1 Simple Method to Making Beard Butter at Home

1 Simple Method to Making Beard Butter at Home

Beard butter sits between beard oil and beard balm in your beard care tool kit. 

It helps to relax your beard and prevent dry skin in the way that oil does, but has a heavy enough body you can use it as a styling aid. 

This is particularly handy if you don’t want to use the beeswax found in a lot of beard balms.

The other great benefit to beard butter is the simplicity with which you can make your own!

So, if you’ve been caught with an empty pot and need your beard calm and soft for the day ahead, here is our one simple method for making beard butter at home.

What exactly is beard butter?

Before you start reaching for your favorite salted sandwich lubricant, it’s worth noting that beard butter doesn’t contain any dairy. The butter part normally comes from Shea Butter, which is a nut extract, or cocoa butter, which is a fat extracted from cocoa beans. The best way to think of beard butter is that it’s a lot like body butter for you facial hair.

The primary benefits of beard butter are:

  • It’s great for keeping your beard, and the skin under it, supple and moisturized.
  • The heavy body means it can penetrate unruly beards a little better than beard oil.
  • That same heavy body means you can use it to softly style your beard.
  • It doesn’t contain any pore-blocking beeswax.
  • You can make it at home with minimal effort.

Best beard butter ingredients:

As with a lot of homemade beard care products, what you put into your beard is going to depend on your personal preferences. 

We’ll be giving some specific measurements in our recipe, but here are some of the primary ingredients of beard butter that you can play around with if you want to create your own recipe.

  • Nut butters, such as shea butter or cocoa butter. These provide the heavy body of beard oil and act as a binding and moisturizing agent. 
  • Carrier oils, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, cedar oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil. These dilute and ‘carry’ the essential oils onto your skin without irritating it.
  • Essential oils, such as eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, and bergamot. Essential oils provide the scent to your beard butter, but because they can irritate your skin, they need to be diluted with carrier oils.

How to make beard butter

For making beard butter at home, you’ll need a stove, a pot, and a metal mixing spoon. Don’t use a wooden one or the essential oils will flavor it. You’ll also need a tin or glass jar for storage.


  • 100g (~3.5 oz) shea nut butter
  • 70g (~2.5oz) cocoa butter
  • 20ml jojoba oil
  • 10ml castor oil
  • Up to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil


  • Mix and melt your shea and cocoa butter over the lowest heat possible on your stove.
  • Once the butters have liquefied, add in the carrier oils and mix.
  • Add in your essential oils one drop at a time until you reach a level of scent that works for you.
  • While it’s still warm, pour your beard butter into your storage containers.
  • Cool your beard butter at room temperature. Don’t refrigerate it or it may become brittle.
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