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Give the Gift of Fragrance

Author: Dr. Larita
August 4, 2014

My granddaughter’s birthday was this weekend and she loves a good fragrance so we got her a set of lotion, shower gel and body oil in her favorite scent from Fragrance World of Topeka.  Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give and receive wonderful smelling scents as gifts. Essential oils can be added to the bath, diffused into the air, inhaled directly or massaged into the skin.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


Make Your Own Perfume

Author: Dr. Larita
April 17, 2013

smellingDo you have a favorite type of fragrance? Does it remind you of flowers, spice or citrus? You can make your own blended fragrance using essential oils and no one else will have your scent. Do a little experimenting with the scents below and start yourself a whole new delightful hobby. Use at least one of each of the groups below. Have fun experimenting and trying new fragrance blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

Middle Note Essential Oils

  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine


Fragrance Identity

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 16, 2013

126-20518I will always associate a particular aftershave balm with my father.  I could smell that fragrance anywhere and I would automatically think of my dad.  He still uses the very same one to this day and my mother tells me that he has been using it since before she met him.  I guess some guys have a fragrance identity and changing it could be harder than changing one’s finger print.  Some men are just consistent, I guess.

My husband doesn’t wear any kind of fragrance at all.  I would smell his deodorant and the soap he uses in the shower but nothing else besides that.  He told me he used to wear cologne when he was younger but then it got too expensive for him and he stopped wearing it ever since.  He told me he’s not opposed to wearing cologne again, but wonders if spending around fifty dollars for something he’s going to rarely use is a wise decision.  For his birthday, I wanted to surprise him with a bottle of cologne.  I knew he would be upset if I spent too much on it so I went to a store that specialized in discount fragrances and I got it for half the price.  He still doesn’t wear cologne every day, but he does wear it more often.


Gifts of Fragrance

Author: Dr. Larita
December 14, 2012

Now is the time of year when people are looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays. Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.


Bath and Body Oil Blends 2

Author: Dr. Larita
November 14, 2012

Yesterday we discussed essential oil blends for normal and dry skin that you can combine with your natural bubble bath. Moving forward, today we’re going to talk about oils you can use in the bath if you have problem skin that needs help.

Essential Oils for Greasy Skin

  • Chamomile
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Jasmine
  • Neroli
  • Bergamot
  • Cypress

Greasy Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops cypress
  • 5 drops ylang-ylang

Essential Oils for Blemished Skin

  • Geranium
  • Clary-sage
  • Eucalyptus/lemon
  • Eucalyptus/peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Thyme

Blemished Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 15 drops eucalyptus/lemon
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops thyme
  • 5 drops chamomile


Body and Bath Oil Blends

Author: Dr. Larita
November 13, 2012

Today, I’m going to give you some body and bath essential oil formulas that you can choose from depending on your skin type. You can add these oils to the bubble bath we talked about yesterday or add it to a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil to use as a massage oil.

Essential Oils for Normal Skin

  • Geranium
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Neroli
  • Frankincense
  • Palma rosa

Normal Skin Synergistic Blend

  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 10 drops palma rosa
  • 5 drops neroli
  • 12 drops lavender

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile
  • Palma rosa
  • pettigraine
  • lavender
  • rose

Dry Skin Synergistic blend

  • 10 drops palma rosa
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops carrot
  • 10 drops rose

Those two blends are good for many of you so enjoy them. I know there are some of us who have greasy skin or blemishes and I have formulas for you too. I’ll save those for tomorrow.

 


How To Use Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
October 12, 2012

I am writing one last  blog about body oils, at least for a while. My brother passed away in 2000 but before he did, he loved body oils. He  had his favorite scents  for himself as well as scents he liked for his lady friends. He kept trying different scents until he found one that he absolutely loved. The first time he purchased a bottle of the oil he liked best, he asked for the largest bottle we have.

Well, when he came back and asked for another bottle before a month was up I asked him if he had spilled the bottle or given it away. He told me he had used it all! I explained to him and I’m advising you; it only takes a small amount of body oil for you to smell wonderful. The oils blend in with your body chemistry creating a signature scent that is all your own and the scent lasts all day. You may not smell it yourself after a while (your nose gets used to it) but others will and you will receive many complements about how wonderful you smell.


An Essential Oil Perfume Recipe

Author: Dr. Larita
October 11, 2012

Today I’m going to give you a recipe I like for a perfume made from essential oils. You will need small glass bottles and pipettes to transfer the oils, and a small notepad to record your recipe so it can be reproduced or adjusted.

To create our perfume we are going to start by using a couple drops of vetiver and cedarwood as the base notes. This is trial and error, you try it and if you like it good, if not you can change it. Keep track of the number of drops of each essential oil you use on the notepad. When you have your base notes the strength you want, add a few drops of clove bud for the middle note and a few more drops of orange and ginger as the top notes.

Let the essential oils sit for 24-48 hours away from heat and sunlight. Your perfume blend will change somewhat as it matures. If you like the blend, go ahead and dilute it by adding fractionated coconut carrier oil to the bottle. Add a little carrier oil at a time until you feel the dilution is right. If you want to change the blend, you can adjust it before adding the carrier oil and let it sit another 24-48 hours. While adjusting, keep track of the number of drops of oil you use. This recipe will give you a spicy perfume blend. Try other essential oils to make your own unique scents.


Healthy and Unhealthy Skin

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 7, 2012

A lot of people don’t know the difference between ‘healthy’ skin and ‘unhealthy’ skin. There are actually a number of glaring signifiers to determine whether or not your skin can be considered healthy. There are typically four criteria to look at in regards to healthy skin: hydration, even color, smooth texture, and normal sensations.

Hydration is in reference to whether or not skin is frequently overly dry or flaky; even color is referring to whether or not skin looks blotchy; smooth texture relates to acne, blackheads, scars, and wrinkles; lastly, normal sensations is referring to whether or not you may feel burning or itching on your skin. One of the best ways to ensure that your skin remains healthy is through organic body care.


Applying Body Oils

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 2, 2012

Winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin. The dry, cold air dehydrates skin, making it appear older and less supple. When properly applied, body oils can reduce the effects of winter weather.

Start by cleansing the skin of all perfumes and lotions. If you have the time and resources, then exfoliating your skin is also advisable. While your skin is still hot and damp generously apply body oils. Allow the oils to soak into the skin before putting on clothing.


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