Beard balm is a must-have to keep your husband, father or grandfather beard looking neat and tidy. It conditions hairs and helps them to stay in place so that your loved one looks well-groomed and handsome! This beard balm recipe helps soften, condition and repair dry or coarse hair as well as nourish new hair growth.   

In this recipe, I’ve chosen to use castor oil, olive oil, beeswax and shea butter as all natural ingredients. It makes a great gift for father’s day as well and beard balm has the same benefits as beard oil with the addition of added styling power.

Beard Balm v. Beard Oil

Beard oil is usually liquid in form and is made of nourishing oils that condition the hair on your face. It may include light oils such as jojoba oil and essential oils for scent. Beard balm is also made with oils, but with the addition of a wax, and usually a thicker oil like Shea butter. This produces a firmer balm that can be worked in the hands before applying to the beard.

By rubbing this beard balm recipe between your hands, the warmth softens the balm enough to work through your facial hair. You can then shape or style your beard, and when the balm cools, the wax will help to keep your hair in place! This gives you the best of both worlds as you get nourishment and styling power for your beard.

The wax is thicker than the balm and is ideal for styling and controlling stray hairs.

DIY Beard Balm

Beard balm is easy to make at home! This gives you the benefit of choosing high-quality, non-toxic ingredients and can also end up saving you money. Commercial beard balms tend to be boutique items that run a bit higher in price. But, if you make your own, you can simply buy all the ingredients and make much larger quantities for yourself at a cheaper price point. Plus, ladies, what makes a better gift than homemade grooming products? And you can choose scents for your man that you love!

Where to buy beard balm online

If you are running out of time and prefer to buy beard balm online, I suggest the Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner – All Natural and vegan that you can buy this beard balm on amazon for $30 here.

Of course, DIY beard balm is going to be much cheaper!

Beard Balm Recipe Ingredients

Castor oil is made from castor seeds and has amazing hair-boosting properties. It’s high ricinoleic acid and Omega-6 fatty acid content help to accelerate circulation to the skin, which helps to increase hair growth. It also has natural antibacterial properties.

Olive oil is pressed from the natural oils in olives. It is high in minerals and healthy fats that help to hydrate and condition hair. It’s a fuller-bodied oil that feels hydrating on the skin. Its high polyphenol and phytosterol content have an anti-aging effect on skin and hair, keeping both skins supple and hair shiny.

Beeswax is harvested from the bees’ honeycomb and has a firm texture that allows you to sculpt your beard and get the hair to stay in place! Beeswax has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and is also a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent.

Shea butter is made from the fruit of the shea tree and is high in many vitamins including A, E and F. It is a moisturizing superstar and also helps to combat inflammation through its cinnamic acid content. It has a soothing effect on the skin.

Cedarwood essential oil is distilled from the wood of the cedar tree. It lends its distinctive scent to this beard balm, but also has a host of benefits for skin and hair! It actually promotes healthy hair growth, it has natural anti-fungal properties and soothes skin irritations and inflammation

Labdanum essential oil is made from the Rose of Sharon plant – it has a lovely, spicy-sweet scent and is a natural skin tonic, and has been used for hundreds of years to tone and treat the skin.

Frankincense essential oil is made from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree, native to Somalia and the Middle East. It is potent with antioxidants and has been using to boost skin health for hundreds of years. Used in this beard balm for its scent, it also adds a note of earthy musk.

Essential oils are always optional but they will help to bring this beard balm recipe to the next level.


Beard Balm Recipe
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Serves: 6 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of refined shea butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon of beeswax pellets
  • 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 bug drops of Labdanum essential oil
  • 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 3 tin can of 2Oz each
  1. Melt all the ingredients together, oil, shea butter and beeswax on a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, add the essential oils.
  3. Pour immediately in the containers.
  4. Wait a few hours until the oil turns into a balm.
  5. Apply and enjoy!


How to use beard balm

Massage it in your fingers until the balm softens enough to spread through your beard. Pull through your beard to tame wild hairs as it acts as a leave-in conditioner for lasting softness. Use daily or as needed.

Please let me know what you think of this beard balm recipe in the comments below!