Friday, September 18, 2015
Essential Oils | Scent Tests
I learned something recently that I am finding very valuable in understanding how aromatherapy works and to better understand essential oils.
A scent test is where you take a scent stick (or any other absorb-able material that will hold onto an oil and retain its scent) and put a drop of essential oil on it.
Then you sniff it several times over a long period of time.
Then you record what you think about it.
Doing this now with two oils has helped me really understand the "life cycle" of an essential oil aroma. I've never done anything past sniffing it right out of the bottle or off my skin after the initial scent has transformed. And on my skin the oils are quite diluted so you also have the smell of the carrier mixed in (if there is one, which with mine there's usually a trace). So you don't get the true aroma range.
With a Scent Test you do!
So I've started doing these with oils that I happen to own from multiple companies or oils that I have a variety of types from the same company. Or a combo of the two.
It's been very eye opening and I've really learned a lot! Including to never judge an oil by its first aroma!
So stay tuned. I've done two so far and will be sharing those with you soon!