Beard Balm and Beard Oil Recipes
Why Beard Oil? The Care and Styling of Your Beard
When I was designing this beard oil recipe, I spent a good amount of time studying and comparing ingredients in a beard balm recipe as well. If I am going to compare beard oil vs. beard balm, it only seems appropriate to design a beard wax recipe as well. All three recipes build on the basic ingredients of the beard oil recipe. I have tried to use oils that are light, easily absorbed, nutritious and non-comedogenic. The beard balm recipe contains such light, nutritive oils as well as a small touch of beeswax. When considering whether to use beard balm or oil, there are different properties to compare. Both oil and balm are conditioning for the skin and the hair. Oil offers light to no control, and balm offers medium to light control. Both will soften the beard and add shine.
I have included a recipe for a basic beard oil. You should be able to purchase all of the beard oil ingredients at a well-stocked grocery, and essential oils are optional. If you choose to use them, they can be found at most natural food stores and some pharmacies. Whether you are using oil, balm, or wax, the application process is similar: rub a small amount between palms and fingers, then apply starting at the roots and moving to the ends.
Below is the beard oil recipe I have devised. Because you will be dealing with small amounts of oils, I will weigh the ingredients in grams. Most kitchen scales have a setting for grams as well as ounces. Be sure to set your scale to the correct unit of measurement before you begin.
- 14 grams raw pressed sesame oil
- 7 grams apricot kernel oil
- 7 grams avocado oil
- 5 drops pine essential oil
- 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
Mix oils together with essential oils and store in an airtight bottle. Use a small amount (a pea-sized to a dime-sized amount) to massage into the roots of your beard, then gently spread the oil out toward the ends.
- 7 grams beeswax
- 10 grams apricot kernel oil
- 5 grams avocado oil
- 6 grams cocoa butter
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
- 5 drops vanilla absolute
- 5 drops cypress essential oil
Over gentle heat, melt the beeswax with the soft oils until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Continue stirring until completely melted. Add the essential oils and absolutes and stir thoroughly. Pour into a container and place in freezer for 20-30 minutes. This quick cooling prevents crystallization of the balm.
To use, place a small amount between palms — a dime to a nickel sized amount — and rub between hands to soften. Massage first into the roots of your beard and then spread out toward the ends. Brush or comb to style.
Because the main purpose of both beard oil and beard balm is to condition the skin and beard, you will not notice much hold or control when styling. Balm will provide a higher degree of control than oil, while oil will generally provide more shine to the beard than the balm. Not everyone enjoys having essential oils so close to their nose, so feel free to omit them if you wish — they are totally optional.
What is beard balm used for? If you have a beard on the shorter side, but you need a touch of control and hold to your style, beard balm may be right for you. It provides the conditioning and softening qualities of oil with a gentle hold provided by beeswax. This works best for relaxing mild curl in the beard and holding a straighter style over the course of the day. It does not have the stiffness of wax and is much easier to work into the roots of the hairs. A few quick swipes with a sable brush and your beard is good to go.
Whether you opt for beard oil or balm, you’re in for a luxurious grooming treat with your own homemade oils or balms. With no unnecessary additives and no need for potentially irritating preservatives, these products will leave you looking freshly groomed and elegant. The light scent of raw beeswax and, in the case of the balm, raw cocoa butter may be all the fragrance you desire, but if not, try adding a few drops of essential oils to the mixtures for an extra special treat.