essential oils: lemon

photo:  growingagreenfamily.comLemons seem to be a fruit that’s been taken for granted.  I speak for myself when I say that lemons are often a highly under-rated fruit.

In cooking the lemon works quietly behind the scenes ~ it enhances most savory dishes, in many instances without taking center stage or even getting mentioned.  Yet without its inclusion we’d feel that something was missing.

image:  botanical.com

Lemon essential oil ~ which is the oil from the peel ~ is also extremely valuable but sometimes overlooked in favor of other oils.  In perfumery, its cousin bergamot is considered a more sophisticated top-note than lemon.  In cleaning and disinfecting the trendy lavender and/or powerful tea tree oils are what might be preferred these days.

photo:  ehow.com

Lemon essential oil is a great addition to any cleaning regime, leaving everything smelling fresh and bright.  And to me it lends its subtle beauty to many if not all perfume blends.  It’s like the scent of happiness!

essential oils: chinese rose

photo: sequoiagardens.wordpress.comA while back I decided to branch out from my favorite rose oils ~ Bulgarian and Turkish ~ and try Chinese rose essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.  The little bottle arrived and I didn’t know what to expect; turns out this more economical option to Bulgarian or Turkish rose oils smells amazing.

image: wikimediaLike its Turkish kin, it doesn’t smell typically “rose”.  But wow does it smell incredible:  honey, cinnamon, some kind of floral ~ really lovely.  This rose oil lends itself nicely to many different perfume blends.  It’s also amazing on its own and would make a great room spray when diluted in water.  Delightful!

essential oils: lavender

photo: lavenderconnection.comIn one of my earlier posts I mentioned that, other than cooking and baking, a keen interest of mine is making essential oil blends for perfume.

When I first began to learn about essential oils, certain ones stood out ~ lavender being an important oil because not only does it smell amazing it bridges other scents together very well.

image:  botanical.com

As a “bridge” note, it helps lighter and heavier-scented oils to blend well together.  Although having a very distinct aroma, I find that it isn’t overpowering and its addition makes for a more well-rounded fragrance.

homemade perfume

So as the warm weather hits and I’m doing a bit less cooking, I turn my focus to blending these lovely oils together and create little bottles of happy scent-sations.

homemade perfume

homemade perfume

Several years ago I bought a book about fragrances and the art and science of  perfumemaking.  I tried my hand at a few blends and not only was it a lot of fun, I found them to be much more interesting and feminine than anything on the market.  Even a simple blend of three or four oils produced lovely results.

petitgrain

Two of my favorite oils for perfume are neroli and petitgrain.  They are from the same plant, the bitter orange tree.  Neroli is distilled from the blossom and costs quite a bit; petitgrain is from the leaves and twigs and is much easier on the wallet.  They can be blended together and/or with other oils for a fabulous perfume.  The sky’s the limit!