I love the warmth and density of spicy scents. Patchouli smells kind of sweet and spicy, in combination with ylang-ylang it seems almost flowery itself. Incense remains more on the cool side of spicyness, for me it is not as complex as patchouli and smells maybe a little dull. Yet I like it much! Sandalwood, as the name suggests, smells woody. Together with citrusy scents it adds volume to every composition.
In music, for me …
… patchouli would be a bariton in “Ameno”.
… sandalwood would be the cello in “Tonight“.
… incense were background choir in “Ronja Rövardotter“.
But as in music, these scents don’t go solo. They take their part in an orchestra of ingredients and essential oils blended together to create some wonderful skincare.
Frankincense promotes healing, fades scars, helps against acne and evens the skin tone as well as lifts the skin. It reduces the appearance of large pores, combats wrinkles and fine lines and has a calming effect on the mind.
Patchouli helps with acne and skin irritation, it is cell regenerative, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-aging. It counteraffects inflammation and promotes healing.
Sandalwood is effective for acne and eczema and reduces large pores. It is good for very dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.
You can add 5 drops of essential oil to 30ml carrier oil for a body treatment oil or 10 drops of essential oils to 100ml carrier oil to get a face oil. Also you can use incense, patchouli and sandalwood hydrosols as face or body mist.
(I gathered these informations from all the manufacturers websites that make these and more lovely products containing incense, sandalwood and patchouli.)
Akamuti Olive & Avocado Night Cream
This cream is one of my most pleasant discoveries of the last months. It helps keeping my skin hydrated by preventing moisture to evaporate. The scent is calming and helps me to relax at night.
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