There are a few things to learn when you are wanting to make your own beard oil, and we are going to cover these within this article.
WHY USE A BEARD OIL?
There are a few reasons why men benefit from a good beard oil:
- Due to beard hair being typically quite coarse, it can often cause itching and dandruff (or beardruff), or ingrown hairs on the facial skin. Beard oils will condition the skin as well as the beard hair.
- A thick beard makes it difficult to access the skin underneath, so problems such as dryness, acne, or inflammation can be made worse. Beard oil can get under the hair and onto the skin.
- Long beards can become tangled and messy. Daily application of beard oil and use of a beard comb can smooth the hair and encourage it to lay in one direction.
- Beard oil makes your beard look shiny and luxurious.
- They can nourish the hair follicles and stimulate growth.
- Reduce itching and flakiness.
To make your own beard oils, you will want some tools to make the job easier. These include:
- Bottles for storage – look for dark glass as these will protect your oils from damaging UV rays. <= Get these on Amazon.
- Carrier Oils – these will be the base of your blend. <= Buy a pack of carrier oils from Amazon so you can experiment to see which ones you like.
- Essential oils – You want high quality oils from a reputable company. <= I buy mine from Young Living.
- Pipettes – Excellent for measuring or transferring essential oils. <= Get them on Amazon.
- Funnels – small metal funnels are best, as a plastic funnel will absorb the essential oils. <= Available on Amazon.
- Measuring beakers – These will help you precisely measure your carrier oils. <= Get them on Amazon.
BASE/CARRIER OILS FOR DIY BEARD OILS
A beard oil begins with a base/carrier oil. Carrier oils carry the scents of essential oils and dilute them enough that they won’t damage your skin.
All of the base/carrier oils will have benefits to the skin and hair, so the oils you choose are based on personal preference. I personally like to use a blend of two oils. I love Argan for its ability to absorb right into the hair cortex and I love Prickly Pear oil for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving a greasy residue.
- Jojoba: Moisturizes the hair and skin. Closely resembles skin’s own sebum. It will give your beard a soft and smooth feeling. Learn more about Jojoba here.
- Argan: Makes hair shiny and manageable. High in antioxidants. Learn more about Argan oil here.
- Sweet Almond: Anti-inflammatory, helps prevent ingrown hairs. Conditions and softens hair. Learn more about sweet almond oil here.
- Coconut: Highly moisturizing, anti-fungal and antibacterial. Protects beard from damage. Learn more about coconut oil here.
- Hemp Seed: Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Keeps hair from getting brittle.
- Hazelnut: An astringent oil that constricts pores.
- Apricot Kernel: Quickly absorbed by the skin. Helps curb flakiness.
- Pomegranate: Enhances skin texture. Reduces inflammation and prevents moisture loss. Learn more about pomegranate oil here.
- Rosehip: Helps improve skin tone and color. Learn more about Rosehip seed oil here.
- Prickly Pear: Penetrates without leaving a greasy residue. Deeply nourishing and soothing. Learn more about Prickly Pear seed oil here.
- Raspberry Seed: Hydrating and protecting, not greasy. Learn more about Raspberry seed oil here.
- Avocado: Deeply moisturizing. Works well for very dry skin. Learn more about avocado oil here.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DIY BEARD OILS
Essential oils that work well in beard oils are those that have a manly scent and work well at nourishing the hair and skin:
- Basil: Herbal and spicy, sharp, licorice-like scent. Helps increase hair health. Boosts mental clarity and fights tension.
- Cedarwood: Musky, herbal, woody and masculine scent. Helps balance oil production on the skin. A natural deodorizer that calms an overexcited mind. Can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, minor cuts and bruises.
- Cypress: Evergreen aroma. Tones and tightens the skin. Invigorates the mood.
- Eucalyptus: Strong, fresh, clean, slightly woody aroma. May temporarily reduce the pain associated with irritated skin. Centering and clearing to the mind. Dispels nervous exhaustion.
- Fennel: Sweet, licorice-like scent. Energizes and stimulates a positive mood. Tones and tightens the skin.
- Frankincense: Woody and sweet aroma. Balances the emotions and uplifts the mood. Tones and tightens the skin.
- Grapefruit: Citrusy and fresh scent. Relieves feelings of exhaustion and encourages a joyful mood. Can stimulate hair growth and improve oily and blemish-prone skin.
- Juniper: Sweet and woody scent. Can help improve oily, mature or combination skin. Helps ease the discomfort of dry or irritated skin. Calms tension and stress. Can help stimulate new hair growth. Enhances libido.
- Lemongrass: Sweet, citrusy scent. Opens pores and helps reduce blackheads and spider veins. Improves hair shine. Relaxing and uplifting.
- Myrrh: Rich, balsamic aroma. Helps soothe dry and cracked skin, and can relieve itching and irritation. Mood balancing and enhances creativity.
- Neroli: Strong, sweet floral with a tad of citrus. Tone and tighten skin, while improving the appearance of blemishes, stretch marks, spider veins, and scars. Mild aphrodisiac that encourages a calm mind.
- Nutmeg: Warm and spicy scent. Improves hair appearance. Strengthens the mind, and helps to overcome nervous fatigue.
- Peppermint: Sharp, minty and cool aroma. Cooling to the skin, can help reduce itch.
- Petitgrain: Citrusy and floral scent. Works on all skin types. Stimulates creativity and clears the mind.
- Rosemary: Herbaceous, slightly woody, medicinal scent. Tones and tightens the skin and acts as a hair tonic. Stimulates focus.
- Sandalwood: Woody and earthy aroma. Helps regulate the production of sebum. Reduces discomfort associated with flaky, irritated skin. Uplifts the mood.
- Vetiver: Earthy and balsamic aroma. Tones and tightens the skin. Relaxes the mind and body and sharpens awareness.
DILUTION RATES FOR BEARD OILS
A beard oil should be made to be a 2% dilution rate for essential oils to carrier/base oils. This is the recommended safe dilution rate for oils that are used in daily skin care.
To get a 2% dilution rate you use:
5 ml bottle (1 tsp carrier oil) 3 drops E.O
10 ml bottle (2 tsp carrier oil) 6 drops E.O
15 ml bottle (3 tsp carrier oil) 9 drops E.O
30 ml bottle (6 tsp carrier oil) 18 drops E.O
You should always perform a patch test with your beard oil before using it fully on your face. To do a patch test, take a drop of your beard oil and apply it to the inside of your elbow. Leave it for 24 hours and watch for irritation. If it looks good after 24 hours, with no noticeable irritation, you are safe to use the beard oil blend.
CHOOSING YOUR SCENT
There are no rules when it comes to making your own scent blends, but there are some suggestions for making your blends well rounded.
The basic premise to scent blending is to choose a base note oil, a middle note oil and a top note oil.
The base note is the longest lasting scent, it forms the base of your blend. The middle note is the heart of your blend, it creates a balance. The top note is the quickest to evaporate, and gives the first impression.
Blends are generally made of about 50% base, 30% middle and 20% top notes. But remember – there are no rules! Experiment and have fun.
MIXING YOUR BEARD OIL
Remember to always dilute your essential oils and never use them full straight on your beard. Here are the steps to creating your own beard oil:
- Choose your essential oils. I like to use a base note oil, a middle note oil and a top note oil for a well rounded scent.
- Blend your essential oils into a glass bottle, cap, shake, and allow them to sit for 24 hours. The scent will cure and mature.
- Add your carrier oils and shake well.
STORING YOUR BEARD OIL
Store all of your ingredients and your finished beard oils in a dark cupboard. I always put my blends in a dark glass bottle, to protect them from damaging light.
HOW TO USE YOUR BEARD OIL
A beard oil is best applied right after getting out of the shower. You can then reapply throughout the day as needed.
- Pour your oil out onto your hands.
- Rub your hands together.
- Run your fingers over your beard until the oil is nicely distributed. Or use a beard comb.
- If there is any oil left on your hands just rub it into your hair or onto your skin.