Positivity – A New Botanical Perfume by banks botanicals

Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy and positive. It’s time to introduce the next botanical perfume, positivity, from my perfume range called REVELATION. The 10 all-natural organic botanical perfumes correspond with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Positivity is all about speaking to yourself in a kind and positive way …

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From the Affirmations and Positive Self-Talk chapter in my book, I have created positivity the botanical perfume.

positivity 9ml roll-on bottle

 

“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.”

Louise L. Hay

 

Positive affirmations almost seem out-dated, but for someone in a bad mental or emotional space they can help to shift focus. And sometimes that’s all that is required and all that can be mustered up.

Affirmations simply help you point yourself in the right direction of where you would like to be. It is very important when using these simple linguistic tools, that you conjure your energy and emotions to meet the affirmation so you can project an wholistic state to the universe.

Using essential oils along with your affirmations can amplify them to the next level and help you feel a bit more special and happier along the way. And being kind to yourself is sooooo important and something we often forget to do.

So why not use this modern perfume to take you to a positive space?

 

“We are often our hardest critics, so loving and accepting yourself, and speaking to yourself with kindness and love is extremely important.”

Suzanne R Banks   “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

positivity 1ml sample

 

The positivity formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the Affirmations and Positive Self-Talk chapter of my book. All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

positivity is a green, sappy, delicious fresh scent with basil leading the way. Supporting basil’s cool positivity are tangs of lemon and lemongrass, highlights of rich feminine geranium, the cedars of two continents and a secret, soft, barely there, warmth of liquorice.

Be kind to yourself and exude positive vibes.

Ingredients: essential oils of *lemon, *basil, *geranium, *mandarin, *fennel, *lemongrass, *cedarwood Atlas and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

1ml sample    $ 9 AUD

9ml roll-on     $67 AUD

 

Are you finding it hard to stay positive and be kind to yourself?

Flow – A New Botanical Perfume by banks botanicals

Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy and flowing with the ups and downs of life. It’s time to introduce the next botanical perfume, flow, from my perfume range called REVELATION. The 10 all-natural organic botanical perfumes correspond with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Flow is all about de-stressing and literally “going with the flow” ….

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From the De Stress chapter in my book, I have created flow the botanical perfume.

flow 9ml roll-on bottle

 

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still say it.”

George Burns, Actor, Writer

 

 

 

Stress seems to be a popular state of being – particularly in the western world. Sometimes people live under constant pressure and stress and become so used to it that they assume this state is normal. It becomes chronic. Ongoing stress isn’t paid much attention until a negative situation arises,  like health disorder is diagnosed and someone is forced to change their life – and often all too late.

Using essential oils can help relieve stress in seconds by simply opening a bottle and having a whiff – a change of focus in seconds!

Flowing with life in all its good and bad incarnations can help us become more malleable and less resistant. Resisting your troubles and fighting against bad things can maker it all a lot worse.

Don’t resist – just flow!

“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life”

Epictetus, Greek Philosopher

 

flow 1ml sample

 

The flow formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the de-stress chapter of my book. All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

flow starts with a big burst of honey-sweet chamomile softened with ancient healing herbs and the deep earthy roots of vetiver and patchouli. A twist of blood orange and lime highlights the sweetness of life in this beautiful perfume. 

Chill baby. 

Ingredients: essential oils of *Roman chamomile, *lime, *blood orange, *lavandin, *palmarosa, *patchouli, *marjoram and vetiver* in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

1ml sample    $ 9 AUD

9ml roll-on     $67 AUD

 

 

 

Are you flowing with life?

 

 

Bliss – A New Botanical Perfume by banks botanicals

Hello botanical perfume lovers from far and wide. I’m excited to be introducing perfume number 4, bliss, from my new range of perfumes. The botanical perfume range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Bliss is all about love ….

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Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here: suzannerbanks.com.au

Digital downloads of my book Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils:

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From the Love chapter in my book, I have created bliss the botanical perfume.

” Love is the beauty of the soul.”

Saint Augustine, 4th Century philosopher and theologian

 

bliss 9ml roll-on perfume

 

“When I was searching for the meaning of love I found it difficult to come up with a simple explanation. There’s romantic love, sexual love, familial love, the one love of the universe and the love of ourselves.”

Suzanne R Banks    “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

Which oils do you use to inspire love? I’m feel most people would say rose for sure, but what else? In my book I recommend using any oil that appeals to you, and remember to use your intention to invoke your feelings through the oil.

What about love spells and love potions? I have created a gorgeous love potion perfume for you to throw in your handbag and carry everywhere. Break it out whenever you need to change your focus, to love yourself more, when you feel like being in love, and just anytime really.

Love yourself x

 

 

“Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.”

John Keats

 

 

bliss 1 ml sample

 

 

The bliss formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the love chapter of my book.

All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

bliss is a spicy, fruit rose with all the thorns and twigs. This rose can never be overshadowed with a base of soft patchouli and the stunning floral note of ylang ylang. Bergamot gives this alluring scent a cool finish, with a little wood creating an inspiring creamy heart.

Fall in love with everything.

Ingredients: essential oils of *rose otto, rose absolute, *bergamot, *patchouli, *ylang ylang and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 

1ml sample    $ 22 AUD

9ml roll-on     $187 AUD

 

 

How many ways do you feel and express love?

 

The Beauty of Botanical Perfume – A Beginners Guide

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers everywhere. What is botanical perfumery and why is it different to natural perfume? Let the beauty and scent of nature take you on a little holiday from synthetic additives, and help you reveal your destiny on your evolutionary journey.

 

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lone jasmine flower

lone jasmine flower

 

What is Botanical Perfume?

Botanical perfume is a perfume made only from ingredients that have been distilled or extracted from plants. This can include essential oils, CO2 extractions, absolutes, extracts, infused waters, cold pressed oils and butters and probably a few others I’ll think of once I’ve published this!

Is it a Natural Perfume?

Yes – all natural!

 

pretty wild violet

pretty wild violet

 

So What is a Natural Perfume?

A natural perfume may contain any botanical ingredients, but may also contain nature identical scents that have been synthesized. This means that it may have some essential oils in it but may also contain other compounds eg civet. Civet is a prized scent of perfumers and “noses” since the dawn of fragrance creation, as it has an obvious musky animal scent to it. According to Frangrantica

“African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South and central Africa, while Indian civet lives in Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam. These animals produce odorous secretion with purpose of marking their territory. Diluted, after some time, the odor of civet secretion, which normally is strong and repulsive, becomes pleasant with animalistic-musk nuance. For the purpose of collecting this secretion, animals are kept in cages. Luckily, this scent is nowadays mainly synthetic.”

So civetone is a compound created for perfumers who want the scent, but cannot get it naturally – thank goodness!. In this day I feel we should not be enslaving and torturing animals for our own pleasure. Cruelty free is the only way to go.

So for some people, as it is almost nature identical, the perfume is still referred to as “natural’. This is the same for many compounds.

 

Is it a Natural Perfume?

Is “natural perfume” a natural perfume? It really depends on what your opinion is. I say it is not, others say it is. The world will not end if we disagree.

 

Juniper berries at the spice market

Juniper berries at the spice market

 

Chemicals

At this time on earth all our matter is made of chemical structures. We couldn’t exist without these buildings blocks of nature. We are made of chemical structures and so is our environment.

To me, a botanical perfumer (first range almost ready to be released), and an Aromatherapist, I have only ever worked with botanical extracts. There is an unspoken beauty, softness and warmth to essential oils and their friends that is simply not there with synthesized compounds. It doesn’t matter if every single bond within the synthetic compound is exactly the same as in the essential oil – to me there is something missing.

As I state in my book “Revelation! reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”:

 

Perfumes                     vs              Essential Oils            

Syntheti:                                       Natural:

created in a lab                           created by nature 

                                                      (with a little help)

Thin/weak                                     Round/fortified

Contractive                                   Expansive

Temporary                                     Enduring  

Subjective/personal                     Objective/universal

Ornamental                                   Therapeutic

One dimensional                           Multi dimensional
 

Suzanne R Banks               

 

This is my opinion. Others disagree. However when a client asks if “perfume X” is natural and it has synthetic compounds in it, I say no.

There is room for everyone. Create what you like, and where what you like.

 

Conventional Perfumes

Conventional perfumes are mostly synthetic. They are cheap to make and in my opinion smell awful. Often brands are owned by big companies who put most of the purchase price of the perfume back into marketing. The actual scent is not very valuable. Profit is the driving factor. Most of the world still loves this. I do not. These perfumes radiate outwards in a brash unforgiving nature, so you may be preceded by your scent as you walk into a room. This is not subtle, nor does it have any therapeutic benefit to the wearer or the ones who are subjected to it.

 

Artisan Perfume

An artisan perfumer will often make small batches and buy small amounts of raw ingredients. This makes it much more expensive to produce the perfumes.  Whether your perfume is “natural” or “botanical”, please support creative talent. By helping each other and sharing money between ourselves and by-passing big business, hopefully we can create a more inclusive, supportive world.

Pure botanical perfumes are designed for the intimate us of the wearer – for the soul, the mind and the energy. Botanical perfumes tend to be softer, more personal, and reach within; to be combined with your intention and feelings for the day, to give a result that is exponentially supportive and beneficial to YOU. You are the most important part of your botanical perfume. Like the double torus energy field in quantum physics, you draw the scent into you, mix it with your self, and then radiate this unique essence to the world. It will be different every time you use your perfume.

 

Rose is the Queen of oils

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

Thank you lovely readers. What is your opinion on “natural” and “botanical” perfumes?

 

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Pics from the Botanical Perfume Expo in Sydney

Hi natural beauties! Here are a few pics from our event on Sunday that saw four Australian botanical perfumers come together to show our wares, and talk to natural scent lovers and perfume enthusiasts. I was so busy all day I only managed a few pics and here they are:

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My friends Kath and Portia with their smiles and gift bags. Portia has been a great support to me personally and to the expo. He wrangles quite a few writers on his blog Australian Perfume Junkies which is not only informative, but there are always lots of giveaways too. Hop over and check it out!

Friends and happy perfumistas

Friends and happy perfumistas

 

Me at my stand

Me at my stand

Me at my stand

 

A dandy visitor from 18th century England, Lord Fop, with roses on the Aromatique Essentials stand

Lord Fop with roses

Lord Fop with roses

 

 

Chocolate brownies for all our guests!

Kitchen Green GF chocolate brownies

Kitchen Green GF chocolate brownies

 

Pearl Purfumery

Pearl Perfumery's lovely decorative testers

Pearl Perfumery’s lovely decorative testers

 

 

Temp L Dor

Temp L Dor

Temp L Dor’s gorgeous rustic styling 

 

 

bliss – one of my perfumes – a rose perfume with ylang ylang and patchouli (sorry online shop isn’t ready yet)

bliss - one of my perfumes

bliss – one of my perfumes

 

 

Rebekah, one of our beautiful volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without all of and your wonderful energy, thanks!

Rebekah serving tea

Rebekah serving tea

 

It was a fun day made especially lovely by everyone who came to visit us!

Thanks

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10 Recipes with Petitgrain Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium v amara

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10 Recipes with Petitgrain Essential Oil – Citrus aurantium v amara

 

The leaves and twigs ready to be distilled into petitgrain oil

The leaves and twigs ready to be distilled into petitgrain oil

Ah beautiful, fresh petitgrain. This is one of my favourite oils along with neroli. They are produced from the same tree, but petitgrain comes from the leaves and twigs of the bitter citrus tree, whereas neroli is made from the gentle blossoms.

In my book “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”,  I classify petitgrain as an oil of happiness with the keyword “potentiality”. It has a green citrus and almost spicy scent but is also fresh and clean. It is one of the scents in Eau de Cologne and is used in Aromatherapy as an oil to counteract depression and anxiety.

Here are some recipes:

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

1. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Springtime Bliss”

Petitgrain       2 drops

Geranium       1 drop


“Awakening”

Petitgrain        1 drop

Nutmeg          1 drop

Lemon            1 drop


“Creativity +”

Petitgrain        1 drop

Clary Sage      1 drop

Lemongrass    1 drop


 

Love and Kisses

Petitgrain      2 drops

Rose 3%      2 drops


Petitgrain tree

Petitgrain tree

2. Personal Aura Cleansing Mist & Room Mist

In a 50ml mist bottle filled with water add 25 drops of oil

(depending on the packaging you have, you may need to use a little alcohol -like vodka- at the bottom of your bottle first, so the oils disperse into smaller drops to prevent clogging the atomiser top. I’ve found sometimes it works just with water, and sometimes it doesn’t – very annoying!)

“Love and Light”

Petitgrain      10 drops

Palmarosa     8 drops

Lavender       7 drops


 

“Fresh and Bright”

Petitgrain       8 drops

Cypress         7 drops

Lemongrass   6 drops

Basil               4 drops


“Contemplate”

Petitgrain             10 drops

Frankincense         8 drops

Indian Rosewood   7 drops


“Happy Kids”

Petitgrain        8 drops

Mandarin        8 drops

Peru Balsam  9 drops


 

Salt scrub - pic via themethuselahcenter.com

Salt scrub – pic via themethuselahcenter.com

3. Skin Scrub

Use a cup of fine sea salt, add some unperformed lotion, or some carrier oil, mix into a paste and then add your essential oils (about 5 drops, or a few more). You’re ready to scrub under the shower or in the bath, but remember to be gentle! If you use the scrub while standing in the bath you can then soak in the salt and oils too. When you shower scrub most of it gets wasted.

“Alive”

Petitgrain     3 drops

Patchouli     1 drops

Peppermint  1 drops


 

“Soothe”

Petitgrain     2 drops

Lavender      2 drops

Ylang Ylang  2 drops


The "little grain" bitter citrus fruit - pic via tambela.com

The “little grain” bitter citrus fruit – pic via tambela.com

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

copryright SR Banks 2015

 

10 Recipes with Mandarin Essential Oil – Citrus reticulata

Mandarins are colourful, tasty and smell wonderful!

Mandarins are colourful, tasty and smell wonderful!

Oh the lovely scent of mandarin could make anyone happy! I rate all the citrus oils as happiness oils as they’re so fresh and light and zingy and sparkly.

Mandarin essential oil is different to orange oil, just as the fruit is different. It is a deeper, more red colour than orange oil, which can vary from light orange to yellow. The deepness of the colour adds to the unique properties of mandarin oil as red connects us with the base chakra, which is all about survival and all the necessities to live. When taking in this information and combining it with the mouth watering scent of the fruit, mandarin essential oil can open our minds to the big concepts of the universe.

In aromatherapy mandarin oil does not have a lot of therapeutic uses but can be used for –

* improving digestion (by using externally not internally, or drinking tea made with the rind)

* alleviating stress and improving relaxation

* counteracting stretch marks in pregnancy

I use it to connect us to the simple – yet huge – concepts of how the universe works.

Let’s get into some recipes –

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

1. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

 

yum!

yum!

**** the basic rule when using citrus oils in an oil blend all over your body is not to go out and sun bake or expose yourself to massive amounts of sunlight as these oils may cause a photo toxic reaction.

“Love and Happiness”

Explains itself really –

Mandarin    3 drops

Rose 3%   10 drops * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

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“Tra La La”

Get some happiness in your body –

Mandarin             3 drops

Rose geranium    2 drops

Palmarosa           2 drops

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“64 Tetrahedron Grid”

Slip into the magic of the universe –

Mandarin         4 drops

Lemongrass    2 drops

Vetiver             1 drop

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Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

2. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“Release the Day”

Let go of all things from the day –

Mandarin          10 drops

Cypress              8 drops

Lemongrass       6 drops

Sage                  1 drop

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“Fun Kids Party”

Mandarin       12 drops

Cinnamon       6 drops

Peru Balsam  7 drops

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“Meditation and Contemplation”

Scented relaxation –

Mandarin          8 drops

Frankincense   12 drops

Lavender          5 drops

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Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

3. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Life is Easy”

Flow –

Mandarin      1 drop

Melissa 3%   2 drops * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Spikenard     1 drop

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“Joy”

Appreciate the little things in life –

Mandarin        1 drop

Jasmine 3%    2 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

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Mandarin lips! pic via www.beautezine.com

Mandarin lips! pic via http://www.beautezine.com

“Smile and Laugh”

Even if you have to force yourself, smile at someone and the rewards will be great –

Mandarin      1 drop

Rosewood    1 drop

May Chang   1 drop

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“Chill”

Mandarin           1 drop

Pink Grapefruit   1 drop

Clove                 1 drop

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Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas.See my article about intention.