I’m making homemade toiletries for everyone on my gift-list this year. I’d love to make my own scents without having to buy expensive essential oils, just using the herbs and other yummy stuff around my house.
I’d love to know about some good and useful scent combinations. Are there ones that are specifically good for calming? Invigorating? Head-ache relieving?
Any suggestions would be awesome. -Honeybee
First, let’s just get this out there; what smells “good” is subjective. There’s not one magic scent tonic that will appeal to every person on your list. Just come up with something you like. Finding out what your gift recipients prefer is nice, but you’ll probably get a mixed bag of preferences. Perhaps try making three very different blends and letting people choose which they’d like.
Since these oils will come into contact with your friends’ skin, do your research on the safety of each one before using them. Some essential oils are not recommended for pregnant people, those with sensitive skin or folks with sensitivity to strong odors.
• Lemon, orange, citrus
• Peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus
A few energizing/uplifting combinations (to scent):
• Orange and jasmine
• Rosemary, grapefruit and peppermint
• Lemon, peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus
• Lemon, sage, coriander and eucalyptus
• Geranium, sage and grapefruit
• Ylang ylang
A few calming/relaxing combinations (to scent):
• Lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile
• Lavender and bergamot
• Chamomile, ylang ylang and jasmine
• Sandalwood, bergamot and rose
• Sandalwood and ylang ylang
What are your favorite mood-alterating scent combinations?