When I was a child, my neighbor’s 20 foot tall Lilac bush bloomed under my bedroom window. The intoxication aroma perfumed my dreams on early summer nights.
Several years ago we received a sample of this rare extract, and declined to import it. The aroma was just too weak. But my friend and mentor Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes teaches its use, so I decided to try again. What a difference. The undiluted (and very solid) Total Extract is still too mildly scented, but we warmed a wee bit, warmed 90% Organic Jojoba Oil (by weight, not volume) and ah! the difference. It is still softly and subtly scented, but definitely Lilac. It will never be an assertive aroma, never overwhelm the space you are in, but we find it lovely, subtle, and evocative.
A drop of the diluted extract on my wrist, and the warmth of my skin brings the aroma I remember from my childhood.
Madeleine recommends using the essence at only two or three %, and says that this lovely Lilac essence is “relaxing, soothing, and harmonizing. It is said to promote love and optimism, to be sweetly relaxing.
I believe it is an instant nostalgia trip for those who grew up near lilac bushes. For me, it is a destressor. It is said to be helpful in blends for grief, for issues with unconditional love. I defy anyone to breath this sweet essence and not smile.
A rare delight.
CofA Undiluted Extract: