I’m loving lavender lately! I mean, there is just something extremely romantic about the entire process of growing, cutting, drying and using lavender. Anytime I use lavender in the spa (which is daily) I think of the French Countryside and Parisian spas. It truly is one of the most relaxing and romantic scents.
This got me to thinking that essential oils are the best perfumes. I get more compliments wearing essential oils than any perfume I’ve ever worn. I love wearing essential oil blends because they are gentle, animal and earth friendly, all natural, relatively inexpensive, and therapeutic. My current favorite blend to wear is Sweet orange, Lavender and Vanilla. This combination of sweet, citrus and floral hits all the right notes for me – relaxing, brightening and romantic all at once.
You can purchase essential oil perfumes as blends, or make you own. If you decide to DIY, take these tips into consideration first:
blend by notes: try using oils from at least 2 note families. For example, vanilla is a base note and lavender is versatile (can be middle or base) while sweet orange is a middle or top note. Add base notes first, then middle, then top (if you aren’t using a certain note, then layer from heaviest note to lightest.) For more information on essential oil note families, visit these wonderfully helpful sites: here and here
dilute before using: essential oils are powerful plant medicine, with a molecular weight tiny enough to fit right through the pores of your skin and into your bloodstream. Be sure to always properly dilute essential oils before applying them to your skin. I love using unrefined coconut oil or jojoba oil, but you can also add them to organic base lotions or other plant or nut oils. For perfume oils, the general rule of thumb is 15% dilution, this is about 10-15 drops per ounce of carrier oil (see my recipe above for example.)
get creative: try essential oils you wouldn’t necessarily like alone by blending them with popular scents. I wouldn’t normally love sandalwood or frankincense solo, but pair these with something sweet and I really love them!
Also, if you are pregnant, please take a look at this list of essential oils to avoid.