Frankincense Blend Winner

A message from Sal…

I love this time of the year. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on the year past and to set goals for the new year. This year I am looking forward to doing more Aromatherapy Masterclasses in Australia. In June, I will be speaking at an International Aromatherapy Conference in London. I am looking forward to completing my Aromatree book, and most importantly, I look forward to continuing the blending competition! I sincerely thank those have entered for taking the time to submit your blends to our blending competition and I do look forward to seeing so many more amazing blends in 2017.

I am sure you are keen to know who won the frankincense oil blend.

Before I announce the winning blend I must thank each of you who entered for creating a truly unique blend using frankincense. Frankincense is such a complex aroma, however, it blends so well with many different essential oils. I was looking for a blend that had depth and mystery – a blend that takes you on a journey to a faraway place, perhaps to a place where frankincense is grown. This is exactly what Fiona McKeague was able to do with her blend. It was a perplexing woody, resinous and spicy blend. Each time I smelt it, I could imagine myself somewhere in the Middle East.

Fiona says she was inspired to create this blend by her travels to Ethiopia last year, where frankincense was burnt on hot coals during the traditional preparation of coffee in earthenware pots. Fiona added Australian sandalwood and atlas cedarwood to frankincense to create a delicate woody and resinous base note. To this she added a vibrant spicy middle notes cinnamon bark, ginger, clove bud, sweet fennel and black pepper. With further hints of bergamot, mandarin and sweet orange, the final result was magic! Congratulations Fiona – your $200 gift voucher is on its way.

Chelsea blended frankincense with sweet range, patchouli, rose, cistus, Melissa and ylang ylang to create a truly divine sweet perfume. Lyn blended frankincense with pine, sweet orange, juniper berry, ylang ylang, peppermint an clove bud to create a wonderfully uplifting and invigorating blend, while Sarah made an Autumn Moon blend with sweet orange, patchouli, ginger and black pepper. This did feel like a big comfortable hug from a friend!

This month’s essential oil monograph is Bergamot. Such a wonderfully vibrant fresh essential oil to start the new year. Valerie Ann Wormwood describes Bergamot as young , fresh, caring and considerate. She says that lovers of Bergamot are always young at heart and have a joyful approach to life.

Your blend should capture this unique quality of Bergamot. Please have fun creating your blend with Bergamot. I look forward to creating and testing your Bergamot blends!

Warm wishes, Sal

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