba tree fruit.

Why we use it: The pentaclethra macroloba (pracaxi fruit) seed oil in Beardbrand Beard Softener is rich in oleic, linoleic, and behenic acid, which are all great for detangling, strengthening, and adding shine to beard hair.

EWG Score: 1

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PENTYLENE GLYCOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Pentylene glycol is a synthetic, clear liquid derived from sugar sources.

Why we use it: Pentylene glycol in Beardbrand Beard Softener helps prevent dry skin and beardruff by retaining moisture in the skin and beard hair.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

PHENOXYETHANOL

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Balm

What it is: Phenoxyethanol is an aromatic alcohol used in cosmetic products primarily as a preservative.

Why we use it: Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in trace amounts of less than 1% in Beardbrand Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, and Styling Balm.

EWG Score: 2-4

Vegan Safe Synthetic

POLYGLYCERYL-4 LAURATE/SUCCINATE

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate is derived from glycerin and lauric acid.

Why we use it: Polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate helps mix the oils and water in Beardbrand Deodorant.

EWG Score: 1

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POLYQUATERNIUM-72

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Polyquaternium-72 is the polymeric quaternary ammonium salt of hydroxyethylcellulose reacted with a coco-alkyl dimethyl ammonium substitute epoxide.

Why we use it: Polyquaternium-72 in Beardbrand Styling Balm helps set hair in place and retain memory, reduces static and frizz, and doesn’t affect the feel or shine of the hair.

EWG Score: 1

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POTASSIUM CITRATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Potassium citrate is the potassium salt of citric acid.

Why we use it: Potassium citrate is used in Beardbrand Beard Wash to balance pH levels and stabilize ion reactivity from metal compounds found in water.

EWG Score: 1

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POTASSIUM COCOATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Potassium cocoate is the potassium salt of coconut fatty acid.

Why we use it: Potassium cocoate boosts the foaming ability of Beardbrand Beard Wash and provides natural cleansing and conditioning for your beard hair and skin.

EWG Score: 1

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POTASSIUM PALM KERNELATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Potassium palm kernelate is the potassium salt of the fatty acids in palm kernel oil.

Why we use it: Potassium palm kernelate helps emulsify Beardbrand Beard Wash while also providing cleansing and hydrating power.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

POTASSIUM OLEATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Potassium oleate is a salt of oleic acid.

Why we use it: Potassium oleate helps emulsify Beardbrand Beard Wash while also providing cleansing powers.

EWG Score: 1

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POTASSIUM SORBATE

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Potassium sorbate is a synthetically-produced salt derived from sorbic acid and potassium hydroxide.

Why we use it: Potassium sorbate acts as a preservative in Beardbrand Sea Salt Spray.

EWG Score: 2

Vegan Safe Synthetic

PROPYLENE GLYCOL

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Propylene glycol was initially created as a synthetic byproduct of petroleum and versions of it can be found in a variety of products, from cosmetics and grooming products to frozen foods, anti-freeze, and e-cigarettes. Beardbrand uses an eco-friendly plant-based propylene glycol that is considered safe for use by the FDA. Like all plant-based ingredients, propylene glycol is a known allergen. It is estimated that between .8 and 3.5% of people have a skin allergy to it.

Why we use it: Propylene glycol is used as the base ingredient in Beardbrand Deodorant. It is an excellent base ingredient for natural deodorant because it attracts water and soaks up underarm wetness while simultaneously having the ability to maintain hydration in the skin and increase smoothness. Because propylene glycol is so smooth, it makes application easier than baking soda deodorants.

EWG Score: 2-3

Vegan Safe Synthetic Conditioner

PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL

Products we use it in: Utility Balm, Utility Bar

What it is: Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil is an odorless oil pressed from the seeds of apricots.

Why we use it: Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins. It has been proven to help relieve common skin ailments, including dry skin, dandruff, and acne. The nourishing and protective properties have also been shown to help soothe eczema. Apricot oil absorbs quickly into the skin and hair without leaving a greasy residue, making it a powerhouse hydrating ingredient in Beardbrand Utility Balm and Utility Bars.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Moisturizer

PRUNUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL

Products we use it in: Utility Bar

What it is: Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil is an oil extracted from almonds through cold-pressing. Cold-pressing yields a higher quality of oil than heat extraction.

Why we use it: Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil is a natural source of vitamin E, which promotes skin renewal. It penetrates quickly into the skin and can be used to gently dislodge dirt, sweat, and other impurities from pores and hair follicles. It has been shown to be an excellent remedy for eczema and psoriasis. It even has the ability to prevent acne due to the vitamin A content it possesses. When applied to the hair, it restores the protective oil barrier, adds shine, and softens the entire hair shaft.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner Potential Allergen:Nuts

PVP

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Polyvinylpyrrolidone, abbreviated to PVP, is a versatile, water-soluble polymer used in a wide variety of cosmetic and grooming products.

Why we use it: In addition to emulsifying and stabilizing Beardbrand Styling Balm, PVP forms a film over the hair shaft, which helps to lock it in place.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Pyrus Malus (apple) fruit extract is simply the extract from the fruit of Pyrus Malus trees, also known as paradise apples or common apples.

Why we use it: Pyrus Malus (apple) fruit extract is packed with proteins, starch, sugars, fatty acids, and vitamins that give it excellent moisturizing properties. Apple fruit extract also contains biotin, which can help strengthen the roots of your beard hair.

EWG Score: 1

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RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Oil, Utility Bar

What it is: Ricinus Communis (castor) oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing the beans of the Ricinus Communis (castor) plant.

Why we use it: Ricinus Communis (castor) oil is an incredibly versatile oil and key ingredient in Beardbrand Beard Oil and Utility Bars. When used in Beardbrand Beard Oil, castor oil helps lubricate hair shafts, which increases flexibility and decreases the risk of hair breakage. When used regularly, this helps keep your beard healthy and moisturized. It also has the ability to improve circulation to the hair follicle and promote hair growth. Castor oil is rich in fatty acids and has the ability to preserve moisture in the skin, helping reduce the risk of dandruff (or beardruff) in your beard. Lastly, castor oil is packed with antimicrobial and antifungal properties that keep skin clean and fend off bacterial growth and has even been shown to reduce psoriasis.

EWG Score: 2

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SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Saccharomyces ferment comes from the fermentation of vegetable feedstock and is an essential ingredient in many natural deodorants.

Why we use it: In Beardbrand Deodorant, saccharomyces ferment contains naturally-occurring, live enzymes that break down sweat molecules and effectively fight both odor and wetness. The enzymes use bacteria and ammonia to make amino acids. The yeast enzymes help increase cellular respiration and metabolism to improve structural proteins such as collagen and elastin, aiding in keeping underarms smooth and hydrated.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL

Products we use it in: Beard Oil, Mustache Wax, Utility Balm

What it is: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) oil is a liquid wax derived from jojoba beans. Jojoba plants help prevent arid climates from becoming deserts, and it has the ability to do the same for your hair and skin.

Why we use it: Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) oil is one of the best moisturizing and hydrating oils available. Jojoba oil has a similar chemical structure as sebum (the oil your body produces naturally), making it a perfect ingredient for Beardbrand Beard Oil, Mustache Wax, and Utility Balm. Jojoba oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and is generally considered to be great for all skin types. With use over time, it can soften skin and hair without clogging pores.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring Conditioner

SODIUM BENZOATE

Products we use it in: Sea Salt Spray

What it is: Sodium benzoate is a salt of benzoic acid, found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Why we use it: In Beardbrand Sea Salt Spray, sodium benzoate acts as a preservative in the aloe barbadensis leaf powder used in the formulation. This helps the aloe maintain its integrity when mixed with the other ingredients and prevents bacteria from forming.

EWG Score: 1-3

Vegan Safe Synthetic

SODIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Sodium chloride is nothing more than good old-fashioned table salt.

Why we use it: Sodium chloride is used as a thickener in Beardbrand Beard Wash. It also softens the water in your beard hair and helps the Beard Wash rinse out easily.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Occurring

SODIUM COCOYL GLYCINATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash

What it is: Sodium cocoyl glycinate is an amino acid based surfactant typically derived from combining the fatty acids found in coconuts with the amino acid, glycine.

Why we use it: In Beardbrand Beard Wash, sodium cocoyl glycinate creates a gentle, creamy lather that doesn’t dry out or irritate the skin.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

SODIUM HYDROXIDE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash, Beard Softener, Conditioner, Styling Balm

What it is: Sodium hydroxide is commonly known as lye and is an essential ingredient in soap making that dates back to the first soaps made in Mesopotamia.

Why we use it: A small amount of sodium hydroxide is used in Beardbrand Beard Wash, Beard Softener, Conditioner, and Styling Balm to adjust the pH levels of the products.

EWG Score: 1-4

Vegan Safe Synthetic

SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate is a water-soluble and sulfate-free surfactant derived from coconuts.

Why we use it: In Beardbrand Shampoo, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate helps dislodge and wash away dirt and grease from the scalp and hair shafts. Because of the large molecule size, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate does not penetrate and irritate the scalp.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE

Products we use it in: Shampoo

What it is: Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate is a soft, white paste derived from coconut fatty acid.

Why we use it: Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate is used in Beardbrand Shampoo as an ideal replacement for sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and helps degrease and clean the hair and scalp without irritating the skin. Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate is hard water tolerant, helping Beardbrand Shampoo foam and lather up in hard and soft water.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

SODIUM PHOSPHATE

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Sodium phosphate is an umbrella term for multiple combinations of sodium and phosphate

Why we use it: Sodium phosphate is used in Beardbrand Beard Softener to emulsify, thicken, and maintain the pH balance in the formula.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

SODIUM STEARATE

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Sodium phosphate is an umbrella term for multiple combinations of sodium and phosphate.

Why we use it: Sodium phosphate is used in Beardbrand Beard Softener to emulsify, thicken, and maintain the pH balance in the formula.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

SORBITAN OLEATE DECYLGLUCOSIDE CROSSPOLYMER

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Sorbitan oleate decylglucoside crosspolymer is the cross-linked polymer formed by the reaction of Decyl Glucoside with 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol, which is then reacted with Sorbitan Oleate. It is made from100% bio-based raw materials.

Why we use it: Sorbitan oleate decylglucoside crosspolymer is used in Beardbrand Deodorant as a solubilizer, allowing the fragrance to be evenly dispersed throughout the gel stick.

EWG Score: 1

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STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE

Products we use it in: Conditioner

What it is: Stearalkonium chloride is a cationic quaternary ammonium salt derived from stearic acid found in plants.

Why we use it: Stearalkonium chloride is used in Beardbrand Conditioner because of its ability to reduce static and tangling in hair while boosting the hair’s shininess. It also has antimicrobial properties that extend the shelf life of Beardbrand Conditioner. A final report on the safety of stearalkonium chloride found it to be safe for use in concentrations of 5% or less in Conditioners. Beardbrand uses less than 5% stearalkonium chloride.

EWG Score: 5

Vegan Naturally Derived

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TAPIOCA STARCH

Products we use it in: Deodorant

What it is: Tapioca starch is a flour-like powder obtained from the roots of cassava plants.

Why we use it: Tapioca starch helps Beardbrand Deodorant absorb sweat while respecting the body's natural perspiration.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

TETRASODIUM EDTA

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Tetrasodium EDTA is the salt resulting from the neutralization of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.

Why we use it: Tetrasodium EDTA is used in Beardbrand Styling Balm because it helps inactivate mineral ions present in water throughout the formulation process. Additionally, it allows Styling Balm to maintain a longer shelf life by preventing mold and other microorganisms from growing.

EWG Score: 2

Vegan Safe Synthetic

TETRASODIUM GLUTAMATE DIACETATE

Products we use it in: Beard Wash, Shampoo

What it is: Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate is a biodegradable liquid chelating agent and preservative booster that is made from plant material.

Why we use it: Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate is used in Beardbrand Beard Wash and Shampoo because it softens water, creating more suds and cleansing power. It also boosts the power of the preservatives, allowing for longer shelf life.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER

Products we use it in: Utility Balm, Utility Bar

What it is: Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, commonly known as cocoa butter, is made from the pods of the cacao tree nut. The seeds are then fermented to remove bitterness and are rendered into a creamy butter.

Why we use it: Cocoa butter (theobroma cacao seed butter) is a stable, non-greasy butter used in Beardbrand Utility Balm and Utility Bars as a moisturizing agent. Cocoa butter is packed with Vitamin E, which helps fade scarring, boosts collagen production, and helps improve skin tone. With a melting point right below the average temperature range of the human body, Cocoa butter melts on contact while staying solid on your shelf. It has the ability to strengthen hair and also potentially help ease dry skin and other ailments including eczema and dermatitis.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived

TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E)

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Conditioner

What it is: Tocopherols are closely related compounds found in wheat germ oil, egg yolk, and leafy vegetables. Collectively, tocopherols make up what is known as vitamin E.

Why we use it: Tocopherol is used in Beardbrand Beard Softener and Conditioner because of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may help repair scalp damage and encourage healthy hair growth.

EWG Score: 1

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TRIBEHENIN

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Tribehenin is a triglyceride of glycerin and behenic acid, a naturally-occurring long-chain fatty acid.

Why we use it: Tribehenin in Beardbrand Styling Balm helps create a thicker product with a smooth and pleasant texture. Tribehenin also acts as a humectant, keeping moisture locked in and adding a slight conditioning boost to the Styling Balm.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Naturally Derived Conditioner

TRIDECYL STEARATE

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Tridecyl stearate is a chemical compound that takes the form of a clear, oily liquid.

Why we use it: Tridecyl stearate is used in Beardbrand Styling Balm to emulsify and thicken the formula while providing a soft, velvety texture to the finished product.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE

Products we use it in: Styling Balm

What it is: Tridecyl trimellitate is the ester of tridecyl alcohol and trimellitic acid. It’s a viscous, thick liquid with low toxicity used in a wide range of skin and hair care products.

Why we use it: Tridecyl trimellitate is used in Beardbrand Styling Balm to blend, thicken, and add a touch of stickiness to the product.

EWG Score: 1

Vegan Safe Synthetic

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VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL

Products we use it in: Utility Balm

What it is: Vitis Vinifera (grape) seed oil is an odorless oil processed from the seeds of grapes and is usually extracted by cold-pressing or expeller pressing. Grape seed oil is lighter than coconut and olive oil, and doesn’t leave hair or skin feeling greasy.

Why we use it: Vitis Vinifera (grape) seed oil is used in Beardbrand Utility Bars. Grape seed oil has the ability to soften, smooth and condition skin and hair while preventing frizz, split ends, and brittleness. Grape seed oil can help treat acne, eczema, and dermatitis. It also has the ability to help reduce the appearance of age spots, relieve the sting of sunburns, diminish wrinkles and stretch marks, and even minimize excessive oil production in oily skin.

EWG Score: 1

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WATER

Products we use it in: Beard Softener, Beard Wash, Conditioner, Deodorant, Sea Salt Spray, Shampoo, Styling Balm

What it is: Good old H20. Agua. The source of life.

Why we use it: Water is used in the formulation of a variety of Beardbrand products to help blend, emulsify, and create products that are easier to pour.

EWG Score: 1

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XANTHAN GUM

Products we use it in: Beard Softener

What it is: Xanthan gum is produced by fermenting simple sugars. It is a common food and cosmetic additive due to its ability to make water more viscous.

Why we use it: Xanthan gum is used in Beardbrand Beard Softener because it can hold water, helping beard hair retain moisture.

EWG Score: 1

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