My poor, strained purse strings and I have always been big on DIY beauty. I love customising make-up by mixing colours and textures, my pantry feeds my face in more ways than one and if there's a type of moisturiser that doesn't look gorgeous with an added shot of illuminiser, I don't know about it. But when it comes to actual therapies, especially those of the healing variety, I'd always thought of them like cocktails - best when prepared by a professional. Until I had a touchy-feely lesson in aromatherapy with In Essence, that is. Now I'm taking matters into my own two hands.
What hooked me? Well, there's something special about the ritual of creating your own potion that feels a little bit romantic, and a touch magical. It reminds me of cooking comfort food - it's almost therapeutic in itself. Plus the fragrant arts are far less hassle than I'd expected. Only seconds stand between you and your own spritz, compress or massage blend, especially when essential oil brands like In Essence make it foolproof.
The extra comforting thing about In Essence essential oils in particular is that they are purely botanic, endorsed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and, because they are so potent, include crucial notes on safety of use. There are tonnes of fragrant recipes on the In Essence website (inessence.com.au) and, if you're not into armchair alchemy, you can pick up an expertly concocted Lifestyle Blend instead.
My essential aroma of the week has got to be a DIY elixir to deal with anxiety: I blend two drops of bergamot and lavender with two drips of orange essential oil and vaporise to my reeling mind's content. My credit card statement arrived yesterday, so I think I'll be needing it. Then I guess there's always the cocktails...