If you achieved the long and fulfilling task of growing a beard, it’s probably about time for you to start researching how to take care of it. You might wonder why this is necessary.
Hair is hair after all, right? Wrong.
This hair is on your face, and if you’re not careful, it will become dry and pokey, which is certainly not ideal.
You might be convinced that you need to take measures in making your beard healthy and well groomed, but you might not be convinced of the price. If that’s the case, I encourage you to keep reading.
Far too often the cost of something deters you from following through with the desire to use it. Thus, if you are someone who believes that spending your hard earned money on beard oil is a waste, rest assured that there is a far more frugal option for keeping your beard healthy.
I highly recommend making your own DIY beard oil. This not only ensures that you control the cost, but you can also experiment to make the oil exactly what you want.
Why compromise when it comes to your hard earned beard?
Why should you use beard oil?
The great thing about beard oil is that it doesn’t simply help your beard, it happens to help the skin underneath your beard as well.
Far too often, growing a beard can cause some undesirable itching.
Surely you know what I’m talking about.
It happens because of something called your sebaceous glands. Essentially, without getting scientific on you, what happens is as your beard hair grows, your sebaceous glands work to make your beard nourished through the creation of sebum oil.
The longer your beard gets, the more oil is needed to ensure maximum moisture for your skin and beard. Now, your sebaceous gland does not increase the amount of oil it makes, even if you grow a huge beard, and that’s why most men go through the itching process.
Now some men simply choose to persevere through the itch, but why not just help our sebum oil by making your own oil.
Using a beard oil will make growing your beard much more worth it and enjoyable.
The oil will also help with what many have termed beardruff. This is essentially dandruff in your beard, or flakes of dry skin. Because of the above process with sebum oil, if your face doesn’t have enough of the oil and becomes dry and itchy, little pieces of skin will begin to flake off and land in your beard, hence the term beardruff.
No big deal, right? Trust me; no one wants to see what appears to be dandruff in your beard. It’s definitely not as manly. By using the oil, you will be fixing this problem almost immediately.
Also, without the benefits of beard oil, your beard will soon begin to feel stiff and crunchy, something that no one, including the one growing the beard, finds pleasant.
Beard oil significantly improves the look and feel of your beard. It will appear much cleaner and more maintained to those around you, while also feeling soft and smooth.
It also often helps with split ends, a nice benefit because if you’re split ends aren’t as bad you won’t have to trim your beard quite as often. After you use the oil for a little bit, you’ll notice that it is much easier to comb through your beard, giving it a cleaner look, while also ensuring that you beard is becoming stronger and healthier.
And we all know that a beard that is stronger and healthier will grow longer and fuller.
Basic grooming tips for beard oil use
Remember that the best time to use the oil is immediately after getting out of the shower while your beard is still damp.
Also, be sure that when you are using the oil that you don’t just massage it into your beard, massage deep down to your skin as this oil is a great benefit for your skin as well.
What you will need
Your choice of carrier oils will end up being the bulk of your beard oil as they have a thicker texture. You can’t even think about making a beard oil without using one or more types of carrier oil.
Essential oils on their own would be harmful to your skin, thus the carrier oils are essential (no pun intended) to your beard oil as they aid in diluting the essential oils.
But wait, there’s more, carrier oils are also beneficial because our skin absorbs them easily and many of them have effects that could be called therapeutic.
And you can choose more than one! Many recipes utilize the benefits of two carrier oils.
The most commonly used carrier oils:
- Jojoba: This oil has gone through many studies that have shown its benefits to include hair growth and health. It’s also known not to interfere with the Ph balance of the scalp.
- Coconut: Coconut oil is used in many different areas, including food. However, not everyone knows how beneficial it can be for hair. Using this oil can prevent damage of your hair and it can condition and moisturize it quite well. An added benefit is that it fights well against “dandruff” in your beard.
- Sweet Almond: Almond oil is very beneficial to the skin. It is perfect for sensitive skin and can help cleanse your pores.Argan: Argon oil is great if you want to make your beard softer and give more moisture to your skin. This practically eliminates the chance of an itchy beard and face.
My recommendation would be to use Jojoba oil if this is your first time making your own beard oil.
All of the carrier oils are great, but Jojoba is supposedly the most like the actual oil from out skin, so it seems natural to use that one.
However, if you are familiar with carrier oils already then feel free to whichever one you prefer. If you're not familiar with carrier oils here's a list
List of carrier oils
In the list below i've included a list of all the carrier oils for your to choose from, with some notes about they are best for, so you can match the oils to your skin type or preference.
I hope this list gives you some a few ideas, so that you can come up with your own beard oil recipe, if you do come up with a beard oil recipe that you love and want to share it, let us know.
With the carrier oils you can either use a single one as a base, or you can combine a few with different proportions to get the desired results.
If you don't fancy going through the entire list and want a few more than the one's we listed above, then check out these carrier oils, they are the most commonly used oils for beard oil, which means you can't go wrong with selecting any of them.
- Molivera Organics Sweet Almond Oil
- ArtNaturals Organic Jojoba Oil, Cold Pressed Unrefined
- Moroccan Argan Oil, 100% Natural, Organic, Cold Pressed
- Life-Flo Organic Pure Grapeseed Oil
- NOW Solutions Castor Oil, 100 % Pure
- Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Beauty Aura 100% Pure Apricot Kernel Oil Cold Pressed
- Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil
Strengthen and conditions hair.
Contains minerals and vitamins and it’s ideal for skin prone to eczema, sensitive and dry.
Aloe Vera Oil
Good for sensitive and dry skin.
Contains Vitamin E and lecithin with anti-bacterial properties.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Good for sensitive and dry skin, absorbed easily.
Contains Vitamin E and antioxidants. Great for skin prone to eczema, sensitive and dry.
Black Raspberry Seed Oil
Contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.
High concentration in essential fatty acids.
Conditions hair and absorbed quickly.
Black Seed Oil
Contains essential fatty acids and great for skin prone to eczema, and dry skin.
Blueberry Seed Oil
Great for conditioning, not greasy, gentle aroma.
Contains Gamma linoleic acid and vitamins, Good for skin prone to eczema.
Great for hair care treatment for itchy scalp.
Brazil Nut Oil
Contains selenium. Great for lubrication and conditioning.
Broccoli Seed Oil
Great for conditioning hair.
Contains oleic and has conditioning properties.
Offers great lubrication.
Cherry Kernel Oil
Contains fatty acids, great for conditioning.
Great scent with conditioning and protective properties.
Cranberry Seed Oil
Contains essential fatty acids and Vitamin E with great emollient and conditioning properties.
Evening Primrose Oil
Contains gamma linolenic acid and vitamins. Great for dry hair and skin prone to eczema.
Contains Vitamins and minerals and reduces pore inflammation.
Contains: Vitamins, and minerals and it’s absorbed quickly.
Hemp Seed Oil
Contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D & E and Increases natural moisture retention.
Contains protein and minerals, controls acne and its anti oxidant.
Contains triglycerides and it’s antiseptic.
Kiwi Seed Oil
Contains Essential Fatty Acid and Alpha Linolenic Acid. Helps hair maintain moisture.
Kukui Nut Oil
Contains linoleic and oleic acids with great penetration in the skin.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Contains palmitoleic acid and it’s good emollient.
Revitalizes and conditions.
Contains oleic acid and antioxidants and is absorbed quickly.
Contains fatty acids and helps to prevent moisture loss. Good for conditioning.
Contains vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids. Conditioning and softening. Absorbed easily.
Papaya Seed Oil
Contains essential fatty acids and is good for conditioning.
Passion Fruit Oil (aka Maracuja)
Contains Vitamin A and potassium. Anti-itching and anti-inflammatory.
Pecan Nut Oil
Contains oleic acids and good for Conditioning with emollient properties.
Contains Omega 3 fatty acids and it’s great for inflammation and itchiness.
Pistachio Nut Oil
Contains phytosterols and it’s a natural emollient.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Contains fiber and conditions, nourishing the PH balance of skin.
Poppy Seed Oil
Contains linoleic acids, minerals and proteins and smooths and conditions the cuticle of the hair.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Contains zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, essential fatty acids with emollient properties.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Contains linoleic acid and oleic acids and it’s great anti-inflammatory.
Rice Bran Oil
Contains fatty acids and it’s great for conditioning and softening.
Contains linoleic and conditions the skin.
Contains vitamins and minerals, lecithin, linoleic and alpha linoleic acids.
It’s anti-inflammatory and it’s good for dry skin, prone to eczema.
Contains Vitamin E and lecithin and it’s easily absorbed.
Contains Vitamins A, D, E, lecithin and it’s great emollient.
Contains essential fatty acids. Good for softening and reconditioning.
Great emollient and it’s ideal for dry skin.
Watermelon Seed Oil
Contains essential fatty acids with emollient properties.
Once you have chosen your carrier oils, it’s time to pick out some essential oils.
These oils smell amazing as they typically come from things like flowers, peels, roots, berries, etc.
Though you’ll put far less of these oils into your beard oil compared to the carrier oils, they will be what create the main scent of your recipe.
So make sure you choose carefully!
A lot of people like to get creative, so they mix several different types to get just the right scent, however, regardless of how many you decide to use, you definitely won’t need more than 10 drops.
Essential oils are small but very, very mighty. Just remember, one drop too much of a scent could dramatically alter the scent of your beard oil, so always be careful about proportions.
Essential oils also come with amazing benefits. Almost every single type of essential oil benefits you in one way or another. They help with acne, dry skin/beard, bacteria, toxins, etc.
You’ll be hard pressed to find an essential oil that doesn’t have a health benefit. So be sure to keep that in mind when you are trying to decide which ones to use in your beard oil.
Scents are important, of course, but you also want to try and pick the scents that have the benefits that you and your beard need.
There is an insanely high amount of essential oils to choose from and if our list below is too daunting, there here's some of our top picks and their benefits.
- Bergamot Oil
Believe it or not, Bergamot is a fruit, so this oil comes from the smashing of the Bergamot peel.
The scent is fairly common when it comes to perfumes, but it can also greatly benefit a beard because it helps with like antiseptic and antibacterial.
- Cedarwood Oil
If you’re looking for a manly, woodsy smell, look no further.
But not only does this oil smell great, but it also has amazing properties. It has a very strong concentration of something called Sesquiterpenes which aids in the release of toxins from the body.
It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, it repels bugs, etc. This is a solid choice for any beard oil.
- Lemon Oil
This is also a great choice in oil as lemon also helps to remove toxins from your body. It is also known to help in the treatment of acne.
It isn’t seen as commonly in the use of beard oil, but trust us this is a hidden gem!
- Eucalyptus Oil
If you’re looking for an oil that has benefits of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging, I recommend the commonly used Eucalyptus oil.
Not only does it contain a lot of great benefits, but it has a great scent.
- Lavender Oil
One of the most widely used essential oils, simply, in general, lavender oil is gentle to your skin compared to a lot of other oils and has a scent that many people can work with as it is mild.
The benefits are numerous as it can help with hair loss, acne, pain, relaxation, and even respiratory conditions.
This is a top choice among the essential oils.
- Peppermint Oil
The incredibly pleasant smell aside, peppermint oil has numerous qualities that benefit the user.
It has effects of stimulation for your skin and hair, while also have regenerative and antiseptic properties.
- Pine Oil
Another essential oil known for its incredible smell, pine oil also has incredible benefits that include helping with itching, psoriasis, and even acne.
Pine oil is commonly used because it smells so great, and it would give a manly ‘oomph’ to your beard oil.
Note: You might also consider using Vitamin E oil. While it is technically not an essential oil, it acts similar to it and can be a very beneficial ingredient in beard oils.
Vitamin E is great for the skin and hair as it acts as hair growth stimulator and a moisturizer.
I would recommend buying a starter pack of essential oils, especially if this is your first time making it, to ensure you get a variety to test out and determine your favorite.
Bitter almond Oil
Black pepper Oil
Carrot seed Oil
Clary Sage Oil
Palma Rosa Oil
Tea Tree Oil
To get you started I've gathered a few essential oil sets; these have everything you need to start making your own beard oil. The following sets contain the most commonly used essential oils in beard oil recipes.
So is there anything else I need to make my own beard oil recipe?
Well yes, so far you've got the main ingredients, the carrier oils, and the essential oils, these are the vital ingredients to that awesome homemade beard oil recipe that you're about to create. The thing is... these ingredients can't get mixed by themselves, can they?
While bottles may not seem important, you can’t actually make your beard oil until you have your bottles.
Most recommend getting 1 oz. bottles, especially if you have never made beard oil before. This also allows you to make several different types of oil in small amounts to determine which one you like best.
It is also more common to use dark bottles. This isn't simply a preference, but rather, the dark bottles don’t allow as much sunlight in which is a protection for the oil because if the sunlight were to reach it, the oils would begin to oxidize.
Note: Keep in mind that you are putting several different types of oils into one small bottle. Because of the natural properties of oils, over time they will begin to separate, and you will see the different layers in the bottle.
And that's not all!
Since your recipes will contain different oils, the density and the weight of each of the oils will be different. You can mix and stir the different oils all you want, but there will come a time when you will notice some oil separation, this will make it look like there are layers in the bottle.
So it's worth giving the bottle a quick shake before use, to recombine the oils.
This separation doesn't just happen with your beard oil.. why do you think that the vast majority of detergent and personal care products aren't contained in transparent bottles? Well, now you know why.
United Scientific Supplies Eye Dropper
Using an eyedropper may seem a little anal, but it’s really the best option if you want to make great beard oil like a pro.
Precision is key, so the use of an eye dropper ensures that you will measure the oils much more precisely. It’s also a benefit for after you make the oil as many like to use it to apply the oil to their beard.
If you’re looking to spend a little less money, some people choose bottles that have a dropper connected to the lid.
Carrier oils vary in price but you can expect to pay mid $20's for four, 4oz bottles
Essential oils will most likely set you back $15 for 6 bottles at 10ml each
Bottles to store your awesome homemade beard oil, twelve 1oz bottles will set you back just under $10
And an eyedropper can be had for free if you use the bottles with eyedroppers included.
The great thing about these prices is that specifically the carrier and essential oils can be used several times over and for several different beard oil recipes. On top of that each bottle of beard oil will last you a long time.
Thus, the initial cost of buying the supplies may seem steep, but it’s so incredibly cheap in the long run! Healthy beard, happy wallet.
Does it get much better than that?
Items for the pros
Now, if you’ve done this all before and you want to take this process a step further, you can add some of these items to help make the oil in bulk.
It may seem like an abnormal amount of measuring tools, but if you’ve ever made it before you know what a disaster just a bit too much of one oil can be.
Make a mistake in measuring and you might end up with an awful scent, rather than the nice and pleasant one you're likely intended to get.
These are pretty cheap and usually well worth your money considering how much more precise they make your measuring.
They are nice if you’re choosing to use several different types of oils and you don’t want the scents to mix together prematurely.
This one seems obvious. Funnels simply make the process that much easier when it comes to getting your oils from their bottles to your bottle or container.
Again, these are relatively inexpensive and well worth the money considering their usefulness.
Now, this is the point where you might be thinking this is a bit much.
You’re making beard oil, not preparing a scientific experiment, right? Well, this of this as a scientific experiment.
One wrong drop and the whole thing is ruined. Graduated cylinders help keep everything precisely measured so that you can ensure that exactly the right amounts are being placed into your oil.
Again, not something mandatory, but something useful.
A measuring cup would be helpful through all stages of the beard oil process, but they’re most useful at the end of the process to help blend the oils together.
A box for storage has absolutely nothing to do with the beard oil making process.
However, it might be nice to have when you have finished making your oils, especially if you’ve made multiple.
The box, made specifically to carry the oils, makes the storing of them much simpler.
It’s also nice if you’re making the oil, to give to someone as a gift as it makes everything look more presentable and professional.
Now, I believe labels are important whether you’re a pro or not.
Labels make everything much simpler.
With as simple as this process is, you’ll likely want to make more than one bottle. So, if you want to have more than one different scent, labeling your bottles with what oils are in it and what scent it creates seems like the natural option.
These labels don’t have to be anything fancy, especially if the oil is simply for you and not a gift.
Finally! Let's cover the process to making your own DIY beard oil
The process is very straight forward; that said getting the beard oil recipe right is the tricky part.
This comes entirely down to the ingredients you use and the dosage of each ingredient.
To be very clear, you can easily mess up a recipe by just being a little too generous with an oil.
Just by putting more or less oil than is required from a particular ingredient can make the awesome DIY beard oil recipe, completely unbearable and useless.
- Bottles? Check!
Have your bottles ready to be filled.
The best and most efficient way to begin this process is to make sure all of your supplies are ready to be used, this means being sure that your bottles are prepped to be filled with your oils.
- Carrier Oils
Choose your carrier oils and place them in the bottle.
Since your carrier oils will essentially be the base of your beard oil, it will be the majority of what you fill your bottle with.
Be sure to choose an oil that you like and one that will pair well with your choice of essential oils.
- Time to add some of those Essential Oils
Add your choice of essential oils.
Next you’ll need to add the essential oils that you have chosen.
A lot of people choose to mix several different scents for their oil, but the choice is entirely yours.
- It's shaking time!
Add your choice of essential oils.
Next you’ll need to add the essential oils that you have chosen.
A lot of people choose to mix several different scents for their oil, but the choice is entirely yours.
- If you like you it, - you shoulda - put a label on it!
Label your bottle.
You’re not required to label your bottle, but it might be nice to label every bottle with which scents you have placed in it.
- It's Ready!
Some people choose to let it sit for a couple days in order to let the oils really mix together, but that’s up to you and your preferences.
Time for the beard oil recipes!
Fine! Heres a few popular options.
Black Forest DIY Beard Oil Recipe
Want to smell like you've just finished chopping down trees, then this is the smell for you.
This is a very outdoorsy smell that is manly and woody, so if you like these options, this is a great recipe choice for you.
- 30 ml Bottle
- 17 ml Grape Seed
- 10 ml Jojoba Oil
- 3 drops Lavender Oil
- 3 drops Lemongrass Oil
- 3 drops Fir Needle Oil
- 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
Start the process by having your 30 ml bottle ready.
Then add your grape seed oil and your jojoba oil together into the bottle.
Once these are well mixed, add your lavender oil, lemongrass oil, fir needle oil, and eucalyptus oil.
When you have added all of the essential oils seal your bottle and shake it very well.
Once it is well shaken, you are good to go!
Tropical Scent DIY Beard Oil Recipe
Not only does this oil create a pleasing aroma, but it will help with beard tangles and the shaping and style of your beard.
- 30 ml Bottle
- 7 ml Grape Seed Oil
- 20 ml Jojoba Oil
- 3 drops Sandalwood Oil
- 6 drops Bergamot Oil
Just like the process for the Black Forest recipe, make sure your bottle is ready.
Then you will add one carrier oil at a time.
Be sure they are well mixed.
Once this is completed add your essential oils one at a time, and then make sure the whole product is thoroughly mixed to ensure the right scent.
Then, it’s ready for use!
When it comes to applying the beard oil to your beard, it’s rather simple. Most recommend doing it in the morning after your shower.
If you shower at night, then they recommend simply washing your face with soap and warm water and using a towel to dry it.
As far as how much to use, if your beard is 3 inches or, less you should only use an amount roughly the size of a dime.
For longer beards, you can experiment with sizes similar to nickels and quarters. It might be a bit of trial and error because you don’t want an oily beard.
Choose to use a bottle with a dropper attached to the lid and that means they can simply squeeze a few drops straight into their beard and begin massaging, but you can also place the necessary amount into one hand and use a few finger tips to massage the oil into your beard.
You want to work from your face down to the end of your beard.
So, what do you think of the incredible benefits of beard oil and the incredible ease of making your own? Have you been convinced that beard oil is the best way to achieve a healthy and pleasant smelling beard that all around you will enjoy?
If we have, why not try making your own DIY beard balm?
If you’re still skeptical, you shouldn’t be. Growing a beard is only half the battle, and the other half happens to be taking care of it. And the best way to take care of your beard is by using oils to help with tangles, shaping, and aroma.
As per usual, let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
And, of course, feel free to share this article with anyone and everyone!
Wait! I have a bonus for you!
While I was looking around for beard oil recipes I came across Patrick Miller on youtube who's come up with a incredibly interesting DIY beard oil recipe.
The last ingredient was particularly surprising. Enjoy!
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