This DIY Beard Balm helps to nourish the skin and can be used to style beards (and keep stray hairs in check). It’s so easy to make (just a few ingredients) and so much cheaper than buying those beard balms from the store.
Beard Balm vs. Beard Oil
So you might be thinking what’s the difference between a beard balm and a beard oil? They are similar but there are some differences and honestly both can be incorporated in beard grooming maintenance.
First, beard oil is like a moisturizer for the skin and leave-in conditioner for facial hair. My recipe is made with jojoba oil, almond oil, and essential oils – which is pretty similar to my DIY facial serum recipe. It’s lightweight and helps to nourish the skin (helping with itchiness and in-grown hairs) and moisturize facial hair so it’s soft. The consistency is liquid – like what you’d expect in a hair serum.
All men could benefit from beard oil – even those without a full beard (like a 5 o’clock shadow).
Beard Balm, on the other hand, is more geared for men with a beard. It’s got a thicker, pomade-like consistency. In fact, that’s what it is.. it’s a pomade that can be used to style a beard and keep stray hairs in check. It’s not as thick as a beard wax (that’s a whole other recipe that I need to make). Beard balms are also ultra moisturizing, so it’s perfect in the winter or for dry skin and facial hair.
Want to learn how to make a DIY Beard Balm? It’s so easy and it’ll last a long time – like up to a year, depending on your usage. Keep reading to learn how to make it, and if you want to learn more about DIY and how to make your own DIY personal care products check out my webinar on a non-toxic home here.
How to Make This DIY Beard Balm Recipe
This DIY Beard Balm takes just a few minutes to make using the double-boiler method. The shea butter needs to be softened but you don’t want to put it in a pan directly and heat it up (it will make it turn liquid too fast).
So use the double-boiler method… here’s a brief tutorial:
- Get a pot or pan and fill with water.
- Put the shea butter in a glass measuring cup or other heat-safe container and put that into the pan with the water.
- Use low heat to soften the shea butter.
- Remove from heat when the shea butter is the consistency of room-temperature butter.
Another option is to put the shea butter in a microwave-safe container and put that into the microwave for 10-15 seconds. I personally don’t own a microwave (find out why you should ditch your microwave) but I wanted to give you the option.
About the Ingredients
- Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and helps to protect skin from dryness. It’s also what gives this recipe a pomade-like texture so it helps with beard styling too.
- Aloe vera gel is a natural moisturizer and helps to soothe the skin. It works well to disperse essential oils too.
- Essential oils are used as a natural fragrance and help to soothe and moisturize the skin.
Who’s ready to get started making this DIY Beard Balm?
This DIY Beard Balm helps to nourish the skin and can be used to style beards (and keep stray hairs in check). It's so easy to make (just a few ingredients) and so much cheaper than buying those beard balms from the store.
In a small pan, add 1/2 cup water and turn heat to low-medium heat. In a glass measuring cup (one that will fit into the small pan), add shea butter. Heat for a 3-4 minutes to allow the shea butter to soften (do not let it turn into a liquid). like the consistency of room-temperature butter.
Remove shea butter from heat and add to a glass mixing bowl. Add aloe vera gel.
Add pine essential oil to the mixture.
Add lavender essential oil to the mixture.
Mix well and combine until smooth.
Store in tin container and use as needed.
- Makes about 1.5 oz of DIY Beard Balm.
- This beard balm recipe has a shelf life of 6-12 months.
- Store in a tin container like this one or small Mason jar with a wide mouth to make it easier to scoop out.
- You can warm up the shea butter by putting it in a microwave-safe bowl and heating in a microwave for 10 seconds. I don't have a microwave so I prefer the double-boiler method.
- Be sure you do NOT heat up the aloe vera gel or essential oils with the shea butter. These should be added AFTER the shea butter is warmed up.
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