Content of the material
- HOW DO YOU MAKE THE BEST BEARD BALM?
- Tips for melting beeswax
- Beeswax Candles
- Benefits of beeswax
- How to Make Beeswax Wraps
- Carrier oils to make your beard soft
- Most used carrier oils to think about for your beard balm:
- Homemade fire starters
- HOW LONG DOES BEARD BALM KEEP?
- Why we use Tree Resin / Damar Resin or Pine resin making Beeswax Wraps
- Is Damar resin food safe?
- Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips (For When You Cant Avoid the Grocery Store)
- How to make beard balm recipe step by step
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- Step 5
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HOW DO YOU MAKE THE BEST BEARD BALM?
The very best beard balm is slightly a matter of preference. I’ve made this recipe with direction from my bearded hubby. He is a meticulous tester and had a particular texture in mind for the finished product.
You see, the best consistency should be slightly stiff and waxy so that it has enough hold to actually tame unruly beard hairs.
Yet it shouldn’t be TOO waxy, or it will be hard to work with.
And, of course, it should smell manly (which for my husband means ‘like a tree’).
So basically it needs to be just right.
You’re in luck, because this beard balm recipe checks all the boxes.
Tips for melting beeswax
Melting beeswax requires a few tools. Choose your pots and pans carefully, as they may just remain waxy forever!
Also, be ready with a double boiler.
Beeswax has a low boiling point which comes to its advantage, particularly when making cosmetics, but you do need to watch the temperature to which the beeswax is being heated. A thermometer comes in handy for this purpose.
Beeswax has a melting point range of 62 to 64 °C (144 to 147 °F). At 85 °C (185 °F), discoloration can occur.
At 204.4 °C (400 °F), you better watch out, for this is the flash point of burning beeswax.
Slow and steady heating is the trick to turn your solid beeswax into a pourable version.
If you buy beeswax in large blocks, be forewarned that you will often need to use a sturdy grater in order to obtain the quantity you need for a particular project. To avoid this hard work, pay extra for pellets.
This beeswax candle tutorial uses 100% beeswax, which produces a beautifully hard and clean burning candle. Beeswax candles were historically highly prized and saved for special occasions.
But you can make your own with a few specialty tools, without spending a fortune!
The natural golden beeswax color paired with the natural sweet beeswax scent make this pear candle appear almost good enough to eat!FIND THE BEESWAX CANDLE TUTORIAL HERE
Benefits of beeswax
You may have already noticed by looking at pictures, or considering buying bars or pellets, that beeswax ranges in color from white to bright yellow.
The color change is dependent on pollen sources, as well as levels of refinement.
More important, however, is that using beeswax does not harm the bees – that is, if you are supporting ethical beekeepers. As with searching for any sustainable products, be sure to source your beeswax from farms where diversity and environmental ethics reign.
In the meantime, know why you are about to choose beeswax over its chemical/synthetic alternatives in the first place.
Beeswax – the world’s first plastic – is beneficial in so many ways, and not just for moisturizing your skin:
- anti-inflammatory – soothes irritated skin
- beeswax contains vitamin A – which helps to protect the skin from UV radiation, improves healing of wounds and reduces wrinkles
- naturally free of toxins
- promotes a chemical-free, sustainable lifestyle
- beeswax hardens (or thickens) homemade cosmetics – this, in turn, makes them more shelf-stable and easier to apply
- water-repellent – a suitable feature for making beeswax wraps to replace plastic cling film
With all these beeswax benefits in mind, it is easy to see why it has been used for what feels like an eternity, in cosmetics, as a lubricant, in lost-wax casting and more.
How to Make Beeswax WrapsPrep Time: 20 minutes Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
These are a beeswax, tree rosin and oil infused cloth, that self-adheres, is reusable and can come in any pattern or size you like. In fact, the beeswax-infused cloth is better for storing food in because it also breathes so your food won't sweat. No more slimy soggy cheese edges or squishy avocado.
Carrier oils to make your beard soft
Just like in beard oils, carrier oils account for most of the beard balm mix.
Commonly used carrier oils are jojoba, argan, sweet almond and a few more. Depending on the properties you’d like your beard balm recipe to have, you choose accordingly.
For example, if you have oily skin and hair, it might be a good idea to add jojoba oil since it helps balancing your skin’s natural ability to produce oil. On top of this, it moisturizes and nourishes the hair and this is why it is widely used for hair -and beard, care products.
Another one is argan oil, that has moisturizing properties, rich with vitamin E and it’s the perfect ingredient for hair care products.
Besides the properties that each carrier oil gives to your beard balm, they also “carry” the essential oils. Essential oils have high acidity which could be harmful to your skin and without the carrier oils you wouldn’t be able to have any of them in your beard balm recipe.
You can make thousands combinations of carrier oils with different proportions to give your beard balm all these properties you want it to have. All you need is to experiment and find the perfect match. That’s the beauty in this DIY beard balm recipe guide.
Carrier oils are relatively easy to find.
You can even find them in local supermarkets, aromatherapy shops and online retailers.
When you’re searching for carrier oils, make sure you check a few things such as expiration date, color of bottle (prefer amber since it blocks UV rays). Moreover, the room or shelves where the oils are located shouldn’t be warmer than regular room temperature.
Most used carrier oils to think about for your beard balm:
Sweet almond oil Avocado oil Argan oil Black seed oil Castor oil Coconut oil Grapeseed oil Hazelnut oil
Hemp seed oil Jojoba oil Kukui nut oil Macadamia nut oil Mango oil Olive oil Papaya Seed Oil Watermelon seed oil
If you’re just starting out and you want to experiment with different carrier oils, you can get a product bundle such as the following.
GET IT HERE
Homemade fire starters
Remember how flammable beeswax is? That’s one of the reasons these fire starters are so great! They are simple to make and eco-friendly, using scavenged materials plus a cotton wick. If you’ve ever had trouble getting your firewood to burn at times, you’ll find these DIY beeswax fire starters super practical.GET THE FIRE STARTER INSTRUCTIONS HERE
HOW LONG DOES BEARD BALM KEEP?
You can safely keep your beard balm stored at room temperature for about 6 months. Keep a closed lid on it when it’s not in use to keep it fresh for longer.
And because of the high amount of wax in this balm, you can expect it to stay pretty firm even when the temperature heats up. I wouldn’t leave it in a hot car or anything, but it should stay a consistent texture all year.
Why we use Tree Resin / Damar Resin or Pine resin making Beeswax Wraps
You can use a few different types of tree resin for making beeswax wraps. I prefer to use damar resin as it is not as strong smelling as pine resin, it won’t taint your food like pine resin might.
Is Damar resin food safe?
Damar resin has multiple uses – artists use it as a paint base, so you can often find it at art stores. Damar resin is also used in food glazes and is considered food-safe. Related: Caring for your beeswax wraps properly
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How to make beard balm recipe step by step
Here comes the moment you’ve been waiting for.
Making your own beard balm isn’t very complicated. It might take a little bit more time than making a beard oil but it’s almost as simple as that.
The idea behind making a beard balm is that you need to use approximately 65-70% beeswax and butters and the remaining 30-35% with carrier oils and a few drops of essential oils.
Depending on how strong hold you want from the beard balm, try to play a bit with the percentage of beeswax in your mix. The higher the amount, the stronger the hold. Try not to put too much since you won’t have a beard balm anymore but more like a permanent glue.
First thing you want to do is prepare the portions of all the ingredients and materials you want to use. Make sure you’ve got everything ready so you don’t search anything while your mix is heated or slowly gets solid.
This is the trickiest part.
Place the beeswax and butter in the pot and start warming them up.
We discussed already that it’s better to use a pot that it’s either meant for candlemaking or one that you wouldn’t plan to cook with it ever again.
Low fire is more than enough for both ingredients to melt quickly and easily.
You don’t want to warm it up so much until it boils. Otherwise you’re all set to prepare another batch i.e. all your effort goes wasted.
While your wax and butter is melting, it wouldn’t hurt stirring the mix every few seconds.
Once everything is liquid in the pot, take it away from heat.
While your mix is still warm, add your preferred carrier and essential oils and stir. Make sure that your mix isn’t solid before you add your oils.
You don’t need to stir for hours, 20 seconds will be more than enough.
When you’re done stirring, pour the liquid mix in the tins. As already recommended, aluminium tins are preferred to other material for safety and convenience.
If you already finished pouring the liquid beard balm in the tin, your job is almost done.
Leave it overnight to thicken and in the morning you’re ready to apply your new homemade beard balm on your glorious beard!
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