Essentials for Men

This post is for men and everyone who knows and loves them (so, for everyone!). Making personal colognes and beard balms is very simple but not something that many people think to do. The fragrance industry focuses on pleasing scents. What this post offers is a way to combine every man’s desire to present a pleasant, masculine aroma to all who come into his presence with his desire to optimize the condition of his skin and his overall health.

Some thoughts on plants and personal care:

Since humans first populated our planet Earth, plants have been the source for food, medicine, and aromatherapy. In fact, for most of human existence, these uses were considered intertwined. As we in modern times pursue a course of reintegrating plants into health and wellness in all areas of our lives, we find that essential oils and products infused with essential oils are both supportive of overall vitality goals and a great expression of personal style. This post is an introduction to the basics of making colognes and beard balms infused with essential oils. There are links to source sites with further links. You can also do Internet searches for other DIY sites, YouTube videos, recipes, and more. I have made the items listed in this post for my husband Johnny and for gifts and have found the process in both cases to be straightforward and not at all time-consuming (important for busy people). Everyone who has ever received the beard balm from me has raved about it.

If you know that you – or the man who will receive the DIY product you are making – have specific therapeutic needs or aromatic preferences, feel free to substitute the oils that will be most helpful. If you are unsure about proportions or which oils to use together, my favorite source sites are aromatools.com (and both the Modern Essentials book and the Emotions and Essential Oils book) and oillife.com (and The Essential Life book). Both the sites and the books are excellent resources for learning about the therapeutic qualities of each oil and blend and about the best oils to combine and in what proportions. As always, I recommend using only doTERRA essential oils to be assured of the highest levels of purity and potency in your end products.

Directions for DIY natural Colognes:
adapted from https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-essential-cologne

  1. Combine all essential oils in an empty 1/3 oz. roll-on vial (10 ml); add doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to fill remainder of bottle up to the shoulder.
  2. Replace roller insert, screw on cap, and shake well for about 30 seconds until combined (you only have to shake before the first use).
  3. Let mixture sit for 24 hours before use.
  4. Apply cologne to inside of wrists for best results.

Earthy Spice:

10 drops Clove essential oil
20 drops White Fir essential oil
40 drops Bergamot essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil

Spicy Pick-Me-Up:

36 drops Cinnamon essential oil
12 drops Cassia essential oil
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops Grapefruit essential oil

Fresh Cut Grass:

12 drops Basil essential oil
6 drops White Fir essential oil
13 drops Wild Orange essential oil
13 drops Bergamot essential oil
26 drops Citrus Bliss essential oil blend

Woodsy Black Licorice:

8 drops Fennel essential oil
8 drops Cypress essential oil
8 drops Wild Orange essential oil
32 drops Sandalwood essential oil
8 drops Lime essential oil
8 drops Wintergreen essential oil

Sweet Musk:

32 drops Lime essential oil
24 drops Fennel essential oil
16 drops Patchouli essential oil

Musky Cinnamon:

28 drops Cinnamon essential oil
12 drops Rosemary essential oil
12 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Directions for natural DIY Beard Balms:
adapted from https://beardoholic.com/how-to-make-beard-balm and https://www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-spring-2017-guys-guide-to-facial-pride

  1. Place shea butter, beeswax, fractionated coconut oil, and other desired ingredients besides essential oils into a stainless steel pot to be used for melting (can be hard to clean).
  2. Watch closely as the ingredients begin to melt and blend together. Stir occasionally and do not let them come to a boil. {{If the mixture reaches a boil, you will burn the mixture and eliminate the therapeutic properties of the ingredients}} As soon as the solution has become a liquid, remove it container from the heat.
  3. Add the essential oils. Let the liquid mixture rest for about 3 minutes to cool a little before adding the essential oils. Be sure to continue stirring well as you add your drops so that the balm will not solidify before you are finished adding the drops.
  4. Once all the essential oil drops have been added, immediately pour the balm into one or more storage tins and cover.
  5. Allow the balm to sit in the tins overnight to cool completely. For quicker setting time, place the tins in the refrigerator for a few hours. after the balm has completely solidified, it will be ready to apply to your face.

Other supplies:

  • small funnel
  • pipettes
  • eyedropper (be sure to use just the right amount of drops of each essential oil)
  • kitchen scale (for measuring the cocoa and shea butter accurately)
  • cooking vat for mixing the ingredients because they are extremely tough to clean. use this vat only for mixing your balm
    Tip: I bought a small stainless steel saucepan with a pour spout.
  • round aluminum tins for storing the balm (range is typically 1/4 oz. up to 8 oz.)
  • stainless steel bowl and metal spoon for mixing

Tried and True Beard Balm:
These quantities can be multiplied for a larger batch. There are 6 teaspoons in one fluid ounce.

2 teaspoons Beeswax
1 teaspoon Shea Butter
3 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon Vitamin E oil
2 drops Cedarwood oil
2 drops Melaleuca oil
2 drops Rosemary oil

Your skin is your largest organ and a critical part of your protective and detox systems. Anything you can do to keep your skin (including scalp and the face and throat areas underneath your beard) clean and hydrated and your pores open will help your entire body operate more efficiently and effectively. Essential oils can support this goal and can offer a bonus of surrounding you with fresh, appealing aromas. If you have questions about these recipes or how to get best quality essential oils and other natural solutions into your home, please comment.

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