The right fragrance can lift the spirit and add zing to any winter day. And those made with essential oils, volatile oils derived from plants, give you much more to “ahhh” over. According to Laura Hittleman, corporate beauty services director for Canyon Ranch spas in Tucson, Arizona, and Lenox, Massachusetts, “Scents made with essential oils can offer aromatherapy health benefits and are soothing alternatives for people who may be sensitive or allergic to synthetic ingredients.” What’s more, she says, essential oil–based perfumes, colognes, and spritzes can be more ecofriendly—particularly those made with certified organic ingredients.
For instant relaxation anywhere: Aura Cacia Soothing Lavender Stick
According to Minneapolis-based aromatherapist Mindy Green, lavender is one of the best essential oils for beginners because it promotes relaxation and soothes minor skin irritations. This handy roll-on applicator contains lavender in a base of jojoba and coconut oils and can be used at home or on-the-go to promote instant calm.
For an extralong day: EO Products Amma’s Rose Perfumed Oil
Named for the humanitarian from India known as Amma who received the 2002 Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence, this perfume is made with spicy sandalwood oil and soothingly sweet rose oil to promote balance and relaxation. A lasting and exotic combination, it will keep you smelling like a rose throughout your busy day.
For outdoor fun: Weleda Citrus Body Oil
Whether playing or working outdoors, this refreshing blend of natural lemon and other essential oils adds zip to any activity. Blended with moisturizing almond oil, it can be applied directly to skin for a light and breezy scent.
For a romantic date: Ecco Bella Bourbon Vanilla Eau de Parfum
The fruit of an orchid, the vanilla bean has been highly valued for centuries, both for its strong flavor and its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Ecco Bella’s sweet parfum spray contains the complexity of real vanilla (instead of commonly used, less expensive derivatives) and can heighten a romantic mood by creating a sense-pleasing cloud just for two.
For a hectic day at the office: Aura Cacia Ginger Mint Aromatherapy Mist
For busy times when energy and focus need to be maintained all day, this scent is a winner! It contains energizing peppermint and spearmint, warming spicy ginger, and uplifting lemon.
For men: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Splash! Cologne
For men who want a fresh, pleasing scent with aromatherapy benefits, this cologne contains soothing chamomile, enticing vanilla, warm sandalwood, spicy patchouli, and just a hint of jasmine for a light, distinctly masculine scent.