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Last updated on: November 28th, 2017
If you’ve ever tried to make your own version of commercial products, you know that it is a creative way to save money. Not only do you end up with the product, you have something completely unique. Plus, you can develop any combination of ingredients you want.
Here are instructions for making your own beard balm. We’ve also found the top three beard balm recipes, and added some tips to make the process even easier.
How to Make Your Own Beard Balm
For some DIY projects, you already have everything you’ll need at home. When it comes to beard balm, you’ll likely need to make a shopping list. If at all possible, try to purchase small quantities of the essential oils. You only need a few drops of each essential oil per batch so a small bottle is likely to last you a long time.
Once you have determined which ones are your favorites, you can purchase larger quantities.
All beard balms follow the same basic recipe. You’ll make a base, then add your oils. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a basic beard balm, then check out the recipes below for ideas.
Making anything at home for the first time can be hit or miss, so try a few different variations to find the blend that works best for you.
What You’ll Need:
- Cosmetic grade beeswax
- Natural butter Tip: Shea butter is the easiest to work with. The smooth consistency is very agreeable with melted beeswax. Once you are comfortable with the recipe, you can try mixing different types of butter along with the shea butter. Cocoa butter is often used, either in place of shea butter or as a mix.
- Carrier Oils Tip: Purchase your carrier and essential oils from a specialty store. While several types of oil are available at the grocery store, they are not of a high enough quality to be used in making beard balm.
- Essential Oils- Tins Tip: Make sure to get tins with lids that can be tightly secured. This will prevent your balm from drying out.
- A small non-stick pot Tip: If you don’t have a pot that you’re comfortable putting the balm in, pick up a cheap one and use it only when you’re making beard balm.
- Several wooden stir sticks
What to Do:
Step 1 – Heat the beeswax and shea butter.
Place your pot on a burner turned to low heat. Add 1 ounce of beeswax and 2 ounces of shea butter. Use one of the wooden stir sticks to keep the mixture moving around the pot.
Tip: Make sure to keep the temperature set to low. The goal is to melt the wax and shea butter at a consistent rate. When the temperature is turned up, it is more likely that the mix will boil. This will ruin the beard balm, so stay at a low heat setting. Using a higher temperature also increases the chances that the mix will burn.
Step 2 – Add the carrier oil.
When the mixture starts to melt, add 4 ounces of your carrier oil. For your first attempt, you may want to consider using only one type of carrier oil. Once you are familiar with the process, you can experiment with different mixes of carrier oils.
Continue stirring until the oil is fully blended with the wax and shea butter. As soon as the mix is completely liquid, remove the pot from the heat.
Step 3 – Add the essential oils.
Remember that a little goes a long way with essential oils. Choose one or two to start with, and put a couple drops of each into the mix. Quickly stir the mix to blend the oils.
Tip: Have the bottles of essential oils open and within reach for when you get to this step. The mixture will cool quickly, becoming more solid as it does. The essential oils must be added when the mixture is liquid in order to be effective. Working quickly is key to a good beard balm, and having the bottles ready to go decreases the amount of time your mixture sits before the oils are added.
Step 4 – Move the mix to a tin.
As soon as the essential oils have been stirred in, pour the mixture into the tins. Secure the lids on the tins, and be sure to keep the tins level so that the mix does not spill or harden onto the lid.
Tip: If you find it difficult to get the mixture into the tins without spilling, use a ladle with a spout on the side to scoop it out. The spout will ensure the mix pours neatly into the tin, instead of all over the counter. Alternatively, hold a funnel over the tin and pour the mix directly from the pot.
Any balm that lands on the counter is easy to clean up. One option is to wait for it to set and scrape it off with one of the wooden stir sticks. You can also soak a piece of paper towel in hot water and wipe up the spill. The heat from the cloth will help keep the mix soft enough to wipe.
Step 5 – Let the mixture set.
The balm needs at least twelve hours at room temperature to set properly. Once it is completely solid, it is ready to use.
Tip: Let the mix set overnight. If you are making the balm in the morning or afternoon, store it somewhere out of direct sunlight. The heat from the sun will prevent the mix from solidifying. Do not place the mix in the fridge. The cold air will affect how the mix sets.
Each carrier oil and essential oil has its own properties. Some are better for hydration, while others are used more for their fragrance. Here is the best recipe for each type of benefit. Follow the basic recipe above, adding these oils to the mix. You can also use these recipes as a starting point for your own blends.
For Hydration and Moisture: Coconut, Argan, Eucalyptus, and Lavender. This blend has a mix of equal parts coconut oil and argan oil for the carrier oils. Coconut oil contains three fatty acids which act as a strong moisturizer when applied to the skin. It also contains several antioxidants.
Argan oil has been used for years in women’s hair products, and your beard can reap the same benefits. Argan oil absorbs quickly, so your balm won’t leave grease on your hands. Also, this oil contains high amounts of vitamins A and E, which make it an incredible conditioner. For the essential oils, add two drops each of eucalyptus and lavender oil. Eucalyptus oil helps relieve itching, as well as improves hair growth by stimulating the follicles.
In addition to the wonderful aroma, lavender is known for its antiseptic qualities. Using lavender oil in this blend will help clean your skin, making it easier to stay hydrated.
For Treating Dandruff: Jojoba, Macadamia Nut, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Chamomile.
Jojoba is a common choice as a carrier oil because it is so gentle. It is one of few oils that has properties which are comparable to the oils our bodies produce naturally. Jojoba oil also leaves very little residue.
Macadamia nut oil contains 60% oleic acid, which is a form of fat. It also contains squalene, which is an antioxidant. This particular antioxidant is naturally produced by the body and helps speed healing of the skin.
For the first batch, add one drop of each essential oil. After using the completed balm you’ll have a better idea of which oils you need more of.
Tea tree oil is well-known as an antiseptic. When it comes to dandruff, it is critical to clean the area. Dandruff is essentially small flakes of dry skin, so keeping the area clean is necessary to prevent infections.
Peppermint has a soothing effect on the skin. Very few essential oils can be applied directly to the skin without repercussions, and this is one of them. While peppermint is often used for relieving headaches, the cooling sensation it provides helps alleviate the itch associated with dandruff.
We all know chamomile tea is consumed to aid digestion, but when applied topically it is very useful for skin conditions such as eczema and rashes. As an added plus, the fragrance tends to have a calming effect.
For Using in Place of Cologne: Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Cedarwood, Vanilla, and Orange
Sweet almond oil is made from edible almonds and is high in vitamin E. This oil has a light, sweet scent. Grapeseed oil is very lightly scented, but it has a nutty element that works extremely well with sweet almond oil.
Since this recipe is intended to provide more scent, you will need to add more drops of essential oil. Avoid adding more than three drops of each oil, as you may inadvertently impact the ratio of oils to wax.
As the name suggests, cedarwood oil has a woodsy scent. This oil provides an outdoorsy base for the other fragrances.
Vanilla is frequently used in both perfumes and colognes. It is often used in aromatherapy, since the scent is gentle and relaxing.
Orange oil not only used for its fresh scent – it is also an aphrodisiac. When mixed with the vanilla oil, the two fragrances blend together to make a crisp scent.