Functional Fragrance / S.W. Basics
What’s a “Functional Fragrance,” you ask? Well, essential oils aren’t just nice-smelling aromas; they are plant compounds with active – and often healing – properties. And unlike synthetic fragrance, pure essential oils contain dynamic components that work with your body and your body’s chemistry for synergistic, healing results. An essential oil can be anything from antibacterial to anti-anxiety.
Adina calls lavender the “Taylor Swift of essential oils,” because of its ubiquitous nature. But there’s a reason it’s everywhere: Lavender is truly a one-and-done oil. Its calming scent helps release anxious energy, and it contains chemical components with proven antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
We recommend using this Functional Fragrance literally anywhere (well, almost anywhere), especially when you need some peace of mind.
Clary Sage oil was a staple of ancient medicine cabinets due to its purifying properties. It has been lauded for its ability to regulate hormones; it’s also antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic, and can help improve circulation. It has a sweetly herbal scent.
We recommend using this Functional Fragrance on breakouts, temples, or wrists.
You’ve probably used Vick’s VapoRub at some point in your life, right? If so, one whiff of eucalyptus essential oil will likely bring back the memories of that lingering cough. The eye-opening smell is the reason it’s been used for centuries as a natural way to heal colds and congestion.
We recommend using this Functional Fragrance on your chest and/or around your nostrils whenever you feel a cough or cold coming on.
Tea Tree Oil
If you say breakouts, we say tea tree essential oil. This natural-beauty-world favorite is the ultimate spot treatment because of its potent antiseptic properties. Added bonus: Tea tree essential oil works its magic without being overly drying and irritating like its synthetic counterparts. (Looking at you, benzoyl peroxide.)
We recommend using this Functional Fragrance as a spot treatment whenever your skin is freaking out.
It’s one of our favorite cooking herbs, which is why it’s not a surprise that the deep, herbaceous scent of rosemary essential oil provides an instant pick-me-up. Yet its scent has powerful therapeutic properties, too: When inhaled has been shown to improve mental focus without the crash that many stimulants carry.
We recommend using this Functional Fragrance on temples or wrists whenever you need to get your hustle on.