100% PURE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
For this collaboration I wanted to create an aromatic concept that showed a juxtaposition between two distinct groups of essential oils: the first group light and volatile; the second heavy and lingering.
The blend allows the two contrasting groups – six essential oils in total – to work together in synergy. Each essential oil has its place and a role to play. None take over and none disappear into the blend, but rather complement and enhance each other in their respective lightness and heaviness.
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) is a darling. It’s fresh and earthy, (a little) floral and (a lot) lemony. It’s gentle on you. It’s a top note that shows up quickly and I’ve held it back a little so the blend doesn’t smell too bushy. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) masterfully uplifts. Its bitter floral notes hide behind a lovely, uplifting citrusy top. Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium amara) is delightfully complex – the essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, which also produces Orange essential oil from the fruit and Neroli essential oil from the blossoms. Petitgtrain smells citrusy, woody and floral – all at the same time. It feels safe, hopeful and soothing.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is a safe place. It’s one of those essential oils we all love. Clean, fresh, earthy, woody, spicy-sweet. Soothing and meditative, as it stills the mind and effortlessly invites in tranquillity. Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) is solid. A gentle camphoraceous top note and sweet woody-balsamic undertone. It feels warm and grounding. Like the majestic cedarwood tree, the essential oil brings with it a strengthening and stabilising presence. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) is a true love. Thick and viscous; representative of its intense smoky, earthy, woody aroma. Like the root system Vetiver is derived from, the essential oil smells and feels grounding, earthy and comforting. This marvellous essential oil holds all the others in place, beautifully.
ABOUT JULIA ARMSTRONG AND INTERCONNECTED
Each carefully selected artist has been commissioned to present a relationship between two distinct bodies of work within the same medium - a functional sculpture and a complementary wall piece that connect and converse with each other.
Participating artists have been given full freedom of conveyed message, form, colour and technique. The showcased works are bound only by the requirement that they effortlessly integrate into everyday life, while authentically embodying each artist's unique voice.