Sometimes you want to smell good. Wait. You always want to smell good rather than the alternative, what I mean is sometimes you want to smell really good. Like, “that girl smells like a field of wildflowers” kind of good. At least that’s how I want to smell. Anyone else? I’m really not a fan of commercial perfumes. To me they’re cloying and headache-inducing and often make a person smell the opposite of good. Again, I want you to walk by me and be reminded of spring meadows or autumn forests, not the cosmetic department of a Walgreens. Let’s do it ourselves, shall we?
These beauties are inspired by the most beautiful birthday gift I have ever received. My dear friend Chanel wild harvested some stunning botanicals for me in late summer last year and put them into a roll-on bottle much like these and crafted the most fantastic blend of aromatic goodness on top of it. I’m still absolutely crazy about it, and so I wanted to share the preparation with you!
The botanical choices are entirely up to you- any natural fragrance from the plant will be mostly overshadowed by the essential oils, so I chose for beauty. I wanted my roll-on to look great first, and then smell amazing once its opened. But again, I’m okay with the essential oils doing most of the aromatic leg work. Below is the combination that I used. Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil would be the best choice for carrier oils here- you want something that’s light both in viscosity and in fragrance. Ylang Ylang is the aromatic base, of course, because if you know my aromatherapy habits at all you know it’s my absolute favorite. Did you know that it’s the only floral essential oil that’s classified as a base note? It’s because of its unique fixative woodsy undertones. I love it. I LOVE IT.
If you don’t have the oils on hand that I used or if I included something that you don’t like, I encourage you to experiment! And I’d love to hear the combinations that you come up with.
1 oz glass roll-on bottle
1 oz sweet almond oil
14 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Cypress essential oil
5 drops Blue Yarrow essential oil
4 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
Note: Make sure to dry your beautiful botanicals before inserting them into the roll-on bottle. This will protect the colors of your flowers and ensure that the carrier oil does not go rancid once blended.