My recent passion revolves around essential oils. I was becoming increasing tired at work and at home, and to my great relief, aromatherapy has helped tremendously. Aromatherapy is the use of 100% natural and pure essential oils extracted from flowers, barks, leaves, fruit peel or other parts of the plant. Not only are they simple pleasures, the inhalation of these oils is believed to have holistic, powerful effects on the mind and body.
There are several ways to diffuse essential oils. For safety reasons, I wanted a product that is heat-free and can switch off automatically. I spend a lot of time in air-conditioning, hence also wanted something that can inject some moisture into the air.
Novita’s Ultrasonic Diffuser ($129) fits the bill. The device utilizes ultrasonic technology to dissipate essential oils and water in the form of a fine mist of tiny particles. The machine produces a gentle sound of trickling water (much like a mini decorative waterfall) which soothes the mind. This is especially helpful when I’m struggling to fall asleep.
Using the measuring cup provided, add water into the bowl, followed by 4-6 drops of essential oils. Do be cautious with the cover as its breakable. There are other models with plastic covers available. Once there is insufficient water in the bowl, the device turns off. The metal plate has a lifespan of 3000 hours and can be conveniently replaced by yourself for $5. The Novita counter at Tangs Orchard stocks the metal plate replacement, which has instructions on how to remove the old plate and install the new plate it. Just be sure to prepare the exact amount of money for the Novita staff as this sale does not go through Tangs cashier counter.
Functions are pretty basic. Press on the “light” button to activate the light, which changes color every few seconds. “Mist” mode diffusers continuously for 4 hours, before switching off automatically. If you’d like intermittent diffusion, hit the bottom button for 30-second interval diffusion.
These are fragrance oils, not to be confused with essential oils. They’re synthetic. Apart from the words “fragrance oil”, another way to differentiate them is their bottle. Essential oils can be damaged by light hence are always store in dark colored glass bottles. This problem is absent in fragrance oils, hence the clear glass bottle. From left to right- The Body Shop Home Fragrance Oil in Pomegranate & Raspberry, Jasmine & Frangipani, Sandalwood & Ginger ($10.90 each) and Crabtree and Evelyn Summer Hill Home Fragrance Oil ($18).
While browsing at Robinsons Orchard, I chanced upon a New Zealand brand The Aromatherapy Co. I bought Wild Mint & Bergamot ($35) which stimulate the senses for the study, and Lavender, Manuka and Wild Chamomile ($35) for insomnia. While the blends are unique, the aromas were too faint for my liking.
With footprints in 12 countries, Mount Sapola is certainly going from strength to strength. In Singapore alone, there are 13 conveniently located stores packed with essential oils, reed diffusers, plus aromatherapy skincare and body care products. What I appreciate are the informative displays illustrating the benefits and origins of the ingredients, as well as the knowledgeable sales assistants.
Throat is a mixture of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil, which improve ailments such as sore throat, tonsillitis, neck and shoulder pain. Comprising of Vanilla and Grapefruit, Stress Relief balances emotions, the mind and relaxes the body. When writing, I’m fond of Rosemary and Grapefruit combination. Rosemary clears the mind and increase metal alertness while Grapefruit has uplifting, refreshing and energizing properties. Mount Sapola’s Grapefruit is white grapefruit; pink grapefruit posses a sweeter note but I’ve yet to encounter the latter. These 4 oils retail at $23.90 each.
I have also purchased from Wil Essentials on Qoo10. I travelled all the way to their office/warehouse at Bedok North to check out their oils. Different species of a plant posses different scent profile so you’ll need to take a whiff in order to know whether you like the aroma.
Another blend I’m fond of is Lime & Peppermint; it improves concentration and mental clarity. After a long, hard day, I can’t wait to immerse myself in Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Sandalwood to unwind before bedtime. Each bottle cost $10.90.
A point to note, I doubt Wil Essential’s Sandalwood is Santalum album, highly sought after for its therapeutic benefits. Despite this, its aroma is heavy enough to help me drift into a deep slumber. Its becoming increasing difficult to find Santalum album because resources are dwindling. If you’re looking for Santalum album, to my knowledge, the only place that stocks them at the moment is Mount Sapola. And it’s priced at $79.90 for 2ml. If you’re keen to find out more about Sandalwood, this website has a comprehensive write-up.