Three Reasons I Love To Gift Aromatherapy

Santa, take note. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing better than giving (or getting) the gift of a truly beautiful, natural smell. I was thinking about this whole gifting thing, and how the holidays are a great time to help spread the clean beauty experience to the women we love. But aromatherapy—instead of say, face wash—is a particularly great place to start because you’re not telling people to replace anything in their current routine, you’re just adding a new element and helping expand their senses.

I mean, who here remembers the first time they fell for a natural smell over a synthetic one? I often go back to my early experience

At any rate, I’ve gifted my share of natural beauty products, and can say with confidence that—while a small vile of Hope Gillerman or Tata Harper or a Lotus Wei energy mist may not have the wow factor of a new iPad—these gifts have had the most longterm impact. And here’s how I know: Every time I have given one of these magical formulas, the receiver has continued to buy it themselves. (And in my case that often means Canadians who have to jump through hoops, beg me to send them re-ups, or pay all kinds of shipping to get their hands on this stuff.)

And if scented oils and mists feel too pricey or risky—natural scented candles like these and these, or room diffusers like these, or the more affordable and awesome Essence of Vali products are all wonderful too.

Here’s why I think aromatherapy is so perfect to give…

1. It’s thoughtful and personal.

You have to choose carefully when it comes to smells. So even if the person is not into naturals or aromatherapy, you need to have a sense of what kind of scents appeal to them. (Though if you’re totally stumped I’ve included a list of crowd-pleasers at the end of the post.)

2. It’s powerful.

This stuff works, and science concurs. Most everyone in your life is probably stressed out, and smells like jasmine, rose, and lavender are proven to help people calm down. Is anything better than that?

3. People don’t get it for themselves.

Some people prefer getting practical gifts, but I do think there’s something really nice about giving a gift you know will be enjoyed that someone would never think to get for themselves.

Now for the cheat sheet. According to one study these are the top 10 most universally beloved smells: 1. lime (fruit) 2. grapefruit (fruit) 3. bergamot (similar to an orange in scent) 4. orange (fruit) 5. peppermint 6. freesia (flower) 7. amyl acetate (a molecule that smells like apples and bananas) 8. cassia (similar to cinnamon) 9. mimosa (flowering tree) 10. fir (tree)

Are you gifting any wellness products or DIY concoctions this year? Is aromatherapy on the list?

P.S. In slightly unrelated gifting news… If you’re a mom, or gifting one, obviously clean kids’ products are a boon. But I wanted to engage in some shameless nepotism here, and point the mom set to my sister-in-law’s awesome illustrated poster site South and Summer. She’s created these very cool posters inspired by the toys of our childhood, and I just think they’d make a great gift for parents who like design and have a hard time finding cool kid’s decor. You’re welcome!

Flower grid image from the Lotus Wei site.

13 Responses to “Three Reasons I Love To Gift Aromatherapy”
  1. Em says:

    The Australia aromatherapist Audra James provides bespoke aromatherapy blends, as well as spoke skincare. I just received my first skincare set, along with a mini custom sleep oil blend as a new customer gift, and I can’t speak highly enough about the products of their creator. If you’re in to aromatherapy and clean products, and looking for a very special gift for yourself or someone else I suggest looking at Audra James site! Her products are also reasonably priced to!!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Agreed that aromatherapy gifts are a great idea! Every day I use aromatherapy with much success and happiness. I’ve often gifted naturally scented candles, and DIY sugar and/or salt scrubs with EOs, great little treats that people often don’t get for themselves (and easy to make and put in a pretty container). This year I got a big batch of chocolatey (choc/orange, choc/raspberry, etc.) lip balms and passed those out at work with tubes of Wei of Chocolate. Scent + flavor = awesome

    Sometimes it’s hard to pick a scent that will suit a person, so I like that you listed commonly enjoyed scents. Going with seasonally appropriate scents (like something warming in winter, cooling in summer) works well for me. Definitely people are different in what they like. I, for example ordered that Tata Harper Irritability Treatment because so many people talked it up – but I do not like it. Fabulously, though, my boss loves (and needs) it, so I passed it on and it made her very happy.

  3. Kate says:

    My boyfriend gave me my present early last night–a perfume kit. I’m not sure how clean these oils are but I’m really happy with it so far. I was feeling a bit feverish last night and tired but after 30 minutes of just smelling all the oils I felt energized.

    I’d definitely recommend gifting a kit. Such a fun way to experiment and a nice holiday activity as well!
    I love the frankincense, honeysuckle, bergamot blend I made last night. Hopefully after it sits for a while I’ll like it even more.

  4. Alyssa says:

    I just picked up an aromatherapy travel kit for my mom! It has blends to help you sleep, relax, and energize.
    Also thought I’d mention another great gift idea: I am gifting my sister the No More Dirty Looks book, along with a DIY green beauty starter kit. The kit is in a nice tea box I found and includes green clay, manuka honey, jojoba oil with rose, and a homemade turmeric exfoliator. I made little recipe cards detailing what each one should be used for and how they can be combined. I’m excited to give it to her!

  5. I love the big four that Alexandra sites as the best of gift-giving thoughtful, personal, powerful and something they wouldn’t get for themselves. i would like to add: something you made yourself. If you have already spent some time collecting your favorite oils, stave off using them slowly one oil at a time and instead, make a blend with a generous amount of each and submerge it in your favorite botanical and voila! you have the best gift – aromatic body/bath oil. To give you ideas, I have written a guide for how to make your own blends that can help too: I can only say that making this gift for someone you love will make you feel soooooo good doing. Working off of Alexandra’s top oils: How about Lime and Bergamot as the ultimate winter depression lifter???? Choose Peppermint to make a festive blend and one give someone a renewed zest for life – great after travel, great at 4pM slump, and so much more. just blend it!! xxxxoooo hope

  6. Courtney says:

    That’s so awesome Alyssa. Tell me more about the turmeric exfoliator please?

  7. chelsea says:

    @Alyssa. LOVE that idea. LOVE. IT.

  8. Alyssa says:

    @Courtney it was recommended to me by a holistic facialist I saw. I have a lot of trouble with acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but my skin is also very sensitive. The exfoliator is simply a one-to-one ratio of chickpea flower and turmeric powder. I use it every night after washing my face by mixing a little bit with water until it is a runny paste (not a thick one, or it will be too much!) and scrubbing, focusing on my problem areas. This might be too much exfoliation for some, but I love it and it really seems to keep breakouts at bay!

  9. Caroline says:

    @Alyssa Does the tumeric turn your skin yellow? I have fair skin and when I use tumeric with anything other than yogurt my face gets stained yellow.

  10. Alyssa says:

    @Caroline it does sometimes! Apparently if you use powdered turmeric root you can avoid the yellow staining but I find the root difficult to find. I use the scrub at night and rinse well, and my skin usually has just a slight tinge, so when I wash it off in the morning it’s all gone. My boyfriend did tell me I looked like a character on the Simpsons though!

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