We’ll show you how to make a DIY beard oil in four simple steps with this beginner-friendly recipe that’s easy to customize. 

One staple of our self-care routine, no matter the season? A multi-purpose hydrating face oil to lock moisture in—and help the bearded among us keep our facial hair game going strong. Etsy is brimming with some of the best beard oils around to be sure (scroll down for a few of our faves!), but there’s something undeniably satisfying about crafting a signature scent that’s all your own, if you have an afternoon to spare. Our DIY beard oil calls for a classic mix of bay rum and clove oils, but we highly encourage mixing any complementary essential oils and fragrances that speak to you. Read on for our foolproof beard oil recipe and learn how to create a custom-scented blend for yourself or your favorite bearded bud.

DIY beard oil at a glance

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Beginner

DIY beard oil supplies

  • 1-oz. glass dropper bottle
  • Plastic pipettes (if your oil and fragrance bottles do not come with easy-pour spouts)
  • Argan oil
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Bay rum fragrance oil
  • Clove bud essential oil
  • Pen
  • Stickers (to label the finished product)

Step 1: Fill dropper bottle with “carrier” oils

Add equal parts argan oil, fractionated coconut oil, and apricot kernel oil (what are known as the “carrier” oils) to your 1-oz. glass dropper bottle, leaving a little room at the top for the essential oils. If your oil bottles do not have easy-pour spouts, plastic pipettes make it easy to measure and transfer oils into the glass dropper bottle.

Step 2: Customize the scent

Now it’s time to create a custom scent. We used clove bud essential oil (3-5 drops) and bay rum fragrance oil (1-3 drops) to make ours, but you can use any combination that suits your taste. Add scents just a few drops at a time until you reach a fragrance combination you like.

Pro tip: Essential oil scents tend to develop over time, so it’s helpful to test each combination on your skin by rubbing a few drops of each blended scent between your palms first.

Step 3: Secure cap and shake to combine

Once you’ve created the beard oil scent that’s best for you, cap the dropper bottle and give it a gentle shake to mix.

Step 4: Label and enjoy

For the last step in this best-of beard oil recipe, don’t forget to add a custom label to your finished oil and include a note with the following instructions: To apply, shake the bottle, warm a few drops of oil between palms, and apply to clean facial hair.

No time for DIY beard oil? These ready-to-ship picks are some of the best beard oils in town: 

Collage of ready-made beard oils and beard care items from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Personalized dopp kit from Clark & Taft, from $159; beard grooming kit from Honest Outlaw, $39; sandalwood shave soap from Pine Tree Road Soap, $6; beard oil sampler set from Wild Rose Herbs, $15 for four trial sizes; hand-thrown stoneware shaving set from Matt Jones, $102; nourishing beard oil from Arcadia Natural, $20

Project by Julie O’Boyle, Aleksa Brown, and Clare McGibbon. Photographs courtesy of Erik Valind. 

Discover more self-care essentials