DIY Beard Balm

DIY Beard Balm

Authored By Kristen
Any bearded gentleman knows the value of keeping his facial hair well groomed and under control. Beard balm is not only great for grooming and controlling flyaway hairs, but also has value as a moisturizer for that under the beard skin that hasn't seen the light of day. Nourishing your skin with essential and carrier oils as well as plant butters can help stave off hair and skin dryness, especially in the coming fall and winter months, as well as fight acne, oily skin, dandruff, and eczema. Each specific ingredient has it's benefit for your skin health. Candelillia wax is full of nutrients like fatty acids and it is very easily absorbed into the skin and hair, moisturizing it, as well as creating a barrier to prevent loss of moisture. Shea butter and cocoa butter are natural moisturizers. Coconut oil is another natural moisturizer, but also has antiseptic properties. All three are lovely for combating dry skin, therefore helping to prevent wrinkles and reduce ruddiness of the skin. Tea tree oil is wonderful for the skin. As a natural antiseptic, it helps fight acne, as well as dry or oily skin. Cedarwood oil is a natural antiseptic as well, but also serves as an antifungal and astringent, also making it wonderful for acne and oily skin. Argan oil is an antioxidant with anti aging properties that contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It hydrates dry skin, but will not clog pores or cause oily skin to become greasy. Finally, almond oil also contains Vitamin E. monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, zinc, and a slew of other vitamins and minerals. This makes it wonderful for nourishing and moisturizing the skin and hair. In fact, all of these oils and butters are wonderful for moisturizing and nourishing not only the skin, but also facial hair. As if all of these wonderful benefits aren't enough, each of these ingredients smell wonderful.

Fancy beard balms are lovely, but they can be quite expensive. Looking dapper does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here you will find a quick and easy DIY vegan beard balm recipe. You'll find that the total cost to make your own vegan beard balm will be much cheaper than purchasing a balm online or in a store. Moreover, typical balms will contain beeswax, which is not a vegan ingredient. On the other hand, this recipe that you can whip up yourself in under 20 minutes is beeswax free and much more cost effective than any you will find online or in the store. The only tools that you will need to make your own DIY Vegan Beard Balm are an old pot, a spoon for stirring, and a container with a lid to store your balm. Additionally, you will need the ingredients listed in the vegan beard balm recipe you'll find below. Many, if not all, of these ingredients can be found in grocery stores, natural food stores, or even craft stores. You will find especially good prices for each of these ingredients online. One important tip to take heed of is that you will not want to use a pot that you need to continue cooking food in following your beard balm project. DO NOT USE A NEW OR GOOD QUALITY POT. Wax can be very tricky to get off of a pot. Once you've used your pot to make your beard balm, keep it far away from your food, unless you like to eat wax of course! You can also purchase special pots for wax melting at many craft stores, but there is truly no need unless you intend to make this a regular thing, or even begin selling your vegan beard balm. Once you have collected all of the necessary ingredients and have your pot and spoon at the ready, follow the recipe below for beard balm goodness.

Beard Balm Recipe

  • 2 oz. Candelillia wax
  • 5 oz. shea butter
  • 5 oz cocoa butter
  • 4 oz. coconut oil
  • 5 oz. Sweet almond oil
  • 5 Argan oil
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops cedarwood oil

Using an old pot, or one specifically designated for this purpose, melt wax and butters on low heat, stirring occasionally. Once nearly melted, add coconut oil and remove from heat. Stir to assure that all is melted and combined. Add in your essential oils and stir. Carefully pour the mixture into a shallow screw top tin, small mason jar, or whatever storage container you've chosen. Cool completely before replacing the cap. Allow to harden overnight before use.

Notes: If you prefer a harder balm or need more control of flyaway beard or mustache hairs, stronger shaping, or better hold, you can add more wax. Don't go too crazy, however, otherwise you will look like you melted a candle onto your face! There are many other essential oils that can be added, and each oil will have different benefits for the skin, in addition to the obvious moisturizing properties. Some oils smell woodsy, some smell clean and fresh or citrusy. Feel free to experiment with what oils and combinations you prefer, or make a few different recipes so you can keep different scents handy to match your mood. See list below for ideas.

Allspice Oil, Angelica Oil, Anise Oil, Basil Oil, Bergamot Oil, Bitter almond Oil, Black pepper Oil, Chamomile Oil, Cardamom Oil, Cassia Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Citronella Oil, Coriander Oil, Dill Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fennel Oil, Frankincense Oil, Ginger Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Jasmine Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lime Oil, Mandarin Oil, Manuka Oil, Myrrh Oil, Myrtle Oil, Niaouli Oil, Oakmoss Oil, Orange Oil, Oregano Oil, Patchouli Oil, Peppermint Oil, Pine Oil, Rose Oil, Rosemary Oil, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Spearmint Oil, Tangerine Oil, Thyme Oil, Vanilla Oil


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