Perfume is a big business. Sadly, it is also a largely unregulated industry and perfume companies can put nearly any chemical they want in their formulas and get away with it. They can lace their perfume with hormone disrupting chemicals and chemicals that could cause allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches, and dermatitis. I know personally I cannot wear conventional perfume without suffering from headaches. I can’t even walk into that department in a store without the same and I almost never get headaches…perhaps 2-3 a year under normal circumstances. Long ago I wore perfume every day. After years of clean living though it seems I cannot tolerate conventional perfume anymore.
My body clearly tells me I need to stay away from these toxic concoctions but almost everyone likes to smell nice right? Well, that is where essential oils come in. Thanks to these lovely plant essences I can wear scents again and instead of harming my health…they actually enhance it. They just make better sense for ladies (and gents) concerned about their health who still want to smell all pretty. What could be better?!
Essential Oils You Can Wear As Perfume
Let’s start with the basics. Many essential oils can be applied “neat” or as-is and undiluted. Others are more potent and should be used in a carrier oil. A carrier oil also “carries” the scent to a larger area of the body and thus disperses the scent more. I personally like avocado oil. It is not greasy and has no scent of its own. I prefer to add my oils to avocado oil inside of a glass roll-on bottle. This makes for super easy application and they are small enough so that I can take them with me everywhere…for their scent and for their therapeutic value.
Here you can see a photo of what I am currently carrying in my purse. I have a little satchel that I use to carry oils, lip balm, and deodorant. Right now I am rockin Thieves (clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary), lavender, and DiGize (tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli). I carry these around for therapeutic reasons but they all happen to smell fantastic as well and I get compliments when I wear them.
Here are some lovely smelling essential oil singles you can wear for their luscious scent. Pick according to your preference be it spicy, woodsy, citrus, resinous, floral, or herbaceous.
These are just some of your options. You can mix and match as well and create blends. If you need help figuring out what scents work best together I highly recommend the book Mixing Essential Oils for Magic. It goes into great depth discussing how to blend oils by botanical family, by scent group, and by perfume note. It also contains profiles of most essential oils and carrier oils.
There is also an easier way if you don’t want to make your own blends and you want to wear something that smells like perfume does. Young Living has done all the work for us and made quite a few blends that smell amazing. The wonderful thing about these blends is that they may contain small amounts of oils that you might find it too expensive to buy on their own such as rose or melissa.
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My favorites are Valor, Abundance, Sclaressence, Highest Potential, and Believe. I wear one of these daily (on my body and in a diffuser necklace) and if I need to reapply I put some in a tiny 2ml amber bottle (pictured below). I don’t want to risk the entire bottle breaking or leaking in my purse. These smell better than any department store perfume anywhere AND they make my cells happy. It’s a total win, win.
Valor – Spruce, rosewood, blue tansy and frankincense in a base of coconut oil.
Sclaressence – Clary sage, peppermint, sage lavender, and fennel.
Abundance – Orange, frankincense, patchouli, clove, ginger, myrrh, cinnamon and spruce.
Highest Potential – Australian Blue, ylang ylang, cedarwood, blue tansy, and white fir, Gathering essential oil blend, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, cinnamon, rose, spruce, geranium, and jasmine.
Believe – Idaho balsam fir, coriander, bergamot, frankincense, Idaho blue spruce, ylang ylang, geranium.
Want to get your hands on Young Living essential oils? Find out how HERE.
Monday, January 5th, 2015