What Fragrances or Scents Do Men Like?

by Lee Ann Hopkins May 30, 2019

Attribution--Jose Cazu, photographer

Trying to find out what men like in the way of scents is no easy task. When I asked my male colleagues and neighbors what scents or fragrances they liked, they looked at me like I had an extra head coming out of my shoulders. They thought I was referring to what perfumes were preferred on their loved ones, not what they enjoyed to wear for themselves. Going online to Google, the question was equally perplexing.  The reason for this still puzzles me.  Searching for "men's favorite fragrances for themselves" brought up the likes of "7 Fragrances to Turn Men On" and "Smells that Gross Your Man Out"!  Wow!  Is it really all about pheromones?! I had a hard time finding what men actually wanted for themselves.  It's a basic question that folks ask of one another.  "What do YOU like?"  Maybe we don't ask our brothers this enough...

So those of you who live with men, know men, work with men (okay, this includes everyone), please ask what they enjoy to wear or smell.  I'd really like to know so that I can craft soaps, deodorants and lotions that will soothe him.

When I did actually get my men friends to forget about perfumes and colognes, some were able to say that peppermint, eucalyptus, cedar wood, anise, coffee, musk, patchouli, vanilla, clove and balsam fir were some favorite essential oils and fragrances.  They also loved the "fresh-mowed hay/grass" and leather smells.  (Gosh, I wish I could find those in an oil for soap making! I'll keep looking and researching!)

In the mean time for the upcoming Father's Day holiday, consider some of the soaps and lotions that are already in our line-up and ones they will surely enjoy.  As of today, the bestselling soaps that men have purchased have been: "The Dandy", "The High-Octane" and "The Pick-Me-Up"--all are fresh, clean, crisp and earthy.

Please drop me a line about your favorite scents guys! I really want to know what you like!  And be on the lookout for our newest soap bar coming, June 20th--"The Woodsy" which is marvelously refreshing with its notes of peppermint, sage and balsam fir. Smells like you're in a forest after rainfall. So watch for it!


Here's what you'll find in the soaps suggested above:

The Dandy--Clove, Musk, Coffee, Cinnamon Leaf and Balsam Fir

The High Octane-- Anise (think licorice!), Musk, Coffee, Clary Sage and Eucalyptus Radiata

The Pick-Me-Up--Lemon and Patchouli (pure sunshine!)


Lee Ann Hopkins
Lee Ann Hopkins


Chief soapologist and lover of all-things-Do-Good, especially those souls who cherish the earth and do their best to protect it.

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