A Do-It-Yourself Beard Oil Recipe
Beard oil is quite the thing these days, but at $30 a bottle, it can get pretty expensive to keep your beard in shape. For those of you who are adventurous, I encourage you to make your own beard oil.
Read on to learn about ingredients and tools, or skip straight to the beard oil recipes.
Every beard oil is unique. I have collected a few different recipes which I will share with you, but first, let’s gain a basic understanding of the differences between oils.
Essential oils are strong, potent little buggers. Some of them can even be dangerous, if used without carrier oils. Citrus and fruity oils, for example, can irritate the skin if you use too much of them in your beard oil blend. Essential oils, when applied directly to the skin without dilution, have been known to burn skin. But they also provide oil with unique scents and characteristics. Some essential oils, like vitamin E oil, help protect skin against psoriasis and dandruff. Others give beard oil a masculine “woody” scent. When diluted by carrier oil, essential oils are safe.
Use essential oils to give your oil it’s unique, defining characteristic. 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. Click to enlarge.
Grow a Beard NOW Essential Oil Scent Chart
- Balsamic (soft, warm smell): Benzoin, Frankincense, Labdanum, Myrrh, Peru Balsam, Tolu Balsam, Vanilla
- Citrus: Bergamot, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Tangerine
- Earthy: Patchouli, Spikenard, Vetiver
- Floral: Carnation, Neroli, Ylang Ylang
- Spicy: Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg
- Woody: Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir, Pine, Sandalwood, Spruce
Essential oils include:
Woods / Bushes
- Cedarwood Oil – Scent. Also helps with acne, and breathing problems.
- Clove Oil – Scent. Spicy, peppery.
- Sage Oil – Scent. Savory, peppery.
- Rosewood Oil – Scent. Warm, woody.
- Eucalyptus Oil – Herbal, woody scent. Soothes skin irritation.
- Lemongrass Oil – Strong scent, invigorating.
- Patchouli Oil – Warm, earthy aroma. Naturally repels insects without chemicals. Easily absorbed, locks in moisture.
- Cypress Oil – Sweet with warm overtones. Slight berry aroma.
- Tea Tree Oil – Therapeutic; used as a primary scent.
- Sandalwood (Top Grade) – Rich, decadent woody smell. A staple for masculine products.
- Bergamot Oil – Woody.
- Juniper Berry
- Pine Essential Oil
- Vetiver Oil – Earthy, Woody.
- Birch Tar – Smoky, rich, woody, “campfire” scent.
Mints / Flowers / Leaves / Seeds
- Evening Primrose Oil – Helps cure skin conditions like psoriasis.
- Rosemary Oil – This oil is for fragrance. Rosemary imparts a rustic, leathery scent, which many associate favorably with beards. However, there are numerous other scents you can impart to your oil to make it unique. I won’t list them all here, but click on the Rosemary oil and you’ll see many other scented oils made by the same company, which is a great place to start.
- Vanilla Oil – Scent, softness.
- Peppermint Oil – Scent. Helps breathing, refreshes.
- Lavender Oil – Scent. Fresh, woody.
- Rose Geranium Oil – Strong rose fragrance. Natural tick repellent.
- Bay Rum Oil – A warming oil. Strong, spicy, masculine scent.
- Black Pepper Oil – Strong and sharp. Has a spicy aroma.
- Amla Oil – Infused with sesame seed oil. A therapeutic oil for damaged hair.
- Penny Royal – Minty, sweet scent.
- Spearmint – Minty, smooth scent. Not as sharp as peppermint.
- Ylang Ylang – Floral, soothing, comforting.
- Geranium (Bourbon) Oil
- Cinnamon Bark Oil
Beard Oil Sample Sets of Essential Oils
When collecting essential oil samples to craft your own brand of beard oil, it’s a good idea to purchase a pack of essential oils. It will give you many different scents to experiment with while saving you loads of money. Get the complete set of essential oils. For a cool $100, you can get as many oils as you want to experiment with. They will last you for ages, as you only need a few drops per bottle.
- 32 Essential Oil Sampler Set – $99.95
This smaller pack comes with 7 essential oils and 7 oil blends.
This set contains 14 unique essential oils, including popular flavors for beard oil like Tea Tree and Patchouli.
- 14 Oil Sampler Set – $30.90
Finally, you can make it easy on yourself when making seasonal or thematic blends by purchasing seasonal essential oil packs. For example, the “Winter” essential oil pack comes with popular seasonal scents like peppermint, cinnamon, and cranberry.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils
If you want an exhaustive study of the all possible essential oils, then snag The Complete Book of Essential Oils. I bet you’ll find an oil in there no one has ever used in a beard oil before, so you can set yours apart.
Carrier oils “carry” the scent of the essential oils. Quality carrier oil will make up the bulk of your beard oil. Carrier oils have mild scents, and are easily absorbed by your skin and beard hair. The point of carrier oil is to dilute the potency of an essential oil, make it easier for your skin and hair to safely absorb the oil, and to give you more oil to work with.
Carrier oils have a short shelf-life, however. Over time, scents will become weaker, health benefits will disappear, and your beard oil will gain a dull, “organic” scent that is not that pleasant.
Because of this, you need to keep your carrier oils in a cool, dry place. Once your beard oil is mixed, keep it in your bathroom cabinet, away from the windows. If properly stored, your beard oil should last a good year or so before you need to get a new bottle.
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
- Apricot Oil – Quickly absorbed by the skin. Helps cure dry, itchy, flaky skin.
- Borage Seed Oil – Relieves dehydrated and super-sensitive skin.
- Coconut Oil – Hydrating; reduces inflammation and locks in moisture.
- Pure Emu Oil – Acts as a natural beard hair conditioner.
- Organic Hazelnut Oil – Helps prevent skin disorders, like acne or eczema.
- Hemp Seed Oil – Helps keep skin moist so beard hairs don’t become brittle.
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Broccoli Seed Oil
- Camellia Seed Oil
- Walnut 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.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s go over the various tools you’ll need to craft your own beard oil. If you’re a hobbyist who is crafting oil for your own consumption, you may not need all of these tools. But if you’re a pro, and you want to sell your own unique blend, it’s good to stock up on these.
You probably already have some funnels in your kitchen, but you should buy some specifically for mixing beard oil. Most kitchen funnels are plastic. Many plastics absorb materials over time, and become discolored. You don’t want your beard oil smelling like food, and you don’t want your food tasting like beard oil. So, get some small, metal funnels that you only use for mixing beard oil.
There are a variety of different bottle sizes, shapes, and purposes. Half the charm of a good beard oil is in the shape and texture of a bottle. Find a collection of bottles that fit the style you’re looking for. Then, use your printer or an online printing service to create your own labels. Here is a collection of different bottles I’ve used in the past, each with its own perks.
Dark, opaque bottles will protect beard oil from going bad faster. But, if you keep your oil in a cupboard or closet, then you can use a clear bottle. I prefer clear bottles as I like seeing the oil.
Boston Round Amber Screw-top
The Boston round is your standard, classic bottle. It has the benefit of fitting with many different cap types, because its shape is so common. This is a good bottle to use if you want a retro, old-timey-medicine look to your bottle. These bottles are tinted amber, which will help protect the carrier oils in your blend from going rancid too fast. Add a label, place in a cool, dark cabinet, and your oil will last for months.
Boston Amber Eye-dropper
This Boston round comes with an eye-drop applicator. Many bearded gentlemen prefer to apply beard oil with eyedroppers, instead of rubbing it into their hands. These bottles will give your beard oil packaging a unique look.
Boston Cobalt Eye-dropper
The cobalt Boston eyedropper bottle has the same classic shape, but comes in a very modern transparent blue color. Use this bottle to give your beard oil a unique, modern look. The blue lets in more UV than the amber, but if you keep your beard oil in a cool dark place, it should still last.
Unique Amber with Rubber Eyedropper
If you plan to make an oil just for your own enjoyment, then I suggest investing in a fancy bottle that you can reuse. This one is my favorite, due to its unique stopper. There are reports that some essential oils can corrode the rubber in the eye-dropper, but it should work just fine for beard oil recipes with less potent essential oils.
For those seeking to craft your own line of beard oils, things will be much cheaper if you buy your oil bottles in bulk. You can buy single or 12-pack bottles if you want, but you should really buy bulk packs to get the steepest discount, if you’re serious about this business.
- Size: 1oz
- Quantity: 144
- Cap: Eyedropper
- Size: 1oz
- Quantity: 432
- Cap: White Screw Top
- Size: 2oz
- Quantity: 288
- Cap: White Screw Top
- Size: 1oz
- Quantity: 432
- Cap: Black Screw Top
- Size: 2oz
- Quantity: 288
- Cap: Black Screw Top
Oil Storage Box
Instead of storing your oils in the bathroom cupboard, use a wooden box. This will extend the life of your carrier oils (which need a cool, dry place), and it looks nice. You can also use this for presenting your oils when selling them at street fairs and markets.
Many makers of fine beard oil deliver their oils 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 bottle of beard oil better than a well-made label. Indeed, bottle style and label quality are the two most important parts of your beard oil–even more important than the quality of your oil itself. After all, people will buy your beard oil online after seeing the bottle and label only, long before they ever get a chance to smell it and use it.
The easiest way to make labels for your bottles 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 bottles 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. I suggest using the Square, Rectangle, or Oval shapes, but Overnight Stickers supports many other shapes.
Protip: Overnight Stickers is offering growabeardnow.com readers $30 off every order if you use the code ILIKESTICKERS when checking out. You’re welcome.
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 oil bottles, I suggest going with the Round, Oval, Square, 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.
Because essential oils are so potent, it’s important to use precise measuring tools when mixing your beard oil. Have at least one eyedropper, and use metal measuring cups, for reasons mentioned above. Here are the ones I use.
I use this glass eyedropper when measuring out “drops” of essential oils, when crafting new beard oil recipes.
Some of the recipes I share have precise measurements–1 ml of this, 5 ml of that. Use a measuring cylinder to get exactly what you need.
Once you’ve developed your beard oil formula, use cups like these to make it in large batches.
Beard Oil Recipes
Making beard oil is easy. Just mix your carrier oil and essential oils–presto! Beard oil. The tricky bit comes in deciding how much and what kinds of oils to use. A good rule of thumb is to use 2% essential oils, 98% carrier oil. This is just a guideline, however, not an exact science. Do what you want!
As I said earlier, each beard oil produces a different scent and feel, so I have included a few of the very best recipes out there for you to experiment with.
For the following recipes, it’s good to know a few conversion metrics:
- There are 20 drops in 1 milliliter (ml)
- There are 30 ml in 1 ounce (oz) (well, 29.57 to be exact)
I included a list of different oils and links where you can get them earlier in this post. Below are some sample beard oil recipes from my friends around the net:
Floral blend by Cedar and Clove
Makes about half an ounce
Do you have your own beard oil that you’d like to add to my list? Share it in the comments below. Describe what makes your blend unique, and I’ll be sure to add it.
P.S. – Need some inspiration? See what other indie beard oil makers have created. Browse my collection of favorite beard oils.
Build Your Shop
Now that you have your product, it’s time to build your online shop. Shopify is a great place to build your online shop. They have a drag-and-drop interface that anyone can use, and they handle all the payment processing for you. There’s no easier way to craft an online shop for your beard product empire than to use Shopify.