Beards, like hair, need to be washed regularly to get rid of excess oils, dead skin, food particles, and other detritus that can stop your beard from being at its best.
A lot of beard shampoos on the market are made from somewhat caustic cleaning chemicals that can leave the hair brittle and your skin dry.
If you're not ready to try our refreshing, cleansing beard wash, you should at least try making your own so you can start keeping a more hygienic beard. It is surprisingly easy and, if you make beard wash at home, you can control exactly what goes into it.
What should you look for in a good beard wash?
Before you get started making your own beard wash, you’ll want to know what to look for in the finished product.
To help you out, we’ve put together a few criteria we think are important in a great beard wash.
Does it Clean?
It seems pretty obvious, but the first thing you’ll want to add to your homemade beard wash is something that cleans you beard and skin.
However, you’re going to want to find a soap or similar cleaner that doesn’t dry out your skin, as many soaps do.
For our recipe, we’ve chosen to use Castile soap, a vegetable-based soap that doesn’t make use of animal fats and is mild enough to use on your face.
Does it Moisturize?
A lot of beard cleaners stip the essential oils out of your beard which makes them dry, itchy, and unmanageable.
A good beard wash adds those oils back to your beard, keeping your skin and facial hair looking healthy and manageable.
Common moisturizing additives to beard wash include oils such as Jojoba and Argan oil that have properties close to your skin’s natural oils and so can be more readily absorbed.
Does it Make You Smell Great?
There’s not much point in having the best-looking beard in the world if it smells very strongly of last night’s garlic-heavy take-out.
You’ll want your beard wash to replace that unpleasant ‘beard funk’ that can build up with a pleasant aroma. Ideally, one you enjoy as it’ll be just under your nose.
How to Make Beard Wash
Making your own beard wash is fairly easy with this recipe, you just need to follow these steps:
- 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil or argan oil
- 1/4 cup of Castile Soap in liquid form
- 1/8 of a teaspoon of peppermint oil
- 1/8 of a teaspoon of tea tree oil
- 1/4 cup of distilled water
Since all of the ingredients on this list are in liquid form, making your homemade beard wash as simple as combining them together and putting them in a sterilized container.
Keeping Your Beard Clean Daily
So there you have it, a simple and easy recipe for keeping your beard clean, fresh and moisturized. Loads of bacteria, grime and dirt get built up in beards and most do not know this nor do they take proper care to keep it clean. Our beard wash is an aromatic and refreshing experience that strips dirt and grim off your beard hair while cleansing and restoring the skin under your facial hair.