What happens when you combine a natural beauty company with something more mysterious? Magic! That’s the only way to describe these two essential oil blends created by Naked Eye Beauty for Sisters of the Black Moon. The first is Moonshine, a sensual and spicy blend of oils, such as sandalwood and patchouli, mixed with light floral notes, including rose geranium, and jasmine. Ether is an intoxicating, unisex blend of bitter orange, lavender, amber and ylang ylang. $34 and $30 at www.sistersoftheblackmoon.com
Directions: Apply to pulse points as perfume. Keep out of heat and away from direct sunlight.
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Worried about body odor this summer? Don't sweat it, thanks to Organic Deodorant from EO® Products. Not only does it neutralize and eliminate the sources of body odor, but the pure essential oils and organic alcohol also leave you feeling and smelling fresh, cool and clean. $5.99 at www.eoproducts.com.
Directions: Spray under arms as often as needed for odor control.
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Like all Angelina products, this delightful perfume is made from only pure and organic ingredients including organic jojoba oil, organic essential oils, and pure flower, leaf and bark distillations. Simply shake it gently to mix the oils and then apply it to your pulse points to bring the scent of summer with you wherever you go. $16.95 at www.angelinaskincare.com
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The sense of smell is a powerful thing. A particular scent can instantly take you out of your world and transport to a place or time long forgotten. That wellspring of experiences is the place from which the ten powerful fragrances found in the Zents collection of perfumes and body products stems.
Described as 'liquid memories,' each Zents fragrance literally comes from a specific place, time, or feeling experienced by the creators. Made from only the purest essences, Zents utilizes the traditional, intricate European style of perfume making, incorporating anywhere from 60 to 120 ingredients in each scent. The result is a line of sophisticated fragrances that are designed to be mixed and layered to create your own signature scent, that is as personal to you as your own memories. $10-$90 at www.zents.com.
Just like the tires on your smart car need realigning from time to time, the chakras in your body can get off balance, as well. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, chakras are the Hindu concept that there are seven energy centers throughout out bodies that give us energy, balance and strength. When one is weakened, you can restore it by applying one of these all natural oils, each designed for a specific chakra, to restore your body's natural harmony. $24 to $39 at www.goldenearth.net.
Directions: Apply often, like a perfume, for your well being and to create positive energy in your life.
Morning: Place a few drops of the oil on the back of the neck, near the base of the spine. Hold your fingers there for a moment, as you center and allow your body to match the wellness of the oil.
Evening: Rub an oil on the bottom of your feet before you go to sleep and receive a healing while you slumber.
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If you are like us, the last thing you do before dashing out the door is spritz yourself with perfume, without much consideration as to how and where you are applying it. Some of us even still follow that old advice about spraying a cloud of perfume into the air and then walking through it in order to achieve a more subtle fragrance. According to the experts at Heaven’s Alchemy, a line of Pure Perfumes that evoke the scents of cities all across the globe, appreciating the art of pure perfume is much like appreciating fine wine. There is the skill of experience that can enhance the enjoyment.
The first thing to keep in mind when sampling Pure Perfume is that, like wine, the perfume must breathe. You cannot get an accurate impression of the scent by smelling it straight from the bottle. The fragrance must be allowed to air on the skin or on a test strip.
Secondly, it is important to be aware of the structure of Pure Perfume. High quality perfumes consist of a top, middle (heart) and base note. We can smell the notes in a perfume as they evaporate into the environment. The refreshing top note is the first to be detected, lasting from 10 to 20 minutes. The middle or heart note is then perceived, as it combines with your body heat and personal chemistry to produce the bridge between the top and base note that can last from one to two hours. Finally the base note becomes apparent as the formula combines with your own distinct personal chemistry. This is the part of the fragrance that lasts the longest.
That is why it is important to sample Pure Perfumes before making a commitment. You want to make sure that you wear it long enough to experience all the nuances and subtleties that it brings throughout the day. That top note you found so pleasing in the morning might evaporate into a base note that you find less than appealing. And, what smells divine on your best friend, will not smell the same on you!
Practice the Art
1. Let the perfume breathe for a moment. It must be out of the bottle, preferably on your skin. Apply to pulse points and areas of warmth, including behind the knees so the fragrance can rise.
2. Be patient. Unlike alcohol based perfumes, Pure Perfumes are much stronger. One must let the perfume burst forth with its Top Note and then settle into its Middle or Heart Note.
3. Enjoy! Pure Perfumes are a sensuous, complex structure that evolve with your personal chemistry through the day.
For more information on Pure Perfumes, visit www.heavensalchemy.com
Take a sensory journey to places like Dublin, Paris, Milan and New York, without ever leaving home, thanks to the husband and wife team behind the intoxicating fragrances of Heaven’s Alchemy. These pure perfumes were created to capture all of the passion, beauty, history, romance and glamour of the world’s most captivating cities, and honor the beauty of women worldwide. $5 – $195
Directions: Like a fine wine, pure perfumes must be allowed to breathe, so place a drop on a strip of paper or your skin to experience the true scent. Then, apply to pulse points and areas of warmth (like behind the knees) to let the fragrance rise. Don’t be surprised if people ask you where you are from when you wear it!
See the entire collection at www.heavensalchemy.com
A virtual “spa in a bottle,” Dropwise aromatherapy room and body spray misters are great for travel or any time you need to relieve stress, re-energize, or instantly manage your emotional state. Breathe new life into stale air whether it’s in your car, your office, a hotel or meeting room, your bathroom or kitchen. They’re safe and gentle enough to spray on your face. Use them to scent your hair, your clothes, your linens, or as room and air fresheners. Soothe restores balance & calms the mind.
Take them with you wherever you go. Available in 2.75 oz. lightweight aluminum bottles, they’re totally FAA-compliant making them the perfect travel accessory. $12.50 at www.dropwise.com
Directions: Gently roll or shake the bottle to activate the blend. Hold it 10-12 inches away from your face or above your head, close your eyes, and spray liberally. Let it fall over you like a gentle mist as you deeply breathe in the scent. Repeat as often as you need or like. Do not spray directly into your eyes!
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The iconic Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” That may be a little harsh, but we do agree that every woman should have a signature scent — one that lingers faintly and calls to mind her image, beauty and style.
One sure way to stand out in a sea of scents is to create your own, which is one of the many reasons we love Tsi-La Natural Perfumer and Organics. Tsi-La perfumes are designed for layering, mixing and blending until you come with that perfect scent that is uniquely your own. They even offer a page of tried and true combinations to inspire your inner mixologist.
Whether you use one of these suggestions or create your own custom organic perfume blend, you can be assured that you are using only the purest, most natural ingredients, carefully selected and infused with organic sensuality to arouse the senses. The company cautions that the products could become habit forming. Too late — we’re already addicted! $38 – $95 at www.tsilaorganics.com
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