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Perfume with Angelica Essential Oil

7667030-14rejparfumejpgThe language of perfumery uses a kind of musical scale comprising of base notes, middle notes, and high notes. It is a symphony of aromatic elements moving together in harmony. It is an art that is taken as seriously as musical composers or painters creating a masterpiece. Enter Angelica.

Angelica archangelica is considered a feminine top note. Top notes are the most volatile, meaning they evaporate quickly and are therefore the ones you smell first. The top note gradually evaporates and leaves the middles notes, which eventually fade and reveal the base notes.  The following list gives you a few ideas of base notes and middles notes to blend with angelica in orchestrating your own aromatic, harmonic fragrance.

Base Notes

  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver

Middle Notes

  • Cassia
  • Clary Sage
  • Marjoram
  • Neroli
  • Nutmeg
  • Palmarosa
  • Thyme

How to Decide

Know what fragrance you are aiming for when blending together. Are you aiming for it to be woodsy, floral, musky, fresh, minty, resinous, camphorous, etc.? Then from here, decide which  type of perfume you would like to make.

Type of Perfume

Type of Perfume – Essential Oil Concentration – Diluent Concentration

Perfume, 15-30%, 70-85% (5-10% is water)
Eau de parfum, 8-15%, 85-92% (10-20% is water)
Eau de toilette, 4-8%, 92-96% (10-20% is water)
Eau de cologne, 3-5%, 95-97% (30% is water)
Splash cologne/body spritz, 1-3%, 97-99% (20% is water)

The above ratios are broken down first by the essential oil blend you create using base, middle and top notes. In perfume, the essential oil blend will make up 15%-30%. Next is adding the alcohol which will make up 70-85% with 5-10% being distilled water. This makes up your perfume. Follow the ratios for Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, Eau de cologne, and splash cologne/body spritz if you decide on one of them as well.

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The strength of a fragrance will depend on the ratio of the finished blend. Perfume will always be the strongest formulation.

Once you have made up your perfume, set in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks, checking on it often and giving it a swirl to allowing the essential oils to combine into a harmonious blend.

Popular Essential Oil in the Perfume Industry

Do a quick google search to see how popular angelica is amongst perfumers in this industry. It is quite fascinating!

Your Turn

So what do you think, will you give this a try? Are you ready to compose your masterpiece? When you do, did your perfume blend together harmoniously or, as they say in the perfume industry, were they not “hanging together” (a popular term meaning they weren’t integrating harmoniously).

Have fun with it. Involve the kids and let them try their own hand at making perfume. Best of all, you will have peace of mind knowing the ingredients contained in your final product.


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Angelica for Skin Care

skin-moisturizing-basics-242x242.jpgAngelica oil is generally considered to be safe for topical use but should always be diluted properly with another skin friendly base oil like coconut oil or almond oil. After dilution, you can apply it gently to your face to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin and give it a healthier glow.

Try combining a few drops of angelica oil with an equal amount of frankincense oil if you want to give your face an extra special treat.

Bear in mind that angelica oil may be photosensitive which means that direct exposure to the sun can cause a reaction. To guard against this, make sure that you do not expose your skin to direct sunlight for at least 12 hours after applying it. As for myself, I prefer applying mine as anevening regimen before bedtime.

Here is a lovely recipe to help obtain more youthful skin with essential oils that are soothing and nourishing. This blend can help moisturize, balance, and brighten the skin and is good on most skin types including normal, oily and sluggish skin.

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Angelica Diffuser Blends

Angelica is known for being uplifting to the soul, for bringing joy to the heart, and for helping to release pent-up negative emotions. Pair this with any combination of companion essential oils and the results are simply delightful.

Give these diffuser blends a try and see if they bring peace and balance into your day.

 

 

 


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Angelica

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Angelica is known as the “holy spirit root” or the “oil of angels” by the Europeans. They believed that angelica’s healing powers were so strong that it was of divine origin.

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Throughout history, angelica has been a notable herb. From the time of Paracelsus, it was credited with its powerful abilities to strengthen and protect the immune system.

The American Indians used angelica for its medicinal properties in poultices and more, and the Indians of the Rocky Mountains are known for making decoctions and teas from angelica root, drinking as tonics to build strength after illness.

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An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of angelica are very soothing and calming for emotional balance as well as to the nervous system and may help assist in the release of pent-up negative emotions.

Applications

Angelica essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.

Companion Essential Oils

Angelica is from the carrot family and is sometimes known as “wild celery.” My nose picks up on whispers of dill in its aroma and it blends well with florals, woods, and most citrus oils; some of them being basil, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile roman, clary sage, coriander, dill, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, melissa, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, tangerine, valerian, and vetiver,

Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 12 hours.

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Interesting fact about Angelica: Native Americans called it the “hunting or fishing root” because when rubbed on hands it attracted fish and game.