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A Few Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Essential oils are not really oils

They do not contain the fatty acids required to constitute an actual oil. They are more accurately described as “highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities” as was stated by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, author of Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore.  However, they retain similar qualities as traditional oils and can be used in the fragrance creation process as well.

Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties

This quality makes them a great addition to homemade cleaning products. The best essential oils for this purpose include: lemon, eucalypts, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, rosemary and tea tree.  So stop buying the toxic cleaning products you find on the market and make your very own all natural products!

Scientific studies has shown that rosemary helps brain performance

Specifically, rosemary helps with recalling memories. It is a great tool to use for studying and has been shown to increase test performance. It is also tested that those who inhaled rosemary, as opposed to no odor at all, felt much more relaxed in the testing setting.

Enormous amounts of plants are used to produce an essential oil

On the extreme end, it takes 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of the essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds to produce one pound of essential oil. This demonstrates how highly concentrated essential oils must be.

Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin

Instead, they should be combined with “real” oils (or carrier oils), waxes, butters, waxes, or alcohol. Because of their concentration, if you do not dilute essential oils you may end up with an unfortunate reaction on your skin. Those with naturally sensitive skin should be extremely cautious.

Do not take essential oils internally

Especially oils like eucalyptus and wintergreen. Some essential oils are diluted enough to be used in products like toothpaste, but in general it is recommended that you do not ingest these oils. In fact, there are a few toxic essential oils that should be avoided even through skin contact. So, remember to be mindful when using this gift from nature.

Essential oils will last for at least 5 years (if not 10), so one bottle could literally last you a decade. 

Hopefully that thought will help mitigate the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils. Because they are SO concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two.

To learn more about essential oils and test out which ones fit best for you and your lifestyle, come see us at Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique located on 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla CA 92037. If you have any questions, please call us at 619.821.8219 or e-mail us at info@tijon.com.

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Scents of Summer

Posted on July 09, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Scents that Summer Loves

Everyone knows summer is a time for bikinis, flip-flops, and summer dresses. However, there is one crucial summer-must that many people forget: that perfect summer scent. As literary author C. Joybell C. so wisely stated, “you are never fully dressed without perfume.” So, throw on your bikinis and flip-flops but don’t forget that crucial final step in finding that perfect summer scent (and no, I am not talking about the smell of sunscreen, chlorine, and ocean!).  The best summer scents are fresh and natural, giving you many options. There is the classic citrus or fruity scent, which are my personal favorites. Or, you can go in another direction and choose a woody scent (remember: woody doesn’t mean masculine, it just carries a no-nonsense femininity). If you are a floral-lover, light florals are also welcomed, just make sure they are not too heavy.

Scents to Pack Away with Your Winter Coats

Just as you wouldn’t wear a parka in the dead of summer, there are certain scents that should be avoided as summer ramps up. Heat increases the impact of odor meaning you want to avoid notes that could become headache inducing when intensified by the heat. These headache inducing notes include: cloying orientals, heavy floral blends, patchouli, and vanilla. A good rule of thumb is stay away from anything super sweet, syrupy, or sugary. So pack away your Euphoria by Calvin Klein with your winter clothes and take out your Daisy Sunshine by Marc Jacobs (you can never really go wrong with a Marc Jacob’s Perfume)!

Make Your Scent last in the Heat of Summer

As I mentioned, heat intensifies odor; it also makes wearing perfume a fleeting experience. The increased body heat causes the alcohol in the perfume to evaporate more quickly, which means you need to remember to reapply. Be mindful of reapplication, as you never want your perfume to enter the room before you do. A helpful hint in making your perfume last is: layer, layer, layer! Putting on a layer of lotion or sunscreen before you apply your perfume moistens your skin, making the scent last longer (make sure the lotion/sunscreen is unscented).

Noteworthy Summer Scents

  • Laugh Often Avon by Reese Witherspoon
                             
  • Burberry Summer Perfume by Burberry
                          
  • Hermés Un Jardin sur le Toit
                 
  • Cranberry Splash by Marc Jacobs
               
  • One Summer by Calvin Klein
                   
  • La Jolla by Tijon
        

    To experience our new summer scent, La Jolla by Tijon, visit us at our local La Jolla Location Tijon 7853 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla CA 92037, call a scent-specialist at (619) 821-8219, or order online at www.tijon.com.

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    Our Favorite Aromatherapy Recipes

    Posted on January 20, 2014 by Tijon Employee

    Perfume and aromatherapy go hand in hand in their emphasis on olfaction and the therapeutic power of scents. For those who live (or desire to live) a holistic lifestyle with integrative medicine, aromatherapy is a popular way to heal your body and mind, from improving your mood, to increasing mental alertness, to relieving stress, anxiety, and pain.

    source: whatscookingamerica.net

    Many people buy their essential oils from Tijon for their favorite aromatherapy blends. You can add your oil blends to a warm bath or diffuse them in your home with a reed diffuser, which we also sell in the shop. You can even mix your oil blends with a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply directly to certain pulse points. There are countless recipes out there, but here are our favorite, easy combinations.

    source: talkspas.net

     

    To relax… lavender is a great all-purpose oil and known to be very soothing.

    • lavender and sweet orange
    • lavender and chamomile
    • lavender and vanilla 

    To focus… rosemary promotes alertness and stimulates memory.

    • rosemary, lemon, grapefruit 
    • rosemary and bergamot
    • rosemary and eucalyptus

    To cleanse... lemon, lime, citrus cilantro

    To unwind… neroli, patchouli, ylang ylang

    For headaches… peppermint or frankincense 

    For tired muscles… sage, basil, cajeput

    For smelly feet… geranium and tea tree

    For hangovers… juniper, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, carrot, fennel

     


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