Last week I looked at the skin on my legs and was shocked by their dryness. In fact, they were bordering on “scaly”! It’s probably no surprise that this word popped into my head, as it’s a term we as women are all too familiar with (no doubt an invention of a cosmetic marketing department who decided to shame women about the condition of their skin by likening it to a reptile’s lol).
We can smell essential oils because they are volatile, meaning they evaporate at room temperature, and we breathe them in. Not all essential oils though are equally volatile – some evaporate quickly, others much slower. You might have heard essential oils referred as top, middle and base notes. This is determined on how quickly they evaporate, or how long the smell ‘lasts’.
Fasten your seatbelts – you’re in for a joy ride! (Pun intended!)
Now that the Joy Sprinkler app is officially on the market (YAY!), we thought it might be good to steer you in the right direction with a simple road map. So, if you’re ready to start making your own recipes, download the app today and get ready for take off.
Aromatherapy is a practice that uses two of our senses, touch and smell. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the power of smell.
Why are there certain smells we do like?
For decades now, cosmetic companies (and their marketing agencies) have tried to convince consumers that the key to beautiful skin comes in the form of a 3-Step-Program:
1. Cleanse 2. Tone 3. Moisturize.
More recently that regime has been expanded to also include…4. Protect. From the ‘nasty’ sun, always! It’s ironic, vitamin D deficiency is now so prevalent now! I’ll be blogging about that later…
As well as these 4 steps … let’s not forget the eye creams, the masks, the exfoliants etc. etc. – all at an additional cost of course.
The good news for those of you ready to break free from this costly mantra, is that there is an easy, affordable “miracle” product, that will keep your skin naturally clean, protected and beautiful.
Many of you may be wondering why essential oils vary so much in price. In a nutshell, the easier it is to extract the oil and the cheaper the plant source, the less expensive the final product is to purchase. From the many plants on earth, there are hundreds capable of having their essential oil extracted; and some that simply don’t yield enough. Therefore, it stands to reason that the amount of oil that a particular plant is capable of producing will have a direct affect on the price of that particular product.
It stands to reason that in order for essential oils to work their magic on our bodies, they need to be absorbed into our system. This can happen in one of two ways.
Firstly, when we smell essential oils, a tiny amount is absorbed through our lungs. While this can certainly have an effect on our body, the intensity is nowhere near as powerful as when essential oils (always diluted) are applied to our skin. In fact, when applied topically, the oils are absorbed one thousand times more than when inhaled. The reason being is that they are actually absorbed into our blood via our skin, essentially becoming a part of us (excuse the pun).
Let me explain further.
When you think of the word 'oil' the first thought that usually comes to mind is a greasy substance. But in the case of essential oils, many people are surprised to learn that it simply isn’t the case. Believe it or not, essential oils aren’t actually 'oily' at all – but like oil, they do not mix with water and are oil soluble.
So, what are essential oils?
When it comes to personal hygiene, most of us have a tendency to over (rather than under) compensate, but is it possible to be too clean?
Well, believe it or not, the answer is YES. While the old saying: "Cleanliness is next to godliness" may have applied centuries ago, we now know that over-washing/showering can actually have a detrimental effect on our skin.
In fact by over scrubbing, or bathing too often we are literally removing our skin’s natural protective layer (the acid mantle), in much the same way that we’ve compromised our planet’s global protective layer ... the ozone layer.
So, what exactly is the "acid mantle"?
If your initial response to this statement is “why?” then the answer is simple - for the same reason that those who work in a sewerage plant no longer smell the poo. In other words, as you become accustomed to a particular scent it has a tendency to lose its effectiveness. It’s for this very reason that intermittent diffusing is a great way to maximize your products.