Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a special time for us women to show some extra love and gratitude to the men in our lives. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that buying the same old gift cards to the same old places is achingly boring year after year. Why not spice things up this Father’s Day and WOW those special guys of yours! Whether you’re looking for a sweet and meaningful gift for your hubby, or something different yet practical for your dad, what’s better than a homemade, manly gift straight from your heart to his? Essential oils can be used to make amazing manly gifts that will be used again and again.
Whether you’re gifting to a first-time dad or to your dad, these Father’s Day essential oil gifts are sure to be treasured. Maybe you want to keep things simple and just choose one or two of the following gift ideas to make individually. Or, a fun and adventurous idea would be making each of these gifts and finding a vintage basket at a thrift-shop or antique shop to create a kit! You can even include your kids in on the DIY fun. Providing fun and healthy essential oil body care products to their families is what inspires them to embrace a higher standard of overall health and vitality.
MANLY MUSCLE SCRUB
After a long day at work or after an intense workout, this manly body wash is sure to relax and soothe the hard-working man in your life. Marjoram essential oil is known to help lower feelings of anxiety and helps reduce muscle tension. Cedarwood essential oil not only has an earthy scent, but it also promotes calmness. Do dad a favor and make him some Manly Muscle Scrub!
8-oz. glass pump bottle
½ cup unscented Castile soap
4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
3 tablespoons of avocado oil or doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Marjoram essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
Combine all ingredients into glass pump bottle.Shake well to combine and voila! Be sure to shake well before each use, as the ingredients will separate.
Tip: Check out your local health food store to find vegetable glycerin. Adding vegetable glycerin help the body scrub become more dense and foamy.
SPICY WHIPPED SHAVING CREAM
This shaving cream is ultra-moisturizing and nourishing. The aroma in the cream is sure to add that extra zing to help Dad get some pep in his step! This unique blend of oils will be a treat for the skin and is sure to please his senses as he begins to mentally prepare for his day. Patchouli essential oil is known to help dry skin and promote healthy skin appearance – it even helps to diminish fine lines and reduce the appearance of blemishes! Patchouli belongs in the mint family and pairs well with Peppermint essential oil, which is like a wake-up call to the senses and promotes mental clarity. The cooling feeling that Peppermint essential oil provides helps ease stress and paves the way for energy and stamina. Although Ginger essential oil is typically used to relieve motion sickness or to aid digestive health, adding a little Ginger essential oil to this shaving cream will give it a spicy kick!
⅓ cup shea butter
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup of avocado oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Ginger essential oil
Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler.Once melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.Add essential oils and stir until combined.Let shaving cream rest until hard, or pop in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.Using mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.Place in container of choice.
RUGGED BEARD BALM
Who likes a stinky, frizzy beard? Maybe your hubby’s beard needs a little TLC? Not only will he love this masculine and moisturizing beard balm, you will find him sexier with a well-maintained beard! This is a gift you will both enjoy! Sandalwood essential oil has many benefits and uses, including a wonderful aid to hair. When applied to wet hair, Sandalwood oil is known to rehydrate and add sheen to dull hair (or beard!). Melaleuca essential oil, also known as tea tree oil, works beautifully in personal care products because of its purifying components, and replenishes the skin. Bergamot essential oil is known not only for cleaning and calming the skin, it is also used as an instant mood boost when feelings of depression or worry are creeping in. Make Dad happy by giving him some Ruddy and Rugged Beard Balm!
2 teaspoons beeswax
1 teaspoon shea Butter
3 teaspoons of avocado oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon Vitamin E oil
2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
2 drops Melaleuca essential oil
2 drops Bergamot essential oil
Combine all ingredients, except essential oils, in glass container.Place jar in saucepan with 1–2 inches of boiling water.Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.Remove from heat and let rest 3 minutes.Add essential oils and stir.Pour mixture into empty tin or glass jar with lid.Let balm rest 1–2 hours.
Who knew that cologne made from essential oils could smell so handsome andenticing? Surprise your special guy with this interesting and unique recipe that will be a fun and new way to give Dad some cologne.
2 Tbsp. organic beeswax
2 Tbsp. almond oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
20 drops of your man’s favorite essential oil (I like dōTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend)
Note: Avoid citrus oils in the summer due to phototoxicity. Try Lemongrass for a citrus zing instead!
Add beeswax and almond/coconut oil to glass jar and place in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water. Stir ingredients until combined (around 5-10 minutes). Once melted, remove from heat and let rest for 3 minutes. Add essential oil and stir. Pour into containers. To use, apply small amount to skin.
Tip: You can pour the cologne into empty tin containers for easy application while out-and-about!
LEATHER BRACELET WITH CALMING OIL SCENT
Leather bracelets are very trendy lately for men’s fashion, and they work as a great on-the-go simple diffuser. Adding essential oils to the bracelet is a wonderful way to help Dad cope with the stresses and joys of his day. While you’re whipping up this blend, be sure to save some to add to your diffuser so you can enjoy the benefits as well!
All you will need for this simple DIY essential oil bracelet is a manly-looking leather bracelet (these can be found at your local craft store), and one drop of each of these oils: Lavender essential oil, Roman Chamomile essential oil, and Marjoram essential oil. Rub the oils on the underneath side of the leather bracelet, and Dad will be able to absorb these oils topically while wearing the bracelet. The scent will last for about two full days, and you can use different essential oils each time the scent fades away. Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Marjoram essential oils pair well together due to their calming properties. This blend is sure to soothe muscle tension while promoting relaxation and a quiet mind!
Now that you have some fresh inspiration for your Father’s Day gifts, it’s time to make this Father’s Day an extra-special holiday this year to truly honor your dad or husband. The men in your life will feel extra special knowing that you went the extra mile to make these one-of-a-kind DIY essential oil gifts. When dads know they are truly valued and appreciated they in turn gain that extra wind in their sails to keep on pouring out their time, love and energy back into their families. Give Dad a little extra this year!
And just in case you haven’t read it yet, head over to the Smart Mom’s Essential Oil Guide for Spring/Summer to check out recipes for all-natural sunscreen, “bug off” spray, tickly nose rollerball blends, and on-the-go oils.