DIY Beard Oil
Beard Oils are gaining popularity among veteran beard-a-holics and wannabe hipsters alike.
And like most popular grooming-related items, beard oils have tangible benefits and science to back them up.
There are so many varieties of beard oils out there, many of which are geared toward specific men’s needs.
There are beard oils to help even out beard growth, blends to help stimulate thicker hair growth, mixtures for irritated skin, and even oils for softer hair.
And that’s just to name a few.
Whether you’re sporting a sole patch, tending to a handlebar, or aiming for the state record beard, a beard oil is one of the finer things found in a man’s shaving kit.
In short, beard oils are a must-have for any man’s beard.
With so many options of pre-made beard oils, why not just buy one?
Well, for one thing, every man’s beard has unique attributes, meaning that a drugstore one-size-fits-all beard oil probably won’t address your specific needs.
And they’re likely to cost you an arm and a leg.
So a great option to take the best care of your beard is to make your own beard oil.
You can add specific ingredients that studies show to target certain needs.
Don’t let the DIY part of the process turn you off- there’s nothing more manly concocting a unique, masculine blend to brush through your beard in the morning.
But if you have no idea where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
All the research has been done for you.
Pick a scent- or a few- that you love, and you can have your own creation that will spice up your morning routine.
Or choose a beard issue that you want to deal with, and make the right mix for your beard.
We’ve covered everything you need to know to make your own DIY Beard Oil blend that’s sure to make other facial-hair gurus jealous.
What You Need?
To get started on your own beard oil, you’ll need to have a Carrier Oil of your choice, Essential Oils, and a container for your mixture.
The Right Bottle
To begin with, you’ll need several things found in any store-bought beard oil: a carrier oil, active ingredients, and the right container.
Most sources agree that Amber colored, glasscontainers are the best for oils with special properties,which is what you’ll be using in your beard oil.
This will ensure the oils inside stay properly blended and pure from outside pollutants.
Glass bottles also prevent oils from seeping into the container as time goes by.
The amber color of the container is just as essential as the material.
This type of tinted glass serves the same purpose as tinted car windows: it keeps out harmful UV rays.
UV rays can be harmful to oils in the same way they are to your skin.
The sun can break down molecules in oils as they sit on a shelf, rendering their unique molecular structures impotent.
So the tinted nature of amber bottles will lessen the strength of the light the oils come in contact with, leaving the oils’ molecules intact and ready to penetrate and interact with other oils and surfaces.
At the molecular level, the atoms in the oils will also react in various ways with other atoms they come in contact with, changing or fortifying the structure of the surfaces they contact.
So lavender oil is know for soothing skin, rosemary is known to strengthen proteins and aid hair growth, and a plethora of other oils have various properties, ranging from therapeutic physical benefits to pleasing aromatics.
Most of these oils require a carrier oil.
A carrier oil is the base of your beard oil.
Some ingredients found in beard oils target skin problems, while others improve the function of hair follicles.
Whatever goal you have for your mixture, a carrier oil is the necessary base for a DIY beard oil.
Because carrier oils are odorless, they won’t interfere with the scents you add to your own mixture, so your beard oil won’t smell much different than straight-up essential oils.
Carrier oils have a unique molecular structure which allows them to penetrate surfaces quickly and to travel deep. Just like lotion sinks into your skin, carrier oils penetrate the hair shaft or skin in a fashion similar to moisturizing lotions.
Carrier oils will bond with other essential oils- allowing them to hitch a ride, so to speak.
Once past the outside layer (the dermis), the essential oils mixed into the carrier oil can hop off and get to work.
There are a few oils that stand out as carriers oils, especially when it comes to dealing specifically with beard oil.
Jojoba oil is the most popular carrier oil in skin and hair care products, so it’s a perfect base for beard oils.
Jojoba is generally considered the most mild carrier oil, so it’s a reliable first choice because very few people get skin irritation from it.
It’s relatively inexpensive, and moisturizes hair and skin.
Another great option for a carrier oil is fractionated Coconut oil.
It's widely used with essential oils, and it has specific benefits for hair/beards as well.
Studies show that coconut oil reduces protein loss in the hair shaft, which strengthens hair and helps to keep it healthy.
Coconut oil is a good option if you have finer hair, or if your beard seems stiff and brittle.
Both Coconut and Jojoba oils are excellent choices for the base of your beard oil.
Other great options include Sweet Almond oil (soothes skin and is long-lasting),
Argan oil (contains Vitamin E for healthy skin), and
Avocado oil (penetrates and softens the hair shaft).
You do want to get a ‘cosmetic-grade’ carrier oil, not just use something from your pantry, because it’s the base of your beard oil.
Don’t just splash some veggie oil on your face- make sure that the carrier oil you choose is a high enough quality to not irritate your skin and to blend well with the essential oils.
Once you’ve chosen a carrier, it’s time to personalize your beard oil.
Essential oils are the main active ingredients in beard oils, and have a wide variety of uses.
Various oils have replenishing properties, while others are used mainly for their scents and serve the same purpose as the fragrances in cologne or aftershave.
What Kind of Essential Oils Should I Use?
Essential oils vary in ‘grade’ or quality.
If you’re looking for the smell of a specific oil, a low grade oil will suffice.
If you’re looking to focus on a skin condition or improve the texture and growth of your beard, then higher quality essential oils have been found to help in these areas.
Most natural food stores will have essential oils, carrier oils, and proper containers in stock.
You can also find a wide variety of quality oils online, from generic stories such as Amazon, or specialized essential oil distributors such as Young Living or DoTerra.
Make sure that wherever you get the essential oils, they are cold-pressed.
While carrier oils are the base of your DIY beard oil, essential oils make it come alive.
But you want them to be potent and be what they’re marketed as.
Cold-Pressed essential oils are especially important if you put them in your beard oil for their therapeutic properties- to address skin issues or hair growth.
The cold-press method is a way of extracting the essential oils from their plant of origin.
There are several ways to derive the oils, but some of them will simply attain the scent of the oil, not its beneficial oils.
The cold-pressing method does what it seems- after the plant has been ground into a paste, it is kept at a low temperature to preserve the oil’s qualities.
The paste is then pressed by a series of rotating gears of a machine, which applies enough pressure to separate the oil from the rest of the plant.
The oil obtained by the pressure is then carefully filtered to remove any tiny impurities.
The pure, potent oil is then bottled and ready for use.
Overall, the cold-pressed method is the most precise extraction method.
It ensures best quality oil and least amount of waste.
Be creative, and mix up your own scent. Just make sure that your mix includes at least one mild oil to reduce the chances of skin irritation.
The Strong and Mild oils listed are often used for their health benefits, and have significant benefits for your beard as well.
So whether you’re afflicted with beard-ruff, or you just want a bigger beard, choose an oil below that’s relevant to your beard.
The strong oils require dilution, so don’t use them as the main ingredients of your beard oil.
Targets dry hair and dry skin.
(no dilution required)
Prevents greasy/oily hair. Revitalizes skin.
Heals chapped/dry skin. Helps with beardruff. Fortifies fragile hair, protects against dry hair and decreases hair loss.
If you’re looking for a really great-smelling combination, mix a base (B) with a Middle scent (M) and a high scent(H); that’s the science behind cologne. Any of these oils can stand up by themselves, too.
Sweet, citrus. (H)
Sweet, intense. (M)
Strong, fresh, green. (H)
Fresh, citrus. (H)
*may cause skin irritation if used alone.
Putting Together Your Beard Oil
What You’ll Need:
30 ml. (about 1 oz.) amber-tinted glass bottle, with applicator cap (i.e. pipette dropper or at least 20 ml. of carrier oil
1-4 Essential Oils of your choice
What To Do:
Prepare Your Bottle.
Make sure your bottle is clean and free of any other liquid. You may want to rinse it and thoroughly dry it, especially if it’s an antique.
Add Your Carrier Oil.
The general ratio is at least 3 parts carrier oil to 1 part essential oil (DoTerra.com). If you’re measuring using the bottle’s dropper, count how many drops you put in. For larger quantities you can measure in teaspoons or tablespoons. The important thing is that you don’t get too little carrier oil in your mixture. Whatever measurement you’re using, keep track of the 3 parts to every 1 part ratio.
Add the Essential Oils.
Choose a problem addressed by the list above, or pick a few scents to make up your own aftershave-style beard oil. Then add them to your beard oil bottle- 1 part total for the 3 carrier oil parts. For example, if you used 60 drops of Jojoba oil, a third of that would be 20 drops, meaning you could put 10 drops of Cedar-wood oil and 10 drops of Rosemary. Or, if you’re using tablespoons, for every 3 tablespoons of Sweet almond oil, use 1 tablespoon of Tea Tree oil. As long as you pay attention to your skin’s sensitivity and keep the proportion of carrier oil to essential oils correct, there are really no hard and fast rules for your beard oil. Try out different scents, combine a scent oil with a mild therapeutic oil- the whole process is in your hands!
Mix Your Beard Oil.
Your bottle should have a lid that screws on tightly. Close the lid and gently shake the bottle to emulsify the contents. If your bottle has a dropper, you may want to use that to stir the oils.
Using Your Beard Oil.
Once the oils in your beard oil are thoroughly mixed, your Beard Oil is ready to use!
The best way to apply any beard oil is when your beard is clean.
After a hot shower, the hairs will be soft and absorbent, and the hair follicles and shafts will be open to penetration.
But make sure your beard is dry, as water and oil don’t mix.
And remember, as with any beard product, a small amount of your DIY beard oil will go a long way.
When you’ve perfected your own beard oil recipe, be sure to share it with family and friends- it makes an awesome and unique gift! The combinations and scents of DIY beard oils are endless. So get mixing!