Got a beard? Love someone who’s got a beard? You need some DIY beard oil in your life ASAP.
Why DIY, though?
Okay, honestly. Have you seen how much beard oil costs? And I love that people make it and sell it for a living. And they have some amazing stuff out there! But if you want to try to make your own, and save a little moola, I am here to help.
For the crunchy and the crafty and the bearded and the bearded’s significant others that appreciate less-scratchy smoochies. Let’s talk all things beard oil.
First, to take a step back. If you’re like… “isn’t this a food website, why is she talking about beard oil?” I am launching a Health + Home section that will have all things health, home, and natural. This includes all things essential oils, bath and luxury DIYs, yoga, stress relief, anxiety, and more. This will tie in with my blog and theme; because just as I promote real, healthy food, I promote a real, healthy life. A life that makes you feel good from head to toe, and from the inside out. A life full of adventures and much-needed little luxuries. My blog is about balance. You need a brownie once in a while. You also need to make your own DIY bath bombs, take a little time to meditate, read a good book, unplug, travel, and pamper yourself.
If this all isn’t your thing, no worries. I’ll only be posting this section about once a week or so. Just keep coming for the recipes!
So, let’s talk beard oils now. Beard oil is essentially just a mixture of several carrier oils (jojoba, argan, avocado, etc. etc.) mixed with essential oils for scent and benefit. That’s it. The combination of these things is what makes each beard oil unique. Below, I have a very basic DIY beard oil that’s perfect for any skin type that has a nice, but not overwhelming scent.
What kind of oils can you use in your beard oil and how do you know which ones to choose?
Well, guess what? There’s a graphic for that. (Can’t stop won’t stop makin’ graphics.)
Really, you’re not going to go wrong with a combination of the powerhouses listed above. While, of course, there’s a ton of others to consider besides these, these are the main players and the ones you’re likely to find in 99% of all beard oils. My husband used just pure jojoba on his beard for years with great results.
You wouldn’t want to use most of these alone, though. All olive oil in your beard? Probably not the best idea.
The combination that I’ve been making my husband consists of 50% jojoba, 25% avocado, 12.5% almond, and 12.5% apricot. He loves this combo so far, but I also want to experiment with different kinds. He’s been using this recipe on his beard for 3 months and it’s done wonders for him.
Jojoba is just a miracle worker when it comes to beards. It softens and hydrates simultaneously, and since it’s non-comedogenic and non-allergenic it does not clog pores or cause irritation. It’s very similar to our own natural skin oils and is easily absorbed. It strengthens hair, resulting in less breakage, and does not leave behind a greasy feel. (FYI: Although we call it one, it’s actually not an oil, but a liquid wax.)
Use jojoba here or argan, or a mixture of both. I feel like all beard oils should have one of these two as the majority of its base.
Then, there’s avocado oil, which I’ve seen referred to as beard food. Makes sense. We all know avocado has tons of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, protein, and healthy fats. These same things work wonders for your beard. Avocado balances pH, hydrates, and relieves dry, flaky, and itchy skin. It relieves inflammation and is especially great if you tend to have more brittle or dry hair. The high fat content also promotes hair growth and helps to add shine.
Then, almond and apricot. Almond and apricot are both very light carrier oils that will not weigh down your beard oil. They’re great moisturizers, hair sealants, and both are anti-inflammatory which is great protection against ingrown hairs. Finally, they’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which protect your skin and body against damages done from free radicals. Rad, right? You could absolutely use a combo of grapeseed, hemp, or castor here instead.
If your skin tends to be very dry or you’re making a beard oil for the winter, consider using coconut oil (fractionated coconut oil stays liquid) or use a bit of olive oil. These oils are exceptionally conditioning.
If you suffer from acne, natural astringents such as hazelnut oil and grapeseed oil work very well.
For this recipe, I used and recommend Aura Cacia’s brand of products. I personally use Young Living and Aura Cacia, but Young Living needs to be ordered online and AC can be found at nearly any Whole Foods or natural store. Since it’s so accessible and a high quality product, I really recommend it!
(This is not sponsored. I just like the stuff!)
You can use almost any combo of essential oils you like, but I use these basic 3: tea tree, Texas cedarwood, and orange. Why? First, this combo has a lovely, masculine, woodsy smell that isn’t really overpowering. Second, its benefits. Cedarwood essential oil adds shine to hair and smooths skin. Plus, it smells a little Lumberjack-y which is pretty sexy, am I right? Tea tree oil is amazing with so many benefits, a few being that it works wonders when it comes to acne, it’s incredibly healing, and most commonly used for a variety of skin problems. Orange oil is invigorating, fights inflammation, decreases wrinkles, and is full of antioxidants that protect against free radicals.
Start with a few drops at a time of this combo and choose what suits you best! Other great essential oils to consider: bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, patchouli, sage, sandalwood, rosemary, and vanilla.
Happy Beard Oil making! I love buying these little bottles from Amazon, which work perfectly for beard oils. Make sure anything you make with pure grade essential oils are kept in glass containers, not plastic.
This beard oil makes a good amount. Kept extra in a small glass mason jar and refill your dropper as needed, or give out as gifts! Father’s Day is coming. 🙂
Do you have questions about essential oils, carrier oils, or anything at all? Do you prefer your dude bearded or unbearded? Let’s discuss in the comments!
- 1 ounce Jojoba oil
- ½ ounce Avocado oil
- ¼ ounce Almond oil
- ¼ ounce Apricot oil
- 16-20 drops Texas Cedarwood essential oil
- 7 drops Orange essential oil
- 7 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- Mix all ingredients together and funnel into oil dropper bottles.
Always keep anything made with pure essential oils in glass, never plastic.