Homemade Beard Balm

Beards have definitely been in these last few years, and it seems the bigger the better. Beard balm will help grow a thick, noble beard, and this homemade version is natural and easy to whip up. It works as a moisturizer, conditioner, and styling aid, plus it smells incredible. Here is the homemade beard balm recipe.

Homemade Beard Balm Recipe

Beard Balm

recipe slightly adapted from Modern Sage


¼ c coconut oil
1/8 c shea butter
1 tbsp beeswax
10 drops essential oils


Combine first three ingredients in a small glass dish.
Heat some water in a small pot over low-med heat.
Place glass dish in water to melt ingredients, stir occasionally.
Once completed melted and combined, pour into a suitable container.
Add essential oils and stir.
Allow to cool.
Store with lid on in a dark place.
To use, rub a small amount onto fingertips and massage into beard.


For the essential oils in mine I used a blend of:
orange – antiseptic, treats acne
vanilla – pretty much just smells great
cedarwood – treats acne, anti-fungal, astringent
lavender – treats acne, prevents itching, helps dry and fragile hair
cinnamon – astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
frankincense – strengthens hair roots, astringent


If you can’t find any in store, all of these ingredients can be purchased at Essential 7.


It all comes together to create a fantastic, manly smelling balm that will support beard growth and help tame unruly hairs.


What’s your opinion on the beard? Men, how do you maintain yours?

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  1. Reply
    Beard Balm | Milk and Honey Meadows
    February 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    […] Well, wonder no longer!  This is an amazing little balm that is for men.  They scoop a little out with their finger, rub their hands together and then work this into their beard.  The results?  The smell first is amazing!  I mixed in the following oils, for the following reasons: {following Grace’s recipe here} […]

  2. Reply
    Lisa J
    March 26, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Mine didn’t firm. It’s still a liquid! What did I do wrong??

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      March 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Oh no! I’ve never had that happen before with the beard balm. Hm, coconut oil does have a very low melting point. Is it especially warm in your house? I know that my coconut oil based deodorant will melt in the bathroom drawer in the warm months.

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        January 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

        Did you use fractionated coconut oil? If so that would be why…

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          January 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

          Yes, good point Trisha. Thank you! The coconut oil I use in this recipe is virgin coconut oil in it’s usual solid state.

  3. Reply
    May 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    How many portions do you get out of the recipe? How many 2oz containers do you think it would fill? Thanks.

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      May 2, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      The amount in the jar in the photo is one batch. It makes about 3 1/2 oz, so I guess it’d make not quite two 2 oz containers.

  4. Reply
    May 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    A bit late to the party, but I was wondering if there’s anything you recommend to replace the beeswax in this? I’ve used all my beeswax for lip balms and don’t have any left. If it essential for the firmness of the balm or is just an addition for the styling aspect?

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      May 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

      It is part of the styling aspect, but it definitely also keeps the product firm. Especially in warmer temperatures where coconut oil would melt out of the fridge. I haven’t tried it myself, but I imagine that soy wax should work well as a replacement.

  5. Reply
    May 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    How long is the shelf life

    1. Reply
      May 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Honestly I’m not entirely sure. It’s not something I’ve ever worried about because I have always used up my homemade products before anything has gone bad. Some of which I’ve had for months. The coconut oil and many of the essential oils are anti-microbial, so they help lengthen the life of the product by killing bacteria. Storing it in a dark, cool place or in a tinted container will also help keep the oil from going rancid.

  6. Reply
    June 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Love the recipe but mines developed white spots in it after a while….is that normal

    1. Reply
      July 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Hmm, I haven’t seen that before. If you made it a long time ago, it may have spoiled. Be sure to keep it stored somewhere cool, dry, and dark. Also, it’s important to have clean hands when you put your fingers into it in the container.

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        March 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm

        The shea butter will form beads sometimes depending on temp. Nothing should go bad with these oils and wax.

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          March 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm

          Oh, good to know. Thank you for sharing!

    2. Reply
      December 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I know in my soaps I add just a tad of grapefruit seed extract to extend shelf life. I don’t know if a couple of drops would help or mess up the consistency.

      1. Reply
        December 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

        Interesting! I’ve never tried that before. I don’t think a couple drops would be a problem at all. Thank you for the tip!

  7. Reply
    Ray brooks
    July 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    What does it look and smell like when it spoils

    1. Reply
      July 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Anything like mold growing on it or if it smells bad – similarly to what you think of when you think of spoiled food. It could also be beneficial to make it in smaller batches if you’re finding that it goes rotten before you use it up.

  8. Reply
    August 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t understand why. But all your write up that I’ve read appear blank in some places. Is this done on purpose? Foe example recipe for beard balm and Home made ylan ylang Orange lotion are not complete and I cant make anything out of them.
    Can you please help?

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      August 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m not sure what exactly is happening because when I look at it, it is fine. Sometimes clearing your cache can be helpful when experiencing issues or trying a different web browser. I hope that helps!

  9. Reply
    Sheldon Muecke
    August 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Is that 10 drops of each essential oil or 10 in total?

    1. Reply
      August 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Ten drops in total. You can use whatever essential oils you want.

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    September 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    What is the amount of drops per essential oil that you used?

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      September 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Sorry, I actually cannot say for sure. I used an essential oil blend, so they were already combined in the bottle. However, the essential oils are listed in the order from most to least in terms of concentration. Ten drops total with 6 essentials oils would work out to almost 2 drops each.

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    November 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Can this be used on dreadlocks?

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      November 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      You know, I have never thought about that before. I just went and looked up a few dreadlock products’ ingredients, and they are very similar. I’ve never tried it myself, but my guess is that it would be suitable for dreadlocks as well. Thanks for asking! What a great idea.

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    November 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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  14. Reply
    December 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    My shea butter (unscented) is still overpowering the balm. Any suggestions? I have remelted and added more essential oil and it still smells like the shea butter.

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      December 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Oh, interesting. I’m surprised the shea smell is still so strong, however, the essential oils amount in this recipe is quite conservative. You can go up to 3% essential oils in most products safely. This batch of beard balm is just over 100 mL meaning you can do up to a total of 60 drops. So feel free to remelt and add more as necessary. I hope that helps!

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        Jessica Cossin
        December 31, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        I don’t like the smell of Shea butter or cocoa butter myself, so I always use Mango butter for all of my spa products. It may be a few cents more per pound, but way more worth it to me! I get mine from Wildherbsoap.com hope this helps!

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          January 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

          Oh, cool! I have never tried mango butter before. That’ll be fun to experiment with in the future. 🙂

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

    What is the name/brand of the essential oil blend you used for the beard balm? You stated in a previous comment that your oils were a blend already mixed. Thanks! And I love this recipe. Can’t wait to make it for my husband.

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      January 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      The blend that I used is called House Warming and it is from Saje. That’s awesome – I hope he loves it!

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        February 14, 2017 at 8:34 am

        Oh man, they don’t ship to the U.S. yet. I’ll just try to blend my own. Thanks for the response though.

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          February 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

          I think they do. Saje a Canadian company, but I know they started opening up their first stores in the US last year. You have to go to the American version of their website though for shipping to the US. Try here: http://www.saje.com/home/ If it’s right, up the in the top left corner it will say United States.

  16. Reply
    February 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The Shea butter did not melt. Just stayed at the bottom.

    1. Reply
      February 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Oh no! I’ve never had that happen before. My guess is that it wasn’t hot enough. You also will need to stir it to get the three completely mixed together.

  17. Reply
    February 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I have no butter, can I just adjist the amount of coconut oil?
    Thank you

    1. Reply
      February 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Yes, you can – it will affect the consistency of the balm though. Shea butter is firmer and more smooth, and it also has a much higher melting point. So you can expect your balm to be softer and melt at a lower temperature, particularly in the summer months.

  18. Reply
    April 29, 2017 at 10:54 am

    you haven’t stated how many drops of each essential oil in the receipe..

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      April 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      That’s because I was using a pre-made blend of 6 different essential oils all in one bottle. I used 10 drops total of that blend. You can divvy them up as you see fit if you are using individual bottles of essential oils, I’d suggest around 2 drops each, or not use all of them. It’s up to you.

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  20. Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Where do you buy the oils and wax at?

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      September 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

      I buy my oils at my local health food store and the beeswax was purchased from a honey farm at my local farmer’s market. Sometimes larger craft stores (like Michaels) carry these supplies as well. Or you can always look online for different options. I hope that helps!

  21. Reply
    September 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

    How happy are you with Essential 7 oils? I have been purchasing from Young Living which is waaaay out of my budget range and these look much more reasonably priced!

    1. Reply
      September 29, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Yes, Young Living is way out of my budget as well. I have been happy with my experience with Essential 7 for sure! 🙂 You can check out my review of them here if you would like: http://heartfulhabits.com/essential7-review-patchouli-calendula-wart-tis-season/ I hope that helps!

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  24. Reply
    Christine Sampier
    December 19, 2017 at 8:13 am

    What kind of beeswax do you use? Pellets, bars? How do you measure out the tbsp?

    I’m so excited to try this project this week!

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      December 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

      I use a bar of beeswax which I grate (with a designated cheese grater) and then lightly pack it into a tablespoon measuring spoon. You can certainly use pellets instead to eliminate the grating step. I’m happy to hear you’re excited to make the beard balm – have fun!

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    December 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I would like to put this in a squeeze tube instead of a jar. Could I cut back significantly on the beeswax to make this work or do I need to eliminate it completely? I was thinking after it firmed up I could whip it into a lotion of sorts.

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      December 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

      I have never tried it myself, but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. I have another lotion recipe that is whipped in a blender (http://heartfulhabits.com/orange-ylang-ylang-homemade-lotion/) and it contains beeswax still. I think you will just need to experiment. Best of luck!

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