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.
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.
I wet my skin with hydrosol several times until it feels plump and add a layer of this lovely balm upon. Most of the Akamuti night cream gets absorbed – what is left can be massaged into drier parts of my face. Not only in the evenings I apply this cream, I tend to use it in the mornings as well when I want to get a full coverage with my mineral foundation. Without heavy creams or balms which increase hydration, my skin can feel dry under some coats of mineral make-up. As citrus essential oils may enhance photosensitivity, I’m going to get the Akamuti day balm as well.
Sometimes in the evening, I apply a more generous amount as a mask. I allow my skin about half an hour to soak up the balm, afterwards I remove residue with a tissue. Then I massage my skin with some hydrosol to balance the somewhat sticky feeling.
13,50€ / 50ml
INCI: Hazelnut Oil (Corylus avellana), Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europa), Organic Beeswax (Cera alba), Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata), Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii). Limonene* Citronellol* Linalool* Geraniol*
*natural constituents of the essential oils used in the product
Alterra Sandalwood Soap
This soap is based on saponified palm and coconut oil and still contains its natural glycerine. It is scented with perfume but contains also sandalwood extract. It lathers well and doesn’t dry my hands out, it doesn’t smear and is really longlasting. The scent stays on my skin a for a little while and becomes even a background scent in my little bathroom. This soap is unisex scented, not too heavy, not too feminine. As it is a budget priced product with budget priced ingredients, you get what you pay for: a nice every-day product.
0,65€ / 100g
INCI: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Santalum Album Wood Extract, Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacerare, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, CI 77491, CI 77891
Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
I apply a generous amount of hydrosol onto my face and follow that with some drops of very lightweight facial oil. After I have gently massaged the blend of water and oil into my skin and while my skin is still damp, I apply a small amount of this cream. That leaves my skin plump and hydrated. The scent is somewhat intense, and that’s what I like. Every evening when I use this cream I look forward to the scent that will linger on my face and hands. I close my eyes and deeply inhale which is part of the ritual.
I really enjoy this night cream and like it very much for what it does to keep my skin hydrated. In the past I saved it up which is kind of stupid, because when I finish this trial size, I can happily buy the full size. But that’s the thing being a green beauty blogger: you get to know lots of really good products and have to decide if you stick to what you already like or go on trying new ones.
This cream reminds me of my vacation to New Zealand where I bought this in a mini-kit. Antipodes have more wonderful products, and I’m using some of them right now, as the patchouli and lime cleanser.
46€ / 60ml
INCI: Aqua (water), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, squalane (vegetable) extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, leptospermum mel (Active 20+ manuka) honey, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) oil, calendula officinalis (calendula) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, lecithin (vegetable) extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, vitis vinifera (Vinanza Grape grapeseed) extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E), essential oil fragrances of sandalwood & ylang ylang & patchouli: benzyl benzoate**, benzyl salicylate**, citral**, d-limonene**, linalool**, eugenol**, farnesol**, gernaiol**, isoeugenol**.
** component of essential oil
Balm Balm Indulge All Over Balm
When I ordered this from Amazingy, I thought of the scent of the Antipodes night cream and tried to get to that as nearly as possible. Both contain ylang-ylang and patchouli. The smell is pretty comparable, so: yes!, I’m satisfied with my choice.
I like to apply heavy balms as last layer of my nightly skincare regimen, but not so much this one. It is a little too sticky for my face and, I have to admit, it smells to intense. But the smell itself is divine! Every now and then I apply a small amount onto the outside of my hands as this will surround me with an aura of patchouli and ylang-ylang when I move around.
My skin on legs, arms and on my back is very dry at the moment and I pamper myself with heavy balms after shower: this is, when I tend to reach for this balm the most. But the best part: as it contains 100% organic ingredients, it is an affordable every-day luxury.
10€ / 30ml
INCI: Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Cera Alba, Simmondsia chinensis Seed Oil, Calendula officinalis Flower Extract, Pogostemon cablin Oil, Salvia sclarea Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, *Linalool, *Geraniol, *Limonene. (*naturally occurring components of essential oil).
All organically grown.
MaterNatura Hair Balm with Melilotus
This conditioner slash hair mask is my absolute favorite at the moment: it makes my hair super soft and manageable! It smells of patchouli, lavender and orange, and the scent stays in my hair for several hours. *me like!*
When I first received this in a surprise box, I didn’t know what to expect. I did not know anything about the brand MaterNatura (which means mother nature), but in the last time I tried some sample sizes and am curious about the other products. But for now back to the hair mask: this is by far the best regarding manageability and best value for money I have used ever. There were others, yes, and I really like them, but they were either more pricey or less good. I nearly emptied the first bottle and have already ordered a new one several weeks ago: I do not want to be without this products as it rescues me whenever a shampoo fails to wash my hair without tangling it.
After washing my hair, I press out as much water as I can, then I apply a small amount (maybe the size of two hazelnuts) into my lengths and ends. Then I move the balm upwards to my roots, adding more balm if needed. I rinse it out over head and it leaves my hair soo soft and nearly weightless. Usually I have to comb through my tangled hair very carefully to get rid of small knots and to avoid breakage, and this hair balm really helps to improve the manageability.
I highly recommend this product if you do not want to weigh down your fine hair but want it to be easier to comb.
13€ / 250ml
INCI: Aqua [Water], Behenamidopropyl dimethylamine, Cetyl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter) butter, Decyl oleate, Melilotus officinalis extract *, Pogostemon cablin oil *, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil *, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Calendula officinalis flower extract *, Chamomilla recutita extract *, Citrus limon (Lemon) fruit extract *, Eucalyptus globulus leaf extract *, Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) peel oil *, Hydrolyzed soy protein, Sodium lactate, Sodium PCA, Fructose, Glycine, Inositol, Niacinamide, Urea, Lactic acid, Benzyl alcohol, Sodium benzoate, Glycerin, Sodium dehydroacetate, Limonene, Linalool, Xanthan gum.
*from Organic Agriculture
Munio Candela Inspiration in Paint Pot
I did not believe that there would ever come a day for me to spend 20€ on a candle. Say it out loud: Twenty Euro. Seriously, how can anyone pay that much for a … candle? That sounds so crazy! But I did it and I’m happy with my choice. My candle comes in a paint pot and smels of patchouli and flowers as soon as you open the lid. With your nose in the pot it smells intense, but don’t be afraight, it is not that kind of headache-y scent you might now from cheap aroma candles. Once you light the candle, the scent is very subtle and blends easily with the natural scent of the room you are in. It will just give you that warm surrounding scent that uplifts your mind yet makes you calm.
Once you put the candle out and close the lid, the scent in the room will slowly fade away. At some point it is just gone. You don’t notice that it vanishes, which means you don’t feel sad missing it.
22€ / 200ml
100% natural and non GMO soy wax with scent of patchouli and ylang-ylang
Scent in everyday routines
My skin feels very dehydrated currently, and my face is more red than usual. I have severe problems with pimples and inflamed spots at my jawline and neck. When I became aware of my preference for incense, sandalwood and patchouli, I was surprised as they never before were big part of my daily routines. While writing this blog post and doing research, I was baffled that my body made me use those skincare products that would benefit my skin condition the most. I need products that help my skin to regain hydration and fight inflammation as well as fading away those nasty little red spots that remind you of a pimple for ages.
This makes me happy: I can trust my body, it’s self-healing powers, myself with my choice of skincare products.
What are your favorite products right now?