Ever wonder why the smell of fresh baked bread triggers a floodgate of memories and emotions? Perhaps, you are transformed to another place and time… a childhood memory of watching your grandmother bake bread. What are you feeling? Is it happiness remembering special times spent with your grandmother, or perhaps the sadness of her passing?
Sense, memories and emotions are all closely connected. The olfactory bulb, the part of the brain involved in our ability to smell, sends our olfactory information to the amygdala and hippocampus, which process our memory and emotions. That’s why a whiff of a particular scent can evoke a pleasant, or in some cases, an unpleasant memory, followed by the accompanying emotions.
It’s no wonder then that essential oils have been used for centuries for their aromatherapy benefits. Essential oils can be mood uplifting, while others promote relaxation, energize, reduce stress, and stimulate our minds. The way in which essential oils can affect our mood is the reason why I fell in love with soap making. Whether it was the calming effects of a lavender essential oil soap, or the invigorating scent of a rosemary mint natural soap, I discovered how different combinations of essential oils artfully blended together not only produced beautiful scented soaps, but how the power of scent can affect how we feel and even our mood.
So, the next time you shower, whether it's to feel energized in the morning or to unwind after a long day, grab a bar of our natural soap scented with essential oils and made with skin loving oils and butters, and experience the benefits of natural soap for yourself.