Is your beard in need of some loving? Do your bristles cry out for a condition? Show your chin rug some TLC with a DIY recipe from our Beauty Geeks. This conditioning balm will tame your facial tresses and soothe any itches preventing you from enjoying that magnificent beard of yours to its full extent.
– 1 tsp beeswax (can be substituted for vegan plant wax)
– 1 tsp shea butter
– 1 tbsp jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or argan oil
– 2-3 drops vanilla essential oil
(+ 2 vitamin E capsule/ 4 drops vitamin E oil for extra facial protection!)
Personalise your beard balm to suit your beardy needs or favourite smells:
Any essential oil can be added as substitute to the vanilla oil, so if there’s a scent you love add it in! Here are a few choices of oils that contain an added benefit. (Let us know which are your favourites by commenting below or tweet to @BeautyByGeeks!)
o Sandalwood and cinnamon oils combined give a sexy spiced aroma
o Eucalyptus or tea tree oil can be added to combat blemish prone skin
o Peppermint oil can be used as an extra anti-itch ingredient
o Geranium oil is fantastic to calm reddened or inflamed skin
1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter and almond/jojoba/argan oil together on a low heat
2. Add your chosen manly flavours, try mixing and matching to find a unique scent…. add the vanilla essential oil along with the vitamin E
3. Stir the mixture well, pour into a container (kernel jars work very well) and allow for thorough solidifying overnight.
So how does our balm work?
Beeswax has fantastic emollient properties keeping those bristles hydrated, and also has handy antimicrobial properties to keep those spots at bay (and our Beard Balm fresh!).
Shea butter (a favourite in our DIYs so stock up) is full of Vitamin E that not only softens your beard, but protects your skin from free-radical damage too with its antioxidant properties. It’s also a fantastic natural moisturiser for both your bristles and the skin beneath, helping to avoid flakes in your facial fuzz!
Argan oil is widely used to soften hair but it is also another fantastic anti-oxidant and has been shown to lower sebum levels (that’s the clinical name for facial grease folks!). Jojoba oil is also a popular choice for oily skin types, as it is non-comedogenic (unlikely to block pores to keep acne away!).
So say goodbye to the itchy unshaven look, try this balm and wear your super soft beard with pride!
If time is not on your side and you would prefer to buy something ready made, here’s some brilliant beard balms and oils recommended by The Geeks:
DIY Ginger Facial Scrub!
DIY Soya Milk and Fig Face Mask!
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