I chose to create a blend using the essential oils geranium P. graveolens, lavender L. angustifolia, neroli C. aurantium var. amara and sandalwood S. album. I wanted to create a floral with a hint of wood, blend to use as a perfume. After researching each of the essential oils I have created a blend that support emotional wellness and is an anti-depressant.
Geranium P. graveolens essential oil is a middle note (Petersen, 2016b). I like the floral, sweet yet not too overwhelming aroma this oil gives to the blend. This essential oil is made up of 61% “monoterpenols with anti-infectious, vasoconstrictive, toning, and overall sedative effects” (Petersen, 2016a). “Citronellol is the major component of geranium essential oil” (Kobayashi et al., 2016) and a study found “citronellol may represent a candidate compound for the effective treatment of allergic diseases” (Kobayashi et al., 2016). I thought this was a good beneficial fact about the active constituents that make up the oil. I like the idea of the blend having relaxing properties, who doesn’t like being in a good mood or smelling amazing so others are too?
Geranium has therapeutic properties to alleviate depression (Petersen, 2016a). This is another bonus to the blend, it is like having happiness in a bottle. The cautions and contraindications for geranium is it may be irritating to the skin so a skin patch test is recommended, may interact with antiretroviral drugs, should be avoided during pregnancy and has GRAS status in the U.S. (Petersen, 2016a).
Lavender L. angustifolia essential oil is a middle to top note (Petersen, 2016b). I chose this oil because it is a light floral and not too overwhelming. Lavender for me is a calming aroma that helps me relax. Lavender has “40% linalyl acetate and 31% linalool” (Petersen, 2016a) which makes this essential oil antibacterial and soothing. “Lavender should be considered whenever there is infection, spasm, inflammation or emotional/nervous disturbance” (Tisserand, 1994). Cautions and contraindications are a skin patch test is recommended because it may cause skin sensitivities and it has GRAS status in the United States (Petersen, 2016a).
Neroli C. aurantium var. amara essential oil is a top and base note (Petersen, 2016b). I like the citrus floral notes this oil gives to the blend. “Neroli is one of the most effective sedative-antidepressant oils: it may be used for insomnia, hysteria, states of anxitety and depression” (Tisserand, 1994). Neroli is made up of “37% linaloo with antibacterial, antifungal, vasoconstrictive, and toning properties” (Petersen, 2016a). Cautions and contraindication for this oil are a skin patch test is recommended because it can irritate the skin, it may be a photosensitizer so avoid direct sunlight (Petersen, 2016a). I recommend spraying the blend directly on clothes or on skin that will not be exposed to the sun.
Sandalwood S. album essential oil is a base note (Petersen, 2016b). It is made up of “90% sentalol” (Petersen, 2016a) which gives it antiviral, bactericidal and germicidal properties. “Sandalwood, rich in santalol, are frequently used for relaxation or sedation, implying potential effect on a hypersensitive organ” (Choi, & Park, 2016). The added benefits of the therapeutic properties add more relaxation to the blend. The cautions and contraindications include “it may cause skin dermatitis and allergic reactions so a skin patch test is recommended. It does not have GRAS status in the U.S.” (Petersen, 2016a).
It is a refreshing blend that reminds me of walking by rose bushes in spring time. The aroma is light and airy and makes me smile. This is a relaxing and emotionally balancing perfume blend.