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Soap Scents for Men

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When making homemade soap, it can be difficult to find masculine soap scents for men. I have made many handmade soaps over the years! There is just something about the smell of a manly soap. You take a deep breath in and know that a manly scent was used to create this soap.

However, traditional store bought soaps can be so boring. I have an essential oil soap recipe for men that my boys love, but they do get tired of the same old thing day after day. I like to switch things up for them! And anyone who has a house full of boys knows that you don’t want to smell them. Most moms will do anything to help make sure the men and boys in their life smell good. 

So, I came up with a list of masculine scents to help me mix things up when I make their next batch of soap. I like to be creative and come up with different soap ideas and I’m hoping these scents masculine scent ideas will help both of us! 

masculine soap scents

Remember, don’t use more than 3 scents per soap or it can get overwhelming and confusing! As you look at this scent list, you can be creative, but don’t go crazy. You want to create soap that smells good, not one that messes with their noses and makes them itch all day. 

Essential Oil Soap Scents for Men:

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Bergamont – Most people would describe this soap scent for men as a citrus like smell. It has a spicy-floral scent that helps make it an awesome soap smell. While Bergamont is spicy, it’s also sweet. You could make this as the main smell in a manly soap and it would do very well. Buy already made Bergamont Soap here.

Rosewood – Another very common soap that works well in the manly soap scent department is Rosewood. This smell is one that works well to help you when you’re tired and stressed. To describe the smell, you would need to imagine a spicy, woody, floral smell. This type of smell works very well in soap, especially for men.  Buy already made Rosewood Soap here

Copaiba Balsam – A medium‐strength woody, slightly balsamic, and sweet aroma. Copaiba Balsam works as a mood stabilizer, helping to calm the mind from everyday ups and downs. This essential oil is perfect in men’s soap because it gives skin and hair a youthful, radiant glow while moisturizing and nourishing. Buy soap with Copaiba Balsam oil already made right here.

Vetiver – Who says guys don’t get stressed out too? Vetiver can make soaps smell good, but also calm the stress of the guy in your life. This manly soap scent is known to smell like tilled soil with a balsam woody smell. Vetiver is related to lemongrass, so it has that really amazing natural smell that every soap needs.  Buy already made Vetiver Artisan soap here.

Citrus I know there are many guys out there who want to smell like a man but aren’t quite in alignment with wanting to smell like grass or dirt. That is where some of the more citrus smells come in. We’re talking, lemon, lime, orange, and even red grapefruit as manly soap scent options. The Citrus Blend Essential Oil Blend has a refreshing, rejuvenating, freshly peeled citrus scent. The oil blends together Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Lime.  Buy artisan citrus soap here.

homemade soap scents for men

Masculine Soap Fragrance Additives:

Black Walnut: I think the name of this scent already sounds so manly, I can’t wait to see what it smells like in a soap. Black walnut has been described as having a wood scent or a tobacco type smell. In order to get a really good idea of what black walnut smells like, you need to go to a black walnut tree and take a big whiff.

Bay Rum: A not so common scent that you can use in men’s soap is Bay Rum. This scent is often found in shaving soaps. The scent is derived from the leaves of the Bay Rum Tree. This type of ingredient can be used to help soothe aches and pains. The smell of Bay Rum is like a strong clove scent with added spices. Of course, Bay Rum would make one of those great soap scents for men.

Charcoal: You know, sometimes you just want to think outside of the box and the scent of charcoal makes you do just that. Many people are using activated charcoal in their manly soaps to help bring out a unique scent. Activated charcoal is an odor neutralizer, so you can use it to help tone down some of those stronger scents you might use in soaps. 

Musk Deer: Have you heard of this scent? It’s actually quite popular in many soaps and men colognes. It’s a scent that is unusual to understand, but oh man does it smell good. Musk deer helps bring out that musk smell that many of us love in our man’s cologne. If the men in your life like the earthy and outdoorsy smell, the Musk Deer may be for them. While the actual scent of Musk Deer is derived from an interesting place, there are other manly scents you can use like Rosewood, Bergamont, and Patchouli that will give you that same earthy sent. 

You could also try the amazing scents in this Sophisticated Man Fragrance Oil Set

More Soap Recipes:

These might not be the most masculine soaps, but you probably want your own soap, right?

Calming Lavender Essential Oil Soap Recipe

Soothing Homemade Oatmeal and Honey Soap Recipe

Invigorating Peppermint Soap Recipe Using Essential Oils

choosing masculine scents when making soap for guys

When it comes to essential oils, I prefer to only use Rocky Mountain Oils!

A tad bit about Rocky Mountain Oils:

Shipping –  All orders within the United States qualify for free economy shipping. Orders have an estimated delivery time of 2-7 business days!  They even have a neat little chart to help you estimate your shipping time if choosing the free shipping option.

Return Policy – Products can be returned for any reason, even if opened, for up to 90 days.  Yes, seriously!  They even send you a shipping label so you don’t have to pay to return the product.  No more worries about “what if it doesn’t work or I am allergic” simply return it!

Safe and Healthy – RMO provides GC/MS (Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry) test results from a verified third party, independent lab for each one of their essential oil products. In fact, on the bottom of your bottle is a batch number.  You can go to their site and enter your number.  This will give you the results of your bottle’s testing!

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Sunday 30th of June 2019

I'm just gettyinto making soaps & I live in a household of overload testosterone, 4 grown son's, 4 male dogs, doesn't include my 3 female dogs & myself totally surrounded! This is great for guys, so many flowery scents out there the guys are gonna love it. Thanks so much for sharing.


Friday 5th of April 2019

An awesome topic! I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of making soap, but have not done it. So many hobbies, not enough time!