Fragrance can enhance a mood, jog a memory or make you feel good about yourself in the blink of an eye. The industry is worth billions and shows no sign of slowing down.
However, huge medical advances and discoveries are being made into the world of olfactory wonder and its effect on the brain. The effect of fragrance on wellbeing and memory is being looked at in ways that go far beyiond the anecdotal.
Aromatherapy is nothing new, but did you know that fragrance is playing a part in Alzheimer’s Research? And did you know that it even has benefits for some people on the Autistic Spectrum?
One father went a step further and combined his involvement in the fragrance industry (Murano Home) with ways of offering his autistic son calm and comfort among the maelstrom of overwhelming emotions that many people with ASD can experience.
Nigel Cook tried several combinations of room fragrances with his son until he found combinations that had a noticable calming effect. From there came Fragrance and Autism, a company created to offer benefits to those with ASD via the medium of scent.
I was sent two sample roll on bottles recently and would like to tell you about them below, because I thought they were terrific. Incidentally, roll on is an excellent way of applying fragrances since it doesn’t get in your eyes and up your nose and is hard to waste.
Fragrance and Autism donates 20% of all their profits to the National Autistic Society and welcomes contact via their website.
A beautiful mixture of blended oils, in a natural grapeseed oil carrier, these products can help with relaxation, stress and transition, learning, anxiety, depression, isolation. – Fragrance and Autism
Here’s the full list of what’s available in rollerballs, room diffusers or in essential oils.
Lavender & Melissa, Lavender & Camomile, Coriandre, Lavender & Coriander, Thyme & Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint & Lime, Grapefruit & Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus,
Lemon Grass, Rhubarb & Ginger.
Here’s my review of the two rollerballs I received. Both are stunning and very long-lasting, with the essential oils suspended in a natural grapeseed oil suspension.
Lavender and Melissa
Lavender has long been known as having soothing qualities, but add it to Melissa, ( also known as lemon balm) and you have a beautiful soothing combination of oils that reminded me so much of my late grandmother’s garden, that it gave me a jolt. The scent brings the garden indoors and nature often has a grounding effect. This smells clean, pure and herbal and offers a chink of light in among the messiness of modern life.
Grapefruit and Bergamot
Sharp and uplifting, this can feel as fresh as opening a window in a stuffy room. Grapefruit, in fact many citrus fruits, are known for the sunny, feel good nuance they can add to scent. The grapefruit note in this is sharp and sparkling, like homemade lemonade, and it keeps it up alongside the bergamot (lime). This is a feel-good scent with long lasting properties.
Find out More
Here’s the website for Fragrance and Autism and here ‘s the link to the National Autistic Society. Incidentally, these oils are also designed to reduce anxiety and stress , so their benefits are far reaching, even outside the Autism spectrum. Parents can have a tough time too.
How to buy
Here’s the link to how to buy them. Prices are very reasonable, starting at under £5 for a 10ml rollerball.
Acknowledgements- with many thanks to Nigel Cook, who I met at the Jasmine awards back in March. The two rollerballs are much appreciated and wonderful quality.