There are few things as psychological and therapeutic as fragrances. Some scents are pleasant while others are offensive. In our aesthetic environments we use scented fragrances to create feelings of coziness and warmth – basically, overall, inviting atmospheres. We also use various fragrances for odor control as masking agents in situations where there are lingering musty smells.
Selecting the right scent for an aesthetic facility is difficult because of the different preferences and sensitivity level of each and every individual. Relying on one fragrance may not the best solution unless, of course, it is a signature scent in which case it would support the entire theme of the aesthetic establishment. For example: a clinical fragrance might smell fresh like clean linen to conjure up imaginative images of cleanliness or eucalyptus, a medicinal scent (an aroma that is extracted from leaves of an evergreen tree) whereas, a Victorian salon might be more inviting if essential rose oil were added to a potpourri boiler with a scented candle underneath to fill the reception area with a romantic rose-filled fragrance and eliminate offensive odors.
Scents can also be restorative. I used to like to spritz my facial table sheets with a lavender or lilac scent. On those dreary, overcast, snowy laden days, it reminded my clients of springtime, bouquets of flowers, clean and clear air and, warm, soothing sunshine. Another inconspicuous way to add a scent to your treatment room is to put a few drops of essential oil extracts on some cotton balls and tuck them into the various corners of the room. An open vase on a counter top with earthy, natural scent works nicely too for a checkout desk or, we can add a favorite scent to a light bulb to fill the entire facility with a pleasant lingering fragrance. We can also use scented candles (such as the Eco-Friendly Soy Candle), scented soaps and oil lamps. It is important to note however, that citrus scents don’t last as long as muskier options. Keep in mind that no matter what scents you eventually select, that fragrances have weight. There are those derived from raw materials—jasmine, rose and gardenia which are appreciated more by women because they are lighter in weight, in contrast, men prefer the more aromatic herbs as scents, such as lavender and sage because they are a bit heavier and more robust.
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