Perfumes can be expensive and difficult to find the one you like. Sometimes all you want is one key fragrance that you love that suits the occasion, day or night time or just makes you feel great. Essential oils don’t just smell good, they also have the benefit of healing or mood enhancing qualities and they’re great as all-natural perfume.
Perfumes are blends of oils and alcohol – some are up to 95% alcohol, but if you want to skip the alcohol part, then using Essential Oils on their own can be a great and inexpensive way to have a collection of different fragrances for different occasions.
Some pure, undiluted essential oils shouldn’t be used direct to the skin, and never on broken skin, because they may cause irritation or de-sensitisation.
The easiest way to use them is to get a little spray bottle and dilute them with water – Add 10-15 drops of essential oil (either a single oil or a blend) per fluid ounce/30ml of water. If you want you can also make up balms and oil blends using carrier oils like jojoba, coconut, avocado and other vegetable oils or butters. The general rule is a 2% essential oil to carrier oil.
Here are some of the best oils for perfume that are are fine to dab onto your pulse points;)
- Bergamot – extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange. It is cooling, refreshing and has a sweet, citrus smell. Its fragrance helps reduce stress and tension. Bergamot is used in Earl Grey tea to give it its familiar smell.
- Geranium – a balancing oil that cools and moistens. It is also strengthening and uplifting for the emotions. It has a strong, sweet, floral smell.
- Jasmine – a sweet, delicate aroma that blends well with most oils. It is balancing, with both refreshing and rejuvenating qualities.
- Lavender – a distinctive fresh, floral aroma that works well in combination with other oils. It is useful for relieving stress and tension.
- Mandarin has a sweet, floral, citrus scent. It is very detoxifying, helping to reduce cellulite and water retention. It also helps to prevent or reduce stretch marks, and to tone loose skin. Its aroma helps to calm the mind.
- Neroli – extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is excellent for improving skin tone, especially in mature skin. It is also beneficial for reducing and preventing stretch marks. The aroma is both uplifting and calming and acts as a great antidepressant.
- Patchouli – Patchouli oil has a dry, woody, musky aroma that is strengthening and stimulating. It is an antiviral and antibacterial oil, with skin-regenerating actions such as improving scar tissue and stretch marks or reducing oily skin.
- Rose – is derived from the steam distillation of rose petals and is very expensive. It is a deeply nurturing, feminine oil, which helps to reduce anxiety as well as balance the emotions.
- Verbena – zesty and uplifting, with antiseptic and toning properties. Lemon is particularly good to repair and cleanse ageing or oily skin.
- Ylang Ylang – has an intensely sweet scent. It is a soothing oil that helps to create a sense of wellbeing. Its application in skin care is to balance both dry and oily skin.
- If you are pregnant, you should always take advice from a GP before using essential oils.
- Buy your oils from an aromatherapist or reputable retailer, and make sure that the essential oils you buy are organic or naturally derived, rather than synthetic.
- Remember some essential oils are toxic and should never be inhaled or put on the skin (these include strong spicy oils like cinnamon and clove). Always check before using any you are unsure of. They should always contain a warning on the label.
Originally written for and published on Naturally Beautiful blog – www.erepereznaturallybeautiful.com