Perfume: Create your own scent using essential oils

Everybody loves to smell good so go out smelling like roses or smelling zingy with a touch of lemongrass by adding a blend of oils to your pulse points.

You may have a favourite scent that you wear all the time. But perhaps you have perfume bottles that have been sitting there for years collecting dust.

There is a more sustainable way to smelling good which allows you to experiment based on what takes your fancy in the moment. If you love essential oils and use oils for household use or for beauty, then try creating your own blends.

Blend an oil of your choice with a few drops of carrier oil and rub it into your pulse points. Do use caution with essential oils as some can cause skin irritation. Check the bottle for advice or refer to a reference tool – a book or online resource – of essential oils.

Using a carrier oil with a drop or two of essential oil is a good way to wear scent, and can have a more lasting affect than some perfumes.

If you like woody scents, try blending a drop or two of sandalwood in almond oil and gently rub it in to your wrists or neck. Some oils, especially citrus oils, are photosensitive when used on skin. But if you like the citrus smells, check out alternatives instead which have a citrus-like scent but do not harm the skin – for instance, palmarosa oil can be blended with any carrier oil to give a fruity scent.

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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