Some things in the world are still real.
They can be sensed, like literally.
They are off the internet.
(n.) the scent in the air, the trace of someone’s perfume.
A few days ago, I was invited to attend a workshop on ‘Aromatherapy & Skin Care’ by Dr. Blossom Kochhar on the use of essential oils. There was no talking about trends or glamorous outfits but about the invisible skin you wear that defines your personality.
And I recalled, back in 2010 when I was shopping at Dubai airport, a woman silently passed from behind me, with this exotic smell that got me to turn back and see nothing. She was all clad in a black burkha! A moment I still haven’t forgotten. The sensual beauty of sillage!
Perfumes are not a modern paparazzi drama but keep an intense note of history and use. A daily routine of the royals as ittar, they were also a part of religious rituals, plenty of food ingredients, medicinal purposes, therapies and even Indian paan-masalas. Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well being. These oils are extracted from natural elements and have scintillatingly unique effects; calming or stimulating and are used for relaxation, skin care, domestic purposes and various natural remedies.
I am sharing some interesting ways of using essential oils to make your life a little aromatic and a short self-perfume making guide that I learnt during the workshop-
- Drink flavored lemon water by adding 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to regular drinking water to refresh the mind and detoxify body.
- Two drops of peppermint essential oil in your favorite tea for a hint of mint freshens up the mood instantly.
- Sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow for a good night’s sleep. Tried and tested!
- Get rid of the stinky shoe smell by rubbing a few drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in them.
- A homemade love potion recipe – 20 drops sandalwood, 4 drops of cocoa, vanilla and rose essential oils to an unscented lotion. Thank me later!
- Give your feet a relieving bath by adding some lemon and eucalyptus oil in warm water.
- Add rosemary essential oil to your shampoo to naturally thicken and increase volume of your hair.
- Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil and fresh strawberries and rub them on teeth for a few minutes to whiten them naturally.
- Rub a mixture of raw honey and tea tree essential oil on your face for cleaning pores and reducing acne.
- To relieve PMS, mix 2 drops of sage, basil, and rosemary essential oils, apply to a warm, moist hand towel and apply to abdomen.
MAKING PERFUME WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Each of us have a personal choice of aromas and flavors. Sharing my personal favorite with you
Take a bowl and pour about 50 ml of carrier oil in it. Carrier oils are base oils that are used to dilute essential oils. You can use almond oil or jojoba oil here. Then, mix 4 drops of sandalwood essential oil, 2 drops of each lemon and ylang ylang and 1 drop of jasmine essential oil to the bowl. Mix well and smell. Add some more of any of these for a stronger smell. Use a dropper to fill them in air-tight bottles.
To use, take a few drops and rub the perfume on the wrist, behind ears and your neck.
Aah! That smells good! 🙂
You can get these ‘Earth to Bottle’ magical perfume making kit and essential oils at Blossom Kochhar Beauty.