Lavender

Lavender oil: Top 3 ways to use it at home

Lavender

Lavender oil can be used at home in three different ways, to repel mosquitoes, moths and with burns.

While looking for natural ways to make mosquito and moth repellents I came across lavender essential oil*. Lavender essential oil is an oil I always have at home. So I looked it up how I could best use it to combat mosquitoes and I found a recepe to mix it. I mixed it with jojoba oil and gave it a try by applying it on my skin before going to bed. The mixture was 30 mls of jojoba oil with 30 drops of lavender oil. I haven’t had much trouble with mosquito bites ever since but I have to admit I am not a mosquito magnet and I live in the Netherlands so I don’t have to use DEET as protection against diseases.

Looking for a natural and economic way to repel moth I read lavender is a good oil to use as well. I put a few drops of lavender oil onto cotton pads and placed them in the closet. It seems like it is doing its job. Citronella is supposed to do the trick as well but I have found its scent too aggressive in the cupboard.

LavenderWhen in college I often burned my hands while cooking and I used to have burning marks on my wrist which took a long time to heal. I burned my wrist a short while ago and treated it with neat lavender oil after cooling it under the tap with cold water. The burn healed very quickly within a few days.  After the first day I continued to treat the burn with the lavender and jojoba oil mixture I mentioned above and it only took a few days to heal completely without leaving a scar. The burn was not severe and it was not an open wound. Otherwise I would not have used lavender oil. But this way of using lavender essential oil was very successful.

Conclusion: Using lavender oil (lavender officinalis) to repel mosquitoes in a mixture with jojoba oil, applying them on cotton pads to put into a cupboard and using neat lavender oil for burns to me has been quite succesfull and I intend to continue using it.

Do you like to use natural remedies at home? If so, which one is your favorite?

*Lavender essential oil: if buying lavender essential oil look for lavendula officinalis if used for burns.

Sources: Valerie Ann Worwood The Fragrant Pharmacy, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi The Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health and Jennifer Peace Rhind Fragrance and Wellbeing

Photograph 1 made by me, photograph 2 is free stock

Which fragrances help to relax and unwind?

  • Relaxing fragrances

A dear friend of my mine is dealing with stress issues in her life. One way or another many of us do, these days. This got me to think about fragrances which can help to relax and unwind. Fragrances which help me personally are A Lab on Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret and Carner Tardes. I find Tardes to be especially relaxing. Both fragrances have an almondy gourmand scent (probably due to the heliotrope in both fragrances) which I love. I do not find them too sweet but have read some do.

While doing research on the internet and in aromatherapy books I found lavender (true lavender) to work soothing and comforting and clear the head (this will not come as a surprise) and neroli to help with anxiety and stress related conditions. A lavender fragrance which is easily available online is Caron Pour Un Homme and one more exclusively Chanel Jersey.

Some of my favorite neroli fragrances are Atelier Cologne Neroli, Penhaligon’s Castile, Roja Dove Neroli and Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli. I used to spray Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli before going to bed. Hermes will introduce Eau de Néroli Doré in its cologne collection this month. This is a release I really look forward to. Yves Rocher has a neroli fragrance in its Secrets d’Essences line with matching body products which one could use before going to bed.

Relaxing fragrances

All these fragrances could help you to unwind and relax, but this is always personal. So it is worth to try different fragrances and experience what works for you.

Which fragrances are relaxing for you and do you use to unwind?

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Nicolaï Maharadjah Room Fragrance

What will tomorrow bring

The best image to illustrate the scent of Nicolaï Maharadjah is the painting What will tomorrow bring? made by Henriette Hackenberg. The colours in the painting are found in the home fragrance Maharadjah. The blue from the lavender, brown from the cinnamon, dark red from the clove, gold for the warm vanilla and orange for the overall feeling of comfort. The roomspray and scented candle give me a cozy feeling of enjoyment in my house like the painting. They are a perfect match.

Nicolaï Paris is a French perfume brand which was founded by the French perfumer and president of the Osmoteque in Versailles, Patricia de Nicolaï. One could say the Osmoteque is a perfume museum and archive where one can attend lectures, have private consultations and scent old classic perfumes. It was founded by former Jean Patou perfumer Jean Kerleo.

Nicolaï has a large home fragrance collection including room diffusers, room sprays, scented candles, catalytic lamp liquids (for Lampe Berger burning lamps) with at this moment 25 different scents and 3 Christmas fragrances.

It has a perfume line as well, as most of you already know. Except for two, Just un Reve and Rose Oud, Nicolai perfumes do not work on my skin. Her perfumes are not my taste as I find them a tad too sweet.like adding one cube of sugar to my coffee which then overdoes it in sweetness. So I prefer the room fragrances for my home as most of them are perfumed treasures on their own.

Nicolaï Paris has a home fragrance line consisting of candles, room sprays, reed diffusers, essential oils, lamp liquids. It has a bath line as well.  My favorite room fragrance is Maharadjah. It is very well suited for autumn and winter and a bestseller in the Parisian Nicolaï shops.

The best image to illustrate the scent of Maharadjah is the oil painting is my living room, What will tomorrow bring? made by my dear friend Henriette Hackenberg. The colours in the painting can be found in Maharadjah. The blue from the lavender, brown from the cinnamon, dark red from the clove, gold for the warm vanilla and orange for the overall feeling of comfort. The roomspray and scented candle give me a cozy feeling of enjoyment in my house as does the painting. They are a perfect match.

Maharadjah comes as a scented candle, reed diffuser, essential oil, lamp liquid, room spray and used to be sold as eau de parfum. I have tried them all. It comes in a more intense version as well, with the same scent but a bit more intensified. The reed diffuser is my favorite.

This is not a fragrance if you are looking for a subtle home scent as its throw off and longevity are amazing. But this is what I personally enjoy. The reed diffuser lasted almost a year. I find it to be well worth its price of 46 euro.* As it is a high quality fragrance and a magnificant scent, a perfume bottled as a room fragrance giving pleasure for a year.  What more would one want for one’s home ?

Have you tried Nicolaï home fragrances ? Or do you use other home fragrances ? Which one are your favorites ?

All room fragrances can be ordered on the official Nicolaï website and the Perfume Lounge in The Netherlands.

More paintings on: Henriette Hackenberg’s website

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this article were bought by me.

*Note 1: But price is always personal and what you are willing to pay for a (room) fragrance.

*Note 2 : This review discusses Maharadjah not the other scent from Patricia Nicolai Maharani, which is different.