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Classic Perfumes That Still Have Nose Appeal

Woman applying perfume in a car

When Revlon released their “Charlie” perfume in the 1970’s, it was advertised as “kinda young, kinda now.” But now, now is then, and one can only imagine how Charlie would stack up next to today’s hipper scents. The young literally turn up their millennial noses at the cloying scents of their mothers and grandmothers, and invest hard-earned cash in the most recent product to be featured on the test strip from the latest issue of Vogue. But take heed: before consigning those ancient bottles to the trash, you may want to spritz a bit on your wrist. There are a few classic scents that have held up under the test of time.

Chanel No. 5
It takes a classic to make a classic. Chanel No. 5 was made iconic in the commercial ad featuring Marilyn Monroe who offered the perfume’s name as the answer to the question of what she “wore to bed.” According to Refinery 29, the scent still holds its own. Chanel number 5 is a combination of floral smells, including rose, jasmine, and citrus. It remains a ladylike staple of the perfume industry with hints of sandalwood and vanilla undertones.

Chantilly
The Huffington Post declared this Eau de Toilette spray by Houbigant another timeless fragrance. Known for its reputed luxury and high price, it was released in 1941 as a scent of romance and intrigue. Hints of rose damask and jasmine give this perfume its allure.

Youth Dew
This Estee Lauder creation also landed on the list of classics. Created in the 1950’s Estee Lauder described the perfume as sensual and it is reputed to be symbolic of women’s independence from the need for male companionship. The theme is represented through the scents of moss, lavender, and Muguet.

Jean Nate
Another perfume staple, Jean Nate by Revlon has endured for decades. Introduced in 1935, the scent of Jean Nate summons feelings of playfulness. Popsugar describes its scent as light and sweet, noting its balance of the floral with the spicy.

Perfume

White Diamonds
Another legendary perfume endorsed by a legend is the elegant White Diamonds, by Elizabeth Taylor. Created in 1991, the perfume is characterized by its citrus blend of neroli, orange, and bergamot, with a hint of lily.

L’Air du Temps
This fragrance, known for its “Something’s In The Air” slogan, was launched in 1948 by Nina Ricci. The release of the perfume was an attempt to capture the return to peace and optimism after World War and was designed to appeal to the femininity of its users. The beautiful bottle with the intertwining doves has been, and will remain, a feature on the vanity tables of elegant women throughout history.

Shalimar
Shalimar is an ancient oriental perfume whose name translates to “temple of love” in Sanskrit. The moniker for the Guerlain fragrance is derived from the Indian Gardens of Shalimar where the Shah Jahan met his muse for the building of the Taj Mahal. Touted by starlets from Rita Hayworth to Kate Moss, this classic fragrance is one for the ages.

Have you been raiding grandma’s perfume collection? Let us know what you’ve been liking! We love to hear from you!

Avoid the Itch With These Scents

Woman scratching her neck

Oh, the itch. That not quite defined feeling, somewhere between pain and annoyance amounting in a torture that we just can’t seem to ignore. And, aaah, the scratch. That exquisite infliction of pain that seems to momentarily quell the itch. But we have been warned against scratching, haven’t we? According to dermatologists, scratching often makes the itch worse, warning that the temporary relief it provides only make the symptoms exacerbate upon return. But what can we do? Well, if the source of our itching is a mosquito, a flea, or tick, well, bring on the bug repellant. Bug repellent is not only a cure for itching, but can also lessen the chances of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.

But many of these bug repellents are toxic. Do we really want to spray these chemicals on ourselves and our families, and take responsibility for the possible poisoning of the environment and destroying of the ozone layer? Most insect repellents contain DEET, which, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, is a chemical capable of melting plastics or a fishing line and causing impairments such as memory loss, seizures, nausea and vomiting. No something we want to apply liberally. However, the good doctor says,”…it is dangerously wrong…”( to assume)…”that insect repellents with DEET are the only ones that work”, so, take heart, suffering Greenies!

It seems that mosquitoes have a very keen sense of smell ( Do they have noses?) and are very attracted to the carbon dioxide we emit, but, luckily, there are some natural scents which they actually hate. So let’s clue you in.

Citronella Oil: Comes from the lemongrass plant, used in bug sprays and candles, smells lemony/ citrusy.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint: Crush the leaves on your skin or apply peppermint oil to relieve itching, minty scent.

Rosemary and Basil: Place a few sprigs around to keep the pests away or infuse it into a lotion or spray, also can be used as food seasoning!

Eucalyptus: Can be planted in your yard and the oil can be applied to your skin.

Marigold and Lavender: Attractive and useful. Plant them in your garden for a color
explosion and pest free peace of mind.

Garlic: Not just for vampires! Cut the cloves into slivers and scatter them. You can also make a repellent spray, but, be warned, you may repel people humans as well.

Catnip

Catnip: Sorry, Snowball. Have to borrow some of yours! Sprinkling catnip is a very powerful way of repelling pests.

Another great thing about these natural repellants: you can make your own!

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (DO), you can make repellent by mixing cinnamon leaf oil, clear vanilla oil mixed with olive oil, or catnip oil and there are tons of other recipes available on social media. Why scratch when you can go match? Keep yourself pest free and applaud yourself for being smart and helping the environment and keeping yourself and your family healthy and comfortable.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

If you’re planning your spring cleaning strategies this year, consider replacing your chemical cleansers with more natural products. Essential oils can be used to clean any area of your house that you need to tackle during your spring cleaning. Check out three of the most multi-purpose essential oils available and find recipes for creating cleansers with these oils below.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon
Lemon essential oil is perhaps the most commonly used essential oils for household cleaning. This oil is a natural antibacterial as well as a natural antiviral, meaning that it is perfect for nearly every surface and area of your home. You can use lemon essential oil to remove sticky messes such as tape residue or gum, to make your fridge smell fresher and remove tough marks like crayons on your walls. Mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil with ½ cup of olive oil for a homemade wood or leather polish. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a baking soda paste to make a super effective degreaser. One of the greatest things about using lemon essential oil is its light, fresh and clean scent. The scent of lemon can help lift your mood and make you happier, which you may need for seriously stubborn messes.

Tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is commonly used in skin care to help fight acne-causing bacteria, but you can use its antibacterial properties to clean your home as well. Not only is tea tree oil antibacterial, it is also a natural antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral. Seriously, is there anything that tea tree oil can’t do? In a spray bottle, mix 15 drops of tea tree oil with one quart of warm water and use this to clean any surface in your home. For areas that require a bit more potency, like your toilet, mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of warm water and use that to really disinfect. You can also take this spray mixture and spritz it around doors and windows, as it is a natural pest deterrent.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender
Lavender is one of the best smelling antibacterial essential oils there is and it can be used for a wide variety of household chores. You can make an all-purpose cleanser by adding 35 drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle containing two and one-half of a cup of water and one-quarter of a cup of witch hazel or vinegar. Mix well and use this spray on everything from your kitchen counters to your bathtub. If you have a pet, you know how difficult it can be to remove the odor and stains that occur when an accident happens. Add 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one box of baking powder. The mixture will clump when you add the oil, but you can work it out with a fork. Sprinkle this mixture on the carpet, allow it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling, clean carpet.

Going more natural with cleansers not only is a bonus for your health, but it is also super cost effective. Because essential oils are so concentrated, you don’t need to use too much of them at a time to see results. A word of caution, if undiluted, some essential oils can be irritating to the skin, so if you’re worried about a reaction, wear a pair of gloves to protect your skin. Start your spring cleaning with a healthy dose of cleaning power and aromatherapy when you use essential oils to clean your home.

Aloe Vera, Lavender and Calendula

Many plants are incredibly versatile and can play an important role in your daily life. Aloe vera, lavender and calendula are three plants that you should consider keeping in your home or garden for their health benefits. Below, find out what health benefits aloe vera, lavender and calendula have to offer to your family and yourself.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera
Perhaps most well-known for its after sun benefits, aloe vera is a small plant with some mighty powers. Keep aloe vera on hand to:

  • Boost Immune Function – Scientific studies have shown that aloe vera not only can boost immune function, it also has antitumor properties. The polysaccharides in aloe vera activate increased production of nitric oxide, which has been shown to have significant antitumor potential.
  • Calm Skin – Aloe vera certainly does help with inflammation, redness and irritation after a sunburn, but it can also be useful as a moisturizer, an anti-acne treatment, an anti-aging treatment and to reduce stretch marks. Aloe vera has antibacterial properties, making it beneficial for acne and it contains vitamin C and E which help to naturally firm the skin while adding hydration.
  • Lower Cholesterol – When taken orally, aloe vera plays a role in rebalancing your blood chemistry, which in turn lowers high cholesterol levels and triglycerides. A high level of triglycerides in the blood is associated with an increased risk of stroke.

Lavender

Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils, and there is a good reason. This flowering herb has so many positive benefits and uses, and it is a great addition to any home. Use lavender for:

  • Sip It – You probably don’t think of lavender and drinks together, but lavender adds a unique flavor to everyday drinks. One popular way to drink lavender is to add it to lemonade for a refreshing drink. You can also spice up a cocktail, like a classic martini, by using lavender or lavender syrup.
  • Calm Down – One of lavender’s many day-to-day uses is stress and anxiety reduction. To boost your mood and reduce your stress, put some essential oil in a diffuser and let the scent hang in the air, or add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a soothing bath.
  • Soothe Skin – Lavender has a soothing effect on more than your mind, it can also help to calm your skin. Use lavender after shaving to reduce irritation, redness and inflammation. You can also use lavender to help eradicate dandruff and dry scalp problems.

Calendula

Calendula
The vibrant flowers of calendula may be what brings initial attention to this plant, but calendula has been used for a variety of purposes for hundreds of years. Use calendula to:

  • Improve Immune Function – Calendula tea has been used for many years as an immune system booster. Calendula is high in beta-carotene and when consumed regularly it can help to detoxify both your liver and gallbladder as well as boost the immune system. Calendula also can heal viral inflammations, candida and peptic ulcers. Studies have indicated that two to three cups of calendula tea per day provides the most benefits.
  • Prevent Infection – For minor cuts, burns, scrapes and other injuries, calendula can provide healing relief. The antibacterial properties of calendula prevent infection while the anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling, inflammation and irritation.
  • Treat Varicose Veins – The unsightly veins that make you want to skip shorts in summer have been a source of frustration for years, but using a calendula ointment can eradicate these pesky problems. Calendula cleanses, stimulates circulation and improves healing, all of which are important as you rid your body of varicose veins.

Aloe vera, lavender and calendula all have unique health benefits that work for both internal and external conditions. You can grow your own aloe vera, lavender and calendula plants to ensure that you always have a fresh supply on hand. Use aloe vera, lavender and calendula to start improving your health today.

Best Essential Oils for Women

Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat medical conditions that range from acne to childbirth. If you have never used essential oils before, you may be overwhelmed at all of the options available and the incredible health benefits that accompany essential oils. To help get you started, we’ve picked out 10 of the best essential oils for women.

Clary sage

Clary Sage
Clary sage uplifts your mood, reduces stress and anxiety and acts as a natural anti-depressant. The mellow scent of clary sage is perfect for relieving mood swings before or during your menstrual period. Clary sage also reduces blood pressure, improves breathing rates and enhances your attention and memory.

Geranium oil.

Geranium
Geranium is amazing at perfecting balance within your body. This essential oil maintains homeostasis in your body, balances your nervous system and stimulates your adrenal cortex to harmonize your fluctuating hormones. The sweet, flowery scent of geranium oil boosts your mood and soothes your nerves.

Jasmine oil.

Jasmine
Jasmine has long been used as a powerful anti-depressant, but in ancient times, this essential oil was also used as a childbirth aid. Jasmine essential oil strengthens reproductive tissues and helps with contractions to aid labor. In ancient times, jasmine was rubbed on the lower abdomen to strengthen contractions and soothe labor pains. Jasmine is also used to increase sex drive in both women and men.

Rose oil.

Rose
Rose is another essential oil that benefits the female reproductive system by strengthening it. If you have irregular menstrual cycles, rose is especially helpful because it stimulates hormonal secretion to trigger menstruation. Rose is also considered an aphrodisiac that boosts your libido.

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram
Sweet marjoram is a natural way to fight against the pain that comes from menstrual cramps because it is a powerful antispasmodic. Like rose, sweet marjoram can also help if you suffer from irregular periods in the form of amenorrhea (the abnormal absence of menstruation). Sweet marjoram also fights headaches and constipation, both of which may occur frequently during pregnancy.

Wild orange oil.

Wild Orange
Wild orange is one of the best essential oils for reducing stress and anxiety levels, both of which are common among women. By reducing your stress and anxiety levels, wild orange also is a natural way to lift your mood. Topical application of wild orange essential oil can also help minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass
Lemongrass provides a wide range of benefits for women from fighting acne to improving lactation. Lemongrass is a natural anti-inflammatory that also has antiseptic, antimicrobial and astringent properties that help fight acne. New mothers facing problems with lactation can also use lemongrass to enhance milk flow.

Lavender oil

Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and it isn’t just because of its soothing scent. This essential oil is used to promote better sleep and treat insomnia, alleviate depression and significantly lessen stress and anxiety. One of the reasons lavender is so great for women is that it has antispasmodic properties, which make it great for treating painful menstrual cramps.

Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an incredible body detoxifier and is one of the greatest natural antibacterials there is. You may be aware that because of the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil, it is used in the treatment of acne but these same properties also help fight yeast infections. Tea tree oil stimulates hormonal secretions that improve your blood circulation which can weaken the pain you feel due to menstrual cramps.

Chamomile oil.

Chamomile
Chamomile is another essential oil that is well-known for its ability to soothe nerves and promote sleep, but that isn’t all this essential oil is capable of. Chamomile is another antispasmodic that can help you cope with menstrual cramps or labor pains.

Equally as important as the specific essential oils you choose to use is the proper dosage or application method. Experts suggest that some essential oils, like tea tree oil, be used with a carrier oil for topical application. Inhaling essential oils can also benefit your health and provide you a much needed moment of calm or happiness. You will love how your health and attitude are improved by the use of these 10 essential oils for women.

Lavender for Skin Care

Lavender has long been praised for its soothing and relaxing aromas. This herb has been used for centuries for a large variety of purposes and can be found in everything from pillow sprays to herbal teas. However, there is a pretty good chance that if you were to take a look at all of your skin care products, you would find at least one with lavender, or lavender oil, in it. As is the case with skin care, ingredients come and go in terms of popularity and recently lavender has been one of the most buzzed about beauty ingredients.

Lavender in a spa setting.

What is Lavender?
As mentioned above, lavender is an herb that produces beautiful purple blooms. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial herb. There are several types of lavender including English lavender and Provence lavender among others. English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is the most commonly used variety of lavender when it comes to skin care. Native to the Mediterranean, English lavender is named for its ability to thrive in the English climate.

Essential oils are nothing new to skin care and beauty, and it is often lavender oil that will be used in a skin care product. While some essential oils can irritate the skin if applied alone, lavender is one of the few that does not. It is considered to be one of the safest oils for personal use, although some may find they have sensitivities to the chemical compounds in lavender oil.

Moisturizer containing lavender extract

Skin Care Uses for Lavender
Cleansing the Skin – Because lavender has antibacterial properties, it is an excellent ingredient to be used in facial cleansers. Cosmetic chemist, Ni’Kita Wilson, states, “[s]tudies have shown that while it might not the be most potent antibacterial ingredient, it does have some efficacy, so it can be used as a supporting secondary element to improve the odor of a product, while boosting its cleansing power as well.”

Detoxifying the Skin – Your skin is constantly being assaulted by environmental pollutants and other toxins. When you want to purge your skin of these toxins, look to lavender to help you do so. Claude Saliou, Ph. D. and director of research for Johnson & Johnson, praises lavender as a detox agent saying, “[i]t contains powerful antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effect of pollutants on the skin. Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.”

As an Acne Treatment – The anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make lavender a great cleansing agent also make lavender a great acne treatment. With other essential oils, for instance tea tree essential oil, you are strongly advised not to put pure oil directly on your skin. Because lavender oil is gentle, you can dab a bit of pure lavender oil directly onto blemishes. The lavender oil fights the bacteria that causes acne while also reducing any inflammation resulting from breakouts.

The skincare industry is loving lavender as a skin care ingredient and is using it in cleansers, facial masks, gels and soaps. A bonus of using lavender as a part of your skin care routine is that you also receive all of the amazing calming benefits of lavender which can help you start, and end, your day stress-free and relaxed. Be on the lookout for products containing lavender essential oil, or simply purchase your own bottle to incorporate this amazing ingredient into your skin care regimen.

Soothing Scents to Try – Vine Vera Reviews

When you’re feeling stressed out and a bit overwhelmed, your first thought is probably not of aromatherapy for relief. But maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy to stressful events. Your sense of smell is the strongest of all five senses in your body. Your olfactory bulbs are part of your limbic system. This means that your olfactory bulbs (how you are able to smell)  are directly linked to areas of the brain involved in processing emotions and learning. You probably have noticed that there are smells you react to by remembering a particular moment or time in your life, and the connection to emotional responses in the brain is why. When you need something soothing during your hectic day, Vine Vera recommends you to try one of these calming scents.

Lavender oil with lavender flowers on a wooden table.

Lavender
Lavender is probably the most well-known scent for reducing stress and promoting a calm, peaceful scent. It is a very popular addition to many sleep products such as eye masks or sprays for your pillow. Lavender has several important benefits. First, lavender contains calming properties that are able to control your stress levels. Secondly, because lavender is so calming, it can help you get a good night’s sleep even in the most stressful times. Lastly, the benefits of lavender are not limited to your emotional concerns, lavender can also help relieve nervous tension and soothe physical ailments such as tension headaches and migraines.

Jasmine oil with jasmine flowers on a wooden table.

Jasmine
Jasmine is much more than a pleasant scent, it has excellent mental benefits for times when you need to just relax. Like lavender, jasmine helps to provide stress relief by calming your nerves. However, jasmine is not just a perfect scent for calmness, it is also recognized as having anti-depressant properties. Jasmine is used to help with issues such as mental blockage and sadness. It is an uplifting scent that gives you increased feelings of confidence and optimism. Additionally, jasmine can help soothe you while providing you with a bit of refreshed energy.

Lemon oil with cut lemons on a mat.

Lemon
You may not immediately associate this yellow fruit with stress relief, but don’t count it out. Lemon is the perfect scent for times when you need to calm down, but remain productive and alert. The scent of lemon helps boost concentration and helps you slow down negative feelings such as stress and anger. At the same time, lemon also induces positive, happy emotions. Some studies using the scent of lemon suggest that it definitely has an impact on your mood and it does indeed improve cognitive function.

So, how do you benefit from these scents without having to lug around bags of lemons and flowers? The most commonly used method of aromatherapy is through the use of essential oils. There are tons of ways to use essential oils no matter where you are. One of the easiest ways to use oils is to grab a small glass and simply add a few drops of your chosen scent. You can also apply essential oils to your body. Doing this is especially helpful on pressure points such as your temples or the inside of your wrists. Lastly, you can buy a diffuser that uses water and the oil to emit a soothing vapor in your surroundings.