Having a regular grooming routine is one of the most important things you can do as a bearded man. And you can’t have a good grooming routine without a good quality beard balm.
However, finding the right beard balm can be difficult. There are a lot of different products on the market, but it can sometimes be hard to tell if what you’re using is made out of all natural ingredients or if it contains substances that may harm your skin and hair in the long run.
Beard balm is a male grooming product that’s specially formulated to tame and moisturize your facial hair. You can make it out of different oils and waxes that nourish your face and make your beard easier to style.
Beard balms are similar to beard or mustache waxes, but they’re usually softer, are better moisturizers, and offer a slightly weaker hold.
Conditioning Beard Balm
The finished Conditioning Beard Balm has a rich, ointment-ish consistency. It’s not rock hard, so you can easily pick up a small amount of product with warm fingertips and work that through your beard. You could also use this product as a conditioning hair balm, or even as a body butter. Due to the emulsifying properties of BTMS-50, you can also blend this product up with a small amount of water in your palm to create a cream conditioner—perfect for those with less oil-tolerant hair, or if you just want a bit of hydration with your conditioning. Enjoy!
3g | 20% Purenso BTMS-50
3g | 20% Purenso coconut oil
1.8g | 12% Purenso castor oil
0.9g | 6% Purenso beeswax yellow
3.195g | 21.3% Purenso jojoba oil
3g | 20% Purenso argan oil
0.03g | 0.2% Purenso Tuscan leather fragrance oil
0.075g | 0.5% Purenso Vitamin E oil
Cool down phase
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Weight the heated phase ingredients into a small heat resistant bowl. Place the bowl in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.
After about 20–30 minutes everything should be completely melted through. Remove the water bath from the heat, remove the bowl from the water bath, and dry it off with a dishtowel. Set the bowl on a towel or hot pad to insulate it from the counter and stir the mixture with a flexible spatula to combine everything. Add the post-heat phase ingredients and stir as the balm cools.
Once the balm is thick enough that drawing your spatula across the bottom of the bowl leaves a visible line for a moment, add the cool down phase.
Continue stirring the balm until it is thick, ointment-y, and scoop-able. Transfer the product into its container. That’s it!
If you are making a larger batch you may wish to use an ice bath to speed up cooling—a 15g batch cools fairly quickly without one, but that cooling will slow as the batch size grows.
To use, work a small amount of beard balm into your beard with your fingers, re-applying as needed. Enjoy!
Because this product does not contain any water, it does not require a preservative.
Kept reasonably cool and dry, it should last at least a year before any of the oils go rancid. If you notice it starts to smell like old nuts or crayons, that’s a sign that the oils have begun to oxidize; chuck it out and make a fresh batch if that happens.
We do not recommend substituting the BTMS-50 or beeswax. Both of these ingredients are integral to the finished viscosity; if you do opt to use something else for one or either please be aware that you may need to re-develop the formulation in order to get a desirable end consistency.