The problem with so many scents these days is that they are made from a plethora of artificial substances. Many people can't handle the chemicals that are used to create these scents and their bodies react in a variety of unpleasant ways.
Certain scents might make it hard to breathe, irritate your skin, your nose, etc... And many, especially in perfumes and bath products, are just downright potent, and not in a good way!
If you're one of those people who can't stand such blatantly artificial scent creations, never fear! The key, when it comes to scents, is to get back to the roots. Some of the most delectable smells come straight from nature, and no amount of doctoring or tweaking is going to make them any better.
You can still whisk away those icky smells that crop up in your house without using terrible products like 'febreze', 'lysol' bathroom sprays and those gag worthy 'glade plug-ins'. (I speak the truth, honest!!)
Think back to the wonderful scents that emerges when you cut open an orange, brew some mint tea or bake with cloves - aaah, so good! These wonderfully natural scents, (and more), can all be captured exactly as they are meant to smell, and used in whatever way you so desire. The key is essential oils.
An essential oil is essentially (hehe) the essence of a plant. (That clarifies things perfectly doesn't it?) The oil of the plant (and thus the scent) is usually extracted by distillation; this results in an intensely concentrated liquid. This oil can then be used to add a natural scent to many different things.
Because it's fun to know; Essential oils are also sometimes known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or aetherolea.
Some of the best organic essential oils (at great prices) come from Mountain Rose Herbs -- an organic company that sells phenomenal products!
Mint photo via wonderferret
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