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« on: January 04, 2010 08:54:38 AM »

I have been working on and off for the last two days on this blend and it is magical.

I started by trying to reproduce the smell of Lush Karma soap. The soap is gorgeous, they use the smell as their signature scent and it is wonderful, citrussy and spicy too. It is however ridiculously expensive a decent sized bar of soap would be about 4-5 euro, (thats about $8)

i started with the list of essential oils on the packaging, making some guesses as to which were in lesser amounts, I havent managed to get the scent, but that is probably because they also have perfume in there (which I didnt realise when I started)

I did however come up with this incredible blend. it is quite citrussy, but has a base of spice. I have simply been burning it in an oil burner and had it on constantly for ages (I never do that!) it is a lovely warm orangy smell, but it is also fantastically uplifting and calming. Wonderful for the post-christmas/winter blues.

I did mix some into a body butter base I have and it is good, havent tried it in soap yet, that is next. But i wanted to share it with you.

Edels Uplifting blend
26 drops of sweet orange oil
11 drops of lavandin (this is similar to lavender, but a slightly sharper smell, less obviously lavender)
10  drops Elemi
8 drops Patchouli (dont be put off if you dont like patchouli, I dont, but you dont smell it in the final blend, its more of a base of spice)
8 drops lemon grass (ditto I find lemongrass too strong generally, but this is good)
6 drops pine (again you dont smell this in the final blend, but it seems to tone down the citrus a bit)

as regards the emotional effects,
 Orange is warming and energising and uplifting to the mind, creates feelings of happiness and warmth and promotes relaxation.
Lavandin has a similar effect to lavender, calming and harmonious
Elemi is good for nervous exhaustion and gives feelings of peace
Patchouli fights depression and anxiety, its grounding and balancing and banishes lethargy
Lemongrass is good for nervous exhaustion and stress
Pine relieves mental, and physical fatigue and is good as a space cleanser.

I think this would be a particularly good blend for skin care as Patchouli and elemi are both excellent for skin rejuvenation.

Let me know if  you try it out and what you think. I wish this computer had smell-o-vision so you could smell how wonderful my house does at the moment.
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010 04:49:34 PM »

This blend sounds absolutely lovely. I am an unabashed lover of patchouli and all earthy scents, and the addition of citrus sounds out of this world. I used Lush's Happy Hippy shampoo, which smells like part grapefruit, part patchouli. I have been meaning to make some soap or candles or perfume oil and I will keep this blend in mind!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 10:45:40 AM »

I actually hate patchouli, so its very subtle in this blend, but you could just up the amount. I am still simply burning this oil and adding it to the bath it is seriously good and wonderful for the dark winter.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2010 11:55:55 AM »

I have been wanting to make this, but absolutely can't find elemi locally :/  Ohwell, someday I'll get to it!  thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2010 03:41:52 PM »

I couldn't get it locally either, had to buy it from some online suppliers, the upside is that the online suppliers seem to be so so much cheaper than the shops.

elemi incidentally is quite citrussy, so it would be worth trying it without the elemi and just use more sweet orange
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 12:44:00 PM »

I did it! Used five drops each of tangerine and grapefruit in place of elemi, and it turned out really nicely, even somewhat similar to Karma. So far I've burned it in a diffuser and  mixed some into lotion with some Silky Underwear powder (which is jasmine and vetivert scented, with bits of cocoa butter)...
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2010 02:29:51 PM »

Excellent, i am so glad you tried it! It is karma-ish but not quite the same. I am going to have to get hold of some of those cloned-scents to make some soap with it.

Let me know if it is mood boosting for you too?
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010 01:34:06 PM »

Do you suppose I could substitute lavender for the lavandin?  I'd love to give this a try....
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010 03:13:55 PM »

You can Lavendin is a hybrid of Lavender, with a slightly sharper smell, but the difference is very small, so i reckon it would be fine.

i used it in my soap too and so far the scent is holding strong, I think the patchouli is acting as a fixative.
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