CCBotanical's Parfum collection in vintage scientific glassware as part of Toronto Lovefest, at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.  

CCBotanical's Parfum collection in vintage scientific glassware as part of Toronto Lovefest, at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.  

When I first became spellbound by essential oils, I was focused on the medicinal aspects of the oils and I trained with PhD chemists, naturopathic physicians, those who write the scientific texts, the French and German schools. I made therapeutic blends for headaches, insomnia, viral influenza etc. In my massage therapy practice, I tinkered with formulas with a focus on relieving aching muscles and loosening stiff joints.  For this, I turned to the anti-inflammatory and analgesic oils, mixing and testing for effectiveness and then fine tuning so the scent was just right.  Muscle Balm was born.  My clients didn't want to go back to just plain coconut oil anymore;  peppermint and basil for the headaches, neroli for anxiety, frankincense for fear and opening up the respiration, lavender for burns, rose for grief, black spruce for exhaustion and on it goes.  The adventure and the science and the mystery of those plants unfolded and we were all changed, clients and therapist together.

And along that medicinal path, the intoxicating fragrances of these powerful oils were so alluring that I found myself just wanting to bask in the vapours and dab the precious drops on my temples, my pulse points and wrists...bright blood orange and myrrh to kickstart my morning, pungent rosemary in the afternoon's lull and sultry heady jasmine sambac with a sweaty woody vetiver at night.  I made up small perfume batches and sold to friends and private clients.  About that time, it started to come to light that there were harmful effects from the chemicals in standard perfumes and colognes. I could see it was time to share the healthy alternative.  The tide was turning, just regular folks were seeking nature's vibrancy in their powder rooms, their kitchens, their satchels and bedrooms.  Why not have the world's fragrances with us in our day to day coming and going?  Why not bring Madagascar, Peru, Quebec and Provence with us, in our every day?

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