I live in Austin, Texas, where the beard trend is in full bloom. Everywhere I go — from the post office to the dog park — I see whiskers worthy of 19th century sea captains and lumberjacks.
In a sea of facial hair, how’s a bearded bro supposed to stand out from the crowd? In a word: product. These days, products to tame wild and woolly beards are popping up almost as quickly as think pieces about the “lumbersexual” trend in men’s fashion.
If a store-bought product seems at odds with the rugged lumbersexual aesthetic, we’ve got the perfect solution. Our friends at Aura Cacia shared this recipe for DIY beard oil made with whiskey and plant oils. It’s time to grab your vintage-style whiskey flask and get crafty!
This aromatic blend helps keep facial hair soft and manageable. The whiskey gives the mixture a lighter feel, plus it adds an exotic note to the fragrance of the essential oil. You will need:
2-ounce glass bottle
½ ounce whiskey or grapeseed oil
6–8 drops Aura Cacia Sandalwood Essential Oil or Aura Cacia Frankincense Essential Oil
1 ounce Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil
Combine essential oil and whiskey or grapeseed oil in an empty 2-ounce glass bottle. (A small funnel may come in handy.) Shake well to disperse oils evenly. Add jojoba oil and shake again.
To use, apply a few drops to comb or palms of hands and work the oil into the beard. The first whiff you smell may be whiskey, but the alcohol evaporates quickly, leaving your thirsty beard quenched and conditioned by the moisturizing jojoba oil.
I think this beard oil would make an excellent Father’s Day gift for rad dads. Will you make a batch? Leave us a comment, and let us know how it works out.
Enjoy this recipe, but remember that essential oils can irritate sensitive skin, mucous membranes and eyes. Use wisely and keep out of reach of children. For external use only.