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DIY Cologne; Chemical Free & Sexy!

DIY Cologne!  I am *so* excited about this one. I used to spend $80-100 on the cologne that my husband liked, and to be honest it has not been an affordable expense the last two years, so he’s been going a little more natural. Also, when I looked it up on EWG’s website the got a overall score of 4 (which isn’t terrible) but the “Fragrance” rated an 8.  Oh honey, we can make it *SO* much healthier!

DIY Cologne

I always thought a DIY would have to be super complicated, and time consuming.  Truthfully you could make a more complicated version of this recipe by letting it “brew” for 6 weeks like you would any other tincture.

I am going to do both: make an “instant gratification” one and then put one in my tincture cabinet (also known as the tall cabinet that I can’t reach without help and therefore rarely use) just so I can compare.

DIY Cologne Supplies

  • 8 ounce glass, colored spray bottle
  • 7 ounces of vodka (80 proof or higher)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 5 drops Stress Away
  • 2 drops Frankincense

How to do it:

  • Mix all the ingredients
  • Pour in your spray bottle & put the cap on.
  • Voila!

Tincture Method:

  • Place in a cool (not cold) dark cabinet for 6 weeks, giving a gentle shake every few days.
  • Enjoy!

Replicate a favorite synthetic!

If you want to take the time, you can absolutely find essential oil recipes to replicate your former favorite cologne.  I know I have one!

Can I share a funny story about this?  Okay.  Now, like many women I was in part attracted to the way Hernando smelled when we first met, smell is such a strong part of memory! So, when I smell this cologne I re-experience all those warm-fuzzy, butterflies in my tummy emotions of early dating.  Needless to say I really liked his colonge, it was a very attractive smell to me.

One night, after we’d been married for about a year, we were talking to our good friend.  Turns out we had all hung our coats up on the same rack at church, so as we grabbed ours to prepare for the cold-Wisconsin weather I got a whiff of our friend’s coat.

OH MY GOODNESS, the stench was overbearing and awful.  I thought I was going to be sick.

A few weeks later, we found out he and my husband wear the EXACT SAME COLOGNE.  That was the day I started believing in pheromones!

Balanced Fragrance Tips

Perfumes and Colognes always carry 3 notes

Top Note:

This is what you smell first in a fragrance, it’s usually lighter and doesn’t linger.

Great Essential Oils for your Top Note:

lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, citronella, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint.

Middle Note:

This comes through as the top note fades and is generally the strongest impression.

Common Middle Note Essential Oils:

chamomile, cinnamon, clove, cypress, fennel, geranium, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, pine, fir, rose, rosemary, spruce, tea tree, thyme, ylang ylang.

Base Note

This is the final note and is often musky and sensual.

Fantastic Base Note Oils:

cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, helichrysum, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver.


My DIY Cologne Essential Oil Choices

Top notes

3 drops Bergamot

3 Tangerine

Middle Notes:

2 drops Neroli

1 drop Jasmine

2 drops Rosemary

Base Notes

2 drops Cistus (Rose of Sharon/Rock Rose)

2 dropsPatchouli

Now, this isn’t exactly how the big corporation makes their cologne that I love so much.  Not every ingredient is listed and some of them are not available as essential oils.  I’ll share with you how we both like this blend!

Manly & Oily: Muscle Soothing Rollerball

This week we focus on Essential Oils for men.  Today’s post is sure to convince the man/men in your life that these oils are FOR REAL.  Let’s make a muscle soothing roll-on!

Life happens and muscles get overworked, strained and just plain-old fatigued.  But, life goes on and so must our muscles. Try this DIY from your starter kit collection; be amazed at the way it brings around even a nay-sayer.

Manly & Oily: Muscle Soothing Rollerball

Supplies for Muscle Soothing Roll-on 5ml size:

  • empty 5ml essential oil bottle
  • rollerball fitment
  • 10-12 drops PanAway Essential Oil Blend
  • 10-12 drops Copaiba Essential Oil
  • Carrier Oil (about half a teaspoon)
  • Metal funnel (optional, but nice)

Supplies for Muscle Soothing Roll-on 10 ml size:

  • 10 ml colored glass rollerball bottle with a METAL rollerball.
  • 20 drops PanAway Essential Oil Blend
  • 20 drops Copaiba Essential Oil Blend
  • Carrier Oil (about a teaspoon)
  • Metal funnel (optional, but nice)

Manly & Oily: Muscle Soothing Rollerball Directions:

  1. Drop Essential Oils into your glass bottle
  2. Fill almost to the top with carrier oil.
  3. Pop on your rollerball/rollerball fitment.
  4. Tighten cap, give a shake.
  5. Use as needed for muscle, joint, and ligament support!


Tips for getting your partner to be manly & oily:

For many of us, this will be our partner or husband, but I recognize that isn’t the case for everyone.  I am simply sharing from my experience.  Now, my husband tends to be skeptical about new information but is very trusting of my judgement.  I am not sure if this is his personality, they way he choses to behave as a husband or if it has to do with my training in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, etc.  You may have a different dynamic in your family.

That being said, I didn’t need to convince him when I wanted to purchase a starter kit.  However, it was quite some time before he started using the oils himself.  It was likely over a year and a half before he started taking initiative and using the oils himself or on the kids without me around.  Here are some tips that have helped my husband come around and become an oily man.

  1. Don’t pressure, instead educate.  “I’m diffusing Frankincense, I love how it smells and it really helps me _______”
  2. Offer oils when he has a concern that you think an oil may address.
  3. Don’t be offended if he declines.
  4. If you have children, educate them on the oils too.  Our 5 year old will often tell my husband which oil she or her siblings need.
  5. Get some oils that directly benefit him.  Northern Lights Black Spruce is a winner around here: I use it in our homemade deodorant, and he loves it.  Progessence Plus is an oil for women, but I know he benefits in very unexpected ways when I use this oil (did you know I’m 33 weeks pregnant?” Shutran smells amazing and I have not yet met a man who does not appreciate this!
  6. Buy or make products that help him.  My husband does vendor fairs all summer long.  He spends the hottest and sunniest hours selling his wares, he comes into contact with lots of people and touches cash frequently while he works.  Some things I send with him are: Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Grapefruit Lip Balm & Insect Repellant.
  7. Be willing to compromise (without compromising).  I an NOT a mouthwash gal, I just don’t like it.  My husband does, but there is now way I am buying that blue stuff.  So, every other month I add a product I don’t use: Thieves Mouthwash.  It’s not important to me, it’s important to him.  It’s a tiny splurge, but it shows I value his opinion and wishes and shows him some love and respect.  So, no scary ingredients in our house, but he’s worth spending the extra money to get something that he likes.

The Premium Starter Kit is Your Best Bet.

Some people need to consult about big purchases, and other’s don’t.  Partners can be skeptical and others aren’t.  You may need to budget out for a few weeks or months to invest the money in your family’s health and wellness, or maybe you can just click on over and get your kit now.

The Premium Starter Kit is for everyone for a few reasons

  1.  The everyday oils covers every body system and issue of day -to- day living.
  2. The kit is offered at 50% off the retail price.  An ultrasonic, cool-mist diffuser and 11 5ml bottles of oil, a handful of samples, a magazine and a product catalog for $160?  Do you realize PanAway by itself is $46 and Frankincense is $38? That means you get a diffuser for $5 off and the other 9 oils are free.
  3. You get a 24% lifetime discount with your membership, and they only thing you need to do to maintain is spend $50 once a year.
  4. When you have the kit, you get tons of education inside your box reminding you of ways to use the oils, so your investment in your health is actually going towards your health, not sitting in a box.
  5. Having a diffuser makes SUCH a big difference, yes topical and dietary oils are great, but people who only buy 1 or 2 oils and lack a diffuser miss out on the benefits of the oils: a great smelling space, the emotional support from diffusion.

DIY Face Wash; The Oil Cleansing Method!

Here is one of my favorite methods for cleaning the skin: The Oil Cleansing Method.  I have made DIY face washes, and I love Young Living’s ART line of facial products. However, The Oil Cleansing Method is so easy and my skin feels so moisturized before bed.

 Oil CleansingYou will need:

  • Organic, Cold Pressed Castor Oil
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Essential Oils of Choice (I like to do 10 drops of EO per ounce of oil)
  • Container (I use a 4 oz bottle)

Essential Oil Choices:

  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense

Oil Cleansing Method For Oily Skin

30% Castor Oil

70 % Sunflower Seed Oil

Oil Cleansing Method For Balanced Skin

20% Castor Oil

80% Sunflower Seed Oil

Oil Cleansing Method For Dry Skin:

10% Castor Oil

90% Sunflower Seed Oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir
  2. Pour into a glass or stainless container.  I prefer to use a pump-able bottle


How to use:

  1. Add a quarter-sized amount in your hand
  2. Rub hands together to warm oil and smooth it over your face.
  3. Massage over your face in circular motions working the oil into the pores.
  4. Soak a clean wash cloth in steamy water.
  5. Wring out and hold cloth over your face until it cools.
  6. Rinse cloth, repeat steps 4-5 one or two times.
  7. Wipe gently (do not scrub)
  8. If your skin feels dry afterward, add a tiny drop and massage over the face and air dry.


DIY Happy Skin Body Lotion

DIY Lotion?  Is that even possible?  Yes it is, and it is generally a 3 phase project.  To be honest, I haven’t done that process yet.  Some day I will get there, but I still have some ingredient research to do, so this is what I am using in the mean time.

I absolutely adore this DIY lotion, I use it on myself and my kids all summer long.  Even now that we get less sunshine, I still use it as my daily moisturizer, my skin feels and looks so good with this as part of my routine.

For DIY Lotion You Will Need:

1/2 C Almond Oil or Olive Oil

1/4 C Coconut Oil

1/4 C Beeswax

1-2 T non-nano Zinc Oxide (optional)

2 T Shea Butter

20 Drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

12 oz jar and lid

1 t Raspberry Seed Oil

1 t Carrot Seed Oil (fatty)

1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

1 teaspoon cacao powder (not needed if you skip the non-nano Zinc Oxide)

DIY Lotion Ingredients

DIY Lotion

One is with zinc oxide and NO cacao.
The other is with zinc oxide and cacao


  1. Combine Olive/Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax & Shea Butter in glass jar.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water, over medium heat.
  3. Place the lid on the jar loosely and set inside the water
  4. As the oils heat, the beeswax and shea butter will begin to melt.  You can use an oven mitt and shake or stir the oils if you wish.  Just waiting patiently is safer and less messy.
  5. Remove from heat and slowly add in your non-nano zinc oxide, mix thoroughly.
  6. Add optional oils, if you desire.
  7. Stir in essential oils.
  8. Add cacao powder to your desired color depth (we use 2 teaspoons for our fair-to medium family)



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