DIY Manly Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

A few years ago I made my husband, then boyfriend, some beard oil because he was complaining that his beard was getting itchy. He’s gone through a few bottles and it’s worked well. But sometimes he wants something that can be used for styling/taming.

That’s where the beard balm comes in. I wanted a mixture that would moisturize his beard while also taming the facial hair. I came up with a pretty standard combination of ingredients used in lotions and moisturizers. Then I used doTERRA Balance essential oil for scent. The woody smell is wonderful and it’s supposed to promote calmness and relaxation. I don’t know if that works, but it’s a nice thought because he’s a busy busy man.

 

manly beard balm diy supplies

Beard Balm Supplies

  • 1oz Beeswax
  • Small container
  • 2oz Raw coconut oil
  • 1.5oz African Shea Butter
  • 10 drops essential oils (not pictured)
  • Candle Making Pot (not pictured)

 

beard balm ingredients

Step 1: combine beard balm ingredients in pot

Portion out your ingredients and combine them all into the candle making pot.

 

beard balm mixture

Step 2: melt the ingredients

Put the pot on the stove on medium heat and let it all melt.

This is when you want to add the essential oil. Stir well.

 

beard balm for men

Step 3: pour out the beard oil

Pour the mixture into a small container and let it harden. It will probably take about an hour to harden completely.

 

diy manly beard balm

When ready, get a little bit of the balm on your hands to soften it up. Then rub hands together and apply to beard.

My husband’s feedback:

  • I love the consistency
  • It smells good and not too strong
  • Works well

I’ll take it!

Hope you enjoy it! As always, I’d love to heard your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their June craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Popsicle Stick Necklace Craft
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Flower Thank You Card
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Cool Treats Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Faux Embroidery with Fabric Markers
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: How to Dress Up a Terracotta Pot
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Coming soon!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Gym Bag Air Freshener

DIY gym bag air freshener

Do we have any gym go-ers here? I’ve been a regular for a long time, but the gym has always been so close to my house that I’ve never needed a gym bag for clothes. About two months ago I started going to gym closer to where I work, which means I need to carry a gym bag now. Which also means I don’t like the smell of my gym bag.

So, what do I do when when I have a problem? I usually DIY a fix for it and this is no exception. You know those scent booster beads you can buy in a laundry section at the grocery store? Turns out, they make a great freshener for your smelly gym bag, too!

 

gym bag air freshener supplies

Gym bag air freshener supplies

  • small gift bag
  • fabric scent boost beads

 

fabric freshener beads

Step 1: prepare your scent boosters

Fill the cap about halfway full with beads.

 

gain air freshener

Step 2: Pour in the scent beads

Pour your capful of scent boosters into the bag. Pull the ribbons on each side to close the bag.

Make sure you tie them together tightly. You don’t want them to spill out in your bag. That wouldn’t be fun to clean up.

 

DIY gym bag air freshener

That’s it! Plop your new air freshener in your bag and you’re done.

Mine was in my bag for 5 mins before I stopped smelling anything else. I’m convinced that this works long term. Give it a shot and let me know what you think. Or do you have a better DIY air freshener? Please share if so.

Happy crafting!