Today’s post is all about creativity and I’m going to show you how to make a beard oil recipe at the comfort of your home in five easy steps.

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

Carrier oils for homemade beard oil recipes are the ones that make your beard softer and moisturised

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.

Common carrier oils that many of the best beard oils share are jojoba, argan, sweet almond, coconut oil. All proved to be great for beard softening, promoting beard growth and nourishing the skin.

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.

Carrier Oils  
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
Borage Oil
Contains Gamma linoleic acid and vitamins, Good for skin prone to eczema
Brahmi Oil
Great for hair care treatment for itchy scalp
Brazil Nut Oil
Contains selenium. Great for lubrication and conditioning
Broccoli Seed Oil
Great for conditioning
Camellia Oil
Contains oleic and has conditioning properties
Castor Oil
Offers great lubrication
Cherry Kernel Oil
Contains fatty acids, great for conditioning
Coconut Oil
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
Grapeseed Oil
Contains Vitamins and minerals and reduces pore inflammation
Hazelnut Oil
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
Jojoba Oil
Contains protein and minerals, controls acne and its anti oxidant
Karanja Oil
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
Mango Oil
Revitalizes and conditions
Marula Oil
Contains oleic acid and anti-oxidants and is absorbed quickly
Meadowfoam Oil
Contains fatty acids and helps to prevent moisture loss. Good for conditioning
Olive Oil
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
Perilla Oil
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
Safflower Oil
Contains linoleic and conditions the skin
Sesame Oil
Contains vitamins and minerals, lecithin, linoleic and alpha linoleic acids
Shea Oil
It’s anti-inflammatory and it’s good for dry skin, prone to eczema
Soybean Oil
Contains Vitamin E and lecithin and it’s easily absorbed
Sunflower Oil
Contains Vitamins A, D, E, lecithin and it’s great emollient
Tamanu Oil
Contains essential fatty acids. Good for softening and reconditioning
Walnut Oil
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.

Essential Oils

For your diy beard oil recipe you will need to make careful selection of essential oils

photo credit: #3219 (license)

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.

Essential Oils   
Allspice OilAngelica OilAnise OilBasil Oil
Benzoin OilBergamot OilBirch OilBitter almond Oil
Black pepper OilBoldo OilBuchu OilCajuput Oil
Calamus OilCamomile OilCamphor OilCaraway Oil
Cardamom OilCarrot seed OilCassia OilCatnip Oil
Cedarwood OilCinnamon OilCitronella OilClary Sage Oil
Clove OilCoriander OilCumin OilCypress Oil
Davana OilDill OilElemi OilEucalyptus Oil
Fennel OilFrankincense OilGalbanum OilGeranium Oil
Ginger OilGrapefruit OilHelicrysum OilHyssop Oil
Jasmine OilJuniper OilLavandin OilLavender Oil
Lemon OilLemongrass OilLime OilMandarin Oil
Manuka OilMarjoram OilMelissa OilMugwort Oil
Mullein OilMustard OilMyrrh OilMyrtle Oil
Neroli OilNiaouli OilNutmeg OilOakmoss Oil
Orange OilOregano OilPalma Rosa OilParsley Oil
Patchouli OilPennyroyal OilPeppermint OilPetitgrain Oil
Pimento OilPine OilRavensara OilRose Oil
Rosemary OilRosewood OilRue OilSage Oil
Sandalwood OilSpearmint OilSpikenard OilTagetes Oil
Tangerine OilTansy OilTarragon OilTea Tree Oil
Thuja OilThyme OilTuberose OilVanilla Oil
Vetiver OilWintergreen OilWormwood OilYarrow 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.

Edens Garden 7 Synergy Blends and 7 Top Single Oils – 14/ 10 ml
Edens Garden Best of the Best Gift Set 100% Essential Oils 14/ 10 ml

 

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?

Bottles

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.

Boston Round Amber Glass Bottles, 1 oz. Pack of 12
1oz Amber Glass Bottles with Eye Dropper Pack of 12

 

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!

Eye Dropper

United Scientific Supplies Eye Dropper

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.

Beard Oil from diygiftsformen

Coco-mint Beard Oil from AOM

Tea Tree Delight

  • 5 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 1.5 tsp tea tree oil
  • 1 tsp cedarwood
Check this Recipe on Pinterest
Sweet Mint from AOM

  • 1/2 oz jojoba oil
  • 1/2 oz sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops orange oil
Fresh Morning Breeze

Check this Recipe on Pinterest

 

Earthy by GUH

The Healthy Mix

  • 1/2 oz jojoba
  • 1/2 oz coconut oil
  • 12 drops Lavender
  • 12 drops Rosemary
Check this Recipe on Pinterest

Woodsy by GUH

  • 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

 

San Francisco by we-beard

  • 16g Organic Jojoba Carrier Oil
  • 8g Grapeseed Carrier Oil
  • 3g Sweet Almond Carrier Oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Sandalwood

Whiskey beard oil recipe by WFM

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Wrapping up

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?

 

# Bonus

I found a great video by Patrick Miller on youtube with a very interesting beard oil recipe. The last ingredient is super surprizing. Enjoy!

 

Resources

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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