Beard Oil

Obviously, I can’t pretend to be an expert in caring for a beard, but I do know a little something about how to take care of the hair on my head . The bottom line is that hair needs oil for nourishment and conditioning. This same concept applies to all hair – whether it’s on your head, or your face. Similar to my conditioner recipe, this beard oil uses a nourishing oil as its base and essential oils. The only difference is that the base oil also needs to be good for your skin in order to prevent breakouts etc.

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

You can technically replace the grape seed oil with any liquid oil, but it is best to use carrier oils that absorb fast and are non-comedogenic. In my opinion, these are the best alternatives for both hair and facial skin, and therefore make the best base for a beard oil:

  • Apricot kernel oil: is a very light and readily absorbed oil that suits all skin types and does not aggravate acne. (buy here)
  • Jojoba oil: is not technically an oil, but rather a liquid wax that mimics collagen, which makes it great for your hair and skin. It absorbs well into the skin and hair. (buy here)
  • Argan oil: is a non-greasy oil which is rich is vitamin E and other nutrients which nourish your hair & skin. However, it is one of the most expensive carrier oils on the market, that’s probably why some people call it liquid gold. (buy here)

Cost & Shelf Life 

Cost Price: R40 per 50g recipe batch. (Costs accurate at the time of writing).
Estimated shelf life: 6-12 months if stored out of direct sunlight and away from moisture. If you include natural vitamin E oil, you will get the best shelf life, whereas probably only 3-6 months without it.

Need help finding ingredients? My shopping guide may help you. If you are pregnant, nursing or new to essential oils please read how to use them safely.

Since I don’t use beard oil, I’d love to know what you think of this recipe. Please share your feedback in the comments below.


2 thoughts on “Beard Oil”

  1. Hello there, I would like to make for my husband… i have been mixing a lot lately and the one i have has helped with the nightmare that is aftershave, so this looks simple enough to mix. I will mix it for him soon, will gladly give feedback.

    • Hi Duduzile. Thank you for your comment. For aftershave, I strongly recommend using Lavender essential oil in aloe vera gel. It works wonders! It soothes the skin, prevents redness and razor burn. If you don’t want to use aloe vera gel, then just be sure to include lavender oil in your mix. It’s excellent for aftershave. Good luck, and I would love your feedback.


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