A Conditioning DIY Beard Oil That Men Will Love

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DIY Beard Oil

This DIY beard oil conditions your beard and soaks in easily without leaving a greasy feeling behind. Combing it through helps to evenly disperse the oils.

About a year ago, my husband started growing his beard.

I’m not sure if it started because of hockey season or just because he was tired of shaving every day! Within a few days, my once clean-shaven man was gone.

Now the beard looks great, but I can only take so much of the itchy, scratchy beard myself. After a few months, I think he was getting tired of it too. That’s when we came up with our favorite conditioning DIY beard oil.

Conditioning Ingredients for Your Oil

We had quite a round of trial and error before we settled on the perfect combination of oils and aroma.

Creating a Manly Scent

I know my husband prefers more “manly” smelling products so I included natural scents of fir needle, cedarwood, spearmint, and juniper berry. They give the oil a woodsy, fresh, and invigorating aroma. You’ll note that this recipe includes oils at a >1% dilution. I find that the oils used are quite strong and emit a very overpowering aroma. A little bit of those oils is more than enough. I prefer a low dilution of essential oils in personal care products that I use daily.

Nourishing Carrier Oils for Hair

Next, I had to settle on which carrier oils to use. I’ve always been a fan of conditioning my hair with jojoba oil. Jojoba is actually more of a wax than oil, although it is liquid at room temperature. It is very conditioning for beard hair but also helps soothe irritated skin under the beard. Plus it soaks in easily and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind. Perfect for DIY beard oil.

I also love pumpkin seed oil for hair. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamins A and E, zinc, and fatty acids. It helps shield and protect hair making it an ideal conditioner for the hair on your head or hair in your beard!

Lastly, I used castor oil. I’ve seen a lot of people tout castor oil as a beard (and hair) growth miracle, but I haven’t heard any proof of that claim. Castor oil is rich in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. It also works well to combat fungus, bacteria, and even dandruff! It does have a little bit of a sticky consistency, but I find that it isn’t too bad when combined with the other oils in this DIY beard recipe.

More surprisingly, I find that this recipe has been working wonderfully as a dual-use product: my husband’s beard and my hair! I’ve been trying to grow my hair longer for quite some time and this oil did wonderful things to not only condition but also help grow my hair. I definitely see a new luster that didn’t exist before. Needless to say, this conditioning DIY Beard Oil will be a recipe that will be a household staple for us.

DIY Beard Oil: A Conditioning Recipe



  1. Combine all DIY beard oil ingredients in a glass amber bottle (a 4-ounce amber bottle holds this recipe, but just barely!).
  2. Mix well by stirring with a pipette or capping and shaking. You want to make sure all the essential oils are incorporated fully.
  3. Store beard oil in a cool, dry, dark location up to the shelf life of the carrier oils.

To Use

Apply to the beard with a dropper (4-5 drops are plenty!). You can also put a small amount on your hands and work through the beard. My husband says combing the oils through works well to evenly disperse them.

When using this recipe on my hair, I use it as a leave in conditioner. I comb it through wet hair (or use it in dry hair overnight). It makes my hair smell (and look) heavenly!

Did you try this DIY beard oil? What did you think?

Our Other Homemade Beard Oil

In addition to the recipe below, we also have this homemade beard oil recipe. Enjoy!


About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. Mar says

    Are the essential oils essential to the effect? I have to avoid fragrances including essential oils. Do you feel it would still work if the essential oils are eliminated?