Essential Oils: Scents & Sensibility

Contrary to popular belief, aromatherapy is not a science. While certain oils have been studied extensively and have been found to produce specific effects, scent perception is highly subjective, and scent has strong cultural associations.

You're more likely to find lavender relaxing if you grew up in a society where this belief is prevalent. Thai people actually associate lemongrass with relaxation and stress-relief, and it's the most popular oil used in Thai massage!

On the other hand, the stimulating powers of peppermint, orange and rosemary seem to transcend cultures.

What does this mean for you? Depending on your cultural background and individual preferences, you may or may not find a particular oil relaxing or energising or...well, anything. And that's okay.

The historical information and associations we supply with our oils are just guidelines - ultimately, you should choose oils that you find pleasing. Those are the ones that are going to have the best effect on you.

And it's really what you do with the oils that are going to have the greatest impact - carving out some "me time" for a relaxing bath, or using a diffuser as part of a bedtime ritual is going to benefit you regardless of which oil you choose, so feel free to explore a new single oil or blend that piques your interest!

We have a new way to harness the power of essential oils. Our new flaxseed eye mask pillows are perfectly weighted to soothe tension headaches and provide gentle warming comfort - simply pop in the microwave for a few seconds, then add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the inner pillow. Place eye mask pillow across your eyes, lie back and relax.


You can also find all of our blends as part of our award-winning trios
BALANCE: A feminine balancing blend of four super flowers: Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Lavender & Clary Sage. Perfect for right before your period or during times of hormonal fluctuation, such as menopause.
BASIL: Often found in blends to calm anxiety, such as our Peace blend, Basil's sweet, aniseed aroma is comforting on its own. A few sniffs of this oil during times of high stress can work wonders to ease tension and improve mood.
YLANG YLANG: Called the "flower of flowers," Ylang Ylang is highly prized in perfumery for its intense fruity, floral notes. Known as one of the most feminine of all essential oils, Ylang Ylang is often used in hormone-balancing blends and alleviate PMS symptoms.
ROSE GERANIUM: A sweet, herbaceous oil with floral notes of rose. Heady, precious and romantic, perfect to add to a bath before date night!