I’m a sniffer – I love it when I come in contact with a scent that really appeals to me. There are lots of things I smell that are nice or OK – but sometimes products come along that really speak to my sense of smell. While I’m not that educated in aromatherapy/flower essences/etc, I know that when I really like the way something smells, it can have a very positive impact on my outlook and wellbeing. That being said, the scents need to be either 100% natural or extremely close to all-natural. About 99% of the time, I am not a fan of synthetic fragrances and they can very often trigger nausea or migraines, thus I stick to naturals. The following products are some of the natural scents I really love.
Hurraw! Orange Lip Balm – I love Hurraw lip balms, and this scent/flavor is my favorite. It’s a bright, citrus flavor. I just love it.
Lotus Wei Infinite Love Annointing Oil – Every Lotus Wei product I’ve tried has been fantastic. I’m drawn to their infinite love line because I’m an empathetic soul who loves love. This anointing oil is great to put on my pulse points and deeply inhale. The scent is a mildly citrus infused rose scent. I am a huge lover of the smell of roses – not an artificial rose scent, but the pure scent of fresh roses.
Kani Botanicals Petal Polish – I first tried this in a Petit Vour box. Like a lot of sample products I’ve never heard of, I wasn’t excited about this product until I opened it and used it in the shower one day. AMAZING. This is easily one of my favorite scents of all time. It is complex and just absolutely beautiful. And it isn’t just a pretty scent – I actually love the results I get with this face exfoliator/mask – it exfoliates while moisturizing my skin with lots of great oils. The rose oils, brown sugar, and essential oils create an aromatic blend that never fails to intoxicate me when I open the jar.
Essence of Vali Sleep: A Bedtime Ritual Oil – My husband and I typically put a drop of this oil on the corner of our pillows every night. I’ve tried other sleep/calm/bedtime oils, and this is my favorite of the ones I’ve tried. It’s also pretty affordable compared to some other brands that are upwards of $50 for a small vial. I’m not contesting the quality of ingredients in other brands, but yes, I often look for more affordable options in my natural products. This one is perfect – great quality and price point, and it smells amazing. As I have learned over the years, not all essential oils are created equally. You could try 10 different brands of lavender oil, for example, and they will probably all vary in scent and quality. The Sleep: A Bedtime Ritual oil is great. It really does help us calm down at bedtime.
100% Pure Coconut Body Cream – It’s odd because people tend to either love or hate this scent. I’m a lover. It definitely has the coconut scent, but also more subtle hints of vanilla and butter (though, no, it does not contain butter and is actually all-natural and vegan). I typically gravitate to sweet scents with ingredients like coconut and vanilla, so it makes sense that I love this body cream.
Givescent Signature Perfume Oil – It’s a bummer, in all honesty, to give up those gorgeous perfumes that litter the counters of department stores and beauty chains like Sephora. This natural perfume with a roller ball applicator is one of the closest I’ve come to that scent I remember from the days when I loved my Chanel perfume – deep, complex, feminine, sexy. It has decent lasting power, too. The company says this is a blend that includes citrus and vanilla (see a pattern?) but it is so much more than a basic citrus-vanilla scent – it truly is a beautiful, sultry perfume.
SkinOwl Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM Oil – The only ingredient is pure mangosteen oil – and does it ever have that WOW factor. The scent is fruity and yummy. You almost feel like a kid opening a box of fruity cereal…but surprise! It’s all-natural. Every single time I use this face oil, I fall in love with the sweet aroma all over again.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner or other high-quality rosewater (not pictured) – Again, I love the scent of roses. I like to keep a bottle of this at work to mist myself with throughout the day – it really is an uplifting scent. I love it for my face and skin, plus it is a nice, light hydrating toner for the face.
Not pictured – Peppermint Essential Oil – This is kind of a staple. Peppermint oil is great for headaches but is also a pure, energizing scent for anytime. Find a decent quality peppermint oil and do a search for all the ways you can use it.
What are your favorite natural scents/aromatherapy/essential oils/flower essences?