Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Setkheni-itw's Beard and Moustache Products

I've been spending a lot of time planning my gardening for the rapidly approaching spring, but not so much time that I can't give you some recipes for facial hair products.

Moustache Wax

I have been growing a handlebar moustache (because why not?) since around October of last year.  In the beginning I used a lot of moustache wax I bought, first Clubman (which is found in a tube at a lot of mainstream stores) and then Lockhart's Heavy Duty, as my moustache itself is very spindly and in the beginning I needed a super strong hold.  I also thought I needed dark wax to make the moustache more visible.

I like Lockhart's, but after a while I was noticing that due to the strong hold and possibly due to petroleum products I was losing a couple moustache hairs every day as I would comb it.  As I mentioned earlier, although it looks fine, my moustache is spindly and losing hairs is something I really wanted to avoid.  In addition, I try to wherever possible make things on my own.  So I started making my own moustache wax, which has resulted in far fewer hairs being lost, it's more comfortable, no petroleum, and it's much cheaper.

Ingredients (creates a little under 2 ounces of wax):
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax1
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 squirt jojoba oil
  • 1 squirt emu2 oil
  • Essential oils of preference (optional)
    • I use bay rum and bergamot, about 5 drops each
Like most of the recipes here, this is extremely simple.  Melt the beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler.  Pour the melted wax into containers (I used two one-ounce metal screw-top containers).  Add a squirt each of emu and jojoba oil and however many drops of essential oil you are using.  Mix thoroughly.

Allow to dry.  This wax has a fairly strong hold, but then again my moustache is already at the point where the wax is merely a maintenance step (even water would hold it in place for a little while!) so you may want to play with the ratio of beeswax to shea butter if you need a stronger or lighter hold.

Beard Oil

Beard oil is kind of an in-thing right now (maybe at the tail end of being an in-thing), but it really does make my beard nice and soft for anybody who may feel the need to consensually touch it.  I was using commercial versions, but there was a huge problem:  They all had macadamia or almond oil in them, and I am intimate with somebody with a nut allergy.  Oops!

So I picked three oils that I liked and came up with this version of beard oil that I've been using ever since.
  • About 1/3 ounce jojoba oil
  • About 1/3 ounce argan oil3
  • About 1/3 ounce emu2 oil
  • Essential oils of preference
    • I use bay rum and bergamot for this one, too
Mix all of these ingredients together in a 1 ounce dropper bottle.  I eyeball it, but haven't really had difficulty getting a good mix.  Just squirt each oil in so the bottle is 1/3 more filled until you have a good bottle of it.  Add the essential oils until you get a mix that smells nice.

A note on composition:  This oil will turn out cloudy looking due to the emu oil having a lot of particulate matter in it.  After a while if you don't touch it, the emu oil will settle below the other oils.  This is fine, just shake it and it'll be good as new!

-- ☥ Setkheni-itw

Ingredient Notes:
1 Beeswax is not vegan, but the alternatives I'm aware of (petroleum wax and palm wax) are not ingredients I use so I cannot recommend them.
2 Emu oil comes from the fat of an emu.  If you would rather not use this, you can omit it and add more jojoba and/or argan oil.
3 I hear that argan oil is normally not reactive in people with tree nut allergies. If you are unsure, though, you should replace with a different oil.