Now , I think that I can safely say that most of us go crazy for a great vanilla scent. I practically can swim in sulfur water if it is scented with vanilla oil (okay so I’m not going to go that far) but vanilla can be pretty intoxicating. While I know that most of us are familiar with vanilla, it doesn’t hurt to go over some facts right?
What is vanilla?
Vanilla , scientific name Vaniila (hahaha), comes from the Mexican-native planifolia orchid. It is grown worldwide, but comes mostly from Indonesia, Madagascar, and China.
What does vanilla look like?
The vanilla orchard has white and light green petals. The flowers actually grow as vines where it would “climb” on a pole or tree.
What does vanilla oil smell like and where is it extracted from?
Vanilla has a sweet and soft smell with smoothness to it. It is derived from the pods of the vanilla orchid.
What are the benefits of vanilla oil?
Vanilla oil is used as an antioxidant, aphrodisiac (there goes that word again), antidepressant, a relaxant, and to regularize menstruation.
What is sandalwood?
Sandalwood is actually a wood (go figure) that is derived from the santalum trees. It is abundantly grown in India. What is amazing about sandalwood is that it can retain its fragrance for decades, talk about long lasting!
What does the sandalwood look like?
Sandalwood is red to yellow, heavy, and fine grained. They are also very slow growing trees so this wood is truly valued.
What does sandalwood oil smell like and where is it derived from?
Sandalwood has a very strong fragrant smell. It is mostly described as a creamy, soft and milky wood scent. It is mostly used in oriental type fragrances and as a base for citrusy and floral fragrances, kind of like the leaf to a flower. Sandalwood is the oil that is derived from the actual wood of the tree.
What are the benefits of sandalwood oil?
It is used as an antiseptic, internally and externally. It is also used as widely as an antimicrobial on both the skin and scalp, which means that scalp problems are highly reduced when used in your hair regimen.
What is patchouli?
Patchouli , pogostemon cablin, is a large perennial which is a part of the same family as the sage, mint, and lavender plant. It is cultivated high in Indonesia and also in the Philippines, India, China, Malaysia, and some parts of South America.
What does the patchouli plant look like?
The patchouli flowers are small flowers that are pale-pink in color. The leaves are evergreen leaves and resemble herb leaves like mint and sage.
What does patchouli oil smell like and what is it derived from?
Patchouli is another fragrant oil that is known and widely used for its strong smell. It is normally described as musky and with deep, earthy notes. Its oil is derived from the leaves of the patchouli plant.
What are the benefits of patchouli oil?
Patchouli is used in aromatherapy as a massage oil to fight cellulite and wrinkles. It is used as a bug repellent, to soothe cuts and bruises, athlete’s foot, and most importantly to fight dandruff in hair.
Originally posted 2014-02-19 15:00:23.