Hello again my manly users of all things oils and chemical free living. Those of you who have read some of my recent posts will probably have noticed a couple of things about my daily life. The first obviously is that I use essential oils for manly purposes such as on my feet after a hard game of extreme amateur indoor soccer and for cleaning the BBQ. The second, more subtle piece of information is that I get a lot of inspiration for my musings from my darling wife. Her use of the oil diffuser, rarely with manly essential oil scent, is something that has be seen to be believed.
Usually they are pretty good I must say but yesterday was the day I called a hard pass – the house smelled like the Country Women’s Association had put on their best perfume and set up camp in my kitchen – nothing against the CWA I promise but you can see my point. “Just once!” I stated, feeling my testosterone levels rise inside me – albeit temporarily, “I would like to come home to a man smell… Just once.” Yes, I used the term man-smell… and yes the response I got was too inappropriate for this G rated medium. However, I was then told if I could find them, I could use them… I found 10! 10 Manly essential oil scent recipes for the diffuser.
1 – Root Beer Float
I have started with a manly trip back down memory lane.
5 drops Stressaway
3 drop Panaway
Smells just like a root beer float – although the wife thought it was more like a Coca-Cola spider (you know… Coca-Cola and vanilla Ice-cream). Either way, works for me!
2 – Chocolate Biscuit
This one sells itself as a stress reliever and mood calmer. To me it makes the man-list due to its chocolate biscuit smell.
4 drops Orange
4 drop Peppermint
I can’t quite put my finger on which type of biscuit it smells like (mint or jaffa slice I guess) but the mixture of orange and peppermint is favourite when wrapped in chocolate.
3 – Man Cave
The man cave – a place where men can be men – beer fridge, pool table, television tuned to the sports channels only – maybe a few trophies and fishing photos on the wall. My dad’s had a massive model train set in it… You get the drift…
3 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
2 drops Cyprus
2 drops Wintergreen
Imagine you are playing pool inside a wood cabin on the middle of a forest? This’ll do it! If I may be so bold as to suggest dialing down the testosterone levels a little with some gentle forest sounds over the sound system then the picture is complete!
4 – Gone Camping
In the same spirit as the man cave recipe, just a little softer and fresher.
3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
1 drop Cedarwood
I tried this one as well… smells like that first whiff of fresh air in the morning as you crawl out of the tent (or cabin). Break the smell with that of fresh coffee and boom, just like you are there!
5 – Spiced Cider
This is a great manly one for those cold winter nights. .
5 drops Ginger
4 drops Orange
1 drop Cinnamon Bark
I detected a hint of spiced rum with this one also. Ginger is also very beneficial as a calming agent and for the libido – perfect for a cold night in front of the fire.
6 – Stuffed Roast
What sort of man-page would this be without at least one meat reference. Sadly, there are no meat based essential oils but I have found a recipe that might go well with a few Sunday afternoon beverages in front of the football.
6 drops Rosemary
4 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Thyme
1 drop Black Pepper
The mind is a funny thing… put this into the diffuser and I swear you can smell the chicken also. Of course not as good as having an actual roast/baked dinner in the oven but hey… The football is on.
7 – Man Smell
In the interests of chemical free colognes etc., try this one in the diffuser for a real manly smell when she (or he) arrives for that special home cooked meal you have been bragging about.
4 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
4 drops Orange
1 drop Frankincense
Gives off a real manly smell indeed – you may want to play with the mixtures here depending on how much citrus you would like in the mix. And as a little extra bonus – Mix 1.5 teaspoons of 100% proof white rum or distilled water to the above mix (with 8 drops of each and 2 of Frankincense) in a roller bottle for a chemical free cologne that will allow you to take the man smell with you!
8 – Man Cold
Ahhh, the dreaded man-cold. Single handedly the worst disease known to man – ladies, you just don’t understand!. This might help ease some of the symptoms.
3 drops Valor
2 drops R.C.
2 drops Lavender
Designed to soothe the nose and help clear the breathing. Not a cure obviously but when we are that sick… Every little bit helps!
9. Odor Eater
I’ll admit it, there are times when we of the masculine persuasion may not smell as good as we, err, could. Some are natural smells from being outside working, playing sport, drinking, fishing or just that wonderful ‘old man smell’ – you known the one. Others are introduced aromas such as fish, BBQ or those shoes that really should be thrown out. Regardless, put this in the diffuser and you are golden!
3 drops Lemongrass
3 drops Orange
* Lemon, Lime and/or Grapefruit will also work well here
Eventually the citrus should override anything else you have produced smell-wise to buy you enough time to finish whatever it is you are doing, get it cleaned up and, for goodness’ sake, have a shower!
10 – Ahem….
Looking for a little special one on one time with that significant other…
2 drops Clary Sage
3 drops Sensation
2 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
This is a bit more feminine smelling than the others but in this case, it is hopefully worth it. At the very least, she will appreciate a break from all the man-scents you have been throwing out there lately!
So, there you have it. My advice, try a few of them and find one that is equally suitable to both of you – unless hidden away in the man-cave of course. That way you both won’t have to rush home at the speed of light to be first to the diffuser – it does happen you known!
Oh, and by the way, Nic’s CWA concoction was actually just one simple essential oil blend called Joy ( a combination of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa and Rose).
Apparently the smell is ‘pretty’.
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My name is Paul and I live on the east coast of Australia with my wife and six year old son. I also have 19 and 23 year old daughters. I am an ex government and bank worker who took a bit of a sea change and opened my own business by the beach with my amazing wife. If you can do it, try it. You will never look back. You want to know more about me, read my About Me page