If you want to make your man smell nice, here's a list of essential oils for men. There's also a great guide on how to use them to make blends, perfumes and more. He'll love you for it. #essentialoilsGuess what…essential oils aren’t only for girls!

But you probably already knew that 🙂 ANYONE can enjoy using them including your men folk.

And while the emotional and health benefits are great, sometimes it is all about the smell.

You might be lucky enough to have a man that embraces essential oils. But if you are like many of us, they may take some convincing.

Lots of men think essential oils are for ‘girls’ which is a real shame. Using the right oils and blends, they can smell manly, with no need for artificial colognes. Plus, another advantage is they (and you) can enjoy all the wonderful benefits of the oils.

So, if you have a man you’d like to get using essential oils to smell great, this article is for you. It includes a list of masculine essential oils to get him hooked plus some ‘man’tastic oil blends.


Masculine Essential Oils – What Do Men Like?

Like women, men have strong biases when it comes smell preferences. And while many aren’t interested in ‘perfuming’ themselves, most like to smell nice and not be a stinky turn off.

But what they prefer for themselves is often very different to what they like to smell on women. Men don’t want to smell like flowers and prefer scents that are musky, earthy, spicy, and woody. While floral aromas can be included in blends for men, they are usually toned down by other oils.

Here is a list of some of the more popular essential oils for men.  There is also a description about the scent to help you in selecting the ones you think will be most appealing.

Basil – sweet and spicy.
Bergamot – fresh, citrus, refreshing and slightly spicy.
Black Pepper – pungent, spicy, warm and herbaceous.
Cedarwood – similar to camphor with rich, woody, balsamic undertone.
Cinnamon – sweet, spicy-hot.
Clary Sage – earthy, herbaceous and slightly floral.
Clove Bud – sweet, spicy, strong and hot.
Cypress – fresh, woody and pine like with a smokiness.
Fir – fresh, softly balsamic, invigorating and forest like.
Frankincense – soft and balsamic.
Ginger – peppery, sharp, pungent and warm.
Grapefruit – sweet, tangy, citrus.
Juniper Berry – pungent, herbaceous, peppery, pine like.
Lavender – sweet, floral, herbal with balsamic undertones.
Lemon – clean, sharp citrus.
Lemongrass – rose and lemony, herbal and slightly bitter.
Lime – fresh, sweet, slightly tart citrus.
Mandarin – very sweet, fruity, citrus.
Melissa – sweet, soft and lemony.
Myrrh – warm, spicy and bitter with smoky, musky undertones.
Nutmeg – rich, spicy, sweet and woody.
Oakmoss – rich, earthy and woody.
Orange – sweet, lively, citrus.
Patchouli – heavy, earthy, musty and penetrating.
Peppermint – minty fresh and slightly camphor like.
Petitgrain – fresh, sweet, subtle woody undertones.
Pine – fresh, pungent smell.
Rosemary – herbaceous, woody, sharp and camphor like.
Sandalwood – soft, warm, woody and balsamic.
Spearmint – minty, slightly fruity.
Vanilla* – sweet and honey like.
Vetiver – heavy, bitter and very earthy.

* Vanilla is not an essential oil and comes as an absolute or extract.


How To Make a Male Perfume

Now you know what scents to experiment with, the fun begins. There are many ways you can use these oils to give a manly scent. But one of the best ways to get your man smelling nice is to make up a ‘manly perfume’ or cologne.

I’ve written a guide on how to make perfume with essential oils.  It gives a good overview of perfume notes.  When it comes to combining essential oils, you need to get a ‘balance’ between notes to ensure the final result smells good.

Each of the masculine essential oils listed above is categorized by note below.

  • Base Notes – cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, oakmoss, patchouli, myrrh
  • Middle Notes – black pepper, ginger, pine, rosemary, juniper berry, clove bud, cinnamon, nutmeg, clary sage, fir, cypress
  • Top Notes – basil, bergamot, coriander, grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon, lime, mandarin, melissa, orange, peppermint, spearmint, lavender, petitgrain


Essential oils for men and their notes. This will help when creating male perfumes and essential oil blends that smell great. Click for recipes and more information. #essentialoils