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Part III – Perfume Blending Technique

The structure of a perfume A perfume is a blend of aromatic materials, which is perceived as having its own aesthetically unique identity. Jellinek & Calkin describe it as a carefully balanced blend based on a definite structure in which each material plays its part...

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Part II – The Art of Smelling

The challenges in learning to smell like a professional The challenge has always been to come up with a uniform, structured approach to describing smell; especially in occupations where smell is very important. The most obvious is as a perfumer, but just think about...

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Part I – The art of the perfumer

By Salvatore Battaglia Introduction Many of us consider blending of essential oils as the fun, playful aspect of aromatherapy. It can become a very enjoyable hobby. However, blending essential oils is an art, and like any art it requires a balance of practice, skills...

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Chakras, GDV and Essential Oils

Many of us within the holistic healing profession take chakra energy centres for granted. There is no reason to doubt their existence. However, have you ever researched the origins and the theory and philosophy underpinning the chakras? Kurt Leland’s book, Rainbow...

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Using essential oils safely with cats

Can essential oils be safely used with cats? Several posts on social media and online suggest that vaporising essential oils around your cat can be toxic and dangerous. I can confidently state that we have diffused essential oils around Memsahib, our Abyssinian cat...

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Plants and the Human Brain

David O. Kennedy, professor of Biological Psychology and the director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University in the UK, has written a most thought-provoking book that provides us with a detailed explanation of the...

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Gratitude and The Yellow World

The Yellow World us feel grateful for the life we have and to appreciate whatever challenges life throws at us. While Albert does not use the word ‘gratitude’ once in the book, it is all about gratitude. In The Yellow World, Albert shares with us the important lessons...

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Skin’s ability to ‘smell’ seems to help it heal itself

Believe it or not, this was the title of an article in a recent New Scientist magazine.1 This sounds like it was straight from Ripley’s believe it or not! However, it was based on a paper published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology which examined the role of...

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