Aromatherapy Practices for Men
Although men can and should be able to enjoy all the aromatherapy practices that women enjoy, below is a list of the aromatherapy practices that men tend to favor the most.
Ready-Made Aromatherapy Products
Large and small crafters of ready-made aromatherapy products sell product lines created especially for men. Read AromaWeb's What to Look for When Shopping for Aromatherapy Products for general guidelines in purchasing aromatherapy products. It's a gender-neutral article, but the same principals apply for aromatherapy products tailored for men.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy aromatherapy is to diffuse essential oils. Read the Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffusers article for more info.
Air Fresheners/Room Sprays
Room sprays are a quick way to disperse essential oils. They are easy to make, and are practical at times when you are traveling or at other times when diffusion isn't possible. You can make your own by using AromaWeb's Air Freshener recipe.
Colognes and After-Shaves
Colognes and after shaves made with essential oils not only can leave you smelling good, the right choice of oils can also help improve your skin and give you an emotional boost. Refer to the Essential Oil Profile area and review the properties for each oil for further details. Try AromaWeb's Men's Cologne Recipe that is fragranced only with essential oils.
Bathing isn't just for women. Read AromaWeb's gender-neutral article on aromatic baths.
If you're more of a shower guy, you can still enjoy essential oils in the shower. Sprinkle 1-2 drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and set the cotton ball on a ledge in your shower. The oils will disperse into the steam-filled air. Essential oils are highly concentrated. Make sure that you do not saturate the cottonball and do not allow the essential oil to come into direct contact with fragile surfaces. Also be sure that the essential oils never come into direct contact with your skin. Immediately discard the cottonball after you are done with your shower.
Who doesn't love a good massage? Read AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Massage for details on how to enjoy aromatherapy massages and to find a wonderful aromatherapy massage oil recipe.
By its nature, incense tends to have a very rich, masculine, earthy aroma that appeals to men. Most of the incense available, however, is not all natural and can even contain toxins. Read AromaWeb's Incense and Aromatherapy article for more information and to learn how to make your own natural incense.
Learn what you need to know to purchase authentic aromatherapy candles in AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Candles article. Quick tip: Beeswax candles are a good choice for men who don't like highly aromatic candles or who prefer to burn candles while using other aromatics. Find 100% beeswax candles. They are all natural, burn for a long time, have a soft, honey-like aroma, and are available with their natural golden hue or in white (white beeswax is bleached).