This easy DIY Beard Oil recipe is a must if you have facial hair. Not only is it conditioning for beard hair, it also doubles as an incredible face oil that will replenish the skin whether it’s under a beard or not! This homemade beard oil contains natural oils and is safe for all skin types. Making your own beard oil is a natural and easy way to take your beard care and skin care to the next level. If you’re going to sport a beard, let’s make it a healthy beard!
Are you ready to make the best beard oil possible? This recipe’s key ingredients are meant to soften and tame facial hair leaving beards looking healthy, maintained and sharp. Let’s face it, beards can look unkept, dirty and lazy if they aren’t properly cared for. This is where a beard oil come in.
While this DIY is aimed at beards, it is definitely multi-purposed. This recipe might be one of those Swiss Army Knife products! Plus it smells so incredible, you’ll want to find ways to use it in more places then just your beard! Read on to find out how!
Why Use a Beard Oil?
A beard oil’s purpose is to condition and tame the course hair of a beard. It also can soothe the dreaded beard itch.
A beard oil is also good for nourishing the skin underneath, preventing beard dandruff and other skin issues.
Beard oil adds shine to the beard which gives the hair a healthy, clean look.
Often the skin under a beard is neglected but it needs to be cared for-if there comes a day when the beard goes, it would be sad to reveal forgotten, ugly skin underneath! Not to mention, dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable so a nourishing oil can not only keep dry skin flakes away, it also makes the skin feel healthy, smooth and free of any discomfort.
Is it Cheaper to Make Your Own Beard Oil?
Depending on where you source your ingredients, making your own beard oil is much cheaper than buying one already made. In my research, store bought beard oil ranges from $10-$30.
I like to get my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs but also use Amazon when I can find pure, organic oils. All together, it costs about $90 (including shipping) to purchase all the ingredients I have listed in this recipe. Roughly, these ingredients will give you 8 bottles of beard oil making each bottle around $11. You will have quite a bit of essential oil and vitamin E oil leftover for future DIYs.
If you’d like to make your own beard oil a bit cheaper, skip the organic jojoba and organic apricot kernel and you can save around $12 making each bottler under $10. Buying non-organic oils isn’t what I recommend but they are better than avoiding a DIY due to cost.
Why Make DIY Beard Oil?
You probably know there are harmful chemicals and fillers in the majority of women’s beauty products, but we can’t overlook the questionable ingredients men are using as well!
This DIY beard oil is so simple yet so effective. Don’t go to a store and buy a men’s skin/beard oil that is pricey and very likely full of fillers like water, fragrance, preservatives and inflammatory oils that do nothing for the skin. This DIY is a pure, potent concoction meant to deliver goodness for the hair and skin. Plus, it’s as simple as adding oils to a bottle.
One thing I kept in mind while coming up with this recipe is that men probably aren’t going to fool with something that is too oily and won’t absorb quickly so I chose dry oils that absorb quickly and will still nourish hair and skin. I also chose essential oils that have a darker, woodsier aroma that won’t detour a man. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a man that wants to smell like a geranium, but you never know….
Speaking of smelling good-check out my Aftershave recipe-it takes seconds to make and is a must after a close shave!
Which Natural Oil is Best for the Beard?
There are many carrier oils that would work well in a beard oil. Sweet almond oil, argan oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil and fractionated coconut oil are just a few that would work well.
In this recipe, we’re going to create an apothecary worthy beard oil. I have chosen deeply nourishing oils high in essential fatty acids as well as a special blend of essential oil that will give the oil a calming yet manly scent.
I chose jojoba oil as my base oil for several reasons. Jojoba oil is known to be the closest plant oil to our skin’s natural oil. The skin responds well to it and typically absorbs it quickly. It’s also non comedogenic meaning it will not clog pores. Jojoba is technically a liquid wax which makes it extra nourishing without being greasy. This is why I use it as the key ingredient in my Hair Pomade recipe.
I added apricot kernel oil because it’s light and absorbs quickly while still being a great option for conditioning beard hair.
Vitamin E oil adds an extra bit of nourishing plus it’s high in age busting antioxidants! It also helps prolong the shelf life of your beard oil. However, it can be pricey and difficult to find so it is an optional ingredient in this recipe.
Pro Tip: A single carrier oil will go a long way when it comes to smoothing, taming and conditioning beard hair. So if you’re a minimalist or trying to save money, grab a bottle of jojoba oil and call it a day!
The Best Essential Oils for DIY Beard Oil:
Thanks to the essential oil blend of rosemary, balsam fir and bergamot, this beard oil has a woodsy smell with a herbal and citrus hint. It is also cooling and so refreshing on the skin.
I added Rosemary because it’s such an organic herbal smell plus, it is a great oil to rev up blood flow which in turn will help beards grow!
Also, Balsam Fir Essential Oil (scotch pine or douglas fir work well too) is a potent anti aging antioxidant.
Bergamot is added because I love it-and it’s the smell of Earl Grey Tea! It’s light aroma has a citrusy note that lightens the musk of the balsam fir/pine oil.
Other manly essential oils that would be great options for masculine recipes are eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, patchouli, sage, sandalwood, cedarwood, and vanilla. Cedarwood and patchouli in particular have musky notes that combine well with lavender, lemon and tea tree which have lighter notes.
If you have sensitive skin, frankincense, lavender and tea tree are very gentle oils. If you are concerned, you can reduce the amount of drops in the beard oil, or omit the essential oils completely.
I like to get my essential oils from Plant Therapy or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Essential Oils for Beard Growth and Thickness:
Rosemary and Cedarwood are excellent essential oils that have been tested and proven to help with hair growth.
Tea tree can be helpful as well since it can help clear dandruff making the hair follicle stronger.
Castor oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil are carrier oils that can help thicken hair.
For studies, recipes and more check out my post on Oils that Promote Hair Growth. It includes a hair growth serum that would work as a beard oil as well if you are wanting to encourage more facial hair growth.
What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Beard Oil:
- 1 ounce glass dropper bottle
- Small Funnel
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Organic Apricot Kernel Oil
- Vitamin E Oil *optional*
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Balsam Fir or Scotch Pine Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil
DIY Beard Oil
This easy DIY Beard Oil recipe is a must if you have facial hair. Not only is it conditioning for beard hair, it also doubles as an incredible face oil that will replenish the skin whether it's under a beard or not! This homemade beard oil contains natural oils and is safe for all skin types. Making your own beard oil is a natural and easy way to take your beard care and skin care to the next level. If you're going to sport a beard, let's make it a healthy beard!
- 1 tbsp. Organic Jojoba Oil
- 1 tbsp. Organic Apricot Kernel Oil
- 1/4 tps. Vitamin E Oil *optional*
- 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops Balsam Fir or Scotch Pine Essential Oil
- 3 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- Glass Dropper bottle (blue or amber glass bottles help protect from direct sunlight))
- Small Funnel
- Using a small funnel, add all ingredients except apricot kernel oil into a 1 ounce glass dropper.
- Top off with apricot kernel oil.
- Replace the lid and shake to mix.
Is a Preservative Necessary for Beard Oil?
Because we’re not using any water based ingredients, we don’t need to worry about this beard oil going bad. So, if you wanted to make a larger batch, you totally can.
The shelf life of this beard oil is around 6 months.
How To Use a Beard Oil:
- Massage 3-5 drops into beard and/or mustache.
- Optional: Use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil and smooth and tame the hair.
- This beard oil is meant for daily use.
DIY Beard Oil is a Multipurpose Personal Care Product
As I stated, this is a multi-purpose oil for those of us who don’t have any beards in our lives! It’s great for a scalp treatment. Again, it encourages hair growth and nourishes the scalp to help remedy dandruff. Plus, it is stimulating and energizing on the hair follicles!
You could and should use this all over the face. It is the perfect face oil for skin that is dehydrated and rough.
You could also use this as a leave on hair conditioning treatment by massaging 3-5 drops into hair.
You know, since I’ve re-entered into the world of being single-I’m actually pretty uninterested in “real-life” men. I think I’ll just stick with my BF Noah from the Notebook. I’m sure he would appreciate my beard oil. I’m totally kidding, kind of. Actually not at all. Update: No longer single and found a man with a beard who loves this beard oil!
Ladies-this is a great beard oil recipe and it would make the perfect gift. And if your man doesn’t have a beard, I guarantee they could use a face oil in their daily routine!
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I love this recipe, just a question – to use in hair to remedy dandruff, does it stay in hair or need to be rinsed out?
Cassie-Thanks! It can stay in the hair! No shampoo needed!
Do you have varying scents like sandlewood. How does it apply application ?
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Hi! If I don’t have Apricot oil, is it okay to just use 4tbsp jojoba oil instead?
Paige-That would be a great substitute! Go right ahead!
Do you use Earl Grey? I don’t see it in the ingredients list?
Kay-Bergamot is the same as Earl Grey. You’re welcome!