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Essential Oil of the Week: Bergamot

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Emily Villanueva
Bergamot is one of the most popular oils in the fragrance industry. It is derived from the fruit peel or rind of the bergamot fruit, which is actually inedible. It is in the citrus family of scents, but is a tinge more spicy and floral than the orange, lemon, or grapefruit. It is considered one of the "all-important" top notes in perfumes and colognes, and was considered a trendy personal fragrance during the Napoleonic times.
Italy and Mediterranean countries are the biggest producers of bergamot. It is thought that Columbus found the bergamot tree in the Canary Islands and brought it back to Italy. Bergamot has many household and culinary uses; for example, it is the reason for Earl Grey Tea's distinct flavor (black tea + bergamot essential oil = Early Grey Tea)! It is also a popular air freshener and potpourri ingredient, and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist the flow of vital energy. 
Medicinally, it has been documented to fight heartburn, upset stomachs, digestive issues, sleeplessness, and oily or troubled skin. It is also purportedly great for those suffering from depression and anxiety too, as its scent is simultaneously relaxing and uplifting. 

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Science Says That Pleasant Scents Make Us Seem More Attractive

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Emily Villanueva

 

     We already know that scent plays the most important role in attracting mates, but do we know why? New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center found that people find faces more attractive when in the presence of pleasant odors because they tap into a certain part of the brain that processes emotional evaluation and neural processing. Odor pleasantness and facial attractiveness are directly integrated.
     In the study, 18 adults were asked to rate the attractiveness of faces in photographs. Meanwhile, different blends of fish oil and rose oil were released, ranging from strongly fishy to strongly rosy. Unsurprisingly, faces were rated more attractive when being rated while smelling the rose odor. This is because attractiveness is an emotional process-- not rational-- meaning that attractiveness is more about the judging person's mood and emotions (subjective), then how the judged person actually looks (objective). And emotions are heavily influenced by smell. When you are smelling sweet things, you are instantly put in a better mood, and thus more likely to judge people favorably. 
     Moral of the story? Smelling good is a scientific way to enhance your attractiveness. So spray some perfume on those pulse points and watch the admirers line up.

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