Post by Suzanne R Banks
Neroli Neroli Neroli
Neroli, neroli, neroli. I love it, I love it, I love it.
The oil is produced from the blossom of Citrus aurantia ssp amara or bigarade. It is a powerful, beautifully enchanting blossom fragrance with a little spice and bitter-sweet citrus.
It is an oil that is precious and expensive to make and therefore is mostly sold in a 3% blend. (see my article “Essential Oils 3% in Jojoba – What are they, and Why?” for more information on 3% blends).
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In the world of essential oils and plant-based medicine it is a relative newcomer. While some herbs and oils have been used for thousands of years (lavender, myrrh, frankincense, cypress for example), this scent was made popular in Italy in the 1700′s. The story goes that “by the end of the 17th century, Anne Marie Orsini, duchess of Bracciano and princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath. Since then, the term “neroli” has been used to describe this essence.”
The principality of Nerola is close to Rome where the Princess really worked the diplomacy angle in the Italian capital, securing her future in the courts of France, Spain and Rome. The essence was used particularly in Venice to ward off water born viruses and nasties. She later changed her name and title (when the duke of Bracciano died) to Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins. Apparently the title was created by herself and had no real credit, but her influence in politics remained until her death.
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Thank goodness she was a scented visionary and left us with a love of this beautiful flower and perfume.
In aromatherapy neroli is therapeutically used for –
* relieving tension and anxiety, depression and melancholy
* improving the look and feel of facial skin by reducing the look of small capillaries
* some claims say it can be beneficial in treating muscle spasms and is also used in heart patients – massaged over the heart
Neroli is best used therapeutically as a sedating agent and for a treatment against anxiety and depression. Perhaps the small white flower allows one to open to the simple beauty of life.
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Try these recipes:
1. Facial Oil
Use Neroli 3% straight from the bottle as a moisturiser or an overnight treatment. The scent will be heavenly and will soothe and calm your skin.
2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume
Once again use this oil straight from the bottle as a perfume. I always get comments when I wear Neroli as it appeals to men and women.
3. Nourishing Body Oil
Add these oils to 3 teaspoons of carrier oil for an all-over body moisturiser –
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Neroli 3% 21 drops
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Neroli 3% 9 drops
Cardamon 1 drop
Rosewood 3 drops
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Neroli 3% 9 drops
Fennel 1 drop
Patchouli 1 drop
Orange 2 drops
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Remember to use your intention when making a blend or using an essential oils as a perfume. You will be creating your life!
Suzanne R Banks
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Post by Julie of Aromatique Essentials
Today we start a new ongoing story of the creation of a scent. Julie will be our guide and I (Portia) will be the guinea pig. The other day Julie came to my home and we did a consultation which included talking through favourite smells, things, people and memories. I was also asked to fill out an in depth questionnaire so Julie would have something to reference as she worked on my scent. It was loads of fun and she is a character full of wonderful stories and anecdotes of the fragrances and her own personal history. Time flew by with loads of laughter and knowledge exchanged. I hope you enjoy the story of a creation of a scent.
Who Is Julie Nelson of Aromatique Essentials?
Hello Australian Perfume Junkies,
As a Holistic Aromatherapist*, I am guided by instinct backed by knowledge of the way fragrance has been used as decoration and medicinally through many different countries and cultures into pre-history. Almost 20 years professional experience, as a practitioner, educator and consultant and I am still learning. At Aromatique essentials we create the highest quality bespoke perfumes and use only the highest quality of pure organic and natural essential oils selected from all around the world and Aromatique Essentials products are free from synthetic ingredients.
I fell in love with essential oils and the art of aromatherapy after my daughter was born. She was the youngest and smallest TOF (tracheoesophageal fistula) baby born in Australia at that time, with many complications and challenges. As a mother I looked to do more for her and help her in every way possible. Using aromatherapy every day improved her early life and transformed us both physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, grateful for this, I have devoted my life to learning how aromatherapy can support and enhance the well-being of others.
A Holistic Practitioner, Aromatherapy Consultant and Aromatherapy Coach, with 13 years as an educator responsible for the design and delivery of Aromatherapy and Beauty programs for Australia’s leading natural therapies colleges and featuring in national publications like Pharmacy Trade, Pregnancy Magazine, Cleo, For Me, Body & Soul, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald as well as health/beauty blogs and radio segments.
I am an alchemist, healer and teacher. It is my calling.
The Journey of ‘Capturing the Fragrant Essence of Your Soul’
Why have a perfume made especially for you?
A Bespoke perfume is a signature, testament to your unique and beautiful self, who you are. Imagine having a fragrance that no other person has, every time people smell you it will become their eternal memory of you.
It can be the mark of a special occasion: Wedding day, Birthday, Mothers day, Giving birth, any Milestone. Or simply because you can.
One of my favourite things to do is creating a signature perfume. There are no synthesized ingredients or animal products in my creations but pure essential oils, floral waters and hydrosols. Essential oils alone are very complex containing hundreds of natural chemical constituents. Rose essential oil has over 400 natural chemical constituents and is very difficult to duplicate with the nuances and depths of the real thing.
Blending is my art; involving two decades of study, experience and passion, referencing your astrological birth chart and trusting my intuition through spending time with you. I love to create something so intimate, personal and magical for, and with, you.
In preparation for your creation I need to know as much as I can about you, so that your personality, what you love and how you desire to feel is evoked when you wear your Bespoke Perfume. When crafting your perfume my intention is to ‘Capture the Fragrant Essence of Your Soul’.
The first step to creating your perfume is filling out a detailed perfume consultation form with as much information about yourself as possible. Tell me your favourite scents, food, colour and season. What type of aromas you resonate with such as floral, woody, spicy or fresh citrus tones. Astrologically your Sun, Moon and Rising sign can be taken into account when creating your perfume because they give me more insight in to your personality and assists me in creating.
From here, I then begin the process by creating samples, which can take up to 4 weeks. Once they are ready I then send them to you. What you receive is 3 x1mL perfume vials numbered 1,2 and 3 in separate sealed bags. I allow one week for you to choose your favourite perfume sample. (It is best to inhale and try them in the morning after you bathe)
Your 2nd consultation can be held via phone, Skype or you can come to me. This consultation allows you to ask any questions you may have.
I then make your 2nd 3 x 1ml mods and allow them to sit and synergise/brew for 4-6 weeks before they are posted to you.
Your 3rd consultation can also be held via phone, Skype or you can come to me. This consultation allows you to finalise your fragrance.
I then make your finished Perfume and allow it to sit and synergise for 4-6 weeks before it is posted to you. Your own fragrance.
Should you need more mods then this perfume can be layered and built on to and you will be charged an hourly rate.
Packaged in a beautiful heart shaped green glass 100ml spray bottle decorated with a charm crafted from vintage jewellery dating back to the 1930’s-1950’s. These charms are made especially for Aromatique Essentials and no 2 charms are alike. Or you can choose one of our spectacular hand blown glass creations for your fragrance. Each perfume comes with a personal note listing each essential oil and what it represents and is kept on file. Your formula can be used to create a range of bespoke products including body creams and lotions, bath salts, body oils and room sprays.
Enjoy a touch of luxury every day, all it takes is a few drops or a gentle spray of your custom made perfume and you are wrapped in an your own personal veil of fragrance.
The beauty of using pure essential oils also assists on other levels such as boosting your nervous and immune systems uplifting your mind mood and emotions, which adds another dimension to your perfume!
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*Adj. holistic – emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole/pertaining to or using therapies outside the mainstream of orthodox medicine, as chiropractic, homeopathy, or naturopathy.
Guest Post by Jordan River
Hey there Perfume Junkies,
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Jordan River of The Fragrant Man has again got the hottest news, an Australian story that makes me very happy,
Mysore Sandalwood in Australia!
It’s all Good News here at Australian Perfume Junkies.
The demise of Mysore Sandalwood from India is well documented. The root stock of the Mysore variety, Santalum album was planted in Australian plantations sometime ago and is now being sustainably harvested.
Australia does have a native sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, with an interesting scent profile but it is not as creamy or luscious as the Mysore variety. Now Australia has Mysore Sandalwood plantations.
I know Kafka will be thrilled and I suspect Bertand Duchaufour, the man who ate niche, has left India and is in Australia right now checking quality and shipping. Suzanne R. Banks will be glowing with happiness. I also predict a sighting of Neela Vermeire in Australia soon.
So how does Mysore Sandalwood grown in Austalia smell? And can you buy it? How does 1 gram for 55€ sound?
Let’s travel now to Italy to see what perfumer AdbesSalaam Attar has to say about this development.
Click link: The Return of Mysore Sandalwood
Addition: The largest grower in Australia, Tropical Forestry Services has a purpose built nursery with the capacity to produce over 500,000 Mysore stock seedlings per planting season. They have an astonishing 7,600 hectares of trees planted in the tropical north of Australia.
Brie’s historic encounter with Mysore Sandalwood
Suzanne on Australian Perfume Junkies
Amer on Sandalwood
Perfume Shrine – see comments section
The End of Oud – a similar situation to Mysore Sandalwood
Ecological Conscience – Ensar Oud on sustainability at Australian Perfume Junkies
Post by Suzanne R Banks
4 Easy Things To Help You Be Completely Amazing
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1. Use Essential Oils
Yep I know this is a bit obvious coming from me, but it’s true.
Use essential oils as perfume. It’s natural vs synthetic. In this case natural is much better than synthetic.
Use essential oils to clean instead of toxic products.
Use cold pressed carrier oils for moisturiser. Simplicity is back in fashion.
Lavender 1 drop on your wrists – it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that!
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2. Inspire Someone Today!
You’ll be amazed at how great you feel when you inspire someone else. It’s quite infectious and you’ll want to keep doing it, I promise. It gets you into an upward spiral of positivity.
There’s no better way to help yourself, cancel out your self-doubt and quash those little negative self talks. When you inspire someone else – you’ll be inspired 10 fold.
Do it today! And use essential oils.
Sage 1 drop on your throat chakra to speak the truth with others and share your abundance
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3. Be kind to Animals
Always be kind to animals, it’s our duty to protect them. Let’s face it there are some totally fantastic animals out there.
Your kindness will send ripples into the universe. Hopefully some of those ripples will join up to more kindness waves and wash over us all! Maybe then we can all be kind to each other, but maybe that’s a bit too simple? Or not.
Be kind to an animal today. And use essential oils
Rosewood 1 drop on your heart chakra to allow the flow of love, inward and outward.
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4. Use Your Intention Everyday
Start each day with an intention. A good intention. Create the vibe of your day. You’ll automatically rise up to meet that intention.
Create your day…..your week….your life.
This is another duty we are bound to, if we want to evolve into a peaceful community. We are living in a time of great expansion. We need your help.
Use your intention today. And use essential oils
Basil open the bottle and take a huge whiff to open your mind to possibilities.
This is just a start to the influence you can have in your world.
Make it a good influence and share your knowledge.
Talk about what you know and aspire to.
Connect with others.
But most of all use essential oils. You’ll smell great and you will be able to harness their healing power, absorb it, and give it back to your world with joy, times infinity.
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Post by Suzanne R Banks
An essential oil from a wood can draw us in to world of intrigue and secrets, ancient knowledge and divine scent. Wood oils bring an oil formulation together and can be considered “grounding” and “centering” – due to the fact the tree roots delve deep into the earth. Oils from woods have been used for thousands of years in sacred ceremonies, embalming techniques and in traditional healing. Cherish these beautiful gifts from nature.
Sandalwood – A Precious, Ancient Oil
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Today most oils come from renewable plantations but in the case of Sandalwood we have seen a decline in the tree population for many years. Indian Sandalwood has been over farmed, which has lead to a crisis in the industry and in our forests. Illegal felling of young trees has lead to more stringent controls from the Indian government to help sustain production long term. This is the one driving factor in the huge price increase in the last 10 years, and is also the reason why the Australian Sandalwood industry is booming.
The Indian type “Santalum album”, and the Australian sandalwood “Santalum spicatum” have similarities but are wonderful in their differences. The Indian wood is the classic deep, sweet exotic scent that we have come to know and love and in the Australian oil, you can actually smell the bush. It really is beautiful. I use both oils, and both are considered to be premium oils and are more expensive than common oils.
Traditionally Sandalwood has been used for spiritual ceremonies and the spread of the use of this oil is claimed to have come hand-in-hand with Buddhism. If anyone has been to India you would know the widespread use of the scent in incense and temples, in soaps and perfumes.
It is used therapeutically to treat acne, urinary disorders and infections and as a nervine tonic to ease stress and anxiety.
There is also an oil produced called West Indian Sandalwood but this tree comes from a different species and is sometimes called amyris oil. I’ve never used this oil, and have never seen it anywhere. It apparently has a slight sandalwood scent (hence it’s name) and is used in perfumes and fragrant body products.
Indian Sandalwood will usually come in a 3% jojoba blend like Rose, Jasmine and Neroli. This means it is ready to go as a perfume but not good for putting in an oil burner. Oil burners and diffusers need 100% pure essential oils so when an oil is mixed with jojoba, the scent won’t escape the carrier oil and may also damage your diffuser.
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Try these simple recipes to invite peace, sacred sexuality and a connection to the divine:
Pulse Point Perfume
Mix together in a little bowl or saucer and anoint your beautiful self
“Good Luck Charm”
Sandalwood 3% in jojoba 3 drops
Mandarin 1 drop
Australian Sandalwood 2 drops
Rosewood 2 drops
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Scent Your Space
Add these oils to a classic oil burner or diffuser:
Australian Sandalwood 10 drops
Ylang Ylang 6 drops
Orange 9 drops
Sandalwood is an oil for softening the edges in your life. Breathe it in and you wont be disappointed.
Suzanne R Banks x
Post by Suzanne R Banks
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” Gertrude Stein, 1935
Some say Gertrude Stein is referring to the rose like this to express her feeling that things are what they are. According to Wikipedia: “In Stein’s view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it,..” So when you say rose do you invoke the scent, or the colour, or everything? It is the most romanticised flower in history and appears in many poems, prose and plays. It is often associated with love and intimate moments of the heart.
Stop and Smell the Roses
Do you take time to stop and smell the roses? What is life if we don’t connect to its beauty at every turn? The scent of a beautiful rose is a true gift of nature which invites us to convene with the oneness of the universe in the now!
I never buy a rose that doesn’t have a scent – to me that’s the most important part. Isn’t it a wonderful thing when you enter your house to be greeted by the natural perfume of roses? Essential oil of rose is made by either steam distillation or as an absolute (where the scent is extracted into a fat and then lifted by a solvent). I tend not to buy absolutes as there seems to be a heavy chemical intervention and I’d rather have my oils extracted in the simplest way.
Rose oil is a complex arrangement of hundreds of molecules, some of which have still not been identified. No wonder it is referred to as the “Queen of Oils”. We know Cleopatra used roses in her beauty regime, and it is claimed she used rose petals in her boudoir to seduce Marc Anthony from the Roman Empire. The Romans used roses too, and the mention of roses appear in Christian, Buddhist and Confucian literature. Roses are seen in Asian motifs dating back to 3000 BC. It seems as though commercial production of rose oils and rose by products can be traced to Persia in the 10th century. The oil was referred to as “attar of roses” or “rose otto”, which is a term still used today.
So what can we use use rose oil for?
* use rose oil to help with any heat or infection in the body (you would put a few drops into some carrier oil and smooth it on the face and body – a great treatment for any illness)
* use this rose body oil to help take the sting out of eczema and psoriasis
* a drop on the temple to relieve stress and tension and counteract a headache
* a great oil for attending to grief (use it a single drop on the heart chakra or in a personal mist or room mist)
* a drop added to your facial oil or cream will refine your skin and give you one of the most powerful aromatherapy treatments in the world. You will feel soft, unruffled, connected to the universe and ready to be the Queen of your world
* a few drops of rose oil in an oil burner will create a scented paradise of peace and calm so it’s great for upset children, the elderly and even pets (if you are using 3% in jojoba it’s not really suitable for an oil burner – you will need to buy the pure oil)
* a drop or two in the right place, as a perfume, will do amazing things for your self esteem as rose is the oil of self-love and nurturing
When buying rose oil you will mostly find it comes in a 3 % dilution in jojoba oil and this is simply because it is a premium oil and is very expensive. Even if you buy wholesale, pure rose oil can cost hundreds of dollars. It is precious!
Remember, treat yourself first then everyone will benefit!
Suzanne R Banks x
All Photos from Suzanne R Banks site. This post is a reprise of a piece from Suzanne R Banks blog
Guest Post by Suzanne R Banks
Hello Australian Perfume Junkies, Suzanne from SuzanneRBanks. I have been asked by Portia to come by and explain how essential oils have been used through the ages and some of their history and aromatherapy uses.
Orange Essential Oil
The Sweetness and Innocence
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One of the loveliest and simplest essential oils is that of orange. It gives you the direct experience of the fruit the moment you smell it. There is no denying that on taking your first big whiff straight from the bottle, your senses are enlivened – even your mouth may start to water with anticipation of the real thing.
Orange oil is sweet, light and tingly. It’s easy for the brain to identify and therefore appeals to so many types of beings. Kids love it. It is a wonderful oil to use with the elderly. Pets respond wonderfully to orange essential oil when it’s vapourised. Orange oil is an oil of innocence and joy. It gets straight to the point when you employ it.
And what about the colour of an orange? Nature is really amazing when you think about it. The colour orange is vibrant and cheery and relates to the second chakra “Svadhisthana”. This chakra actually means “sweetness” and is concerned with attracting another, procreation, sexuality and desire. The way I see it, the colour and scent of orange, allows us to open to the joy of the sweetness in life; a sweetness that can be amplified when we connect with others and share experiences.
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Using orange oil
Vapourise -To spread a little bit of happiness, vapourise some orange oil in your home. You don’t have to have a machine or oil burner you can simply boil water, throw about 15 drops into a bowl, and when you pour the water into the bowl, magic happens. This may help kids settle down, and help you experience a moment of bliss.
Put a few drops onto a cotton pad and put it in your car. How easy is that?
In a body oil – orange oil is lovely in a nourishing body oil blend as the acids from the rind can help brighten the skin, and remove old skin cells.
Try this for a happy, centering oil blend for yourself:
“I Am Awesome”
3 teaspoons of a carrier oil like almond, jojoba, grapeseed
5 drops of orange oil
3 drops of lavender
Then lavishly spread all over your body!
To make an oil blend as a gift you will need to have a bottle and lid. Just have a look on the internet, even ebay shops sell them. Literally search for “amber bottles” and that will get you on the right track. You will need an amber, blue or green bottle, as the dark colours help prevent oil oxidation. Follow the quantities here:
25ml bottle use a total of 12 drops of oil
50ml bottle use a total of 25 drops of oil
100 ml bottle use a total of 50 drops of oil
Can you see a pattern forming? These are standard ratios and if you live in a country that isn’t metric … oh dear, you’ll have to figure out the calculations yourself.
Here are a couple of recipes for a 25ml oil blend using orange oil:
“Delicious & Cute”
7 drops of orange
3 drops geranium
2 drops patchouli
6 drops orange
5 drops cypress
1 drop cardamom
If it all seems a bit too hard, eat an orange! Not only will you get great nutrition, you’ll be having an aromatherapy treatment at the same time!
Thanks for reading, See you next month,