How To Make Your Own Beard Oil
The clean-shaven look is no longer here to stay. We can see a much larger number of bearded men walking down the road than a few years ago. Now, as more and more of us try to sport that perfect bearded look, you’ll be relieved to know that you don’t really have to make a huge investment for all those creams and those different kinds of lotions with their complicated ingredients. Why, when you can make your own beard oil right at home!
Since the most essential component in beard oil are the carrier oils and the essential oils, the key to making a great beard oil is finding the right combination of these oils and mixing them in the adequate quantity. This might seem like a really arduous task but this article is going to simplify the process for you, so that when you sit down to make that beard oil, it’ll seem like a whole lot of fun!
A thorough guide on how to make your own beard oil
Know your ingredients for beard oil
Ok, so first things first, let’s talk about the most important ingredient in beard oil, the carrier oils. When we say important, it means really important as carrier oils make up almost 98% of the final product. The other type of oils we use are essential oils, which provides health benefits and fragrance.
Carrier oils for your beard
They literally have the biggest responsibility when it comes to making beard oil. The reason is that carrier oils, just like their name suggests, “carry” the essential oils which, if used independently, could be damaging to the skin.
Essential oils, if mixed without the carrier oils, could cause irritation and skin damage. However, that’s not their only purpose. These oils are also meant to dilute the essential oils and so when you are making your recipe; it is maximum quantity of carrier oils mixed with a few drops of essential oils in each solution.
Commonly used carrier oils for making beard oil
The most commonly used carrier oils are jojoba oil, organ, sweet almond and coconut oil. Jojoba oil is perhaps one of the best carrier oils and if you are making beard oil for the first time, it is safer to use this oil.
One of the main reasons for this is that it has a molecular structure that is very similar to the oil produced by our scalp- the sebum oil. There have also been numerous studies to show that jojoba oil is great for hair growth.
Coconut oil, apart from being a great cooking base has extremely beneficial properties when used as carrier oil. It is known to prevent hair damage, retain moisture content in your hair and also acts as a natural conditioner.
Argon Oil is like the silent supporter. Usually goes unnoticed but without it, you won’t get that soft and moisturized feel to your beard. This essentially means that any kind of beard itch is reduced and even eliminated at times. So for those of you growing really long beards, you probably don’t want to forget this one.
Carrier Oils are mostly naturally made and contain natural properties which are great for your beard but also mean that they have a low shelf life, many of them lasting only a few months.
Now we know lists could get confusing and with more and more names, the difficulty in choosing the best one could become a tiresome task, so we’ve carefully selected a few of these oils which will be the best options to choose from.
Some of the most commonly used ones have been mentioned above. Other than those, let us look at a few more:
Essential Oils for your making your own beard oil
Essential oils usually come from roots, wood, flowers, peels and even berries. They are usually the fragrance-givers in your beard oil. They also have numerous health benefits and are also a source of Vitamin E.
If you like experimenting, you can mix different kinds of essentials for every beard recipe to see which one works best for you. One word of caution, however, is to always remember to mix the right quantity of Essential Oils. Usually, you wouldn’t need more than 10 drops per solution and with essential oils, every drop matters. Let us look at some of the most beneficial essential oils you can get:
These are just some of the different essential oils. There are a bunch of essential oils out there and it is important to know what essential oil does what as this will also give you a better idea of what you want from your beard oil. It is usually best to purchase a set of essential oils, it is cheaper than buying one by one. This will allow you to experiment with different aromas.
Tools of the trade
Now that you know what the oils are that are required in your beard oil, you’ll need a few more tools in order to mix them and measure the right quantity of ingredients, so for this, you will need:
Dark Amber Glass Bottles
The very first thing you’ll need is a bottle and not just any bottle, but a dark amber glass bottle. Why? This is mainly because dark bottles won’t allow sunlight to pass through and also have anti-oxidant properties. More than that, they will keep the oil fresh and increase the shelf life. Commercial bottles usually come in different sizes and the most common size is 2 oz. However, if this is the first time you’re making it, you would probably want to start with a smaller size such as 1oz bottles for your beard oil.
Eye Dropper is an excellent tool for measuring the right mix of ingredients to be put into your beard oil recipe. It is also a valuable tool for applying it directly on to your beard. There are many stores which sell eye droppers along with the bottles and if you have a tight budget, you should probably look for those.
Some optional additional tools to Eye droppers:
It would be best to get a small funnel for easily pouring carrier oils into your glass. Using the funnel tool for your beard will make the process of putting the oil into the container much easier. This is a must have item when you make your own beard oil.
Glass Graduated Cylinder
So we’re really getting scientific here but might we also add that there is a need to! It only takes a few drops here and there to disturb the scent of your beard oil and that’s why it’s important to get it right the first time. With glass graduated cylinders, you can ensure that you make no mistake as they give out a precise measurement of the quantity you need.
This is also an important component. We’re sure you’ve seen those measuring cups at pharmacies. Well, this could be a perfect instrument to mix all the ingredients together in the right proportion.
Making your own beard Oil
Ok, so now the fun part begins. Take the bottle you have just bought and mix the carrier oils into them. Depending on the kind of recipe you are concocting, you can mix one or more carrier oils.
While you’re filling the carrier oils into the bottle, it could be a good idea to pour it through a funnel, as there are less chances of it spilling outside. These oils are expensive and precious so you don’t want to waste even a drop! Also to start with, you can pour in about 1 oz as a base.
Once you are done with the carrier oils, you can then move on to mixing the essential oils into your mix. As we discussed earlier, you want to mix only a few drops of the essential oil and this is where you can use your eye dropper, to pour an exact amount.
After the oils are safely in the bottle together, give it a nice hard shake for about 30 seconds. The beard oil is then ready to be applied directly to your beard and start reaping the benefits of beard oil. There are some pros who leave it for a few days before they use it, to let the oils mix and bind with each other completely. And that’s all there is to it!
Things to remember while making beard oil at home
So you see? It is simple to make your own beard oil. It’s just about knowing the ingredients you want and then using them wisely. However, there are a few things we should keep in mind while making beard oils at home and let’s look at a few of them:
- If you’d like your beard to not have a scent, that would mean removing the fragrance-giver from your mix. Removing essential oils would leave you with carrier oils, which are good for your beard. However, apart from just the fragrance, essential oils are also good sources of Vitamin E and that is considered extremely beneficial for hair health. There are natural beard products.
- You might want to cut costs and invest in a plastic bottle instead of a glass bottle. You must not do that, as plastic apart from being harmful for storing liquids also doesn’t work like glass to increase the oil’s shelf life and quality.
- It is important to be intuitive while preparing your mix. Even though there are pre-set proportions to each oil, if you feel like essential oils are too much, chuck that mix.
- If you choose Amber glass bottles (which are dark), the oils are protected from UV rays which could affect the quality of the oil.
- Don’t forget to shake the bottle before use. Whether you’ve bought it from a store or making it yourself, it’s better to do it as oils tend to get separated if they sit for too long.
Beard oil recipes you can make at home
The Recipe for the everyday man
- 1oz jojoba oil
- 1oz olive oil
- 5 drops of cedarwood oil
This recipe is for everyday use and is simple and probably the best to experiment with. You should probably not replace jojoba with any other carrier oil but your essential oils can vary, depending on which one doesn’t carry a risk of allergies.
Pro Tip: If you want to check if you’re allergic to any essential oil, rub some under your armpits (the most sensitive area) and see if you get any rashes or if your skin starts itching. Do this before you make your own beard oil.
The Hair Stimulating Beard Recipe
- 1oz argon oil
- 1oz castor oil
- Tinge of cayenne pepper( optional)
- 4-5 drops of ginger oil
- 4-5 drops of gingko extract
- 4-5 drops of sandalwood oil
- The Comforting Beard Recipe
- 1oz coconut oil
- 1oz carrot oil
- A few drops of fir needle essential oil
Fir needle essential oil has an almost earthy scent and comes from the tree itself. Other than conditioning your beard, it has other great benefits such as fighting sore throats, respiratory problems, fatigue and arthritis.
There are some beard oil recipes that have great health benefits. Some can stimulate hair growth and keep your beard healthy. These essential oil mixes have been chosen for their healing properties.
Sparse Hair Growth Recipe
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- 10 drops of cypress oil
- 10 drops of sandalwood oil
- 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- About 30 ml of a carrier oil of your choice
Lavender and Lemongrass essential oils have excellent healing properties. If applied directly to the skin, add a soothing effect to your beard. It also serves other functions of curing headaches, relief from stress and many more such benefits.
The Save me from Hair Loss Recipe
- 10-12 drops of cedarwood oil
- 8-10 drops of rosemary oil
- 10-12 drops of sandalwood oil
This is a really important one. How you can use it is to gently apply to your beard for about 2-3 minutes and then keep it there, so that it really soaks into your pores. This is suppose to help with beard hair growth.
Closing thoughts on how to make your own beard oil
So making your own beard oil does sound like fun, doesn’t it? It is understandable that it is more convenient to purchase one from amazon. It has more to do with the idea of actually creating something on your own. Other than the fact that it is a lot more feasible an option. Once you try out different oils and test how they are affecting your beard, you’ll really start enjoying the process of how to make your own beard oil.
It is a great feeling to take care of your body, skin and a beard for a man, is too important to ignore. We hope this article was useful in educating you about the different things to keep in mind. While you make your own beard oil as you would have guessed by now, that sporting a beard isn’t just an everyday task but a way of life.
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