Made with essential oils, absolutes and organic grain alcohol: an aromatic toolkit for our times
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In 2017 our perfumer, Sarah McCartney, made these seven fragrances because we were asked for 100% naturals, so we looked for interesting, exciting materials to add to the usual palette, to make unusual new blends.
Since then, using OML fragrances we've developed Scented Yoga for the Also festival, and have used OML scents in our regular sessions. As Sarah is a qualified yoga teacher and has been practising for 24 years, she has been incorporating these fragrances into her own yoga classes, and observing the results. While we would not want to claim that they have any benefits beyond the general wellbeing, we're happy to share our experiences.
Red – Harvest – Gratitude: A sense of security, nature’s bounty, reaping what we sow. For us it feels like a rich red berry in colour. Materials include: hay absolute, Turkish rose absolute, raspberry leaf absolute, oakwood CO2 extract, hazelnut CO2 extract, labdanum, wine essential oil, davana essential oil, pink peppercorn CO2 absolute.
"In our classes, I use this for practising seated poses including twists. The first time I sprayed the room and body fragrance version into the space, I had the joyful experience of watching everyone there sit down, with no instruction from me at all. It is a rich, intense, warming aroma and I use it to instill a feeling of gratitude for what we still have in our lives." Sarah
Orange – Sunset – Peace: A sense of serenity as the sun goes down, lighting up the sky in shades of blood orange, Materials include: neroli essential oil, honeybush CO2 extract, vanilla absolute, cocoa absolute, peach natural liquid, bran absolute, rose geranium essential oil, bergamot, Virginian cedarwood essential oil.
"This was a surprise at first, as I was expecting to use it to calm people after a day's work at evening yoga classes. As well as that, it also appeared to give a citrus lift to the atmosphere, so we were able to do our standing poses with more enthusias, than I'd envisioned happening. Now I use it myself - teaching yoga online now rather than in the same room - to encourage me to stand up and get stronger." Sarah.
Yellow – Sunrise – Hope: A sense of vitality, but because it’s early we’ve added in a dash of coffee for a touch of real life. Materials include: lemon petitgrain, fennel, cardamon, clementine, yellow mandarin, blood orange and sweet orange essential oils, coffee absolute, narcissus absolute and cabreuva essential oil.
"Yellow is the fragrance I use for early mornings; for me, it smells reviving and revitalising. I am an owl not a lark, so if my brain needs to catch up with my body and be running at the same speed as my early morning friends and colleagues, then Yellow is the one I reach for. For yogis, use it for your Surya Namaskar, sun salutations, when it's dull and grey outside, or feeling like that inside too." Sarah
Green – Leaf – New: A sense of revival. The smell of spring when green shoots appear from the cold and dark. Materials include: jasmine tea CO2 extract, green mandarin essential oil, Calabrian bergamot essential oil, cucumber juice extract, bergamot mint essential oil and spinach absolute.
"This is such a freshly chopped leaf green aroma that our astonished Japanese distributor said it smelled like salad. It's a day in a spring garden, venturing into the greenhouse. I like to use it for backwards extensions, opening up the chest, spreading the collar bones and deep breaths." Sarah
Aquamarine – Waves/WiFi – Clarity: A sense of connection. The colour of the clear warm sea, and sharp hit of citrus and deep seaweed. Materials include: white grapefruit and rosemary essential oils, olive fruit CO2 extract, jasmine sambac absolute, blue hemlock essential oil, lavender essential oil, seaweed absolute.
"This opens with a spash of seaweed that's too much of a surprise for some, but I had in mind a boat trip between Mediterranean islands, starting in the harbour: herbs, olives and citrus fruits, jasmine and pine trees. For me this is about communication, sounds waves and light waves depicted by a gentle sea. When we're spending too much time online, and can't visit the real sea, this is for opening us up to listening and speaking." Sarah
Blue Screen/Blue Horizon – Perspective : A sense of balance. We spend too much time looking at screens, not enough at the horizon. This is a scent to help you meditate. Materials include frankincense essential oil, lavender absolute, vetivert absolute, eucalyptus mint essential oil, patchouli essential oil, bergamot essential oil, lemon petitgrain essential oil, organic English lavender essential oil.
"A friend of mine was talking once about how in daily life we rarely see the horizon, the edge of the visible earth. He moved to the seaside to look at it. Instead we're looking at blue screens far too much. I use Blue for Savasana practice, and my students have it at home to remind them of the feeling of peace they get, surrending theirmselves into the ground, putting down the screens and looking further, both outside and inside out own minds. It has essential oils traditionally used for grounding and balancing." Sara
Indigo – Into the Night: A sense of the infinite. A 3a.m. scent of total darkness, when night feels endless. Materials include: Cognac absolute, black tea CO2 extract, osmanthus absolute, Atlas cedarwood essential oil, jasmine sambac absolute, labdanum absolute, rum CO2 extract.
"There are so many different ways to quieten the mind, to get in deeply. As well as yoga, reading a good book takes me there. I made this with a mild reference to the other things people use: cognac and rum extracts and tea, flowers which waft out their seductive aromas at midnight. It's a scent of surrender." Sarah