DIY Beard Balm with Custom Labels

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November 21, 2016 by bridgitgillis

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We are coming to the home stretch of “No Shave November.”  My husband started growing his beard before November so that he had an excuse to keep growing it past the point of my usual tolerance level.  Beard oils can be found on the internet, and the scent makes beard scruffiness more tolerable for the ladies. 😉  When my husband came home from work for two weeks and forgot his beard oil, it was sorely missed.  We searched all over our local stores, and couldn’t find anything for beards!  With no time to order online and my stash of essential oils ready and waiting for a new project, my husband agreed to trying out some homemade beard balm.

I had him scour Pinterest to find a recipe that sounded good to him, since he was the test subject for this recipe.  We decided to try a basic recipe that will be easy to fine tune as we make more to suit his preferences.


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  • Double Boiler
  • Wax Paper (optional)
  • Containers for Balm
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Funnel (optional)

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This recipe makes a balm that could almost be considered a wax.  It is definitely more firm than a salve.  The fun part is that you can tweak the recipe until it is the consistency that you prefer.

The 2-ounce recipe is for a small batch that you can use to test the consistency.  If you want it more waxy and hard, add more beeswax.  If you want it more like a salve, add more carrier oil or shea butter, or a little of both.

Looking for essential oil scent combinations?  These were approved by my husband for his balms.

  • White Fir, Peppermint, and Frankincense
  • Focus Blend
  • Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Frankincense
  • Sandalwood and Frankincense
2-Ounce Beard Balm Recipe

1/8 Cup Shea Butter
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Cacao Butter
1 Tbsp Carrier Oil (I used Jojoba Oil)
10-20 drops Essential Oil

8-Ounce Beard Balm Recipe

1/2 Cup Shea Butter
4 Tbsp Beeswax
4 Tbsp Cacao Butter
4 Tbsp Carrier Oil (I used Jojoba Oil)
40-80 drops Essential Oil

  1. Combine the following in a double boiler: Shea Butter, Beeswax, Cacao Butter.  Let melt together, stirring occasionally.  (For detailed instructions on how to make salves with a homemade double boiler, check out this tutorial)  While the ingredients melt together, lay out your containers on a sheet of wax paper.  Decide which essential oils to use in each container and write them on your wax paper so that you will remember which scent is in which container.  Note that th essential oil amount listed is for the entire batch, so if you are using multiple containers you will need to adjust your amounts accordingly.
  2. Add  Carrier Oil to the mixture in the double boiler, stir.
  3. Carefully remove the mixture from heat.
  4. Using a funnel, carefully pour the mixture into your containers.
  5. Drop the desired amounts of essential oils into your containers and stir with toothpicks.  Use a new toothpick for each scent.
  6. Allow the containers to dry and get firm for a couple of hours before putting on the lids.
  7. Label your containers, or make fun printable labels like mine!  See the tutorial here or print my custom labels from the pdf beard-balm-ii file on cardstock or Avery labels #22818.





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