Tending for one’s beard can seem time-consuming at first – you might have heard about all the different beard balms, beard oils, beard butters, as well as beard combs and brushes, special beard trimming scissors, and so on. Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to worry that much about it – most of these things are pretty easy to use and apply, as well as to acquire. In fact, let’s take a look into how to make beard butter yourself to give your beard that perfect shine if don’t want to constantly buy commercial balms or butters.
What’s the difference between beard butter, beard balm, and beard oil?
First, let’s quickly go over what a beard butter actually is. Most people have heard about beard oil and beard balm, as these are the more frequently used and purchased products. And beard butter is, in fact, quite similar to beard balm – both comprise of the same ingredients and achieve the same effect, however, the proportions between the ingredients are a little different. Let’s summarize all 3 types of products in a couple of sentences just so we know what we’re talking about:
Beard oil is an oily liquid that’s applied on the beard and the skin underneath it to quickly nourish and hydrate them. Beard oils are absorbed almost instantly into the skin and hairs, and don’t really give your beard too much shine but, instead, simply make sure that it has all the minerals, vitamins, and general nourishment it needs.
Typically a mixture of waxes, butters, and carrier oils, beard balms are thick substances that, like beard oils, are meant to nourish and hydrate your beard and skin. However, because of their thickness, beard balms take a while to get absorbed and give your beard a longer-lasting shine.
As we said, beard butters have the exact ingredients as beard balms, however, they are mixed in different quantities – namely, beard butters include more butters and less wax. This makes beard butters softer and closer to a thick cream in terms of their consistency. As a result, they are easier to apply and quicker to absorb than beard balms and puts them at the midway point between balms and oils in terms of their application and immediate effects.
What are the basic beard butter ingredients?
So, we already mentioned butters, waxes, and carrier oils, but what exactly are these? Instead of listing the many different combinations of the various oils, butters, and waxes out there as separate “recipes”, let’s just list the most popular and practical types of butters, waxes, and oils you can use.
While waxes are the main component of beard balms, butters take priority in beard butters. There are many different types of butters you can use but the two best and most common ones are shea butter and cocoa butter. Both are very easy to find and moderately-priced, and both have a lot of great benefits they bring to the whole mixture.
Shea butter is an excellent anti-inflammatory butter that absorbs very easily. Cocoa butter, on the other hand, is very rich in vitamins and oxidants. Typically, both are used in conjunction in most beard butter or balm recipes but you can use either one on its own as well.
A popular third butter choice for DIY beard butter recipes is mango butter. It’s exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, and oxidants, however, it’s harder to come by compared to the other two. It’s also thicker than shea or cocoa butter so it’s more suitable for beard balms.
Waxes are the other must-have ingredient for homemade beard butter or beard balm recipes. The most popular type of wax by far is beeswax – it stays solid at room temperature which is why it’s so frequently used in beard balms, but for beard butters the extra butters in the recipe will make up for that thickness.
If you don’t want to use beeswax for whatever reason – maybe you’re a vegan, for example – there are quite a few plant-based options as well. Soy wax and candellila wax are quite good alternatives, as are some broad mixtures of plant-based waxes.
Carrier oils are the third essential ingredient in beard butters and, just like the butters in them, carrier oils act to soften the wax and make the whole mixture more buttery. Carrier oils also carry the fragrances of any essential or scented oils you might want to put in the recipe.
There are lots of different types of carrier oils you might choose to put in your beard butter and they can make a big difference when it comes to the feel and consistency of the end product. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different oils and see which one you like best – if you don’t like your first homemade beard butter recipe attempt, just try another oil!
Here are the ones to look for:
- Sweet almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil
- Walnut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Camellia seed oil
- Apricot oil
- Kukui nut oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Argan oil
- Emu oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Grapeseed oil
Essential or other scented oils
These are not necessary for a standard beard butter recipe – if you want your beard butter to be scentless you can just skip these ingredients. Or, alternatively, you can use cologne after applying the beard butter instead. If you do decide to add some essential oils to your recipe, you might want to look at essential oils such as cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, sandalwood, bourbon, vanilla, myrrh, patchouli, bergamot, and others, depending on which scent feels right for you.
How to make beard butter yourself?
To make your own beard butter you need most of the ingredients above, yes, but you also need to mix them in the adequate proportions. A good DIY beard butter recipe can list any butter or carrier oil but it needs to specify how exactly they should be mixed.
The general mixture recipe most beard butters use goes as follows:
- 1/2 ounce of wax.
- 2-3 ounces of butters.
- 3 ounces of carrier oils.
- A few drops of essential oils.
The way these ingredients are mixed is quite simple:
- Heat up the wax, butter, and carrier oils in a vat over low heat.
- Stir occasionally as the mixture is melting and blending. Do not let it boil.
- Once the mixture is perfectly melted into a liquid, remove the heat.
- Add the essential oils before the mixture has had time to solidify. Stir the essential oils in nicely.
- Pour the mixture into its intended tin or another storage carrier.
- Allow the mixture to cool down overnight. It’s now ready to use.