Fall is here, as marked by the arrival of “pumpkin-spiced” everything. As the weather cools, it’s time to start growing a lush face sweater – if you don’t already have one.
Just as pumpkin-spice is in, so are beards. This is great for me, because I’ve been able to cultivate a robust crop of facial hair since I was 14 years-old. I’d like to think of myself as a beard trendsetter, but I’d be lying to myself.
Beards are nothing new. Neither are beard oil or beard balm. If you’re going to grow a beard, you need to take care of the damn thing!
I love growing a beard because it means I have to shave less. It doesn’t, however, mean that I just completely ignore the area between my nose and clavicle.
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To keep your beard this side of sexy, as opposed to ZZ Top, I recommend regular grooming and the use of beard oil, beard balm, or both.
What Are Beard Oil & Beard Balm?
Beard oil can be just one oil or a blend of oils and typically contains a fragrance derived from essential oils. Beard oil is applied to your facial hair and left in to moisturize your face.
Beard balm is a pomade that is made from a blend of oils. Like pomade for your hair, beard balm helps to shape and sculpt your beard. Beard balm is stiffer than beard oil, but still does a great job of moisturizing your beard.
I like using beard balm to help contain my unruly facial hair.
Both beard oil and beard balm help fight the beard itch that anyone who has ever grown a beard knows all-too-well.
Making Your Own Beard Oil & Beard Balm
As with nearly everything, you can buy beard oil and beard balm right off the shelf.
Or, if you want to be a little more industrious and take control of what you’re putting on and in your body, you can make your own beard oil or beard balm.
If you don’t end up making your own, please check to make sure you’re using a product with all natural nourishing ingredients.
DIY Beard Oil Recipes
My favorite beard oil is also the easiest to make: coconut oil.
Yes, you can just use plain coconut oil. If you want to get a little fancier, you can take 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and mix in 5 drops of essential oil. I like peppermint, cedar, or a blend of orange, clove, and cinnamon oil.
I take the coconut oil and warm it up in my hand and work the oil into my beard, then I follow-up with a comb.
If you want to get a little fancier, check out the DIY Beard Oil article on the Art of Manliness.
The Manly Green Bourbon Barrel Beard Balm
If you want to make your own beard balm, I suggest trying out my unique Bourbon Barrel Beard Balm recipe that infuses the smells of whiskey and wood into a manly moisturizing beard balm.
Bourbon Barrel Beard Balm, say that three times fast.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 bourbon barrel wood chips, typically used for smoking meat
- 3 teaspoons beeswax
- 3 teaspoons shea butter
- vanilla extract
- metal or glass storage container for beard balm
- Combine coconut oil and wood chips in a small mason jar. Lightly close the jar and place the jar on a sunny window sill that warms up during the day, or the dashboard of your car. Leave the wood and oil for 1 week. You want the oil to heat up, melt, and solidify over and over again. This will work to pull the bourbon barrel smell out of wood. After a week, your coconut oil should be infused.
- Place another small mason jar in a small pot of water. On the stove, heat the water close to the point of boiling. You are using this like a double boiler.
- Combine 8 teaspoons infused coconut oil, 3 teaspoons beeswax, 3 teaspoons shea butter in the small mason jar on the stove. Heat until the oils are melted. Mix the melted oils well.
- Add 3 drops of vanilla extract and heat for another minute.
- Remove the small mason jar and pour the melted oil mixture into your storage container. Allow to rest and solidify.
- Enjoy your Bourbon Barrel Beard Balm and a moisturized and managed beard.
This Bourbon Barrel Beard Balm was an experiment of mine that turned out very well. I was looking for a way to avoid essential oils, which can be expensive.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of infusing the oil with bourbon barrel, I suggest mixing up 8 teaspoons coconut oil, 2 teaspoons beeswax, 4 teaspoons shea butter, and 3 drops of your preferred essential oil.