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Diffuser Blends for Men

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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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Essential Oil-Infused Wine

Did you know that you could enhance the experience and flavor of a good glass of wine simply by adding essential oil to the moment? Have I peaked your interest? Well then let me share with you what I have learned…

When selecting a wine, I learned that there are a few categories and terms to choose from. Terms such as woodsy, warm, crisp, fruity, floral, etc… You can do the same with essential oils and pair them accordingly. Let me show you how:

Riesling, for example, would pair well with a fruity essential oil such as mandarine, tangerine, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, jade lemon, or a fruity blend such as Citrus Fresh.

A woodsy wine would pair well with cedarwood, juniper, spruce, or fir.

A more floral based wine could pair lavender, rose, geranium, etc…

When talking about pairing essential oils with wine, there are two ways to enjoy this combination. One is simply inhaling the paired essential oil by running a diffuser in the desired room. The other would be to add to your glass, bottle, or recipe of the chosen drink of choice. Here are a few fun recipes to try.

 

 

The wonderful thing about adding essential oils to the evening is that they don’t interfere with the wine, they enhance it. May you take delight in trying something new with your next glass of wine.


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YL Diffuser Blends – Fall/Winter

Do you smell it? The crisp freshness of autumn leaves, the cinnamon and spice baking blends, and the hint of evergreens with freshly fallen snow? Bring all of these favorites indoors with essential oils, your diffuser, and the following blends.

 

We will continue to update as new recipes come in so visit often, and we hope you enjoy!


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Back-to-School Diffuser Blends

Rise and shine it’s wake up time! Time to get ready for school! And then there’s the one child who wakes up grumpy, no worries, that’s what the Happy Blend and Chilled Kiddoes blends are for.

How about an immune supporting blend with Perfect Attendance, or brain blends to stimulate concentration and focus with the Brainiac Blend or Smartypants. There’s also the No First Day Jitters and Serene Student blend to help calm  them down a little, for a more enjoyable and balanced day for them. And of course, finish the day with the Sweet Dreams blend.

We’ve got you covered for a successful school year! Give these Back-to-School Diffuser Blends a try and celebrate Back-to-School with success.

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Stress Away

Stress Away essential oil is a Mama’s best friend. Let me paint the scenarios….

Sitting in traffic with agitated kids….Stress Away! Nothing is going right, everything is going wrong…Stress Away! “Calgon, take me away!”….Stress Away! Need I say more?

Stress Away EO

Stress Away is like a mental trip to the beach for me. The smells of lime and vanilla paired together with copaiba, cedarwood, ocotea, and lavender are like a little match-made-in-heaven. This portable blend is specially formulated to help relieve the little everyday stressors and tensors that can sometimes overwhelm us so that we can calm down, make it through our day, and sleep better at night. This helps us to live healthier and happier lives. And when Mama’s happy, everybody is happy, right?

Get some Stress Away so you aren’t like this person below (wink).

 


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Back-to-School Survival Guide

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Let’s talk Back-to-School for a minute. It’s the first day, there are moments of excitement immediately followed by moments of uncertainty. The emotions are ping-ponging back and forth. There’s the Back-to-School jitters, thoughts of new friends, and that dreaded word….homework! Yep, that word. It doesn’t have to be quite the emotional first day you know. Essential oils make great tools for helping to balance emotions. Plus, there are other wonderful, natural products to help support the immune system, cognitive function, and at the end of they day assist in a good night of sleep.

Come, take a look at some of the fun ways we can incorporate natural products into a Back-to-School routine with this survival guide.

I think I forgot to mention that healthy snacks were included, oh, and teacher gifts too!

 

May your child’s Back-to-School routine be a smooth one as you transition from those lazy days of summer back to routine, hard work, and busy schedules.

Thank you for stopping by and joining us today with this Back-to-School Survival Guide!

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