Summer seems like it’s full of citrus sometimes. It feels like all anyone can talk about is “orange this, lemon that, grapefruit everything” all season long.
But what if you’re more of a floral girl? What if you’re a little wild at heart, and you’d rather smell like a bouquet of roses than a slice of juicy fruit? We’ve got you covered! In honor of May Day, we’re talking everything floral today and checking out the floral section of the Plant Therapy Fragrance Wheel in a little more depth.
Fresh florals are exactly what you think when you think of floral scents: Full of rosy, soft notes that make you think of a field in bloom.
Clary Sage is very earthy with hints that are fruity, floral, nutty, and herbaceous. Its soothing scent is the key that helps create a balancing feel that can help calm emotions and promote feeling chill after a long day.
Geranium Bourbon has a gorgeous softer, rose-floral smell with a herbaceous hint. This floral oil helps to balance your mind during times of stress or sadness. Plus, it’s great for your skin! Oh, and if you need yet another reason to snag some…it also helps promote menstrual health during bad PMS times.
If you’re confused about Geranium bourbon vs. Geranium Egyptian, check out this great blog post.
Similar to Lavender, but different. Lavandin isn’t a “true” lavender, it’s a cross between Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) which grows at higher altitudes and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) which grows lower on the hillsides. It has a very sweet and floral scent that’s very similar to “true” Lavender.
Oh, Lavender. How do we love you? Let us count the ways…Lavender essential oil is world renowned for being one of the most versatile oils of all time, and for good reason! It has an incredibly sweet, floral, herbal scent and also has tons of therapeutic properties. The smell of Lavender alone can help produce a calm, peaceful tranquil mood. Diffuse Lavender essential oil into the air before bedtime to promote peaceful sleep, or add Lavender to your favorite lotion or carrier oil to soothe the skin, and help unwind your senses.
There are so many things you can do with Lavender!
- Make your own dry skin toner
- Summer-ready body scrub
- Natural yoga mat spray
- Hair detangler
- Before bed sleep lotion
- Scented bubble bath
- Lavender bath salts
This vibrant floral essential oil comes from orange blossoms found in Egypt! It’s one of the most comforting and effective essential oils for helping deal with grief, nervous tension, or exhaustion. Neroli is also great for skin care. Adding Neroli to a lotion or carrier oil can help reduce the appearance of scarring, wrinkles, and blemishes, all while minimizing the look of pores and supporting new cell growth.
Palmarosa has a soft, sweet floral scent and is often diffused to freshen up and sanitize the air. It’s also considered an excellent skin-balancing oil for all skin types, kind of like Neroli. It’s also a great oil for supporting digestive health.
This gorgeous bloom is famous for its rich floral scent. Rose Absolute is also known for its calming properties, helping to soothe emotions and bring peace in the midst of fresh grief. It can promote relaxation before sleep when diffused or applied topically diluted in a carrier oil. Basically, if you love EO’s you need Rose in your collection.
Rose is also great in skin care oil, helping reduce the visible signs of aging, wrinkles and helping smooth skin.
Try making these DIY Rose wax melts to make your whole house smell like a field of roses!
Rose Otto is an exquisite essential oil that has been prized for centuries. A little of this oil goes a long way, so just a tiny drop is needed to get all the benefits. This fragrant essential oil is known for its wonderful, floral scent that is comforting to the senses.
Sweet florals bridge the gap between florals and fruits; They have a floral scent with almost a sugar-dusted edge to them. This makes them perfect for everyone, even people who aren’t traditionally fans of florals!
Jasmine Absolute is known for its distinctive exotic floral scent that is commonly used in perfumes. Its intoxicating smell is supposed to be an aphrodisiac that increases feelings of love and romance. Plus, it’s uplifting and helps to create a positive atmosphere. Other popular uses include helping to rejuvenate and refresh the skin when added to skin care products.
Boronia Absolute is a precious oil that comes from a rare shrub originating in Western Australia. During the late winter/early spring, flowering blossoms must be individually hand-combed from the shrubs because they’re so delicate. Boronia Absolute is an ultimate favorite in the perfume industry because of its incredible smell. This fantastic oil can be added to your favorite lotions, creams, or Plant Therapy carrier oils to create delicious-smelling treat!
Ylang Ylang is most commonly considered an aphrodisiac and loved by perfumers. With a refined, rounded floral scent, Ylang Ylang is great diffused or used in a perfume, and can also help reduce everyday worry and uplift your mood. Added to a carrier oil, it can also be used for a romantic massage!