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Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


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Lavender

lavpot2Lavender essential oil is steam distilled from its flowering tops.

Lavandula augustifolia

 

Lavender has been used for centuries and is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body, working wherever there is a need. It is said that “if in doubt, use lavender.” It is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia.

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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. Lavender is a popular essential oil long loved for its calming, soothing fragrance and is very similar to that of the fresh herb —clean, fresh, relaxing, and floral—which is why Lavender has always been such a favorite of gardeners and perfume makers. When diffused, Lavender adds a clean and fresh scent to any room. Many know about Lavender for it’s relaxing benefits but do not realize that it can be used aromatically to help improve cognitive performance as well.

Try this: Want to get away? Create your own relaxing retreat by diffusing Lavender. Not only is its aroma soothing, but it also fills any space with a fresh, clean smell that eliminates odors. You can even freshen the bedroom with a DIY Linen Spray

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Topical Benefits

Lavender offers many benefits when applied topically. It is soothing, relieving, regenerating and relaxing to the skin.

Try this: Unwind at the end of a long day by adding a cup of Epsom salt and few drops of Lavender to a hot bath. Add a few drops to your favorite shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to give your hair and skin extra radiance and for a beautiful smell that lasts all day.

Companion Oils

Lavender pairs well with most citrus oils, also chamomile, clary sage, geranium and ylang ylang.

Lavender EO

 

For more information and a .pdf, click here.

 

Interesting fact: It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15-ml bottle of lavender oil. 

 

 


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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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Basic Lip Scrub Recipe

What is a lip scrub? Have you ever wondered who came up with this idea or why? Well I’m not sure who created the first lip scrub but I am thankful they did.

A lip scrub is an exfoliating product designed specifically for removing dead skin cells from the sensitive lip area. When the skin on the lips becomes excessively dry, it tends to flake, peel or chap. This is where the lip scrub comes in.

A lip scrub helps to exfoliate the area, bringing the new, soft skin to the surface. It moisturizes while it exfoliates. Another bonus to using a lip scrub is that it can enhance the staying power of your cosmetics such as lip liner, lip gloss and lipstick.

There are many over-the-counter options readily available but I tend to stay away from the chemicals. Besides, it’s so easy to make your own with a few simple ingredients such as honey, sugar and oil. Oh, and a cute lip scrub container to store your recipe in. Of course you can add additional ingredients to the basic recipe such as essential oils for aroma, flavor, and additional skin nourishing benefits so let me share a few fun ideas with you.

Here is the basic recipe:

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  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (can be brown or white) – sugar makes a wonderful exfoliator that is gentler on the skin compared to salt.
  •  1 Tbsp. olive oil (or oil of choice) – a fatty oil like olive oil will provide needed moisture for the lip.
  •  1 Tbsp. honey – known to moisturize and heal dry, cracked lips

Mix together the olive oil and honey, then add in the sugar. Stir until you have a thick consistency and then add to your lip container with airtight lid.

Lip Scrubs by the Season: Using Essential Oils

So after a  while, you may find that you’d like to jazz up your homemade lip scrub. This is where essential oils come in! Depending on the season, or mood that you’re in, you can add essential oils to the recipe to give it a little fun boost.

Spring: Try some skin nourishing floral essential oils such as lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, etc…there are plenty of other floral options to choose from as well.

Summer: Summertime makes me thing of citrus. Consider essential oils of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, etc…even consider mixing them up to create a blend of your own.

Fall: Cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, clove, come to mind to name just a few.

Winter: Add a little peppermint, wintergreen, pine, spruce, cinnamon, you name it.

The possibilites are endless when it comes to whipping up your own lip scrub. You can even add pumpkin spice or pure vanilla to the recipe. Play around with it, and most of all have fun! As long as you have the basic ingredients, you have all that you need to get started.

—> Just an FYI on essential oils though. They aren’t all created equal and I do not recommend putting just any brand on your lips. I would hate to see a reaction take place so please trust and know the brand that you are using. Young Living is the only company I trust with my family. You can read more about this company here, along with their Sources, Science and Standards, their global farms and more.  <—

 

 

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YL Diffuser Blends – Spring/Summer

Ooooh, the wonderful smells of spring and summer captured and brought inside. Think of breathing in the incredible scents of a floral bouquet, or the refreshing smell after a gentle rain. How about the smells of vacation such as visiting the beach, camping in the great outdoors, or traveling abroad? You will find them here!

 

 

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