Beards are manliness personified, but do you know what else is manly? Making your own stuff. Let’s get started with this DIY beard oil recipe.
- 1 oz. bottles
- A shot glass
- Small funnel
- Carrier Oils – details below
- Essential Oils – trust us on this one
You can look for a GNC store in your area, but if you don’t have one, carrier oils are easy (and probably cheaper) to buy online. Just as a quick primer, carrier oils carry the essential oils and dilute them in your skin and beard. In other words, your beard oil will actually spread across the entirety of your glorious beard, and the skin underneath, with the help of carrier oils. For our money, the best carrier oils out there are jojoba, sweet almond, and coconut. They each have different benefits:
- Jojoba – easily absorbed into the skin and nourishes most similarly to our skin's natural sebum (oil)
- Sweet almond – reduces inflammation and helps prevent in-grown hairs
- Coconut – great moisturizing properties for dry hair and skin
Use one or use them all. Just a note: If you've already jumped on Amazon, you'll see that carrier oils aren't cheap. But they will last a really long time and can be combined, so your cost-per-bottle of beard oil will end up being less than buying a quality product in stores.
Never used essential oils? We'll explain. They’re not some weird, snake-oil type of cure-all, rather they are compounds found in nature. Essential oils are delightfully potent to the nostrils, and provide amazing benefits for your beard. Like the beard, essential oils have been around for thousands of years, and for good reason. Here are a few essential oil suggestions and some of the benefits they provide:
- Cedarwood – prevents acne
- Eucalyptus – helps with skin irritation
- Lemongrass – fresh scent and feeling
- Peppermint – refreshing for your nostrils and skin
- Amla (botanical extract) – helps fix damaged hair
Congratulations, you’ve read an entire paragraph on essential oils. You are truly a beardsman.
How to Make Beard Oil
It’s actually super easy. All you really have to do is mix the different oils in a bottle, and you’re good to go. Every beard is different, so you should experiment with different amounts of different oils to see what works best for you.
Here’s a brief walkthrough for your first time.
1. Begin with Your Carrier Oils
Mix and match your carrier oils until you get about 1 ounce's worth. You can go above or below that amount depending upon what you’re feeling. It’s all about scent and the health benefits of each oil, so do what works best for you.
2. Add the Essential Oils
You only need a few drops of whatever essential oils you’ve chosen. The bottles you buy should come with a built-in dropper, so it’s really easy. Essential oils are crazy potent (in a good way), so don’t add more than 10 drops for 1 oz. of mixture.
3. Blend & Apply
Mix everything in your shot glass then pour in your bottle. Dab a bit on your fingers (just a few drops should work fine), and rub it into your beard and skin. The prime time to apply is right after a shower with a washed beard and fresh skin.
After use, store your fresh bottle of beard oil in a cool, dark place for up to one year from creation.
Enjoy your amazing-smelling, healthier-looking (and feeling) beard!