Beard Balm Recipe

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    Read on to learn ingredients and tools for making beard balm, or skip straight to the recipes.

    Before we get to the beard balm recipes, let’s go over a few principles to making your own beard balm. I assume you already know what beard balm is–a buttery substance used to condition a beard and give it slight hold. Beard balm is a popular alternative to beard oil (and the two can be used together–I use both every morning). See my collection of favorite beard balms to see what is already out there.

    One thing you will notice is that beard balms range in prices, from $15 to $25 a tin. That’s a LOT of money to spend on beard balm. If you’re not into making it yourself, then the price is totally worth it (nothing tames my beard better than beard balm), but if you’re a bit on the frugal side, then this guide will help you make beard balm at home.

    DIY Beard Balm Recipe

    In this guide, I will show you how to make your own beard balm, and I will share some of the top beard balm recipes for you to experiment with.

    There are four parts to making a quality beard balm, Beeswax, Butter, Carrier Oils, and Essential Oils.

    Beard Balm Ingredients


    Beeswax is the go-to wax for making beard balm (vegans can use a vegan plant wax to achieve similar results). Beeswax is what gives beard balm its hold, which is essential for keeping beards in line. It is rich in vitamin A, and has a pleasant scent. It melts easily with a little friction, and solidifies fairly quickly.

    Beeswax comes in two forms–the solid bars of beeswax, and chopped up (or in pellet form). The type you choose depends on how you decide to make your beard balm. If you plan to make a lot of it to sell, then go with pellets. You can throw your pellets in a big vat and make many tins at once (plus, the pellets are cheaper per ounce). However if you are only making one or two tins for personal use, then go with the beeswax bars. Some beard balm recipes call for 1oz or 1 bar exactly.

    Beeswax Bars – Yellow


    $6.30 – 5, 1oz bars



    Beeswax Pellets – Yellow


    $12.99 – 1lb (also available in 2lbs)


    Beeswax Bars – White


    $5.45 – 5 1oz bars


    Beeswax Pellets – White


    $19.20 – 2lbs


    Beeswax Pellets – Bulk – Yellow


    $55.84 – 8 lbs


    If you’re working on building your beard balm empire, invest in beeswax in bulk. This will save you a ton of cash in the long run, in both cents-on-the-ounce, and in shipping costs.


    The two butters used for beard balm are shea butter and cocoa butter. Both butters have different qualities, and smell different. Shea butter is great for skin as it acts as an anti-inflammatory, and is easily absorbed by the skin. Cocoa butter has a pleasant smell (and taste), and is often used in chocolates. It also brings many different vitamins and antioxidants. A well-rounded beard balm will use both shea and cocoa butters.

    These butters are essential to beard balm, as they give the balm its spreading texture. Beeswax alone is very stiff. The butter is what allows the beard balm the ability to melt in your fingers and hands, and get absorbed by your hairs and follicles.

    Shea butter comes in both yellow and ivory. I personally prefer the ivory color. I think it gives a beard balm a good “balmy” appearance.

    Shea Butter


    $15.99 – 1lb – Comes in Yellow or Ivory


    Cocoa Butter


    $15.99 – 1lb – Comes in 1, 2, or 44lbs


    A third, and rather unique, option is to use mango butter. It is similar to cacao butter, only it is a firmer butter, which lends to making stick-products, like deodorant sticks or lip-balm sticks. You need less beeswax for mango butter, so it’s a great ingredient for making less waxy balms. It comes with a number of useful properties, including sun protection, anti-wrinkle agents, and skin moisturizing. It’s supposed to be good against psoriasis and eczema, so you could use mango butter to create and market a “skin healing” or “anti-dandruff” beard balm.

    Carrier Oils

    Carrier oils are thicker oils used as mediums for essential oils. They make up the bulk of beard oils, and are used in beard balms to give a balm its signature texture. Every beard balm has beeswax, cocoa, and shea butter. What makes yours different than all the others are the oils you use.

    Each carrier oil has unique properties, ranging from easy absorption (jojoba oil for example) to rich smoothness (almond and argan oils, for example).

    Carrier oils include:

    • Jojoba Oil – This oil has been used for years in hair care products. It closely mimics human oil, and is easily absorbed
    • Argan Oil – Makes skin soft and protects against signs of aging, including wrinkles and spots.
    • Sweet Almond Oil – Reduces skin inflammation, which can help prevent ingrown beard hairs.
    • Grapeseed Oil – Helps reduce pore inflammation (due to dry skin or non-conditioned beard hairs).
    • Avacado Oil – Helps keep skin wrinkle free (a bonus for beards!)
    • Vegetable Glycerin – Used as a moisturizing agent in oils.
    • Kukui Nut Oil – An excellent moisturizer.
    • Rice Bran Oil

    Bulk Carrier Oils

    If you’re creating beard oil to sell en masse, you’ll want to stock up on bulk supply of carrier oils, since you’ll go through so much of it. Here are bulk sources for the more popular beard oil carrier oils:

    Carrier Oil Set


    Experimenting with a wide range of carrier oils is a great way to give your beard oil the precise texture and feel that you want. This carrier oil set includes 4oz each of 5 different carrier oils–Apricot, Grapeseed, Coconut, Avocado, and Sweet Almond carrier oils. It’s a great place to start when forging your oils’ unique texture.

    Essential Oils

    Essential oils are the oils that give your beard balm its scent. Use essential oils sparingly, as some essential oils, like tea tree oil, can irritate your skin if used too much. That said, essential oils give your beard balm its defining character. A masculine smelling beard balm will have sandalwood, cedar, or pine essential oils, for example. Oils like tea tree have amazing medical benefits, like helping with dandruff.

    I realize it’s hard to smell oils from your computer screen, but here is a handy chart with an example of some essential oils and where they fall within a range of masculine scents. See my guide to pairing essential oils for more scent ideas.


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    Grow a Beard NOW Essential Oil Scent Chart

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    In addition to the measurement and transfer tools I list on my beard oil recipe page (I include important things like funnels, transfer pipetts, and eyedroppers), crafting beard balm requires its own special tools. Here is what you’ll need.

    Kitchen Scale




    You probably already have one of these in your kitchen, but if not, snag one for weighing your shea butter and cocoa butter. This will become important when you start making large batches for sale. Empire! Legacy! Mwahaha!

    The Cooking Vat


    $15.26 – Holds 4lbs


    I highly recommend you buy a special pot or vat used solely for cooking beard balm. Beard balm is buttery and waxy and can be a pain to clean, especially if you leave the vat out unwashed all night. Besides, you don’t want your dinner tasting like beard balm. Since you will be pouring your melted mixture into your desired container, find a pot that is easy to pour. This is the one I use:

    If you are making smaller portions, use a smaller 2lb pitcher like this:


    The container you choose gives your beard balm character. Most beard balms come in round tins. This is useful because it suits the natural way people get balm out of the tin–by moving their fingers along the balm in a circle. Rectangular tins also exist. These are often used for lip balms. Since few beard balms come in rectangular tins, it may make your beard balm stand out.

    You need to figure out how much beard balm you want in each tin, as tins come in different sizes, ranging from .25 oz to 8 oz. Here is a collection of tins in various sizes:

    4 oz


    $13.88 – 12 tins


    6 oz


    $14.49 – 12 tins


    8 oz


    $16.21 – 12 tins


    1 oz & 2 oz Available


    Ranging from $7.99 to $21.99. Available tin count: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12


    .25 oz


    $7.74 – 5 tins


    .25 oz


    $37 – 27 tins. Sliding lid with included label.


    Delivery Sacks

    Many makers of fine beard balm deliver their balms in small burlap or cotton muslin sacks. This adds a nice touch that your customer will greatly appreciate. Muslin sacks are very cheap. You can get a stack of 100 small sacks for $21, making each sack $.21.


    Nothing sells a custom tin of beard balm better than a well-made label. The label you create, and the photo quality you use to promote your products online, are the two most important aspects to your success.


    The easiest way to make labels for your tins is to print self-adhesive stickers. Many label kits will come with a backing you have to wet first like a stamp, or will require you to use glue. Stickers just make it easier.

    I also encourage you not to print your own labels using your home printer, unless you have a professional printer. The printing decal packs you find at office stores are fine for every-day clerical use, but rubbish for professional products. Anyone can spot an ink-jet label instantly. Plus, printed labels are not waterproof, and these tins will likely be kept in a bathroom, handled by men just out of the shower.

    I use Overnight Stickers to print my labels. Simply upload your graphic to their website, and they will ship you a stack of self-adhesive stickers ready to go on your bottles. They have templates you can download to use as the basis for making your own label. You will likely use the Round or Rectangle shapes, but Overnight Stickers supports many other shapes.

    Protip: Overnight Stickers is offering readers $30 off every order if you use the code ILIKESTICKERS when checking out. You’re welcome.

    Other Options

    Since Overnight Stickers has a minimum order quantity of 250, I use another company, Sticker Hub, when I need smaller batches of labels. Their minimum order size is 25. For beard beard balm tins, I suggest going with the Round, or Rectangle shapes (they have many more shapes available), and using Die Cut – Laminated finishing. Like Overnight Stickers, they allow you to upload a graphic of your label. They also offer label creation services, for those not artistically inclined.

    Protip: These guys offer free shipping and 10% back on every order.

    How to Make Beard Balm

    Making beard balm is the easiest thing in the world. The trick is knowing when to mix essential oils, and not to burn your butter.

    Step 1

    Place your wax, butter, and carrier oils in your candle-making pitcher and place on your range at low heat. If you are worried about burning your wax, and if you are only making small portions, consider using a candle warmer instead of your range.

    Step 2

    Then, just sit by and wait for your wax and butter to melt, stirring occasionally.

    Make sure that your mixture does not come to a boil. If it boils, then you have burned it, and robbed your balm of many of the therapeutic powers it naturally has. Instead, just wait until everything has melted so that it looks entirely liquid, and remove it from the heat.

    Step 3

    Quickly, before your balm can solidify, add your essential oils. This will likely be only a few drops, depending on how much you are making. Stir them in well!

    Step 4

    Immediately pour your melted balm into your desired tin. Some people choose to use glass mason jars as their container, instead of a tin. If you do, make sure that you warm the mason jars in hot water before pouring your balm mixture, or else the glass could shatter. You don’t need to worry about this if you use tins.

    Step 5

    Set your tins aside to harden overnight. In the morning, you will have a handsome batch of custom made beard balm. Congratulations, O bearded fellow! You can now add your brand labels to the tins, and sell them or hand out to friends.

    Beard Balm Recipes

    The following are sample beard balm recipes I have collected from around the net. Each has its own unique flair. Experiment with your own essential oils to come up with something entirely unique and yours.

    Measuring Beeswax - Beeswax Conversion Chart

    The following chart comes from Super Formulas Arts & Crafts by Elaine C. White.

    Unlike most ingredients, the liquid volume of beeswax is exactly the same as its dry weight. This makes for easy conversion. Thus, if you melt down one ounce (by dry weight) of beeswax, it will equal one fluid ounce of melted beeswax.



    By Bearded London. Makes just over an ounce.


    This beard balm recipe makes about 3 ounces.

    Beauty Geek

    By Beauty by Geeks. Makes about 1.5 ounces.

    Note: This recipe has correct units for beeswax according to the source recipe–however, readers who have made it say that it calls for way too much beeswax. Try only 2 tsp of beeswax instead of 2 tbsp, or increase the amount of butter and oil you use, if you feel like your recipe is making too much.

    Beard Balm

    Makes about 1.75 ounces.


    By Family Essential Health. Makes just under 4 ounces.

    Cedar Smoke

    Makes about 1 ounce.

    Modern Sage

    Makes about 7 ounces.


    ddBack beard oil. Makes about 10.25 ounces

    Reader Submitted Balms

    By Kris

    Makes about 3 oz

  • White Beeswax 20g
  • Unrefined Shea Butter 22g
  • Sweet Almond Oil 15g
  • Jojoba Oil 15g
  • Coconut Oil 11g
  • Grapeseed Oil 5/6g (scales were dancing between the two numbers!)
  • Avocado Oil 4g
  • Vitamin E Oil 10 drops
  • Sandalwood Oil 5 drops
  • Vanilla Fragrance Oil 5 drops
  • By Kevin

    Makes about 16 oz

  • 5oz. Cold pressed coconut oil
  • 3oz. Sweet almond oil
  • 2oz. beeswax
  • 3oz. Organic Shea butter
  • 1oz. Organic cocoa butter
  • 1oz. Dried cardamom (steeped in the carrier [coconut] oil for a week)
  • 1oz. Dried turmeric (steeped in the carrier [coconut] oil for a week)
  • 21 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 12 drops cedar essential oil
  • JP Balm

  • 3 oz Shea Butter
  • 1 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 oz Carrier Oils and Essential Oils of Your Choice
  • Use a double boiler and melt over low heat and cool immediately in a tin.

    By Idan

    Makes about 40ml

  • 7.5g Shea butter
  • 4.5g Beeswax
  • 1.5g Cocoa Butter
  • 4g Jojoba oil
  • 1g Rosehip oil
  • 8g Argan oil
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Vanilla
  • 3 drops Ylang-ylang
  • Do you have a beard balm recipe that you’d like to share with the world? Share it in the comments below, and I will add it to this list.

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    1. Hello fellow beard brethren, I’ve been looking at the ingredients for beard balm and as I was applying this salve I have for my tattoos I looked at the ingredients in it and it’s remarkably similar. Olive Oil, Beeswax, Cocao Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Rosemary Extract. So what do you think? Is it safe to put on my beard as a beard balm? I’d love to hear your opinion!

      • It all sounds safe, but if you have any concerns, you should check with your doctor first.

        I’m sorry to say that none of those ingredients will help fade a tattoo (if that is indeed your purpose). I did a lot of research into tattoo too removal, and there’s just no way to do it with natural supplements, rubs, or creams. In fact, you can’t even scrape a tattoo off. You can only get rid of one with a laser treatment.

        • No no no, I use it for enhancing the color, and as I was doing it I noticed the ingredients and instantly thoight to ask you. So you think it is safe and would be beneficial to my beard. I’m not avove buying actual beard balm but I thought it’d be an interesting substitute

    2. Some recipe use Vaseline with the beeswax to made the balm. It is bad for my beard?


      • No, Vaseline is just a lubricant that locks in moisture. It’s safe for beards :)

        • “Petroleum jelly, the main ingredient in Vaseline, is a derivative of oil refining. Originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s, it’s a byproduct of the oil industry and therefore an unsustainable resource (read: not eco-friendly).”

          I created an organic skin care company called Foxen Organics to counter products like these. I am currently creating a line of beard oils and balms and in my extensive research I stumbled across this web page. I am about to try out the Modern Sage recipe because not only do I own all of the ingredients, I know that they are safe and beneficial. Vaseline is a nasty product that should only be used in an extreme emergency where nothing else is available.

          • Vaseline is frequently used in mustache wax recipes, but it is not often used for beard balm. That said, it is completely safe for human consumption. It has been used for generations without any ill-effects on humans.

            It’s fine to choose not to use Vaseline in ones own products out of concern from where it comes, but let us not scare people from using ingredients they choose to without hard evidence that it can cause harm.

            • If more people knew where Vaseline was derived from they wouldn’t use it. There are many alternatives to this that make Vaseline unnecessary to use at all. There are many, many scary products out there that we put in and on our bodies that are considered safe for human consumption. This in no way makes them healthy in the slightest. Don’t you think it’s important to advise people on the healthier skin care products available?

            • Thanks for sharing with us where petroleum jelly comes from. Now that my readers know, they can do additional research and make their own decisions. With all respect, using language that makes these kind of products sound dangerous, when there is absolutely no evidence that it is–in any way–dangerous, is unacceptable. You forget that oil is, itself, animal-derived.

              I wish you luck on your own line of amazing beard balm!

            • Vaseline is PERFECTLY SAFE in any cosmetics, haircare included. It has NO proven allergen effects, it is widely used also in medicine to safely cover some wounds due to its capability to create a ‘seal’ and to help avoid transepidermal water loss.

              many skincare brands do avoid petrochemicals and bash products using them, which is a shame. I use pure cosmetic vaseline on my daughter’s skin rashes, in sensitive areaas, and it isthe only ingredient creating a barrier helping out the skin heal itself. My dentist used it on a order or my mouth after a very difficult extraction which literally cracked open my skin and this was the ONLY ingredient which did not sting, burn or irritate me and allowed my skin to heal. I also had a severe facial burn due to incorrect retinol use (stupid user, that is :P), and when my entire face was peeling, eyelids included, when the air itself was stinging me and the tears were burning my skin,a thick vaseline layer on my entire face helped me recover in one week. And I am quite skilled in making my own cosmetics, by the way. To the point of being able to replicate any formula on the market that I like, excepting sunscreens which I will always buy.

              Why am I saying this? Because “natural” skincare does not always bring the same benefits as “natural unprocessed food” does. And this whole hysteria started with the food industry and expanded to cosmetics. Vaseline’s only “fault” is that it is derived from a non renewable resource. Period. It does NOT clog pores, not does it get absorbed into the skin and bloodstream, the same as the other vast majority of the cosmetics ingredients, which will stay on the skin (they need a penetration enhancer to reach deeper and there are just a few ingredients to can do that due to a very low molecular weight; no oil will ever be able to pass stratum corneum). Vaseline is safe on your skin. :)

              Ok, a very long rant about marketing and vaseline Use whatever you like and enjoy, discontinue the usage if you see any sign of irritation (swelling, itchiness, stinging etc.).

              And do not forget that essential oils are full of chemical compounds responsible for triggering allergic reactions / irritations. in the EU all cosmetics have to list on the label these allergens, if their total % will be higher than an admitted value. Such ingredients are menthol, linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, citral, eugenol etc. Even the nature isn’t always safe. There is anthrax, there is poisonous ivy, there is snake venom.

              Also people with nuts allergies should be careful about using nuts oils or butters (e.g. shea). I’ve seem people allergic to lavender essential oil, shea butter (allergic to the latex in it), so do a skin test before applying a balm on your skin. the back of your hand is a good place to do this test :-)

              Happy balming!

    3. Here’s the first beard balm recipe I have made. I made it today and haven’t tried it yet.

      2 tbsp beeswax
      2 tbsp shea butter
      1 tbsp cocoa butter
      3 1/2 tsp grapeseed oil
      3 1/2 argan oil
      5 drops birch oil
      10 drops tangerine oil

      I would love to get some constructive criticism on this recipe and any tips for improving it.


      • This sounds like a very good recipe. Let me know how you like it!

        Is there any reason for using 2 carrier oils? Is there a specific consistency you are going for?

        • All of the oils listed in your recipe are incredibly beneficial to the hair follicle and skin. The more the merrier! Thank you for sharing this. I have been meaning to add cocoa butter to my list of staple ingredients and now I have an excuse for it to join the ranks of my shea. Please do let us know how you like it. I am trying to create a non greasy beard balm that readily absorbs.

        • Hi folks,

          So I’ve been using the beard balm everyday since I made it and I think I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s got a very nice, soft buttery consistency. I wanted it to feel similar to the ‘Honest Amish Beard balm’, just their regular one and I think it’s pretty close.

          As for carrier oils.. I wasn’t really thinking about it. I knew I wanted Argan oil for absorption and the grapeseed was more of an after thought to add to the buttery quality. It is a tiny bit greasy so maybe I would cut down on the carrier oil amounts.

          Overall, I think it turned out pretty good. The only complaint I have is I’m not terribly fond of the aroma. The tangerine oil didn’t come thru at all, at least to my nose. It smells heavy of peppermint from the birch and it has a lot of cocoa from the cacao butter on the nose as well. Personally, I might reduce the amount of cacao butter and definitely reduce the birch oil to maybe just one drop.

          Anyway, thanks for your input folks! :)

          • Sounds like you have an excellent strategy. Beard onwards!

          • I enjoy the Honest Amish beard balm myself, and was wondering what was your final recipe that had the similar consistency to Honest Amish balm?

            • Sam, sorry I took so long to reply. Hope you see this.

              beeswax 8 grams – 2 tbsp
              cacao butter 8g – 1 tbsp
              shea butter 13g- 1 tbsp
              coco oil 9g – 1 tbsp
              argan oil – 2 tbsp
              birch EO – 1 drop
              orange EO – 10 drops
              tangerine EO – 10 drops
              lemon grass EO – 5 drops

              I used a lot of carrier oils so it’s your preference on how much you want to use and what types.

            • nigelderksen – I also like the Honest Amish consistency. It looks like your conversions are inconsistent. Could you verify the conversions or indicate whether the metric or Imperial measurements are which you used?

            • Where you able to verify this recipe? Thanks.

        • I’ve made a few batches of balm, But I want to make larger batches, for the purpose of sale. With that in mind, Do I need many carrier oils for their attributes? How can I build recipes that are fragrant and rich in nutrients?

          Ideally I would like to make batches by the half pound to one pound.

          Also, how does one pair beard oil w balm? Is it using the same essential and carrier oils?

          You’re tutorials have become an everyday reference in my pursuits, which I appreciate greatly, any info would be so friggin awesome.

    4. I have just made a balm using the ‘Modern Sage’ recipe and it smells and conditions great. I can’t wait to try some of the others. Thanks.

    5. Nate Smith says:

      I just made my first batch of beard balm.
      2tbsp. beeswax
      1tbsp Jojoba Oil
      1tbsp Almond
      9 drops spearmint EO
      30 drops Pine Scotch EO
      6 drops Virginia Cedar EO

      I think it turned out great. Although it seems like a lot of EO. I’m worried that I’m losing a lot of the EO when I put it into the hot oil. I’m only heating it up enough to melt everything on low. But when I put the EO in I get a strong whiff of the oil I’m putting in. Should I wait a while before I put the essential oil in?

    6. Hi, Brandon. This site is a great read. I really dig the recipes you have listed at the end of the article, but I’m not a big fan of balms so much. I like the softer stuff (ex: maestro’s beard butter). Could I achieve something like that by following those recipes, sans the beeswax?

      What are your thoughts/suggestions?


      • Beeswax is used in such small amounts in beard balm that you barely notice it when putting it on. You can easily remove the beeswax to just have your butter/oil mixture, if you want. This will give you a very soft beard balm–great for conditioning, but with no holding power.

    7. Great site! I made my first beard balm last night using this recipe:
      1 bar (1 oz) beeswax
      1 tsp coconut oil
      1 tsp grapeseed oil
      1 tsp shea butter
      1 tsp argan oil
      2 drops sandalwood oil

      I tried it out this morning and i had to literally scrape it out of the tin with my fingernail. Rubbing it in my palms softened it a bit as it warmed up, but it was still kind of clumpy. I worked it into my beard but i can see it on the hairs in some parts of my beard. Is it supposed to blend into the beard better? My batch feels more like a candle than a balm. How can I adjust the recipe so the consistency is softer after it hardens? Thanks in advance for any insight!

      • Increase the amount of shea butter you are using. Looking at this recipe, I think it has way too much beeswax compared to shea butter.

        If it were me, I would change the beeswax to shea butter ratio to be thus:

        4 tsp shea butter
        2 tsp beeswax

        Try that, and see if it works better for you! Then, just experiment until you get the right consistency. The balm should be easy to scrape out with your thumb, and it should melt completely in your hand. You should not be able to see it in your beard.

    8. Greetings Brandon,
      I made an attempt one night in a rush to make some beard balm. I was running out of my Can You Handle Bar Beard Balm and wanted it to last a little longer so I made some for conditioning (Note: I did not mix with the Can You Handel Bar). It did not work as well as i had hoped. For one I used equal parts of the ingredient without proper measurements, again I was rushing which is not good.

      I am getting of the true topic for this comment. Instead of using a stove or range, depending on your preference of wording, I used my grandmother-in-laws Candle Jar Warmer to head the oils and butters. I worked great at melting them and I didn’t have to worry about it burning. I think this would be a nice addition to this page as a suggested melting method. Just a thought.

    9. Hi there! I have only been able to find beeswax in full 1lb bars in my area.. How would you suggest I measure out ounces for these recipes? Should I grate it?
      Thanks! :)

    10. Hi! I was wanting to make a beard balm for my husband and brother in laws. I have a 7 lb tub of coconut oil that I got from a friend. Can I use this type of oil for a carrier oil? Also, I am concerned about the essential oils. What does a man want to smell like? Thank you so much.

      • All men are different. Some might prefer more woody or earthy scents, some might instead like floral or citrus scents, and still others might prefer combinations of both. Your best bet would be to ask the men in your life what scents they’d prefer to wear, and go off that. It might mean a little more work if they all prefer different fragrances, but it will show your appreciation for them that much more. Hope this helps. :)

        – Woody

      • Absolutely! Coconut oil is an excellent essential oil for beards. Some men use straight-up coconut oil in their beards.

        If I were you, I would consider getting an essential oil sampler set and sniffing them until you find an oil you like. But, in general, men like smelling woodsy and earthy. See my essential oil scent chart near the top of this page. You can see my complete collection of essential oils on my beard oil recipe page.

        Some excellent earthy and woodsy essential oils, that are very popular in men’s cosmetics, are sandalwood (woody) and patchouli (earthy).

    11. BeardedUnicorn says:

      question. i made the bearded london beard balm and i wasnt very happy with the way it came out. i used typical measuring spoons to measure out the shea butter and oils and as for the beeswax, i have 1 oz bars. i read online that 1/2 oz of solid beeswax is 1 tbsp/3tsp. so i cut the bar into 6 equal blocks. the recipe calls for 2 tsp beeswax so i put in 2 of the blocks or 1/3 of the entire ounce bar. the balm that resulted had too much beeswax smell and the consistency was more like a strong hold mustache wax. it was too solid to use. so my questions are:

      1) did i use the right amount of beeswax?
      2) how can i make the consistency of my balm softer?
      3) are there recipes that dont include beeswax?
      4) if i have to use beeswax, will it always have the beeswax smell? (i should specify that i used 5 drops peppermint oil, 2 drops tea tree and 2 drops lemon. i didnt have frankincense)

      • BeardedUnicorn says:

        i think i may need to invest in the kitchen scale… i might have not used enough shea butter… i dont know :( i was hoping to use my beard balm today and now im sad :(

        • I’m sorry your balm didn’t turn out. Yes, a kitchen scale is a wise investment. You should always measure non-liquid items by weight, not volume, because solid items can include air. For example, if you were to measure the beeswax pellets by volume, you would not use enough. because there would be gaps of air around each pellet.

          So, get a kitchen scale, and measure solid materials by weight, and liquid materials by volume.

          In your case, yes–adding more shea butter will make the balm much less waxy and more silky. You can also consider substituting the beeswax for petroleum jelly. The jelly will have some sticky factor (keeping it together), but far less than beeswax.

          • BeardedUnicorn says:

            Awesome, thank you for the advice. I’ll definitely get that scale. Will having more Shea butter also cut back on the beeswax smell?

    12. BeardedUnicorn says:

      so heres a quote from above and i was wondering if this was a typo. it says “1 tbsp of melted beeswax is equal to 1/2 oz (by weight) of solid beeswax. 1 tsp of liquid beeswax is equal to 1.5 dry oz of solid beeswax. There are 3 tsp in 1 tbsp.” shouldnt 1 tsp of liquid beeswax = 1/2 oz of solid and 1tbsp = 1.5 oz solid beeswax?

    13. BeardedUnicorn says:

      ok guys, i need advice. again… i made some beard oil which came out amazingly well. its my favorite scent so far. is there a butter/oil i can use that is scentless in order to make the balm. because the shea butter scent over powered the other two essential oils i put in… unless i need to just use more essential oil. i used .5 oz solid shea butter and 5 drops vanilla and 5 drops lemon. i also have 1 tsp almond oil, 4 drops vitamin e and 1 tsp argan oil

    14. My son is a Beard man and has asked me to make him a balm. Can this also help him style his mustache? Thank you

    15. Jut found your site and really getting a lot out of it. Looking forward to making my first batch of beard balm. I haven’t read all the questions nor have I read all the way through the site so this question may already be answered. Do you have recipes for larges batches? I’d like to make more than 3 oz. at a time.
      Is it as simple as doubling or quadrupling the ingredients in the recipe? That usually doesn’t work for food recipes.


      • Yep, it is that simple! Just multiply the recipes by the number of units you want to make.

        Since none of the ingredients “cook” (they just melt), it’s much easier to mix a beard balm recipe than most cooking recipes, in my opinion.

    16. I make my own lotions, sugar scrubs, cuticle balms, etc…all those girly bath and body products. My husband recently started growing out his beard thanks to a switch in profession (goodbye Army, hellllllllooooo beard!) and I was thinking of making him his own balm. I don’t see you list mango or kokum butter at all. Would either of those be beneficial to use? Those are the butters I currently have on hand so I figured I would ask.

      • Yes, both butters work well. Try using the same measurements for recipes that list shea and cocoa butter. Bear in mind that mango and kokum butters have different scents from shea and cocoa, so give your balm mixture the sniff test while mixing to make sure it has the scent you desire.

    17. Hi! I just recently decided to start making my own body/hair products and the first recipe I tried was the woodsmoke recipe from your blog. I didn’t have bourbon essential oil so I substituted bergamot instead. Unfortunately I can’t smell any of the essential oils, just the beeswax, cocoa and shea butter mixture. While this is a nice scent I was really hoping the oils would come through.
      Is it possible to remelt the batch and re-add the oils in larger quantities? Would that degrade the carrier oils and butters? I don’t mind if it’s slightly harmful to the previously added essential oils since I will re-add them in larger quantities later but I do not want to harm the other components.

      • That’s completely fine. Melt them down, add more essential oils, and pour back into your tins.

        Note that some of the balm may remain in the pot or pitcher you use after pouring, making your balm slightly smaller each time you pour it.

        Let me know the measurements you use so I can add a note that the essential oils may be too weak for that recipe.

    18. I was wondering if any candle scented oils would be harmful? I know their not essential oils or have any health benefits but do you think they’d cause any harm? I found a root beer scented oil that is love to use!

    19. I want to try one the of the recipes to help stimulate beard growth. Which one would you suggest?

    20. erik sandquist says:

      Amazing recipes. Have to try most of these for myself. I just recently got into making my own beard oil.
      I’ve never used balm before and now reading about it here is making me want to start making it and using it. Thanks for the insight of things and beard on.

    21. Francesco says:

      I would like to know if will be a recipe for a beard shampoo. Your site is simply the best!

    22. Brandon, I very much apprishiate the info you’ve provided here. It’s been quite helpful as I’ve set out on my beard balm crafting adventures. A couple of questions I have are thus…

      1. Regardless of the firmness of the balm, they all seem to shrink up as they dry and pull away from the tin (if just a bit). I’ve never noticed this happening in the “professional” balms/waxes I’ve bought. Is this possibly due to pouring the melted mixture into the tins when it’s too hot? Or does outside room temperature as the balm sets over night factore in?
      2. It seems no matter how hard I try. To cover the scent of the bees wax, I can’t fully mask it. Is this even possible, or ought I consider a different type/brand of bees wax.

      Thanks for all your help and advice.

      • It sounds like you’re using too much beeswax. The balm should be soft and buttery to the feel. If it doesn’t come off on your fingernail easily, then you need to use more butter in your recipe.

        I bet the reason it pulls away from the side of the tin is because you use too much beeswax. Try using more shea or cocoa butter, and maybe add a few more drops of your essential oil.

    23. I have two questions that I would like your opinion on. Right now I am using/experimenting with Honest Amish Beard Balm and my own homemade beard oil consisting of Coconut Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. I like both, but want to continue making my own for cost savings and just being able to experiment with different kinds.
      1. I was thinking of trying your Beard Balm recipe since it seems to have the same ingredients of a beard balm I see on Amazon
      I wanted to ask if you have ever added Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter to a recipe like this and if the results were any good? If you haven’t, do you think it would be successful? Thoughts on how much to use?
      2. I use Burt’s Bees Hand Salve for my hands and elbows. I noticed a lot of the ingredients (listed below) were the same as some of the ones you use. Any idea if this could work on a beard?

      “prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavendula hybrida (lavandin) oilrosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil canola oil (huile de culza), linalool, limonene.”

      • Yes, all those ingredients are safe for beards, but beard balms are mixed in such a way that they don’t get clumpy or sticky in beards. I’m not sure how Burt’s Bees works in a beard, but there’s only one way to find out!

        Shea butter is going to be the ingredient that gives your beard balm its “balmy” feel, so if you want to make a balm like the one you linked to, shea butter is a good ingredient.

    24. What do you think of this
      1 ounce beeswax
      1 ounce Mango butter
      2 ounce Shea butter
      2 ounce Cocoa butter
      3 tsp Argan oil
      4 tsp sweet almond oil
      3 tsp coconut oil
      1 tsp vitamin E
      4 tsp Jojoba oil
      2 tsp castor oil
      Will essential oils cover up the cocoa butter smell?

      • You don’t have any essential oils in that recipe. Those are all carrier oils, which will have a milder fragrance.

        The recipe also looks a little complex to me. You have 6 different carrier oils, each with their own scents, which will compete with each other.

        I suggest choosing one, or maybe 2, carrier oils (or others if used in small amounts), and then add 1-2 essential oils.

    25. I’ve been making my own beard oil lately and it’s been a hit within my community. I’ve realized that a balm is exactly what I need though for my beard to hold but I’m hesitant in making a balm with a scent that would over power or not mix well with my beard oil. Can melting just beeswax do the trick to making an unscented balm?

      • The balm is more of a conditioner, and does not hold well. Use the balm if you want your beard to be silky. If you want something that holds, I suggest using a beard wax. My favorite is Honest Amish.

        • Where can I find info on how to make it from scratch? Ideally, that’s what I’d like to do. And something that won’t clash with scented oils…

          • I haven’t created a guide to making beard wax yet. It’s on my list of content to make. Having not done the research yet, I would guess that beard wax has more beeswax to butter than balm does.

            I suggest buying some beard balm and beard wax and comparing the two, to see what it is you’re really trying to make. Then, once you understand the different consistencies, you can experiment with making your own.

    26. Hi Brandon,

      I think I’ve discovered a couple of mistakes on this page. First, your conversion of beeswax volume to weight says 1 tsp = 0.5 oz, whereas I believe that should read 1 tbsp. When I decided to measure out 2 tbsp of beeswax for a recipe, not wanting to melt the wax first I used your conversion and weighed 3 oz of dry solid. This seemed like an awful lot of wax, but I barged on ahead anyway. In retrospect, I probably should have double-checked — according to beeswax has a density near that of water, and 2 tbsp of it would weigh 1 oz. I believe I actually had 6 tbsp of wax in my batch.

      The next problem is the recipe “Beauty Geek.” If you compare it to the other recipes you list, you’ll note that the wax to butter+oils ratio is way, way too high. I believe the “2 tbsp” should read “2 tsp.” Combining these two mistakes left me with a large batch of very expensively-scented beeswax.

      I managed to rescue it, somewhat, by melting it down again and upping all the other ingredients by a factor of 9 (tripled once to turn tsp into tbsp, tripled again because of my original weighing mistake), but it’s way more than I had intended to make on my first try.

      • Thanks Scott. Admittedly, I did all the conversions myself, and I am no math major. I sourced these recipes from reputable places around the net, and then I had to standardise the measurements, because every recipe used different units.

        I will double check everything and make sure the measurements are more accurate. If you find any other recipes that seem out of whack, please let me know.


      • Hello Scott, I inspected the Beauty & Geek recipe, and I can confirm that it corresponds exactly with the source recipe. The original author called for exactly that much beeswax in relation to that little shea butter. I left a note beneath that recipe to warn others of what you discovered, but I left the recipe intact to stay true to the source.

        I double checked, and sure enough, dry beeswax and liquid beeswax use the exact same measurements. I updated my measurement notification with a reference to my source.

        Thanks again for your help!

    27. Quick question. What would be the best and most effective way to add herbal extracts to a balm?

    28. Hi I was wondering if I wanted my beard balm to really melt well in my hands would I just add more of the carrier oils ? I guess what I’m looking for is a butter type consistency thank you :)

      • The thing that gives beard balm its buttery consistency is the shea or cocoa butter. If you want a more buttery, less waxy consistency, reduce the amount of beeswax, and increase the amount of shea butter. Increasing the amount of carrier oil will make it even softer.

        • Thanks Brandon that’s kinda what I was thinking. I’m sure I’m going to have to make a few batches to get it figured out. For my first batch I’m going with a Honey bourbon balm I hope it turns out as good as it sounds. I’m really looking for it to be buttery we shall see :)

    29. I’m sorry I have one more weird question. As I’m at the store and looking at cooking oils like olive oil vegetable oils even Cisco is there any reason why these would not work? Is the grape seed oils the same for cooking as carrier oils ? Thank you again 😉

      • I’m not sure how different they are. The FDA allows for some oil manufacturers to use a small percentage of, say Grapeseed oil, and fill the rest with “filler” oils, and still call it “Grapeseed” oil. It won’t harm you, but it may not be 100% grapeseed oil.

        When using oils for cosmetics like beard balm, try to only use oils bought in the cosmetics section, or online–not food oils.

    30. *crisco

    31. Went with the ddback recipe, really great smell, 10/10. Makes the beard feel really good.

      What I noticed is, that it sometimes takes days to fully hard. The first days it was hard in the upper layers, but vaseline-like in every layer 3-5mms below the surface. After a few days, it gets fairly hard and after a week, it was like other wax-based products.
      Did anyone notice this too? I fear that while cooling, there is a sedimentation process so some parts sink to the bottom and other float at the top, which results in different consistencies.

      • I’m glad you like the balm!

        I haven’t experienced any “settling” of beard balms before. That said, I haven’t made many vaseline-based beard balms (I usually prefer shea butter).

        Make sure that all ingredients are well mixed before pouring into your tins. The vaseline and wax must be absolutely liquid before you add the oils to it. Once you do, mix them well.

        Usually the balm hardens overnight. I do suppose that balms lighter on beeswax will take longer to cure.

        • I didn’t actually use vaseline, it just got the consistency of it. For now, it stays that way, I will report back in a few weeks if it changed.

          To melt everything, I place a glas container in cold water in a pot. I heat the water on the stove (with the container) and while warming up, I add the beeswax. Once the wax is fully fluid, I add the shea butter and wait for it to melt. Then I add the carrier oils (which looks really interesting, as the room-temperature oil will cool the surrounding wax and butter and it slightly solidifies), stir it well and then add the essential oils.
          The water bath and the insulation of the glas should prevent the mix from burning and as far as I see, it isn’t boiling either. At least I got some on my hand and it was a little uncomfortable, but it didn’t burn anything. Temperature would be arround 60°C then.

    32. Thank you for all the information you listed in this article. I’m hoping you can make a recommendation for me. I want a beard balm with a med to strong hold. I have beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. I also have peppermint oil for scent, but I’m not to concerned with that. I’m looking for something to really help me shape my beard. Thank you in advance.

    33. I was wondering if you can use to much essential oils to your mix ? I guess what I’m asking is if you where to make a 2oz can of balm about how many drops of the primary oil would you not be willing to go over on ? If you like the sent would you stay around 4 drops? Thanks again . Jason

      • It’s hard for me to give you an exact number, because each essential oil has a different potency. Most essential oils are pretty potent, so you only need 1 or 2 drops of them for every 1 oz tin. However, some essential oils are weaker and need more drops, and others are so potent that one drop is overwhelming.

        Really, the only way to answer this question is to experiment. Buy enough base materials so that you can experiment on your recipe before resolving on the final mix. Make a tin of oil, try 1 drop of essential oil, and see how it smells and feels. From there, you can increase as necessary until you have the right consistency and smell.

    34. Hi Brandon,
      As baseline, what ratio beeswax:butter:carrier oil would you recommend? And the ratio to make it softer (like butter- solid in room temp but melts on touch) and harder (needs some work on the palm to melt)?

      • It depends on the materials you use. Some butters are more firm than others, and some carrier oils are less fatty and “soft” than others. All of these textures mean that you’ll have to adjust the percentages to fit your own unique beard balm.

        But, in general, I suggest no more than 30% beeswax. Any more, and your balm will be too hard to melt in your hands. Personally, I use no more than 20% in my own recipes.

    35. I made a base with 12 grams beeswax, 6 grams shae butter, 6 grams argan oil, 6 grams sweet almond oil.
      It seemed far too firm, I was able to work with it but it was very difficult to melt in my hands. Thought the hold was pretty good as far as reducing flyaway hairs.
      I want to try equal parts beeswax, shae, argan & almond oil.
      Do you think that will make the balm more pliable and easier to work with?
      I’m used to Honest Amish Heavy Duty Balm and want to try my own hand at beard balm.

      • The purpose of beard balm is not to hold, but to condition. If you want something for your beard with hold, then try some beard wax.

        I suggest significantly reducing the amount of beeswax you use in your recipe. Instead of going 50% beeswax, 50% everyting else, try going 70-75% everything else, 30-25% beeswax.

        • I ended up using 12 grams of my main four ingredients each. (beeswax, shae, argan & almond oil) Which works out to 25% Beeswax by weight, And it did melt very well.
          I’ve seen you say that beard balm isn’t about hold many times but from my limited experience, beard balm is good for taming your beard as long as you are also keeping your beard fairly neat by trimming stray hairs weekly. Now it may not provide “hold” if you are trying to really sculpt your beard but the balm I’ve used, including the recipe I threw together last night does give a certain amount of control.
          It sounds like I’m arguing semantics. :-)

          Thanks for the suggested guideline of 30-25% beeswax. That sounds like it may be the sweet spot.

    36. I’ve been tweaking a recipe and thought I’d share.
      I’m using grams so I can be consistent with the recipe.
      Also I’ve found that this beeswax/shae butter ratio gives me a fair amount of control for flyaways but not more.
      The recipe melts well, absorbs into my beard well.

      This recipe fills 3 of my 1oz tins. I included the percentages to help anyone scale up the recipe.
      beeswax 21 grams 25.93%
      shae butter 18 grams 22.22%
      Almond Oil 15 grams 18.52%
      argan oil 15 grams 18.52%
      Jojoba 12 grams 14.81%

      I scented with essential oils but I’ll let you figure out that part for yourself.

    37. Can one use soy wax vs bees wax on balm ? Thank you :)

    38. Love the site brotha! ……So I want to make a beard balm to match the beard oil I’ve already made. I used hazelnut and hemp seed for my carriers and cedar wood and patchouli for my essentials. I have the beeswax and shea butter to make my balm. So my question is, what would be a good recipe for the above ingredients for a 1 oz tin?

      • I don’t have as much experience as Brandon but I think about 25% beeswax about 22% Shae butter and 53% carrier oils make a good balm. (I know from earlier posts Brandon prefers 20% beeswax.)

        For a 1oz tin I’d try:
        7 grams Beeswax (no more)
        6 grams Shae butter
        14 grams of your carrier mix.

        I think those percentages of Beeswax, Shae butter and carrier oils melt well and gives just a little hold to my beard. I would like it to melt just a little better but still provide the control it gives. It’s a balancing act. I am still tweaking my recipe and my next trial will have a higher percentage of Shae. But keep the 25% beeswax and see how that melts.


    39. Great read here!!

      Quick question. Not sure if it is a stupid one but when you mentioned making and selling your own beard balm I became intrigued. Now if I use these recipes, can I make them and sell them on my own or do I need to create my own recipes?

      Thanks for your help!!

    40. Ok so I’ve been testing out my own batches of beard balm and I keep running into the same problem… No matter if I get the consistency just right or end up using too much beeswax in the mix it still always ends up pretty greasy in my hands! I realize it’s going to feel slightly oilly but should my hands feel like a oil slick even after I applied the balm to my beard? I’m using coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax and some different essential oils for scent. So it’s a pretty basic ingredient list. Is there a specific ratio of oil and Shea butter to wax you’d go by? Or is it normal to have the greasy hand feeling.

      • Even after I use other commercial balms, my hands are “buttery” after applying the balm. I just wipe them off on a towel. Yours may be a tad more buttery because you use coconut oil.

    41. Does anyone if you could use soy wax vs bees wax ? I have 10 pounds of soy ex left over for making candles that I would love to use up. Thanks

      • Yes! Soy wax is a fine alternative, though it does not have the same scent or hold as beeswax. It may throw some of your customers off at first, but if you like the smell and feel, by all means, use it.

    42. Dang let me try that again never text from your phone lol. Does anyone know if you could use soy wax vs bees wax ? Thanks :)

    43. I bought this popular beard balm and im not really fond of the smell (like licorice). Is it possible to “fix” this by adding my own EO blend into the balm?

    44. So….

      I love your sight! My fella has an awesome deep red beard, but an often unruly one. I’m so excited to make some of these things!!

      My question was this: Is there anything that I could put in mine to make his red hair pop? I dont want to alter his color, just showcase it. Im looking for something that will enhance both shine and color…

      Thanks in advance :)

    45. Oops, what I meant to say was:
      Hello, I’m making a beard balm recipe for my boyfriend that’s 30% Beeswax, 30% Cocoa Butter, 15% Shea Butter, 15% Jojoba Oil, and 10% Sweet Almond Oil. Everything’s great with it, it feels great, holds well, smells nice, BUT sometimes there are little bubbles that form in the cooled mix that feel like hard crumbs. I know they’re bubble because they pop when you press on them. The wax and other ingredients are slowly heated (in a double boiler) at a strict 62 – 64 °C (144 – 147 °F), and then poured into a jar heated to the same temperature, then very slowly cooled over the course of a few hours in the oven (that’s been heated, but turned off).
      Any advice would be appreciated!

      • My only advice is to make sure that the fluid is not boiling. Heat it up just enough to melt it, then immediately mix it with you essential oils and pour into your tins.

        If bubbles still form, bang the tin against your kitchen counter while it cools to make bubbles rise to the top and pop.

    46. Marty Boyce says:

      G’day Brandon, Im looking for ingredients that will bring out the colors in a beard Ingredients suitable for black , red or grey beards , I dot want anything that dyes the beard just looking at ways to accentuate the natural colors .

    47. Hello Brandon,

      I’m thinking of making my own beard balm…have you heard of any coconut lime recipes that were legitimate?

    48. Brandon this site has inspired me! I am considering starting my own beard care craft business and selling my products at gun shows. Do you have any customers that are enjoying doing this as a side business for supplemental income? Are any of your customers having success selling on the internet? Any thoughts on my idea?

    49. Hi Brandon,

      I’ve been working on a recipe and I’ve been tweaking and adjusting as I go. I’ve almost got it where I want it, maybe just a few more minor changes. Once I have it where I want it I’ll post the recipe. One thing i’ve noticed though is that as it cools and solidifies some of the more solid components like the beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter tend to settle towards the bottom and the carrier oils tend to stay toward the top. Not a lot, just enough to notice some inconsistency in the texture from the top of the tin to the bottom. I’ve made sure that all the heated ingredients are completely liquid and fully mixed. I’ve tried allowing the balm to cool in the same small glass jar I heated it in and I’ve tried pouring the heated mixture into a small tin. Both give the same results. Any ideas what I can do to get a more consistent texture from the top.


      • Thanks Scott, please share your recipe with us when done!

        My only suggestion is to try cooling it rapidly. After you mix the hot liquids, try putting them in the refrigerator. This may cool the balm fast enough that the liquids don’t have time to settle.

    50. How about Glycerin oil in a balm? Reason I ask is I have a full bottle that I was wanting to sample with, good idea what say ye :)

    51. Hi Brandon,

      I made my own balm last night. Here’s the recipe for approx. 3oz –

      White Beeswax 20g
      Unrefined Shea Butter 22g
      Sweet Almond Oil 15g
      Jojoba Oil 15g
      Coconut Oil 11g
      Grapeseed Oil 5/6g (scales were dancing between the two numbers!)
      Avocado Oil 4g
      Vitamin E Oil 10 drops
      Sandalwood Oil 5 drops
      Vanilla Fragrance Oil 5 drops

      Consistency is perfect; solid appearance, easy to scrape out of the tin, melts in your hands with a little friction and rubs into beard easily.

      Problem is smell. All I can smell is Shea Butter. Nowhere near as potent as the stuff on its own but I can’t smell the Vanilla or Sandalwood at all. I know the obvious answer is increase the essential oils but at what point do you risk irritation from them?



    52. Thank you for sharing!
      Today I did the beard balm with beewax, cocoa butter, jojoba and almond oils + vanilla and cabreuva EO… it was very simple.
      Also I did a beard oil with the “modern sage” scent and I really like it.


    53. Will the Breaded One says:

      Hi guys! Just wanted to share that I’ve found that whisking your recipe with a hand blender is a great way to make your balms WITHOUT using HEAT!!

    54. Have you ever tried adding whisky or a liqueur to a balm?

    55. So glad I found this informative site! Very well done. I’ve just made a balm with the following:

      5oz. Cold pressed coconut oil
      3oz. Sweet almond oil
      3oz. Organic Shea butter
      1oz. Organic cocoa butter
      1oz. Dried cardamom (steeped in the carrier [coconut] oil for a week)
      1oz. Dried turmeric (steeped in the carrier [coconut] oil for a week)
      21 drops lemongrass essential oil
      12 drops cedar essential oil

      Thanks for the writeup on this, my beard and I thank you, sir!

    56. +2oz. Beeswax, woops

    57. JP Balm says:

      I have made a few batches of beard balm and have a recipe down I enjoy. I don’t use beeswax as I like the conditioning power of beard balms. Recipe contains 3 oz Shea Butter, 1 oz Cocoa butter, 1/2 oz Carrier Oils and EO. I use a double boiler and melt over low heat and cool immediately in a tin. I’ve notice my recipes are not consistent. Once in a while a batch will end up being gritty (fractionates). What is biggest cause of this, how do I eliminate and be more consistent in my mix? Thanks for your help.

      • Thanks JP! I shared your recipe above. A gritty balm is actually ok. I have received many different tins from Honest Amish, and they always come in different consistencies. The important thing is that the balm melts like butter in your hands when you warm it up and apply it.

    58. Looking for a beard wax recipe!

    59. Hey mate greetings from newzealand great site been making balm got the consistency down but it always seems to leave my beard really shinney or wet looking far more than oil just wondering witch ingredients in the balm do this so I can try cut them back I’m using bees wax Shae and Cocoa butter jojoba Argan and tiny bit of almond oil and of course eo

      • The butters and oils make your beard shiny and wet. My advice is to just use less of the balm. Try with just enough to cover your thumbnail, and then work it into your beard really well. You want a light sheen, not a drippy beard that is wet to the touch.

        You can’t make a balm less wet (it starts to become a wax when you try) so just use less of it.

    60. Hey beautiful people,
      I am happy to share my recipe with you, I would love to hear opinions and thoughts.
      Here it comes:

      For 40ml

      7.5g Shea butter
      4.5g Beeswax
      1.5g Cocoa Butter
      4g Jojoba oil
      1g Rosehip oil
      8g Argan oil

      2 drops Lavender
      5 drops Vanilla
      3 drops Ylang-ylang


    61. Anyone know any good health stores in Portland, OR to pick up supplies for beard balm making? I am specifically after plant wax so I can make a vegan friendly beard balm.


    62. Hi everybody i have been making alot of balm lately but cannot seem to get the essential oil to hold its smell as it runs out in the first 30mins of applying the balm!

      What am i doing wrong??
      I add the essential oils as my melted mixture of butter/wax and carriers is cooling down.

      • It could be one of two things. 1) You may be getting “used” to the scent of your balm quickly after applying it. Try wearing it around other people and ask them if they notice the scent. 2) You may need to use more essential oil.

    63. Forrest says:

      Your “Carrier oil 5-pack” listed above is not showing on Amazon anymore… Do you know of another place to find that?


    64. BeardedUnicorn says:

      Ok so I have to admit, I feel a bit slow… I am still confused with how to measure my Shea butter, beeswax, mango butter etc. my mango butter comes in these rock looking formations. The Shea butter is soft and in a jar and the beeswax I should’ve bought in pellets but I bought the bars. I bought a food scale. Should I melt down the mango butter and beeswax and put them in a jar as well or do I keep them as they are?

      I am having a lot of trouble making my beard balm, I need some help but I learn by watching not reading. Is there a possibility of someone doing a video on YouTube on how to measure it all out?

    65. Re the butters, what is your view on whether to use refined or unrefined? I’m about to embark on making a batch but unsure about which butters to buy…I’ve read that the shea butter for example, when unrefined (raw), has a strong smell, but has better conditioning properties… I should add I want a buttery balm, and will limit the beeswax and use more butters, but I also want to add EO and therefore so not want them to compete with the butter…So, would i be advised to use refined…?

      • Personally, I use refined. I suggest you get a small sample of each and smell them. Then, make your decision based on the scent. This balm will be under your nose all day, so you want to make something that you will enjoy smelling.

    66. Hi,

      I’ve made beard balm and the next day I could not smell the essential oils. I melted down the beeswax, shea butter and carrier oils on very low heat in a double boiler, then added the essential oils at the end. After solidifying, the scent was barely there. I even doubled the amount of essential oils in the balm and after solidifying, I still could barely smell anything. Is there a reason this is happening?? Please help

      Thank you!

      • My only thought is that you’re not mixing the essential oils well enough. If you just drop them in, they will rest on top and solidify there. You need to mix them in while the solution is being headed, and then immediately pour into your container.

    67. Thanks for this great resource!
      One question – Would you recommend castor oil as a carrier? I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, but it’s not on your list.

      Thanks again!

    68. Alright, I’ve tried a few different recipes and I like the aroma of my latest batch (using Thieves oil and Eucalyptus oil) however I switched from block beeswax to pellets and from coconut oil to jojoba and grapeseed oil. Great combo of scents but it’s a but to hard and feels way too much like petroleum jelly. It seems to function well on my beard but is very annoying to get off of my hands after applying it. I’m guessing I need more of my grapeseed/jojoba oil and less shea butter. Unfortunately, I made several batches to share with several bearded companions of mine. Therefore, I have two questions:

      1) Would adding more grapeseed/jojoba oil fix my problem?

      2) Can I hear these batches up and add more oil and let it re-solidify? Would that work?

      Here is the recipe I used:

      1 oz beeswax (pellets)
      1.25 oz shea butter
      1.5 tsp jojoba oil
      3.5 tsp grapeseed oil
      15 drops of Thieves oil
      8 drops of Eucalyptus oil

      • Correction: Can I *heat* the batches up…I have no intention of listening intently to my beard balm. Really, I don’t.

    69. I was wondering your thought on adding castor oil. I have been reading that it actually helps hair growth. How would you substitute in a recipe?

    70. This is honestly wonderful. I really appreciate how much research and information went into this. I actually laughed a lot reading this because it was so well informed. Keep up the good work.

    71. Hi guys!
      Brandon thanks a lot for the great informative resource!

      The reciepe of beard balm (from Nigel was repeated by me “as is” and I’d like to say that cocoa butter has so strong scent wich blocks any others scents.The best solution is to use natural cacao scent as a part of scent combination because it absorbs other scents compositions (for this qty I put 25 drops of essential oils mix).
      The consistancy became quite soft and I would recommend add more beeswax (at least percents 20-25 more than original reciepe contains).

    72. Just started using a balm and decided as well to make my own. Here is what I used and would definitely appreciate any feedback.

      1oz Beeswax
      3oz Coconut oil (solidified and then melted down)
      4 Drops Tea Tree EO
      4 Drops Lavender
      4 Drops Eucalyptus

    73. Great article. Im a fellow bearded man from Norway, and im starting a little side business, where im going to make beardoil and Beardbalm, because the prices that the sites take are insane. So im hoping to compete with the bigger boys and make alot of money


      Me and a friend are also going to launch an app that Will go along with my products and recomend them, and a primitive website. When the app i ready i let you know, maybe you can test it and let me know what you think and show to your bearded friends.

      Right now im collecting recipies to make test products to give to some volunteers so that i can get feedback on the smell and texture and stuff like that :)

      I Will keep checking this site for inspirasjon and tips 😀

    74. I am looking at your recipe – and am excited to make some balm! However I am trying to make a mass quantity of it and can’t determine how much of the beeswax and butters to add to the mixture. Your directions just say to melt it together. But your walk through on products mentions multiple quantities for each ingredient and where to get them. Could you refine how much I would need of each to make a batch that could fill a 12 pack of 4oz tins? I appreciate it kindly sir!

      • Well it is fairly simple to do the math. 1 4 Oz tin is either 113,39 gr or 118,29 ml then you add this togehter, so it is either 1419,48 ml or 1360,68 there you have the total amount to fill the tins.

        Depending on what recipies you are using you need to find out what it takes pr ingredients to fill one tin.

        I used the following measurements:
        30 gr of beeswax
        60 gr of shea butter
        60 gr of jojoba oil
        60 gr of almond oil

        Witch is a total of 210 gr so with my recipie you Just add upp to meet the goal of what you need.

        the consistensy is hard but soft and it melts good in the hand, and it is a fairly good hold, i could have used alot Moore essential oil in it so it would smell moore but that would have to wait until next batch.

        Hope this helps. And remember, you need to add alot of essential oils so it smels good. Not like i did.

        • Another question: is there a coconut oil that is more solid than most? Or do you use a liquid coconut oil?

          • I have never tried using coconut oil yet, so i can not help you there. But i think if you use coconut oil in the balm it would work fine. In the Beard oil im not shure, but maybe if you use less coconut oil than you normaly would do with the other carrier oils it wil be fine.

    75. Johnny VonGriz says:


      Is there a way I could color my home made beard balm? Let’s say I want to give it an red color, could I use food coloring (liquid or paste)?


    76. Rick Hebert` says:

      If you dot mind let me know what your thoughts are before I mix this together.
      Beard Balm
      3oz Beezwax
      8oz Shea butter
      Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
      Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
      Tablespoon Avocado Oil

      I use no essential oils because the Sweet Almond has is own refreshing scent, and the reason for no cocoa butter is shea provides what the cocoa butter can provide plus more. I am using 3 carrier oils because jojoba is the closet to your own skin oil, Sweet almond oil and avocado both have there own heath benefits to skin and hair. Yes I am making a lot, but it will last awhile and I wont have to make it again and rebuy for a long time. lol

      I use Tablespoon Jojoba Oil, Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil, Tablespoon Avocado Oil in my beard oil already so the receipt is going to be much different so it should match well together. your thoughts please. Is there two much beeswax?

    77. Hey you have an amazing website!! I want to thank you for taking the time to share all this information. I am new to the beard game and new to the beard care world. I am very interested in making my own product based on my preference of smells and elements. I have gone over your recipes and I came up with something I would like to make. Can you please share your thoughts and any advice you can.

      3 tbsp Beeswax
      5 tbsp Shea Butter
      2 tbsp Coconut oil
      2 tbsp Jojoba oil
      4 tbsp sweet almond oil
      2 drops sandalwood oil
      5 drops bourbon oil

    78. *4 TSP* sweet almond oil. sorry

    79. I am looking at making a beard balm and oil combo for my boyfriend. Without much of a direction to go as far as scents I’m looking for most beneficial use of EOs. I want two different scents that complement.
      I’m thinking Rosemary, Lavender, and Bergamont together?
      Then Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lime?
      Any ideas?
      Thank you!
      I’m also not sure of how many drops for each oil.

      • I would start with your main formula. First question s how mcc do you want to make? If you are only making a formula to fill a one oz tin then the number of drops you use for essential oils will be much smaller. Maybe 4-5 drops over 3 oz tin. If you are making 4 oz in then add more. I just made a you tube video on how to combine oils for salve. Basically same concept but you’ll need to add more wax to your liking. If you look for the video it’s under my channel Jenny a Joy’s a Soap. How to make Pinon pine salve. I also sell the Pinin pine refined resin on Amazon in 2 oz. if you enjoy the aroma of trees you’ll love it. Hope this is helpful.

    80. Hello again. I made my first batch of beard balm, recipe as follows, my concerns are that I have nearly no smell from the essential oils, despite being a fragrant blend. Also the consistency of the balm is very buttery, like room temp butter on a hot day. What would be my options for creating a thicker balm that you can also smell the oils in?

      Thank you for input, I look forward to a second round.

      Yield: More than 4 less than 5 ounces

      12 drops Cedarwood EO
      8 drops Tea Tree EO
      6 drops Bergamot EO
      2 drops Frankincense
      25g Shea Butter
      7g Beeswax
      6.5g Cocoa Butter
      1 tbsp Jojoba Oil
      2 tsp Avocado Oil

      • I would increase the beeswax to 10gr and lower the shea butter accordingly, so you should increase the consistency and reduce the smell of the shea butter that overlies the essential oils

    81. Hi there! Just an FYI to your readers…. if they add glycerine, they may want to use a preservative. It’s a humectant which means it attracts moisture aka water. Which means it has a high capability of growing bacteria and mold. Other than that, I enjoyed the article and recipes!

    82. Jamie White says:

      Really enjoying reading all the recommendations and advice. I love the smell of pine tar and have been using pine tar soap for years. Would adding some pine tar to the balm cause any problems? I really like the smell of smoky Stockholm tar.

    83. I just made a 16 oz batch to give as Christmas gifts and it turned out perfectly. It’s soft and buttery to the touch, but firm enough to qualify as a balm.

      6 tbs (3 1-oz bars) of beeswax
      8 tbsp Shea butter
      4 tbsp cocoa butter
      1 tbsp coconut oil
      2 tbsp jojoba oil
      4 tsp sweet almond oil

      I put the butters and oils into a metal beaker I had, put that in a saucepan of water, and heated it on the stove, stirring, until the beeswax was completely melted. Then I added a few drops of vanilla, Frankincense, cinnamon, and peppermint, stirred well, and poured into 4 oz Mason jars. I let them cool and harden before putting the top on (several hours). And they smell awesome.

    84. any advice on using more essential oils in the balms? I’ve tried several combinations and unless I triple the amounts of essential oils in the above types of recipes I mostly just smell the shea butter…

    85. Hi I want to say thanks for teaching me all about beard balms and being inspirational and motivational for bearders everywhere. So I’ve been making these balms for a over a month with different experiments but I seem to be having difficulty finding the right consistency. I’m noticing that once I make the balms they aren’t creamy, more oily and if they are creamy I have to use a comb to retrieve it. I would hate to continue wasting product continually in experiments so I would like to know is it that I’m not using enough butters, or too much wax or os it the oils themselves that’s creating this problem? Just would like to start enjoying it and seeing the results, I’d appreciate any of your help thanks

    86. Hello everyone, I would like to understand the correct percentage between oil and solid part. I notice that in many recipes the percentage is about 3 to 1. I would like to find a consistency similar to the balm of mr beard to understand each other. My idea was to make a 60% shea butter and a 40% beeswax solid and then add joboba and argan oil. An example can be 6 gr of beeswax 9 grams of shea butter 5 grams of joboba and 5 gr of argan. What do you think?

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