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Essential Oils for Men

July 02, 2021 5 min read

Essential Oils for Men

Essential oils definitely tend to be catered to women more than to men. But why is that? Essential oils come in many different scents that are often used in men’s care anyways, so men can (and should) use these oils to eliminate harsh chemicals while staying fresh. You can use essential oils in bath and body care, in the bedroom for massage, or in any room with a diffuser.

Here are some of the best essential oils for men:

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang


Made from cold-pressed bergamot rinds, the fruity, delicately spicy aroma can be diffused whenever stress or tension is high. Bergamot oil is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and fatigue. It also contains linalool, which is a known anti-inflammatory that can help reduce pain.


Cedarwood has a woodsy aroma that is warm and soothing to promote feelings of vitality and wellness after a stressful day. It can be added to skincare and hair care to purify and nourish the skin and hair.


This oil has a warm and spicy scent, reminiscent of winter holidays. It is a great oil to use on sore, aching muscles, and has been known to help with blood circulation and libido. When used in aromatherapy, cinnamon oil can also support the immune system. Topically, it has been known to repel insects.


This oil has a sweet-spicy aroma with a fruity top-note fragrance. This is a warm scent that is perfect for diffusing on colder fall and winter nights. Because clove contains eugenol, it acts as a warming agent when used topically, making it great for massage.


Long revered in the Middle East, this oil is known for its comforting properties and is useful for mental peace and relaxation. The sap is extracted from Boswellia tree bark, hardened into a resin, and put through a steam distillation process to achieve this wonderfully aromatic essential oil.


Cold-pressed from the rind of the grapefruit, its properties include revitalizing and disinfecting, making is a perfect energizing room freshener. It is often used to create a positive, healing environment. It can also help to fade blemishes and skin imperfections.


Orange oil is cold pressed from the rinds of sweet oranges. It is most commonly used to lift spirits and reduce stress. Orange oil may also be used as a household cleaner - it is known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Many people find the scent of orange oil is a pleasant aroma for DIY body care and perfumes.


Rosemary Oil has been known to aid in regulating oily skin and hair without diminishing the natural oils of the body. It can also act as a neutralizer to rejuvenate dry skin conditions and acne-prone skin. Its alluring scent promotes increased mental activity and blood circulation, which in turn can uplift the spirit and give you that boost of focus and energy.


Our 100% Pure Peppermint Oil is an exquisitely refreshing essential oil that contains Menthol and Menthone- the compounds that give this oil such a minty, pungent scent. This oil helps to calm emotions, as well as soothe minor aches and pains. Its wide range of uses and invigorating fragrance make Peppermint Oil a must-have for essential oil collectors.

Ylang Ylang

Often used to give a boost to dreary emotions, ylang ylang may help to inspire feelings of creativity, self-worth, and a real sense of peace. It is often used in the bedroom to promote sensuality and romance.

Men tend to prefer warmer, heavier scents like cinnamon and cedarwood, but you can use citrus and herby scents to help lift the mood and lighten the scent for everyday use. A drop or two of floral essential oil can help switch things up too!

Essential Oil Recipes for Men’s Cologne

Many of the men’s cologne that are found in drugstores and department stores contain artificial fragrances or chemicals. In addition to just not being great for your health, these chemicals and fragrances can cause allergic reactions. So, let’s talk about how essential oils can replace these artificial concoctions.

How to Make the Essential Oil Cologne

  • 20 drops essential oil
  • 75 teaspoons of 100 proof rum or white rum

Use a small funnel or pipette to add essential oil to the bottle, then add the 100-proof alcohol to top off. Spray onto wrists, neck, or hair.

Using a 100-proof alcohol preserves the essential oil to last for months. You could also use water and have a perfectly good cologne that will last a few weeks.

Ideas for Men’s Cologne Blends


  • 8 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 8 drops Clary Sage
  • 4 drops Peppermint

Bright & Energetic

  • 6 drops Frankincense
  • 6 drops Orange
  • 6 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Peppermint

That 70s Club

  • 8 drops Patchouli
  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Frankincense

Courage & Honor

  • 7 drops Patchouli
  • 7 drops Cedarwood
  • 6 drops Peppermint

Warm & Cozy

  • 12 drops Cinnamon
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 4 drops Orange

Men’s Aftershave

Although most men’s aftershaves are designed to soothe the skin and prevent razor bumps, many of them still contain harsh chemicals and artificial scents. Creating your own natural men’s aftershave can be a great option for men with allergies or those who want to live a more natural lifestyle.

How to Make Natural Men’s Aftershave

  • 1 oz. distilled water
  • 1 oz. witch hazel
  • 1 tsp. of jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp. of aloe vera gel
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil

Use a funnel to pour all ingredients into a small glass spray bottle. Mix well and use to lightly spray the face after shaving.

Ideas for Men’s Essential Oil Aftershave Blends

Warm & Spicy

  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Clove
  • 1 drop Cinnamon

Minty Fresh

  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Soothing Lavender

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Cedarwood

Men’s Beard Oil

Men’s beard oil is another great option for if you choose to keep your beard rather than shaving, a natural beard oil can help keep that beard looking smooth, soft, and healthy. Plus, it’s all natural, which means that you don’t need to worry about artificial scents and chemicals irritating your skin.

  • 15 drops essential oil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Ideas for Men’s Essential Oil Beard Oil Blends

Truth & Honor

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Orange

Bright & Fresh

  • 6 drops Cedarwood
  • 6 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Peppermint


  • 8 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Tea Tree

Men’s Body Massage Oil

There is something wonderfully relaxing about giving or receiving a massage. There’s nothing better than a scented massage oil that works to help soothe tired muscles and aching feet. Warm the oil by rubbing it between your hands – do not microwave, as targeted heat can degrade essential oils.

  • 16 drops of essential oils
  • 1 oz. sweet almond oil

Use a glass bottle to mix the essential oils with the sweet almond oil. Use immediately or store in a cool, dark place for a week or so. Pour on the hands and use to massage the body – whether on yourself or on a partner.

Ideas for Men’s Body Massage Essential Oil Blends

Warm & Masculine

  • 6 drops Frankincense
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Cedarwood

Revitalize & Refresh

  • 6 drops Orange
  • 6 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Cinnamon

Romantic Sensuality

  • 8 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Orange

You can use any standard glass spray bottle or container for these natural men’s essential oil recipes. Amber bottles will help block out damaging sunlight, but as long as you keep them in a cool, dark place, clear or blue bottles are fine, too.

While essential oils are often considered womanly, there are many ways that men can enjoy the benefits of these pure and natural oils. Whether you try out an essential oil cologne or massage oils, there’s something for you. If you’re not quite ready to try out a DIY, you can use any of these blends in a diffuser. If you’re using a 160mL diffuser, you can lower the blends to around 5-6 drops.