dads can use aromatherapy too!

Essential oils isn't just for women. There are many essential oils with masculine scents and beneficial properties that work well in men's personal care. If you're stymied for ideas on what to give the father or fathers in your life, try making these unique and natural gifts that are sure to be memorable and useful.

Men's Body Wash. Keep it simple and natural with this easy formula of vegetable oil-based soap and pure essential oils. It contains aromas of spices, herbs and citrus, which are staples in widely appealing men's colognes:

4 ounces unscented liquid soap (castile-type)
20 drops bergamot BF essential oil
16 drops bay essential oil
8 drops vetiver essential oil
4 drops neroli essential oil

Mix oils and soap. Use with washcloth in shower. Tip: follow-up with a moisturizing skin care oil such as grapeseed or jojoba.

Soothing Aftershave Spray. Here is a natural blend of cooling, nourishing and moisturizing ingredients in one easy-to-use spray:

Grapefruit2 ounces water
1 ounce witch hazel extract
1/2 ounce cider vinegar
1 teaspoon aloe gel (unscented)
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops grapefruit essential oil

Mix ingredients in a spray mist bottle. Shake vigorously and apply a few spritzes after shaving.

Rosemary Hair Oil & Scalp Massage. Rosemary essential oil has long been used as a stimulating hair and scalp tonic. This oil is a great treatment to apply before shampooing:

4 ounces jojoba oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops nutmeg essential oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix ingredients and massage vigorously into scalp and hair just before shampooing.

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Carrot seed essential oilHigh quality, pure patchouli oil (the only kind Aura Cacia offers) is richly scented, earthy and mysterious, evoking the heady scent of incense and the Far East. Patchouli is distilled from the leaves of a tropical herb related to peppermint and lavender. The aroma is instantly recognizable — similar to musk with a wine-like nuance. And like wine, patchouli gets better with age. Patchouli oil helps dispel nervousness and engenders a centering mood of self-awareness and calm.

Herbal Body Powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
6 drops patchouli essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix oils and cornstarch in a container. Use the back of a spoon to break up any clumps.

Patchouli & Rose Body Spray
4 ounces bottled or distilled water
3 drops rose otto or absolute oil
19 drops bergamot essential oil
19 drops patchouli essential oil
19 drops lemon essential oil
Small spray bottle or atomizer

Place ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously before misting.

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