Five Essential Oil Fragrances I Love
I’m very particular about scent, using it very consciously and with purpose. I’ve been experimenting with personal fragrance, sticking mostly to essential oils, and staying away from alcohol-based perfumes, which I find irritating.
If you are sensitive, undiluted EOs may be problematic, so be careful. I get a bit of a rash if I use certain oils on the same spot of skin every day, so I’ll often put them on a scarf or dab on the lining of a jacket. The great thing about EOs is you only need a drop or two, and blends with strong bottom notes (like the ones reviewed here) will last a long while. Plus, these are the sort of fragrances that someone has to get close to you to smell. Of course, fragrance is extremely personal and not everyone will like a particular scent, but these are some I find unique and lovely. All of these except the first can be bought in a sample size.
H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy: If I have a signature scent, this is it. It’s a fairly complex blend, but what stands out for me are lavender and vetiver. The vetiver is very earthy, and lavender and citrus notes lighten it up.
Lotus Wei Balancing Serums: If you are familiar with the brand, you know this is not merely about fragrance, but they do serve that purpose. I love to put the serum on my hands and run it through my hair. The Pure Energy is my favorite for this particular use, with notes of grapefruit, coffee, black pepper, and cinnamon. These do come as perfumes if you are okay with alcohol-based fragrance.
Evan Healy Madagascar Ginger Attar: An infusion of ginger into sustainably harvested sandalwood, it has both depth and playfulness. This became a favorite after a couple of uses. I’ve tried to mix a blend myself, but haven’t gotten close to the quality of the oils used here. It’s a limited edition, as are many of EH’s attars, so I don’t know how long it will be available. I’ll be keeping an eye out for what EH comes up with in the future, because I’ve loved some of her past limited editions too.
Floracopeia White Ginger Lily-Vetiver Attar: Out of the bottle, this one smelled way too strong and flowery for me. But I am experienced with vetiver, and know its ability to elegantly smack down top notes in a blend. So I gave it a chance, and, seriously, one drop does it. Given several minutes to settle, I really like it. It is more flowery and sweet than I would wear every day, but it’s interesting and I think many people would find it appealing.
Floracopeia Blue Lotus Attar: Another that smelled strong and flowery out of the bottle, it does settle down a bit on the skin and becomes subtle and a little hypnotic. I don’t feel like it’s the right scent for me, but it’s the sort of thing I’d be pleased to smell on someone else.
Have you tried using EOs as personal fragrance? What blends do you like?