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Essential Oils for Men

Patchouli, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Bay, Cypress, Ginger, Black Pepper, Vanilla, Vetiver, and the citrus oils are oils that tend to be preferred by men.

Below is an expanded list of essential oils that are generally considered favorites amongst men. This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list, and we each, regardless of gender, have our own unique preferences.

This list does not include any of the floral essential oils, but many men do enjoy the aroma and therapeutic benefits of some of the florals, particularly lavender, neroli and jasmine. When blended with other essential oils, floral essential oils can be toned down and can be a wonderful addition to a blend.

This list was prepared in response to inquiries I've had from men new to working with essential oils. They wanted such a list to use as a starting point. By including this list on AromaWeb, I'm not trying to be stereotypical, and I'm certainly not trying to say that men should only use the essential oils listed here. Not at all!

Essential Oils Typically Preferred by Men

Earthy / Spicy / Sporty/Woody / Masculine Essential Oils and Absolutes

Further Reading About Aromatherapy for Men

Aromatherapy for Men
Introductory aromatherapy and essential information for men.

Aromatherapy Practices for Men
Read about the aromatherapy practices that men tend to use and enjoy most.

Aromatherapy Tips for Formulating Masculine/Earthy Blends
Borrowed from AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Blending Guide, this article offers a quick introduction to creating masculine aromatherapy and essential oils blends. Includes suggestions for oil substitutions.

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Important Information About the Profiles

The essential oil information provided on AromaWeb is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Essential Oil Book Suggestions

Click on a book's title to view details and read a full review for the book. Visit AromaWeb's Books area to find details about many other essential oil and aromatherapy books.

Essential Oil Safety

Own Safety Profiles for 400 Essential Oils and 206 Constituents:
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
Authors: Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Author: Valerie Ann Worwood

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness
Author: Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

The Heart of Aromatherapy

The Heart of Aromatherapy
Author: Andrea Butje

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