Favorite Men’s Colognes For Women!

IMG_0368 Boss (Bottled) by Hugo Boss

The Fun Woodsy Fragrance!

Notes: Apple, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Tagetes, Geranium, Clove, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Olivewood.

A warm woodsy base, with fresh and fruity top notes, and a floral spicy heart.

What a crisp laundered dress shirt that was dried outside might smell like.

IMG_0369 Tom Ford Noir

The Masculine Oriental Fragrance!

Notes: Bergamot Oil, Verbena, Violet Flower, Caraway Oil, Baie Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Geranium Oil, Tuscan Iris Resinoid, Styrax Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Nutmeg, Clary Sage, Patchouli Oil, Vetiver, Leather, Benzoin, Vanilla, Opoponax, Amber Civet.

If you like Tom Fords Violet Blonde this masculine version takes it up a notch. Shalimar-esque that finishes to a scent that makes you want to snuggle.

IMG_0370 Cannabis Santal by Fresh

A Naughty Woodsy, Floral, and Musk Fragrance!

Notes: Brazilian Orange, Plum, Bergamot, Patchouli, Rose, Cannabis, Musk, Dark Chocolate, Vetiver and Vanilla.

Reminds me of warm skin getting out of bed in the morning and smelling earthy and spicy.
*And no it does not smell like your doing anything illicit.*

IMG_0371 Mugler by Thierry Mugler

A Crisp Citrus Green!

Notes: Cucumber, Bergamot, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Bamboo, Sandalwood, Cedar and Patchouli.

Smells like fresh clean soap; citrus with a touch of green and crisp outdoors.

Régime des Fleur Freeworld Parfum!

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An American Oriental

With absolute and essential oil of geranium, citruses, neroli, nutmeg, coriander, sandalwood, vanilla, and aldehydes.

The nutmeg and vanilla standout to me the most. The scent starts out with a sharpness that slowly morphs into a soft slightly sweet, spicy, and citrus enveloping the skin.

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If the smell of cola could be exotic and sexy this would be it!

An earthy spicy floral fragrance.

It has a fairly long sillage (the trail of scent left behind by a perfume. Fragrances with minimal sillage are often said to “stay close to the skin”.)

Luxury niche Parfum that is what Régime des Fleur an newly established independent fragrance label that creates its high-end scents in a family garage is bringing an intensely lyrical make it yourself sensibility to the perfume counter.

The creative self taught noses behind the new perfume line Régime des Fleurs known as “lifetime fragrance geeks.”

The Noses:

Ezra Woods, 30, a former fashion stylist was born into a family of florists. Chloë Sevigny and Michelle Williams are some clients.

Alia Raza, 36, formerly a filmmaker and video artist.

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My Favorite Perfume Right Now: NUXE Prodigieux Le Parfum

I love the scent of Nuxe’s famous dry oils so I had to try their perfume that has that same iconic scent.

Prodigieux Le Parfum

Floriental – sensual & passionate

Floral, that is slightly fruity with a lush sweet base

Top Notes:
– Orange Blossom
– Bergamot
– Tangerine

Base Notes:
– Rose
– Gardenia
– Magnolia

Heart Notes:
– Vanilla

 

I find that you smell white floral then citrus followed by a sweet vanilla coconut.

Essential Oil Of The Month: Lime

Lime (from Arabic and French lim) is a citrus fruit

Some species of limes are: Key lime, Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime.

Limes are a good source of vitamin C, and are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. Limes were first grown in southern Iraq and Persia.

Kaffir Limes

The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity, anxiety, and encourage creativity.

 

In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chillies to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye. Furthermore, it was believed that hanging limes over sick people cured them of the illness by repelling evil spirits lurking inside the body.

 

 

When human skin is exposed to ultraviolet light after lime juice contact, a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis can occur, which can cause darkening of the skin, swelling or blistering. Bartenders and others in the food industry that handle limes and other citrus fruits on a regular basis may develop phytophotodermatitis due to the high concentration of furocoumarins in limes; the main furanocoumarin in limes is lemittin.

 

Lime essential oil can help prevent and heal infections, as it is an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, and disinfectant. Helps acneic skin.

Blends Well With:  Clary Sage, Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Lemongrass, Letiver, Orange, Basil, Jasmin, Geranium, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Vanilla, Citronella, and Ylang-Ylang.

 

FYI

The tree known in Britain as the lime tree (Tilia sp.), called the linden in other dialects of English, is a broadleaf temperate plant unrelated to the Citrus fruits.

 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Essential Oil of the Month: Oregano!

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is a perennial herb, it has a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. The flowers are purple spikes. It is sometimes called wild marjoram.

 

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
Species: O. vulgare

Oregano is an important culinary herb, used for the flavour of its leaves, which can be more flavourful when dried than fresh. It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Good quality oregano may be strong enough almost to numb the tongue. Among the chemical compounds contributing to the flavour are carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene.

Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. A Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.In test-tube studies, it also has shown antimicrobial against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and potential anti fungal activity.

In the traditional Austrian medicine Origanum vulgare herb has been used internally (as tea) or externally (as ointment) for treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and nervous system.

It has strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system. Oregano may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Oregano is also a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique, a massage of essential oils, which is designed to bring about electrical alignment in the body.

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20.

Aromatherapy: Oregano essential oil is invigorating, purifying and uplifting.

Blends well with: Cedarwood, lavender, lavandin, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, spike lavender, pine, camphor, citronella.

Click here for a great article on The Benefits Oregano by the Huffington Post

 


 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Essential Oil of the Month: Davana to Please Shiva!

Artemisia pallens, Dhavanam (Tamil: மரிக்கொழுந்து, தவணம், Marathi: दवणा), is an aromatic herb.  Seen mostly grown in India.  Davana is a preferred food for the larvae of a number of butterfly species.

Artemisia pallens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. pallens
Binomial name
Artemisia pallens
Wall. ex DC.

Davana oil is used in making perfumes of sweet and fruity fragrances. When applied on the skin, Davana is said to smell differently on different people making it difficult to describe the scent. The feedback tends to alternate between masculine floral scents through to a woodsy, balsamic odor.

Note: Middle or Base

This peculiar property is highly valued in high class perfumery to create fragrances with truly individual notes. It has a very rich, penetrating, warm, uniquely herbaceous aroma. Davana is also used for fighting infections and calming anger.

Davana blossoms are offered to Shiva, the God of Transformation, by the faithful, and decorate his altar throughout the day.

 

 

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, disinfectant, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, sedative, vulnerary

Blends Well With: Amyris, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, spikenard, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang

 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Essential Oil of the Month: Palmarosa!

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) is a species of grass in the lemon grass genus  and is also related to and citronella it is best known by the common name palmarosa. Other common names include Indian geranium, Turkish geranium, gingergrass, rosha or rosha grass. Palmrosa grass occurs in two varieties, Motia or Palmarosa, and Sofia or Rusa. Originally from Central and North India, and now cultivated in Africa and Madagascar as well, the grass is slender, bearing panicles of a blue-white color which mature to a dark red. It has been distilled since the eighteenth century, especially in Turkey, to simulate or adulterate Turkish rose oil (which is very expensive).

The essential oil of this plant, which contains the active compound geraniol, a natural antiseptic and bactericide. It is valued for its scent and for a number of traditional medicinal and household uses. The plant is used in curry and meat dishes in India and West Africa, where its properties kill bacteria and help the digestion of fatty food.

Palmarosa can relieve the discomforts of flu, a high temperature, infection, and acne. It contains a small of antioxidants.

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of palmarosa essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

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Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose – M. H. Lodhia, K. R. Bhatt, and V. S. Thaker

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease – Antioxidant activity of palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini) grown in north indian plains

 

Humans Can Discriminate More than 1 Trillion Odors!

As you know from my other blog entries, I’m fascinated with scents!

This new study by the Journal of Science (Humans Can Discriminate More than 1 Trillion Olfactory Stimuli) is intriguing.

Bushdid, C., Magnasco, M. O., Vosshall, L. B. & Keller, A. (Authors’)

The study disproved the common belief that the human nose could detect only 10,000 scents, that belief had put our sense of smell as being less efficient than sight and hearing.

Schematic of the early olfactory system including the olfactory epithelium and bulb. Each ORN expresses one OR which responds to different odorants. Odorant molecules bind to ORs on cilia. ORs activate ORNs which transduce the input signal into action potentials. Glomeruli generally receive input from ORs of one specific type and connect to the principal neurons of the OB, mitral and tufted cells (MT cells). – Benjamin Auffarth, Bernhard Kaplan, Anders Lansner
http://www.frontiersin.org/systems_neuroscience/10.3389/fnsys.2011.00084/full

In the study scent mixtures with 10, 20, or 30 components that were chosen from a selection of of 128 odor molecules.  Twenty-six volunteers sampled three vials of scents at a time to see if they could detect which was the irregularity; by preforming 264 comparisons, two that were the same and one that was different; when the two scents contained components that overlapped by more than about 51%.  Most volunteers had a hard time discriminating between them. The authors then calculated the number of possible mixtures that overlap by less than 51% to arrive at their estimate of how many smells a human nose (the human nose has roughly 400 types of scent receptors some people might have more) can detect: at least 1 trillion.  It is still a mystery the exact chain of events that cause neural responses that attract a persons awareness to an odor.

Juniper Essential Oil of the Month! Gin & Tonic Anyone?

Juniper – (Juniperus osteosperma and scopulorum)

There are between 50 and 67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America they are  part of the cypress family

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Juniperus

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Berries

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Fresh, green, fruity, balsamic underton

Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, France, and Nepal

Traditional Use: Juniper has been used to purify the air, and as an insect repellant.

Properties: Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stomachic

Blends Well With: Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary

Juniper berries are a spice used in a wide variety of culinary dishes and best known for the primary flavoring in gin (and responsible for gin’s name, which is a shortening of the Dutch word for juniper, genever). Juniper berries are also used as the primary flavor in the liquor Jenever and sahti-style of beers and some times sauerkraut. Juniper berry sauce is often a popular flavoring choice for quail, pheasant, veal, rabbit, venison and other meat dishes. It is also a symbol of longevity, strength, athleticism, and fertility. American Indians, such as the Navajo, have traditionally used juniper to treat diabetes.

Juniper berries are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that may vary from colorless to yellow or pale green. Some of its chemical components are alpha pinene, cadinene, camphene and terpineol. Leaves and twigs of Juniperus virginiana are steam distilled to produce oil of juniper.

Juniper  has a clean, mildly penetrating, woody scent that has a cleansing effect on the mind, spirit, and body. It may work as a detoxifier and cleanser, is beneficial to the skin, and supportive to the urinary system.

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of juniper essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Must Have Products For February!

FacePlace Original Daily Face Shampoo

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment

Ambra di Venezia by AEDES

Nars Single Eye Shadow, Daphne – matte deep violet

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner in Cobalt Ink

Butter 3 Free Nail Lacquer in British Racing Green

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