Image Name 11 Essential Oil Cologne Recipes

11 Essential Oil Cologne Recipes

The fragrance industry has been around for centuries and profits greatly from people’s need to smell their best. Unfortunately, even some of your favorite scents most likely use synthetic ingredients to finish off their signature scents. For some, this creates sensitivity issues and may even aggravate allergies. Because of this, many people have turned to natural alternatives made with essential oils to provide not only a great smell but also to reap the many benefits of oil aromatherapy.

The following essential oil cologne recipes are a great choice for men who want or need, a more natural choice. These blends also smell great when diffused in a room, and they are generally very unisex in their fragrance to make them a good option for just about anyone. Read on to see how you can quickly make up your own colognes with a few easy to find ingredients.

Why Make Your Own Essential Oil Perfumes?

As mentioned above, if you are sensitive to certain scents or synthetics, then you want to know exactly what is included in an ingredient list prior to use. By making your own you can dictate what is being used to ensure you won’t have any adverse reactions.

Making your own perfumes also allows you to take full advantage of the many benefits essential oils have. Both the application to your skin as well as the scent you breathe in can work in many ways to provide help with focus, attention, wakefulness, calming, and even healing.

Are All Homemade Colognes Made With Essential Oils?

Not all homemade colognes are made with essential oils. You can easily purchase synthetic fragrances to use in your own DIY recipes and just because a label says homemade doesn’t mean it is automatically all natural, organic, vegan, or gluten free. What is wonderful about making your own fragrances is that you have full control over the ingredients and can make is ‘as free’ from certain substances as you want.

The following recipes we have included below are all natural and do use all natural essential oils to create fragrance blends. You can, of course, leave out a certain scent or substitute it if you wish.

Some Things You Might Need

Before getting started you might want to have a few things handy, such as a funnel to avoid spilling or wasting your ingredients and a dark glass roller bottle or spray bottle. Essential oils should be stored in dark glass because many are photosensitive and can break down in sunlight. If you do use a clear glass simply store it away from any bright light.

Most of these oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil of your choice. Most popular is fractionated coconut oil as it provides the lightweight feel that many prefer. Plus it does not have any strong scent associated with it that would overwhelm your essential oils.

Earthy Spice

Earthy Spice Recipe Images

The earthy tones of fir and bergamot blend with a spicy clove to create a scent you won’t be able to get enough of. Lemon lightens the mix a little to create a sweet undertone and uplifting, focused and energizing feeling. Firs, clove, and bergamot are also great for their anti-inflammatory properties that help aid in clear breathing.

Ingredient List:

10 drops Clove oil
20 drops Fir oil
40 drops Bergamot oil
5 drops Lemon oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil


  1. In a 10 ml bottle combine all the oils
  2. Top off with fractionated coconut oil
  3. Shake to mix and allow to stand for 24 hours before use

Romantically Wistful

Romantically Wistful Recipe Images

Want a scent that brings to mind romance but isn’t too floral for a unisex option? Rose oil is tempered by the citrus notes of both lime and vivitar, as well as strong woodsy undertones often compared to fresh cut grass. These ingredients are excellent for relieving stress and also are strong anti inflammations.

Ingredient List:

Rose Essential Oil
Lime Essential Oil
Vetiver Essential Oil
Fractionated coconut oil


  1. Mix equal parts of each oil in container of your choice
  2. Add appropriate amount of fractionated coconut oil (~ 10 ml per 40 drops of oil)

The Perfect Perfume Recipe

The Perfect Perfume Recipe Images

Want to create a perfume that applies like those in a fancy department store? This recipe requires you to choose your own scents, but allows you to make a solution that will easily apply with the use of a spray bottle due to the addition of isopropyl alcohol, which denatures the oils and allows them to blend together without separation.

Ingredient List:

2 tbsps carrier oil
6 tbsps isopropyl alcohol
2.5 tbsps distilled water
30 drops essential oils (9 drops top notes, 15 drops middle notes, 6 drops base notes)


  1. Pour carrier oil into a dark glass bottle bottles.
  2. Add your base, middle, and top notes.
  3. Add alcohol.
  4. Secure lid, and let sit for 48 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger the scent. (You can leave it for up to 6 weeks.)
  5. Add the water and shake
  6. Filter the mixture through the funnel to transfer to a spray bottle for application

Essential Oils Perfume Blends

Essential Oils Perfume Blends Recipe Images

These fresh scents are an excellent unisex option that provides warm, woodsy tones and rich, deep lavender to provide a calming experience. These oils are often used for mental clarity and healing and when used together can help you relax and stay focused. Apply through the day to help stay on task and let the stress melt away.

Ingredient List:

8 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Lavender
1 drop Cedarwood
2 Tablespoons Carrier Oil


  1. Mix into a roller bottle
  2. Allow to sit for 24 hours before use
  3. Shake before each use
  4. Apply as needed

DIY Customizable Perfume Oil Recipe

DIY Customizable Perfume Oil Recipe Images

When you want to customize your own blend and simply need the amounts of each to ensure a good application, this is the perfect recipe. Mix and match your oils, choose a single scent favorite, or create e signature scent of your own- the sky’s the limit with this simple ratio recipe.

Ingredient List:

3 Tablespoons carrier oil
20 drops of essential oils or oil blend


  1. Mix ingredients into a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and allow to sit for 24 hours
  3. Apply as needed

Outdoorsy Cologne

Outdoorsy Cologne Recipe Images

When you combine some of the richest scents found in the outdoors, you smell like a million bucks. Take green, rich basil and spicy, warm spruce mixed with earthy, sweet helichrysum and you have a powerful mix indeed. Not only does it smell like a breath from the mountains, it also has mental and physical healing properties and works to clear your mind and provide focus.

Ingredient List:

8 drops Basil essential oil
8 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil
4 drops Helichrysum essential oil
3 Tablespoons Carrier


  1. Mix ingredients together in a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and let sit for 24 hours
  3. Shake and apply

Homemade Men’s Cologne

Homemade Men’s Cologne Recipe Images

Formulated specifically as a masculine blend, these oils are rich and earthy, providing a grounding experience that allows you to focus and take seriously the task at hand. This recipe is made specifically for spraying and works well as cologne as well as a room spray. Cedarwood is also considered an antifungal and insecticide, make your space even more fresh and clean when used.

Ingredient List:

5 drops cedarwood essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops sandalwood essential oil
8 ounces isopropyl alcohol


  1. Mix ingredients into a spray bottle
  2. Shake vigorously
  3. Allow to set for 48 hours
  4. Spray as needed

Confidence Cologne

Confidence Cologne Recipe Images

Spicy, nutty, woody, and sweet describes this blend to create a truly unique scent that will have people leaning in for more. These oils provide mental clarification and have strong cleansing properties, plus they are said to be sedative in nature to create a relaxing atmosphere. They also can repel insects, allowing you to attract only what you wish to!

Ingredient List:

10 drops Cardamom essential oil
3 drops Vetiver essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
3 Tablespoons Carrier oil


  1. Mix ingredients together in a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and let sit for 24 hours
  3. Shake and apply

Man of the Woods

Man of the Woods Recipes Image

Smell like you just walked out of a forest, crushing heady, spicy scents beneath your hiking boots. The rich, warm evergreens mixed with earthy, sweet cedarwood is the perfect scent for anyone who loves the outdoors. To make a room spray out of this, simply replace the carrier oil with isopropyl alcohol and mix into a spray bottle.

Ingredient List:

5 drops fir essential oil
3 drops pine essential oil
5 drops juniper berry essential oil
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
3 Tablespoons carrier oil


  1. Mix ingredients together in a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and let sit for 24 hours
  3. Shake and apply

Spiritually Aware Cologne

Spiritually Aware Cologne Recipes Image

Citrus, woodsy, earthy warm tones define this simple mix for a refreshingly deep scent. Uplifting and used for mental clarity and focus, this cologne is perfect for a long day at work followed by a late night out. The oils also work well on their own for diffusion or as a room spray.

Ingredient List:

10 drops Hinoki essential oil
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
3 Tablespoons Carrier oil


  1. Mix ingredients together in a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and let sit for 24 hours
  3. Shake and apply

Essential Oil Cologne for Men

Essential Oil Cologne for Men Recipe Image

So much goodness is going on with this blend. Bright lime and sweet orange combined with spicy bay and hot clove to create a scent that is wholly unique. These are tradiction ingredients often simmered together to cleanse the air all while creating a warm, inviting scent. These oils also work together to create a mindful experience that is tempting and exotic.

Ingredient List:

10 drops bay essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil
3 drops clove bud essential oil
4 Tablespoons carrier


  1. Mix ingredients together in a roller or dropper bottle
  2. Shake and let sit for 24 hours
  3. Shake and apply

The Most Popular Oils for Men

If you aren’t sure which oils create a more masculine scent for your cologne recipes, take a look at the following list. These are more woodsy, earthy tones with citrus or fresh scents. Don’t rule out undertones of rich florals however. When combined with deeper, warmer tones they combine to make uniquely masculine fragrances.

Bottles of pine essential oil on wooden table

Branch of conifers junipers, wooden spoon ful of blue berries and little bottle of fresh oil for aromatherapy on white background.

Small bottle of euphorbia cyparissias, the cypress spurge extract

Basil essential oil

Graceful Hinoki cypress - Latin name - Chamaecyparis obtusa Gracils

essential oil and camomile flowers in mortar

Composition with essential oils on wooden background

Fresh lemon with lemon essential oil on a color background.

bottles with Essential Oil of orange peel and leaf on wooden table.

oil of ginger in a small glass bottle macro and root on the table, horizontal

A bottle of essential oil with frankincense resin on the wooden table

A glass bottle of coriander oil on yellow napkin. Free space for a text

Nutmeg seeds on a wooden bowl

fir aromatic oil in a glass bottle on the background of young branches. macro horizontal
Black Spruce

Cinnamon Bark Aroma Oil
Cinnamon Bark

Fresh marjoram,Marjoram background, sprig of marjoram

A bottle of essential oil with cedar wood chips and copy spacea

Needles of a blue spruce close
Idaho Blue Spruce

Black pepper, old wooden background, selective focus
Black Pepper

Aromatic spa concept of bergamot fruits and bottles essential oil in basket on zen basalt black stones with dew, closeup

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) needles in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest of Wisconsin.
Balsam Fir

Copaiba Tree


Fresh helichrysum twig and oil on a wooden background




Why waste your money on a premade scent that may not even be around in 10 years when you can customize your own unique blend. These recipes are excellent choices for a more masculine appeal, but also can be altered and used to add a feminine flair if desired.

Take advantage of their excellent aromatherapeutic qualities as well when you wear them, or feel free to turn them into a room spray. Be sure to use pure oils, and if they are new to you always check for possible skin sensitivities despite the majority of them considered very gentle for topical applications, especially when placed in a carrier. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know below. And, as always, please share!

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