Perfumes and Aromatherapy

Perfumes and Aromatherapy
To those of you looking to discover the beauty and power of essential oils, there's no better way than learning how to blend them. When people speak of aromatherapy, images of long soaks in a bath tub, an invigorating body scrub or a luxurious body massage seem to come to mind. On the other hand, when you hear the word perfume, the thought is often, alluring, enticing, seductive and mysterious.

Aromatherapy is often defined as treatment through scent. If this is the case, then how would you define a perfume? When working with its natural elements, it's an aromatic blend of essential oils that can treat, enhance, seduce and when blended just so, you'll find the element of mystery and mystique as well.

Understanding the Basics

The art of natural perfume blending is comparable to arranging flowers so that you can experience their exquisitely perfumed bouquet. Some say that there's no right or wrong way to blend perfume. However, it is an art form that improves over time as you experiment and practice your craft. So where do you begin? It starts with understanding the basics: essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extracts and how they are categorized when it comes to blending. The art and science of perfumery is built on what known as notes.

Notes : are categorized as top, middle and base. Top notes make up 5% to 20% of your perfume blend. The oils in this space evaporate very quickly and are the ones you experience when you first remove the cap.
Oils in this category would be Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Ylang, Ylang and Geranium.

Middle notes: make up 50% - 80% of your perfume blend. These oils will help to synchronize your perfume blend and it doesn't evaporate. Oils found in the middle note of your blend are considered the heart of your perfume. The middle not oils are also known as the heart of the oil blend.

Oils in this category would include the oils mentioned above as top notes, however there are plenty of other essential oils that fall into the middle note category. Rosemary, Palo Santo, Angelica root, cedarwood, Sage and Lemon grass are a few more to add to your middle note blends.

Base notes : make up 5% to 20% of your perfume blend. Base note oils serve as a fixative or preservative that stabilizes your perfume blend. It helps to extend the time it remains on your skin. Sandalwood is one of the essential oils used to ground and stabilize your perfume.

However, the Sandalwood (Santalum album)that comes from the Mysore region of India is almost extinct, because of reckless overharvesting. Sustainable choices are coming from Australian sandalwood, New Caledonia and Hawaii.

Base note choices include, Vanilla, Amber, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Myrrh and Patchouli. Perfume blends can be made in different forms: mist, body oils as well as solids. Each oils blend requires patience and time, so prepare yourself to get into a quiet space and meditate on how exactly you'd want to begin.

That's it for this week. I'll talk about the tools and give some basic perfume recipes another time. Remember ...

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