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Fragrance How-To: Buying Perfume for Someone Else

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Fragrance How-To: Buying Perfume for Someone Else

The perfect present can send the most perfect of messages. “I love you.” “You’re special.” “Congratulations.” “I’ll miss you.” “Enjoy - just because!” At NOTE, our favorite way to send a special message is with a signature scent. But buying a scent for someone else can be a really intimidating experience. How can you make sure that you choose something they’ll truly love and actually wear?! Here are a few tips on how to shop for and buy an amazing fragrance for someone else: Notice Their Current Favorites: “Excuse me, I LOVE that scent you’re wearing - can you tell...

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Spotlight On: Bergamot

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Spotlight On: Bergamot

Who could have ever predicted that a yellow green fruit about the size of an orange with a bitter taste would become one of the most popular and distinctive fragrance notes? A cross between a bitter orange and a lemon, bergamot is a citrus fruit named after the Italian city of Bergamo, in which its oil was first sold. Today, it is cultivated in the southern party of Italy, as well as in parts of South America, with the Italian bergamot being prized for its quality. The use of bergamot spans across Europe and Asia. The fruit isn’t often eaten...

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Exploring Aromatherapy for Children

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Exploring Aromatherapy for Children

The plastic or rubber of your raincoat as you splashed in puddles. Hot dogs, clay, and freshly mowed grass on the little league ballfield. Warm flannel pajamas. Soapy bubbles. Earthy mud pies. Juicy blackberries that stained your fingers and cheeks. As a child, we all have so many scents that we associate with our memories. In fact, our memory of those scents of our youth can be incredibly powerful! But as parents, it can be a little harder for us to recognize what scent can do for our little ones - including how we can use it to our child’s...

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Spotlight On: Peppermint

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Spotlight On: Peppermint

For troubled tummies or senses in need of invigoration, there’s nothing better than the scent of peppermint. As a cross between watermint and spearmint, this indigenous and highly aromatic herb to Europe and the Middle East is now widely spread and cultivated around the globe. The use of peppermint for medicinal and aromatic purposes dates back thousands of years - to 1,000 B.C. In fact, historical accounts dating back to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine mention mint as a remedy in teas to soothe digestion and in the exploration of Egyptian pyramids, peppermint oil was found. Additionally, in Greek...

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The Smell of Birth: How Moms & Babies Bond

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The Smell of Birth: How Moms & Babies Bond

Our sense of smell is so important for telling and understand our own life stories. We use scent to build memories, recognize warning signs, and explore the world around us. But when it comes to the creation of new life, scent is an amazing component of birth and the bond between mother and baby. Every mother will claim that birth has a specific scent, but research into the scent of giving birth has been a challenge. While it’s hard to define that specific scent, which many describe as musky or potent, the hormonal effects are well-noted. Some medical professionals, birthing...

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