Been Hitting the Bottle Lately

I apologize to anyone who had hoped for a juicier blog post based on the title. But I actually mean this bottle:


This mixture of tea tree oil and peppermint is such a treat to my senses. I can’t begin to describe just how soothing it is. I look forward to using it every day. But I had to delve into why it brightens my mood. So, I turned to Google and found this article from Mayo Clinic, which states:

Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.

Uh okay. But why these particular oils? I wondered. So, I read this article from and this one at Healthline. In a section called, “Which Essential Oils Are Best?” the article at listed the two oils mentioned earlier in this post, plus some others you can note if you click on the above link. Peppermint oil has been used for headaches. It supposedly helps relax the muscles. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, is used for things like acne and dandruff. So I’m still not sure why the combination of tea tree oil and peppermint is so magical.

Don’t worry. This is not a sales pitch for aromatherapy, regardless of the health benefits these article mention. I’m just delighted by the experience of a good smell and how certain scents have an emotional association.

For example, I can’t help recalling Mom’s Chanel N°5, a cologne she wore when I was a kid. The scent of that cologne to this day makes me feel safe and loved. The smell of English Leather—my dad’s after shave—gives me that feeling of consistency. Such a day in day out sort of smell.

What do you look forward to every day? What scents evoke an emotional reaction within you? While you think of that, Charles and Lori, think of what you’re getting at Amazon, ’cause you will each receive and Amazon card! Please comment below to confirm.

English Leather from Etsy. Chanel image from frangrantica. Other photos by L. Marie.

37 thoughts on “Been Hitting the Bottle Lately

  1. I use a lot of aromatherapy. Lavender and peppermint have always been one two of my favorites. The smell of chlorine always takes me back to endless summers spent in the swimming pool with my best friend. We both had a pool in our back yard, so we would “pool hop.” Right now, I’m so thankful to have grown up during a more carefree time.

  2. I have never smelled this particular combination. Tea tree oil on its own is rather . . . pungent. Perhaps the peppermint smooths it out? I imagine that it is invigorating.
    I love the smell of a walk in the woods. That’s invigorating too.

  3. I have a Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt candle sitting on my desk in the home study. Each day during this pandemic I’ve made a point to sniff it, sometimes light it. The reason being I read that your sense of smell disappears when you get COVID-19 so I figure as long as I can smell this candle I’m healthy. 🤷‍♀️

    • Wow. I didn’t know that was one of the byproducts of COVID. How sad. I’m glad you have that candle as a tester, Ally. It sounds really wonderful. What a great combination. The body creme sells for $95 on Amazon! Made me laugh. 😀

  4. Congrats to Charles and Lori!
    I think you know what I look forward to each morning – yep that’s right, my cuppa dark roast Sumatra beans freshly ground and brewed with filtered water…can’t you just smell that morning aroma wafting through your own kitchen?
    Funny about the Chanel #5…Dad always got this for Ma on her birthday (always pointing out it was not #9!). It was his only ‘fancy’ gift I’d ever seen him give to anyone ever. And yes, when she’d wear it (Mass, family times out, but not as anything everyday) that was ***her***

    • Mom was given that either for her birthday or their wedding anniversary. She would only use a tiny bit. But it would fill the room. I loved that smell.

      What a great coffee. I can just smell it. So rich. I am drinking a flavor of coffee called Bananas Foster. So yummy. 😀

  5. Hi Miss L. Thank you for the wonderful gift. It is so generous of you.
    They say that scents can be powerful on the memory. Being that it’s spring, there are two scents that come to my mind. Lilacs have my favorite scent. They take me back to playing on our old rusty swing set next to my bff’s (next door neighbor’s) lilac bush in the back yard. The other scent is Coppertone suntan lotion, but only the original scent. It reminds me of the public pool that same bff and I used to go to as kids (and had a crush on the lifeguard).

    I melt candle warmer wax, and there is one called “sand and sun” that smells just like Coppertone. Love it.

    • Is your email still the same?
      We had a lilac bush in the backyard at the house when I was growing up. There is one outside my window right now. It takes me back to childhood.
      I think of the rusty swing set at the park near that house. Such memories!

      • Yes, my email is the same. If you know of someone who might be in need, you can send it off to someone else. I thank you for your kindness. Hope you’re staying warm today.

  6. This post hits the spot for me because I’m “nosy” too. Years ago, I wouldn’t go to church or other formal occasion without a spritz of scent.

    My mother wore Evening in Paris, a fact included somewhere in my memoir. My husband has worn English Leather, and now I’m in love with Calvin Klein’s Euphoria.This morning I sprayed it on some fake flowers – ha! By the way, scent is the sense most associated with memory.

    I like your punny title. I’d read your post anyway, but this drew me in, for sure. Tea tree oil is great for mood adjustment, but I like it for other the medicinal qualities. Melaleuca sells tea tree oil which I keep in the medicine cabinet and in our car to treat insect bites or rashes immediately. Thanks, L. Marie!

    • Evening in Paris! That brings back memories, Marian. 😀 I remember that fragrance. Mom had that too! So lovely! She kept her good perfume in her room, but the rest in the bathroom. 😀

      Will have to smell Euphoria! (That would make an interesting post title.)

  7. There are a couple of scents that remind me of the bubble baths I occasionally took when I was a kid: lilac and gardenia.

    The first whiffs of autumn and also of spring are so pleasant. My immediate feeling is, oh! I remember that smell. and it brings me back to seasons past.

    • Love autumn smells! I remember the days when we used to burn leaves. Also think about the smell of apple and caramel. 😀
      I also think of Mr. Bubble. We used that a lot when I was a kid.

  8. Thanks for the memories, LM!

    My grandfather’s house in Vermont had a signature scent. I inherited a piece of furniture that had resided there for years. All I have to do is open up the drawer and one sniff takes me back to childhood visits to Vermont.

    Same with balsam fir pillows which take me back to visits to Maine ~×5-covered-bridge-trees-pine-sachet-scented-lodge-style/

    Glad you found a scent that makes sense to you! And congrats to Charles and Lori.

    • Awww. What a great pillow! And Vermont is so lovely. I miss traveling there for school. Every time I think of maple, I think of Vermont. When I think of cedar, I think of childhood. My mother had a cedar box. I used to love opening it because of the smell of the wood. 😀

    • Hope you don’t mind my stepping into your conversation. I have a balsam fir pillow that I bring out every year at Christmastime and leave out until spring. I have had this pillow for 30 some years, purchased at a small gift shop attached to a restaurant. Several friends and I bought them, used them for gifts, and all kept on for ourselves. It still smells wonderfully of forest and reminds me of friends. 🙂

    • It is, for the good or the bad. I remember getting sick on fruit cake when I was a kid. Just the smell of one used to trigger that bad memory. Not so much now, but for years!

  9. It’s interesting how certain smells can trigger a memory or bring us back to childhood bliss. I love the smell of blossoms in spring and of pine trees in the forest. And, of homemade baked goods in the oven. Too bad there is a shortage of flour these months!

  10. My mom used to wear Jean Nate … a bit too much but she loved it. My first “real” boyfriend wore English Leather and for years after we were no longer an item, the scent of English leather would send me back in time. Smells are evocative and sometimes provocative. I like earthy tones like vanilla or sandalwood or coconut in my body care lotions. They calm me down. I think it’s wonderful that you have these scents that are soothing, especially in these times.

  11. I’ve always loved the scent of lily-of-the-valley. I mentioned it to Jennifer the spring a year before her wedding as we walked among the patch in our garden. She decided to carry these jewels on her wedding day. Those in attendance still remark how as she passed down the aisle the lovely scent followed her.

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