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? Personally, I’m not really 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, 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 the carrier oil in this case, you want something that’s light both in viscosity and in fragrance. Ylang Ylang is the aromatic base, of course, because it’s my absolute favorite. Did you know that it’s the only floral essential oil that’s classified as a base note? This is because of its unique fixative, woodsy undertones. 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.
You will need:
1 oz glass roll-top bottle
1 oz light carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond
7 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Cypress essential oil
2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
To make: First, harvest some small plants and flowers from your yard or a nearby park. Dry your botanicals fully, either by hanging them from an herb drying rack, or letting them rest on a clean countertop. Make sure none of the plants are touching one another, and leave them for a few days to dry completely. This drying process will protect the colors of your flowers, and ensure that the carrier oil does not go rancid once blended. Once the botanicals are dry, insert them into the roll-top bottle. Counting drops carefully, follow the essential oil blend recipe above. Fill the remainder of the bottle with carrier oil, cover, and roll between your hands to blend. Apply often, and enjoy!