Beard oil is king for beard care and growth.
If you know anything about growing a beard, or your beard care, then you know beard oil is a must have. It is the foundation for a healthy and thriving beard.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a bad beard oil – they’re not all the same.
For example, we would never recommend getting a beard oil from a big shopping chain like Walmart!
Often times, these beard oils have artificial ingredients in them that kill your beard, dry it out, and are bad for your skin.
Luckily, many online retailers and beard specialists have great beard oils using all natural oils and essential oils, however, the costs can be absurdly high.
We’ve seen some for almost $30 a bottle before – they’re great, but you can easily make the same thing for far cheaper.
To understand how to make your own beard oils (sometimes it costs around $1 per bottle when homemade!), we have to introduce you to some important parts and ingredients to a sophisticated, healthy, and manly beard oil.
Every beard oil needs a proper foundation, and that’s where carrier oils come in.
Carrier oils are exactly that – oils that carry. They will dilute and carry the essential oils you blend together to provide a safe and effective beard oil.
Often times, you will end up mixing several carrier oils together to reap the health benefits each offers.
There are several different carrier oils available, but we went ahead and made it easier for you by narrowing them down to our three favorites: jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil.
Jojoba oil is a fantastic carrier oil, mainly due to the great benefits it has for your beard hair, and for the fact it doesn’t leave any gunky residue behind.
Jojoba oil is known to help with hair and beard growth, making it a fantastic carrier oil for your manly DIY beard oil apothecary.
Also, it is the same consistency as the oils naturally produced by your skin, so it won’t clog your pores or leave any beard acne behind (we all hate when that happens, don’t we?).
Using this oil will accelerate beard growth and thickness, fight against pesky acne as well as avoiding it from popping up, and will also keep your beard from drying out.
A magical hair cure, grapeseed oil is one of our favorites.
Grapeseed as a carrier oil will lock in moisture all day – so be careful with how much you use. Don’t worry, we have some recipes coming up that will make sure you don’t overdo it.
This oil ensures a soft, luxurious, and glistening beard. People will know you’re a man who cares about your presentation.
Sweet Almond Oil
Filled to the brim with Vitamin E, potassium, zinc, and monounsaturated fatty acids, sweet almond oil is one of the greatest carrier oils we have found.
Having all these amazing vitamins and acids, sweet almond oil is a beast at getting that beard growing, helping prevent and fight against dandruff, and help bring down inflammation – think about those nasty ingrown hairs!
This one doesn’t stay to greasy from our experience, the polar opposite to grapeseed oil’s all-day grease factory if you use too much.
Before you go slapping any of those carrier oils into your beard, please wait to hear us out on essential oils!
Carrier oils are great, but have no fragrance to them.
Essential oils smell amazing, and also have health benefits to them. We are going to focus on essential oils good for your beard today.
For those who don’t know, essential oils are natural, plant-based oils created through either a cold-press process, or a steam-distilling process.
These are just methods used to extract the oils, or “essence” from a plant, producing essential oil.
Throughout all of history, these oils have been known for their health benefits, ranging from physical to emotional benefits. These guys have been huge recently, with the rise of oil makers like doTerra and Young Living.
Without further ado, here are some of our favorite oils, and their benefits:
Peppermint Essential Oil
Not only will this oil make your beard smell good, but you’ll be left with a fresh tingly sensation to boot.
Peppermint oil is known for its properties to alleviate headaches and help keep people awake.
This oil is known to fight against dandruff, and help cool off any itchy or dry skin, which can be common for the man with a beard. It is also known to help with other skin conditions such as exzema.
We will have a great beard oil recipe further down the article here that includes peppermint oil. It is one of the lower cost oils that won’t break your bank!
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree is so underrated. Like, forreal.
We absolutely love tea tree, mainly because of its ability to fight against acne.
A few months ago, one of our staff here at The Gentleman’s Playbook suggested his wife try using tea tree oil topically on acne spots, rather than a regular store bought treatment.
The results? Well, she didn’t have acne spots (some disappeared over night) anymore, and saved a ton of money spending around eight bucks on a huge bottle of tea tree essential oil, versus 8 bucks for a quarter of an ounce of some manufactured garbage.
I know what you’re wondering – how the hell does this apply to my beard?!
If you’re having trouble with acne on the ol’ scruffs, we recommend making a beard oil that includes it, or only uses tea tree essential oil, and it will help get rid of and prevent future acne. Don’t forget how our carrier oil jojoba also combats against acne. Double whammy!
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil is just flat-out amazing.
It has health benefits, duh.
BUT WAIT – it is also a major aphrodisiac.
Maybe not an aphrodisiac, but the women love it.
If you want to smell like a man,
cedarwood is a must have in your beard oil regimen. We personally hardly ever don’t use it, unless there’s a specific issue with our beards we are trying to treat that cedarwood doesn’t help with.
The main benefit to cedarwood is its acne fighting capabilities, and its growth capabilities.
This stuff is like steroids for your beard, it should probably be illegal in competitive beard growing, if that’s even a real thing.
But Wait, There’s More…
There are so many fantastic essential oils out there, its hard to pick our favorites. Instead, we will make things simple – if you want more info on essential oils, click the link below:
Making your own beard oil requires some equipment – but no worries, its much cheaper than paying someone for a premade oil.
You will need the following:
- 1 oz. Amber Dropper Bottles
- Shot Glass with Measure Marks
You’ll need these to a). bottle your oils, b). get them into the bottle properly, c). measure them properly, and d). label them so you know how to make them again.
Labels also allow you to keep track of batch numbers, so if batch #32 is absolute shit, then you won’t accidentally make it again.
We highly recommend keeping track of your recipes and experiments in an Excel sheet that includes all of the oils and measurements used for them, as well as an identifying label number. If it’s good, highlight it green, and if it’s bad, mark it red.
Now the Moment We’ve All Been Waiting for…
5 DIY Beard Oil Recipes for the Sophisticated Man
Here are our top picks for DIY beard oil recipes that are sure to get the ladies going, and guaranteed to make your beard more attractive, thicker, and prevent that nasty beard acne.
DIY Tea Tree and Peppermint Beard Oil
- 3-4 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 3-4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- ½ Oz. Sweet Almond Oil
- ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
DIY “Beard Growth Hormone” Beard Oil
- 5 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 1 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 1 Drops Lime Essential Oil
- ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
- ¼ Oz. Sweet Almond Oil
- ¼ Oz. Grapeseed Oil
DIY The Sweet ManBeard Oil
- 2 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Clove Essential oil
- 1 Drop Orange Essential Oil
- 1 Oz. Jojoba Oil
DIY Acne Fighting Beard Oil
- 4 Drops Tea Tree Oil
- 1 Oz. Sweet Almond Oil
DIY Lady Killer Beard Oil
- 3 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- ½ Oz. Sweet Almond Oil
- ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
We know this guide doesn’t cover everything for you men out there looking for DIY beard oil, but don’t worry, we will be loading everyone up with some fantastic and well rounded beard oil recipes.
These are meant to be simple, great introductory recipes for the man who doesn’t want to break the bank on essential oils and ingredients.
The Gentleman’s Playbook hopes you leave with more knowledge on beard oil and why it isn’t just some fad – there are legitimate health benefits to properly oiling your beard on a regular basis.
We recommend using beard oil once to twice a day. We usually use it in the morning after a shower, and right before bed for some overnight conditioning.
If you haven’t already, check out our guide titled: The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Beard Care.
This guide has more information on some of the practices you should be using to maintain and grow a healthy beard.
That’s it for now, Gents! Now, get out there and start your oiling!