It’s been a while since I made a beard thing, and since I’ve been working with this lovely ginger oak moss essential oil blend quite a lot, I got to thinking… goodness. Beards should smell like this…. I could make beards smell like this. And here we are, with a lovely, simple beard oil recipe that will make beards smell like deep, sweet, mysterious goodness. Like wandering through a quiet forest in a plaid shirt, carrying an axe for no particular reason, with an unfailingly happy Labrador named Beau. Like cozy cottage bedrooms and sunsets on the dock and… I think I miss summer. But this beard oil is also lovely, and also makes a great body oil if you do not have a beard.
I included a couple other great-for-hair oils. Lightweight, absorbing camellia seed oil has been used in haircare for centuries in Japan. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and jojoba oil is a beard oil mainstay for its softening and smoothing effects. The bulk of this beard oil is lightweight, silky olive squalane. I love how it feels—it’s all glidey and satiny, and doesn’t have much of a scent so our essential oils can really shine.
For some silky, pampering spoiling, I’ve included some BTMS-50—a cationic emulsifying wax. We’re including it more for its cationic conditioning properties than its emulsifying properties, but since it is an emulsifier that means this beard oil will work into a damp beard beautifully, turning into a creamy conditioner as you work it in. Groovy, eh?
I gifted a bottle to my friend a yoga teacher, Danny. Initially he didn’t notice much in the scent department, but once he tried a bit on his hand and it warmed up the scent blend popped out and won him over. Here’s what he had to say:
“First of all, the scent was nice; masculine without being too strong. The combination of carrier oils that you used softened and tamed my beard hair without being too greasy. I have a really corse beard and it has a mind of its own. I require a beard oil that will condition my beard without being too greasy and provide a nice clean smelling scent without being too strong. Overall, I really like it.”
Our essential oil blend is one of my favourites; ginger, oak moss, and michelia alba. I adore this blend on myself, but… put it on a beard and… whoa. I don’t want to be too hasty with this declaration, but… I think that’s how a beard should smell. Swoon. It’s divine. You could use something else, but why would you?
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Ginger Oak Moss Beard Oil
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
When the heated phase has melted through, remove it from the water bath and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
Using a smaller, more accurate scale, weigh out the cool down ingredients into a small bowl or beaker before stirring in the melted beard oil.
To use, dispense some oil into your palm and work it through your beard. Enjoy!
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using this batch calculator from Making Skincare. As written in grams this recipe will make 25g.
- You can change up the oils for other liquid oils, but keep in mind that this recipe is distinguished almost entirely by the oil blend—if you start changing up the oils you are no longer making this recipe. I’d recommend sticking with lighter, faster-absorbing liquid oils to keep with the spirit of this recipe.