DIY Natural and Cruelty-Free Beard Oil

A couple of years ago, Kieran and I decided that, to save money and add a more personal touch to Christmas, we'd make our own gifts. Being the handsome bearded man that he is, I figured I'd give making beard oil a go, as he was running low of his usual supplies. Since then, he's asked me to make two more batches, which is both reassuring and flattering to know my present went down so well! 

If you're struggling for ideas about what to get your fellow bearded partner, friend or relative, why not give it a go? It's oddly satisfying to know you've created something special and useful by hand, as well as skipping those nasty chemicals you sometimes find in shop bought products. All of the oils listed below are from Akoma Skincare, who are certified vegan and USDA organic.

What you'll need:

Amber Pipette Bottle (Amazon)
Organic Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil

Starting with your amber pipette bottle at the ready, pour your jojoba oil about 3/4 of the way to the top. Known for both its cleansing and nourishing properties, jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and non-allergenic, meaning it won't block pores, nor cause skin irritation. 

Next, pour in your vitamin E oil so that you're nearly at the top of your bottle. Make sure to leave enough room for your pipette! Vitamin E contains a variety of essential antioxidant properties that helps with both the repair and strengthening of the hair, therefore making it less prone to damage.

You'll want it so that your beard oil isn't too thin, or too thick either. I think the above ratio gives quite a nice consistency, which Kieran seems to have no issues with either! 

Now for the fun part. I usually start by adding the cedwarwood essential oil for a woodsy base. It's all dependant on how strong you like it, and it varies from time to time, but I usually add 20 drops. I'll then put the pipette topper back on and give the mixture a shake.

Pine can be particularly overwhelming, so you'll want to go easy with this. I usually add roughly about 10 drops, just to make sure I don't drown out the cedarwood. 
Give the bottle another good shake to combine the mixture. 

The final step? Give your freshly created oil to your bearded companion! Kieran usually applies it by squeezing some of the oil onto his hands, before rubbing them together and running it through his beard.

Do you make beard oil for yourself or a loved one? If so, what ingredients and essential oil combinations do you use?


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