This essential oil soap recipe for men is the perfect man soap recipe and a seriously easy gift they’ll love. Yeah–the dudes love the soap. It’s hilarious.
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).
And that’s what makes this masculine melt and pour soap recipe actually fun to make–instead of a whip.
Plus, my boys and husband also appreciate handmade soap with scent blends that are woodsy, spicy, and masculine that you just can’t get with a deep lye smell.
The following 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.
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Essential Oil Soap Recipe for Men
I love using soap bases in my homemade soap recipes because melt and pour soap 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, but I highly recommend using rubber gloves!
However, you will need a few ingredients for this cold process soap recipe, including:
- Soap base (I love how smooth goat’s milk soap is, but my husband really likes the moisturizing properties of coconut oil). I typically go with one pound because it’s easier to work with it. You can also use a shea butter soap base, but again, the moisture is different and if he has sensitive skin, you might want more oils, so if you don’t use coconut oil, consider adding palm oil or olive oil.
- Heavy-bottomed pot
- Patcouli essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Sandalwood essential oil
- Bergamont essential oil
- Soap mold (I use traditional rectangles when I make this recipe- it’s more masculine according to my dude–BUT, there are a lot of random shaped soap molds out there that you should check out here)
Making the manly-scented soap is easy. When I’m making masculine soap recipes 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.
But, if you want to go crazy and make an even deeper-colored soap, you can always add some activated charcoal in a layer at the bottom or include it in the whole bar.
Another fun idea is to add coffee grounds to the bottom of the soap or even citrus shavings. Adding those bits and pops of color will really change how your soap presents and it’s such a fun way to customize without really changing the overall soap recipe.
And sometimes it’s just about presentation, really. Pop your soap in individual treat bags or wrap it in foil even, with a cute sticker and your man will absolutely love his stocking stuffer or Father’s day gift.
Tips to Make Handmade Soap for Men
I love making soap and I’ve learned a few tricks, so before you start, check out these simple tips:
- Gather all of your ingredients beforehand. You will need to move quickly, so you need it all right there.
- Wear gloves (like I said, just a good idea).
- Measure each ingredient accurately. Do not eyeball it. One wrong thing and your soap will be crumbly or gooey. Either of which will not be ok.
How to Make a Manly Soap Recipe
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
- (or 20 drops of the skin care blend)
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.
The clean scent is the perfect fragrance oil blend to add to a soap for men 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. Dabbing a little rubbing alcohol on the top helps knock out the ir bubbles, too.
Wait 24 hours for the soap to dry before popping it out of the mold.
Tie the bar soap with raffia if you are giving them as a gift, or place them directly in your bathroom.
This soap recipe smells heavenly (and so much more manly than some random Dr. Squatch or Dove for Men bar).
Essential Oil Blends for Men’s Soap:
I have actually written an entire article to help you choose manly essential oil blends as you make soap for your man. This homemade soap makes a great Father’s Day gift for your husband and Daddy!
Check it out here: Soap Scents for Men
More DIY Soap Recipes for Men
Once you’ve made this awesome DIY soap for men, you’re probably going to notice that he’s really into the soap he gets. It’ll be the most-used soap you’ve ever seen. And he’ll be surreptitiously asking “when you might be making more of that soap for me”?
So, you’re going to need more DIY soap recipes for men. Good news for you, I’ve pulled together the best man-friendly soap recipes you can imagine:
More DIY Recipes Using Essential Oils:
More DIY Soap Recipes You’ll Love
Once you’ve made this awesome DIY soap for men, you’re probably going to want to make some awesome soap for yourself. I mean, really, if he’s getting some homemade soap, you deserve some, too.
So, good news for you, I pulled together some of the best DIY soap recipes that you’ll love right here:
- Hazelnut Soap (seriously one of the best smelling soaps out there)
- Coconut Lime Soap
- Cucumber Melon Soap
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