IT’S SUMMER. Can scent help you stay cool ?

IT’S SUMMER. Can scent help you stay cool ?

DO YOU LOVE BURNING CANDLES BUT CAN'T FIND THAT PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN SUMMER HEAT AND CANDLE BURNING ?

WE HEAR YOU... AND WE HAVE A FEW SUMMER SCENT HACKS TO KEEP YOU COOL THIS SUMMER.

If you can’t handle a candle right now, skip down to our DIY essential oil cooling mist. But if you are jonesing for that right summer candle, see below :-)

CANDLE BURNERS

GOOD TO KNOW

Reasons why burning essential oil candles is good in hotter weather;

1- There's none of that cloying claustrophobic fragrance, like in other candles, that will make you feel more hot! Aromatherapy (offered by essential oils only) can help you to feel cooler.
2 - Synthetic fragrances (fyi NOT in our candles) are known to be an allergen for a lot of people, and most of us know that allergies can make us feel wiped out! That plus heat, no thank you.
3 - Certain essential oils have aromatherapeutic benefits that can offer cooling effects on the body. 

KNOW YOUR AROMATHERAPY

Essential oils have been shown to help activate cool sensing nerves in the skin when applied topically. It motivates similar sensations aroma therapeutically, making things feel a bit less hot. Candles are a great way to enjoy aromatherapeutic benefits - the heat moves the scent into the air, and once in the air, the scent will slowly enter the blood stream via the lungs and encourage changes via the olfactory receptors.

 

SO…WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS HELP US COOL DOWN ?

Eucalyptus + Lavender - top of the list, these are also the two essential oil ingredients in our Lavender Candle.

Peppermint, Spearmint, and Orange - think summer citrus and cool mints. We recommend our Bergamot Candle which includes two of these summer oil essentials - citrus and peppermint! Perfect for hot days.

Lastly, and somewhat surprisingly - Vetiver! The roots where this oil derives from grow deep into the cool earth and can provoke the same cooling sensations in our body. Try burning our Vetiver Candle on hot nights at home.

 

FOR SKIN + ROOM - HERE'S OUR FAVORITE DIY COOLING ESSENTIAL OIL MIST

A quick easy mist for those super hot days. Tweak this recipe as you like, add or subtract oils according to your preferences. Just keep in mind that oils ming and eucalyptus can be overpowering. Adding a few links below for resources.

 

You will need:

4 oz Amber Glass Spray Bottle (Amber bottles are best to keep sunlight out which can turn essential oils bad quicker.)
A disposable pipette for each oil if the glass bottle does not include it.
Distilled water (usually available at your local grocery)
Peppermint Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Witch Hazel (optional)

Instructions:

Fill glass bottle with 3 ounces of distilled water.
1 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Drop in essential oils (if desired add in 10 drops of Witch Hazel for a little stabilization). Fill the rest of bottle with distilled water, shake and spray! You can keep these for as long as they smell good. Keep in the refrigerator for extra coolness. USE ON: face, body, hair, in the air, and linens. Do not use on pets or children. If pregnant or breast feeding, check to make sure these essential oils are safe for use.

 

Stay cool!

RESOURCES:

Our favorite domestic essential oil suppliers
Enfleurage NYC , Eden Botanicals 

Glass amber bottles
Voyageur Soap and Candle 
SKS BOTTLE (larger sprayers)

Pipettes
Eden Botanicals 

Witch Hazel