Scent & Personalities
We are used to classifying things and people into types and this is normal, it helps us identify certain things and know people much better. Scents are divided into certain fragrance families thus from the beginning we can certainly say which scent we like or do not like and the reasons for that. But it is sad to say that most of the scents we have around us come from synthetically made materials, be it a perfume or shampoo. Some scents appear in our life in their natural state: honey, lemon, ginger, roses, lavender fields, etc. But some truly rare, exotic essences are hard to be found in their original state and why would you smell the extracted material which is meant for a professional when there are natural perfumes!
Scent and personalities have been interrelated and used by many aromatherapy experts. It is not only about natural aroma healing, it is about our craving for certain fragrances. Why would some people want to wear only vanilla scent and others only citrus? Why do some people like heavy and some light perfumes? It has a lot to do with our personalities, our emotional and physical state which are closely related to each other. When your body craves for certain foods, we say it needs certain vitamins and minerals which is true. When we want to use only a certain aroma type, our mind and body tell us, we need that. But why?
Valerie A. Worwood created Aroma-Genera and divided people into Florals, Fruities, Herbies, Leafies, Resinies, Rooties, Seedies, Spicies and Woodies. Of course, you can't fall into only one category, you may have the qualities of two or even more types. It shows how complex people's psychology can be. The use of essential oils and the harmony we feel when using other herbal, aroma therapeutic and perfume blends has a big impact on our mind, mood and emotions. By using, inhaling and enjoying a certain oil we benefit both physically and emotionally and no wonder that our mind leads us in our olfactory choices by telling us what exactly we need at this moment. This also explains why our perfume and aromatherapy oil preferences change with time.
A short summary from the marvelous book Worwood wrote on Aroma-Genera.
Florals: aspire to be admired; they are attractive, sensuous, passionate, sensitive.
Fruities: look for harmony and security; they are lovable, artistic, committed.
Herbies: aspire to love and be loved, needed; they are welcoming, emotional, enthusiastic.
Leafies: aspire to connect with the environment; they are creative, attentive, innovative.
Resinies: aspire to have position and purpose; they are merciful, spiritual, honest.
Rooties: aspire to be a peacemaker; they are open-minded, loyal, caring.
Seedies: aspire to create beauty; they are inspirational, sensitive, full of life.
Spices: aspire to have it all; they are sparkling, loving, practical.
Woodies: aspire to be in control; they are wise, powerful, supportive.
The above classification can help you both learn more about your scent-personality relation and find new scents to explore.
The most interesting part about natural perfumes is that you can find out that natural ingredients are really different. They are live, they change with time, they create unique aromas interacting with your body chemistry. If you think that sweet florals are not for you, I recommend to try them first because there is a chance your opinion will change. Sample sets will help differentiate between different fragrance characters: sweet floral from green or woody floral, for example. Since you may be used to heavy synthetic fragrances, natural ones are much softer. To truly understand and experience a botanical perfume one needs to wear it for a few hours.
Botanical perfumes evolve from top notes (citrus, fruit, leafy, spicy) to middle notes (florals, herbals) and have the final drydown with base notes (wood, resin, seeds). The blend of natural essences is well-balanced and does not bother people around you, it is much more intimate.
While synthetic fragrances are mostly linear and are made to imitate natural aromas, they lack depth, they do not change notes and smell the same out of a bottle and on your skin, natural perfumes are more dynamic and versatile. Even just by trying a raw material, for example jasmine absolute, you will realise it has its own top, heart and base notes. Imagine what happens if you mix jasmine with other ingredients each of them having a few scent layers! It is a complex olfactory structure but very harmonious since natural molecules mingle so well being all part of the natural world. In fact exploring botanical perfumes is not only discovering new scents but also discovering your own inner self, going back to nature in its initial state but slightly altered with the help of alchemy.
Natural perfumes are created not only to smell good but to enjoy those ethereal essences, feed your senses, mind and broaden your natural olfactory experience.