Essential oils can be described as the essence of the plant it is extracted from. They are a key component of our natural perfumes. Though we mainly use them for their scents, essential oils are also famous for their use in aromatherapy and other forms of alternative medicine for the benefits they may have on individuals.
We decided to write on some of the essential oils we use the most in our natural perfumes and what they are famous for.
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Sandalwood oil is extracted from the tree of the same name. Such trees are slow-growing and need to be harvested mindfully to avoid negative environmental impacts. This, in addition to its praise for use in perfumery and alternative medicine, gives it the reputation to be one of the most expensive woods in the world.
Sandalwood has been used for centuries in East Indian and Chinese medicine to treat colds, UTI’s, liver and gallbladder problems as well as other ailments. It also has the reputation to be an aphrodisiac and to promote physical and mental health.
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This white-flowered plant is one of perfumers’ favourites for its unique floral and sweet aroma. But this one is not only popular for its appealing appearance and smell, it also comes with a plethora of health benefits.
Jasmine is associated with romance and is believed to be an aphrodisiac to the point that, in some culture, it is used as an integral part of weddings and to decorate the newlyweds’ bedroom to set the mood!
Jasmine is also famous for its uplifting effect and is widely used in aromatherapy to alleviate depressive symptoms through its stimulating effects on alertness. Research has also shown that inhaling Jasmine had an effect on brain activity with participants reporting feeling more positive and energetic after getting a whiff of it.
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Bergamot is a plant bearing an lime-coloured and orange-sized fruit, from which oil is extracted from the peel. Its scent is however more complex as the citrus smell mixes with a hint of bitterness and a floral trail.
Bergamot does it all as it is used in food to give some dishes a citrus-y flavour but is also widely used in cosmetics and aromatherapy.
Bergamot is reputed for its virtue in helping with high levels of cholesterol as well as combating oily skin and acne. It is also renowned for being a mood stabiliser during periods of grief and depression.
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Cedar trees are evergreen conifers which essential oil is extracted from their bark, needles and berries.
Cedarwood smells woody though slightly sweet, which gives it a quite soothing scent. Very popular in men’s colognes and aftershaves, Cedarwood oil also harbours other uses.
It is popular to treat scalp and skin conditions and fight off not only fleas and moths but also negativity and anxiety.
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Hinoki is a Japanese Cypress with a distinct woody, balsamic scent. Hinoki is widely used nowadays to create high-quality timber used in shrines and temples. It is also cultivated to serve as ornamental trees in parks and gardens.
It is as well used in perfumery and other personal care products, mainly for relaxation purposes and soothing the skin.
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Tuberose is a fragrant white flower with a floral, sweet but not too sweet, smell. Its appeal in perfumery work may be related to its association to romance and sensuality. Even French Queen Marie-Antoinette was known to wear a perfume containing tuberose.
But its benefits don’t end at being an aphrodisiac, Tuberose can also help with relieving physical and mental tensions as well as enhancing self-esteem and confidence.