What is Fragrance?
Fragrance is power.
Fragrance can, for good or bad, characterize any type of person, place, or thing.
Fragrance can change the world.
Or at least the world in our immediate environment.
I would say that, other than the lauded physical, mental, and emotional healing results delivered by plant essences, a predominant reason why I admire essential oils, and therefore seek to learn about the art and science of aromatherapy, is because of their gift of fragrance.
The fragrance of an essential oil is an olfactory transmitted manifestation of the oil's vital life force.
Their fragrances are what draws us to the oils, to set them free to do their duty of healing our physical and mental selves + perfuming our bodies and environments.
And what's even more gratifying is that these oils are available to us whenever we want or need them to be.
On top of that, the capability of creating the products which act as vehicles for the oils to do their duty is right at our fingertips. Blending essential oils to use in various body and home care products is a technique that is easy for anyone to learn, and I created an email course to teach you the fundamentals.
The Blend a Fragrant Life with Essential Oils email course is your go-to resource to learn not only how to blend essential oils to create a fragrance that you will love, but also how make perfume sprays, colognes, and room fresheners to name a few, from SCRATCH, in which to use your blended fragrances.
We all, every day in our lives, in some capacity, whether consciously or subconsciously, are impacted in some shape or form, by scent.
According to olfaction researchers at Rockefeller University in New York, human beings have the capability of smelling over 1 TRILLION scents! Maybe more!
Which is awesome news for a beauty and cosmetic product junkie like me. I say, the more alluring wonder I can detect and experience through fragrance, the better. And if the product is approachable and not overly-complicated (i.e. it doesn't include a whole bunch of nonsensical, hard to pronounce ingredients), it's much more fun and enjoyable to use.
Don't you just love practical, effective body and home care products that smell distinctive, lovely, and fresh?
Aromatic, lovingly prepared products that not only emit an array of fragrances, but also healing energies born from natural plant essences? Products that are joyfully easy to create and customized to fit your needs, wants, and lifestyle?
Well, have I got a resource for you.
Blend a Fragrant Life with Essential Oils, the free email course, will equip you with tips and tools that take you from an aromatherapy novice to confident composer of simple, but compelling synergies for a variety of products.
As it's true with just about anything in life, when it comes to essential oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients, knowledge is power. All of the books below (yes BOOKS!) I have read and highly recommend.
Some of these books are new or fairly recent; others are several years, even decades, old. Not only are they still relevant and informative about the art and science of aromatherapy and fragrance, they are also a joy to read and learn from.
Get your entire life and add these treasures (yes, to me, books are treasures) to your herbal body care library RIGHT NOW.
Essential Oils + Aromatherapy:
The Aromatherapy Companion by Victoria H. Edwards
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
Aromatherapy for Beginners by Anne Kennedy
The Art Of + Science Behind Fragrance:
The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for the Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent by Mandy Aftel
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
Here is a list of trade organizations that serve the aromatherapy community.
Aromatherapy + Fragrance Organizations:
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Alliance of International Aromatherapists
The Natural Perfumer's Guild