When you are working on developing that manly beard, there is going to come a time where you will need a product to help tame the beast.
Without some type of beard conditioner, your facial hair is going to start sprouting in all different directions, cause itching that will irritate the skin below, and make you look more like a traveling hobo than a rugged, strong, manly man.
Make no mistake about it, keeping that beard in line is not going to be a cheap endeavor, many of the best products will set you back a few bucks.
Many guys are turning to a DIY beard wax for an affordable option to getting stunning results.
Making Your Own DIY Beard Wax
One of the reasons many guys are opting for the homemade route is that you get to make the call as to what ingredients to add and which to leave out of the mix.
There are a ton of different essential oils out there that offer an all-natural approach to maintaining a stunning beard without having to expose sensitive skin to toxic ingredients that lead to itching, redness, and flaking.
The other thing to consider here is this is not an exact science, you can mix up the formula to your liking because everyone has a different reaction to certain ingredients.
If you prefer the hint of pine over peppermint in your essential oils, just swap them out or make a few batches of different fragrances.
Now that you understand you are in control of the process, we will get down to making your own beard wax. The process is broken down into simple steps that will walk you through choosing the products to can them up for future use.
For this recipe, we are going to go small, but you can ramp things up as you feel more comfortable with the entire process.
The DIY Beard Wax Ingredients
Now before we actually start making the beard wax, we need to assemble all the ingredients first. For this simple recipe, you need to select essential oils that you really like.
Whether you like pine, eucalyptus, or peppermint, pick one that you prefer because this smell will be very close to your nose and something you have to love or you will hate applying the wax.
The essential oils also have healing properties that will leave the skin feeling soft while strengthening the facial hair at the roots, and you only need a few drops to be effective.
We need one ounce of petroleum jelly that is unscented, it will be the main ingredient for providing superior hold to the beard.
For a specific consistency, we need some resin, so pick either powdered or raw form, buy a small amount for now. Finally, we need one-ounce beeswax.
How to choose from medium and hard hold?
For a mustache wax with a very strong hold to style your mustache, use resin and more wax. For a medium-hold mustache wax, use less beeswax and more petroleum jelly, or carrier oils
In addition to your ingredients, we need to have a scale for measuring out all the components, a candle making a pitcher, a cooking vat, and the storage tins that you can keep in your bathroom for when you need your DIY beard wax.
Let’s get to it, our simple yet effective guide to making your very own homemade beard wax.
Step 1: Measure out each ingredient, and be sure to set out the storage tins with the caps already removed. Once all the ingredients are melted, you have zero time to do anything else, so everything needs to be done before heating.
Step 2: Place the beeswax in a candle making a pitcher, place on stove over a medium heat. Once the beeswax begins to melt, put heat on low until it is fully melted.
Step 3: In the cooking vat, place the petroleum jelly and a few drops of the essential oils. These two ingredients need to be the same heat as the beeswax so that they mix properly. Once both are the same consistency, add the resin to the essential oils mix.
Step 4: Now that everything is melted and the same consistency, leave the cooking vat at low heat and pour in the beeswax. Stir everything together and make sure that nothing burns. If you see boiling, drop heat to lowest possible setting.
Step 5: Now that the ingredients are blended, begin pouring the mixture into the metal storage tins. Glass jars could shatter, so metal tins are the preferred choice for those making a DIY beard wax.
Step 6: Place the covers on the tins and let them set overnight. The next morning you will have great smelling, lubricating, beard wax that offers control, comfort, and style for your beard.
DIY Beard Wax Recipe
Hungarian by Bud Peppers – Makes about 1 oz
- 2 tsp of beeswax
- 1 tsp of powdered gum arabic
- 1 tsp of shea butter
- 2 tsp water
- 2 drops of juniper oil (optional)
Solid Wax by Apothecary’s Garden – Makes about 16 oz
- 1 lb beeswax
- 100 g of pine resin (gum rosin)
- 125 ml of sweet almond oil (carrier oil)
- 75 grams of shea butter (or cocoa butter)
- 10 ml of cedarwood oil or sandalwood oil (or 5 ml of each, optional. Essential oils)
When it comes to maintaining your beard, an organic beard wax will help in so many areas. No longer will your facial hair be wild and out of control, beard wax helps to keep it set and looking under control. The all-natural ingredients in the wax nurture the skin, keeping it free from irritation as the facial hair grows, so no more itchy, flaky, dry skin.
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Finally, the oils in the wax not only help your mental state of mind, they heal from within and improve hair strength, appearance, and manageability.
Have fun with your beard wax and experiment with a few oils that really get you excited to keep up with your new maintenance routine. Take good care of your beard and it will certainly take very good care of you.
Have you made your own beard wax? Got new recipe? Share your experiences and recipes with us in the comment below.
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