Since releasing our men’s range of organic skincare products, we’ve had lots of interest in our beard oil. (And we’ve also seen some fine Scottish beards, we might add!) But, we meet many customers who are unfamiliar with what beard oil actually does. So, we thought it’d be helpful to explain a bit about what beard oil does and how to use it here.
What does beard oil do?
Beard oil is a conditioning leave-in oil that keeps your beard soft, full and manageable, while promoting healthy facial hair growth. It hydrates and moisturises the skin beneath your beard to stop it getting dry, cracked or itchy. Soaps and face washes can strip away the natural oils found in your skin, and beard oils help to replace these for healthy facial growth.
A good beard oil:
- Repairs split ends
- Prevents the growth of wild hairs
- Encourages your beard hair to grow strong and fast
- Eliminates dandruff
- Heals, nourishes and reduces inflammation on the skin beneath your beard
- Gives your beard a healthy shine
Beard oils contain wonderful blends of aromatic essential oils, which can relax you and significantly improve your mood – making applying beard oil a lovely moment of self-care.
We’ve added therapeutic essential oils like amyris, cedarwood, frankincense, lavender, peppermint and rosemary to our organic beard oils.
Does beard oil work?
Yes, it does – although it depends what you mean by ‘work’. Beard oil is not going to help you miraculously grow the perfect beard overnight. But what it does do is improve the overall health of your beard and the skin beneath it so that strong growth is possible.
Here’s how beard oil helps you maintain a fuller beard:
- It makes your beard less itchy, so you will shave less – meaning your beard can grow unimpeded
- It reduces breakage and split ends – allowing your beard hair to grow quicker
- It stimulates hair growth through the act of massaging the oil into your beard
- It enhances collagen production as the organic oils are packed with vitamins, helping you grow a richer, fuller, healthier beard
How to use beard oil
For most beards, we recommend applying beard oil twice a day – once in the morning, and once before you go to bed. However, if your beard is particularly thick, you may only need to apply it once a day or less. See how your beard feels and adjust as needed.
We find beard oil to be particularly effective if applied after a bath or shower, as the steam opens your pores and allows more of the oil to be absorbed. If you’re not showering, you could splash warm water on your face before applying so that your skin is slightly damp.
Here’s how to apply your beard oil:
- Put 2–3 drops of oil in your hands using the pipette
- Spread the oil evenly over your palms and fingers
- Brush your palms along the sides of your beard, and then down the front
- Bring both hands up through the bottom of your beard
- Comb the oil through using a beard comb
Once applied, you can leave the beard oil in to work its magic.
Buy an organic beard oil today
Ready to try to beard oil for yourself? Buy our organic beard oil online or at our shop in Inveraray. It is handmade in Scotland with 100% pure essential oil and organic base ingredients.
One of our best-selling organic skincare products here at Purdie’s is without a doubt our face moisturiser. It’s been featured in magazines such as Scotland’s No 1 Magazine. But beyond being a high-quality organic face cream with exceptional healing benefits, one of its big draws is that it’s plastic-free. As we continue on our journey towards reusable packaging for all Purdie’s of Argyll products, we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you a little more about our eco-friendly face moisturiser and all its lovely benefits.
An organic face moisturiser in a glass jar
Our plastic-free moisturiser is made with certified organic ingredients including raspberry seed oil, rosehip oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.
It is available with different essential oil blends, such as:
- Frankincense and Rose
- Geranium, Lavender, Raspberry Leaf and Rosehip
- Natural (no essential oils)
- Patchouli, Raspberry Leaf, Rosehip and Sweet Orange
We have also recently launched some men’s blends, including:
- Amyris, Cedarwood and Frankincense
- Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary
All our moisturisers are packaged in heavy glass jars that can be recycled or reused once you’re finished – giving you a high-quality face cream without the guilt of buying plastics.
Why create a plastic-free moisturiser?
The whole team here at Purdie’s is fairly eco-minded, and this has crept naturally into the products we make. As always, we’ve listened to our customers as our range develops, and we know this is something you care about. The overuse of plastics is a serious issue for our health and environment. So, wherever possible, we are trying to phase out plastic packaging and replace it with reusable alternatives. Packaging our moisturiser in a glass jar is a simple, eco-friendly fix that keeps the product in excellent condition.
The skincare benefits of our eco-friendly face moisturiser
Our organic moisturiser is packed with nutrient-rich organic ingredients that provide a wealth of skincare benefits. Here are some of the main ways it can help your skin:
- Anti-inflammatory – The raspberry seed oil has high levels of alpha linolenic acid and phytosterols, which are effective against eczema and psoriasis. The fatty acids in the flaxseed oil also help to reduce inflammation, as do sunflower oil and shea butter.
- Anti-aging – Rosehip oil has marvellous anti-aging benefits thanks to its high levels of vitamin A and molecules that boost moisture and collagen levels deep within the skin. The antioxidants in raspberry seed oil also help with anti-aging.
- Smoothing and softening – The squalene in olive oil mimics your skin’s natural sebum to smooth and soften your skin. We also use shea butter, which has high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins to condition and smooth your skin.
- Healing for skin conditions – Flaxseed oil is particularly healing for skin conditions like rosacea, acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, as well as acne, redness and irritation. Many of the other ingredients in our organic moisturiser are also healing against skin conditions, including shea butter, sunflower oil and raspberry seed oil.
- Hydrating and nourishing – The fatty acids in cocoa butter improve the elasticity of your skin and provide hydration and nourishment.
- Conditioning and toning – Shea butter is effective for conditioning and toning the skin, especially on the face.
Where to buy our plastic-free face moisturiser
The more eagle-eyed among our loyal Purdie’s customers may have spotted some changes in our packaging recently. And you’re absolutely right. We are gradually changing our packaging to move away from plastics and towards more reusable alternatives. We’re really excited about this so we wanted to share with you a bit about what we’ve been doing.
Why move to reusable packaging?
Purdie’s has always been an eco-conscious brand. This is a big part of our driving force behind using only high-quality, certified organic ingredients. And while a lot of our packaging has always been recyclable or reusable, we ideally want to remove plastics wherever possible. So, we have been working on adding even more earth-friendly packaging for our products. Read on to find out the eco-friendly skincare packaging we’ve introduced.
What eco-friendly skincare packaging do we now use?
Compostable wrappers for our bars
All our organic Soap Bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars and shaving soap bars now come packaged in waxed butcher paper. This is not recyclable, but it can be composted - simply shred it up and pop it in your compost pile. There is no plastic in these wrappers.
Reusable glass pots for our skin creams and lip balms
Our organic face moisturiser and men’s organic face moisturiser come in heavy glass jars. Our organic lip balms come in frosted glass jars with a bamboo top. Once you’ve used up your product, you can either recycle the jars or find another use for them. You could fill them with toothpaste tablets, for example, or get crafty and use them as tealight holders.
Reusable tins for our body butters and body creams
Our organic bath salts, organic body butter, organic foot cream and organic hand cream all come in reusable blue metal kilner jars with clip tops. Again, once you’re done with your products, these can be reused! They are handy for storing small items like jewellery, or even holding small food items like sweets or nuts. Or, if you have any toiletries or creams that you’d like to decant into smaller containers, our metal tins can be useful for this too.
Glass over plastic wherever possible
We have opted for glass for a good portion of our skincare and beauty range, rather than plastic. All our aromatherapy rollers and organic lip glosses are in glass containers, for example. Not only is this a more eco-friendly option, but we think it gives our products the high-quality feel they deserve.
Why are our hand washes and body washes still in plastic?
Our hand washes, body washes and body lotions come in recyclable plastic bottles. This is still something we’re working on. However, as we add new products, we are staying away from plastics. We hope that, in time, we can offer a range that is completely plastic-free!
If you’d like to browse our range of organic, eco-friendly skincare products, head to our online shop or pop in to see us in Inveraray.
We know that there’s a lot of debate around whether ‘natural’ or organic skincare is better for your skin than synthetic products. In this blog, we share our thoughts on why high-quality organic skincare that’s free from manmade nasties is better for your skin any day.
Is organic skincare better?
For us, well-made organic skincare is just as effective as products containing synthetic ingredients. It also offers so much more than synthetic skincare. Organic ingredients nourish and heal your skin with a vibrant mix of naturally occurring nutrients, rather than messing with it using chemicals. But it’s not just about results. Organic skincare is also better for your overall health, better for your skin’s long-term health and better for the environment.
So, if these things matter to you, then yes: organic skincare is better.
The benefits of using organic skincare products
1. Organic skincare is better for your health
Since our skin is porous, it absorbs most of what we put on it. As such, if we use products containing parabens, phthalates or sodium lauryl sulphate (which a lot of synthetic skincare contains), these can end up in our bodies, with potential health implications.
The worrying thing is that many people don’t even know they’re putting these ingredients into their bodies. That’s the beauty of organic skincare – you can look at the ingredients list and see exactly what has gone into your product.
2. Organic skincare is better for your skin’s long-term health
The harshness of some synthetic ingredients can take its toll over time – especially if your skin is sensitive. You may find that the products work for a while, but then you start to experience problems like dryness, irritation, sensitivity, oiliness or clogged pores. Organic skincare doesn’t contain manmade nasties; it is gentle and genuinely healing for the skin.
Organic skincare lets you nourish your skin with vibrant, nutrient-rich ingredients that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Just as eating a diverse diet helps your body feel its best, treating your skin to all these organic goodies allows it to heal itself and restore balance. You simply don’t get this level of nutrition with synthetic skincare products.
Look at our organic body butter as an example. It contains organic beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and flaxseed oil. Beeswax is rich in vitamin A – it boosts cell reconstruction, has anti-inflammatory properties, and protects your skin without clogging your pores. Shea butter is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, E and F, which soften and heal the skin. Cocoa butter has vitamin E, which is naturally moisturising and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, as well as fatty acids that hydrate the skin and improve elasticity. Flaxseed oil reduces inflammation and balances the skin’s natural oils, making it beneficial for chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
There is a wealth of skincare benefits already present in these wonderful natural ingredients, which we believe is better for your skin than manmade ingredients any day.
3. Organic skincare is better for the environment
Organic skincare is made using ingredients that are free from pesticides, fertilisers, synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms, so it is much better for the environment.
The myth that organic skincare doesn’t work
In some circles, anything labelled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ gets a bad rap and is written off as ineffective. The truth is, knowledge about organic skincare ingredients has developed enormously in recent years. For us, being organic and eco-friendly is a lovely bonus. It’s the quality and skincare benefits of the organic ingredients that we care most about – we truly believe that organic ingredients enable us to make the best quality skincare.
Buy organic skincare from Scotland’s West Coast today
Here at Purdie’s, all our organic skincare and beauty products are made using Soil Association and COSMOS-certified ingredients.
If you have any questions about our products, get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Our three favourite feel-good Inveraray walks
When we’re not making organic skincare or running our wee Inveraray shop, there’s nothing we love more than a walk. We may stay close to town on a peaceful forest trail or lochside walk, or head into the nearby mountain range for a more gruelling challenge – it all depends how energetic we’re feeling! Whatever route we choose, Inveraray’s mix of natural beauty and historic sites always makes it a beautiful and interesting place to hike. So, pull on your walking boots, fill that flask with tea and get yourself out to see what Inveraray has to offer.
Here are three of our favourite Inveraray walks for you to explore:
The Inveraray forest circuit (easy)
This is a marvellous circular walking trail that starts and ends in Inveraray’s town centre and takes you past many of Inveraray’s main sites of interest. You start off at the car park (just off the main street), with beautiful views of Loch Fyne and the historic Dùn na Cuaiche tower. The walk then takes you up past Inveraray Castle before heading through an idyllic riverside forest track with waterfalls, via some lovely ornate bridges. As you walk uphill you get views of Loch Fyne, and on your way back down you walk through peaceful woodland. On your return journey you can head straight back or walk via the historic Inveraray Jail.
Here’s the walking route we recommend you use: walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/inveraray-forest.shtml
Once you’re back, you have Inveraray town centre to explore! We recommend our neighbours at The Chocolate Box for some delicious sweets. Or The George if you’re looking for a great place to eat with a focus on local produce. And of course we’ll be delighted if you pop in to see us and our organic skincare – we’re just at the top of Main Street West.
Dun Na Cuaiche woodland walk (fairly easy)
Dun Na Cuaiche is a hill and monument overlooking Inveraray. It is a wonderful walk if you’d like to get your body moving, get some height and enjoy uninterrupted views of Loch Fyne, Inveraray town and the castle. You’ll want appropriate footwear as this is a fairly steep climb via forest tracks. But, we promise, it’s well worth it! The climb always gets our blood flowing and we find walking through the aromatic woodland incredibly relaxing. As Inveraray walks go, this is one of the best short routes – it’s about 3 miles and should take you between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Be sure to give us a wave when you get to the top…
Here’s the walking route we recommend you use: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/dun-na-cuaiche.shtml
The Cobbler, Arrochar Alps (moderate)
Here’s one for the adventurers among you…
Just outside of Inveraray, you’ll find the Arrochar Alps mountain range – a group of 5 Munros and other peaks, including the famous Cobbler (also known as Ben Arthur). The Cobbler is a challenging but immensely rewarding walk, with spectacular views of Loch Long, Loch Fyne and the rest of the mountain range from the top. It generally takes 4-6 hours up and down – we took the full 6, of course! It is well worth the effort. We recommend starting early if the weather is hot, as the final climb up the ‘staircase’ or the more challenging ‘scramble’ is a real sting in the tail at the end of a long and gradual climb up the range.
Here’s the walking guide we recommend you use:
We hope you enjoy these three Inveraray walks as much as we do, and feel good for getting outside and hiking in nature. Just to remind you, the weather here on the West Coast of Scotland can be changeable, so be sure to pack your waterproof! You’ll also want plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and fuelled. And, if it’s summer, don’t forget your midge spray. You can get some at Purdie’s if you don’t have any.
Want to pick up some organic, cruelty-free skincare while you’re in Inveraray? Come visit us.
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