The manly man’s guide to essential oils (manly edition)

Looking to step up your essential oil game? This is the perfect place to start.

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Welcome, gentlemen, this one’s just for you. Ladies, since you’re already here, you can check it out, too. Incorporating essential oils into your life isn’t just easy—it can also put a manly spring in your step. Pretty soon, you’ll be chopping down trees with your bare fists and wrestling bears to a draw, all thanks to these simple tips.

Check out these three categories in your life that can benefit from a few drops of pure awesomeness:

*Essential oils are indeed powerful, but please don’t try punching down trees and wrestling bears. Just use these essential oils as directed to enjoy their awesome scents and benefit from their therapeutic-grade purity.

Exercise

Keeping in shape is one of the pillars upon which manliness is built. No matter if you’re crushing some bench presses, tearing up the fairway, or hiking high enough to high five an eagle, you’ll want to keep these basics in your gym bag to help you get the most from every workout:

 

Treat those aches and pains

Massage Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream into your skin after a workout for a cooling sensation that provides relief from minor muscle and joint
aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Backed with our Seed to Seal® promise of purity, this pain cream will have your muscles thanking you for ditching the synthetic ingredients.

 

Take care before and after exerciseDeep Relief Roll-on

Apply Deep Relief™ Roll-On to your neck and chest before working out to inspire you to push harder or apply it as part of a post-activity massage to target areas that need it most.

 

Boost your boring waterOrange Vitality Essential Oil

Reach for Lime Vitality™, Tangerine Vitality™, or Orange Vitality™ instead of sugary sports drinks to stay hydrated! Just
a drop or two in your glass water bottle will keep you coming back for more.

 

Personal Care

Grooming sounds like such a primitive term, making it perfect for manly men like us. Separate yourself from the pack by looking great and smelling like nature itself with these essential oil-infused solutions:

 

Smell good without perfumePatchouli Essential Oil - Young Living

Supposedly, perfume is called “cologne” when it’s for men, but let’s skip the nomenclature and ditch it altogether. Start with Shutran™, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce, or Black Pepper to see what works best with your body’s chemistry, then create a combination that’s all yours. Dilute with a smidge of carrier oil and apply a drop or two to your wrists and neck for a masculine scent that lasts all day.

 

Cedarwood - Young Living Essential Oil

Keep that burly beard in check

Give those lovely locks a healthy sheen with some homemade beard oil. Check out our handy beard oil blog post for some blends from the guys who know best—Young Living employees! Bottom line: If your beard is oil-free, it’s just not living up to its potential.

 

 Treat your face to ShutranShutran Shave Cream

If you truly must shave, make sure you’re
at least doing it with the best stuff. Shutran™ Shave Cream is full of hydrating ingredients and pure essential oils that’ll give you a close shave with a great fragrance.

 

Good Eating

You like food. You like flavor. So why haven’t you been super-charging your healthy cooking with the intense flavor of essential oils? Check out these ways to get more essential oils into your diet:

 

Spice up your lifeblack-pepper-vitality-essential-oil-young-living

Perfect for boosting flavor in almost anything you’re cooking, essential oils are like a flavor bomb compared to dried herbs. Add Lemon Vitality™ to fish, Black Pepper Vitality™ to steak sauce and marinades, and Basil Vitality™ to Italian. Get creative—your taste buds will thank you for it.

 

Put some Zyng in your stepNingXia Zyng - Young Living

Add a splash of hydration to your routine by keeping NingXia Zyng™ handy. Or if you’re in a real rush, reach for NingXia Nitro® to keep your athletic performance and cognition at its peak. Both are delicious, convenient as heck, and infused with essential oils.

 

Try a brand-new recipelime-vitality-essential-oil-young-living

Still not sure where to start? This blog is a great resource that’s frequently updated with recipes that incorporate essential oils in innovative and delicious new ways. Check out our Vitality-infused marinades, Vitality-infused chicken enchiladas, and 20-minute game-day recipes to get going!

 

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Homemade Body Butter Recipe

This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil.

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Be kind to your hard-working skin! This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil. We love its whipped consistency that goes on smoothly and feels light to the touch.

 Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

  1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
  6. Massage into dry skin!

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6 Essential Oils Your Skin Loves

Looking to embrace a natural beauty routine? Check out our favorite essential oils to help you save face.

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For centuries many cultures have looked to essential oils to enhance their daily lives, perform religious rites, support wellness, and wear as perfumes. Not only are essential oils extremely versatile but many also contain naturally occurring constituents that are practically made for one particular usage: beautifying the skin.

Unlike skin care products that rely on harsh and synthetic ingredients, essential oils use their natural properties to brighten, smooth, and moisturize the appearance of skin in a way that leaves you feeling perfectly pampered.

The best part? You can easily add essential oil goodness to your regimen with our Essential Oils for Skin Care Set. This holiday exclusive includes Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense essential oils, so it’s a great way to get started with skin care oils or share them with a friend! Here are our ideas for using these and other skincare favorites to get your glow on!

Lavender Essential Oil - Young Living1. Lavender

Lavender essential oil is the perfect place to start and a must-have in every home. This popular essential oil soothes and nourishes all skin types and is easy to incorporate into your skin care regimen every day.

  • Add a drop to your hand, mix with facial moisturizer, and treat your skin to a mini facial massage.
  • Make a basic homemade body scrub by combining coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. Start with 3–4 drops and gradually add more as desired.
  • Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops Lavender and adding to a hot bath.

 

Frankincense Essential Oil - Young Living2. Frankincense

Frankincense essential oil has been sought after since ancient times for its many benefits, including its rejuvenating and beautifying properties. Great for all skin types—but especially beneficial for mature complexions—this luxurious oil helps moisturize and smooth the skin.

  • Boost your skin’s radiance by massaging a drop of Frankincense into facial skin after cleansing, followed by applying your regular moisturizers.
  • Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.
  • Massage into the skin on hands and feet after a long day to restore skin’s texture.

 

Cedarwood - Young Living Essential Oil3. Cedarwood

Great for smoothing and nourishing all skin types, Cedarwood essential oil is a very versatile oil with a rich, woodsy aroma. Because this oil also benefits hair, it’s a great choice for nourishing skin on the scalp.

  • Smooth skin on the face or body by adding a few drops Cedarwood to your favorite lotions.
  • Add 3–4 drops to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel and breathe deeply and slowly for several minutes to open pores and enjoy the calming aroma. Follow up with a facial massage that includes 1 drop of Cedarwood oil.
  • Mix 5–6 drops of Cedarwood with a small amount of coconut or argan oil. Massage into your scalp 30–60 minutes before showering, then wash and rinse hair as normal.

 

Tea Tree Essential Oil - Young Living4. Tea Tree

Traditionally used in skin care products for its cleansing properties, Tea Tree essential oil is great for all skin types but is especially suited for use on oily skin.

  • Use as a spot treatment by placing a drop on the end of a cotton swab and dabbing lightly onto targeted areas of the face.
  • Add 1–2 drops to your daily application of shampoo to nourish your scalp. Lather shampoo into hair and scalp, let sit a few minutes while enjoying its cool, tingly sensation, and then rinse.

 

Geranium Essential Oil - Young Living5. Geranium

Geranium essential oil is a popular choice to help smooth and tone skin. This essential oil is great for all skin types, but it’s especially beneficial for skin that’s either oily or dry.

  • Add a few drops of this essential oil to a DIY face mask or use it during a stress-reducing facial massage.
  • Add 4–5 drops to a water bottle with 2 ounces of water. Spritz lightly over skin for a refreshing, revitalizing effect.

 

Young Living - Ylang Ylang Essential Oil6. Ylang Ylang

Known for its sweet floral fragrance, Ylang Ylang essential oil also helps moisturize and revitalize skin. This uplifting essential oil is great for all skin types, but it especially benefits dry or mature complexions.

  • Add several drops into a carrier oil, such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, and incorporate into a relaxing massage at the end of the day.
  • Add 2–3 drops to your bathwater.
  • Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.

 

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13 Essential Oil Hacks

If you’re looking for a few ways to seize more from each moment, check out this essential oils guide full of parent resources.

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Between getting the kids ready for the day, making healthy meals, running to extracurricular activities, and keeping the house clean, it’s a wonder parents have any time left to themselves. If you’re looking for a few ways to seize more from each moment, check out this essential oils guide full of parent resources. These hacks can help you simplify your schedule with essential oils for everything from cleaning to cooking to cooling down after a hectic day.

1. Room RefresherRoom Freshener
Essential oils make freshening your home a breeze—even when the kids are running around. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (we suggest Thieves® or Lemon) to a 2-ounce spray bottle filled with water. Shake thoroughly and spritz over linens, furniture, carpet, or throughout a room as needed!

2. Fresh Feet
Kids aren’t known for their clean feet, so it’s no surprise that their shoes sometimes need a refresh. Clean stinky shoes in a snap with 2 tablespoons baking soda and 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix together and sprinkle inside any shoes that need some extra care. Let sit overnight or longer, then shake out the baking soda.

3. Outdoor Spray
Let the kids play outside with this easy DIY spray that helps you stay annoyance-free. Combine 1½ ounces witch hazel, 2 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 15 drops Citronella, 5 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Eucalyptus Globulus  in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Evenly spray onto exposed skin, rubbing in as needed.

4. Fresh and Clean LaundryYoung Living Malaleuca Alternifolia for Laundry
Keep your family’s clothes looking and smelling their best with the added boost of essential oils. Add 12–15 drops of oil to your washer and eliminate musty scents. You can also ditch the dryer sheets! Instead, infuse wool dryer balls with 3–4 of your favorite essential oils such as Citrus Fresh™, Peppermint, or Lavender. Reapply essential oils every 2–4 loads.

5. Relaxing Foot Massage
Finally done with a long day of work, errands, meals, and after-school activities? Give yourself a moment to relax by using a carrier oil such as our V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to apply Lavender and Eucalyptus Globulus oil to the bottoms of your feet.

6. Homework Haven
Create the ideal studying environment enhanced with the crisp and uplifting aromas of essential oils. Before homework time, add a few drops of Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, or Eucalyptus Globulus to a diffuser.

7. Makeup Setting SprayDIY Makeup Setting Spray - Young Living Essential Oils - Geranium, Myrrh, Frankincense, Tea Tree
Being on the go means you don’t have time to do makeup touch-ups. Help your makeup stay put all day with this DIY makeup setting spray enhanced with skin-loving essential oils!

8. Vacuum Cleaner Clean-Up
When you finally have a moment to get to vacuuming, don’t let a musty scent distract from your hard work. Instead, try cleaning with essential oils! Add a few drops of essential oil to a clean vacuum filter and freshen up this household chore.

9. Early Morning Pick-Me-Up
Have to get up early to drive the kids to school or practice? Ditch the coffee—instead go for the invigorating taste of fresh Peppermint. Add 1–2 drops of Peppermint Vitality™ to a cool glass of water and start the day right.

10. Hair DetanglerDIY Hair Detabgler Ideas from Young Living
Don’t waste time struggling through a mess of hair—whether it’s yours or your child’s. Simplify your hair care strategy with this detangler! Combine ½ cup Lavender Conditioner (or other Young Living conditioner), 1⅛ cup warm distilled water, 3 drops Cedarwood, and 3 drops Frankincense. Spritz a couple times into dry or damp hair and comb through to tame any mane. Want more hair care ideas? Check out our blog post devoted to essential oil detanglers!

11. DIY Car Diffuser
Car time can become chaotic, but the power of aromatherapy makes it more enjoyable for everyone. Add a few drops of oil to some tissues and place them on the dash of your car. The warm sun will help disperse the scent while your car sits in the driveway or parking lot. Or try our USB Diffuser or Orb™ Diffuser for more on-the-go options.

DIY EO Infused Dry Shampoo

12. Dry Shampoo
Not enough time to shower in the morning? Dry shampoo is sure to be your beauty BFF. For a naturally derived solution, combine ¼ cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Rosemary, and 1 drop Tea Tree. If you have dark hair, add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Shake a small amount into your hair and massage the powder into your roots. After a few minutes, comb through your hair for soft, refreshed locks. See how easy it is with this video!

13. Simplified Snacks
Even if you want to avoid fast food and processed snacks, it can be hard to find the time to make homemade after-school snacks. Skip elaborate meal planning and cut down on prep time with the fast, fresh flavor of essential oils. We love this Citrus Sunshine Smoothie that’s tasty for the whole family!

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DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Say goodbye to melty makeup and reapplications throughout the hot summer day—this DIY Makeup Setting Spray will keep your look locked into place.

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Get a smooth, dewy, long-lasting makeup look with this essential oil-infused DIY Makeup Setting Spray. With just three ingredients—all of them naturally derived—it can be made at a fraction of the cost of retail brands. This homemade Makeup Setting Spray can also be easily customized to your skin’s needs: add Frankincense essential oil for normal skin, Geranium essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil for oily skin, and Myrrh essential oil for dry skin.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Hold spray bottle about 12 inches from face and lightly spritz skin 2–3 times.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Love your fresh-all-day look!

 

 

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Spearmint Orange Salt Scrub

This rejuvenating Spearmint Orange Salt Scrub is wonderful for your face or body. It’s uplifting scent and benefits are sure to start your day off bright!

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Happy skin happy day

This rejuvenating salt scrub will be your new favorite weekly ritual.  It is easy and super flexible – want smaller granules? Throw it in the processor {before you add the oil} Don’t want to use Avocado Oil? Try Sunflower or Safflower. Want to use it as a hand scrub? Coconut Oils is great for that too.

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Ingredients

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Orange zest
Orange Essential Oil
1 cup Epsom Salt

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Mint Leaves
Spearmint Essential Oil
1/3 cup Avocado Oil

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Simple Step 1

This simple 2 step recipe is quick, easy and so beautiful!
Just start with chopping the mint and zesting the orange
This recipe has Epsom Salt because of it’s skin benefits
Substitute or grind for a smaller granule

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Final step 2!

Add all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix!
Remember, you can pick a carrier oil of your liking
Avocado, Sunflower & Safflower are great for the face
You can always opt for Coconut for a body scrub

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Simple Step 1

This simple 2 step recipe is quick, easy and so beautiful!
Just start with chopping the mint and zesting the orange
This recipe has Epsom Salt because of it’s skin benefits
Substitute or grind for a smaller granule

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Final step 2!

Add all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix!
Remember, you can pick a carrier oil of your liking
Avocado, Sunflower & Safflower are great for the face
You can always opt for Coconut for a body scrub

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Not all essential Oils are created equal!

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