Do you have a beard? Is there a man your life with a beard? This post is for you! Beards can be a lot of work. It seems all manly and anti-product in so many ways, but really, if you don’t take care of your beard, the skin underneath tends to get irritated and aside from being annoying, it can lead to bad hygiene and skin infections. Yikes! Luckily, it’s not too hard to make a beard balm that you can tailor to your own skin’s specific needs an keep that manly beard in lux condition!
So. You want to take care of your beard. There are a few different things you can make for it, an oil, a balm, or a moisturizer. The balm works best, and in general, it’s more of a general-use kinda product. If your skin is super prone to dryness, you live and are frequently out in a cold, dry environment and you are not prone to acne, then you may want to go for the moisturizer or beard oil. You may also want beard oil if you want to slick your beard up. Personally, I’m not a fan, but it’s not my business if you want to be a hipster.
So, we’ll start with the Beard Balm.
Falling Day’s Beard Balm Recipe
- Coconut oil
- Essential oils
It should be noted that you could add some jojoba oil, shea, or almond oil to this for texture, if you do, add a little beeswax to keep it all uniform. Sometimes I’ll do this for the winter batches.
Choose whichever essential oils you like. I tend to pick ones that help control acne and ingrown hairs, which my husband’s beard often encourages underneath it’s bristly exterior.
- Scoop out some coconut oil into an heatproof bowl. How much on how much you’d like to make. I like to make small batches so they stay fresher longer. This is maybe a little more than a 1/4 cup.
- Get a little water boiling in a saucepan, you’re going to be putting the coconut oil onto a double boiler to melt it down.
- Now that you have that going, collect your army of essential oils and decide which ones you will use based on function and smell. Remember that the coconut oil will be the base of that smell, so pick something that goes with it, or tones it down if you don’t want to walk around smelling like a pina colada. I chose to use a combination of orange, vanilla, cedar, lavender, cinnamon, and frankincense for their various abilities as astringents, antiseptics, acne prevention, anti-bacterial properties, and to strengthen hair roots. Also, it smells great! I went heavier on the orange and vanilla, which really work well with the coconut. Make sure to mix this in a separate small bowl, so you can smell-test it.
- Once your coconut oil is completely clear, add the essential oils in, and let it heat up for a minute or two longer.
- Then carefully remove the concoction and transfer it to a heat-safe container, like a small room temperature mason jar. It will look colourless and cloudy like this. I guess you could add food colouring or something, but I wouldn’t.
- Leave it on your counter to cool completely, then add the lid. If you’d about stuff landing in it, just put a coffee filter or clean towel over the top, but don’t put the lid on it until it’s cooled completely.
- When it’s ready, you just take a little bit on your fingers and massage it into your glorious beard once or twice a day.
Falling Day’s Beard Moisturizer
OK, so for the moisturizer it’s very similar to the balm, but you’re not going to use your stove.
- Coconut Oil
- Essential oils
If you want to use additional carrier oils for texture, you’re going to need to follow the directions for the balm first so you can combine them into a homogenous mixture, let that cool, then follow these directions:
- Put your coconut oil into your stand mixer with the whisk attachment
- Add your essential oils
- Set to high speed and whip it until it reaches the desired texture: something like smooth and creamy, or maybe even like whipping cream!
- Transfer it into a clean jar or pot
- Use as necessary (once or twice a day, a little goes a long way!)
I don’t make this too often, and I do I refer to the recipe over at The Crunchy Chronicles, check it out here: DIY Beard Oil. I still follow the same principle with the essential oils, looking for qualities and scents that suit the bearded individual lucky enough to need the product!