Easy Homemade Beard Oil Recipe for Men

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Many men participate in “No Shave November” (my husband included) so I thought I’d go along with this interesting tradition and put up a DIY beard oil recipe. You know… just in case December 1st rolls around and they decide to hold on to that beard they worked so hard to grow!

After 30 days any patchiness has (hopefully) nicely filled in but now that beard is probably starting to get a bit long and out of control. Beard oil can help transform a beard from unruly to ruggedly handsome, from rough and rugged to sleek and soft(er).

You do need a few special oils for this recipe, but putting it together couldn’t be simpler!

What Is Beard Oil?

Beard oil is just that, oil. Oil is often given a bad rap in beauty care, but using oil to cleanse and moisturize can actually help balance your body’s natural oils and lead to soft, healthy skin and hair.

While I have written often about beauty care for women, your man’s beard is no exception. The skin hiding underneath all that facial hair needs as much care and attention as it would if he were shaving it every day, if not more.

Because beard hair is typically quite coarse, men often experience itchiness, dandruff (or “beardruff”), and even in-grown hairs on the delicate facial skin underneath. A full beard also makes it difficult to access the skin which can compound common skin problems like dryness, acne, or inflammation.

Longer beards can also become quite tangled and unruly. Daily application of beard oil, followed by combing with a beard comb, will smooth the hair and encourage it to grow and lay in one direction.

How to Make Beard Oil or Beard Balm at Home

To make an effective beard oil, there are a few ingredients you’ll need to have on hand:

Which Oils Are Best for Beards?

The carrier oil you choose will depend on what specific qualities you are looking for. We are primarily focused on the beard itself but it is important not to forget the skin underneath. There are several excellent oils that help nourish both skin and hair. You can choose one or a mix of several.

Argan oil is a non-greasy oil from the fruit of the argan tree which is native to Morocco. Because it doesn’t leave a greasy residue it makes it an excellent choice for hair and skincare. It is high in fatty acids which help restore the balance of natural oils in the skin. It is also rich in Vitamin E which stimulates hair growth and helps to repair and prevent split ends.

Jojoba oil is actually a plant wax which is closest to our body’s natural sebum. This makes it an excellent skin care product and it is tolerated very well by most skin types. This oil helps to balance oil production in the skin keeping acne at bay. Jojoba oil also does an excellent job of coating new growth, thus strengthening the hair and helping to prevent breakage.

Sweet almond oil is a mild oil from the sweet almond that has a light texture and is hypoallergenic making it very gentle on the skin. It softens and conditions hair and skin and replaces the protective coating at the shaft of each hair which helps protect the hair from breakage. Almond oil is rich in magnesium, zinc, and calcium. These minerals are crucial to hair growth and to prevent hair loss.

Castor oil is also an excellent oil for hair growth. It is high in vitamin E and fatty acids which support hair growth and strength and is also naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal which helps prevent “beardruff.”

Essential Oils

Essential oils add many beneficial qualities to your beard oil and also allow you to customize your oil with a scent your man is sure to love.

  • Lavender has antimicrobial properties which help relieve dry scalp and prevent dandruff.
  • Cedarwood increases circulation in the scalp which helps stimulate new growth. Its anti-fungal properties help relieve itching and prevent dandruff.
  • Rosemary also increases circulation to the scalp aiding in new growth and promotes healing which eases puffiness, itching, and swelling.
  • Lemongrass strengthens the hair follicles helping prevent breakage and hair loss.
  • Ylang Ylang stimulates the scalp for increased hair growth and does an excellent job balancing oils in skin.
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DIY Beard Oil Recipe

Make your own beard oil to help transform a beard from unruly to ruggedly handsome!
Author: Katie Wells



  • Combine all the ingredients in a 1 ounce amber glass bottle with a dropper.
  • Gently swirl to incorporate.

To apply:

  • Drop 3-5 drops in one hand. Longer beards will require more drops, but remember, a little goes a long way, so increase amount by one drop at a time.
  • Dip fingertips from the other hand in the oil and rub oil all over beard. When all the oil has been applied, use fingertips to massage oil down into the beard all the way to the skin.
  • Use a small comb to smooth down the beard.
  • For best results, apply daily to freshly washed beard that has been toweled dry.


Try using lemongrass or ylang ylang essential oils for stronger beard hair and increased growth.

If you’re not the DIY type, this pre-made beard oil is a good option to buy.

No beard? No problem! Try making your own homemade shaving soap and aftershave.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries, MD, Family Physician and Medical Director of SteadyMD. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Does your man sport a beard? How does he care for it? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


39 responses to “Easy Homemade Beard Oil Recipe for Men”

  1. Fay Avatar

    You mention castor oil in the ingredient list above but don’t mention the amount. How much would i use for the oil? Also wondering if I don’t have lemongrass or rosemary what could be a good sub? (Lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, orange, peppermint, frankincense? These are what i have)

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      You could replace some of the sweet almond oil with 1/2-1 teaspoon of castor oil. And tea tree, orange, or frankincense would all work well here. Lemon is phototoxic if used above 2% and peppermint and eucalyptus may feel too strong on the skin.

  2. Kristen Allen Avatar
    Kristen Allen

    I see that you said to put in an amber glass bottle. Could it be put in a clear hard plastic bottle? I have a ton of clear plastic bottles this would be perfect for! Also, do I have to add the essential oils, or could it be made fragrance free?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      The essential oils provide health benefits for the beard and face, not just scent, but they could be omitted if preferred. The beard oil probably wouldn’t work as well though. Essential oils can degrade plastic and the dark color helps prevent the oils from oxidizing as quickly. Katie doesn’t recommend using plastic because of the issues with hormone-disrupting chemicals and other health and environmental concerns. That said, you could use plastic if you wanted to.

  3. Claudia Stone Avatar
    Claudia Stone

    5 stars
    I would like to make this beard oil for my son but he is allergic to tree nuts. What oil can I substitute for the almond oil?

    By the way I love your site. It’s the first site I found when I started using essential oils two years ago. I’ve made your lotion bars and your sugar scrubs with great success. I’ve learned so much from you and I just wanted to say thank you. I just joined your VIP group ?

  4. Erika Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I love your site with all its useful information. I found your elderberry syrup recipe and my family has been using that to fight off colds.

    I’m just wondering if I can replace argan oil with something else. Would love to hear what you have to say.


  5. Danielle Avatar

    You mentioned castor oil for “breadruff” which is what my husband struggles with but which of the three oils mentioned in the recipe would be best to replace. I know castor oils is more sticky and would like to retain the desired texture of your recipe. Please let me know thanks!

  6. Jean Vaughan Avatar
    Jean Vaughan

    Thank you for all your very good information. I am in the UK but still appreciate the communication.

    Love Jean.

  7. Kim Avatar

    Do you combine all of the oils,
    ½ oz argan oil (14 grams )
    ¼ oz jojoba oil (7 grams)
    ¼ oz sweet almond oil (7 grams)
    and all the essential oils …
    Or just pick one & pick one essential oil?

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