Men's Cologne Recipe
This recipe makes a refreshing, masculine cologne for men. For an alternative recipe, see AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Blending Guide.
- 3.5 fl. oz. Distilled Water
- 15 drops Mandarin
- 15 drops Patchouli
- 3 drops Bay Laurel
- 3 drops Black Pepper or Ginger
- 2-3 drops Vetiver
- 1-2 drops Neroli (optional)
- Solubilizer such as Polysorbate 20 or Solubol. (For the solubilizer that you choose, follow the usage guidelines provided by your vendor or the manufacturer.)
- Add water to a clean, sterile 4 oz. glass bottle. It is preferable if the bottle has a sprayer top.
- Combine the essential oils with the solubilizer following the usage instructions provided by the vendor/manufacturer. Then, add to the bottle that contains the water.
- Shake well. Allow the cologne to rest for several days, shaking the bottle 1-2 times a day. This will allow the oils to blend and mellow out prior to first use.
- Experiment by changing the essential oils that you include in this flexible recipe. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines and check the contraindications for each essential oil prior to using them in your recipes. Refer to AromaWeb's Aromatic Blending Guide for ideas on how to create the perfect cologne fragrance for yourself.
Shake the cologne well prior to each use and apply as you would other colognes. Play it safe and for a few days after the cologne is ready for use, only apply it to a small area inside your forearm. This is similar to a skin patch test and helps ensure that you don't have an irritation to any of the oils. It is important that you properly use a solubilizer otherwise, the essential oils will not remain evenly distributed each time you spray, and you risk having applications where too high of an essential oil concentration disperses onto your skin.
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. 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. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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 and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.