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We get it. You’re tired of paying $15 to $50 for a small vial of basic beard oil. Or, perhaps you would like to compete with us (and everyone else for that matter) and source some quality recipes for your making your own beard oil. We get that too.
Word to the wise: if you’re looking to start a beard oil business, it might be worth it to rethink that idea. With low barriers to entry, high margins and a lot of hype in the few outliers who have done well in the beard oil business, it’s saturated and cutthroat. Only the straight razor business is more cutthroat. Pitiful pun very much intended!
If you are truly lazy like most of us, however, you just just order some quality prime time beard oil here.
The difficulty level in making your own beard oil lies somewhere between baking bread and cooking a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s really not that hard. Follow the recipe and you’ll be fine.
Before you go thinking that beard oil manufacturers are rocket surgeons or brain scientists, read below and you will likely conclude that it’s simple enough to mix your very own beard oil from scratch.
This guide is intended to be specifically tailored to those who are a big fan of DIY methods. In creating your own beard oil using these techniques and recipes, be aware that creating your own may mean you will have to deal with a larger quantity of oil.
Beard oil has a shelf-life. It does not last forever. So be aware of the eventual expiration date of your beard oil. This will ensure nothing eventually ends up going to waste.
How Much Can I Save By Making My Own Beard Oil?
The answer to that question depends on the following questions:
How much beard oil are you currently consuming or do you intend to consume in the future?If you have a basic medium beard versus a massive hedge, your beard oil consumption will vary widely. If your consumption is large (or if you intended on splitting a bulk order among a few bearded friends) then you might be able to justify a much larger bulk (say 40 ounce or more) order of carrier oil.
Let’s take the following beard oil consumption assumptions into play:
One Month of Beard Growth= 3 to 4 small drops of beard oil
One to Three Months of Beard Growth= 4 to 6 small drops of beard oil
Three to Twelve Months of Beard Growth= 6 to 10 small drops of beard oil
Twelve Months or More of Beard Growth= 10+ small drops of beard oil
If the average beardsman has three months of growth and uses his beard oil once a day–which is not uncommon–then we can expect to use 2,190 small drops (which equates to about 3.5 to 3.7 fluid ounces) of beard oil annually. This could, of course, ebb and flow depending if the beard grows or if we do some maintenance trimming on occasion.
At this rate you are likely going to consume one to two 2.5 ounce bottles of beard oil each year. Each could run you from $12 to $50 (on the extreme high-end). It’s likely your annual beard oil needs are somewhere between $25 and $100.
How much are you currently paying for your beard oil? The pricing of various beard oil brands can range between $10 to $50 for a small couple ounce vial. A price comparison will depend on what you are currently paying.
What brand(s) of carrier and essential oils will you be purchasing? Again, what you save, depends on what you spend. It also depends on volume. There are differences in both quality and price here as well that can significantly change the price of the oil you are purchasing.
Asking a few of these essential questions will allow you to truly compare what you are currently spending with the savings you will obtain from making your own beard oil.
Beard Oil Essentials: Carrier Oil
Beard oil is typically comprised of some type of carrier oil mixed with the right amount and type of essential oils. Here are some of the most common types of carrier oils used in beard oil:
Keep in mind, not all carrier oils are created equal, nor are the best use cases for one oil, the same best use cases for another.
In the end, the carrier oil simply provides the “base” for the various flavored beard oils you might create. It also makes up the majority (by volume) of all the ingredients included in your beard oil.
Perhaps the most common carrier oil used in beard oils is Jojoba. Pure, quality Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil base for creating the best beard oil.
Jojoba Oil is most like the natural oils produced by your skin than perhaps any of the other oils listed above.
But, if you are purchasing Jojoba Oil as your carrier oil of choice for your beard oil recipe, you will want to make sure you purchase cold-pressed Jojoba. Other extraction methods use heat in the processing of the oil which can denature the oil’s best properties.
The same holds true for all the other oils listed above. When you purchase them, make sure they are cold-pressed.
However, nothing is restricting you from sourcing any of the other carrier oils from the list above and doing some of your own experimenting.
In some cases, the carrier oil itself may 1) have its own aroma that distracts from any additional additives (e.g. essential oils) and 2) may break down and become rancid more quickly. I prefer to get an oil that is both neutral in smell and flavor and tends to have a longer shelf life.
You can certainly save some coin by brewing your own beard oil. But, iff you are looking to save money, you will save the most by buying your ingredients in bulk. Volume discounts are great, but just be sure you will be able to use all that carrier and essential oil before the expiration date.
Beard Oil Essentials: Essential Oil
It is true that the carrier oil you use will be doing most of the heavy lifting of moisturizing the beard against scrag, scruff and itch. However, the secondary, and perhaps most important, component of a quality beard oil are essential oils. In recent years, the benefits of essential oils have been greatly oversold by many a multi-level marketer. However, there are a great deal of benefits to essential oils that should not be overlooked.
Essential oils can not only be anti-bacterial in nature, but some can also increase the flow of blood to your beard, creating a better environment for beard growth stimulation. This is not likely to necessarily solve the problems of a patchy beard, but may still prove helpful in promoting additional follicle maturation and growth. Finally, essential oils also provide the great smells many beard oil connoisseurs have become accustomed to.
The mixture of carrier oil and essential oil in varying beard oil recipes can be mixed and matched in any way you like. However, recipes can help you determine which essential oils–and in what ratios and quantities–will make for the very best flavor and aroma combination.
The essential oil list below is provided based on the assumption that your beard oil will contain a top note, a medium note and a base note. We will delve into these later as we discuss various beard oil recipes.
* = Base Note
** = Middle Note
***= Top Note
As you can see, the options and combinations are virtually limitless. While it may be tempting to immediately go rogue and start creating your own concoctions, it will be best served to start with some tried and true recipes before branching off on your own.
There are some great options for purchasing samplers that include most of not all of the above listed essential oils which will allow you to run wild on your creativity once you get the hang of some basic recipes.
Choosing a Bottle for Your Beard Oil
Once you have created your beard oil, not just any bottle should do for the storage of your beard oil.
Why? Both the carrier and essential oils that make up your beard oil are sensitive to light and particularly sensitive to the ultraviolet rays put off by the sun. This is one of the reasons you rarely (how about never) see a beard oil container that is perfectly clear. Most are made with blue, amber or tinted bottles.
The other potential features of beard oil bottles to consider are:
Preferences are typically personal to the beard oil user. Regardless of the type of bottle you intend to purchase, you can usually purchase a minimum order quantity (MOQ) that will not be too large and easily fill a completed batch from your larger carrier and essential oil containers.
The cost for the containers differ by size and type. You can typically get a couple ounce amber glass bottle with a dropper for just over $0.50, always under $1 + shipping of course.
The size of the bottle you purchase will depend on your consumption of the oil. For instance a 4 ounce bottle may last you an entire year. Just be aware of how much volume you might require to fill each bottle you create.
Once you own the bottle, the best news is that it can be reused on your next experimental batch of beard oil.
Just note that before each batch of oil that is placed into your bottles, be sure to sterilize your bottles using boiling water.
When sterilizing the bottles, be sure to remove the rubber from the bottle head as it can be damaged during the boiling and sterilization process.
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and place your glass amber bottles (devoid of the rubber heads) in there for several minutes. Take them out with some tongs and set them aside to dry. Once they are dry, you can then replace the rubber heads with the glass shaft.
Now that we’ve run through many of the basics of prep and introduction, it’s time to dive right in, but before we do I want to re-emphasize the need for watching your ratios.
Even if you do not have sensitive skin, essential oils, if not properly diluted can burn and irritate your skin. Pay close attention to the recipes here, but be aware that you should test the complete oils on a less sensitive body part like an arm or a leg.
Hercules Beard Oil Recipe
Get the shiny/soft feel and eliminate dandruff and beard itching with this quality recipe.
Crafted by skatzoxoiros76
Short and Sweet Beard Oil Recipe
These flavors mix very nicely to create a great smell that is part man and part sweet.
Arbor Woods Beard Oil Recipe
The eucalyptus not only helps relieve minor irritations in the skin, but it also provides the user with a hint of fresh summer foliage.
Cigar Shop Beard Oil Recipe
If you want to smell like a humidor, whip up a batch of this stuff and it’ll be like you’re in Havana, Cuba.
Pasar Maluku Beard Oil Recipe
Tropical flavors with a comforting vibe is exactly what this recipe represents.
Crafted by Rense
Mother Earth Beard Oil Recipe
A complex vibe that provides great earthy tones and an overall simple smell with a not-so-simple recipe.
Orange Cedar Almond Beard Oil Recipe
A great-smelling combination of orange, rosemary and tea tree.
Herb Garden Beard Oil Recipe
This lively mix of great-aroma fragrances is perfect for an outdoor evening, if you’re into that sort of sissy-ness.
Sage Grove Beard Oil Recipe
Sandlewood undertones with overtones of warming sage.
Cedar Road Beard Oil Recipe
A great mix for the mountain main who’s into cedarwood
25 mLs Jojoba Oil
Hippy Beard Oil Recipe
Great blend of a unique carrier oil mixed with some of the best flavorful essential oils you can find, including cinnamon.
Fire Forest Beard Oil Recipe
Set the forest ablaze with this potent potable.
Terra Beard Oil Recipe
Great earthy tones with a good mixture in the avacado and castor carrier oils.
Hobby Shop Beard Oil Recipe
Takes you back to a somber and quality day at ye ole’ hobby shop.
Crafted by Erin10
Zephyr Beard Oil Recipe
A mellow mix for a calming sensation.
Calming Mint Tangerine Beard Oil Recipe
Great combination for conditioning the beard with vitamin E and a simple, but light mix of three carrier and three essential oils.
The Lemon-Lime Beard Oil Recipe
Great combination for a good citrus-flavored beard oil.
Destiny Beard Oil Recipe
Keeps the beard hydrated, but also maintains a sustainable scent for hours.
This Beard is Rad Beard Oil Recipe
Student Blend Beard Oil Recipe
Great pick-me-up-and-go scent for a morning on the run for the educated scholar.
Thieves Beard Oil Recipe
With the combination of cloves, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon and eucalyptus, this oil really packs a punch. Really, though. Beware.
Beach Beard Oil Recipe
This recipe is best applied to a damp or moist beard that could really use some healthy conditioning.
Roses are Red Beard Oil Recipe
With Rose Geranium as the main tone combined with Bergamot this is likely one of the more feminine smelling oils in the collection. The mix of carrier oils is also great for conditioning the beard.
The Calming Beard Oil Recipe
This is perfect for a nice evening at home, sitting in front of the fire.
Morning Forest 2.0 Beard Oil Recipe
An earthy rich oil that gives the feeling of a walk through the forest on a foggy spring morning.
Sweet Cedar Morning Beard Oil Recipe
What can we say, it’s easy like Sunday morning
Winter Wood Beard Oil Recipe
Great scent for a winter wonderland.
The Black Forest Beard Oil Recipe
A mysterious blend not for the faint of heart.
The Dapper Man Beard Oil Recipe
This particular simple, but classic-scented oil is perfect for almost every occasion.
Simplicity Beard Oil Recipe
The blend of Jojoba and Sweet Almond provides a great simple, but effective oil for both skin and hair all over your body.
Simple Man Beard Oil Recipe
This is perhaps one of the simplest recipes possible that provides a nice woodsy smell. Perfect for saving some coin on your beard oil.
Spiced Wood & Mint Beard Oil Recipe
This is a combination of some very unique flavors that mix a sweet earthy tone with a hint of almond.
The Paul Bunyan Blend Beard Oil Recipe
This combination of patchouli, argan and oakmoss creates an excellent mixture, perfect for the lumber-sexual beardsman.
Hairy Woodsman Beard Oil Recipe
Great woodsy smell that is used best to promote oxygen to the follicle and beard hair growth.
Holiday Party Beard Oil Recipe
Bay, nutmeg and vanilla mix to create the perfect oil with a great flavor.
Tropical Citrus Fusion Beard Oil Recipe
This orange and lime scented recipe is great for that summertime vibe.
Citrus Forest Beard Oil Recipe
Great citrus mixed with earthy wooden smells. Very classic form of beard oil.
Soft Lemon Coconut Beard Oil Recipe
The fruity scents provide a good friendly vibe that is not overpowering while the oil itself conditions very well. This oil is highly recommended.
Super Viking Beard Oil Recipe
This stout mixture is perfect for the village plunderer. It also comes across simple, but has a great recognizable flavor when applied.
El Yunque Beard Oil Recipe
You will love the flavor and the simplicity of this quality oil.
Crafted by josephdsilber
Arbor Beard Oil Recipe
Combining Frankincense and Cedar essential oils this recipe provides a manly woodsy smell.
Subtle Woods With Lime Beard Oil Recipe
This recipe includes a subtle hint of lime with a deep, largely woody and earthy tone. However, the aroma of both are not overwhelming.
Spring Wood Beard Oil Recipe
Creating Your Own Beard Oil Recipes
Once you get a flavor for how the aromas mix, you can then begin concocting your own recipes and experimenting on those you like best. Let your imagination run wild and be creative. We would love to hear what recipes you are creating in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: In reviewing both the processes and the recipes here, you are taking full responsibility for the products you produce. We take no responsibility for any harmful side effects you (or your customers) experience as a result of the recipes, guidelines and input included herein. The ingredients in some of these recipes, including many of the essential oils, can, if given with the wrong concentration cause skin irritation damage. Also, please be aware that not everyone is immune to essential oils and carrier oils. Some users may experience allergic reactions. All ingredients should be treated from that perspective.