One question we often get here is how do ye make the beard balm?
First, let me explain what exactly beard balm is and its benefits.
Beard balm is a soft textured substance which comprises of four key ingredients, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Carrier Oils, and Essential Oils.
It is used to condition your beard, making it softer while also offer a slight hold to style it.
Beard Balm Ingredients
Beeswax is the go-to wax for making beard balm. Beeswax is what gives beard balm its hold, which is essential for keeping beards in line. It is rich in vitamin A and has a light pleasant scent. It melts easily and solidifies quickly which makes it easy to manipulate.
Shea butter is essential to beard balm, as they give the balm its spreading texture. Beeswax alone is very stiff. The butter is what allows the beard balm the ability to melt in your fingers and get absorbed by your hairs and follicles.
Carrier oils are thicker oils used as mediums for essential oils. They make up the bulk of beard oils and are used in beard balms to give a balm its signature texture. What makes ours different than all the others are the oils you use.
Each carrier oil has unique properties, ranging from easy absorption to rich smoothness, we choose the below carrier oils to complement the scents of the essential oils and the benefits they offer.
- Jojoba Oil – This oil has been used for years in hair care products. It closely mimics human oil and is easily absorbed
- Argan Oil - Makes skin soft and protects against signs of aging, including wrinkles and spots.
- Sweet Almond Oil - Reduces skin inflammation, which can help prevent ingrown beard hairs.
- Castor Oil - Has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and Omega 6 and 9. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair
- Grapeseed Oil - Helps reduce pore inflammation.
Essential oils are the oils that give your beard balm its scent.
We dilute down the essential oil ratio to 1.5% as this best offers the strength of the scent and also offering the most benefit while not being too potent.
Here we have the breakdown of the essential oils and the benefits they offer.
- Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil –The benefits of this oil are due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation.
- Pinus Sylvestaris Leaf Oil - The benefits of this oil include its ability to reduce inflammation and associated redness, protect against sinus infections, stimulate the mind and body and protecting your body from a wide variety of germs.
- Cedarwood Bark Oil - Reduces skin inflammation, which can help prevent ingrown beard hairs.
These are the steps necessary to make that perfect conditioning balm
Step 1. Sterilize the equipment
First things first, you need to sterilize all your tools. This can be achieved by washing everything, boiling some water and soaking in a sterilized container.
Step 2. Heating the Mixture
Place the Shea butter, Beeswax, and carrier oil into the cooking vat and place over a very low heat source.
Step 3. Mixing the Balm
Watch closely as the ingredients begin to melt and blend together. Stir occasionally and do not let come to a boil.Once the mixture has become a golden clear liquid, remove from the heat source.
Step 3. Adding Essential Oils
We have earlier prepared our essential oil mixture in a beaker. The balm mixture will solidify quickly so it is important to mix the essentials oils quickly.
Step 4. Pour Into the Tin
Once the oil has been added, immediately pour the balm into the aluminum tin.
Step 5. Cooling the Balm
Allow the balm to sit in the tin overnight to properly cool. The next morning the beard balm will be ready to apply to the rugged beard.
So that's how we create The Rugged Man beard balm in a nutshell.
If you fancy treating that beard, you can get some balm from our shop