Make Your Own Beard Oil
Looking for a Father’s Day gift for your favorite man with facial hair? Thanks to the Great Beard Revival, mustache and beard products are everywhere these days. But beard oils can be expensive, with some costing more than $30 for an ounce! The good news is that you can make your own customized beard oil for much less.
What Does Beard Oil Do?
Just like the hair on your head, facial hair appreciates care and attention. Beard oil hydrates both the beard itself and the skin underneath, and it can help with itchy skin, beard dandruff, and even acne. It will also make your beard soft, tangle-free, and more attractive.
Most beard oils consist of a blend of conditioning carrier oils (such as jojoba, almond, coconut, argan, castor, or grapeseed oil) along with essential oils, which are used for both their scents and their therapeutic properties. Scent is important because mustaches and beards are so close to the noses of both those who sport facial hair and those who like to smooch with them.
1-ounce glass bottle (for the beard oil)
Carrier Oil(s), see list below
Essential Oil(s), see list below
Okay, this is the easy part—all you really need to do is mix the ingredients together! Simply use a small funnel to add your carrier oil (or oils) to the 1-ounce bottle, almost to the top. Add about 20 drops of the essential oil desired, put the cap on the bottle, shake it up, and try it out. Remember, you can add more essential oil to your mixture, but you can’t take it out (although you can dilute it by adding more carrier oil). You might want to try matching very small batches at first while you experiment with scent, or go with our suggested blends below.
Essential Beard Blends We Love
Add one of the following blends to 1 ounce of carrier oil
Citrus and Bay
10 drops bay leaf essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil
5 drops spruce essential oil
5 drops cedarwood atlas essential oil
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil
7 drops basil essential oil
3 drops patchouli essential oil
Beard oil is one of those products where more is not better, and a little goes a long way. To apply, pour a dime-size drop onto your palm (a bit more if you have a really long beard), gently rub your hands together and rub the oil directly onto the skin beneath your bead and use your hands and fingers to comb the oil through the beard itself.
Conditioning Carrier Oils:
Jojoba is wonderfully conditioning for the skin and hair. Jojoba’s molecular structure is very similar to sebum, your skin’s natural oil, and it’s helpful for inflamed skin, psoriasis, excema, and acne. Jojoba oil has the added benefit of a long shelf life.
Sweet Almond is excellent for the skin, blends well with other oils, and penetrates the skin easily. It is also high in fatty acids, making it an ideal oil for damaged or mature skin.
Castor Oil is extracted at a low temperature to keep the ricin (a toxic substance present in the plant) from being present in the oil. Rich in fatty acids, castor oil has been used for centuries for its moisturizing and protective qualities. It also helps to clear blackheads and reduce dandruff.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is coconut oil that contains only the medium chain triglycerides of coconut oil, so it remains in a liquid state. It is an odorless and colorless oil that is light, very penetrating, and has a long shelf life. It’s an excellent skin moisturizer that also penetrates hair better than many other oils.
Argan Oil, produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly nourishing and luxurious oil. Argan absorbs quickly into the skin and helps to hydrate it. It also strengthens damaged hair.
Grapeseed Oil, which absorbs into the skin quickly without feeling greasy, is an excellent choice for those whose skin does not absorb other oils easily. Grapeseed oil has moisturizing qualities as well as being mildly astringent with antiseptic qualities. It varies in color from almost clear to a beautiful pale green.
aroma: warm, herbal aroma with a hint of anise
properties: soothing, energizing, toning
aroma: herbaceous, warm, spicy
properties: antiseptic, bactericidal
aroma: light, fruity, citrus
properties: uplifting and relaxing, soothing agent, skin conditioner, antiseptic
aroma: soft, woody, warm
properties: especially good for oily skin and dandruff, antiseptic, antiseborrheic, astringent
aroma: citrus, tart
properties: energizing and uplifting, soothing, astringent, skin conditioner
aroma: musky, earthy, smoky
properties: soothing for all skin types, especially good for mature skin, blemished skin, and for treating dandruff; also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, aphrodisiacal
aroma: woody, buttery
properties: useful for dry and damaged hair, antiseptic, emollient, soothing, astringent, skin conditioner
aroma: fresh, earthy, sweet
properties: calming yet also energizing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory
aroma: sweet, tangy, warm, and citrus
properties: astringent, lifts the spirits yet is calming; soothing agent, skin conditioner