Looking for an easy beard balm recipe? As you grow out your new beard, eventually you’ll need a little help taming flyaways and shaping your beard, which is the perfect job for beard balm. However, many men are intimidated by the prospect of making their own beard balm, which is why we’re providing an easy DIY beard balm recipe you can make in your own home.
What is Beard Balm
Before we get into how to make beard balm, let’s spend a moment discussing what beard balm is. Beard balm is used to help style and tame your beard. It has a soft-to-firm consistency and usually comes in a tin or jar. Beard oil, on the other hand, has a liquid-like consistency and usually comes in a bottle.
Beard balm can provide additional benefits than just helping shape your beard, though. Quality beard balm will actually help you protect your beard, and provide your beard the nutrients it needs to thrive. Some quality beard balms, like Beard Balm by Mossy Beard, also come in pleasant-smelling scents that make your beard irresistible. Finally, by keeping your beard hydrated, protected and clean, a beard balm with all-natural ingredients can help you grow your beard to its full potential.
How to Make Beard Balm
Making your own beard balm isn’t as simple as stirring up some beard oils or just buying some from your favorite beard balm company. So make sure you allow some extra time for the process, especially for your first batch. Be patient and learn from your mistakes. It might take a few batches to get things right. In the end, making a good quality beard balm requires patience, skill, and trial and error.
Beard Balm Ingredients
Here are a few items you’ll need to make your own beard balm. The recipe below will offer up some suggested measurements for each ingredient, but feel free to experiment with the ratios. The main ingredients you’ll need are below. Some may be hard to find locally, so we’ve linked to our top picks for each ingredient:
- 2oz (60ml) Shea nut butter
- 3oz (90ml) Cocoa butter
- 2oz (60ml) Beeswax
- 0.67oz (20ml) jojoba carrier oil
- 0.33oz (10ml) castor carrier oil
- Optional: About 10 drops of essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender, sandalwood or other scents, depending on how you want your finished beard balm to smell
You’ll also need some tools to help you make your own beard balm, such as:
- Kitchen scale to measure your beard balm ingredients
- A stove or some other heating element to melt your ingredients
- Pot to warm your ingredients, preferably a steamer pot
- Metal tool for blending
- Tins to store your finished product
Homemade Beard Balm Tip 1: Don’t use wooden utensils. Wood is porous, and the beard balm as well as the scents will penetrate the wood, leaving a smell and residue that will be very difficult to remove.
- Turn your stove on its LOWEST heat with your pot over it
- Add your Shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax, allowing them to melt slowly. Mix the Shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax they are completely dissolved.
- Once you shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax are liquefied, add carrier oils (jojoba and castor)
- Mix again
- Add your essential oil(s). Counting the drops you use is easier than measuring a specific amount. However, if you want to be consistent, measure the amounts rather than count drops.
- Allow the beard balm concoction to warm for a few seconds after adding your final beard balm ingredients and then turn off your stove
- Get your tins ready. You don’t want the beard balm to cool. If it does, the beard balm could harden in your pot. If that happens warm up your beard balm again, but be very careful to not burn it.
- While it’s still warm and liquefied, carefully place your beard balm in your tins
- Cool your beard balm at room temp. You may be tempted to put your finished beard balm in a fridge or cooler, but you risk your beard balm cooling too quickly. If your beard balms does cool too quickly, you’ll end up with beard balm that is brittle and flaky.
Homemade Beard Balm Tip 2: If you don’t have a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients, you could use measuring spoons. This method isn’t as accurate, but if you’re making homemade beard care products, accuracy isn’t something to stress about too much.
Is Making Your Own Worth It?
Making your own beard balm can save you come cash over the long haul. While buying the ingredients and dedicated tools may cost more initially than buying a finished product, you could potentially save a bit if you produce beard balm in bulk. The initial purchase of your beard balm recipe ingredients can last years rather than the 2-3 months a pre-made beard balm may last you.
However, you should to account for waste, mistakes and batches you simply do not like. This is especially true in the beginning as you become familiar with how to brew your own beard balm and define what you like. (There will be a lot of trial and error as you develop your own beard balm.)
Better Alternative to Making Your Own Beard Balm
If you want to cut to the chase and get your hands on quality beard balm you can trust and know it is 100% organic and natural, consider Beard Balm by Mossy Beard. Our beard balm is made from the best ingredients available, and our beard balm will not irritate sensitive skin, damage your beard or dry out your skin and beard. In fact, our beard balm will nourish, moisturize and protect your beard from harsh chemicals and environments.
2 oz Men’s Beard Balm
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