DIY Beard Wash Recipe: How To Make Beard Shampoo?

Updated Date: by Reet Patel

We believe beard shampoos are worth mentioning because it is the most challenging task in the beard grooming regimen. Besides, it complements other beard hair care products by keeping the beard kempt and clean.

In our opinion, you should always consider beard shampoo or wash as a must-have hair care product. If somehow you could not buy one, then this DIY beard wash guide will help you to make one at home, and that too, at a budget-friendly cost.

So, let’s get started and every detail about beard shampoo and its procedure.

Why Do You Need a DIY Beard Wash Recipe? (Benefits)

You might never know, but your beard carries dirt, food particles, grime, and debris that it should not, which eventually makes your beard dull, rough, scraggly, and unkempt. No matter how hard you try to keep these things away from your facial mane, it anyhow settle on your beard.

The only solution we could recommend if you are serious about cleanliness is beard hair shampoo. There are tons of benefits, one of the benefits is it makes your facial hair clean, soft, and manageable.

Trust us, after reviewing several beard shampoos, one thing we can say is that quality beard shampoos contain natural oils as one of the ingredients. These oils have the nourishing, hydrating, and moisturizing ability, making your beard softer and smoother to the touch.

Unlike the scalp, facial skin is sensitive and softer. However, the scalp hair is smoother than facial hair, which is usually coarser and curlier. Due to less area than the scalp and more thickness, darkness, and length, it becomes challenging to manage beards.

Now you might be thinking, why am I telling you all this, and what is the connection with beard hair shampoo or wash?

Well, you need to know why your beard turns dry and dull. The sebaceous glands produce a natural oil called sebum oil. The production of this oil is finite and could moisturize shorter beards. But if your beard grows longer, the sebum oil fails to dampen and ends up making them shabby and dull.

Some men may start experiencing beard itch, which lasts for a few days, while some men continue to scratch their face for a few more days. Those men whose scratching period prolongs soon notice beard dandruff.

If you are in the same situation, we recommend using beard oil to prevent beard dandruff and fulfill the natural oil requirement.

Note: You must not use regular shampoo for your beard dandruff as it can do more harm than good.

Ordinary shampoos contain chemicals that can suck up your natural oil, making the situation even worse. Besides, beard shampoo alone cannot get rid of beardruff; it requires beard oil to bring a world of difference to your facial mane. You can buy ready-to-use products like beard shampoo and conditioner, but are they worth it?

Not only beardruff, but the combo can hydrate and nourish your skin, eliminating beard itch, split ends, and beard dandruff.

Another benefit of top beard shampoo is it regulates sebum oil production. Doing this will balance oil production and prevent acne, fungal, and bacterial infections.

Besides, natural beard shampoo retains beard dye color for a more extended period. If you are using dye, you must check that it does not contain pesticides and metallic salts.

Lastly, it will even stimulate beard growth.  Yes, you read it right.  Using beard shampoo will not only keep your beard clean but also promote hair growth.  And it is possible because of the inclusion of vital ingredients.

What Do You Need For The DIY Beard Shampoo Recipe? (3 Main Ingredients)

1) Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are extracted from vegetables, plants, and seeds. The main task of carrier oil is to moisturize, hydrate, condition, and nourish the hair and skin beneath. Besides, it even dilutes essential oils and carries them to your face.

Men suffering from split ends, beard dandruff, beard itch, and ingrown hairs can add argan oil to their DIY beard shampoo.

Besides, you can even use other carrier oils like sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.

2) Essential Oil

What if we tell you that apart from offering manly fragrances, essential oils can strengthen your hair? Yes. It does and not only supports but also thickens the beard hair.

Considering the scents, then we have a list of essential oils for your DIY beard wash, out of which you can pick the one that suits your beard and skin type.

  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Pine Oil
  • Peppermint Oil

Adding these essential oils will add beauty to your shampoo recipes.  Most of the oils contain coconut oil for scent purposes.

3) Castile Soap

Making castile soap requires only vegetable oils like jojoba oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. Adding this to your DIY beard wash will offer sufficient hydration to your beard and skin. (Note: castile soap and beard soap are different!)

Besides, castile soap is the reason behind your homemade beard shampoo creating lather and cleaning your beard. Also, castile soap works amazingly well on dry, irritated, and sensitive skin. Moreover, it does not contain animal fats, which makes it vegan and cruelty-free.

Before knowing how to make a beard shampoo at home, you must know several things.

Things to Consider Before Making the Beard Shampoo

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When planning to make beard shampoo at home, you must consider the following things. Apart from using natural ingredients that go without saying, you must also pay attention to other factors, such as performance, bottle, scent, and budget.

So let’s unveil the following things:

DIY Beard Shampoo Performance

Why is it necessary, and How will you measure the performance?  

It is essential because the beard shampoo you will be using will exfoliate the skin, leaving no room for dirt and grime. And if the beard product fails to do that, then it is worthless.

Measuring performance is easier as you just need to check for the texture, lather quality, and washing results.

In our opinion, the thickness and softness of your beard post-washing depict the quality of your DIY beard shampoo. Also, a small amount of beard shampoo is enough to coat beard hair and remove everything unwanted from it.

Another way to check the performance of the beard shampoo is by combing or running a beard brush post-washing. You should not find difficulty in running or detangling your beard hair post shampooing your beard.

Remember, if your DIY beard wash fails to perform these actions, you probably have done something wrong.

Scented Beard Shampoo

Adding fragrance to beard shampoo depends on personal choice. If you are someone who even hates to wear colognes or perfumes or finds scents to be irritative, we recommend skipping this point.

Contrary to this, if you love to smell the pleasant aroma throughout the day, adding essential oils is what we recommend. The manly scent is pleasing, but an overpowering scent may distance you from others. 

Therefore, it becomes crucial to select the best essential oil that isn’t overpowering and smells subtle. In our opinion, tea tree oils, lavender oils, and coconut oils are a few essential oils you can use to add scent to our homemade shampoo.

Cost of Beard Shampoo

Cost is essential when making beard shampoo at home, while price becomes a factor if you purchase a ready-to-use beard shampoo. Though beard shampoos are costly in the market, you must buy them because they include quality ingredients, such as carrier oil and essential oil.

Besides, making one at home should include only premium ingredients to maintain the health of your beard.

Now you might think, that any low-price product is inferior, well most of the time, there is a compromise in quality, but you must check once before using them.

In simple words, don’t double-think when it comes to buying quality ingredients because it’s the TLC you show to your beards.

Now the time has come to make beard shampoo at home, but before that just gather a few utensils for making your shampoo for your facial hair.

Additional Things You Need to Get Started with DIY Beard Shampoo


You cannot randomly add carrier and essential oils or Castile soaps.  It requires the exact number of drops, and any differences in quantity could deter the shampoo performance.

The recipes in this article are for several uses for which tablespoon would be the right measuring instrument.


Since all the ingredients are in liquid, there is no point in heating and melting. The first task is to pour all the ingredients into one bowl as per the required quantity.  Then mix them well so that each ingredient mixes well with the other, and there is no oil left unmixed.

Once you determine all the ingredients are well-mixed with each other, do as the next step suggests.

Bottle (Container) for Beard Shampoo

We believe that only teaching you the process of making beard shampoo at home does not suffice; you should also have information about storing it. It is essential because the bottle (container) increases the shelf life and quality of beard shampoo.

In our opinion, we would urge you to store your beard shampoo in an amber glass bottle or any dark color bottle. The reason for choosing a dark color bottle is it filters blue and ultraviolet lights, which helps in protecting your beard hair care product.

Now let’s unveil the actual procedure of making homemade beard shampoo.

How to Make Beard Shampoo at Home?

As discussed, the beard shampoo will not require a heating and melting process, so you will be able to quickly make a natural shampoo for your facial mane.

Mix the Right Quantity

As said, a tablespoon is a measuring instrument, which will help you take the appropriate quantity of carrier oil, essential oil, and Castile liquid soap.

Since this is the first step, it is advisable to only mix the carrier oil and castile soap.  Add distilled water to the solution as per the given quantity.  The quantity of all the ingredients varies from recipe to recipe.

Add Essential Oil

Now that all other ingredients are well-mixed-add essential oil and stir it with the spoon.  Do not get tempted to add more quantity of essential oil as it may overpower your beard shampoo and make the fragrance unpleasant.

Fill in the Container

Pour the entire solution into a container and shake it well.  Keep the bottle in your bathroom cabinet and use it whenever required.

With this, you know how to make beard shampoo.  Let’s uncover different recipes to make a beard shampoo at home without spending heavily on ready-made shampoos.

Beard Wash Recipes That You Can Try at Home

Here are the different recipes and instructions on how to make beard soap or shampoo.

Natural DIY Beard Wash Recipe (Castile soap beard wash recipe)

Here is the natural DIY beard wash recipe:

  • 2 Tablespoons avocado Oil
  • A Few Drops of Peppermint Oil
  • A Few Drops of Olive Oil
  • Liquid Castile Soap
  • Distilled Water

Note: Distilled water should be double that of castile soap. However, the quantity depends on how frequently you use it.

The blend of the above ingredients will make it look luxurious and expensive beard shampoo, but deep down, you will know how inexpensive, natural, and safe it is to use. Store it in a bottle and shake well before use. If you want to balance out your pH level, it is best to apply apple cider vinegar. Lastly, you can apply beard oil or balm as per your preference.

Citrus Fragrance Homemade Beard Wash Recipe

Our following natural beard wash recipe contains citrus fruits like lemons, lime, oranges, and grapefruits. The reason for including citrus fruits in DIY beard wash is because lemons carry a reputation of being natural cleansers. In contrast, other citrus fruits are known for removing toxins from the roots of facial hair.

Squeeze the citrus fruits in the bowl to collect the juice, and dilute warm water into it. Once you mix everything, dab the solution with the help of cloth on your facial hair, and give it a light scrub.

Note: Don’t be too aggressive while dabbing the cloth on the facial hair, as the solution does a fantastic job.

Moreover, citric acids dry out your skin and beard during the cleaning process, so we would recommend adding coconut oil or argan oil in the homemade citrus beard shampoo. You can also apply castor oil for moisturizing and adding thickness to your facial hair. Ensure you balance the moisture level after cleansing your beard with natural acidic composition.

Baking Soda + Apple Cider Vinegar Blend Beard Wash Recipe

Baking soda is widespread, and many naturalists often use it when it’s all about cleansing. Interestingly, using baking soda as a DIY beard wash is much easier, and you don’t need to blend it with quality oils.

Just use baking soda and rub across your beard with the help of warm water to create a lather for better exfoliation. Once you determine that baking soda has wholly cleansed your facial hair, rinse off with warm water. Apply apple cider vinegar to condition your facial hair. It has hair and skin level pH, which helps in restoring lost properties.

The method of application depends on you. We have noticed some users using cotton wool, while some use spray bottles to apply apple cider vinegar on beards. A few drops are enough so the scent wouldn’t be overpowering.

Simple DIY Beard Wash Recipe (Castile Soap Beard Wash Recipe)

Here are the following ingredients you must require to make a simple DIY beard wash at home:

  • 2 teaspoon of Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup of Liquid Castile Soap
  • ⅛ teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon of Peppermint Oil
  • ¼ of distilled water

Procedure to make Beard shampoo at home:

Mix the castile soap and essential oils, and then add distilled water to make the consistency thick and fluid.

So these are recipes for making beard shampoo at home without anyone’s help. Now let’s know the difference between beard oil, balm, and shampoo.

How Long Will Homemade Shampoos Last?

You have seen our recipes for making your own beard shampoo have limited quantity because the shelf life of these shampoos is finite.  That’s the reason we have not shown or suggested making the hair care products for a longer period.

Talking about the life span, it will last for a week.  To extend life, you can add vitamin E, rosemary, or tea tree oil antioxidants.

Besides, your beard length may also contribute to making your own beard shampoo. If the beard length is longer, it will require more quantity of shampoo.

Now you know what time it will last, you must also know how many times you can use the shampoo on your beard.

How Many Times Should You Wash Your Beard?

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It is the most common question that beardsmen raise when using beard shampoo. The factors affecting the use of beard shampoo are length, thick, and coarse beard hair.

We recommend using homemade beard shampoo 2-3 times a week. If at all you have long beards, using 4-5 times a week is allowed.

Now the question is, when shall I wash my scalp hair? Well, you can choose every alternate day for washing head hair and facial hair.

You might also think what is the point of restrictions on using homemade beard shampoo? In a single line, we would say excessive shampooing also has side effects.

It can dry out your beard and skin. Plus, it can deplete the natural oil, which is vital for skin health. As a result, it will damage your beard and make it prone to beard dandruff.

Whether it is handmade beard shampoo or ready-to-use, excessive application will at least irritate your skin.

Tip: You must wash the other areas of your face with warm water twice a day to remove dirt and debris from the face.

Now that you know the maximum number of times to use beard shampoo, you must also know what qualities it carries.

What Qualities Your Homemade Beard Should Possess?

Beard shampoo caters to cleaning and keeping facial hair kempt, which removes all the obstructions hindering beard hair growth. It is only possible if it has the following properties:

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Moisturizing Ability

The skin remains healthy and moisturized until the sebaceous glands produce natural oil. It starts running out of natural oil once you start overwashing your beard.

Considering beard shampoo as a part of TLC, we suggest including ingredients that have the moisturizing ability. In our DIY recipes, you will find that special ingredient that will not only wash your facial hair but also retain moisture.

Cleaning Capacity

Cleaning ability is what beard shampoo is known for, and if it fails to do that primary job, there is no point in buying one for your facial hair. Unknowingly, your beard collects dirt, debris, and dead skin cells, which will make your beard look unkempt.

Our homemade beard wash has that special exfoliate ingredient, which will leave no room for unwanted particles like food particles, dirt, grime, and debris to settle on the facial hair. It might feel a bit rough on the skin, but the lather it creates removes everything from the beard, which it collects during the day.

Quick in Creating Lather

You might be shocked to know that the beard shampoo you are using contains harsh chemicals that quickly create lather. It will slowly deplete the natural oil, making your beard dry and ragged.

However, it will not happen if you make a DIY beard wash at home by just going through this article. With all the natural ingredients and low-price, you can show TLC to your skin and hair.


If you love colognes or perfumes, then here is the good news for you. A DIY beard wash will allow you to choose your favourite essential oil to mix with other natural ingredients so that you can sniff a fantastic scent throughout the day.

We don’t like scents, and that’s why whenever it’s time to make a beard shampoo, we do not add essential oils, keeping it fragrance-free.

Contrary to this, if you buy a beard shampoo from the market, there are fewer chances of getting the desired fragrance beard shampoo, and whatever you get might have fewer chances of natural fragrances.

Natural Ingredients

We are strictly against chemicals, synthetics, parabens, additives, and parfums. They not only hamper facial mane but also drain your hard-earned money.

Besides, beard shampoos containing natural ingredients not only make hair and skin healthy but also cleanse your facial hair, removing all the dirt, grime, and debris.

It happens because of the blend of carrier and essential oils with distilled water, leaving behind some natural oils to protect hair follicles.

You can have complete control over the ingredients of your DIY beard wash and adjust them accordingly. Also, you must keep in mind that lathering takes time if the beard product is a combination of natural ingredients. Therefore, you must keep patience and gently massage your facial hair to create a lather and remove everything unwanted from the skin.

Shampooing will keep your beard clean and kempt, but what about the unruly flyaways and thin, and weak hair?  You must also keep an eye on such beard problems.  Considering the problems, we have compiled some effective tips. 

Tips for DIY Beard Wash That Are Very Helpful

Taming Flyaways

Flyaways are the result of frequent shampooing or using blow dryers for drying the beard.  Firstly, if you are frequently washing your beard with shampoo, stop doing it.  Wash it only 2-3 times a week.  Secondly, gently dab your beard under a towel and dry it.

Balancing Oily Hair

To balance the oil on your beard, you can use citrus fruit oils.  We have a citrus fragrance recipe, which will help you out with this problem.  Additionally, you can even mix two egg yolks in apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and apply them to your beard.  Keep it for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

Recipe for Thinning Hair

According to the study, 85% of men who reach 50 have significantly thinning hair.  And even it is noticeable in youngsters as well.  A homemade solution will help you prevent thinning hair.  You can make a shampoo by blending whole oats, baking soda, and water.  Adding whole oats is a matter of precision as it is responsible for thickness.  Do not add too much to avoid extra thick shampoo, which becomes difficult to apply.

So these are the beard tips that will help you after washing your beard.   Now that you know things required to make a DIY beard wash, you might be having a few questions as well.  So, let’s answer them.

Difference between Beard Shampoo, Beard Oil, and Beard Balm

You might have read these terms in the article and know bits and pieces about it. That’s why we have decided to make things clear for you.

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Beard Oil

Beard oil is a blend of carrier oil and essential oil. Most of the beard oil part is filled with jojoba oil, which keeps the beard and skin nourished, moisturized, and hydrated.

On the other hand, essential oils offer a smell to your beard and boost blood flow. Also, it contains antiseptic and anti-aging properties, which will help in curing acne, pimples, and wrinkles.

Beard Balm

Beard balms are one step ahead of oils. Apart from containing carrier oils and essential oils, it also contains beeswax and butter, making it different from beard oils.

Beeswax is responsible for taming wild and unruly whiskers, while beard butter ensures sufficient hydration for your beard hairs.

Beard Shampoo

Beard shampoo is the best when it comes to cleansing your facial hair, and no other hair care products could replace it.  It includes coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera. You should never replace quality beard hair shampoo because that’s the only thing that will complement other beard grooming products.

Always keep in mind that beard hair shampoo is not enough; the other beard hair care products should be in your beard care routine.

How to Apply Beard Shampoo? 

Get yourself familiar with the steps so that the next time you wash your beard, it will be an entirely different and fantastic experience.

Step 1: Wet Your Beard with Warm Water

Before creating a lather with a beard shampoo, wash your face with hot water to open skin pores. It will also help in moistening your facial hair.

Step 2: Use Beard Shampoo

We recommend taking 2-3 drops of beard shampoo in your palms, rub it gently to spread across your palms, and massage it to your beard.

Step 3: Massage & Create Lather

Gently scrub beard shampoo with your fingers and make it reach every hair strand and skin to boost blood circulation. It will stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. Also, do not forget to change the direction of the hair to create a lather for optimum cleansing.

Step 4: Rinse off with Warm Water

Once you notice that your facial mane is covered with your DIY beard wash, rinse it off thoroughly with warm water to remove everything unwanted from your facial hair. You can move hair strands in different directions for rinsing the same way you did in the above step.

Step 5: Towel Dry Your Beard

Now that you have cleaned your beard and removed all dirt and grime from your facial hair, it’s time to towel dry. Gentle-dab your facial hair under a towel so that it can soak excessive water, which, if left undried, can irritate your skin. Do not aggressively move the towel across your beard hair as it may cause hair loss.

Step 6: Use Beard Oil or Balm as Conditioner

It is the final stage wherein your beard is neat and clean. Now it requires different beard grooming products to nourish, rejuvenate, and revitalize. Apply beard oil or balm to tame whiskers, use a beard brush to detangle and shape in the proper direction, and comb to wear the best beard styles.

Some men find comfort with a DIY beard wash bar or soap, which is fine. Also, the process of applying is quite similar to beard shampoo.

Now let’s answer some commonly asked questions to clear the doubts related to DIY beard wash.


1. What’s the best thing to wash your beard with?

Quality beard shampoo containing carrier and essential oils is the best to wash your beard as it can cleanse your facial mane entirely, removing all the dirt, grime, and debris. You must use gentle ingredients and oils like argan oil, coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oils to keep your beard kempt.

2. Is Beard wash the same as shampoo?

Beard wash and beard shampoo are the same, while beard wash and scalp hair shampoo are two different products with completely different ingredients. You must check before using them.

3. How do you make natural beard shampoo?

  1. Begin by taking a container, then combine the liquid form of castile soap with the fractionated variant of coconut oil.
  2. Next, include the jojoba and argan oils, followed by the essence of sandalwood oil into the blend.
  3. Give this concoction a thorough mix to ensure that every component has been properly integrated.
  4. Finally, transfer this blend into a container that can be sealed off to keep it stored.


Beard shampoo should be in your beard grooming routine as a regular shampoo for your head hair. Pampering is a must, and that starts with deep cleansing. Homemade beard shampoo will be free from chemicals, which is why it delivers positive results. Also, the shampoos ensure enough supply of moisture, keeping your beard nourished and healthy.

DIY beard wash is budget-friendly and free from chemicals that come in ready-made beard shampoo. Making your beard shampoo will allow you to use all-natural and organic ingredients while keeping the harmful chemicals at bay.


Published Date: Feb 12, 2024

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