Today I’m going to introduce aromatherapy and essential oils to the uninitiated man, guy, bro, dude, hombre, etc. I know of a select few men in the world of essential oils, and those are Robert Tisserand, Kurt Schnaubelt, Dr. Rodney Young, Mark Webb, and Dr. Rob Pappas. Rene Maurice Gattefosse and Jean Valnet have long since passed away.
A goal for my business is increasing public awareness of safe aromatherapy practices. Since men tend to take more risks than women (hey, hold my beer and watch this!), I have a vested interest in educating guys about safe practices with essential oils and providing them information on how they can incorporate aromatherapy into their lifestyles.
One concern guys may have about essential oils is ending up smelling like a bouquet of flowers. I hear ya, bro. In addition to providing safety information, I will recommend essential oils and blends that are more masculine in character.
Basic Safety Information
As I’ve mentioned in my other blog articles, essential oils are highly concentrated, and so diluting them before applying to your skin is a must. Diffusing them in the air is a safer route of administration. In this YouTube video, I demonstrate how to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil. The rule of thumb is for every 1/2-ounce (15 ml or 1 tablespoon) of carrier oil, you’ll want to add about 6 drops of essential oil. That’s all you need for general aromatherapy in topical application. For aerial diffusion, you can disperse essential oils in water, vodka or Everclear.
Airborne Essential Oils
With the huge variety of essential oils available, there are an infinite number of fragrances you can make. I’ll start with a list of masculine-smelling essential oils:
- Pine Scotch (aka Scots Pine)
- Fir needle
- Balsam Fir
- Clove bud
- Bay Laurel
- Black pepper
- Juniper Berry
This should be more than enough to choose from. Creating a good scent involves a lot of trial and error, so you’ll want to write down the combinations that you enjoy versus the ones that you don’t. Aromaweb has a more comprehensive listing of essential oils for men.
Here are a few blends that I find appealing:
- Cedarwood, Nutmeg & Bergamot
- Lemon, Lime & Pine Scotch
- Cedarwood & Spearmint
- Vetiver, Vanilla & Mandarin
- Bay Leaf, Tobacco & Black pepper
The question is, in what proportions should we blend these oils? The answer depends on the relative viscosity of each oil compared to the others in the blend. A fragrance will have three “notes”: top, middle, and base. The top notes are generally the lowest viscosity oils, and as such, evaporate first. The middle notes are higher viscosity and evaporate more slowly. Base notes are the highest viscosity and are the last to evaporate.
The website basenotes.net has an incredible directory of colognes and perfumes that you can replicate or at least come fairly close to.
You can start by filling a glass sprayer bottle half-full with vodka (plain) or Everclear. Then you’ll create your essential oil blend. The quantity of oils to add will depend on the size of your sprayer bottle. Starting with a 1-ounce bottle will be more than enough. Before you add your essential oil blend to the bottle, you’ll want to test it first by combining a few drops of each together on a cotton ball or q-tip or similar object. This will avoid wasting the essential oils that you spent your hard-earned money on.
The plain blue or amber glass sprayer bottles are less expensive than custom-designed fragrance bottles. If you don’t mind paying more, and you feel like being original, then by all means, purchase a cologne sprayer bottle. Here is a link to a vendor selling fragrance bottles on Amazon.
If you’re satisfied with the blend you created, the next step is to add the oils to your sprayer bottle. For a 1-ounce sprayer bottle, I would suggest a total of around 20 to 30 drops of essential oils per ounce of vodka or Everclear. Thirty drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol yields a strength of five percent. If you’re combining a total of 30 drops of three different essential oils, you could do a simple 10-10-10 ratio. However, it is more common to add 15 drops of the middle note, 10 drops of the top note and five drops of the base note. After you’ve added your essential oil blend, top off the bottle with alcohol.
I recommend you let your concoction sit for at least a week, in order to give the essential oils time to commingle in the alcohol. As with any fragrance, spray it onto your skin, not your clothing. This will allow the essential oils to combine with your unique body chemistry. And of course, if you experience any skin irritation, discontinue use. Be especially careful with “hot” essential oils such as clove bud, cinnamon, black pepper, etc.
If you have any blends you’ve created yourself, please feel free to share them in the comment form below. To get a copy of my *free* ebook “Essential Oils Easy,” visit www.boldaromatherapy.com and subscribe.