Got a beard? Love someone who’s got a beard? This DIY beard oil is cost effective, all natural, and easy to make!
So, first thing’s first: Why DIY?
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.
Beard oil is essentially just a mixture of several helpful carrier oils (more on that below) 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 are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are oils that are made from plants. Examples of carrier oils include jojoba, avocado, coconut, almond, and apricot oil. These oils are used as a base when making skin products and for diluting potent essential oils.
What kind of oils can you use in your DIY beard oil and how do you know which ones to choose?
Check out this helpful graphic I made below.
Really, you’re not going to go wrong with a combination of the powerhouses listed above. While 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’s been using this recipe on his beard for years and it’s done wonders for him.
The Best Oils for Beard Oil
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.)
For beard oils, use jojoba 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.
Next, 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 oil. 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 DIY 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.
The Best Essential Oils for Beard Oil
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 is 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 include bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, patchouli, sage, sandalwood, rosemary, and vanilla.
DIY Beard Oil Supplies
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.
Tip: A funnel is a mess-free way to fill these bottles!
You can easily find both high-quality carrier and essential oils online, on Amazon, or at your local health store. If you have a Whole Foods or Natural Grocers near you, they carry them as well. Stick to Therapeutic Grade essential oils and never use fragrance oils or synthetic perfume oils. I will link some of my favorites below.
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! Psst: Father’s Day is coming.
Do you have questions about essential oils or carrier oils? Ever tried making your own DIY Beard Oil? Let’s discuss in the comments! Looking for even more in-depth info on all things beard oil and more recipes? Check out Jason’s guide over at WiseBeards for 7 Do It Yourself Beard Oil Recipes!
Cobalt Blue Glass Bottles with Glass Eye Dropper (Pack of 6) | Viva Naturals Cold Pressed and Hexane Free Organic Jojoba Oil | NOW Foods Avocado Oil | Viva Naturals Sweet Almond Oil | Rejuvenating Apricot Kernel with Vitamin E | Cedarwood Essential Oil | Tea Tree Essential Oil | Orange Essential Oil
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Why buy beard oil when it’s so easy to make your own? Use this base recipe or experiment with the different carrier and essential oils listed in this blog post!
- 1 ounce jojoba oil
- 1/2 ounce avocado oil
- 1/4 ounce almond oil
- 1/4 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.
This makes a fair amount of beard oil. Keep extra in small glass mason jars and refill your oil dropper as needed.
Always keep anything made with pure essential oils in glass, never plastic.