Thursday, December 29, 2016

Simple Beard Balm (with recipe)

Yep, this one is for the fellas~
or the gals who have a fella with a beard.
This is beard balm.
Mr. LB decided to let his beard grow for elk season this year
for the extra warmth.
Elk season has come and gone,
but the beard remains.
It was beginning to look a little "untamed" shall we say?
I asked him if he would be interested in some beard balm,
and he asked what that was. :)

I generally like to keep things simple so wanted something 
with only a few ingredients that would do the job.
I searched out recipes, but most had a list of ingredients
that was either too long or contained things I didn't have.
Also, many of them were scented which was not something 
we were interested in.
Since getting the block of beeswax,
I am a little less stingy with it, so this has a beeswax base.

Here's what I came up with:
3 parts beeswax
2 parts coconut oil (regular not fractionated)
1 part apricot kernel oil

I weighed out ounces for my "parts."
It takes very little, and this batch should last quite a while.
First, weigh the beeswax and place in clean veggie can.
I set this on the wood stove stirring occasionally until wax is melted.
Option #2 is to place veggie can in a pan with about an inch of water in it 
on med/med-low heat.
While the wax is melting, measure out the two oils.
Once wax is melted, add the oils and continue over heat stirring occasionally until all is melted and consistent.
Poor into heat resistant container to let it set-up.
I used a little old teacup I had.
(A 1/2 pint canning jar would work well too.)
I know that it's not very masculine, but it's what I had.
Such things don't even phase Mr. LB anymore.
He has been using the balm for several weeks now and likes it.
And, his beard looks so much better and healthier!
To use, just get very small amount on finger-tips then work through beard.
You could use 3 parts beeswax and 3 parts coconut oil, but
the apricot kernel oil is so good for skin and hair.
I didn't figure out a price per batch since it is such a small amount,
but compared to how expensive it can be, it's one more way to save.

***Important Notes***
Beeswax is not like "regular" candle wax.  Whatever pans, tins, utensils you use with it will never be the same.  This is why I use a veggie can for melting and a wooden skewer for stirring.  If I were to use one of my regular kitchen pots for the water method, I would first cover it with tinfoil just incase I dripped a bit of wax.  Please be careful for safety's sake as well as for the long term care of your equipment. 



                           

8 comments:

  1. My husband has quite a beard and uses beard balm, too. You're right. It can be kind of pricey! Thanks for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. Great idea!! My DH grows a beard now and then, never thought to make him beard balm.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. sounds a good idea wondering how long the beard is as he has been nurturing it for a while trying to picture it long!

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  4. I didn't know such a thing as beard balm existed (and I should, because my DH and both my sons have beards). Might have to save this recipe for gift giving next Christmas...thank you!

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  5. Hmmm... can you please tell me what beard balm is and how to use it? My eldest son has been growing his for awhile and it looks scraggly though thick and uncontrollable to me!

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  6. Looks great. I love the smell of beeswax! I am allergic to most lotions, so I make my own. Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy new year.

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  7. Very nice article, my husband would probability like this! I will have to give it a try, thank you for sharing with us on the homesteaderror hop.

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