Beard Balm

I experimented with beard balm years ago after my beard started getting longer than 5 or 6 inches. My beard oil was good at keeping it softer and conditioned, but didn’t have any hold. I hit on a commercial one really quickly, but years later, my favorite beard balm seems to have changed their formula. It smells bad and doesn’t have the same consistency. No worries, time to make my own.

I know from a lot of my other work that you can thin out wax with oils to get anywhere from paste wax to a fairly stiff mustache wax. I wanted to start with a base of my regular beard oil and try stiffening it with shea butter and beeswax. I went through a number of iterations over a few months to find something I liked.

I would call it a hit or miss process, but it was mostly miss. Almost everything was too stiff. I kept adding oil to the first batch till I almost completely filled the cup. The ingredients for the oil are kind of expensive. I should have started with a cheap oil at the right melting point instead of my beard oil. The shea butter was making it difficult, so I removed that ingredient. In the end I found a 4.5:1 ratio of oil to wax that was soft enough to spread, but hard enough to hold. My bathroom was looking like an odd place for a while.

Final Recipe: By weight
4.5 parts beard oil
1 part beeswax

With that ratio established and having been used for a few weeks I went about making a lot more of it. Instead of using the PET (which will hold up to gentle heating) cups I upgraded to glass jars. I mixed up a big batch of the beard oil and got to work at the double boiler.

Jars and cups make it hard to extract the beard balm by hand, so I went with finger friendly 2oz tins for easy use. I managed to pour all of them without making a huge mess too!

A new beard product requires a new logo. I sculpted the beard so it looks a bit more like my real one these days. Over a foot long deployed, but only 3 or 4 inches when wrapped up. This much balm ought to last me for a number of years, or make a lot of nice gifts for my bearded cohorts.

While I was making oily messes in the kitchen I mixed up a whole pint of my shave oil. I use this every time I hsave and wouldn’t be without it. It makes good gifts and is cheap/easy to make for yourself. A pint of this stuff should last me for years as well.

Beard Oil

I have been wanting to do my own beard oil ever since I made shave oil.  I had a commercial beard oil that was pretty decent and easy to reorder.  Now, no more excuses, my store bought stuff was running out, so I bought the ingredients to make my own.

There are a million oils available that should be good for your hair and skin.  I chose argan, jojoba, and sweet almond oil because they seemed to be in a lot of the high end beard oils.  The raw ingredients are kind of pricy, but I use this stuff so slowly that this batch should last me for a year plus gifts.


The tiny bottle is sandalwood oil.  The sandalwood shave oil is awesome, so I figured I would continue the theme.  I used equal parts of each major oil as measured by weight.  50 grams of each yielded 3/4 of a cup.


I didn’t measure the essential oil by weight but rather with a shake.  I shook it for a total of 20 seconds.  The bottle gave 2 to 3 drops per second.  I am guessing 40-60 total drops for this 150g batch.  Stop to mix and smell as you go, the right amount is very subjective.


This batch was perfect for two 1 ounce droppers (gift for bearded co-workers), and a 4 ounce bottle for myself.  I have only used it for a few days, but have really enjoyed the results.  It is thicker than the other oils I have used, which means this 4 ounce bottle should last longer.

Last but not least every good product needs a fancy label.  This is no exception.


Goodbye To My Beard

This qualifies as crafting… I made it myself!

I entered a beard off 6 months ago with a coworker.  He shaved before Christmas making me the winner.  After living with it for a while I decided to trim the sides.  My cheeks and chin do not match in color or growth rate.  It is kind of weird really, but I guess crazier things have happened.  I am keeping the stache for a while longer at least.  The chin has been with me for over a decade, and isn’t going anywhere.

Do you see that look of sadness in my eyes?  A loss of a dear friend will do that.  Also trying REALLY hard not to blink for the 30th time.  Selfies are hard with an SLR.  Rest in peace beard.