We only ever use pure, natural fragrances in our skincare and candles – never synthetics. Essential oils have been used for many years in health healing and emotional balancing, and each oil has its own unique therapeutic and aromatic properties. All of our essential oils are therapeutic grade made by steam distillation or by CO2 extraction from flowers, berries, grass, roots, seeds, bark, fruit and herbs.
Using essential oils for perfumery is not without its challenges, as each oil has its own top middle and base notes, contrary to synthetic ingredients that are created to provide a specific individual note. There is also a potential for subtle scent changes with new batches if the harvest conditions are different.
To ensure essential oils are created sustainability, working with conscious growers is essential. Natural ingredients are also more costly due to price fluctuations depending on availability and there are chances that at times that certain ingredients can be almost impossible to obtain altogether. It is also important to remember that just because something is natural it doesn’t mean that at a high intensity it can’t be toxic, which is why there are many safety regulations in place in cosmetic legislation.
Despite the potential complications, the benefits of using natural ingredients are extraordinary. Not only are we creating exquisite fragrances, we are also stimulating our nervous system, helping to repair and restore. Fragrance molecules are air borne and travel directly into the olfactory organs and the limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. Have you ever wondered by why scent connects us to memories, of people and places and can also make us feel uplifted, relaxed, calm or invigorated? It’s all down to the physiological effect of these molecules.
Whilst applying out After Midnight body oil try putting some into your palms, gently rub them together, then take the palms to your face and inhale the fragrance for a few moments. The natural scent will ground you and uplift you and enliven your senses.