Being young and healthy is what we crave to be! Finding the bottle of eternal youth is everyone’s dream. What if I told you if you change one thing in your beauty regime you’ll become a healthier person! Customizing your own perfume CAN make you healthier!
Last week I posted about eco-friendly finds at the local Christmas market! Along the way, I found a sweet-smelling product amongst the handmade goods. I found essential oils.
Support ethical companies
These oils come from a company that sources sustainable products and ethical standards. Their standards empower the community in which it grows and allows the environment to thrive.
This is why I dove in! To support a company with these principles now…not later! I swear time gets sucked into the void. Each day flies by so fast! I run into the next day without fully appreciating the last!
Make it your New Year’s goal to support companies that are transparent. My goal is to make these companies easier to find. To give you a clear path towards buying sustainable products.
Who is Doterra?
Doterra is a well-established company that operates on “Co-Impact Sourcing.” principles. It’s two main goals are:
- Source ideal growing conditions in native countries. Plants grown in their natural environments are happy plants and they’ll thrive
- Care for the well-being of the farmers, distillers and local communities. Giving back dignity and profits to those that work hard. It just makes the world a happier place!
These principles should be a good enough reason to try the product. Yep, I did it! I jumped in and became a member! You can find essential oils in any grocery store, drug store, health food store. But no one outlines their sustainable actions better than Doterra.
Plants offer amazing health benefits but it’s their beautiful scents that attract me the most. It’s just like nature’s candy. It delights the senses attracting love and friendship.
Perfume past and present
Essential oils have been used as perfumes since 2000 BC. Kings, Queens, and Nobles would wear it. The rarity of an essential oil distillery made it expensive. Therefore, those that had the money could afford to buy it. Peasants and laymen would envy the soft floral scents.
However, in recent history, perfume has become a product for the mainstream population. Rockstars are customizing their own perfume and selling it back to us. But, why let them tell you what smells good for you? You’re better off customizing your own perfume.
Today Chemists are playing around with man-made synthetic chemicals. Consequently, these synthetic chemicals are derived from a petroleum base (oil). Perfumes also have chemicals that disrupt those little glands responsible for hormones. Between that and the known carcinogens within the solution, It’s no wonder we get sick!
Also, fragrance can make sensitive bodies do things they’re not supposed too. Dizziness and confusion are some of the minor side effects associated with synthetic perfumes. Our sniffer can be super sensitive and strong scents can damage to our bodies.
The psychology of perfume
Perfume is powerful. Studies have shown that it is the only substance that crosses the blood-brain barrier. What the heck is the blood-brain barrier? It’s basically the super soaking wall that allows molecules to flow through the nose and into the goo that surrounds our brain. It separates the brain from the blood and the central nerve’s fluid. The brain’s subconscious attraction lures us into buying a specific scent.
For instance, Nostalgia, feelings of happiness and satisfaction lures us into a purchase. The smell of a room stimulates the brain to create long-lasting memories. For instance, the scent of a home-cooked meal or mom’s perfume stays with us for years.
When we buy we want something to give us excitement, fond memories or peace of mind. So, we use it every day and wear it on special occasions. Spending hundreds of dollars on it is not out of the question. The global perfume market is estimated to be worth over 31 billion dollars (USD). The market is expected to rise even further into 2025. It facilitates our need for a scent meant to project the sense of who we are!
Customize your own perfumes
I believe our take on synthetic scents lacks a sense of Scents-ibility! Healthy living and saving money can go together. You don’t have to look too far since you can find 100% essential oils at the click of a mouse.
So, take it to the next level and make your own scent. Playing with the different smells of each plant can give you a signature scent. Florals, spices, citrus, these notes are blendable.
The cool thing about blending essential oils is the pure chemistry involved! The base note, mid-note, and top note can all be customized. As a result, you can make your own scent and you’ll glow all day long!
The heart and soul of Oil
For a good carrier oil, you can use a Fractionated coconut oil. Or if you want a watery consistency use 1/4 cup of boiled water plus 1/4 cup of Club 190 Grain alcohol or perfumers alcohol.
- Base notes: From woody to sweet these scents are carried for the longest amount of time. It will likely stay with you for the majority of the day. 15-20% of the scent will stay for 24 hours. Good examples of a Base note include Jasmine or Vanilla.
- Mid notes: The heart of your scent is 50-80% of your scent. This scent will be with you for the majority of the day. You get to decide if you are a spicy or fruity kinda person. Many girls enjoy the floral scents of a good mid-note. Juniper or ylang-ylang are perfect examples.
- Top note: It’s the first impression and often citrusy which won’t stick around for very long. Light fragrances such as Bergamot Eucalyptus or Peppermint are a good top note.
Customizing your own perfume is easy!
When beginners learn to blend their own perfume they should only use 15 drops of essential oils total. It can become expensive if you make a mistake while experimenting with combinations. At this point in the discovery don’t bother using carrier oils yet.
Try it on your body so that you can decide if your body chemistry changes the natural scent. Then once you can commit to the fragrance you can make bigger batches.
The Growing up herbal Blog suggests you use the 30-50-20 rule. You will use 30% top notes, 50% middle notes, and 20% base notes. Give custom scents as a gift for friends and family!
So, stop and talk to a Doterra wellness advocate selling essential oils today. It’s an opportunity to learn about the health benefits of the plant world. In addition to its benefits, you will save money. Customizing your own perfume is an affordable way to feel healthier.
Plus, you’ll support an ethical industry and support a community of farmers and distillers. Lastly, make it your goal to start using products that are 100% NATURAL in 2020! Create those warm and fuzzy feelings we look for in life. You’ve found the trifecta of perfume perfection.