The Nose Knows

Although I am not a trained aromatherapist, I have waded through what I would label 'a healthy amount' of research on the main tools of the aromatherapist's trade: essential oils.

My initial interest in essential oils was to create scents for my products using all natural, chemical-free, plant-based ingredients.

I naively thought putting together a scent would be relatively easy-to-learn. With experience comes wisdom. The more I work with these fascinating oils, the more I realize how much more there is to learn - not just about putting together a scent, but combining the different essential oils to synergize their efficiency for different purposes.

It's a vast subject!

No wonder some people throw themselves into aromatherapy - it's positively fascinating.

Getting back to the scent

When you have treated your nose to a whiff of real Orange Blossom, Moroccan Rose, Jasmine, Lavendar Fine Population, Rosewood, Mandarin, Sandalwood or any of the other wonderful essential oils I have had the pleasure of getting to know, you suddenly realize your nose can seemingly effortlessly recognize a chemically-composed perfume - even if it is only partially so.

The downside

Although it's great that my nose knows and recognizes so many scents, it's incredibly disappointing to experience how predominant synthetic perfumes are in commercial creams, shampoos and other everyday products – even some carrying an "all natural" label. It's also an insult to the nose! 

OK, I admit it. I have officially become a scent snob!