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Essential oil blends for men | perfect masculine aromas & recipes!

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

Essential oils have so many uses, and are perhaps thought of mainly for women’s use, however that is certainly not the case! Essential oils have tones and scents that are earthy, spicy and citrus, which make ideal bases for more masculine scents. Essential oil blends for men are simple to create and wonderful to smell!

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The best essential oils for men

There are many essential oils that men may like and can be used for men’s blends, but I think these are some of the best.

  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Cypress
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Vetiver
  • Frankincense
  • Peppermint
  • Juniper
  • Tea Tree
  • Citrus oils; Orange, Bergamot, Lemon & Grapefruit

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Recipes with essential oils for men

The best ways to use essential oils for men, is to blend them into either a cologne or a rollerball blend. Alternatively you can create a diffuser blend to give your space a wonderfully, warming, fresh scent.

Cologne recipe with essential oils

This is such a simple way to make an aftershave, rather than investing in expensive shop bought brands. You can make small amounts to see if you like the scent, rather than being stuck with a large bottle of a smell that you don’t like.

Keep the blended cologne in a small, amber, glass spray bottle, to ensure the essential oil blend stays fresh and stable. The base of the blend is vodka. The alcohol gives a base for the essential oils and helps to make the scent last longer on the skin – the base for most commercial perfumes and colognes is alcohol.

Citrus and spice essential oil cologne

  • 10 ml spray bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons or vodka
  • 6 drops Orange
  • 6 drops Grapefruit
  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Black Pepper

Earthy essential oil cologne

  • 10 ml spray bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons vodka
  • 6 drops Cypress
  • 6 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Bergamot

Fresh outdoors essential oil cologne

  • 10ml spray bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons of vodka
  • 6 drops Pine
  • 6 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 drops Juniper
  • 4 drops Orange

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Roller blend recipes for men

A great alternative to a cologne, these can be carried with you and applied to give a fresh, clean scent whenever needed.

Use a small, amber, glass rollerball bottle, to make sure the oils stay stable and give them longevity. Sweet almond oil is an idea base to use but there other alternatives to sweet almond, if this is not your choice.

Sultry & Sexy rollerball blend

  • 10ml rollerball bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops black pepper
  • 3 drops sandalwood

Fresh Spice rollerball blend

  • 10ml rollerball bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops pine
  • 3 drops ginger

Fresh & Earthy rollerball blend

  • 10ml rollerball bottle
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 4 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops cedarwood

Lime spice rollerball blend

  • 10ml rollerball bottle
  • 8 drops lime
  • 3 drops black pepper
  • 3 drops patchouli

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Essential oil Diffuser blends for men

A great way of using the more masculine scented essential oils, is to use them in a diffuser. This will really scent your space with the aroma of your choice – perfect for a home office or man-cave!

You can experiment with any of the oils we have previously discussed, but these blends work particularly well.

Orange, Bergamot & Tea tree

Frankincense, Cedarwood, Patchouli & Lavender

Lavender, Clary sage & Orange

Grapefruit, Orange, Patchouli & Cedarwood

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are the pure oils that are extracted from flower petals, leaves, fruit or herbs.  The molecules of the oils are so fine and pure that they have the ability to penetrate through the skin’s surface. 

Each oil is made up of complex chemical components which together have therapeutic effects or actions on the skin, body or mind.

With topical application they can enter the bloodstream and travel around the body to have an effect.

The oils can also be inhaled and the molecules enter the body via the membranes in the nose, so in addition to enjoying the fragrances, we can get the benefits of the oils into the body here too.

Disclaimer; Even though I am a qualified and experienced aromatherapist, the information given in this article are purely recommendations, and if ever in any doubt of the use or application of essential oils, then medical advice should be sought. If you have any particular medical issue or illness, the advice of a medical professional should be sought before the use of essential oils.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, that has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.

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