My favorite sensation is smell. I enjoy all kinds of fragrances. Green forest floors covered in dark moss. Shimmering dew drops dripping from brightly colored flower petals. Fresh laundry being hung to dry on a line during a breezy afternoon. Sugar coated pastries caramelizing in a bakery’s oven. Sharp blades slicing thru the thick, juicy rind of fresh lemons. I constantly surround myself with a large variety of exotic & cozy scents depending on my mood. My favorite way to do this is with oil. There are many kinds of oils to choose from. Essential oils, fragrance oils, loran oils. Each kind has it’s own benefit and special properties that can be utilized in your everyday life. Just know that once you delve into the world of fragrance it is kind of like falling down the rabbit hole. Possibilities become boundless & the future is yours to create when you use the power of scent.
I like to start off with essential oils. These oils are the most pure & delicate of the family. They come from heat distillation of plant material, so you won’t find any scents like sour grape or black cherry. Essential oils are very therapeutic when inhaled. Peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood, oak moss, spearmint & camphor essential oils are my favorite scents to use when I am feeling down or sick. Peppermint in particular is fantastic for stuffy noses or head aches. Rub a drop or two between your palms and inhale deeply. Also try applying it topically to your forehead. Just be careful not to use too much & do not get any in your eyes. Eucalyptus, sandalwood & oak-moss are my favorites for when I have chest congestion. Mix about 5 drops of each oil in a tea light burner or oil/wax warmer and inhale deeply to reduce cough & phlegm. Essential oils are also great for a small burst of daily energy. Try grapefruit, lemon, orange or lime oils if you are feeling groggy. A drop or two of any scent rubbed between your hands and inhaled if you are in a hurry. Or try mixing them up in a burner or warmer for a delicious wake up! Do remember that if you are planning on using more than just a drop or two of essential oils on your *skin* you should mix them with a carrier oil first. Carrier oils ensure that you do not get photo-sensitivity that can sometimes happen with prolonged essential oil use.
Fragrance oils are a whole other level. These are generally made up of Aldehydes but there are other chemicals that can comprise the nearly infinite list of fragrance oils. Scent is quite literally a chemical. So in a laboratory setting it is possible to pull or recreate the chemical make up of smells. Any scent you can think of. The smell of churning butter, mowed grass, red apples or marshmallows can be turned into a liquid and added to a burner or warmer. Once you let that thought sink in… the fun really starts. Remember the smell in the air when your grandma was baking her famous pies? You can have that scent in a bottle. That day in the park where you sat by the pond and people watched while eating churros? All contained in a 2 oz chunk of fragrance oil infused wax. You can literally go back in time while you sit back & relax at home. Invoke the beautiful feelings of life’s blissful everyday events with fragrance! Fragrance oils should not be applied directly to the skin like essential oils. Adding carrier oils to fragrance oils will not make them ready for the skin either. Only use specially marked “for cosmetic use” fragrance topically at all times.
Do you use fragrance oils? How about essential oils? What is your favorite scent? Tell me all about it in the comments below!