Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Keep Oily Skin at Bay with Essential Oils

Oiliness on the skin is making you look shabby? I know how embarrassing it is when that acne flare- ups on the face, making you wanting to hide your face from everybody. And yes those commercial creams proved to be of no use in turn they added fuel to the problem by creating skin irritations.

 A natural way to treat oiliness is by the means of wonderful gift of nature- the essential oils! Apart from having natural aroma, essential oils are loaded with ingredients which help in lending you soft, supple and glowing skin.

Top 3 Oils for Healthy Hair

Since antiquity, essential oils have been used for hair and scalp. Apart from wonderful aroma, essential oils impart great benefits to the hair too. These essential oils are a gift of nature and penetrate deep in the hair follicles and shafts to leave your locks shiny and glowing. Influencing the sebaceous glands, the essential oils normalise oil balance on the scalp.

 Let me tell you top 3 oils for healthy locks!

Lavender Essential Oil
The versatile Essential Oil of Lavender helps in balancing the scalp oils, in turn making it truly valuable for all types of hair be it dry, oily or normal. The oil is very useful for treating dry and flaky scalp due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Nourishing the hair follicles and scalp, the oil provides relief from scalp inflammations. Reducing hair fall, the oil makes the hair follicles smooth and soft.

Vetiver Essential Oil
Apart from making the room fresh with its lingering fragrance, the Khus oil or Essential oil of Vetiver effectively treats hair loss. Having ability to cool and soothe, the oil is very beneficial in making the hair roots stronger and preventing thinning of hair. Popularly known as the oil of tranquillity, the Essential Oil of Vetiver relaxes the mind when massaged on hair.

Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil effectively promotes the hair growth. Packed with awesome antioxidants the oil help in scavenging free radicals, in turn, preventing hair thinning and greying of hair. The oil stimulates the blood circulation making the hair healthy and lustrous. The oil is very useful in treating dandruff, scalp irritation and itchiness. The oil even increases concentration and alertness.


For getting those lustrous locks opt for the all-natural way – The Essential Oils. With myriads of benefits and no compromise on the health of your hair, essential oils can help you flaunt those lustrous and healthy locks which are the dream of every girl round the globe.

Top 4 Essential Oils for Skin Care

While there are innumerable cosmetic creams and lotions available in the market nowadays, almost all of them are full of nasty chemical compounds that can damage your skin when used in the long term. Rather than pouring your hard earned money into these beauty creams opt for taking care of your skin in an all-natural way by using the blissful natural essential oils

To make your selection easy we have come up with a list of some of the best essential oils for skincare!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Keep Anxiety at Bay with the Essential Oils

Emotional disorders like depression and anxiety have been hotly debated in the recent past. In today’s fast pacing hectic lifestyle, feeling down or getting depressed has become very common. Rather than opting for heavy medications it is better to choose a natural, soothing way to fight stress and relieve all your worries.

Having a powerful effect, the aromatic scent of essential oils crosses the brain barrier and efficiently aids in reducing depression, stress and anxiety by relaxing the mind and body. Essential oils assist in treating stress and related emotional disorders in an all-natural way.

Beauty Benefits of Essential Oil of Citronella

The wedding season is round the corner and again those ugly-looking pimples have knocked your face making it impossible to flaunt your natural beauty??? Tried those beauty creams, lotions, face packs and what not, but for no good! These creams are filled with nasty chemicals which many a times give you instant relief but might cause skin irritations in the long run, making it difficult to enjoy blemish free smooth skin.

So, to relieve you from all these worries, today we are going to tell you an all-natural secret which will lend you a healthy glowing skin from within- The Essential Oil of Citronella. Extracted from Cymbopogon Nardus, the Essential Oil of Citronella is a gift of nature to beauty. Imparting a bag full of benefits for health, the Oil of Citronella provides numerous benefits for your skin and locks too.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Best Young Essential Oils

When we talk about Essential Oils, one must know that apart from therapeutic properties, Young Living Essential Oils offer delicious scent too. Wearing them as a perfume provides a dual value- health benefits as well as scented perfumery. Nowadays market is flooded with synthetically prepared perfumes. You may not realize that these perfumes with nasty chemicals can mess up our body systems and hormones. Also they can cause various types of skin irritation. A healthy alternative to the chemical based perfumes are the natural Young Living Essential Oils that are admired not only for their amazing fragrance but numerous health benefits too. If you have made up your mind to opt for natural perfumes and essential oils but have little knowledge about essential oils perfumery, then you have landed to the right place as we are going to let you know about the best Young Living Essential Oils.

Grapefruit Essential Oil 
Like the fruit, essential oil of grapefruit has a refreshing scent and is a natural detoxifier. The Grapefruit essential oil can instantly uplift the mood after a tiring day. The oil combats odors by leaving your surroundings with refreshing, lingering fragrance.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Importance of good fragrance in the Hospitality Sector!

A lot of fellas convene in a limited area when we talk about the hospitality sector. Many bar proprietors or restaurant owners have to bear unpleasant smell of spilled food or spilled drinks. These odors are very prominent and are a big reason for hoteliers to lose their customers. This is the reason why the major players in the hospitality sector including hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs pay a special emphasis on the kind of aromas that they incorporate in their ambiance. With the introduction of new and advanced long lasting scent systems we are now able to uplift and refurbish the surroundings notably.

Uplift the ambiance of your hotel with enchanting fragrances! 
If we talk about hotels in particular, your mood after entering the arena depends upon its aroma! Even if the place perfectly decorated, but smelling like a fish market; is it possible for you to spend even a few minutes there? Visual dimensions hold great importance but when it comes to hospitality sector the fragrance is equally important too. A good fragrance arouses the senses of the customers and keeps them engaged. Sensory arousal is correlated with pleasure. Uplifting the customer’s mood, the fragrance solely can convince the customer to visit the place again and again. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Rediscovering the Aura of Violet Essential Oil

Unshackle your spirit and move on the path of divine existence with the aura of Violet Oil. Somewhat unknown, the aura of Essential Oil of Violet is often underrated. The Essential Oil of Violet has myriads of benefits which assist us to lead a more fulfilling life.

Native to France, Italy, England, China and Greece, the violet perennial is a chunk of Violaceae botanical family. The essential oil of violet is obtained by the process of solvent extraction. Let us have a look at some of the benefits of this essential oil:

Natural pain reliever- the violet essential oil is used to make many medicines round the globe. The oil has a bundle of properties - a decongestant, analgesic and expectorant which is significantly helpful in reliving aches and pains while reducing any inflammation or swelling in the affected area. The oil magically clears the impurities in lungs to aid in sinus and chest ailments.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Answering Those Nagging Questions about Using & Buying Perfumes

Fragrances add freshness to our lives and are an important part of one’s style statement. However, with so many options available in the market these days choosing the perfect fragrance sometimes becomes something of an uphill task in itself. While some people prefer perfumes with pungent, long-lasting aromas others are a fan of more subtle fragrances. When it comes to actually going to the outlet and buying a perfume, there are some really nagging questions that might arise in the mind. Let us start by discussing the major ones out of them. The first issue that most folks worry about is:

 

How many perfumes should I try at a time?

It is true that the beauty store is bombarded with an array of perfumes, each fragrance enticing in its own sense. But you should not confuse your senses by trying too many alternatives at the same time. Ideally, you should not be trying more than two perfumes at a time, one on each wrist. Perfume shopping is something that shouldn’t be rushed but since we all live extremely busy lives take the liberty of trying one more on the inside of an elbow as the elbows also happen to be good pulse-points. Trying more than three scents at one time is a complete no-no because firstly you won’t be able to remember which perfume you applied on which pulse-point and secondly you will confuse your senses with too many scents.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Fragrant Oil for Today: Oak Moss Essential Oil



Oakmoss Oil extract is greenish owing to its natural form

Oak Moss has gained the reputation of being in the most sacred category of ingredients used in the global perfume industry. Its fragrance is so exotic that even the choosiest of perfume brands cannot ignore it. Apart from the perfume industry, Oak Moss is also used in skincare products and cosmetics. As the name suggest, this is essentially lichen that grows on trees. The essential oil extracted from Oak Moss comes from the oleoresins. These are volatile biological compounds with a distinct fragrance. For a natural or organic perfumer, Oak Moss is an absolute must. Perfume history of France has legends related to Oak Moss because of its rare availability and the need to pick a particularly type of lichen which is not easy.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Celebrity Perfume Marketplace: What’s Cooking?

We don't have a personal vendetta against celebrity branded perfumes but there is something about them often irks us. From the latest of Cristiano Ronaldo perfumes to those launched recently by pop-stars, the list of celebrity perfumes launched with much fanfare is endless. We will be picking one such recent release, using it as the background for our discussion about celebrity scent trends that prevail today.

That Sofia Vergara Perfume

Sofia Vergara might not have made it big in the world of movies but the Modern Family star certainly has created quite a fan following. Her new fragrance is called “All About Love” and it is the name rather than Sofia’s perfumery credentials that made us a bit curious about the scents at play here. Apparently, the lady is launching the perfume to celebrate her upcoming marriage. We couldn’t help getting a whiff of manufacturers banking on the celebrity fragrance market as the real reason, not that we have any reason to complain.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Weird Perfumes: Lump of Whale Vomit @ £7,000 is considered exotic?


Yes, we could not believe it either but this is what the world of perfumes has come to—while we are promoting an organic, more natural approach to perfumery, it seems there is a huge global clientele for extracts from the intestinal depths of the Sperm Whale!
An innocent Sperm Whale


Yes, this material is at par with vomit, i.e. secretion from the intestines of whales that was once considered a prized possession among pirates who sold it as a “secret” perfume ingredient. Now, pirates are not as much in the picture but the world sure has a whiff of this unusual scent.


What makes this even more ridiculous is the fact that this material is considered a luxurious fragrance. Perhaps, the only good thing about this supposed perfume is that you don't need to kill whales for it. The product does not come from a body part or a gland. It is created and expelled by living whales. The amount of this gigantic vomit is huge—in several kilograms. The scientific term for this gross perfume resource is Ambergris. When we first read about this, we couldn’t help thinking about Moby-Dick.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Every Perfume Journey has a Beginning…About Time You Made Yours

We often come across folks who plunge into discussions about perfumes and fragrances but it soon become apparent that they don't really know what perfumery is all about. We are not talking about the technical aspects of perfumes but the ability to decipher and relish different fragrances.

We believe the fault lies in people not having really undertaken the journey that is required in this niche to develop the credentials to recognize and appreciate different scents. In this discussion, we talk about undertaking the journey that leads to a world of infinite possibilities, fragrances that will enthrall you forever…

Everything You Wanted to Know About Bergamot Essential Oil



There are many essential oils and if you approach someone seasoned in organic botanicals, the list might still be expanding. However, not every essential oils has been able to attain stardom. This privilege remains exclusive to a select few. Today, we are discussing one such member of the aromatic essential oil community, i.e. Bergamot.


Bergamot has an interesting bit of history. It has been traced to parts of Asia and the Mediterranean nations and it seems that the oil was quite rampant in historical times. It has been established that Bergamot was widely cultivated in Italy. The name too has Italian influences. Owing to global popularity, Bergamot is now also being cultivated in parts of Africa like the Ivory Coast. Some patches are also being commercially developed in Argentina and Morocco.


Bergamot essential oil has gained popularity owing to many therapeutic properties apart from the exotic fragrance. It is known to quicken the healing of sores of the mouth and herpes sores. The oil has anti-bacterial properties too. It is often used in the treatment of chickenpox and shingles where it tends to soothe the sores. This is why many naturopathy doctors also recommend Bergamot oil for treating psoriasis. It has also found favor in the herbal treatment of eczema.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Answering Some Common Questions about Perfumes

Our growing community of perfume buyers and enthusiasts often share their opinions with us. We love this interaction. Today, we are taking a cue from these discussions and are answering some of the more frequently recurring queries:
Answering Common Questions about Perfumes

Is adoring some perfumes and loathing others common?

We often get this query as people believe all perfumes are meant to impress our olfactory senses. Therefore, the fact that some perfumes repel you seems a bit odd. However, this is a common occurrence. Blame it on your genetic configuration and life’s experiences. The fact remains that our senses have developed via the genetic material passed on to us by our parents and molded by the kind of environment to which we have been exposed to over the years. Someone who has lived, surrounded by herbal gardens might literally hate perfumes with a chemical tinge.


Those who prefer deodorants might not take an immediate liking to natural floral scents. Some smells have a nostalgic value. For example, a whiff of lavender essential oil might remind you of that distinct smell your grandmother wore after her morning visit to a nearby temple complex. The more scientific terminology for this is Olfactory Fingerprints. This is like a warehouse of different smells we have come across over the years. So, if you happen to hate a Davidoff but love the subtle, woody smell of Agarwood chips, just let yourself lose and enjoy the experience.

 

Does it make sense to test perfumes using a blotter?

You must have read our blogs before where we say that perfumery is not an exact science. It is about human senses and it cannot be formulated to perfection. The same theory applies to blotting paper designed for testing fragrances. However, the initial impression created by a blotter might be slightly misleading. This is particularly applicable when the blotter is not made from the requisite ingredients.
We are more in favor of testing a perfume by applying it in your skin and allowing some time for it to make its presence felt. Roam around with the scent, just take a stroll and uncover how you react to a particular scent. Blotters are better used by those with a very keen sense of smell or seasoned perfumers who can decode notes in a blotter.

Monday, 7 September 2015

6 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Exotic


Rightly said, “There is no place like home in the world”— a relaxing environment at home can eliminate the lethargy, rendering peace of mind and solace. While nature offers many refreshing fragrances, there are synthetic fragrances too that can create a rather whimsical environment for a relaxing experience – not just at the spas but homes too. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a laidback environment after a hectic day at workplace?

In today’s discussion, we’ll talk about a few simple ways to make your home breathe freshness and positivity:

 

Infuse a Pleasant Aura with Dimly Lit Aromatic Candles

Brighten up the otherwise mundane interiors of your living space with dimly lit aromatic candles that not only liven up the aura but also dispense a lingering scent, soothing to the senses. Free from synthetic chemicals, the aromatic candles can be used to instantly elevate the over-all charm of your living space. Available in myriads of colors, sizes and designs, to suit your requirements, you can pick something that appeals to your senses.

 

Exotic Air fresheners – Relax, Rejuvenate and Retreat

Creating a soothing environment, the exotic aroma of the air fresheners can revive and revitalize your frame of mind to imbibe positivity. You can also create a warm and welcoming environment for the guests and set the right tone for laidback socializing – all with the help of air-fresheners sprayed generously in your stylized decors. And while you do that, be assured that they are toxin free and skin friendly too.

 

Potpourri Please!

Potpourri – the delicately scented dried leaves, spices and flowers! You can eliminate the hassle of spraying, burning or lighting any fragrance exuding object and simply drop a pack of potpourri here and there. The aromatic fragrance of the potpourri will linger throughout your living space and will instantly calm your senses, relieving you from stress. For those who would like to experiment with exotic fragrances, can also make their own potpourris at home.

 

Deodorize with Bukhnoor Burner

Aromatize your living space with bukhnoor burner way as they brush out all lethargy. You can create a deodorized environment by opting different Arabic fragrances to burn in a censer available in the market. The fragrance emitted by the burner will add a tranquil atmosphere to the place efficiently and eliminate the odor in a hassle free manner.

 

Rejuvenate the Environment with Mesmerizing Aroma

Incense sticks are a cost effective way to wake you up from the out-of-bed mode instantly. The fragrance of the incense sticks helps in neutralizing the odors in the environments. The fragrance of incense sticks does Holistic healing by stimulating the senses.

 

Scented Powders

Trigger the senses in an enchanting way with fragrant powders available in the market. The scented powders made from natural fragrances uplift the ambiance of any place adding a relaxing touch to the environment. The powder’s captivating aroma is just a sprinkle away, with obvious benefits of natural fragrances which are generally challenging to find in synthetic fragrances. Just sprinkle scented powder in the nooks of the home, tabletops etc. The powders will suck up all the bad smell in the environment and brighten the otherwise sulky mood

 

Embrace the Natural with Mukhallat

A Mukhallat is a mixture of pure oils such as Dehn Al Oudh, Rose, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber that are combined to create a perfume oil. This popular Arabic composition provides a delightful natural fragrance that can refresh your body, mind and soul.


There is a line of natural fragrances to choose from available in the market. If you like strong fragrance you can try natural fragrances with woody and musk base notes. Herbaceous and floral fragrances like lavender, rose, and jasmine are great flowery notes and would be perfect for people with floral preferences.  The natural aromatic fragrances are a quick way to soothe instantaneously. So, pamper yourself with the pleasing essence of the natural fragrances

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Blissfully Aromatic Agarwood Oil



Aura of Agarwood Oil
Agarwood better known as the ‘Wood of God’ has been acknowledged for its therapeutic and medicinal properties since ages. Agarwood Oil is obtained from several species of Agarwood, the most common one being Aquilaria sp. This extremely rare and precious oil has its origins in North Eastern India, South East Asian countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines. Many people know Agarwood Oil by the name of Oud Oil or Aloeswood oil as the appellation varies from place to place.


Oud Oil or Agarwood Oil is extracted from the resinous heartwood of the charismatic Agarwood Tree and can be incorporated into lukewarm water for a refreshing bath or applied directly to the skin in little quantities. Agarwood has a very long history of medicinal use and usage as a valuable component of incense. However, Agarwood Oil is also cherished these days by perfume houses, especially in the Middle East, for its divine aromatic properties.


The captivating fragrance of this natural oil comes from a process where fungi infect the trees, producing an oleoresin which saturates the wood, which in turn provides the aroma to Oud.  The fragrance is complex, deep and woody, and is highly prized both as an essential oil as well as incense. Although Agarwood is quite rare, its popularity has managed to reach the aroma therapists and connoisseurs of essential oils even in the West.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Follow-up to ‘Synthetics in Perfumery’ and Why We Choose to Keep it Real

In our last discussion, we gave you a hint about how Synthetics made it to the perfume industry. We emphasize on the word “industry” because the true, artisan-like approach to creating fragrances cannot be clubbed together with manufacturing scents. The main appeal of Synthetics lies in its ability to bolster supplies. It helps industries selling scents to create familiar molecules, i.e. molecules that mimic the effect of their natural equals in the botanical world but at a much, much lesser cost.


Tracing History of Synthetics in Perfumes

During the latter part of 19th century, 1882 to more precise, Houbigant Royale started using what is largely regarded as the first mass appeal Synthetics in perfumery. This was called Coumarin—this compound smells like Marzipan. The second stage came during 1889 when Vanillin, a typically synthetic form of vanilla essence made it to commercial perfume making. Some perfume historians say that it was Coco Chanel who made the first real designer perfume using Synthetics without trying to conceal the information. We have dug deeper into perfume history and records suggest that it was Chanel No 5 released during 1921 that made Synthetics more mainstream into the fragrance marketplace. Here, customers were introduced to the usage of floral perfumes that didn’t use real botanicals. Synthetic notes contained more aldehydes and didn’t have that typically industrial hangover.