Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 18th this year and I am here to help you create the perfect gift. Not many men are into pampering themselves, or “think they like” many of the scents of essential oils, florals for example. I am here to tell you that there are so many essential oils that your man will appreciate, and many gift ideas using them that he will love.
When it comes to essential oils, you will not be hard-pressed to find one, two, or twenty that you adore. Men will be no different, but up until now have only likely been smelling the ones that you like. So let’s take a look at some of the options for him:
*Add citrus oils in small amounts to a cologne or signature scent to soften a synergy.
*Conifers are a favorite of many men, much like the majestic cedarwood tree, these essential oils impart powerful grounding and balancing properties to the user.
*Herbaceous aromas add masculinity to any synergy. Small amounts will do the trick.
*Fixatives are especially important in cologne, or massage oil. Remember essential oils are extremely volatile, meaning they evaporate quickly. Fixatives will slow down the rate of evaporation.
*Spicy scents are a must for most men. I have not met a man that did not like the aroma if cinnamon, just be sure to dilute responsibly.
So now that I have covered some of the options for scents a man will love, now for the fun part. Here are three ideas that can you make at home, a gift that he is sure to appreciate.
Sugar scrub for hard working hands (approximately a .5% dilution)
Olive oil 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 1/2 cups
Raw honey (softened) 2 tbsp
Western Australian sandalwood Santalum spicatum 10 drops
Copaiba balsam Copaifera officinalis 7 drops
Place the sugar into a bowl and add the olive oil and honey. Mix well. The consistency will be similar to wet sand. Mix in your essential oils. The dilution is low as a little will go a long way with these chosen oils (both fixatives). This scrub will help to remove stubborn grease and dirt after a hard working day and leave them well moisturized.
Men’s Cologne (2% dilution)
Cedarwood Texas Juniperus mexicana 10 drops
Sandalwood Australian Santalum album 6 drops
Black Pepper Piper nigrum 4 drops
Bergamot (furocoumarin/bergapten free) Citrus bergamia 4 drops
Place 6 drops of your master blend in a 10ml roller bottle and top of with Jojoba Carrier Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil (If you prefer, you can replace the carrier oil with a high proof alcohol such as vodka). This master blend will make 4-10ml rollerballs at a 2% dilution.
Scalp Replenish Massage Oil (1% dilution)
Massage this oil using circular movements into scalp and let sit for 15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. Store remaining mixture in a glass container.
After the Shave (approximately a 1% dilution)
Grapeseed Carrier Oil ½ cup
Meadowfoam Carrier Oil 2 tbsp
Glycerin (optional-for extremely dry skin) 1 tbsp
Laurel leaf Laurus nobilis 10 drops
Lime Steam Distilled Citrus x aurantifolia (not-phototoxic) 15 drops
Vanilla CO2 5 drops
*Meadowfoam oil is thick but not at all greasy, has a stable shelf life and is protective and rejuvenating to the skin.
These are just a few ideas for dad. You can swap out any of the oils I suggested and try making a synergy of your own. The possibilities are endless for the man in your life, he will love essential oils just as much as you do in no time!
Happy Father’s Day!
Leslie Moldenauer, CHNC, HHP, Certified Aromatherapist, has been studying natural living and holistic wellness for over 10 years. Leslie is a trusted resource that covers essential oil safety and encompasses all that natural living has to offer. She is passionate about providing education and tools to help others make decisions regarding safety above all things when utilizing aromatherapy in the home.