If you have done any shopping around for beard balms, you already know that at $15-$25 per tin, it can quickly become very costly to maintain that healthy beard.
Learning how to make beard balm yourself will allow you to create large quantities of this moisturizer at pennies on the dollar.
Before you can learn how to make beard balm, it is important you first gather some important ingredients.
The four essential ingredients in your beard balm are going to be the Beeswax, the butter, the carrier oils, and the essential oils.
Ingredients for the Beard Balm
1. The Beeswax
The essential ingredient in your beard balm is the Beeswax. This wax is what is going to give your balm the hold it will need, and it supplies the hair essential nutrients like vitamin A.
With very little friction it melts, and then solidifies quickly. When you are learning how to make beard balm for personal use, the best type of Beeswax to buy is in 1-ounce bars.
2. The Butters
To create your own beard balm, you will need both cocoa and Shea butter. Each has their own unique qualities, and definitely smell different.
They are also main ingredients of a beard butter. The cocoa butter smells pleasant and has essential antioxidants and vitamins.
The Shea butter has anti-inflammatory qualities, reducing both rashes and itchiness. These butter give the beard balm their spreading texture, allowing the balm to melt in your hands. Purchase one pound of each for your beard balm.
3. The Carrier Oils
To give the beard balm texture, you will need to add carrier oils. Depending on personal preference, the oils you can use range from argan, jojoba, grapeseed, kukui nut, coconut, and avocado.
Purchase the smallest container until you find oils that you find most enjoyable.
4. The Essential Oils
In order to give your beard balm a pleasant scent, you will need to add some essential oils.
These oils are used very sparingly, as you do not want to overwhelm those around you with a strong odor.
For a masculine smell, consider pine, cedar, or sandalwood oils. Tree oils are helpful reducing flakes and dandruff, and vanilla, benzoin, and peru all have warm and soothing smells.
Choose your starter pack:
– 64 Essential Oil Pack
– 32 Essential Oil Pack
– 14 Essential Oil Pack
– 6 Essential Oil Pack (best seller)
– The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (best seller)
Additional Items Needed for the Beard Balm
While you are out shopping for the beard balm ingredients, now is the time to purchase a few accessories.
Be sure to have on hand a small funnel, pipettes, an eyedropper, and a kitchen scale for measuring the cocoa and Shea butter accurately.
Be sure you have a cooking vat for mixing the ingredients in the ingredients are extremely tough to clean, use this vat only for mixing your balm.
One last thing to have on hand are containers to store your beard balm. Until you find the perfect mixture, consider buying a few round tins for storing the balm, they range from a quarter ounce to eight-ounce containers.
How to Make Beard Balm
The amounts and oils in this example are for creating a nice smelling and soothing balm, experiment with other oils.
Step 1. Heating the Mixture
Place 2 ounces Shea butter, 1 ounce of Beeswax, and 4 ounces of coconut carrier oil into the vat and place over a very low heat. Since you are only experimenting with small portions, a candle warmer might be safer than the low setting on your range.
Step 2. Mixing the Balm
Watch closely as the ingredients begin to melt and blend together. Stir occasionally and do not let come to a boil. If it reaches a boil, you burn the mixture and eliminate all those therapeutic ingredients. Once the solution has become a liquid, remove from the heat.
Step 3. Adding Essential Oils
This is when you have to work a little fast. The key here is adding the essential oils before the balm is allowed to solidify. Place a few drops of the rosemary and lavender oil in the balm, stir well.
Step 4. Pour Into the Tin
Once the oil has been added, immediately pour the balm into the storage tin and cover.
Step 5. Cooling the Balm
Allow the balm to sit in the tin overnight to properly cool. The next morning your beard balm will be ready to apply to your face.
Experiment with different oils to get the fragrance and the texture you desire. Some oils will reduce itchiness, some make the skin moist. In no time at all, you will be an expert making your own beard balm at home.
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