Some of you know that I’m a bit of a soapmaker – so I’m fascinated by scents. Today I stumbled across gurl.com, and, fighting my way past the blinking shopping mall ads and the Nair infomercials, I spotted this “My Aroma Personality” quiz:
I took the “scents and sensibility“ quiz on gURL.com
|My aroma personality is…
Do you have a very strong sense of right and wrong? Do you hold yourself to a higher moral standard than your friends? Then you are probably a textbook example of Worwood’s resin type.
Resins strive to live a just and fair life, and hardly ever do anything without taking ethics into consideration first. They tend to have strong wills and are persuasive arguers, and can take comfort in knowing that their way is usually the right way. They usually have a no frills attitude about most things–they aren’t that concerned with the superficial, and are definitely not ones to bling-bling. However, resins’ high principles can sometimes take their toll; they can get burnt out trying to stamp out all of the injustice they see around them. As a result, they may forget to tune out some of the world’s negativity and just have fun.
soothing scents for you: Myrrh, Balsam, Frankincense, Elemi, Benzoin
To prove once and for all that online quizzes are more random than a very random thing, contrast your results on the gurl.com quiz with this “Your ideal scent” quiz at flare.com. Mine:
More art school than arts and crafts, you tend to be introverted and enjoy nothing more than remixing your mixed media (a little pencil sketching meets a little watercolour meets your brand-spankin’-new digi-cam). Fresh nature-based scents that combine notes of rain and ocean reflect how fluid you’re feeling on the inside.
Having pontificated about silly random internet quizzes, I confess, right now I’m sporting a body butter I made this morning with “Sea Moss” fragrance oil. This is a fresh green-ocean scent with earthy undertones (Description: “Sea Moss is a unique blend of Bergamot, Orchid, Jasmine and Violet with supporting notes of Ozone (air), Sandalwood, Musk and of course, Moss.). Perhaps they’re not so random after all?
 Stay tuned, if you have nothing better to do, for more soap photos within the week – including my first ever five-colour swirl. Because if I can’t show these things off here, where can I? If you’re a soaper, do chime in and say hi. Show me photos of your stuff. Mmm, soap photos.
 If you’re off the commercial-beauty-products treadmill but need something for very dry and itchy skin, try my body butter recipe.
Mix 300 g room-temperature (or slightly warmed) mango butter and 100 g jojoba oil. Put in jug blender, and, while pulsing the blender, gradually drizzle in just enough extra virgin olive oil to get the blender to turn the mixture over. It may need a bit of poking down and jiggling. Be careful of the blades! Whip for a few minutes, then blend in 2-3 heaped teaspoons of corn cornflour (cornstarch).
– Fragrance: 0.5 ml of skin-safe fragrance oil or essential oil of your choice.
– Colour: Add skin-safe mica if you wish it to be coloured.
– Glitter: Superfine cosmetic glitter if you like.
Pour into boiled or otherwise sanitised jars. Supplies can be had at any soapmaking supplier. Because this body butter is non-aqueous, it can be made without any preservative. Some people add an antioxidant, like vitamin E. I don’t; instead I store the body butter in the fridge, and take out around 50 g at a time to use.
For a hair treatment, I mix this 50-50 with aloe vera gel (I scrape it out of a cut leaf), and leave it on overnight.