I'm assuming that you're looking into a DIY beard balm because it's a great gift for your boyfriend or if you're a man reading this then you're trying to trick your girlfriend into making it for you, either way well played.
Since beard balms are fairly cheap, you're looking at about $20-30 for a solid product for me it makes sense to just buy them but I do like the idea of having a manly 5 gallon bucket next to your sink full of beard balm to show off to your friends so I tried it myself.
I will say, you can make a pretty nice product on your own although no matter what I did I couldn't get the amazing smell like I do from the products I buy. I'm not alone on this, every forum I read on DIY balms said that is the biggest challenge you'll run into and since one of best things about wearing a beard product is the compliments you get on how good your beard smells I just stick to my favorite brand.
If you can get the formula right & smell perfected, here's mine. Everything but the smell is on point (it's good but not compliments daily good):
Your measurements are going to change based upon the amount you want to create, obviously. So at the bottom I'll include a MAN-SIZE recipe just in case you're as crazy as me. I'll also include you're grocery shopping list below so you can get exactly what you need.
Using a medium sized pot, bring 8oz of water to a boil. Place a large metal mixing bowl in the pot (the bottom cannot touch to boiling water). Mix in the 6 tbsp beeswax, 4 tbsp cocoa butter, 6 tbsp jojoba oil, 6 tbsp shea butter and 2 tbsp castor oil.
Slowly stir the ingredients with a high heat silicone baking spatula for 4-8 minutes or until the mixture is fully melted and mixed.
After melted removed from the heat and begin to add essential oils, start with a minimum of 5 drops or until you've reached the intensity of smell you desire.
Now pour it into your desired containers, for best results use shallow containers that allow the balm to be no taller than 1 centimeter in height. Leave on the counter to cool for two hours and do not cover them or put the lids on until after the two hours is up.
I honestly just took this simple recipe and 10x it, normally this doesn't turn out so well when you're baking something but for this it's perfect. And yes, I bake... Kickass cookies.
Beeswax - The beeswax is what really makes a balm, without it you're going to have some weak gooey substance and won't get the hold you're looking for.
Shea & Coca Butter - The shea butter is really for the anti inflammatory properties which can help with any irritation or skin imbalances you have on your face. The cocoa butter on the other hand is full of vitamins and is a natural antioxidant.
Carrier Oil - For this we used jojoba because it's so popular now and I thought if I threw up a recipe without it the average person would be like "screw this" but in opinion argan oil is just as good so don't believe all the commercial hype. This is what really gives your balm a nice texture and makes up the bulk of the product typically.
Essential Oil - This is the smelly stuff, don't corner it to just that though. There a ton of benefits of specific essential oils that you can use to help with a number of things, everything from skin rashes to oily buildups. Think about adding biotin in your beard oil.
If you're still lost at this point then I don't know what to tell you, call me over and for the price of a giant steak we will make some together.
by Beard Man
Whether you're girlfriend who has a great idea to make your man a DIY beard oil or you're someone who want's to scale up their beard product to a manufacturing level and you need the highest quality bottle with the lowest cost and MOQ (minimum order quantity) then this will guide you in the process.
My top three around the house items are:
These are easily the best DIY bottles because they are the exact size you need and use the same application principles. Since a few drops will do the trick with beard oil this will make sure they last as long as they should.
If you've traveled since 2001 then you have these somewhere around your house otherwise you're a gross person to vacation with. These are a good short term option but because they are plastic you run the risk of getting parabens in your oil if they ever get heated.
Nail polish bottles are good because they are a high quality of glass that will protect your solution better than the TSA bottles but they have a useless nail brush that just feels weird to paint your beard with.
If you're starting out in the market place or you just want to make a great party gift for all of your bachelor party buddies then you're going to want to splurge for a dozen 1oz amber glass bottles. This is by far the best way to package your oils because the amber tinted glass protects from damaging the essential oil combination you've concocted far better than any other option. There are also uv black glass bottles available that offer an even higher level of protection if you are really worried about it.
Now if your looking for a manufacturing solution then you're at the point where you're ready to scale your business to another level while simultaneously increasing profits because anyone who has ever manufactured anything overseas will tell you the profit margin is on a whole other level. I'm going to give you the exact step by step process on how to source those lovely little glass bottles from China and protect your ass in the process.
You're probably saying to yourself "I've heard horror stories about that place" and there are some pretty bad ones out there but If you do what I say then you'll be safe. Side note, if you have a relationship with someone in China by all means use them for your sourcing process but I wanted to give an outline fore anyone to take the steps needed to get this done.
Search for a manufacturer in China that specializes in glass by simply searching for "1oz glass bottles"
You're most likely going to have to front the shipping cost to get a sample to you but trust me it's worth it to get an real life version of their craftsmanship. If the quality is up to your standards then go onto the next step, if not rinse and repeat with another factory.
There are a couple of specific things you're going to want to include so make sure you pay attention.
This is the "minimum order quantity" that a factory will accept, it can very anywhere from a 100 all the way up to 100k so make sure you're working with a factory that will fit the current size of your business.
2. Express Shipping
If you want to take the time to get a customs agent and ship it by...ship to save a few bucks then go for it but it's a light enough weight product that using express shipping is fairly cost effective and companies like DSL will act as the customs agent on your behalf.
You're going to want to include these two questions into your buyers request. "What's your MOQ" & "Please include express shipping in the quote". From that point you'll be able to pull the trigger and get your beard oil business off the ground.
Here is a simple recipe you can follow that will get you the commercial quality at a discount or as they say "champaign on a beer budget"
I'm going to keep this as simple as possible, mix them all together and BAM! You have your beard oil, order really doesn't matter since we are not baking a cake. Even if order did matter I would still tell you to mix them this way, it's the MAN way to make a beard oil. Visit our home page for more beard related content.