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DIY Beard Balm Recipe for a Softer Beard!

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With Christmas right around the corner, I thought a men’s DIY beard balm recipe might be helpful since most men are hard to buy for!  Plus, so many men are sporting beards these days and let’s face it, a beard can either be really good or really bad!  I have a beard serum recipe but upon doing some research, a beard balm and a beard serum are two different products with different results! I’ll explain more below….
DIY Beard BalmFirst off-balms are very easy to make. They just take a little bit more effort than a serum. The main difference between a serum and a balm is the consistency due to beeswax.  Beeswax thickens an oil into a solid consistency.  Beeswax is beneficial for the hair and skin because it helps to coat and protect.  It also gives texture to hair. Be warned, according to several sources of men with beards, adding too much beeswax can make a beard feel crunchy. Don’t add more then the recipe recommends! 

A beard balm will help moisturize the skin under the beard as well as the hair.  A beard balm is also going to add hydration to the skin and hair but it will add texture and extra moisture as well.  Since a balm is solid, it is also less messy with no chance of dripping. 

What is Beard Balm?

Beard balm is a solid oil product used to tame, create shine and moisturize beards and the skin underneath the beard. It contains a special blend of oils and wax that are perfect for facial hair different from what you would use to style the hair on your head.

Why A DIY Beard Balm:

  • Moisturize and condition facial hair
  • Keep a beard feeling soft and looking shiny
  • Prevent beard dandruff, itch, and skin irritation
  • Reduce split-ends and breakage to maximize growth
  • Make a beard look thicker
  • Give a light hold for styling

DIY Beard Balm Recipe

2 tbsp. Jojoba Oil (find it HERE)

2 tbsp. Shea Butter (find it HERE)

2 tbsp. Beeswax (find it HERE)

6 drops Scotch Pine Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil (find it HERE)

2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil (find it HERE)

*I kept this recipe super simple.  Jojoba oil is a no fail oil because it’s non comedogenic and has no scent.  It’s a dryer oil so it won’t leave you greasy.  However, other oils like Argan Oil, Almond Oil and even Castor Oil (can be added for shine) are great options too!  

Basically, you need 1/4 cup all together of oils and/or butters, add 2 tbsp. of beeswax and that’s your basic beard balm recipe.  

I also chose essential oils based on scent.  Since a beard balm is close to the nose, it needs to smell good and manly.  However, I did add cedarwood because it helps with hair growth.  This essential oil is optional for men that don’t need to grow a thicker beard. However, cedarwood has a very manly, woodsy scent that works well in more masculine recipes.


  • Make a double boiler by filing a medium pot half way full with water.  Place a glass pyrex cup in the pot and turn heat to medium.  
  • Add all ingredients except essential oils to the glass cup and heat until butters and wax is thoroughly melted.  
  • Remove from heat and add essential oils.
  • Pour into a 2 oz. glass jar and allow to cool and thicken.  

DIY Beard Balm

How to Use DIY Beard Balm:

Scoop out a pea sized amount and rub it between your palms. The heat from your hands will soften and “melt” the balm. Rub as much as desired onto the beard to control unruly hair. 

I don’t recommend using this balm on your head because unless your head hair is as course as your beard hair, you will end up with a pretty greasy head of hair. Never fear though-I have a homemade hair pomade recipe that is much better suited for the hair on top of your head!

What is the Difference Between a Beard Balm and a Beard Oil?

I had to consult a few beard sporting friends and family and the good ole’ internet for this question. According to my trusted sources, a beard oil is used at night after washing your face. In fact, it can be used to wash your face if you’re into The Oil Cleansing Method which, in my opinion, is a fantastic way to detox your skin! However, if you prefer a regular cleanser, a beard oil simply acts as a moisturizer for your beard and skin. 

A beard balm is used to tame and style your beard. A balm is typically used during the day and adds shine while conditioning your beard hair.

DIY Beard Balm

I hope this DIY beard balm recipe is useful-I know not many men read my blog but most of my readers have a man in their life!  If your man doesn’t have a beard, check out my after shave spray recipe. I made this for my husband and he loves using it after shaving. Plus, it smells so good!

If you are a man in need of man DIYs, below is a list of recipes you might like!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

1 thought on “DIY Beard Balm Recipe for a Softer Beard!”

  1. Great! They are friendly-budget. Beeswax is beneficial for the hair and skin because it helps to coat and protect. It also gives texture to hair. A beard balm will help moisturize the skin under the beard as well as the hair. Thank you!

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