For thousands of years, flowers have symbolized beauty, love, romance, fertility and a number of reasons to celebrate.
Everything about a flower embodies the unique way we experience sensations of joy and love – its shape, delicate or vibrant color, alluring aroma, and more. Flowers have done such an amazing job of training humans – we feel compelled to grow them in our gardens, bring them into our homes and give them to one another as symbols of devotion. I love when my partner surprises me with a bouquet of flowers (usually my favorite: stargazer lilies) simply to show how much he cares.
Aromatic flowers like rose (a classic symbol of romance), jasmine, neroli and ylang ylang developed their amazing scents to attract pollinators. We (humans) learned to harness that same magic for our own benefit. Cleopatra, one of the most sensual and alluring women in history, anointed herself with aromatic flower-infused oils to enhance her appeal and air of confidence. I love making aromatic versions of perfumes, body oils and sprays to infuse my home and my body space with the scents that I most associate with feeling loved. I find that keeping these scents around me inspires happiness, and most importantly, encourages my own feelings of self-love and self-confidence.
To me, neroli is the aroma that embodies absolute self-confidence and self-love. I joke that if I could be any essential oil it would be neroli. I never leave the house without my neroli roll-on. Every time I smell it, I immediately feel a sense of peaceful self-assurance, like I can take on and overcome any challenge with grace. Neroli is one of the more exotic smelling essential oils, which contributes to its sensual, unique effects.