Pamper Your Pooch: DIY Dog Cologne

I love my dogs dearly, but most of the time they smell… well, like dogs.  With four pooches running around, I’ve been on a quest to find non-toxic ways to keep my home from smelling like a small kennel.  Over the years, I’ve found that one of the easiest and cheapest ways to sustain a dog-friendly cleaning routine is to make my own products.  One of my favorite items is a dog cologne/deodorizing spray that you can make with items found either online or in most health food stores.  But first, an obligatory disclaimer…

PLEASE NOTE:  The recipe featured below is intended for use on DOGS ONLY.  Cats DO NOT metabolize essential oils in the same manner as dogs, therefor this recipe would not be safe for use on our feline friends.  Additionally, I am a “people nurse,”  and NOT a veterinarian, so please consult with your vet first if you have any questions regarding the safety or efficacy of this recipe for your pet.

DIY dog cologne ingredients
I like to use essential oils that are known for their flea-repellent properties.

Now for the fun part!  Gather your supplies from the list below.  I have noted optional ingredients that I find helpful, but are not necessary for your spray.  Many of the ingredients shown in the picture above were purchased online from Bulk Apothecary.


  • Distilled Water
  • Essential Oils
  • 8-ounce Spray Bottle
  • Floral Water (optional)
  • Aloe Vera Liquid (optional)
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil (optional)
  • Small Pipette (optional)

Add approximately 5 to 6 ounces of distilled water to your spray bottle.  I like to use a mix of distilled water and either rose or lavender water as they are soothing to the skin.  Next, add 5 to 6 drops of the aloe vera liquid, if you are choosing to use it.  Next, add  approximately 5 to 6 drops of  fractionated coconut oil (also known as MCT Oil).  This step is also optional, but I like to use the MCT oil because I feel it helps my essential oils disperse better, plus it’s an excellent moisturizer for the skin and coat.

dog cologne how to

Finally, add whatever combination of dog-friendly essential oils you would like to use.  I tend to stick with a combination of three different oils, utilizing 2 to 3 drops of each oil.  Keep in mind that your pup’s sniffer is far more sensitive than yours, so what smells pleasing to you, may be a bit overwhelming for your dog.  The following is a list of different oils I have used in the past and a few of their benefits:

  • Carrot Seed: Anti-inflammatory with mild antiseptic effects.  Also good for dry or flaky skin.
  • Cedarwood:  Antiseptic, flea-repelling, and circulation-stimulating.
  • Chamomile:  Anti-inflammatory.  Great for calming itchy or inflamed skin.
  • Eucalyptus: Anti-viral ,anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory.  Avoid use on very small dogs or puppies.
  • Geranium:  Gentle, anti-fungal, and tick-repellent.
  • Lemongrass: Smells wonderful to humans and is off-putting to fleas.
  • Lavender:  Antibacterial and anti-itch properties.  Also thought to be effective for calming nervous or fearful dogs.
  • Sweet Orange:  Excellent for odor control and is flea-repellent to boot!
  • Vetiver: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and tonic properties.

Once you have added all your ingredients, securely fasten the top of your spray bottle, shake to disperse ingredients, and spray your pup, avoiding the face and eyes.  Since this recipe only utilizes natural essential oils, it will not leave your pup with an overly strong smell, but mine seems to last about 4 to 6 hours, depending on what my boys get into that day.   The whole project should take less than ten minutes from start to finish, but if you don’t want the hassle of finding the ingredients yourself, you can grab a bottle from my Etsy store here.  I call it “Shaggy Chic” (hardy har, har…), and 50% of store proceeds are donated to dog rescue in the Tampa Bay area.

More tips and recipes to come!  Thanks for checking out our blog 🙂