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When the cold, dry winter months hit, we can all use a little extra TLC to keep us feeling our best. One staple of our self-care routine? A multi-purpose hydrating face oil to lock moisture in—and help the bearded among us keep our facial hair game going strong—despite the harsher weather conditions. Etsy is brimming with wonderful, ready-made options to be sure (scroll down for a few of our faves!), but there’s something undeniably satisfying about crafting a signature scent that’s all your own, if you have an afternoon to spare. Our DIY calls for a blend of bay rum and clove oils for a classic masculine scent profile, but we highly encourage mixing any complementary essential oils and fragrances that speak to you. Read on to learn how to create a custom-scented oil for yourself or your favorite bearded bud.

At a glance

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Beginner

You will need

Step 1: Fill dropper bottle with “carrier” oils

Add equal parts argan oil, fractionated coconut oil, and apricot kernel oil (what are known as the “carrier” oils) to your 1-oz. glass dropper bottle, leaving a little room at the top for the essential oils. If your oil bottles do not have easy-pour spouts, plastic pipettes make it easy to measure and transfer oils into the glass dropper bottle.

Step 2: Customize the scent

Now it’s time to create a custom scent. We used clove bud essential oil (3-5 drops) and bay rum fragrance oil (1-3 drops) to make ours, but you can use any combination that suits your taste. Add scents just a few drops at a time until you reach a fragrance combination you like.

Pro tip: Essential oil scents tend to develop over time, so it’s helpful to test each combination on your skin by rubbing a few drops of each blended scent between your palms first.

Step 3: Secure cap and shake to combine

Once you’ve created your ideal scent, cap the dropper bottle and give it a gentle shake to mix.

Step 4: Label and enjoy

Don’t forget to add a custom label to your finished oil and include a note with the following instructions: To apply beard oil, shake the bottle, warm a few drops of oil between palms, and apply to clean facial hair.

No time to DIY? Order one of these ready-to-ship picks: 

Collage of ready-made beard oils and beard care items from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Personalized dopp kit from Clark & Taft, from $159; beard grooming kit from Honest Outlaw, $39; sandalwood shave soap from Pine Tree Road Soap, $6; beard oil sampler set from Wild Rose Herbs, $15 for four trial sizes; hand-thrown stoneware shaving set from Matt Jones, $102; nourishing beard oil from Arcadia Natural, $20

Project by Julie O’BoyleAleksa Brown, and Clare McGibbon. Photographs courtesy of Erik Valind

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