How to Make Cologne from Essential Oils Plus 8 DIY Men’s Cologne Recipes

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Essential oils may seem like they are for women, but really, everyone can benefit from essential oils. If blended right, you can find a scent for anyone, men included! You can create your own DIY men’s cologne for the special man in your life.

Below, I’ll share several masculine blends for you to use when making cologne from essential oils, but feel free to experiment with other oils to find a homemade cologne just right for your guy. Creating essential oil cologne recipes can be fun!  Grab your guy and have him smells the oils to choose his faves.

While all essential oils can be blended into a perfume or essential oil cologne recipe, some essential oils tend to be favored more often by men. If you missed it, I recently shared about essential oils for men.

Making cologne with essential oils isn’t difficult or expensive.  You’ll just need a few basic supplies, which I share below.

man holding bottle of men's cologne; all natural cologne

Why Make Colognes from Essential Oils?

No Harmful Chemicals

Fragrances are protected by intellectual property. When you look at a label and see “fragrance”, the company is not required to list the chemicals that make up that fragrance.  In most cases, a cologne manufacturer is not going to use real cedarwood, for example. Instead, they are going to create a synthetic blend that smells like cedarwood.  Why? It’s cheaper than buying pure oil and they don’t have to tell their competitors what is in it.

Synthetic fragrances are now known to be harmful and can potentially cause not only allergies and breathing issues, but may be linked to cancer, and issues with the endocrine and central nervous systems.

Making cologne with essential oils, eliminates toxic chemicals from your man’s fragrances.

Boost His Confidence

Did you know that wearing perfume or cologne is a confidence booster?! People say they feel more confident or even, sexy, when they have a killer scent on. Some people even claim to feel ‘naked’ when they forget to put on their fragrance in their daily routine.

Whether your guy wears cologne every day or just for special occasions, give him a confidence boost with an all-natural cologne.

Learning how to make cologne from essential oils not only allows your man to smell wonderful but it ensures that he is using a fragrance that is safe for him and those around him.

The best part, however, is the ability to customize your natural cologne for me.  Your man will love it knowing that it was created just for him and that you added the secret ingredient: love.

Below, I share some DIY Essential oil cologne recipes that you can choose from.  I’ve also added a chart for blending based on notes of fragrances. Have fun creating a custom natural men’s cologne for him or with him.

Men's perfume in beautiful black bottle on a blue background; DIY men's cologne

How to Make Cologne with Essential Oils

Every quality perfume or cologne needs a good base or foundation. This allows for the fragrance to remain intact throughout the life of the cologne or perfume and properly disperse the oils throughout the base.

You’ll want to choose a carrier oil with little to no scent. For spray-on fragrances: use a clear, scentless solvent like vodka or witch hazel. This helps the essential oil distribute evenly throughout the bottle. For roll-on fragrances: use an unscented carrier oil like jojoba, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil (this is what I use in my own DIY Men’s cologne recipes).

If you choose to use water as your base, which you can, be sure to choose distilled water. The minerals and impurities have been removed so it’s a “safe” option to use in sprays. However, just know that vodka or witch hazel would allow the essential oils to be more evenly distributed.

Depending on the size of the bottle you’re using – either a spray or roller bottle – (and I have recipes for both kinds of DIY men’s cologne recipes) you will want to loosely follow an 80:20 ratio. Use a carrier oil or solvent for 80% of the spray and an essential oil blend for the remaining 20%.

First, add your oils.  I use a mini-funnel to help with this as the bottle openings for both the spray and the roller bottles tend to be narrow.

Blending by Notes

Let’s start with some simple guidelines to help you build a customized all-natural cologne of fragrances using your oils.

Essential oil fragrances are classified into “notes”, just like music. And while you would compose a song with all treble notes, you wouldn’t create a natural men’s cologne with all top notes.  Each blend should have a top, middle and base note to round out the aroma.

  • The Top Note is the scent your nose detects first. It is the “first impression” scent, usually a citrus or herb.
  • The Middle Note is the scent detected 10-45 minutes after applying and can last several hours on the skin. It is often referred to as the “heart note”, the one noticed after the top note is gone and gives body to the fragrance. It’s typically warm and well-rounded. (The “core” of the aroma)
  • The Base Note lasts far beyond the other notes. It’s the scent that appears once the others have evaporated. It creates a lasting impression.

Rich man prefers expensive fragrance smell. making men's cologne from essential oils

Use this quick table to guide you as you start blending notes. Start by choosing 2-4 oils in each row to work with; add as much as your nose likes! There are no hard and fast rules to blending; just do what smells good to you.

Recently, I made a DIY men’s cologne for my husband.  I took out several base notes and had him sniff them to choose his favorite.  Once he chose his base note, I had him smell a few essential oils with middle notes and then top notes.  When his favorite base, middle and top notes were chosen, I blended them in a spray bottle for cologne and topped with fractionated coconut oil.  He loved and it was so much fun to create together.

If you aren’t quite ready to create your own blends, no worries!  I share some great DIY men’s cologne recipes below.

*Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all oils in each category

TopMiddle to TopMiddleMiddle to BaseBase
LemonCinnamon BarkNeroliCypressPatchouli
PeppermintLemongrassClary SageBlack PepperSacred Sandalwood
LimePineStress AwayRoseVetiver
OrangeTangerineYlang YlangCloveMyrrh
Juniper Pine Vanilla
Basil Black Pepper  
Eucalyptus Cardamom  
Ravintsara Carrot  

DIY Men’s Cologne Recipes

A Walk in the Woods Roller

  • 8 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 4 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Cypress

Fill with carrier oil.

A Walk in the Woods Spray

  • 16 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil
  • 8 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (or Sacred Sandalwood)
  • 10 drops Cypress

Add essential oils to 2 oz. glass spray bottle and top with witch hazel or vodka. Distilled water can be used if you desire. Shake before each use.

Ahoy Matey

  • 15 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 8 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops Valor essential oil
  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil

Fill with carrier oil.

Woodsy Lumberjack

  • 12 drops Juniper essential oil
  • 12 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 12 drops Pine essential oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil

Fill with carrier oil.

Classic Gentleman

  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil.
  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil.
  • 2 drops Sacred Sandalwood (or Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood) essential oil.

Fill remaining bottle with witch hazel or carrier oil.

Fresh Shave

  • 6 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • 8 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Fennel essential oil

Fill remaining bottle with witch hazel or carrier oil.

DIY Men’s Cologne Recipes – Body Sprays

Cape May Body Spray

  • 32 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
  • 16 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 20 drops Cypress
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel

Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use.

Freshman Body Spray

  • 24 drops Vetiver
  • 32 drops Lemon
  • 12 drops Fennel
  • 1 TBSP vegetable glycerin
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel

Add essential oils plus additional ingredients to an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Shake before each use.

Here are some free printable labels for your new DIY men’s cologne:

I’d love to hear about the DIY colognes you create!

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