The Aromatherapeutic Garden

What better way to receive the aromatherapeutic effects of herbs, flowers, trees and grasses than directly as nature intended? Even moist earth smells wonderful, especially during hot weather, when the first summer rains fall on the parched meadows causing the soil to release its enigmatic fragrance. Then there is the scent of honeysuckle heavy on […]

The Aromatic Pet

In Elizabethan times, the best perfumes would make one smell ‘as sweet as any lady’s dog’. Contrary to what you may be thinking, this was never said in jest. Indeed, the animal would have costly aromatics rubbed into its coat before being carried around by its owner when making social calls. Judging by the soporific […]

Home Sweet Home – Essential Oils in Your House

Although essential oils are potent antiseptics, most are too expensive for the average homemaker to use freely for such purposes as one would normally use household disinfectant, so the best way to ensure that your home is fragrant and germ free is to make good use of the vaporiser. However, there are several other ways […]

Basic Procedures for Perfume Making

Most commercial perfumes and colognes are suspended in alcohol, usually ethanol. Essential oils can be partially suspended in distilled water or in rosewater or orange flower water. The aromatic material will float on the surface so the mixture will need to be poured through a coffee filter paper before use: that is, unless you don’t […]

Essences of Desire

The most fascinating aromatics of all must surely be those that have been used for centuries as charms and love potions. Yet putting plant secretions on the human body to capture an erotic allure seems an odd thing to do. Is there any truth in the ancient belief that such sweet-smelling elixirs really can work […]