For example, grapefruit oil helps fight skin issues, is a natural diuretic, and has a positive effect on mood. The girls both love bergamot (also good for depression, acne, eczema, tension) but the skin residue requires caution in strong sunlight. So far so good but as I research further I am learning that those fragrances are top notes. They come on strong at first but disappear within a few minutes. A good fragrance blend needs long lasting mid notes like rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, anise, clary sage and even longer lasting base notes like sandalwood, cedarwood, black pepper, clove or vanilla. The most intriguing fragrance I have come across is the basis for a high end men's cologne known as Bois du Portugal by Creed. When I first saw the description of one of its essential oils, vetiver, as deep, sweet, woody, smoky, earthy, balsam, amber and damp forest floor, I knew I had to roll the Comandante in it and dress him in a tweed jacket. Even the description is exciting.
Apparently the most exclusive vetiver root grows and is entirely consumed in Northern India. However, Brazil and the Carribean areas produce and distribute it commercially. I think it will soon find its way into my shampoo bars and bath soap.