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.

Homemade Beard Oil

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Natural Hair Care

Homemade Beard Oil

A quick and natural beard oil recipe that suits all skin and hair types.



  1. Makes about 100ml.
  2. Add the essential oils into the grapeseed oil. Stir well.
  3. Place this mixture in a sterilised container, store away from direct sunlight and keep away from moisture. Use within 1 year.
  4. To use, rub about half a teaspoon of oil between your hands and then apply to your beard.


1.) Essential oils that you can use for a beard oil: Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Sandalwood. You can use one essential oil, or a blend.

2.) Peppermint is a very strong essential oil, and using a high concentration can irritate your skin. If you want to use peppermint, I would suggest using a total dilution of only 10 drops to 100ml of base oil.

3.) Do not use rosemary essential oil if you have epilepsy, as it may trigger seizures. Read more about how to use essential oils safely here.

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

In my opinion, these are the best carrier oils for both hair and facial skin, and therefore make the best base for a beard oil:

  • Grapeseed oil: is a very light and readily absorbed oil that suits all skin types and does not aggravate acne. It also has astringent properties that help improve skin tone. (buy here)
  • Coconut oil: suits most skin types and is antimicrobial which means nothing funky will grow, and your skin will be less prone to breakouts. Fractionated coconut oil is best for this recipe, since it will stay liquid in cold temperatures. However, fractionated coconut oil is significantly more expensive than the regular kind (buy here). If solid coconut oil doesn’t bother you, and you are happy to wait for it to melt in your hand, then you can use regular coconut oil. (buy here)
  • Jojoba oil: is not technically an oil, but rather a 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)

Essential oils that are particularly good for hair and skin, which you can use or combine in this recipe:

  • Rosemary: Suits all hair types. It is packed with antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals that are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary stimulates blood flow and promotes strong and healthy hair growth. It is also effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin. (buy here)
  • Tea tree: unblocks the sebaceous glands and it stimulates blood flow. It eliminates dead skin cells and makes the hair healthy and shiny. Tea tree has antibacterial properties which will help clear and prevent breakouts, as well as keep your beard clean. (buy here)
  • Lavender: Suits all hair and skin types, as it helps balance the skin’s natural oils. Good treatment for dry and sensitive skin, and it prevents itching. Lavender oil is said to make the hair soft and shiny too. (buy here)
  • Peppermint: Stimulates the blood flow to the hair root, and ensures that the hair receives proper nourishment, and thus it will promote hair growth. (buy here)

You can find certified organic essential oils here.


Cost Price: R27 per 100ml.
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored out of direct sunlight and away from moisture.

*Costs accurate at the time of writing this blog post, and based on best retail prices I’ve found.

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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