Smell. One of the most important senses. It can alert us prior to being able to see or hear anything.
“Smell, like taste, is a chemical sense detected by sensory cells called chemoreceptors. When an odorant stimulates the chemoreceptors in the nose that detect smell, they pass on electrical impulses to the brain. The brain then interprets patterns in electrical activity as specific odors and olfactory sensation becomes perception — something we can recognize as smell. The only other chemical system that can quickly identify, make sense of and memorize new molecules is the immune system. But smell, more so than any other sense, is also intimately linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion and associative learning.”
Read more about the science of Smell here
So we know smell is pretty important, I mean a man who smells great will make me turn my head without even being able to see him! I’ve had instances where I’ve been in the presence of a man that smelled so good, I felt drunk! (True Story!). I’ve had guys I’ve dated comment that they’re pretty attracted to my natural smell…
This isn’t just a human thing though, even bulls and horses turn up their nostrils when excited by love.
Having gained a new respect for the schnoz, I wanted to find ways to incorporate great scents into my hair products, and in turn, into my hair. If you are less than pleased with the scent of your products, or just want to add a lil sumthin sumthin to them, the most easy way to do this is through essential oils.
Essential Oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or aetherolea, or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant.
Auracacia has a great online directory of essential oils. They give a great explanation of what the oils smells like, what it mixes well with, as well as the aromatherapy benefits of each oil. Check it out and decide what will work for you. They also have these oils available for purchase.
Mountain Rose Herbs also has an online directory of the essential oils they sell. I’ve heard great things about them
I love to use orange essential oil in my deep conditioning and shea butter mixes. I also add a few drops of rosemary essential oils to all my hair products, for it stimulates hair growth. Tea Tree Oil healing properties for the skin so I keep that around. For me, they last a while due to the fact that they are so strong and it only takes a few drops to do the job.
If you are a Kitchen Chemist like myself and prefer to make your own products fear not! It’s do-able! Here’s a simple hair perfume recipe:
1/2 Aloe Vera Juice, 1/2 Rose Water, few drops of an oil with a light or no scent
Aloe Vera Juice, An oil with a light or no scent, 5 drops of any essential oil
Take a small spray bottle and combine ingredients. Shake Well. Let this mixture sit overnight so they ingredients meld together. Sit Back. Wait for Compliments!
I plan to experiment with Vanilla and Red Grapefruit essential oils…I’m sure I can make a man do a double take by those smells alone!
What are some of your favorite scents? Do they turn heads?