Make Your Own DIY Beard Oil: Tips and Tricks

With beards making a comeback in mainstream men’s fashion, you may want to try it out. The thing is though, there is a major difference between not shaving for months on end and a well-kept beard. In order to maintain a beard, you will need beard oil, and we have the perfect DIY beard oil recipes for you to try. We will discuss the different oils you can use, their benefits, and how to make your own.

Why Is Beard Oil Important?

Just like taking care of the hair on your head, you need to wash your beard with shampoo, but it is not enough to create luscious locks. You have to condition the hairs so they are not dry and weak. You know how you can get dandruff on your head? Well, the same can happen to the skin under your beard. A DIY beard oil prevents beardruff (the beard version of dandruff) and moisturizes both your skin and hair.

What Is in Beard Oil?

Beard oil is a combination of both carrier oils and essential oils, and you can customize them to the consistency and scent that you want. Depending on the oils you use, you will experience different benefits. It is important to know which benefits you want, so we will go over the most popular kinds and what they do for your beard and skin. First, we will go over the different carrier oils, and then we will follow with the popular essential oils.

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils make up the bulk (approximately 95 percent) of any DIY beard oil, as well as the ones you can buy already made. When making your own DIY beard oil, we recommend using a single carrier oil to start out. This way, you will know which carrier oils work best for you. The following carrier oils all come with their own benefits, so here is what you need to know.

  • Jojoba Oil: This odorless oil best mimics the natural oil your skin produces. It also moisturizes the skin, fights acne, prevents wrinkles, and reduces inflammation.
  • Coconut Oil: This oil is great for dry skin, eczema, and other skin conditions, plus has anti-aging, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: This oil removes dead skin cells, reduces inflammation, combats rashes, and reduces again.
  • Castor Oil: Use this oil to combat acne, hydrate skin, reduce itchiness and inflammation, and treat sunburns.
  • Sunflower Oil: This oil is rich in vitamin E, and it also moisturizes skin, protects skin from the sun, and adds a healthy glow to the skin.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: This oil has anti-aging, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, but do not use it if you have acne prone skin.
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Essential Oils

The other five percent of your DIY beard oil is comprised of essential oils. You can use a single essential oil or choose a combination to create your own unique scent. They have a plethora of great benefits, but many people choose the oils that have the best smells. Some men prefer a fragrance that reminds them of spending time outdoors, whereas others like a mint or citrus scent. You will have to experiment with your DIY beard oil to figure which smells you like best, but here is what we can tell you about the most popular essential oil in beard oil.

  • Lavender Oil: Not only does this oil smell great and reduce anxiety, but it also treats acne, detoxes the skin, repels bugs, and soothes the skin.
  • Rosemary Oil: With antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, this oil promotes healthy skin growth, fights infections, and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Cedarwood Oil: This oil has antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as a relaxing scent.
  • Lime Oil: This oil has antiseptic, antiviral, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties.
  • Peppermint Oil: Use this oil to boost your energy, hydrate the skin, treat oily skin, reduce itch, and repel bugs.
  • Tea Tree Oil: This oil reduces razor burn and also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
  • Argan Oil: Use this oil to promote healthy skin growth, treat acne, exfoliate and tone the skin, and nourish dry skin.
  • Frankincense Oil: This oil not only relieves stress, but it reduces scars, treats acne, and soothes inflamed skin.
  • Fir Needle Oil: This oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as eliminates body odor.

DIY Beard Oil Recipes

Now that you have information on the different types of carrier and essential oils, you are ready to make your own DIY beard oil. Before you start to mix oils together, make sure you sterilize the bottles you will be storing your beard oil in. All you have to do is boil them over the stove for a few minutes, then dry them off. Make sure your bottles all have droppers. If not, you need a dropper for every oil you are combining and every bottle for your DIY beard oil to prevent contamination.

Basic Moisturizer

For this simple, moisturizing DIY beard oil, you only need three ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 1 ounce of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil

Both jojoba oil and coconut oil are great conditioners for both your beard hair and your skin, and lavender is gentle on the skin with a mild aroma. This basic beard oil is great for beginners and those who want an oil that will reduce dryness and flaking.

Promote Hair Growth

Though no one has proven that certain oils specifically make your facial grow in better with fewer patches, nourishing the skin and beard hair will help them both continue to have healthy growth. For this beard oil, you will need:

  • 1 ounce of sweet almond oil
  • 1 ounce of coconut oil
  • 3 to 4 drops of castor oil
  • 5 to 6 drops of lavender or rosemary

Keep in mind that castor oil is thicker, and too much of it can make your beard look greasy. Experiment with how much you add and stick with what you like best.

Combat Beardruff

If you are starting to notice flaking and the beginnings of beardruff, try this DIY beard oil recipe. These are all the ingredients you need:

  • 1 ounce of apricot kernel oil
  • 1 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 5 drops of castor oil
  • 5 drops of cedarwood oil

Together, this combination of oils moisturizes, prevents dryness, and keeps fungus away. (Sometimes fungi cause dandruff, so this is a must for your beard oil!)

Outdoor Scent

If you want your beard to smell like you grew it in the mountains, this DIY beard oil is for you! You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 ounce of argan oil
  • 3 to 4 drops of frankincense oil
  • 3 to 4 drops of cedarwood oil
  • Optional: 3 to 4 drops of fir needle oil

Fir needle oil can overpower some with its scent, so try a drop at a time if you want to try it out.

Citrus Mint

Though citrus and mint generally do not mesh, especially when brushing your teeth, they make an awesome fragrance together in a beard oil. Here is what you need to mix together:

  • 1/2 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 1/2 ounce of argan oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of lime oil (or orange oil if you prefer)
  • 3 to 4 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil

This beard oil prevents beardruff and fungal infections, plus it moisturizes and smells good!


Do not let these DIY beard recipes dull your creativity! These recipes are great to give you ideas, but you can create your own unique oil. If you like it enough, you can even sell it to people you know. Though it takes more effort to make beard oil than to buy it already made, you will surely enjoy the fruits of your labor when you see how it transforms your beard.

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