Years ago I was mildly obsessed with the fragrance Norell. I loved its classic, glamorous undertones and the strong perfumey scent I left in my wake. As I matured, I switched to a more clean, shower-fresh perfume, then I went through a phase where I wanted to smell like freshly cut roses.
I moved on to powdery soft perfumes and as I began to read more and more about the toxins in fragrances and the synthetics used, I abandoned all of my fancy, expensive perfumes in favor of naturally derived scents and essential oils.
I never thought I would love essential oil as much as I do. I always associated oils with hippies and you’ve probably seen “Patchouli” paired with “hippie” a million times.
Let me help change that for you. Here are some of my favorite “hippie scents” and product recommendations!
Patchouli: You cannot mention natural, hippie or oil without conjuring up Patchouli! According to Fragrantica, it comes from an “exotic bush that grows mainly in India, the leaves of which produce the essential oil of patchouli. Sweet, dark, with an earthy, woody edge, it is very popular in many blends, especially the contemporary woody floral musks.”
Product: Aside from essential oils, I recommend the KISS MY FACE Peaceful Patchouli shower gel which has a wonderful, clean, woody Patchouli scent to it. Not overpowering, a great scent for males and females.
Ylang Ylang: One of my recent favorite discoveries! According to How Stuff Works, Ylang Ylang comes to us from the Philippines, it “means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.” This fragrance is traditionally used in aromatherapy to sharpen the senses and to temper depression, fear, anger, and jealousy.”
I wear this scent all the time and if a product contains it, I will want to buy it, use it and wear it! Most recently the Odacite face oil, and I have a Ylang Ylang oil that I bought from iherb.com that I use frequently.
Product: Josh Rosebrook’s Moisturizing Cleanser smells so beyond wonderful and I think its due to the Ylang Ylang! Also, the Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer has been a favorite since I tried it a year ago. I use it as more of a perfume/scent on my wrist and neck. The scent is pure heaven. If you want a nice hunk of organic soap, check out Osmia Organics Ylang Spring Soap!
Sandalwood: Another new favorite! While I do not care for the essential oil straight up, I love this when its transformed into a perfume oil.
Wikipedia tells us that “Sandalwood is the name of a class of fragrant woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades. Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries.”
Product: Auric Blends Roll-On Perfume oil– I picked this up on a whim at Whole Foods and wear it often. I like to blend all the scents I mention here and this is a nice base. I cannot recommend Carefree Organics highly enough and their solid perfume is a must have! The Sandalwood Vanilla is heavenly and its so pure and natural that even the most green, clean beauty lovers will approve.
Frankincense and Myrrh: All I knew is that the three Wisemen in the Bible brought these to the baby Jesus. Other than that, my knowledge on both of these was non-existent!
Here’s what you should know: (source) “Both frankincense and myrrh are derived from the gummy sap that oozes out of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, respectively, when their bark is cut. The leaking resin is allowed to harden and scraped off the trunk in tear-shaped droplets; it may then be used in its dried form or steamed to yield essential oils. Both substances are edible and often chewed like gum. They are also extremely fragrant, particularly when burned, with frankincense giving off a sweet, citrusy scent and myrrh producing a piney, bitter odor.
Both are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and aromatherapy. Many popular natural toothpastes contain myrrh, which has proven beneficial to dental and gum health since ancient times.”
Pure frankincense is very expensive! Usually you will find more affordable oil when its diluted with a cheaper carrier oil.