One of my favorite things to gift people for Christmas or thank-you presents is handmade soap. While there are tons of complicated recipes for soap using real lye out there, I like using pre-made soap bases and adding the colors and scents I love best (and always using essential oils because they much higher quality than other fragrances). My boys and husband also appreciate handmade soap with scent blends that are woodsy, spicy, and masculine. The following essential oil blend is my favorite essential oil soap recipe for men because it is so easy to make and smells wonderful!
The men in my life absolutely love this smell and it would make the perfect stocking stuffer for teen boys and husbands.
Essential Oil Soap Recipe for Men
I love using soap bases in my soap recipes because it is easy enough for anyone to do and doesn’t require any special equipment. You don’t have to be a chemist to make handmade soap! However, you will need a few ingredients for this recipe, including:
- Soap base (I love how smooth goat’s milk soap is)
- Heavy-bottomed pot
- Soap mold (I use traditional rectangles when I make this recipe- it’s more masculine)
- Patcouli essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Sandalwood essential oil
- Bergamont essential oil
Making the soap is easy. When I’m making soap as gifts for men, I don’t even dye the soap. The natural color of the soap gives a perfect “manly” look to the bars.
Melt the soap base on low heat on your stove using a flat-bottomed pot. You can also melt the soap base in a slow cooker.
When the soap base is melted, add:
- 5 drops Patcouli essential oil
- 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops Bergamont essential oil
You can add additional flavors, but I find that scents get confusing if you add more than four to a recipe. Mix the essential oils into the soap until well combined.
If you don’t want to purchase all of these oils at once or are missing some, Rocky Mountain Oils has a skin care blend that includes many of the oils mentioned above,. The clean scent is the perfect oil blend to add to a soap recipe if you’re on a budget.
Pour the soap base into your soap mold. Tap gently on a flat surface to remove any air bubbles.
Wait 24 hours for the soap to dry before popping it out of the mold.
Tie the bars with raffia if you are giving them as a gift, or place them directly in your bathroom.
This soap recipe smells heavenly!