An Afternoon with Roses – A Photo Essay

Recently my friend Darryl and I visited an exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney featuring original botanical drawings, water colours and oil paintings. We then headed to the rose garden and this is what we found:

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The sustainable rose garden in Sydney

 

The big red rose is the Gallipoli rose, Mr Lincoln on the far left

 

Aw Little Bo Peep

The Social Climber is pretty in pink

 

The Palace Rose Garden

 

My Hero

 

The yellow Molineux

 

Beautiful Honeyflow

 

Bonnie babes are mauve

 

and that was just a few! All these roses had a scent and I felt so wonderful by the time we left – I had inhaled beauty, softness, sweetness and colour.

And here is my rose perfume, with organics steam distilled rose oil, rose absolute, Ylang Ylang and some little surprises @ suzannerbanks.com.au

 

bliss with roses

 

Which roses do you love?

 

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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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?

 

banks botanicals – My Little Perfume Shop

Hello natural beauties and botanical scent lovers everywhere! I’m happy to announce my shop is now open! I’m nervous and scared and excited at the same time and I hope it is the humble beginnings of something grand. Here’s what you’ll find when you click the link:

 

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The Book

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils.

I am now selling my own book yay! It’s all about essential oils and how they can open your mind and soul to true potentiality. I have created 10 Revelation Formulas which guide you in making your own essential oil concoctions, depending on what energy you need right now, and what oils you prefer.

This book forms the foundation of the perfume range, and each scent is a Revelation Formula in itself!

My wonderful book

My wonderful book

 

The Perfumes

This range of botanical perfumes is my first! Based on the book, you’ll find 10 scents designed to transport you within, create magic in between the spaces of your cells and allow you to soar through the multiverse. Imagine a perfume that can do all that! Botanical perfumes are very different to conventional perfumes – you might like to check out my article about it here: The Beauty of Botanical Perfume – A Beginners Guide

All perfumes are based in organic jojoba oil, using organic essential oils where possible.

All perfumes are available in a 1ml sample size and a 9ml roll-on bottle.

 

double happiness sample

double happiness sample

 

double happiness is a fun, fizzy combination of rose geranium and mint. Melissa brings complex lemon drops with a splash of sparkling citrus by may chang and white grapefruit. Patchouli deepens the finish of this scent with a softness that creates a heavenly, pretty perfume.

Just one whiff will brighten you day and add some extra happiness to your being.

Ingredients: essential oils of white grapefruit, rose geranium, *spearmint, *patchouli, *melissa, *may chang and *peppermint in *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


 

oneness is the earth mother, the Empress. Hints of humus rich garden beds and dark woods at dusk are created through the meeting of bushy Australian sandalwood and cypress. Lovely orange gives lightness and happiness while spikenard gives deepness and introspection. A drop of nutmeg in frankincense is the key to this sensual perfume.

Be at one with yourself and the world around you.

Ingredients: essential oils of *sweet orange, Australian sandalwood CO2 extract, *cypress, rose geranium, *frankincense, *nutmeg and spikenard in *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


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harmony is a gorgeous plush rosy wood in all its intricate simplicity. Deep, sweet red mandarin is the mouth watering highlight as a touch of warm resin brings the base, finishing with a crisp light wood. A little sage leads the way to wisdom through the herbal strength of the ages past.

Attune to the abundance of the universe.

Ingredients: essential oils of Indian rosewood, *mandarin, *cedarwood Atlas, *sage and myrrh in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 


harmony 9ml roll-on

harmony 9ml roll-on

 


 

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

 


 

Fulfilment is a bright compelling fragrance with an unashamedly, tangy, bittersweet citrus headline. Bursts of green rosy highlights are given to you by palmarosa, layered on a rich warm foundation of spices that are dancing with cedar in a faraway forest.

You are a guiding light – embrace it.

Ingredients: essential oils of *petitgrain, *palamarosa, cedarwood Virginian, *black pepper and *cinnamon in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 

fulfilment 1ml sample

fulfilment 1ml sample

 


 

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.

 


 

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

 


 

purity is sweet resinous fragrance that is as comforting as a balm and as cleansing as an autumn shower. Peru balsam is your sensual heroine with crisp sophisticated juniper highlights and lo-fi sprinklings of thyme and may chang. Add pretty pink grapefruit and inhale the divinity.

Cleanse and fortify your force field.

Ingredients: essential oils of *pink grapefruit, Peru balsam, *juniper, *may chang, *pine and *thyme in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 

purity 9ml roll-on

purity 9ml roll-on

 


 

Immortality captures an indulgent scent of neroli and bergamot conjuring long, sunlit days drinking floral fruit punch in an infinite garden. Frankincense and everlasting daisy take you into the warm summer evenings and a little spice cajoles your heart into loving the true essence of your creative being.

The fountain of youth is within you.

Ingredients: essential oils of *bergamot, *neroli, *frankincense, *everlasting and *clove in  *jojoba. *certified organic.

 


 

strength opens with a bright orange smiley splash, underscored with the intoxicating floral fragrance of jasmine. Indian sandalwood and cardamom offer a deep creamy baseline that lingers through the spaces of your cells, bringing a sense of strength and softness. A drop of lavender whispers the song of solidarity to your soul.

Be strong. Leap to amazing new heights.

Ingredients: essential oils of *sweet orange, *jasmine, jasmine absolute, Indian sandalwood, lavender and *cardamom in  *jojoba. *certified organic.


 

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10 Essential Oil Recipes for Love this Valentines Day

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers. Today is known as Valentines Day and whether you celebrate this or not, a few essential oils for love certainly never go astray. Here are some perfume recipes, body oil recipes and more – for your ode to love in all it’s forms. And this time the recipes are all for you! Your perfume, your body, your heart. Love yourself first.

 

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heart of stone?

heart of stone?

 

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!

“Heart of Stone”

Ylang Ylang      1 drop

nutmeg             1 drop

orange              1 drop

 


 

“Love in the Fairy Grotto”

Indian rosewood      1 drop

Peru balsam             1 drop

palmarosa                1 drop

 


 

“Spice it Up”

black pepper     1 drop

ginger                1 drop

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

 


 

oil blend for your body

oil blend for your body

 

Nourishing Body Oil

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** 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”

 

“Softness”

mandarin    3 drops

geranium     2 drops

patchouli     2 drops

juniper         1 drop

 


 

“Openness”

Neroli 3%                            6 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Australian sandalwood        2 drops

bergamot                            2 drops

basil                                    1 drop

 


 

“Sensuality”

jasmine 3%              6 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

orange                     3 drops

fennel                      1 drop

everlasting               1 drop

 


 

bath with petals

bath with petals

 

Soak in a bath

I don’t often recommend adding too many essential oils to a bath as they are difficult to disperse and can cause minor skin irritations when combined with the heat of the water. If you do like to use them in a bath, try 4 -6 drops in total and add the drops to another medium like sea salt, coconut milk, other milks or a water dispersible agent.

Add a few rose petals too:

“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”

rose 3%                      6 drops

rosewood                   1 drop

palmarosa                   1 drop

rose geranium             1 drop

 


 

Lilly diffuser

Lilly diffuser

 

Scent Your Space

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

 

“I’m Number One”

petitgrain                       8 drops

French lavender             8 drops

Vanilla CO2 extract         5 drops

cedarwood Himalayan    4 drops

 


 

“It’s Lovely Here”

lemon                 12 drops

frankincense         5 drops

patchouli              4 drops

cinnamon             4 drops

 


 

“Multi dimensional Movement”

lime                     10 drops

rosemary               5 drops

melissa                  5 drops

clary sage              3 drops

vetiver                   2 drops

 


 

Roses by me

Roses by me

 

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

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2017 Year of the Rooster – Your Sign & Your Essential Oils

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers everywhere. This Saturday the 28th January 2017 marks the start of a new year for the Chinese community and the zodiac. We say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and welcome the Rooster! Goodbye to a cheeky and troublesome year for some, hello to a year of getting things done, reassessing how we do things and where that can lead us. Unstable at times, the Rooster year favours those willing to work hard. Read on the find out which oil can benefit you this year.

 

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Year of the Rooster 2017

Year of the Rooster 2017

 

The Year of the Rooster 

Keywords: hard work and discipline will pay off; keep your cool; look within yet take action; congratulate your self on achievements; make things happen for yourself; be flexible in your attitude

Wow here we are living in the future – 2017! Onwards and upwards people, lets set about making the world a better place.

Which Chinese zodiac are you? Here’s a chart:

http://www.highrated.net/17502/this-is-what-your-chinese-zodiac-sign-says-about-you/

Look for your sign on this chart

Look for your sign on this chart

 

Here are my predictions for your lucky oils this year:

 

Rat

Rat – pic via http://www.chinesehoroscopeonline.com/

 

Rat

Keywords for this year: listen to your intuition; changes with work; new relationships

Your oils:                      Australian sandalwood, cedarwood Atlas, black pepper

 


 

 

Ox

Keywords for this year: stay alert for opportunities; pursue new interests; commit to goals

Your oils:                      petitgrain, basil, patchouli

 


 

 

Tiger

Keywords for this year: creative developments afoot; romantic prospects; ask for help

Your oils:                      fennel, rose, bergamot

 


 

Rabbit/Hare

Keywords for this year: fast paced year – proceed with caution; set long-term goals

Your oils:                      marjoram, frankincense, jasmine

 


 

Dragon

Keywords for this year: lucky; improved work situation; travel

Your oils:                       lemongrass; tea tree; rose geranium

 


 

Snake

Keywords for this year:  improved work life; new recreations; abundance

Your oils:                       Indian rosewood, cinnamon, pine

 


 

Horse

Keywords for this year: adapt; ask questions; watch finances

Your oils:                       palmarosa, neroli, juniper

 


 

Sheep/Goat

Keywords for this year: flexibility and strength; stand up for yourself

Your oils:                      may chang, lavender, lime

 


 

Monkey

Keywords for this year: steady progress, spirituality; discipline

Your oils:                       cypress, Peru balsam, Ylang ylang

 


 

Rooster

Keywords for this year: destiny; open your mind; happiness

Your oils:                       geranium, orange, Siberian fir

 


 

Dog

Keywords for this year: balance; keep your cool; increased activity

Your oils:                      melissa, peppermint, wintergreen

 


 

Pig

Keywords for this year: self-development; socialising; progress

Your oils:                       cedarwood Virginian, nutmeg, lemon

 


 

So how does that sound?

What are you lucky oils for this Year of The Rooster?

 

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Essential Oils and Numerology for 2017

Happy New Year natural beauties! I’m sending you good vibes for a great year where we can come together to create the new world we really want. Here are some essential oils for the numerology of 2017, followed by essential oils for your individual cycle year. Let’s go!

 

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2017!

2017!

 

Ok people the numerology of this year, 2017, is 1.

1 is the number of new beginnings.

1 is the number of new ideas.

1 is the number of simplicity.

1 is the number of creation.

What do you want to create this year? Have a good think about over the next week or two and as Deepak Chopra says “plant the seeds” of your desires.

The challenge over the next year or two is to NOT dig up the seeds to see if they have starting sprouting. Trust the universe is at work, the seed is under the ground getting nutrients and multiplying cells, so in 2018 you may start to see the signs of your planting.

Don’t question “why hasn’t my desire been fulfilled? Why am I not seeing results?  Patience is required – trust and patience and a steadfast belief in your self!

 

plant your ideas and desires - then wait!

plant your ideas and desires – then wait!

 


 

The Oil Blend for 2107

 

Lemon – refresh and reload

– clean away the dribs and drabs from last year to start again fresh

 

Rose    – self nurturing and self-care, love

– open your heart to discover what your desires truly are

 

Frankincense  – the essence of truth

– look within and follow the truth of the universe which resides within you

 


 

numbers - which one are you this year?

numbers – which one are you this year?

 

What is your Cycle Year in Numerology for 2017?

Your personal cycle year will also have an effect on how you progress so it’s a matter of taking this into consideration first. Then incorporate the energy of the number 1,  our year of 2017.

Add your birth day, birth month and then 2017 to find your cycle year for 2017. Keep adding until you get a single number eg

21st June

2 + 1 + 6 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7

= 19

1 + 9

= 10

1 + 0

= 1

Your cycle year is a 1.

Your result will be from 1 to 9

Here are my oil recommendations for each cycle year in 2017.

 

1  Petitgrain – potentiality – plant new ideas

2  Patchouli  – peace, grounding – be patient and peaceful

3  Geranium – happiness, cheeriness – start to see things manifesting in your life

4  Lavender – solidarity – start forming solid foundations

5  Sandalwood – spirituality – balance of freedom and discipline

6  Basil – expansion – go forward and expand your mind and yourself

7 Bergamot – reap the fruits of your labour, be happy and relaxed

8 Cedarwood Virginian – enjoy the abundance all around you

Cypressconnect with the divine, release your past, enjoy the moment

 


Angel vibes

Angel vibes

 

Best wishes for a great year whatever you’re doing, whatever your cycle year is and above all go with peace. Spread good will. Help the world evolve.

We need you!

I’m sending angel vibes to everyone.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

 

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10 Botanical Perfume Recipes to Balance Your Energy

Hello natural beauties, I’ve been feeling a little exhausted lately, how about you? I’m not sure whether its the weather (brrrr it’s cold here in Sydney), the powerful solstice and full moon, or just the space-time continuum bending and flowing at ultra high speeds? I need some quick pick-me-ups so here are some essential oil perfume recipes:

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Rose is the Queen of oils

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

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!


“Queen”

Even out the ups and downs:

Rose 3%       6 drops       * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Ylang Ylang   1 drop


“Flower Child”

Be calm and connect with your feminine power:

Geranium                         1 drop

Roman Chamomile  3%   3 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Lavender                          1 drop


“I Saw A Sign”

Open your body to receive guidance (not just your mind):

Cedarwood Atlas     1 drop

Basil                        1 drop

May Chang              1 drop


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

 

“Dreaming of the Day”

Never stop dreaming – it can reduce stress on a daily basis:

Peru Balsam    2 drops

Orange            1 drop


“Gettin Vibed Up”

When you need a burst of energy:

Lemongrass      1 drop

Rosemary          1 drop

Rose Geranium  1 drop


“Warmth and Comfort”

Take time to rest and rejuvenate:

Marjoram        1 drop

Lime                1 drop

Bergamot        1 drop


“Soul Deep”

Look within for balance:

Australian Sandalwood   1 drop

Ginger                             1 drop

Mandarin                         1 drop


Jasmine officinalis

Jasmine officinalis

 

“Sweet Heart”

Hop into the flow of giving and receiving – It’s important to receive to!:

Indian rosewood         1 drop

Petitgrain                    1 drop

Cedarwood Virginian   1 drop


“Chill Baby”

When you really need a time out:

Frankincense       1 drop

Jasmine 3%        6 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba


“Holiday In Italy”

Have a real or virtual holiday:

Neroli 3%         6 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Palmarosa        1 drop

Wonderful frankincense resin is steam distilled into the beautiful oil

Wonderful frankincense resin is steam distilled into the beautiful oil

 

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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