One of my biggest passions and indulgences is I design ‘scents’ from pure aromatherapy oils. I’ve been doing it on and off since I was a teen, mixing orange blossom, neroli and rose to make what was my signature scent for the first few years of my adult life, and then adding other elements to the mix like champacha and melissa, or blue lotus. I got away from it for the longest time, and then came back to it recently, so I’ve designed and trialled scents and mixes for a variety of needs for a while now.
I’ve designed a kick ass migraine cure, that smells great either as a dispersal bath oil, rubbed on the temples or even in soap – I’ve made one of the best ‘I’m down I need a happy scent’ pick me ups *ever* and I’ve walked friends through making some of their own signature scents, while treating others for problems with their feet, or back. I’ve even got a safe for pregnancy morning sickness ‘cure’ that works on me and I get nauseated at the drop of a hat, pregnant or otherwise.
What I lack though is cohesion. I’ve got no reason to sell the scents properly – I’m not interested in making soaps on a regular basis (and envy people like one of my new blogging friends, Amy, from Great Cakes SoapWorks – she makes AMAZING soaps) for their artistry in creating soaps, but I’m a goddess at creating scents.
So I’m throwing it out there for everyone to comment on – what do you think I should do? I’ve got the space to keep a small amount of larger bottles of perfume settling and developing, either in our garage once it’s cleaned, our conservatory (winter only, it’d be too hot in the summer), or in our walk in wardrobe, so that’s not a problem – I think the problem is why would I make perfumes and who would I sell them to?
I could sell them as an adjunct to bi-polarbears and create scents that are both lifting and cleansing, but the problem then becomes that I’m offering what could be seen as a ‘treatment’ for mental health. I could try making soaps again, though after my last lye burn, I doubt it…. or I could just set up the site and learn how to make the perfumes in micro batches, which will mean much more accurate measuring, some more experimenting and of course, better tools.
Or – I could sell the recipes – either in e-book format, or print, with photos and *stuff*. Not that I need another book to write, right now, but of all the options, that’s actually the way I’m leaning.
Whatcha think? If I could explain exactly how to design, or give recipes for some of the most gorgeous scents I’ve ever created, and how I made them, would that be of interest to you?
Kai is a writer, author and avid reader. A mental health advocate, Ludosport athlete and coder. She’s the mother of two young adults, owned by two cats, and lives with her beloved in the Cotswolds.