There is very little in this world more annoying than having to deal with a straggly beard that has obtained a life of its own and has now decided to run amok on your face. Ok, that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it is still very annoying and can quickly become frustrating enough to make you shave the whole thing off altogether and start over.
If you are like many, you will use the shave it and forget it method or force yourself to trim the beard down to stubble, making yourself wait for that two-day window where your beard looks great only to quickly return to that state of unmanageability.
Beards, like anything else you care about in life, should be nurtured and cared for. You have surely by now heard of beard oil recipes. They’re everywhere and for good reason— they work.
Unfortunately, these beard saving graces in liquid form can become an expensive monthly bill that can quickly become a problem in itself. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to create your very own beard oil recipe in the comfort of your home for the fraction of the price of the leading brands. You just have to make sure that you stock up on only the finest ingredients to ensure that your beard stays hydrated, healthy, and attractive.
The Breakdown Of At-Home Beard Oil Production VS The Leading Manufacturer Cost
It may cost you a relatively decent amount of funds to get your home manufacturing if your beard oil started, but it will absolutely be worth it and save you a ton of money in the long run.
The most generic of beard oils will run you around $ a bottle. That may sound like a bargain at first, but when you consider the cost per year (each bottle only last so long), that total quickly climbs to $$, and that’s for the “bargain” brands.
A front-end line of beard oil from the premium companies will set you back at least $25 for their product, equating to approximately $$$ a year on oil just to make you look a little less like Grizzly Adams.
The ingredients to make your own beard oil will set you back between $ and $$ depending on the exact optional ingredients you decide to use. Luckily, this will be the cost to cover you for an entire year of beard grooming bliss.
Perhaps even more appealing than the money you’ll save doing everything yourself, is how much fun you’ll have getting everything together
Beard oil manufacturing is a science and will take some serious effort to get right, but once you have everything you need, you can use the following guidelines to use an easy reference to ensure that you end up with your own high-quality product that you can be proud of. It’ll also stop your beard from smelling like the inside of a smelly gym sock that has been left in the rain, which is a plus for everyone.
Ingredients For Your DIY Beard Oil Recipe
There are two main components to any type of beard oil, a carrier oil and at least one essential oil. The carrier oil is the main component of the blend and will be used as the base to which you add the essential oils.
Think of the carrier oil as the vehicle to which the passengers, the essential oils, will travel in to get to their final destination that is your beard.
The list of possible and effective carrier oils is extremely vast, but some of the best include Avocado oil, peanut oil (do not use if allergic), coconut oil, grape seed oil, and the best of the bunch, jojoba oil.
What makes jojoba oil so great you might ask? Well, the answer lies in its chemical composition. Jojoba oil is extracted from the American evergreen shrub and it is the closest thing possible to the actual oil that your skin produces on its own.
Whenever introducing a foreign substance to your body at any level, it will take time for it to get used to what’s being thrown at it. The learning curve when presented with this oil is so short because your body will actually recognize it in most cases as more of the real thing. This also greatly limits the chance of a skin breakout or other possible adverse reactions.
Not just any jojoba oil will do, however. You’re going to want to find one that is cold-pressed. If you search the ingredients, and the words cold-pressed are nowhere in sight, put it back and move on until you find one with those exact words listed.
The cold-pressed extraction method is so important because just like a cold-brewed coffee will retain so much more of its oil and caffeine content than with a traditional heated brew, so too will a cold-pressed jojoba oil retain all of the characteristics that make it an excellent carrier oil.
The carrier oil will do almost all of the work to make your beard look as fresh and tamed as ever, but you don’t want to forget to add some essential oils in there to help make it smell amazing and also add their own beneficial properties to the mix.
Now the list of possible essential oils is enough to take up the rest of this article, so only a few possible options will be highlighted to give you an idea of why they are a very important thing to add in.
Citrus oils such as lime, orange, or lemon oil are options that will not only smell great but are also packed full of antioxidants that will help prevent free radical damage and premature again to the skin below and surrounding your beard.
Peppermint, spearmint, and other mint-based oils will work to increase blood flow to your beard’s individual hair follicles which will stimulate healthy growth.
Wood-based oils such as cedar wood oil have tremendous antiseptic properties that will neutralize the odors produced by the bacteria that like to make a home in your beard.
Once you have your carrier oil and essential oil of your choice picked out, hop on over to Amazon.com and pick out a set of 1-ounce amber bottles that come with built in droppers. You’ll easily be able to find a set of multiple bottles for right around $.
It is crucial that the bottles are of that amber-brown tint and not clear, as the amber variety will prevent unnecessary chemical changes due to UV radiation from the sun and other sources of light. The amber tint will block out these harmful sources and keep your oil as active and effective as possible.
How To Make Your Own Beard Oil Recipe
Start out with your chosen carrier oil of the jojoba variety as a base. Take 1 ounce of the oil and drop it into your amber bottle. Once you have the jojoba oil in place, slowly begin to drop in the essential oil of your choice. Since the jojoba will do virtually all of the work to keep your beard nice and tidy, the essential oil should be kept at a minimum to avoid potential skin irritation.
Remember that the essential oil is optional, and a little bit goes a very long way. You can always add more to increase the aroma to your desired level, but you can never remove it once it hit the jojoba, so add it incrementally until you’ve reached your desired balance.
Add one drop of essential oil at a time. Place the blend on your skin, wait 5 minutes to see how your skin reacts, and add in subsequent drops in this manner until to have the scent intensity you want with no skin irritation whatsoever.
Beard Oil is a fantastic invention that opens the doors to a new world of beard options. You can now grow your beard to whatever your desired length may be without having to worry about it becoming unmanageable or straggly.
All you need for the perfect at home bear oil is one carrier oil, one essential oil (optional) and an amber bottle to place the blend in to keep it fresh for the duration of its use. The setup is as easy as mixing two oil together. The act itself is simple, but it can take a while to master, so have fun experimenting with different carriers and essential oils. This beard oil recipe will surely do wonders for your beard.