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!

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