A Few Words
We know that beeswax is seldom a common item to have in a household, but this is quite a serious business if you are a bearded man or have a bearded man in your life. Grooming beards require care and the right beard care products can make or break a romantic date with a wonderful person. The right beard balm is usually the homemade beard balm as you know what is in your DIY beard balm.
Not only are we going to provide you with great beard balm recipes but we will give you some tips on how to use the beard balm effectively and other facts about the ointment.
What Is Beard Balm?
Beard balm is not the same as beard oil. They may have the same function but they are two entirely different products. If you did not already know, beard balm is a solid styling compound that helps you train your beard to grow into the shape you want. The best beard balms are those compounds that do not use synthetic ingredients.
Beard oil is a liquid that will moisturise the skin underneath your beard, soften your facial hair, reduce itching, and create the conditions for healthy beard growth.
good beard balm ingredients
- Shea butter
- Jojoba or Argan oil
This does not mean you have to go out and purchase your own can of beard balm. As we will explain later you can make your own customized beard balm in your own home quite easily.
How To Use Beard Balm
There is a step by step process in using this product even if you think it is as simple as opening the can and applying the compound to your beard. It just sounds more complicated than it really is.
Wash and dry your beard. A clean beard is a must if you want to style it right. You can use an all-natural beard soap if you want
Take about a dime sized amount of beard balm from the can and rub your beard starting from the neck and going up. Don’t forget to rub your skin as you go up.
Once the upward massage is completed reverse directions and go back down. Include your mustache in this as it is a part of your beard and it needs to look good as well.
Now use your beard brush to spread the balm evenly. Uneven beard balm may style your hair in the wrong way.
Now use your beard brush or fingers to style your beard to the way you want it to look.
Beard balms, including the recipe we are going to give you, are mild compounds and can be left in your beard until you shower and wash your beard again. That is if they use all natural ingredients. If they use synthetic ingredients then you should rinse those products out of your beard every night.
DIY Beard Balm VS. Store Bought Balm
There is not much difference in ingredients when you make your own homemade beard balm from store bought brands. All beard balms wherever they are made contain the same four ingredients.
The difference is in the cost. With the DIY beard balm you can cut your costs by one third or more, depending if you buy bulk or not, than you would spend on store bought brands.
Beard Balm Recipes
As promised here are your recipes to making your own homemade beard balm. But first, a look through all of the necessary materials is important so that you can understand why you cannot leave any out or make substitutions:
the necessary materials
Beeswax - this ingredient is essential as it provides the muscle your beard balm needs to be firm enough to style your beard. It also provides the vitamins your facial hair needs, for example vitamin A.
Butter - no not the kind you spread on your toast in the morning but special butter made from Raw Shea butter and cocoa butter. These ingredients provide more nutrients and anti-oxidants as well as bringing a good scent to your homemade beard balm.
Oils - it all depends upon your preference, the different oils work the same. You can choose between Argan, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Kukui nut, coconut, and avocado. The purpose of these oils is to give your diy beard balm its texture.
Scented Oils - If you do not want to smell like you took your beard balm from the oil pan of your car you need to use scented oils. These oils can be pine, cedar, or sandalwood oils as well as Vanilla, Benzoin, and Peru. It all depends upon your preference.
These are the essential ingredients which help you to make your own beard balm.
When combining your 4 ingredients make sure you select a pot that you will not be using to make supper later in the day. It is best to find one that is reserved for alternative purposes other than cooking.
the equipment you'll need
Spatula for stirring.
Dropper for scented oils.
Scale (For accurate measurement of ingredients).
There are five quick and easy steps to making your own homemade beard balm in this recipe:
Put 2 oz. of Shea butter, 1 oz. of beeswax, 4 ounces of coconut carrier oil (Or whichever oil you choose from the list) in a pot and place it on a low heat.
As the mixture melts and combines stir the ingredients occasionally. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. This is important because boiling will burn the ingredients and remove their nutrients.
Remove from heat and add your scented oil. Timing is important here as you do not want the mixture to harden before you add your preferred scent. There is no need to overdo it, only a few drops will do the trick. By few we mean no more than 3 - 5. But this is done by feel and experience.
Once all the ingredients have been added and combined, pour the mixture into your handy tin and place the lid on it.
Let it cool overnight. There is no point in rushing the preparation. Your DIY beard ball will be ready in time for your next big romantic adventure.
You can do a lot of experimenting with this recipe until you find the combination of ingredients that you like. You may want to use those oils that reduce itching or moistens the skin. It all depends upon you and your tastes.
The equipment you'll need
Non-Teflon pot (It is claimed that the non-stick coating causes cancer - we shouldn't take any chances).
Tins (Can be purchased cheaply).
The few simple steps to follow are:
Place the pot over a low heat. Do not overheat.
Add in your pre-measured butter and beeswax.
Stir regularly not letting the ingredients come to a boil.
Mix in your carrier oils thoroughly.
Take off the heat and add your essential oil scent.
Pour into tins when all that is accomplished. Do not place the lid of the tin over your homemade beard balm. Just cover it with some wax paper for about 12 hours.
This recipe may look very similar to the first one but that is because there is only one way to make your own homemade beard balm.
Some Alternative Beard Balm Recipes
These will provide you with some scented diy beard balm ideas you can use to inspire your own creations. It always helps to have some guidance and inspiration before you attempt making your own and using your own beard balm recipe. You may need to get a little confidence up.
alternative beard balm recipes
Woodsy Grape Bliss
100g Shea Butter;
20ml of Grapeseed Oil; 3 Drops
20ml Jojoba Oil;
2 Tbsp Shea Butter;
2 Tbsp Beeswax;
1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter;
2 Tsp Sweet Almond Oil;
1/8 Tsp Bourbon Oil;
3 Tsp Jojoba Oil;
1 Drop Rosemary Oil;
4-8 Drops Cedarwood Oil;
2 Tbsp Olive Oil;
2 Tbsp Beeswax;
4 Tbsp Apricot Kernel Oil;
2-3 Drops Clary Sage Oil;
2-3 Drops Cedarwood Oil;
Down To Earth
4g Shea Butter;
6g Rice Bran Oil; 5g Beeswax;
4g Broccoli Seed Oil;
6g Hemp Oil;
1 Toothpick Swirl Vetiver Essential Oil;
5 Drops Cedarwood Oil;
3 Drops Bergamot Oil;
3 Drops Tea Tree Oil;
4 Tbsp Shea Butter;
4 Tbsp Beeswax;
2 Tbsp Cocoa Butter;
4 Tsp Sweet Almond Oil;
2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil;
2 drops Sandalwood Oil
1 Tsp Shea Butter;
1 Tbsp Beeswax;
1 Tsp Jojoba Oil;
1 Tsp Argan Oil;
2-3 drops Vanilla Oil;
1. Why is my beard balm making my beard feel so crunchy?
This condition takes place when you have placed too much beeswax in your homemade beard balm compound. Try adjusting down the amount of beeswax you use. This may take a few tries to get the right mix.
2. Will my beard be softer if I use beard balm?
Yes it will. That is one of the duties that beard balm has to fulfil.
3. What scented oils should I use?
With hundreds of different scents you can add, this all depends upon which scent you like. Simply pick the scent that is appealing to your nose and go with that one. If you do not like it you can always change the oil in your next batch.
Words of Advice
If this is going to be your first time in following your own beard balm recipe then you should not start with a large batch. If it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped it is better to only have a little on hand instead of a lot.
Don’t attempt large batches of your homemade beard balm until you have mastered the process. It is always best to only have a little on hand than having a large amount you do not want to use sitting on your shelf.
Of course you could always give some of your unwanted homemade beard balm to friends as gifts. Just a thought…
Some Final Words
Making your own beard balm from your own beard balm recipes is not too difficult of a task to do. Why leave the condition of your beard and how it looks in the hands of those who do not know you or your tastes?
When you make your own homemade beard balm you know what exactly is in the mixture. You do not have to wonder if there is any harmful chemical included in the ingredients. You can have confidence that you are treating your beard and face just right.
Here are some things you now know:
You know the difference between beard balm and beard oil. The first one helps you style your beard as you add some essential nutrients your beard needs. The second one moisturizes your beard and does nothing to help you style your look.
- You know the key ingredients to beard balm and there should be no surprises or substitutions.
- You know how to use beard balm. A clean and dry beard are vital to the proper application of the beard balm.
- You know the difference between DIY beard balm and store bought brands.
- You know the ingredients that make bear palm so good and effective.
- You now know some beard balm recipes to make your own homemade beard balm.
- You have some alternative recipes for extra inspirations.
- You have some words of advice to help you avoid mistakes.
We hope you have enjoyed and learned a lot from this article. Making your own homemade beard balm from your own beard balm recipe can be confidence building. Not only do you know how to do something for yourself but you can go out on a romantic date and know you and your beard look its best
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