Natural Beard Balm Recipe

  • Double Boiler
  • Wax Paper (optional)
  • Containers for Balm
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Natural Shea Butter
  • Raw Cacao Butter
  • Beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • Carrier Oil (Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, etc.)
  • Essential Oils (optional)


This recipe makes a balm that could almost be considered a wax.  It is definitely more firm than a salve.  The fun part is that you can tweak the recipe until it is the consistency that you prefer.

The 2-ounce recipe is for a small batch that you can use to test the consistency.  If you want it more waxy and hard, add more beeswax.  If you want it more like a salve, add more carrier oil or shea butter, or a little of both.


Try these essential oil combinations for a great-smelling beard balm:

  • White Fir, Peppermint, and Frankincense
  • Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Frankincense
  • Sandalwood and Frankincense


2-Ounce Beard Balm Recipe

1/8 Cup Shea Butter
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Cacao Butter
1 Tbsp Carrier Oil (I used Jojoba Oil)
10-20 drops Essential Oil

8-Ounce Beard Balm Recipe

1/2 Cup Shea Butter
4 Tbsp Beeswax
4 Tbsp Cacao Butter
4 Tbsp Carrier Oil (I used Jojoba Oil)
40-80 drops Essential Oil



  1. Combine the following in a double boiler: Shea Butter, Beeswax, Cacao Butter.  Let melt together, stirring occasionally.  (For detailed instructions on how to make salves with a homemade double boiler, check out this tutorial)  While the ingredients melt together, lay out your containers on a sheet of wax paper.  Decide which essential oils to use in each container and write them on your wax paper so that you will remember which scent is in which container.  Note that the essential oil amount listed is for the entire batch, so if you are using multiple containers you will need to adjust your amounts accordingly.
  2. Add  Carrier Oil to the mixture in the double boiler, stir.
  3. Carefully remove the mixture from heat.
  4. Using a funnel, carefully pour the mixture into your containers.
  5. Drop the desired amounts of essential oils into your containers and stir with toothpicks.  Use a new toothpick for each scent.
  6. Allow the containers to dry and get firm for a couple of hours before putting on the lids.

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