I went to college up in Oregon, University of Oregon in Eugene, to be specific. And this late winter rain that we’ve been getting off and on has reminded me a lot about those days, where rain just sort of always drifted down softly. When we did get a chance to get off campus and head out to nature, often it was to a forest for a little hike. Ever since those college years a light misting rain and the smell of forest brings me right back to those days.
Last week I ordered a great big box worth of things from Mountain Rose Herbs (who happens to be based out of Eugene). Basic things like more shea butter for our daughters skin cream, garlic powder and ginger powder, dried mushrooms for soups, catnip for our feline friends, more chapstick tubes (how does chapstick always disappear so quickly?). The whole order was just feeling so practical that I had to throw in something fun for myself, so I splurged and bought a bunch of essential oils to make up this Woodland Perfume blend they suggested. It took me a while to actually add this to my order. I always feel a little guilty buying things out of pure indulgence and also, what if this blend smelled like Christmas tree? Not that there is anything wrong with smelling like Christmas tree, but spring is a week away, it isn’t really the time of year for that. But it doesn’t smell like Christmas tree at all and I’m so very happy I indulged!
During a light rain shower last weekend I made up my usual quick lotion recipe and added the five essentials oils (amounts given below) to it and waited impatiently for it to set up. The next morning after my shower I smeared it on and the smell was intoxicating! It smells just like you were taking a walk in a forest right after a spring rain. The small amount of bergamot in the mix gives it this slightly floral, spring smell. And all of the spruce, fir and cedar make you think of that smell when you drive up to the mountains and open your car door for the first time. You know that fresh forest smell? Such a lovely way to start each day, to put that lotion on.
The scent doesn’t linger too long, maybe for an hour at most, which I think is just perfect. I don’t know that I’d want to smell like forest all day long, but to start each morning with that fragrance? Oh yes! It is almost as good as a morning woodlands hike. Almost. I see now that doing things like ordering five little essential oils isn’t over indulgence. To spend a relatively tiny amount of money on something that brings you such joy each morning is important when you spend the rest of the day caring for others. Like they say, if momma ain’t happy, no one’s happy!
Woodland Walk Lotion
1 Easy Handmade Hand Lotion or Hand Salve recipe
12 drops Spruce essential oil
6 drops Fir Needle essential oil
6 drops Cedarwood essential oil
3 drops Vetiver essential oil
3 drops Bergamot
Add essential oils to the already melted oils, finish following the directions for either recipe and enjoy that fresh forest smell!