At first, we were just going to use this post to share one of our favorite essential oil recipes for men, the Black Forest Solid Cologne. Then we decided to share a beard oil recipe, too. Then we remembered, we have a great DIY tattoo oil recipe and including that here felt like a natural next step (Prepare to feel quite dapper, sir). Then we realized we’d collected three recipes that would help you look and smell great for a night out . . . and thought we’d also share a few to help you recover afterward. So you’ll also find a natural DIY digestion oil and a blend for hangover relief.

Before we dive in, we want to note: These men’s grooming products are formulated with all-natural ingredients—organic carrier oils, and organic, organically grown, or wildcrafted essential oils. Essential oils are great choices because they support your health as you use them. They’re in a whole different class than synthetic products, which can stir up allergies or cause irritation. We chose the essential oils in these DIY products based on our experience of what men tend to choose for themselves: scents that are woodsy, foresty, earthy, and citrusy.

DIY Essential Oil Recipes for Men

1. Black Forest Solid Cologne

This is a recipe for DIY cologne that never spills a drop. We like that because natural colognes usually need to be applied more often than synthetic ones, so it helps to keep it with you. That’s no problem with a solid cologne. You can tuck this slim, small, portable tin into a pocket or bag and carry it with you to spruce up throughout the night. This particular DIY cologne is made with a blend of essential oils that give it a rich, nuanced aroma—piney conifer scents layered over deep, earthy tones. There’s even a hint of citrus in there.

2. Burly Beard Oil

We know your beard is your pride and joy. Keep it groomed and soft with a beard oil recipe that won’t overwhelm you with synthetic fragrances. After washing your beard with a natural soap or beard wash, apply this DIY beard oil to condition, moisturize, and style. You can use a thin layer as a leave-in conditioner, or apply a heavier layer for deep conditioning before washing it out. Be sure not to ignore the skin beneath your beard, too. The essential oils add just a touch of woodsy, conifer scent.

3. DIY Tattoo Oil

You do apply natural skin care to your tattoos, right? It’s important to use natural skin care for your tattoos—not only in the beginning when they’re fresh, and you need to soothe irritated skin and reduce the risks of infection—but also as they age. Caring for your skin helps your tattoos stay sharp and vibrant. So we formulated this DIY tattoo oil with essential oils that get rid of germs and help skin cells rejuvenate. It’s made in a base of moringa oil and red raspberry seed oil. These two carriers are light, silky oils that absorb into the skin quickly, so they won’t leave your skin greasy. They’re also rich with vitamins and essential fatty acids.

4. Belly Digestive Oil

Going out for a good time often involves eating. Sometimes a lot of eating . . . which means your “good time” might also involve undoing your belt a notch or two (or even some indigestion). It’s not especially fun to feel like you need to recover after a meal. The essential oils in this DIY digestive blend are popular for calming those feelings of bloat, belly tension, spasms, and even nausea.

5. Lucky Charm Hangover Oil

You had a great time last night, didn’t you? That’s great! We hope that the previous four products helped you look and feel your best while you partied on. Now how do you calm that hangover that’s trying to punish you for all of your fun? Use this blend of essential oils that we love turning to for headaches and detoxifying. It calms inflammation, reduces muscle spasms, releases tension, encourages circulation, and cools heat.

A Few More Recipes to Try

You can customize each product to your liking, and you can even customize the blends you include in your collection.

When you’re deciding to make your own men’s grooming products, consider what’s going to get the most use. Start there . . . then get creative and expand your collection as needed.

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August 10, 2020 — Karen Williams