Beard balm recipe For Making Perfect Beard Balm At Home
Before we get to the beard balm recipes, let’s go over a few principles to making your own
beard balm. I assume you already know what beard balm is
What is beard balm used for?
Beard balm is a buttery substance used to condition a beard and give it a slight hold. Beard balm is a popular alternative to beard oil (and the two can be used together).
One thing you will notice is that beard balms range in prices, from $15 to $25 a tin. That’s a LOT of money to spend on beard balm. If you’re not into making it yourself, then the price is totally worth it, but if you’re a bit on the frugal side, then this guide will help you make beard balm at home.
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In this guide, I will show you how to make your own beard balm with this simple beard balm recipe, and I will share some of the top beard balm recipes for you to experiment with. There are four parts to making a quality beard balm, Wax, Butter, Carrier Oils, and Essential Oils.
What is Beeswax?
Beeswax is the go-to wax in Beard balm recipe (vegans can use a vegan plant wax to achieve similar results).
Beeswax is what gives beard balm its hold, which is essential for keeping beards in line. It is rich in vitamin A and has a pleasant scent. It melts easily with a little friction and solidifies fairly quickly.
Beeswax comes in two forms–the solid bars of beeswax and chopped up (or in pellet form). The type you choose depends on how you decide to make your beard balm.
If you plan to make a lot of it to sell, then go with pellets. You can throw your pellets in a big vat and make many tins at once (plus, the pellets are cheaper per ounce). However, if you are only making one or two tins for personal use, then go with the beeswax bars. Some beard balm recipes call for 1oz or 1 bar exactly.
Which Butters used for making beard balm?
The two kinds of butter used for beard balm are shea butter and cocoa butter.
Why use Butters?
Shea butter is great for skin as it acts as an anti-inflammatory, and is easily absorbed by the skin. Both kinds of butter have different qualities and smell different.
Cocoa butter has a pleasant smell (and taste) and is often used in chocolates. It also brings many different vitamins and antioxidants. A well-rounded beard balm will use both shea and cocoa butter.
These butter are essential to beard balm, as they give the balm its spreading texture. Beeswax alone is very stiff. The butter is what allows the beard balm the ability to melt in your fingers and hands and get absorbed by your hairs and follicles.
Shea butter comes in both yellow and ivory. I personally prefer the ivory color. I think it gives a beard balm a good “balmy” appearance.
A third, and rather unique, an option is to use mango butter.
It is similar to cacao butter, only it is a firmer butter, which lends to making stick-products, like deodorant sticks or lip-balm sticks.
You need less beeswax for mango butter, so it’s a great ingredient for making less waxy balms.
It comes with a number of useful properties, including sun protection, anti-wrinkle agents, and skin moisturizing. It’s supposed to be good against psoriasis and eczema, so you could use mango butter to create and market a “skin healing” or “anti-dandruff” beard balm.
What Are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are thicker oils used as mediums for essential oils. They make up the bulk of beard oils and are used in beard balms to give a balm it’s signature texture.
Every beard balm has beeswax, cocoa, and shea butter. What makes yours different than all the others are the oils you use.
Why Carrier Oils?
Each carrier oil has unique properties, ranging from easy absorption (jojoba oil for example) to rich smoothness (almond and argan oils, for example).
Essential oils are the oils that give your beard balm its scent. Use essential oils sparingly, as some essential oils, like tea tree oil, can burn your skin if used too much.
That said, essential oils are what give your beard balm it’s defining character. A masculine smelling beard balm will have sandalwood, cedar, or pine essential oils, for example. Oils like tea tree have amazing medical benefits, like helping with dandruff.
In addition to the measurement and transfer tools, I list on my beard oil recipe page (I include important things like funnels, transfer pipets, and eyedroppers), crafting beard balm requires its own special tools. Here is what you’ll need. The Cooking Vat, Containers
The container you choose gives your beard balm character. Most beard balms come in round tins. This is useful because it suits the natural way people get balm out of the tin–by moving their fingers along the balm in a circle. Rectangular tins also exist. These are often used for lip balms. Since few beard balms come in rectangular tins, it may make your beard balm stand out.
You need to figure out how much beard balm you want in each tin, as tins come in different
sizes, ranging from .25oz to 8 oz.
Making beard balm is the easiest thing in the world. The trick is knowing when to mix essential oils, and not to burn your butter.
Step 1: Place your wax, butter, and carrier oils in your candle-making pitcher and place on your range at low heat.
Step 2: Then, just sit by and wait for your wax and butter to melt, stirring occasionally.
Make sure that your mixture does not come to a boil.
If it boils, then you have burned it and robbed your balm of many of the therapeutic powers it naturally has. Instead, just wait until everything has melted so that it looks entirely liquid, and remove it from the heat.
Step 3: Quickly, before your balm can solidify, add you’re essential oils. This will likely be only a few drops, depending on how much you are making. Stir them in well!
Step 4: Immediately pour your melted balm into your desired tin. Some people choose to use glass mason jars as their container. If you do, make sure that you warm the mason jars in hot water before pouring your balm mixture, or else the glass could shatter.
You don’t need to worry about this if you use tins.
Step 5 Set your tins aside to harden overnight. In the morning, you will have a handsome batch of custom-made beard balm.
Congratulations, O bearded fellow! You can now add your brand labels to the tins, and sell them or hand out to friends.
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