For Christmas this year I made my husband a batch of beard balm to help tame and condition his unruly facial hair. He has an aversion to the trendy naming convention of “blank & blank,” so as a joke I made a label for my fake brand of Whiskey & Woodsmoke. I guess I made a pretty convincing label, since when he opened up the package on Christmas morning he said, “Oh, I remember this from the shop we were in the other day.” I had to break it him that that couldn’t be true, since I’d made it myself.

I wanted this beard balm to smell like bourbon, so I bought a bourbon fragrance oil from an amazon seller, but I wasn’t totally happy with it. It mostly smells like vanilla, with just a hint of bourbon. Combined with the cedar and rosemary oils, though, it creates a nice woodsy, manly scent. If you don’t want to buy bourbon fragrance, you can definitely leave it out, or even experiment with adding vanilla or other scents.

DIY beard balm tutorial recipe
Beard Balm Base:
2 Tbsp beeswax, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
3 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp sweet almond oil
Scent:
1/8 tsp bourbon oil
4-8 drops cedar essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil

Add the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil to a small jar or tin, and place in a saucepan. A tin can is a good choice, but you should avoid glass, since it can crack from direct heat. Add water to an inch or two below the top of the jar, and heat over a stovetop until everything melts and liquifies. Stir with a disposable popsicle stick or wooden chopstick.

Add essential oils just a few drops at a time to scent your balm, and stir to combine. When you’ve achieved the scent you want, pour your balm into a mini mason jar, and allow to cool.

DIY beard balm tutorial recipe

To use, rub a small amount on your fingers and smooth onto your beard.

Christmas is over, but this would make a great DIY Valentine’s Day or birthday gift for the bearded man in your life.

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  • Maggie

    This would make great gift for my sons both who now have beards! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jay Robinson

    Do you know how big your tin was? 8 oz? I would love to know as it would help me scale your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Ian Pickering

    I am curious about the bourbon fragrance. Can you tell me a little more? This is the first I have heard of it.

  • Mary Sternick Brock

    I love the (what I perceive to be) double meaning in the name of the scent! Great job!

    • transientexpression

      Thanks Mary :-)

  • http://www.tammythiele.com/ Tammy Thiele

    I love the story…and I bet this smells amazing!

    • transientexpression

      Thanks Tammy!

  • Nikki

    What size jar did you use? 4 oz? I have some leftover 8oz canning jars and I’m wondering if I’d need to double the recipe to use them. Thanks!

    • transientexpression

      Nikki, it’s a 4 oz jar.

  • Tim

    I loved this. Made it today with different essential oils. This is a great beard balm…Thanks

    • Rachel

      Tim, I’m so glad you like it!

  • Lisa Brock Wright

    can you just add a few drops of real bourbon?

    • Rachel

      Lisa, I was tempted to try that, but I’m not sure if it would work. You might have to experiment a bit. Let me know if you try it.

    • http://www.societystache.com Aaron

      no, Bourbon is water based, all other ingredients are oil based.

  • http://www.societystache.com Aaron

    3 tsp = 1 Tbs

  • http://www.societystache.com Aaron

    Tammy great recipe, mine is similar but uses argan oil instead of cocobutter…and different scents

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