Looking for a beard pomade recipe? Beard pomades or beard balms are the waxy based version of beard oils that you grow into as your beard gets bigger. They provide a good hold, protect your beard, and help you keep your beard under control.
Creating your own beard pomade at home (DIY) can be a fun experience. You're going to need a couple things to get you started but it's all fairly cheap and you'll be making beard pomade here in no time.
Beard Pomade Recipe: DIY List
You're going to need 5 different set of items but technically more if you count the oils per bottle. I recommend getting the oil kits above so you get several types of carrier and essential oils in each kit. That's going to allow you to experiment with different beard pomade recipes and you'll have enough ingredients (if you get what I've linked above) to last you quite a while.
Here's a brief description of the products and there purpose.
Beeswax Pellets - Getting beeswax in pellet form makes them much easier to melt in a pot. It's the core ingredient that provides hold and turns your beard pomade into well... beard pomade. Although it can't do it on it's on you're also going to need some butter.
Unrefined Raw Butter - I've chosen raw shea butter but there are other types you can use. Beeswax provides the sticky you need for hold while butter provides the easier spread. These two ingredients combined are the foundation of your beard pomade recipe.
Carrier Oils - These oils are your main facial hair benefit. Depending on the carrier oils you use they have different benefits. In general it's what keeps your facial hair healthy and skin underneath moisturized.
Essential Oils - Essential oils provide a range of different benefits. The most notable thing essential oils add are the fragrance to your product. They provide natural pleasant smelling scents that make your beard pomade unique.
Pouring Pot - We recommend you set aside a pot that's only used for making beard pomade. You're going to be melting ingredients that will render a pot unusable to cook with. So make sure you're using something you don't mind dedicating to this or pick up a new pouring pot just for this.
Some Beard Pomade Recipes
The Grape Tree
Barbershop Classic Clean
You can learn a lot by studying pre-existing recipes and they can be fun to try out. However I encourage you to experiment with your own creations and try to make something you like. It's a ton of fun and creating something unique you can call your own has something special about it.
Once you've made something you can label yourself it's also a great way to make gifts for people or even sell it online. Even if that's not what you're looking to do mixing your own combinations up is a reward in itself.
The six beard pomade recipes above are a combination of recipes I've come across and some of which I've made myself. I particularly love Campfire Nights.
How To Make Your Beard Pomade
The following steps are for a specific recipe but the general process is nearly the same for all recipes. Make sure to apply the right amounts of wax, butters, and oils your recipe calls for in place of the amounts we're using below.
Step 1) Begin Heating: place 2oz shea butter, 1oz beeswax, and 4oz of coconut oil into your pouring pot and melt the ingredients together under the lowest heating setting. If you're using very low quantities such as this you may want to use a small pilot lighter warmer.
A small camping cooker can make a suitable alternative for melting ingredients in small portions as well.
Step 2) Mixing: watch your ingredients closely as they melt together. Occasionally stir and don't let the mixture boil. Boiling the mixture will cause you to lose ingredients from the oil and you should start over. Once the mixture has turned into a liquid remove it from the heat.
Step 3) Essential Oils: Quickly add your essential oils before the mixture turns solid. It helps to have these oils measured out before hand. For this recipe we would add a few drops of rosemary and lavender oil, now stir the mixture together.
Step 4) While the mixture is still in a liquid like state pour it into your tin or container.
Step 5) Give your mixture ample time to cool. It's recommended to let your beard balm (pomade) to sit overnight before using it.
These are the basic steps to mixing and making your own beard pomade (beard balm). It'll be roughly the same experience for every recipe you try. It's quick and easy to put this together and as you experiment with new recipes and make some of your own it will only get easier.
Beard Balm or Beard Pomade
People often ask if there's a different between beard balm and beard pomade. The two products are one in the same and just have two different names. Usually people who are familiar with using hair pomade use the same language for the beard format. While guys who haven't used many hair products but have gotten into the beard world say beard balm.
It's like living in the north Vs living in the south. One of us may say something with an accent but it all means the same thing.
Commonly Asked Questions
Below are some questions I've come across from people making their own beard pomade. Hopefully it'll answer some other questions you have or possible issues you may run into.
Will beard balm make my beard softer?
Yes, beard balm can make your beard softer. It also makes your beard more manageable and easier to style. It can also help to make your beard straighter. Read our full guide on straightening your beard hair.
Is beard balm or oil better?
Both beard balm and beard oil are essential parts of a healthy beard. You should use beard oil right at the start of growing your beard but beard balm requires a little more beard to be useful. Begin using balm when you've got some beard because it helps you manage it.
Beard feels "crunchy" after using beard balm.
If your beard feels crunchy after using your balm recipe it means you may have used to much beeswax. Even if the recipe you found calls for the amount you've used try toning it down with less beeswax on your next attempt and you should notice a big improvement.
Before You Go!
Experimenting and creating your own beard pomade recipe can be quite fun. I hope you both enjoy some of the recipes I've shown you above and create some of your own. If you make a recipe you like feel free to share it by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading!