VDay 101: How to Set the Mood for Romance
We could all use a little more love. Whether it’s loving yourself, your community, family, chosen family, or a romantic partner.
It’s easy to get swept up in the commercial excitement of Valentine’s Day (who doesn’t like sparkly things and chocolate?). But real romance is all about love and connection.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner can be as simple as setting the mood for intimacy and making time for each other. Creating sensual, loving vibes that encourage connecting with your partner and becoming closer.
Diffusing essential oils and just a few simple steps can help you create a romantic, intimate spa atmosphere to relax and enjoy each other. And if you’re not celebrating with a partner this year? Self-love is just as (and maybe even more) important!
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone else or not, confidence is sexy! When you’re feeling good about yourself your beauty shines from the inside out, and your heart is open to new experiences.
The first thing to do to set the mood for your Valentine’s Day celebration is to take the time to treat yourself. Try a new skin care routine that leaves you glowing, do your favorite yoga flow, or just dance around to your favorite songs.
Essential oils have been used in skin care since they’ve been around (which is a seriously long time.) Making your own essential oil face serum is a simple ritual to show yourself some TLC and take care of your skin.
Before you try any of these recipes, remember to do a small skin patch test to check for allergies. It’s a good rule of thumb to do this any time you’re using new essential oils or carrier oils for the first time. While a natural oil may be considered very gentle, everyone’s body is unique.
Love Your Skin DIY Face Serum
Why you need this serum: Jojoba oil is lightweight, fast absorbing, moisturizing and very gentle on sensitive skin. Lavender essential oilis great for helping redness and blotchiness while tea tree essential oil cleanses to help prevent breakouts.
Ingredients & Supplies
2 Tbsp jojoba oil
7 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops tea tree essential oil
1. In a small clean dish or bottle mix jojoba and essential oils
2. After washing, cleansing and toning, use your cotton ball to apply all over face. Avoid getting in eyes, nostrils or mouth.
3. Allow a few minutes to absorb before applying any makeup or other products.
Set the Mood of the Space with Lighting
Ambiance is everything, and lighting has a huge impact on any space. Firstly, ditch any bright fluorescent lighting. Not only is fluorescent lighting harsh and unflattering, but it also feels cold and impersonal.
Soft lighting is more flattering and makes a space feel cozy and intimate. Candles are always a great choice to warm up a room. If you’re concerned open flames or need a little more light, a Himalayan salt lamp is also a romantic choice.
Himalayan salt lamps are gorgeous natural crystal, plus they have a warm inviting glow that’s soothing and romantic. The fire and earth elements represented in a Himalayan salt lamp encourage passion, warmth and harmony..
No, Really: Set. The. Mood.
Lighting is a great first step, but don’t underestimate the power of scent to set the scene for romance. Aromatherapy candles and diffusing essential oils can totally change the feel and energy of a space.
Exploring different essential oil aromas with your partner is a fun way to get to know each other’s likes and dislikes. You can even create a unique diffuser blend for just the two of you.
Science has also discovered that smell and memory are very closely linked. Diffusing your partner’s favorite essential oils or blends you create together can be a powerful reminder of your love.
For maximum romance, you can always diffuse the sexiest of all essential oils: lavender. Lavender flowers and essential oils have a long tradition as a symbol of love and lust, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt and Cleopatra (of course).
But it’s not all history and lore. Modern research also suggests lavender essential oil is the most sexually arousing scent. Literally. A study by neurosurgeons determined lavender scents actually have physically measurable effects on male sexual response.
So not only is lavender super relaxing, but it turns out it’s a real-life aphrodisiac.
Relax and Have Fun
When you’re creating a space for connection and closeness, the only tension you should be feeling is the sexual kind. Don’t let stress and anxiousness stick around like uninvited guests.
Essential oil aromatherapy is a fantastic way to relax. You may even be already using essential oils to relax and unwind in your daily routine. Essential oil spa treatments can help you and your partner relax together.
Drawing a bath with soothing bath bombs and natural body scrubs feels luxurious and sensuous, while also having the added benefit of relaxing the body. Following up with a massage continues the relaxation and just plain feels good!
Using nourishing carrier oils like jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil or rosehip oil for massage not only feels good, but leave skin feeling soft and oh-so-touchable.
Make it Special
Carrier oils are ideal for massage because they’re so good for skin, but you can also add essential oils for a custom aromatherapy experience. You can use your partner’s favorite essential oils, and of course lavender essential oil for maximum seduction.
When it comes to romance and love, rosemary essential oil is another one of our favorite essential oils to use in blends and recipes. Closely associated with the heart chakra, rosemary essential oil can be used in aromatherapy to encourage feelings of openness and compassion.
Open Your Heart DIY Massage Oil
Ingredients & Supplies
4 Tbsp fractionated coconut oil (FCO)
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
Small dark glass bottle for mixing and storing.
1. Add FCO and essential oils to bottle, cap tightly and shake to mix well.
2. Rub a quarter sized dollop of the mixture between the palms of your hands.
3. Massage onto skin in wide circular motions.
4. Add more oil to hands as necessary
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