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Making Scents of Aromatherapy for Men

Susan Bays, Staff Writer, Universal Companies

Catering to male spa clients requires minor adjustments, but it’s mostly a matter of tweaking your professional product and retail selections to have a more masculine appeal. This is particularly true when it comes to aromatherapy.

Whatever you do, don’t eliminate aromatherapy from your treatments and spa boutique altogether, assuming men simply won’t be interested. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many men seek aromatherapy to relieve anxiety and pain and as an alternative health treatment.

Men stand to benefit from the emotional and physical effects of holistic aromatherapy as much as women do. You just need to know which oils to choose and the type of retail products that will appeal to your male clientele. Here are some guidelines to follow.

Aromatherapy for Men in the Treatment Room

Most men enjoy a wide range of essential oils with masculine aromas. These oils tend to fall into one of four categories: earthy, spicy, woody, citrus.


Clary Sage (ESR7715) – Euphoric, uplifting

Frankincense (ESR7725) – Tension reducer; commonly used as incense

Patchouli (ESR7757) – Grounding, adds depth to a blend; excellent for skin

Vetivert (ESR7780) – Grounding; known as the “Oil of Tranquility”


Clove Bud (ESR7716) – Invigorating and uplifting

Cinnamon Leaf (ESR7713) – Very stimulating

Thyme, Sweet (ESR7779) – Warm and herbaceous

Marjoram, Sweet (ESR7751) – Soothing, warming, and fortifying

Myrrh (ESR7754) – Warm and rich


Cedarwood, Atlas (ESR7708) – Warm and sweetly balsamic

Pine, Scotch (ESR7762) – Sweet and spicy balsamic, very clearing

Sandalwood (ESR7770) – Deep sweet and woody tones

Juniper Berry (ESR7735) – Sweet, fresh, and energizing


Lime, Distilled (ESR7747) – Refreshing and uplifting, with a sharp aroma

Orange, Sweet (ESR7756) – Sweet, uplifting, and fruity

Blood Orange (ESR7558) – Energizing

Grapefruit (ESR7729) – Uplifting

Lemon (ESR7745) – Sharp, cleansing aroma

Mandarin (ESR7749) – Uplifting, fruity

Try these massage oil blend recipes that will appeal to men and that you can easily mix yourself.

No matter how you are incorporating aromatherapy into your treatment—massage, bath soak, steam room, facial, or simply diffusion—and whether your client is male or female, always be sure to follow the appropriate contraindications for the essential oils you are using.

Retailing Aromatherapy for Men

When it comes to retail aromatherapy for men, make it easy for them to translate their spa experience to their home. Explain how you’re using oil in their treatment and then personally show them products with similar scents and benefits in your retail boutique. Here are some of our favorites that will be a hit with the men in your spa:

ESS® Aromatherapy Energize Body Wash (ESR7569) – This natural body wash will give him a wake-up call in his morning shower with an energizing blend of bergamot, frankincense, grapefruit, lime, sweet orange, elemi, peppermint, cardamom, spearmint, and cedarwood Himalayan essential oils.

ESS® Aromatherapy Headache Relief Essential Oil Blend (ESR7561) – Roman chamomile, grapefruit, lavender, lime, rose, basil, peppermint, and eucalyptus radiata will loosen him up and give him a relaxing sense of harmony.

ESS® Aromatherapy Balance Essential Oil Blend (ESR42) – This blend promotes inner harmony using French lavender, spikenard, eucalyptus globulus, balsam fir, Cedarwood Himalayan, Spanish marjoram, and frankincense.

NEW! Sanari Plant-Based Candles – These organic candles, poured into beautiful stemless wine glasses, are clean burning and non-toxic. Made with essential oils blended in pure coconut wax and non-GMO soy wax, they have a natural scent and promote well-being. Wide wicks made of 100% unbleached cotton provide a clean, pure, and long-lasting burn. This material also creates a unique triangular glow, embodying the unity of spirit, mind, and body. Some of our most masculine scents include:

  • Fresco  – Meyer lemon, sweet basil, dry sage
  • Granita  – Rosemary, pink grapefruit, dry oak
  • Giardino – Bergamot, black pepper, patchouli
  • Bosco  – Pine, eucalyptus, peppermint

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