Hey all, it's been a while since I posted, but I promised to share my formula for beard oil. It's getting close to the holidays, and some of you may be in a DIY mood and may even be trying to reduce needless consumerism. I dig that. Of course, you'll be buying things to make this, but the ingredients can be used in other at-home grooming recipes, spa treatments, and for general well-being. Use the oils in the bath, as moisturizer, or on your cuticles, and the essential oils can be used in all kinds of aromatherapy applications. So go splurge and treat yourself or your man to this recipe. Ready? Here it is!
BEARD OIL by Locust + Ash:
Oily/ Sensitive/ Acne-prone:
2T (1 oz.) total oil. Grapeseed, Sesame or Hemp Oil are wonderful for this type of skin. Mix them up or use one.
2 Vitamin E 400iu capsule
Essential oils: 8 drops orange, 8 drops patchouli, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lemon.
2T (1 oz.) total oil. Avocado, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba oil are good choices. Mix them or use just one.
2 Vitamin E 400iu capsule Essential oils: 8 drops cedarwood or sandalwood (or 4 of each), 8 drops lavender, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lime.
That's a good basic recipe. I could go nuts and break down every oil out there and the benefits and get you all confused and overwhelmed. I picked more readily available and affordable oils (they will be easily found in stores--shop local!) but there are some really nice, pricier oils you could use. We'll save that for another post on features and benefits of beard and skin care products.
So for now, use these recipes and just mix and match. Pour everything into a dark colored dropper bottle. You want the bottle to be dark to keep sunlight from spoiling it; glass or plastic is fine. I have used twist-top bottles like the ones in the photo also and wrapping a handmade label around it is good for protection if you have clear glass. **One note: hemp oil goes bad quickly: 30 days without refrigeration. So keep it cold or make a small batch and use it up.
Once you've got it mixed up, shake well, and use once a day. The Vitamin E will act as a bit of a preservative, but make sure you note any changes in the scent; it will go bad after a while. This size recipe of beard oil should be used up fairy quickly, but in case you decide to scale up and make a lot at once you'll know to note the expiration dates on the oils you purchased for the project and mark your DIY bottles.
I hope you like it! I have never sold this beard oil but it was tested in my barbershop. The scents got some pretty great feedback. You can always substitute your own favorite essential oils, but these were chosen for their benefits to the specific skin type. For normal skin, you can use any combination of these ingredients.
Beard oil is a major trend right now and I find it's a nice thing to make for a gift. Of course, I stand by my dry oil formula. I find it absorbs better and the light wax locks in moisture. Plus, it has multiple uses and even women love it for an all purpose "wonder balm".
Let us know in the comments if you make some! Happy Holidays!