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.
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.