How To Use Coconut Oil As Homemade Beard Moisturizer
Sometimes a beard just gets dry and itchy. It’s no fun, but it’s part of the reality of sportin’ a beard. If you have suffered from a dry itchy beard or know someone who has here is a super quick, easy, and natural way to moisturize your beard and skin for a delightfully itch free beard with a coconut oil beard moisturizer.
Here’s how to use coconut oil as the perfect basic beard oil moisturizer.
Beard Moisturizer Ingredients
It’s so easy, you only need one ingredient to alleviate that beard dryness. The second ingredient is just there so you can smell even better. Let’s get started moisturizing right away before that beard gets any worse!
- Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils (Optional)
Scoop Coconut Oil
Scoop out some coconut oil, I find that 1 teaspoon is about right. However, depending on the lushness of your beard you might need to use more than that. I have been using Viva extra virgin coconut oil to moisturize my beard.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never used coconut oil before. It is solid at room temperature, don’t worry, it’s supposed to look like that!
You might have to use a spoon or your finger nails to dig in and scoop out some oil.
Melt Coconut Oil
Melt the coconut oil in your hands. It will quickly become liquid as it absorbs heat from your body. The coconut oil doesn’t have to be completely melted before you apply it to your beard. It will continue to melt as you rub it in. You are just looking for the oil to not be hard and chunky while you apply it.
Add Essential Oils (Optional)
At this stage you can add in some optional essential oils. If I am going to add in essential oils I will add 1-2 drops of cedar wood essential oil to the melted coconut oil in my palm before applying it to my beard. Make sure you mix the oils together well to avoid getting any heavily concentrated essential oil directly on your skin as it can cause irritation. Alternatively, you can melt a small amount of coconut oil in a dish and add essential oils to that before applying it to your beard.
Massage Coconut Oil Into Beard
Now that your coconut oil is all melted begin massaging it into your beard. Try to coat every beard hair as evenly as you can. You’ll also want to massage the oil into your chin.
Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer. It will help moisturize your beard and make the hair softer to the touch and it will also inject a bunch of moisture into your chin skin and greatly reduce issues caused by dryness such as itchiness or dander.
Depending on how much you end up applying to your beard you might want to rinse any excess out with warm water after letting it soak in for an hour or so. That being said, if you apply just the right amount you won’t have to bother with rinsing, just leave it in and you’re good to go!
How Well Does Coconut Oil Work As A Beard Moisturizer
The short version, it works awesome! This is yet another case of my being blown away by a simple homemade solution over commercial products. I used to think the only way to moisturize my beard was to give it a good shampooing and then apply a bunch of conditioner and just stand there in the shower waiting for it to work. Then, after all that, still only be partially satisfied with the results.
Using coconut oil as beard oil works so much better than any hair conditioner I have ever used and last substantially longer. After applying the oil my beard feels incredibly soft and happy for at least 3 days before it begins to get dried out again. I would say it takes a full 7 or 8 days before my beard really starts to feel dried out again. This is just my experience, so your results may vary.
Reapply once a week to alleviate dry beard symptoms. Apply more often to maintain silky smooth texture, a health sheen, and just a hint of coconut scent.
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Sunday 10th of September 2017
I've used coconut oil in my hair before as a moisturizer and I'd like to offer some advice: it's not a moisturizer in the same sense that commercial ones are moisturizers. The commercial ones contain water AND waxes that trap that water so you don't have to get your hands wet to get the soothing and moisturizing effects. Oils, on the other hand, are just barriers that trap any moisture that's sitting on your skin or hair. If your hair OR skin is dry when you apply the oil, they will only become oily. However, if you apply the oils either IN the shower or within minutes of getting out but after PATTING yourself dry, then they'll trap that water on your skin or hair. THEN you'll REALLY see results! One more suggestion: in remember how in your post about reed diffusers you suggest using coconut oil because it's the thinnest? Well, that's also the reason it's best if you mix it with another, thicker, oil, like Shea or jojoba. Coconut oil has some good properties but the thicker oils also help by adding their own PLUS helping to keep that moisture in the hair or skin. Things you learn as you get older ...
Friday 24th of January 2020
Thank you Jessie for sharing your advice! It's great to gain knowledge from others!
Tuesday 21st of June 2016
I think this is the first home-made beard moisturiser article I've seen - plenty on balms and oils. Do you think it gets a bit caked though, after a few weeks' treatment?