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Homemade Eau de Cologne For Men

Updated on March 22, 2017

“I have found a fragrance that reminds me of an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain”

Giovanni Maria Farina

Homemade Eau de Cologne For Men is inspired from the original Eau de Cologne created in 1709.
Homemade Eau de Cologne For Men is inspired from the original Eau de Cologne created in 1709. | Source

The Gift of Fragrance ~

What man does not enjoy fragrance? Granted, not every man will wear aftershave or even cologne but will generally have fragrance in the form of a deodorant, antiperspirant, body wash or other grooming products.

The men in my family all had different likes and dislikes. One used aftershave or eau de toilette religiously, another when “going out” would wear aftershave splash and my dad, the one working in the cosmetic and fragrance industry, never wore aftershave!

These 3 recipes make great gift ideas ladies for the man in your life. Dad’s will appreciate this on Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas and just as a little “dad you’re special” spontaneous gift.

Farina House & Fragrance Museum

the original home of Farina which still runs today with 8th generation family members at the helm. it is also home to the Farina Fragrance Museum, located in Cologne, Germany.
the original home of Farina which still runs today with 8th generation family members at the helm. it is also home to the Farina Fragrance Museum, located in Cologne, Germany. | Source

History of Eau de Cologne ~

Eau de Cologne is the least concentrated form of fragrance more associated with men today. Originating in the early 18th century by Italian perfume maker Giovanni Maria Farina, he named this fragrance "water of Cologne" in honor of his new hometown Cologne in Germany.

To this day, the legacy lives on as the oldest perfume factory in the world and the house of Farina is still a family run fragrance business today, being run by 8th generation descendants of the founder.

The Farina museum is situated alongside the business in Cologne and is well worth a visit if in the Rhineland vicinity.

The original light, citrus fragrance that was to be known throughout the world became a firm favourite of the famous including Oscar Wilde, Mozart and Mark Twain.

Royalty across Europe were soon to commission Farina for his exquisite Eau de Cologne.

In a show of respect to this master of Eau de Cologne, I have put together 3 different homemade cologne recipes which step back in time to when perfume making was about natural, simple clean fragrances that awaken the senses. With Farina’s quote in mind, here are my 3 for men to enjoy.

Don't forget to give your fragrance a special name!

Scent of Orange

a sunny and radiant oil this promotes the feel good factor and brings a lively fresh scent to cologne.
a sunny and radiant oil this promotes the feel good factor and brings a lively fresh scent to cologne. | Source

Lavender

lavender makes a great addition to cologne for it's fragrance and therapeutic benefits.
lavender makes a great addition to cologne for it's fragrance and therapeutic benefits. | Source

Fresh Cologne Recipe ~

You may juggle around the quantities of essential oils, just keep total drops to 58 with this amount of the orange flower water and Vodka or Ethanol. A good tip is to have a pen and a notebook handy to keep track of your blend so you will be able to recreate it easily.


Ingredients:

16 drops Bergamot

14 drops Petitgrain

8 drops Orange

8 drops Lemon

7 drops Lavender

5 drops Neroli

10 ml Orange Flower Water

230 ml Ethanol Alcohol or Vodka

Glass Mixing Jug (makes pouring into your bottle easier, alternatively use a small funnel to fit your bottle)

Dark Glass Container (with sealed, airtight lid)


Method:

  • Pour the alcohol into your mixing jar.
  • Add the essential oils one by one and mix well.
  • Pour into your bottle, cap it and leave for 4 days.
  • Add in the orange flower water, re-cap and leave the cologne for 2 weeks out of direct sunlight. Give a light shake daily.
  • By leaving your Cologne for a couple of weeks it gives the essential oils time to combine and become more rounded.
  • Apply this Cologne to your pulse points where the skin is warmest (behind the ears, inside of the wrists, base of the throat or behind the neck are all the commonly used for men and women).
  • I would recommend using it cautiously on the face due to the high amount of citrus oils (see section on sun sensitivity)

.Every man’s skin is different, some are more sensitive than other’s and if applying after shaving it may be too concentrate for the stimulated pores.

Some men who use their Eau de Toilette on the face (the highest concentrated fragrance form) may find this too astringent as it is designed for pulse points and not the sensitive face.

Making a range of grooming products with these essential oils is very doable if you want to layer your fragrance and make it last even longer. Homemade body wash, soap, body lotion and deodorant are some of the possibilities that may be easily made in your kitchen.


Aloe Vera

soothing, refreshing aloe vera gel may be incorporated in many homemade skin products.
soothing, refreshing aloe vera gel may be incorporated in many homemade skin products. | Source

Refreshing Alcohol Free Cologne Recipe ~

2 cups of Witch Hazel Extract

2 oz Rosewater

2 oz Aloe Vera Gel

½ oz Vegetable Glycerine

10 drops Essential Oil of Choice (a few good suggestions are lavender, sandalwood, peppermint and bergamot)

Dark Glass Jar (with sealed lid)

Method:

  • For this fragrance, add all the ingredients (except the essential oil) to your container and mix well to combine. You may pop on the lid securely and give it a good few shakes too.
  • Add in the essential oil and give it a mix.
  • Re-cap your glass container and remember to give it a gentle shake each time you go to use it.
  • To apply your cologne, just pour a small amount into your hands and gently apply to the face after shaving.
  • Avoid the delicate eye area.
  • This may also be used on the pulse points as in the previous recipe.

Indian Sandalwood

White or East Indian Sandalwood or Chandan (Santalum album) produces Sandalwood essential oil.
White or East Indian Sandalwood or Chandan (Santalum album) produces Sandalwood essential oil. | Source

Homemade Aftershave

Oil Based Cologne Recipe ~

This recipe was one I tweaked and changed to give the men who may favor a sensual oil based fragrance, one to try at home.

For this one it is based on a perfume recipe so the percentage of essential oils is higher at 15 % which should not be exceeded. Feel free to experiment with essential oils but keep to the total drops of 19 and remember to check out the important safety rules when using essential oils.

Ingredients:

6 drops Bergamot

5 drops Coriander

4 drops Neroli

3 drops Sandalwood

1 drop Cedarwood

10 ml Jojoba Oil

Mixing Container

Small Dark Glass Bottle

Method:

  • Add the jojoba oil to your mixing container.
  • One by one add in the essential oils carefully.
  • Mix together well.
  • Pour into your small glass container, pop on the lid and leave for a week before using.
  • The glass containers with the droppers are ideal for this recipe with an oil base.
  • To apply, use the dropper to apply a drop to the wrists, behind the ears and whatever pulse points you wish.
  • Oil based fragrance lasts particularly well and while it is not Cologne, I added this in for variety and an alternative for men.

Phototoxicity or Sun Sensitivity ~

Certain essential oils cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight and this may cause the skin to react and burn or damage more easily. The essential oils themselves are not harmful but when used in UV light, they may cause the skin to be more sensitive than normal. The main essential oils to take notes of are the Citrus oils. Using carrier oils, base oils or other dilutions reduces the effects in most Citrus Scents apart from Lemon so this one should always be used with caution. For a full list please click here.

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What fun to learn how to make cologne...I am fascinated with this. Great recipe and as always I do look forward to the next installation. Great job and voting up as well as pinning and tweeting...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Suzie! I don't wear cologne. Now what? :)

      Seriously, you are doing such a great job with this niche. I hope you are seeing an increase in your views and earnings. You deserve it for the fine job you are doing.

      Have a great weekend Irish.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Many thanks for visiting! As you know I am always looking for new and interesting products to make and men's grooming is a natural inclusion. i have been thinking of you my friend, doing your tweaking and have not forgotten about you, rest assured. Appreciate all you do and your friendship. Cheers for your votes, tweet and pin, you are a great support!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a unique gift for men who wear cologne! Love it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Glad you enjoyed, we have to look after our men! Appreciate your comments!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a cool idea! My boyfriend is a little picky about frangrances, and doesn't wear cologne often, but I think I may try it out sometime. It's a wonderful gift idea!

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      Great idea! gave me an idea for Father's Day!

      Any chance you will be doing a how-to for women's cologne?

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. I don't wear cologne either but I did find this very interesting and I'm willing to bet that there are a few million guys out that will be willing to give this a try. I love the use of orange and lavender, two of my favorite fragrances. Who knows, I just may give this a shot now that I'm curious. You are definitely on to something with this topic and I look forward to reading more tips. Voted up, shared, etc.... Great job.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Pinned this also, I love that lead photo!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Oops, a typo in my comment :( "fragrances", not frangrances.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Terrific to hear you enjoyed this, it is so good to know! Not every man wears Cologne but it does make a cool gift idea for friends or family that do. My own partner inspired me as he has run out of his which I loved so I thought there would definitely be a DIY solution! Appreciate your input and support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi George,

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment. Yes, I will be doing fragrance for women for sure so keep tuned! Thanks again for your interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      No worries, great to hear your thoughts and your support is invaluable. Orange and Lavender are two I love too so I will see what I can do for you in that department!! Good to know your opinions as always! Thanks so much for all your votes and shares, you are a gem! Have a great weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Cheers for that! i loved it too when I saw it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      No problem, we all do it at times, not a bother!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Great recipes! I think making your own fragrance and give it to someone special as a gift is a very great idea. My husband doesn't like aftershave but likes fragrances from time to time.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      You are a super follower! Thanks very much so appreciate your interest. Hopefully your husband may be persuaded to give one of these a try!!

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      CozyPozy 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, Suzie! You make it look so simple & fun.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers CozyPozy,

      very glad you found useful and it is fun experimenting! Thanks for commenting!

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      Any recipes for Roses? or even Lilies?They are both such pretty smelling flowers!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your question and interest. Certainly Roses are extremely popular to use in a variety of fragrant ways. i have two or three existing hubs you may find useful. one is using the petals in homemade potpourri, another is using as frosted rose petals in deserts, cakes as an edible decoration and the tird is rosewater and lemon face wash which includes how to make your own rosewater using fresh rose petals. it also includes a number of other recipes for the face. Rose essential oil is one of the most widely used in fragrance perfumes so I will include it for you in my fragrance for women hub! Lilies I agree are lovely so i will look into its use in recipes as I don't have any to-date. Many thanks for asking this question!

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      Thank you! I will check those sites immediately!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi George,

      Delighted you found useful, anytime!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Apologies Bill (billybuc)

      I wrote your reply in order and god knows what happened to it!! Apologies my trusty friend!! You light up my page with your ever present watchful eye, I am so happy you care to choose my work to comment on! Thanks for commenting here, no worries I will find that mystery product YOU WILL MAKE sometime but in the meantime, carry on doing what you do because what you do makes you the person you are!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      That's so amazing that you can make cologne on your own. Unfortunately, I am highly allergic to it. lol Great article!

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      jimmy hyaden 2 months ago

      is it suppose to be green?

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