making scents

Stop and smell the roses.

Research shows inhaling a fragrance you perceive as pleasant has a profoundly positive effect on your mood. Life can be hectic, but taking a moment to relax and breathe in goodness can improve your physical and mental well-being. Some of the most desirable scents include vanilla, orange/citrus, cinnamon/spice, crayons, and cookies. Since smells can trigger memories, it is no surprise that crayons and cookies made the list.

fun facts about smell

  • No two people smell things the same way.  Each of us has scent “blind spots” — specific odors we cannot detect. A room air freshener may smell like cupcakes to you and like sweet corn to your friend, and you are both correct.
  • People can detect at least one trillion scents.  Researchers from Rockefeller University tested people’s sense of smell by using different mixtures of odor molecules. The results, published in the journal Science, showed the nose can smell at least one trillion distinct scents. Our canine friends outshine us, though — having nearly 44 times more scent cells than humans.
  • Women generally have a better sense of smell than men.  Research shows women are better at odor and smell identification than men. One of the reasons for this may be that women have a more developed orbital prefrontal region of the brain. It may have also evolved from an ability to discern the best possible mates, or to help women better bond with and understand newborns.
  • Everyone has their own distinct odor. The odor you have comes from the same genes that determine tissue type. This explains why the same fragrance will smell unique when applied on different people.
  • Scent works in the opposite direction of other senses.  With sight, sound, taste and feel, we identify the information first and then react emotionally. With scents, we have an emotional reaction first and then identify the scent shortly thereafter.
cinnamon orange scents

aromatherapy blends

Aromatherapy is the inhalation or bodily application of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. It can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

Aromatherapy is a fascinating alternative medicine with health benefits including the ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own.

Little Luxuries features roll-on blends for mood and medicinal purposes. Apply to temples, wrists, shoulders, back of neck, and pulse points, or apply to the back of a handmade aroma charm – perfect for hanging on your purse, in your car, or by your desk for quick access.

  • {bee} content – an anti-anxiety blend to calm and soothe
  • {bee} empowered – a blend that promotes confidence and strength
  • {bee} energized – an invigorating blend to boost motivation
  • {bee} focused – a blend that promotes clarity and clearness
  • {bee} inspired – a stimulating blend to spark creativity
  • {bee} blissful – a blend that boosts mood and increases happiness
  • {bee} peaceful – a calming blend that promotes peace and tranquility
  • {bee} loved – a warming blend that ignites passion and tenderness
  • {bee} adored – an uplifting blend that encourages affection and endearment
  • {bee} headache•free – a medicinal blend that reduces headache and migraine pain
  • {bee} easy•breathing – a medicinal blend that relieves congestion
  • {bee} alleviated – a medicinal blend that reduces joint pain and swelling

{bee} anything you want to be.

Worth noting: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using essential oils. Certain essential oils can cause allergic reactions to people that have unusually sensitive skin. Use with caution and consult your physician if you would develop any side effects.

roll•on blends and
aroma charms