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Beard Oil Recipe

Beard oil recipe - Dr. Axe

Facial hair has become quite popular over the past few years. Even campaigns such as Movember and Decembeard, for prostate awareness, have made the beard more popular. The New York Times published an article stating that the beard has become quite common in professional settings. That brings even more reason for good hygiene with the beard! Yes, you may have to give thought to how you manage that beard based on what your office environment is. (1)

For some, growing a beard is not easy and for others, it comes so fast that it is a challenge to keep up with it. But for those that sport the beard, taking good care of it is important; in fact, most beards need daily care or they go from a sexy look to a scruffy and unkempt look. You need to wash, trim and condition it to help keep it well-groomed. So, yes, beard maintenance is crucial if you plan to wear one.

The good news is that it does not have to be costly to do so, and you definitely do not need to buy an expensive beard maintenance kit. Have you heard of beard oil? Beard oil is very easy to make yourself with just a few ingredients. The best beard oil moisturizes your beard using ingredients such as coconut oil for the beard. Coconut oil will soften it, allowing you to tame it and reduce itchiness. In addition, beard oil provides hydration to your skin. You want the beard to look shiny and well-groomed, instead of dusty and shaggy.

Now I will show you how to make beard oil as well as how to use beard oil.

First, get your bottle ready. We are going to keep it simple by making it right in the bottle. Now, let’s add the jojoba oil. Jojoba is an emollient, making it perfect for soothing the skin and unclogging hair follicles. Additionally, it’s an effective skin moisturizer.

Next, add the sweet almond oil and the coconut oil. Sweet almond oil is commonly used for homeopathic and cosmetic purposes. Having a light texture that easily absorbs into skin, sweet almond oil is great for dry skin. Meanwhile, coconut oil kills bacteria, keeping acne at bay, while hydrating the skin.

Now for the essential oils. Let’s start with cedarwood essential oil, which has an earthy aroma with slightly sweet notes. It reduces skin irritation due to its antiseptic properties and even has aromatherapy benefits for helping with depression. Did you know that cedarwood symbolizes a source of protection, wisdom and abundance? That makes it an even better choice for that beard.

And last, but certainly not least, let’s add the sandalwood essential oil. Sandalwood oil is commonly known for its woodsy, sweet smell and increases a sense of calmness while providing greater mental clarity.

Now that all ingredients are in the bottle. Tightly screw on the cap and give it a good shake. You now have your very own homemade beard oil recipe.

To apply it, put a few drops into your hands and rub them together, then rub your hands through your beard and on the cheeks. If you have an eyedropper bottle, you can use the dropper and put it directly onto the beard. Massage it throughout the beard with your hands or a hairbrush. Finish with brushing the beard so that it is neatly groomed. That’s it!

Apply in morning, after your shower, for a soft shiny beard and again, just before sleep, to get the conditioning benefits overnight.

Beard Oil Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2–3 ounces


  • 1/2 ounce jojoba oil
  • 1/2 ounce sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 3–4 drops cedarwood oil
  • 3–4 drops sandalwood oil
  • small bottle with an eyedropper or cap


  1. In your bottle, add the jojoba oil.
  2. Next add the sweet almond oil and the fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Then, add the cedarwood and sandalwood essential oils.
  4. Place the cap on tightly and shake well.
  5. Using your hands or eyedropper, apply a few drops and massage into the beard and onto the cheeks.
  6. Brush the beard for the finishing touch.

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  1. Eunice on

    There is a company that makes the beard oil and sells it. Tennessee Beard oil. My husband made his own brand for our barbershop.

  2. Jennifer on

    Is there a different option for the almond oil? I am allergic to almonds and would be able to kiss the hubby if he used this recipe.

  3. Karen on

    Argan oil is an excellent oil for this recipe as well. I use Argan, Apricot Kernal and Camellia seed oil in the recipe I use for beard oil. Makes a nice combination, and excellent for softening the hair.

  4. Josh on

    This is a great recipe! I got my first beard oil from a brand called seven potions and it happens that their beard oil contains most of the carrier and essential oils mentioned here. A quick question please. Instead of coconut oil, would it be ok to use more from the other carrier oils?

    I think I’ll try to make my own from now on :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Tim on

    I currently have a beard oil that has mint in it. I really like it! If I want to add mint to this recipe, should I just as it, or substitute it for something else?

      • Caroyl on

        You can pretty much use any oils that strike your fancy smell-wise. Just be careful because some irritate skin. Peppermint can and also clove oil and oregano. Spearmint should work fine for you though!

  6. Kraig Olmstead on

    It would be much more convenient if you listed four teaspoons for the jojoba and sweet almond oils instead of 1/2 oz. As near as I can figure out, that’s the equivalent.

    • Kimberlee on

      I make bath and body products and you always measure by weight using ounces/grams/kg etc… no tsp/tbsp/cups. Keeps things in the proper proportion.

  7. Zeeshan Naeem Ahmed on

    dear sir
    thanks for your beard oil recipe but here in this place where i’m living i’m not get essential oil candle-wood and ceder-wood so can i replace with any other essential oil like rosemary tea tree frankincense Leander or lemon or orange essential oil please tell me


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