Unless you’re one of the lucky few who is blessed with perfect beard genetics, there’s a good chance that the image in the mirror occasionally shows a ragged tangle of hair that looks like you’ve been living in the woods for a few months.
The good news is that there is a way to tame that tangle. Beard balms can help to smooth and style your beard while adding vital hydration to your hair and face.
The even better news is that they’re relatively simple to make in the comfort of your own home and you can customize the texture and scent to suit your skin and taste.
So, if you’d like to tame your beard and you’re thinking, “how hard is it to make my own beard balm”, we’re here to show you how.
What Is Beard Balm?
At its most basic, beard balm is a combination of moisturizing oils, like jojoba and argan; carrier oils, like grapeseed or apricot; essential oils, like lavender or cedarwood, and beeswax.
In many ways, beard balm is like a hair pomade for your beard. The beeswax lets you add structure and shape to your beard while the various oils help to moisture your beard and the skin beneath it.
What Do You Need to Make Beard Balm at Home?
One of the best things about taking the time to make beard balm at home is that you have a huge amount of control over what goes into it.
However, you do have to start somewhere so we’ve put together a list of some of the more common ingredients:
- Pure beeswax - The beeswax included in beard balm is what gives your beard its shape and structure. It’s the main styling ingredient. When you buy it, try to aim for pure, cosmetics grade, beeswax, not the stuff used in household candles.
- Moisturizing oils - Generally jojoba or argan oil. These oils are the closest to the natural sebum that your body produces and are the best oils for moisturizing you skin and hair.
- Carrier oils - Since adding pure essential oils to your face can damage your skin, carrier oils like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil are used to dilute the pure essential oils.
- Essential oils - These are used to scent your beard. Common essential oils include lavender oil, cedar oil, and eucalyptus oil.
How to Make Beard Balm
The process for making beard balm is surprisingly simple, just follow the steps below:
- 0.8 oz beeswax
- 0.6 oz mango butter
- 0.3 oz almond oil
- 0.2 oz jojoba oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- Place the wax, carrier oils, and mango butter together in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them on high for 30 seconds, repeating this process until they are fully melted.
- Add in the essential oils and stir with a metal spoon.
- Pour out into a container of your choice and leave to harden at room temperature.
Having your own home made beard balm on hand is a great way to keep your beard and skin moisturized.