Breaking the “Rules” w/ Beautiful Balsam
20 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
4 drops Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
7 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
14 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
15 drops Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var. bergamia)
20 drops Rose (Rosa damascena)
10 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Scent is one of our most powerful and informative senses. While blending for perfumes is largely personal taste, many oils can create effects that are therapeutic—or irritating—depending on the individual. This Encyclopedia of Essential Oils is an excellent guide to more than 190 essential oils and their many medicinal uses and cautions.
The amounts listed are in ratios that I find pleasing. Experiment.
Why Beeswax: Beeswax is an emollient (moisturizer), but its most important role is to make your perfume sufficiently solid to stay in those gorgeous containers and is easily applied.
Why Jojoba oil: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil, wax and butters are obtained by pressing the seed kernels of an evergreen shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of Arizona, California and Mexico. Whether being labeled “oil” because it is liquid, or “butter” to reflect having removed some of the liquid constituents to keep it in solid form, technically speaking all jojoba products are waxes: Jojoba is composed almost completely (97%) of high molecular weights (carbon chain lengths from 36 to 46) monounsaturated wax esters.
Jojoba products are more similar to the natural oily sebum your body makes to lubricate and protect your skin.
Irritating culprits you won’t find: Most perfumes today are made with cheap synthetic ingredients that are linked with asthma, migraines, and more. And while the amount you use is tiny, it doesn’t help that the long list of “inactive” ingredients adds to the toxic chemicals in all of us. Not only can you easily avoid this, you can make your own favorite and designer scents, gifts, therapeutics, more.