How to Make Cologne with Essential Oils

How to Make Cologne with Essential Oils

How to make cologne with essential oils that will last longer, including 8 DIY cologne recipes using the best essential oils for men. 

Show me a man who doesn’t want to smell great. And what woman doesn’t appreciate a good-smelling man? It’s in our nature or our nose, for that matter, to be drawn to what smells good. Fresh ground coffee at the corner coffee shop, blooming peonies, lilacs, lavender, and wisteria, or just from the oven cookies. Who can resist their scents? 

We can say the opposite for a smell that makes us cringe or turn away. I don’t know about you, but I can’t count how many times I’ve turned up my nose to a  cologne that wasn’t pleasant. 

If you can relate, you’ll be happy to learn you can craft an attractive cologne that won’t turn up noses because essential oils aren’t just for women! 

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In order to make a cologne with essential oils that is incredibly appealing and lasts longer, there are three key things to not overlook!

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Can you use essential oils as cologne?

Many men value having a cologne they can trust that will make them smell great with only a spritz. So, I can understand that many will want to know if essential oils can be just as reliable as cologne.  When you take into account that most fragrance oils are created from fractional distillation of essential oils or synthetic chemical mimics. In contrast, essential oils are steam distilled to extract the entire scent complex compound; you can rest assure essential oils can be used as a cologne. 

However, in order to make a cologne with essential oils that is incredibly appealing and lasts longer, there are three key things not to overlook!

The first being perfume notes. You see, while one could simply use a single strong-smelling essential oil such as sandalwood as cologne, a cologne well structured with a top, middle, and base note will last longer and ultimately be more appealing to the senses. 

Read more about how this works in our essential oil perfume article and get free printable perfume notes chart in the Oily Chic Library.

The second is that certain essential oil scents are favored by men and can create a masculine homemade cologne. 

What essential oils are good for cologne?

What essential oils are good for cologne?

Some guys think essential oils are only for women. This list of essential oils for men is a great place to begin to share all that essential oils have to offer for men! Because there are more to essential oils than flowery rose and lavender scents. 

Use this list of 50 in total with the resources above and the cologne recipe base below to create your own essential oil blends for cologne. 

It all comes down to what essential oils are good for cologne and personal preference. So, get the man in your life involved by setting up a tray of essential oils to smell and a jar of coffee beans in between scents to find the perfect balance of notes for him.


  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Cypress
  • Camphor
  • Cardamom
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Copaiba
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Elemi
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Goldenrod
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Idaho Blue Spruce
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Palo Santo
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Spearmint
  • Tangerine
  • Thyme
  • Valerian
  • Valor
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang Ylang

The third part is understanding that some essential oils will not blend well with others. Resulting in a cologne not pleasing to anyone’s nose. This is why we should compare our essential oil choices for a cologne with aroma categories. Anyone can create an essential oil blend cologne that hits all the right notes by matching essential oils for men around a blending wheel of aroma categories

Examples of Essential Oil Aroma Categories: 

You can print a blending wheel from the Oily Chic Library as well for quick reference for what pairs well together.  

Citrus Aromas: bergamot, orange, lime, and lemongrass

Herbal Aromas: fennel, spearmint, camphor, and clary sage

Resin Aromas: frankincense, balsam fir needle, and myrrh

Spice Aromas: clove, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom

Woodland Aromas: cedarwood, juniper, eucalyptus, cypress, and pine 

Floral Aromas: roman chamomile and neroli 

Exotic Aromas: ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and vetiver

With these three key components, there’s no need to settle for synthetic cologne. Instead, you can make a much better, longer-lasting cologne with essential oils for men. 

Herbal, woodsy, spicy, or exotic, there’s a unique, essential oil cologne waiting for him! We’ve carefully crafted 8 cologne recipes with essential oils that will keep him smelling amazing. You’ll find energizing, warm and cozy, familiar, and adventurous blends of essential oils to create a DIY cologne spray.

We’ve carefully crafted 8 cologne recipes with essential oils that will keep him smelling amazing.

8 DIY Cologne Recipes for Men


10 drops juniper

5 drops cypress

10 drops peppermint

5 drops pine


10 drops fennel

5 drops bergamot

5 drops cedarwood


10 drops lime

5 drops roman chamomile

15 drops sandalwood


10 drops clove

10 drops juniper

5 drops rosemary

5 drops lemon verbena


15 drops wintergreen

10 drops orange

5 drops blue spruce


5 drops nutmeg

5 drops fennel

10 drops orange

5 drops cedarwood 


10 drops sandalwood

5 drops black pepper

5 drops myrrh 


10 drops spearmint

5 drops lime

10 drops juniper

4 drops valerian 

You’ll be happy to learn how to make cologne with essential oils because they aren’t just for women!

How to Make Cologne with Essential Oils:

Choose from these essential oil blends for cologne, or craft your own using our aroma category guide and perfume notes chart to make cologne. Whichever method you choose, follow the easy instructions below to add to the base cologne recipe.

I used a 10 ml bottle from this set to make this cologne. I’ve also used this 60 ml bottle to make my own perfume too. Find more fun options in the Oily Chic Look Book. Depending on your selection, you should aim for a total of 25 to 30 drops of essential oil for smaller bottles. And 35 to 50 drops for larger bottles. 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

10 ml Glass Cologne Bottle

1 Mini Funnel 

2 parts Distilled or Purified Water

1 part Witch Hazel 

25 to 30 drops of Essential Oils

DIY Essential Oil Cologne Recipe Base:

Select or create your essential oil cologne blend. Aim for a total of 25 to 30 drops of essential oil for small bottles. And 35 to 50 drops for large bottles. 

  • Using a mini funnel fill a cologne bottle with 1 part witch hazel.
  • Next, add your essential oil blend.
  • Then add 2 parts of distilled water. 
  • Allow the cologne to sit for a week so that the essential oils can fully infuse together before use.
essential oil cologne blend recipes printable

Finding the right blend of essential oils for men to make cologne can be a challenge. So, we’ve taken care of it for you with this printable chart of essential oil cologne recipes. Please find it and many more essential oil resources in the Oily Chic Library!

How to Make Cologne Last Longer

Everyone is always asking, “How can I make my cologne last longer?” And I can’t blame them. If you’ve discovered or carefully crafted your signature cologne, you’re gonna want the scent to last longer. 

For starters adding 1 part witch to a cologne recipe gives it staying power. However, there’s one simple tip I learned a few years ago, and that is applying an unscented moisturizer first.

You see, dry, thirsty skin won’t hold fragrance well. Whereas, moisturized skin will hold a scent upwards of 30% longer! 

So, apply a dap of grapeseed oil or jojoba oil first to the area you will be applying a cologne. This quick tip will make your cologne last noticeably longer.

Making your own DIY cologne is easy with these quick essential oil cologne recipes! Did your man gravitate toward one of these cologne recipes?  Why not make him a DIY reed diffuser or candle with the essential oil blend too? 

P.S. Don’t forget the free printable charts above! Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us.