If you have a beard you already know that a little daily grooming is in order to keep it looking neat and clean. Beard oil is an essential part of your routine  that keeps the beard clean, healthy, and easier to manage.

There are plenty of off-the-shelf beard oils available, but you can also make your own.

Some reasons to mix up your own beard oil are…

  • Control over the ingredients
  • 100% customized scent
  • Fresh formulas
  • More cost-effective

Beard Care and Skin Care

When you are mixing up your own beard oil, it’s important to keep in mind that the ingredients you use need to be beard-friendly while also being healthy for your skin.

A lot of the products used on hair and beards make their way to the skin on your face. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the types of ingredients and whether the contain irritants.

For the beard oil, you want to have a combination of conditioning ingredients and healthy fragrance.

By using a base oil or “carrier oil” in combination with essential oils with skin benefits, you can ensure that your beard and the skin underneath are being treated well.

Choosing Beard Oil Ingredients

To make a beard oil you need two types of ingredients:

1. Carrier Oil

The carrier oil is the base for the beard oil. There is more of this ingredient than anything else in your beard oil recipe. The carrier oil you choose should have active benefits for your beard and skin. You want to find the highest quality oil within your budget and pick 1-2 as a base.

Some good carrier oils are: Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Emu Oil, Sweet Almond Oil. Argan Oil, Olive Oil. You should be able to find these at a local health food store or holistic wellness store. While the essential oils will give your beard oil most of its fragrance, some carrier oils have a scent, too. Be sure that you like the way your carrier oil smells.

2. Essential Oil

Essential oils will be doing double-duty in your DIY formula. They give the oil a fragrance and they also provide some back-up benefits like conditioning the skin and keeping the beard hairs healthy. You (and your significant other) will smell this stuff, so take your time and pick a combination of 2-3 oils that you really like.

Some good essential oils with healthy skin perks are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, and Tea Tree.

A good idea before you start applying these oils is to spot test them on your skin. Apply a very small amount on your neck or the side of your face. If the ingredients irritate your skin at all, avoid including them in your formula. Most people will not have any trouble with these ingredients, but you are better off testing ahead of time to make sure that you don’t have an allergic reaction or irritation after investing in the oils.

Making Your Beard Oil

Once you have your carrier and essential oils, it’s time to start mixing.

You’ll need a small (2-4 ounces capacity) bottle, preferably one made of dark glass (think brown, green or blue) that prevents light from getting to the oil which can cause it to break down.

Ideally, you also want the bottle to have an eyedropper cap, but you can improvise this if you need to. Just make sure the bottle can be sealed tightly with a screw-on cap.

Add your ingredients with the following ratio:

1 ounce of carrier oil to every 8 drops of essential oil

For example, you can use 1 ounce of Sweet Almond Oil (carrier oil) and 2 drops each of Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary oils (essential oils). The possibilities are endless!

Using this formula, you can mix and match however you want. You can blend 2-3 carrier oils and as many essential oils until you strike the right balance of moisture and fragrance.

Do not be afraid to experiment until you come up with the ultimate combination.

To that end, you may want to start by mixing up smaller “batches” until you come up with the perfect blend. Write it down so you remember what you did.

Storing Your Beard Oil

Oils can break down and lose their fragrance and beneficial properties over time, so it is important that they’re stored properly. Store your beard oil out of direct light in a cool, dry, place. Avoid environments with fluctuations to extreme high or low temperatures, like the bathroom or the fridge.

Ideally, you should store the beard oil in a drawer or closet where you get ready but that does not get sunlight or changes in temperature. This will keep the oil as stable as possible. With proper storage it can last up to 12 months.

There may be some natural separation when your beard oil is stored. Shake the bottle vigorously before each application to ensure that all of the ingredients have blended together.

Some Recipes You Can Try

Note: All of these recipes will require a bottle for storage.

Cedarwood Beard Oil

  • 1 part unrefined Jojoba Oil
  • 1 part unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 3 to 4 drops of Cedarwood Oil

Sandalwood Beard Oil

  • 1 part unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 part unrefined Jojoba Oil
  • 3 drops of Grapeseed Oil
  • 5 drops of Sandalwood Oil

Hair Health Beard Oil

  • unrefined Coconut Oil (serves as base)
  • 10 drops of Castor Oil
  • add drops of your favorite scent to liking. Lavender, Almond, Cedarwood or any other oil of your choice

Store these away in a small bottle with a spray or dropper or simply squirt a dab in your palm for easy application and your all set!

These are not only super easy and inexpensive to make, they really have good quality nutrients to benefit from. From preventing breakage and thinning to providing a healthy, strong beard.

Wrapping It Up

In conclusion, if you are into exclusivity, saving money, one-of-a-kind products and a dapper appearance then blending your own custom beard oil is for you. Give it a try and see which combinations work best with your skin and beard.