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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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Christmas/Winter Diffuser Blends

Here is a lovely way to celebrate the holiday with festive essential oil diffuser blends. One for each day of the month, woohooo! Plus a bonus New Year’s diffuser blend.

 


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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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Autumn Diffuser Blends

 

Autumn is here! The sweet citrus scents of bergamot, lemon, and orange paired with spices of clove, cardomom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and more, will warm up the home this season with the following diffuser blends. There’s a little something in here for everyone to enjoy.

 

Happy Fall Y’all!


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Autumn is in the Air: Spice Up Your Home With Essential Oils

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I absolutely LOVE this time of the year! The crisp, cool air, sweatshirts in the evenings, harvesting from the garden, the scents of cinnamon and clove coming from the oven as my zucchini bread bakes, the list goes on and on.  I also LOVE diffusing essential oils that can make the entire home smell of this wonderful season!

When I think of the aroma’s of autumn things like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and orange come to mind…it’s all so warm, welcoming and wonderful! But did you know that when diffusing essential oils, the family and guests are benefiting from SO much more than an amazing aroma in the atmosphere?  Essential oils offer much more than a simple scent to a room. They are known for cleansing and purifying the air.  And when breathed in, they offer many wonderful health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some of the awesome reasons why one would consider essential oils in the home.

 

Fall is in the Air

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Cinnamon Bark: The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon has been sought throughout the ages both as a valuable commodity and for its ability to improve wellness. Cinnamon is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function.

 

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Christmas Spirit: Don’t let the name throw you 🙂  This is an amazing essential oil blend consisting of citrus, and spice, and a hint of evergreen.  I LOVE diffusing this one for both Fall and Christmas. It is very uplifting!

 

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Clove: Has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing.

 

 

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Orange: This essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

 

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Nutmeg: has a sweet, warm, spicy scent similar to the spice commonly used in cooking. It has comforting and soothing benefits.

 

 

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Ginger: has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Supportive of the digestive system, ginger is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort.

 

 

Favorite Diffuser Combinations

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Favorite Recipes

 

Make ‘n Take Ideas!

 

May your home smell absolutely amazing, may your family and friends be blessed with the awesome benefits of these essential oils, and may you have fun making memories together as you whip up a sugar scrub and room spray together. Autumn is a season of coziness, gratefulness and togetherness. Be blessed.

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What are some of your favorite choices for fall? I’d love to hear from you.