Table of Contents
- What ingredients do you need to make beard oil on your own?
- Anything else I need to make the beard oil recipe?
- Finally, instructions on how to make this beard oil recipe I came for!
- Less talk, more recipes please. Gimme beard oil recipes!
- Seriously? Now, you want to start a beard oil business?
- Few tips when making a beard oil at home
- Wrapping up
I know that you have better things to do but it was you that wanted to grow a beard.
Growing a beard is not as simple as one would imagine. It needs time, patience and continuous care.
I know what you were thinking. “I will leave a beard and it’s going to look awesome”. Well, now you see that things are not as simple as you thought.
Even if you have the perfectly shaped facial hair, unavoidably, beards need daily care. Washing, trimming, conditioning, stroking (NO, stop it!!!) and repeat.
How are you going to do all this beard maintenance? The easiest way is to just go online and shop all the necessary beard kits.
But you just don’t want to do this.
It’s not the amount of money that you have to spend, even though it can be considerable. Especially, if you’re too generous with the amount of products that you apply on your beard or if the brands that you choose are pricey.
It’s more about the fact that you’re the type of beard owner that wants the best for his beard. Your beard is like your child, you want to nurture it and grow it to be healthy and strong. And you want to provide it the best, for its well-being, nutrition.
So, you want to cook for it (here’s the keyword we’ve been looking for). You want to prepare all these homemade goodies for your beard, and do everything on your own.
After all, you don’t want fast food for your child on a daily basis, do you?
Beard oil is one of the conditioning products which are excellent for any beard. It’s perfect for all beard styles and lengths. When you start growing a beard, beard oil can be more than necessary, especially if it’s itchy as hell. When your beard grows longer, beard oil is once again essential.
Beard oil conditions your beard and makes it soft and easy to manage. A truly remarkabeard product!
But enough with the qualities of beard oil, since you know them already more or less. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article.
Or perhaps you don’t that much? Go ahead and educate yourself about the benefits of beard care products.
What ingredients do you need to make beard oil on your own?
As you read through this post, you’ll get a good understanding of how simple and fast it can be to make your own beard oil recipe. All you need is a bottle, few drops of essential oils and another few drops of carrier oils. You mix everything in the bottle and that’s it!
But what’s the deal with these oils anyway?
Why do you need these ones specifically?
Carrier oils are named after their property, and that is to “carry” the essential oils which would otherwise be harmful for the skin. Essential oils if used without the carrier, they could cause skin irritation and burns.
The carrier oil is used to dilute the essential oils in your homemade beard oil. For this reason, the main ingredient in a beard oil recipe is a carrier oil and the essential oils are a few drops each within the solution.
But that’s not it. Besides their bulk property, carrier oils are easily absorbed by skin and they, many times, have therapeutic effect, depending on the type.
The main reason to use carrier oils is because of their properties.
Most of carrier oils are vegetable oils which are derived from seeds, nuts or kernels.
Take for example jojoba oil, with a molecular structure similar to sebum oil -the oil produced by the scalp, doesn’t interfere with the scalp’s Ph balance. Besides that, numerous studies have shown that it’s excellent for hair health and growth.
Coconut oil, apart from being absolutely delicious in food, prevents hair damage, retains moisture and conditions the hair. It’s also great again beard dandruff -or beardruff.
Argan oil makes your beard more manageable and softer, while conditioning it. When used in a beard oil, you’ll also appreciate the skin moisturising properties that prevent it from drying. This practically means that beard itch is reduced or even eliminated.
Now, take all the above carrier oils and blend them together in a single beard oil. Doesn’t it feel awesome already?
Because of all these great properties, many commercial beard oils always contain one or more of the above carrier oils. All you have to do is check out the ingredients list and see for yourself.
Tip: Be careful with the shelf life of carrier oils. Many of them last only for a few months
List of Carrier Oils
Below I included a list of all carrier oils to choose from, according to your skin type or preference. I hope, it will give you couple of ideas for your beard oil recipe/experiment. You can use either one of them as a base or even more with different proportions.
|Amla Oil |
Strengthen and conditions hair
|Almond Oil |
Contains minerals and vitamins and it’s ideal for skin prone to eczema, sensitive and dry.
|Aloe Vera Oil |
Good for sensitive and dry skin
|Avocado Oil |
Contains Vitamin E and lecithin with anti-bacterial properties
|Apricot Kernel Oil |
Good for sensitive and dry skin, absorbed easily
|Argan Oil |
Contains Vitamin E and antioxidants. Great for skin prone to eczema, sensitive and dry
|Black Raspberry Seed Oil |
Contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E
|Babbasu Oil |
High concentration in essential fatty acids
|Baobab Oil |
Absorbed quickly and conditions
|Black Seed Oil|
Contains essential fatty acids and great for skin prone to eczema, and dry
|Blueberry Seed Oil|
Great for conditioning, not greasy, gentle aroma
Contains Gamma linoleic acid and vitamins, Good for skin prone to eczema
Great for hair care treatment for itchy scalp
|Brazil Nut Oil|
Contains selenium. Great for lubrication and conditioning
|Broccoli Seed Oil|
Great for conditioning
Contains oleic and has conditioning properties
Offers great lubrication
|Cherry Kernel Oil|
Contains fatty acids, great for conditioning
Great scent with conditioning and protective properties
|Cranberry Seed Oil|
Contains essential fatty acids and Vitamin E with great emollient and conditioning properties
|Evening Primrose Oil|
Contains gamma linolenic acid and vitamins. Great for dry hair and skin prone to eczema
Contains Vitamins and minerals and reduces pore inflammation
Contains: Vitamins, and minerals and it’s absorbed quickly
|Hemp Seed Oil|
Contains Vit A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D & E and Increases natural moisture retention
Contains protein and minerals, controls acne and its anti oxidant
Contains triglycerides and it’s antiseptic
|Kiwi Seed Oil|
Contains Essential Fatty Acid and Alpha Linolenic Acid. Helps hair maintain moisture
|Kukui Nut Oil|
Contains linoleic and oleic acids with great penetration in the skin
|Macadamia Nut Oil|
Contains palmitoleic acid and it’s good emollient
Revitalizes and conditions
Contains oleic acid and anti-oxidants and is absorbed quickly
Contains fatty acids and helps to prevent moisture loss. Good for conditioning
Contains vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids. Conditioning and softening. Absorbed easily
|Papaya Seed Oil|
Contains essential fatty acids and is good for conditioning
|Passion Fruit Oil (aka Maracuja)|
Contains Vitamin A and potassium. Anti-itching and anti-inflammatory
|Pecan Nut Oil|
Contains oleic acids and good for Conditioning with emollient properties
Contains Omega 3 fatty acids and it’s great for inflammation and itchiness
|Pistachio Nut Oil|
Contains phytosterols and it’s a natural emollient
|Pomegranate Seed Oil|
Contains fiber and conditions, nourishing the pH balance of skin
|Poppy Seed Oil|
Contains linoleic acids, minerals and proteins and smooths and conditions the cuticle of the hair
|Pumpkin Seed Oil|
Contains zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, essential fatty acids with emollient properties
|Red Raspberry Seed Oil|
Contains linoleic acid and oleic acids and it’s great anti-inflammatory
|Rice Bran Oil|
Contains fatty acids and it’s great for conditioning and softening
Contains linoleic and conditions the skin
Contains vitamins and minerals, lecithin, linoleic and alpha linoleic acids
It’s anti-inflammatory and it’s good for dry skin, prone to eczema
Contains Vitamin E and lecithin and it’s easily absorbed
Contains Vitamins A, D, E, lecithin and it’s great emollient
Contains essential fatty acids. Good for softening and reconditioning
Great emollient and it’s ideal for dry skin
|Watermelon Seed Oil|
Contains essential fatty acids with emollient properties
If you don’t want to go through the entire list of carrier oils, you can have a look at the below. They are among the most commonly used oils for beard oils and you can’t go wrong selecting any of them.
- Molivera Organics Sweet Almond Oil
- ArtNaturals Organic Jojoba Oil, Cold Pressed Unrefined
- Moroccan Argan Oil, 100% Natural, Organic, Cold Pressed
- Life-Flo Organic Pure Grapeseed Oil
- NOW Solutions Castor Oil, 100 % Pure
- Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Beauty Aura 100% Pure Apricot Kernel Oil Cold Pressed
- Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil
Essential oils come mostly from roots, flowers, peels, berries or even wood. The have a strong scent and they give your beard oil recipe extra health benefits such as Vitamin E and many other depending on the type you choose.
Essential oils are the ones that spice up the beard oil. This type of oil is going to give the main scent of the beard oil recipe. You can be super creative and mix different essential oils every time you try a new recipe. In most cases, you won’t need more than 10 drops of an essential oil.
Even though you can try mixing many different beard oils, you need to be very careful and try different proportions. Every drop of essential oil matters, and this could be the cause of completely ruining an entire batch of beard oil.
Note: You’re only 1 or 2 drops away before you make a beard oil horrible
List of Essential Oils
The list of essential oils is huge and I’m pretty sure I missed a lot of them. Check them out and get creative.
|Allspice Oil||Angelica Oil||Anise Oil||Basil Oil|
|Benzoin Oil||Bergamot Oil||Birch Oil||Bitter almond Oil|
|Black pepper Oil||Boldo Oil||Buchu Oil||Cajuput Oil|
|Calamus Oil||Camomile Oil||Camphor Oil||Caraway Oil|
|Cardamom Oil||Carrot seed Oil||Cassia Oil||Catnip Oil|
|Cedarwood Oil||Cinnamon Oil||Citronella Oil||Clary Sage Oil|
|Clove Oil||Coriander Oil||Cumin Oil||Cypress Oil|
|Davana Oil||Dill Oil||Elemi Oil||Eucalyptus Oil|
|Fennel Oil||Frankincense Oil||Galbanum Oil||Geranium Oil|
|Ginger Oil||Grapefruit Oil||Helicrysum Oil||Hyssop Oil|
|Jasmine Oil||Juniper Oil||Lavandin Oil||Lavender Oil|
|Lemon Oil||Lemongrass Oil||Lime Oil||Mandarin Oil|
|Manuka Oil||Marjoram Oil||Melissa Oil||Mugwort Oil|
|Mullein Oil||Mustard Oil||Myrrh Oil||Myrtle Oil|
|Neroli Oil||Niaouli Oil||Nutmeg Oil||Oakmoss Oil|
|Orange Oil||Oregano Oil||Palma Rosa Oil||Parsley Oil|
|Patchouli Oil||Pennyroyal Oil||Peppermint Oil||Petitgrain Oil|
|Pimento Oil||Pine Oil||Ravensara Oil||Rose Oil|
|Rosemary Oil||Rosewood Oil||Rue Oil||Sage Oil|
|Sandalwood Oil||Spearmint Oil||Spikenard Oil||Tagetes Oil|
|Tangerine Oil||Tansy Oil||Tarragon Oil||Tea Tree Oil|
|Thuja Oil||Thyme Oil||Tuberose Oil||Vanilla Oil|
|Vetiver Oil||Wintergreen Oil||Wormwood Oil||Yarrow Oil|
Just like I did with the carrier oils, I gathered a few essential oils sets that can get you started. The following are among the most common used essential oils for beard oil recipes.
Anything else I need to make the beard oil recipe?
So far, you got the main ingredients that your great homemade beard oil recipe needs. But these ingredients cannot get mixed by themselves, can they?
The first thing you will need is a bottle. Usually a 1oz bottle is enough. There are commercial beard oils that come with 2 oz bottles but in my opinion, it’s not the best choice especially if it’s the first time trying the brand out.
Besides, just like commercial oils, if you haven’t tried a particular recipe before, you might want to avoid making too much beard oil in the first place.
Dark glass bottles are more common for beard oils. Wondering why is that?
Dark glass doesn’t allow sunlight and this way, this type of bottles block the potentially harmful sunlight and protect the oils from oxidation. The bottles ensure that shelf life and quality remains unaffected.
And there’s more.
Since it contains different oils, the density and weight of each one of them is different. Even though you mix and steer the different oils in the bottle, after a certain point there will probably be an oil separation and it will look as if there are layers of oils in the bottle.
That is actually kinda true. Why do you think that the vast majority of detergent and personal care products have no transparent bottles? Well, now you know why!
If you want to make the best beard oil recipe at home like a pro, you will also need to have an eye dropper.
The eye dropper will be a great tool, not only to measure the doses of essential oil in the mix but also, when the beard oil is ready, to apply it directly on your beard, hands, brush or anywhere you may find appropriate.
If you want to keep the budget lower, you can consider getting a bottle for the beard oil, that already has an eye dropper integrated with the lit.
More tools for the Pros
If you are looking to take things more seriously, you can also add additional tools in your beard oil process for larger quantities and you can make your kitchen a beard oil lab. Examples of such products could be:
Plastic Transfer Pipettes 3ml
Transfer pipettes are particularly useful when you want to mix different oils and you don’t want to have the different scents interfere with each other.
Besides that, they’re fairly cheap and it totally worth it for being as precise as possible with the dosage.
Norpro 3-Piece Stainless Steel Funnel Set
No matter if you’re making one bottle or one container of beard oil, funnels come in handy.
They’re very practical when you mix different oils together during testing and makes the process mess-free. Now, when you’re done with your testing, you want to put the different oils of your homemade beard oil in a container. Again, a funnel seems to be the most appropriate tool to use.
Scientific Glass Graduated Cylinder
Precision in beard oil making is crucial. When you mix all the oils, it takes only a few drops to make the mistake and change the scent of the oil completely.
With graduated cylinders, you’ll make sure that no matter the volume of beard oil you’re planning to make, there’s going to be no miscalculation in the process.
Rubbermaid Measuring Cup
A measuring cup can be useful in all stages of beard oil making.
The most important stage however, is at the end. This is the container where all carrier and essential oils end up in order to blend them together put the mix in the bottles.
Welledia AromaStorage Oil Wooden Box
Even though this isn’t necessary at all in your beard oil recipe making, a nice box to store all your beard oils as well as the carrier and essential oils you haven’t used doesn’t seem such a bad idea.
Such box is also great if you’re planning to make beard oil at home and offer the box with the oils as a gift.
Did I miss anything?
Ah yes! How are you supposed to remember what’s inside the beard oil bottle? Get some stickers, so you can put the beard oil recipe name and ingredients on it.
Finally, instructions on how to make this beard oil recipe I came for!
As explained, making beard oil is pretty straightforward. The process is simple but getting the beard oil right is a bit tricky.
This has to do with the ingredients that you put and the dosage of each ingredient. Rest assured, that you can easily mess a recipe up by being greedy. By putting more oil, or less than required, from a particular ingredient you can make an otherwise pleasant beard oil, completely unbearable.
1. Bottle? Check!
Get the bottle first and get ready to fill most of it with the base (carrier) oil. Depending on the recipe, it could be either 1 or a combination of more carrier oils.
2. Carrier oils
Fill the bottle with the carrier oil(s) using a funnel. This way, you won’t make a mess with oil all over the bottle and in your kitchen.
3. Time for essential oils
Now it’s time to add the essential oils in the bottle. Usually, few drops of essential oils are more than enough to give the desired scent to the beard oil. However, this always depends on the recipe.
So, get the eye dropper that we talked about earlier, and pour a few drops of the essential oils in the bottle with the carrier oils.
If it’s your first time making your own beard oil, try to stick to the recipe doses. Otherwise, there are great chances that you’ll throw away the first batch. Been there, done that…
4. Shake it
The fun part begins. Close the lit of the bottle and start shaking it like there’s no tomorrow. Half a minute of shaking should be enough.
5. Drink it!
Well, I really hope you didn’t drink it. The beard oil should be ready to be applied directly on your beard. Others may leave it for a few days to sit, in order for the oils to bind with each other. Enjoy!
Less talk, more recipes please. Gimme beard oil recipes!
We talked about the simple instructions on how to make beard oil at home, now it’s time for some recipes. As said, you can be creative and try different oil combinations and doses that will give you the perfect scent.
To make things easier for you, I included links to the ingredients that I found online so you can purchase them directly. Few ingredients are included in several beard oil recipes and I decided to have a link to the online stores only once.
Here are the best beard oil recipes for you. I tried already three of them and the results were surprisingly good. Let me know if you try any of them.
- 5 tsp jojoba oil
- 1.5 tsp tea tree oil
- 1 tsp cedarwood
- 1/2 oz jojoba oil
- 1/2 oz sweet almond oil
- 5 drops peppermint oil
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops orange oil
- 1/2 oz jojoba
- 1/2 oz coconut oil
- 12 drops Lavender
- 12 drops Rosemary
- 1 oz of jojoba oil
- 6 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil
- 1 drop lime essential oil
- 2-ounce glass bottle
- ½ ounce whiskey or grapeseed oil
- 6–8 drops Aura Cacia Sandalwood or Aura Cacia Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1 ounce Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil
Seriously? Now, you want to start a beard oil business?
I know that you like the beard oil and you want to try making a beard oil recipe already. Many of you might already dream about making gazzilions out of beard oil sales! And why not?
If you’re like me, you want to start a business out of anything you understand and believe you can do with no complicated business models. Well, this doesn’t mean that all business ventures are successful, but you never know until you try it.
If you experiment yourself with different homemade beard oil recipes, you might find one that could potentially make a killer product on the market. Why not start producing your own branded beard oil and start selling it on the internet. How do you think all these companies on Etsy do it anyway?
Want to know how can you do it? Maybe this could be another post. I’m already thinking that this could be a 10,000 words guide.
Few tips when making a beard oil at home
- Be extra careful with the recipe when it comes to carrier and essential oils proportion. Just keep in mind that essential oils can be aggressive to your skin. If the volume of essential oils is high, you can get all kinds of skin related problems. A good rule of thumb is to put no more than 5% essential oils in the total volume.
- You can make fragrance-free beard oils, meaning that there’s no need to apply any essential oils in the mix. Just make a mix of carrier oils and that’s it.
- No matter if you make a scented or a scent-free beard oil, Vitamin E is a great addition to any batch. Besides being good for the skin and hair, Vitamin E increases the shelf life of beard oil and it’s an antioxidant.
- When you follow a recipe, use your head. If you feel that the essential oils volume is way too much, don’t bother making it. We already talked about how dangerous essential oils can be to your skin.
- Prefer glass bottles to plastic. There’s a good reason why premium carrier and essential oils come in glass themselves. The keep the oil fresh and shelf life is kept unaffected.
- Same thing applies with the color of the bottle. Amber glass bottles protect the oil from sun as the heat and the UV rays can deteriorate the oil.
- Bottles with dropper caps are more convenient when it comes to application. There’s no waste during application and you use many drops as you want. In addition, it doesn’t make a mess.
- Before using any beard oil, either homemade or even one that you bought in a store, give it a shake before application. Just like all oils, there might be an oil separation if the beard oil sits for some time.
Making your own beard oil recipe at home is both easy and fun. It’s the idea and feeling of experimenting and creating something out of nothing. This is something that excites a man since he discovered the wheel.
You can try different combinations of carrier and essential oils and maybe you’ll come up with an awesome mix. In any case, the whole process will be a lot of fun.
And, once you’ve tried making every beard oil recipe combination possible, take your creativity one step further with a homemade beard balm recipe. Similar process and easy to make.
Do you have any beard oil recipes you want to share?
I found a great video by Patrick Miller on youtube with a very interesting beard oil recipe. The last ingredient is super surprizing. Enjoy!
The below websites were used for the lists of carrier and essential oils
The following websites were used for the beard oil recipes
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