DIYs for Guys – Beard Balm with Essential oils
Implementing a beard balm into your facial grooming routine is a fantastic way to improve the health of your beard and decrease rashes, itchiness, and damaged hair. If you have done any shopping around for beard balms, you already know that at $15-$25 per tin, it can quickly become very costly to maintain that healthy beard.
Ingredients for the Beard Balm
1. The Beeswax
The most essential ingredient in your beard balm is the all natural Beeswax. Natural beeswax is what is going to give your balm the hold it will need, help maintain it’s consistency and it supplies the hair essential nutrients like vitamin A.
With very little friction it melts, and then solidifies quickly. When you are learning how to make beard balm for personal use, the most cost efficient type of Beeswax to buy is in 1-ounce bars. I like the beeswax pellets though, because it’s easier for me to measure and melts quicker.
2. The Butters
To create your own beard balm, you will need both cocoa and Shea butter. Each has their own unique qualities, and definitely smell different but are both valuable ingredients in the recipe. The cocoa butter smells pleasant and has essential antioxidants and vitamins.
The Shea butter has anti-inflammatory qualities, reducing both rashes and itchiness. These butters give the beard balm their spreading texture, allowing the balm to melt in your hands. Purchase one pound of each for your beard balm.
3. The Carrier Oils
To give the beard balm texture, you will need to add carrier oils (liquid state oils). Depending on personal preference, the oils you can use range from argan, jojoba, grapeseed, kukui nut, coconut, and avocado. Purchase the smallest container until you find oils that you find most enjoyable. Personally, I prefer Young Living’s V-6 carrier oil because it is a mix of oils that each provide nutrients to the beard oil and you don’t have to buy them all separately. This oil complex nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and will not stain clothes. V-6 is offered in both 8-ounce and 32-ounce refill bottles
4. The Essential Oils
In order to give your beard balm a pleasant scent, you will need to add some essential oils. These oils are used very sparingly, as you do not want to overwhelm those around you with a strong odor. For a masculine smell, consider pine, cedar, or sandalwood oils. Tree oils are helpful reducing flakes and dandruff. Cedar wood is often added to stimulate hair growth for a full, thick beard. The sky is the limit here!
Additional Items Needed for the Beard Balm
While you are out shopping for the beard balm ingredients, now is the time to purchase a few accessories. Be sure to have on hand a small funnel, pipettes, an eyedropper, and a kitchen scale for measuring the cocoa and Shea butter accurately. Be sure you have a cooking vat for mixing the ingredients, since the ingredients are extremely tough to clean, use this vat only for mixing your balm.
One last thing to have on hand are containers to store your beard balm. Until you find the perfect mixture, consider buying a few round tins for storing the balm, they range from a quarter ounce to eight-ounce containers.
How to Make Beard Balm
The amounts and oils in this example are for creating a nice smelling and soothing balm, experiment with other oils.
Step 1. Heating the Mixture
Place 2 ounces Shea butter, 1 ounce of Beeswax, and 4 ounces of coconut carrier oil into the vat and place over a very low heat. Since you are only experimenting with small portions, a candle warmer might be safer than the low setting on your range. Heating the ingredients too hot will take away from their benefits. This is also why you wouldn’t want to microwave the mixture (and to avoid scorching).
Step 2. Mixing the Balm
Watch closely as the ingredients begin to melt and blend together. Stir occasionally and do not let come to a boil. If it reaches a boil, you burn the mixture and eliminate all those therapeutic ingredients. Once the solution has become a liquid, remove from the heat.
Step 3. Adding Essential Oils
This is when you have to work a little fast. The key here is adding the essential oils before the balm is allowed to solidify. Place a few drops of the rosemary and lavender oil in the balm, stir well.
Step 4. Pour Into the Tin
Once the oil has been added, immediately pour the balm into the storage tin and cover. We like using 1 or2 ounce tins.
Step 5. Cooling the Balm
Allow the balm to sit in the tin overnight to properly cool. The next morning your beard balm will be ready to apply to your face.
Experiment with different oils to get the fragrance and the texture you desire. Some oils will reduce itchiness, some make the skin moist. In no time at all you will be an expert making your own beard balm at home.
Essential Oils For Beard Blends
- Lavender – Very soothing and healing for skin, including acne burns, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It also supposedly has aphrodisiac properties to spice things up a bit. Helpful against dandruff, dry and fragile hair, hair loss, skin inflammation, itching, rashes and wrinkles.
- Cedarwood – A woodsy base note that is particularly helpful for acne, oily skin, psoriasis and inflammatory skin conditions. Anti-fungal and astringent (tightens pores).
- Tea Tree – Very popular for acne, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation and rashes. Good for healthy skin in general. This has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties according to research.
- Patchouli– Research has shown it may combat acne and dandruff. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and astringent properties.
- Rosemary – Helpful for greasy hair, hair loss, and inflammation. Has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties when I researched the benefits.
- Bergamot – May help to relieve stress, calming and uplifting. Good for acne, oily skin and eczema. Has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties according to many scientific studies.
We like to make aftershave, lip balm and more for a perfect gift for the guys!