Our aromas affect people around us. When I’m traveling, I find myself confronted with the entire aroma spectrum of the human experience on airplanes, in cabs and on trains. Sometimes, I take a whiff and smile, but more often than not, I don’t.
I’m comforted knowing that I generally contribute something pleasant to the mix. I have heard time and again when traveling, “You smell good” or “You smell like a spa.” My secret? I wear diluted essential oils as a perfume. It’s a good way to not only affect my own mood, but the mood of my fellow passengers and the quality of the air around me as well.
Nothing can turn a stranger off more than foul body odor or an overwhelming perfume. According to a newly released poll from Harris Interactive, 63 percent of travelers would prefer to sit next to a crying baby on an airplane rather than a smelly adult. (Smelly isn’t just a foul odor – it’s anything that’s overpowering or could potentially turn someone off — so remember not to overdo even pleasant scents.)
If you want to positively influence your environment and the people around you, consider incorporating more pure essential oils into your life and personal care. These natural plant extracts bring a number of emotional benefits to the user. And, when diluted appropriately, they make mild perfumes that typically bring a smile to the face instead of tears to the eyes.
Here are three oils and an easy perfume recipe to try:
Bergamot – This essential oil is known to combat odors. It’s a pleasant, citrus aroma and tends to be a crowd pleaser in personal products and natural perfumes.
Lavender – One of the most universally pleasing aromas, lavender is both calming to the wearer and to those around the wearer.
Vanilla – A popular aroma that makes us feel comforted, vanilla wears well and makes people feel at home with you.
Fresh & Sweet Perfume Blend
10 drops Aura Cacia® Vanilla Precious Essentials™
2 drops peppermint essential oil
9 drops lavender essential oil
0.5 fluid ounce of a light carrier oil, such as grapeseed, sweet almond or apricot kernel oil
Mix and dab on as any perfume.
Find more recipes, tips and suggestions for essential oil use at www.auracacia.com.
Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing. To get in touch, email Ms. Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org.