Categories: DIY

Homemade Beard Oil & Facial Tonics for Men

With beards in vogue more than ever— and the trend prompting many men to get back in touch with age-old grooming traditions—beard oil and other facial treatments might be just the recipe he needs to feel a little pampered. Check out these three recipes below–for beard oil, pre-shave oil and aftershave–all great home-made gifts for the guys in your life.

Is he prone to razor burn? For a good homemade remedy, look no further than the refrigerator! Cold milk helps reduce swelling, with the lactic acid in the milk acting as an anti-inflammatory. Have him soak a washcloth in milk then apply to the affected area for 10–15 minutes.


This treatment preps his skin for a super-close shave, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.


  • ½ cup castor oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 15–20 drops essential oil


Moisturizes and tames frizzy beards and conditions the skin underneath.


  • 1 ounce jojoba oil
  • 10–15 drops essential oil


Invigorating peppermint and eucalyptus help nourish the skin while reducing irritation.


  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • ¼ cup glycerin
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Homemade face oils and aftershaves can tend to separate once settled. Remind your recipient to shake well before each use with a handwritten homemade tag.


When adding essential or herbal oils to your blends, consider these for their manly scent and added benefits.

Calms skin and tones down redness

Patchouli or Geranium
Prevents razor burn and skin irritation

Bay Oil
Warms and heals skin

Black Pepper Oil
A great awakening agent that creates alertness and stamina

Soothing and calming—great for nighttime

Supports healthy, smooth skin

Clary Sage
High in antioxidants and helps clear out toxins

If you’re still feeling crafty and want to make something else at home, check out this post on the Natural Science of Laundry. 

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Surajpal Singh Bisht

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