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
You can use almost any combo of essential oils you like, but I use these basic three: 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 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!
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DIY Beard Oil
- Category: natural living, homemade, DIY
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.
Adam Ramey says
I like the ingredients you’re using. I’ll try to make this one.
Ray Miller says
I’ll make sure to try this myself. Great post!
Gary Shepard says
Who knew anyone could make this. Thanks!
Sally Chambers says
The listed ingredients are all natural. I would definitely gonna try this recipe for beard oil for my husband since he was almost done using a minoxidil.
Can I use food grade oils?
Can I use food grade oils, like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil?
Avocado and coconut oil are good options. But I would use both of those mixed with jojoba or argan oil.
I make my own beard oil. I have two different oils for different days.
1) Argan oil, jojoba oil, cedarwood oil and tea tree oil mix. When I wash my beard, I use this one. This is a bit heavy.
2) Jojoba, cedarwood and tea tree oil mix. I use on non-wash days. This is one is light and smells amazingly good.
What is your process for washing your beard? I have used a few different beard washes but haven’t found one that I really like yet.
We used tobacco and vanilla as our scents but kept everything else the same. My husband LOOOOVES it!
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Hi I work with essential oils and carrier oils all the time. Only thing to worry about with the sun is it will degrade the oils but if they are already in your hair or beard you shouldn’t have that issue. If you make this recipe keep it out of direct sunlight to keep it fresher longer. A dark glass bottle is best and do not shake it.
What does shaking do to the oil? What is the best way to mix it?
Hi Alex, I find it best to mix the oils by shaking the bottle several times, and recommend shaking the bottle before use to make sure the oil is evenly mixed.
Nancy A says
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Chris Allen says
I tried this recipe,i seen a coment of adding 10ml of coconut oil needless to say all i could smell was coconut.I put it on my beard..Made it real soft,Thanks for the recipe..
I am going to make this recipe, but how much does it yield with each 1x, 2x and or 3x?
Hi Abbi, 1x the recipe yields about 2 ounces.
Perfect article. How is the best way to use it? During the night before bedtime or it’s possible to use it to go out during sunlight? I’m afraid those oils can react in a any way with the sun…
Hi Daniele, you can use beard oil morning or night! Whatever you prefer.
Great recipe, however I omit tea tree oil because I’ve seen research on the internet that indicates that tea tree oil is anti androgen; which defeats the purpose of blending it into a beard oil.
Frédérik St-Onge says
Hi! I want to start making this recipe but I’m a total newbie so I have a question. When you say ounce, do you mean as in weight or liquid ounce?
Hello! Liquid ounce. 🙂
I like this recipe. Not as strong of a fragrance that I prefer but that’s easy to change the essential oils around.
One thinf I’d suggest is adding coconut oil as well, I added about 10ml and it made my bears noticeably softer.
Very glad I found your post, realised how easy it is to make your own and haven’t looked back.
You added it 10ml to the 1x?
Hi. Your article is amazing. I’m actually trying to start a business through beard oils. You have used great examples. I’m wondering if you can give me any pointers maYbe on how to mix and measure, and maybe not what to do Also!? ThaNkyou 👍
Where to find ingredients to make beard oil
Hi, this article is great and I love your chat about the carrier oils. I want to try this recipe for my two sons but I don’t have cedarwood. Could I use Muhuhu (African Sandalwood) in its place? Also, could a combination of fractionated coconut oil and almond oil be used? I don’t have other carrier oils at this time. TIA
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Hi! thank you for the recipe, if i wanted to use just peppermint oil in this recipe how much would i need, also a good alternative for avocado, what do you think of rice bran?. Thank you
Both peppermint extract and rice bran oil have been shown to stimulate beard growth so if that’s something you’re looking for, I would say go for it! When it comes to essential oils, especially peppermint, a little goes a long way.
Hello. I’m trying to start my beard oil business. Upon research, this article and a couple other articles have caught my attention. After I use the base oils, which is better for scent. Essential oil or fragrance oil? Also, to make bulk oil, how do I know how much to use?
I guess I would be making gallons at a time of I might go the private label route. Please help. Thank you.
Hello, I would always recommend using pure essential oils at all times and no fragrance oils.
Beard Mantra says
Thank you for sharing these informative tips, DIY oils are so easy to make and more beneficial to the growth of your beard.
Jermaine Vaughn says
That beard oil recipe sounds great. I’m interested in trying it especially since branded beard oil tends to be crazy expensive. Curious, though, what oils would a good replacement for the almond oil for those of use with tree nut allergies?
Hi Jermaine, I hope you try it and love it! You could use more jojoba or avocado oil in place of almond.
Jermaine Vaughn says
Thanks for the feedback. At the store picking out the oils right now
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Richard Caple says
DIY oils are so easy to make and more beneficial to the growth of your beard. There are just too many oils out there and are not cheap.
Very interesting! My beard started growing in 8th grade then a friend recommended that I try and use Cinnamon and lemon juice for my beard. It stung for the first 5 minutes but it was a GOOD sting if you know what I mean. Like the ones that you feel is working type sting. Anyways it worked wonders and now I’m interested in a new formula and this one’s seems to be it. Thank you ☯️
Cinnamon is a natural skin irritant! It will dry out and crack your skin! Be careful.
Mitch Evans says
I started my beard 1/27/20 and so far I’m happy with it. Over the years I would start one and eventually grow tired of the itching and the work involved and shave it off. I learned of different beard products and finally decided on Honest Amish, which has done very well for me. The products can get extremely expensive.
I started learning about Carrier and essential oils. I started reading pages like this and was amazed by all the recipes you could find on how to make your own Beard Oils, Beard Balms and Beard shampoos. I have used several variations of this recipe and have come to find it my favorite. You will surely save money by making your own. I have found it to be very enjoyable, not to mention educational. They will make for fine gifts to your bearded friends and family. There is a world of things to make with all these oils, read and learn, you’ll find making things that help people can spread happiness. Blessings to all…
Angelica Sereda says
This makes a great gift. Love it!
though no one has beard in my family but few of my friends have. shall share the post with them!
This sounds like a great gift idea for the men. I always struggle with what to give but I think this would be great.
Hey, I love this! I was looking for such unique DIYs! How was it? What’s the scent?
The Globewanderin says
DIY is so amazing, it´s fun and useful! I will try this out 🙂
Lauren Ash says
Never knew you could make this at home! Some of the beard oils on the market are pricey so this is a great alternative!
Joanna Clute says
Ohhhh, my husband would LOVE this. I’m going to have to make some for him.
Lavern Moore says
I always wondered what was the secret of men Who had such well-maintained beards. Now I know. It must be the beard oil.
Lisa Favre says
This diy beard oil is absolutely perfect for Father’s Day! My husband is so proud of his beard so he could really use this stuff.
I may try this out. I also sport a beard all-year round. :0)
Kristine Nicole Alessandra says
Oh, I wish I had known about this sooner. My youngest son used to sport a beard, but he shaved it off because he said his beard looks dry and dull. I will keep this DIY recipe for beard oil. Who knows he might decide to grow his beard again.
Subhashish Roy says
Nice informative post. I am passing it on to one of my closest buddy.
i dont know why it came as a surprise that it is possible to DIY beard oil. i am so glad that you shared this. i have saved this post for future reference for upcoming gift ideas.
Bill Sweeney says
I don’t have a beard, but I have seen the prices of beard oil and thank goodness I don’t have a beard! LOL. Now I’m thinking about growing one! Seriously doubt the boss would go for it….
These are some excellent subs for store-bought oil for beards.
I have a friend with an absolutely miraculous beard. He spends so much money on beard oil. I’m going to share this with him.
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Russ Rhinehardt says
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