When I go to work in my Spa room each day, I understand that fragrance and aroma are extremely important to people, whether they know it or not…
Your sense of smell is directly correlated to your sense of memory and emotion. Have you ever walked by someone in the grocery store and whatever perfume or cologne they were wearing stopped you in your tracks? It probably made you think of someone or maybe even made you scrunch your nose and wonder where you knew that from.
I walked into an old school and it was almost like I got hit by a bus. The smell reminded me SO much of my preschool, it was like being thrown back in time. How the hell did I know what my preschool smelled like from almost 30 years ago?? I guess I never forgot.
I’ve also smelled certain things that have made me happy, excited, sad and smells that make me want to crawl back into bed, or worse, smells that make me feel nauseous or agitated. The reason for all of this is in our brain anatomy, more specifically, our Olfactory Nerve. It is part of our nervous system that begins in our noses and travels to our brain.
The reason this is so important in what I do as an Esthetician is because I don’t want to have an artificial fragrance. I don’t want anything overpowering that would take people’s attention away from their service whether that be a relaxing facial or a Brazilian bikini wax. I want my clients to enjoy their experience with me and make their noses happy, even if they don’t know why:)
Here’s my tip/trick: I try to stick to subtle, calming, relaxing and even energizing aromas that people might get a slight hint of during their service with me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “what is that faint smell I smell? It’s really nice!!” Or when someone hugs me and asks what I’m wearing because it’s so subtle and welcoming. I try to use a body lotion with little to no aroma OR something with a natural scent and no added fragrance. I use natural, essential oils of all kinds and mix them into my body lotion and apply all over, especially on my arms, wrists, chest and neck. These are typically Lavender, Patchouli, Bergamot and Sweet Orange oils. I never mix more than one and I use a few drops in about a pump of the lotion. I’ll use Eucalyptus or Peppermint when I just can’t quite wake up for the day.
If you’re looking for a fresh, new scent or something inexpensive to play around with, I recommend this method! Maybe you’ll find out what makes you happy or sleepy, nostalgic or awakened. I get the majority of my essential oils from Whole Foods and try to stick to the oils that range anywhere from $5.99 to $12.99 per mini bottle. They’re highly concentrated, so you really only need a few drops.
Go smell yourself!