I’ve never been one to wear a lot of perfume. I’m typically one to wear perfume on the weekends for special occasions. During the week to work, however, I figure why waste my money on smelling that good at work. Although it dawns on my I might not be single if I’d put in a little more effort at work. Ummm, no not really. Being attracted to men, in a female dominated industry makes meeting someone at work difficult- I digress. Back to my point – I have usually resorted to body sprays, just for something to give me a little, pretty scent during the week. But over the past couple of years I have been on a journey to reduce chemicals in my life. It started with cleaning products because those things are nasty. However, the more I understand about chemicals in our lives, the more aware I am of what I’m putting on my skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ and what we put on it absorbs into the rest of our body. Chemical’s in beauty products have been linked with infertility, cancer, disruption of the endocrine system and more.
I have been using essential oils for various things for years, from treating pain to preventing mosquito bites, but I’m trying to find new ways and products that will replace the majority of chemicals in my life. So, I decided to create a fragrance blend with essential oils that I can wear to work. I quite like it and I thought I’d share. It’s sweet and very subtle. I made this up in a roller bottle and will apply to my wrists and behind my neck.
Vanilla- I have a 2% Co2 in JoJoba (this apparently is not considered an essential oil due to the processing, but this is the closest to pure form). Because this is an infusion, I used 20 drops.
Patchouli- 2 drops
Cinnamon Bark- 4 drops
Ylang Ylang- 2 drops
Wild Orange- 4 drops
Top up with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Not only does this smell lovely but there is added well being benefits too, these are just a few;
- Patchouli is said to curb appetite, aid in depression, support the digestive system, its helpful if you have a headache. Its calming and reduces anxiety.
- Cinnamon may support circulation, exhaustion and the immune system by fighting bacterial and viral illnesses.
- Ylang Ylang is said to have antidepressant properties, it’s calming and may support mental fatigue reducing stress. It may aid the cardiovascular system and hormones. (it’s also said to help in the romance department).
- Wild Orange is uplifting and may support the digestive and immune systems and tissue repair.
Sounds pretty good to me!!
*I will preface this with my own disclaimer. While some people are 100% natural, I prefer to say that I am reducing chemicals. I applaud you if you have gone 100% natural. For me the place I have found is one of balance. I will still wear my Miss Dior perfume out on the weekend. While I understand that traditional perfumes are made of chemicals, I also feel that by limiting it’s use to once a week is acceptable for my life. While the makeup brand I use hasn’t got most of the nasties and I feel comfortable wearing, it is not 100% natural, and so other’s might not be comfortable wearing it. I just don’t make to falsely represent myself. I am drastically reducing chemicals in my life and am passionate about doing that where I can, but I’m also OK with still enjoying some of the things that I love in moderation.
**Please check that essential oils are safe for your personal use. Some essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy or in other health conditions.