Series: "If I Knew Then..." #4 Finding Zen in West Hollywood Traffic


Melt into Zen

I listed a new product in my store today. It’s a roller oil fragrance that I custom make, by hand. Trying to describe a scent through words on a website is kind of impossible, so I told the story of the scent in the product description. I thought I’d post it here too, since it’s a tale from my design life in Los Angeles.

Years ago, I worked as the packaging designer at an aromatherapy company in West Hollywood. This was long before essential oils were popular, so I had little knowledge of which oil did what, all I knew was that they smelled good.

Stressed out in LA

For anyone who's familiar with Los Angeles, you understand the traffic, and what a nightmare it is. One morning, when I was driving to work, traffic was especially congested. It took me forever to get to the office, and even longer to find parking. By the time I got to my office, I was a stressed out mess. All of that melted away as soon as I walked in the door and the scent of the oils hit my nose. It was like magic. 

When essential oils became more readily available, I started buying them and diffusing them in my house and sharing their benefits with friends. All of the knowledge that I learned while working at the aromatherapy company was so beneficial and friends always commented on how relaxing my home was.

Olfactory Memory

One afternoon while I was randomly blending my oils to diffuse in my studio, the vision of that day in traffic in West Hollywood, and the scent of the office releasing all of my stress, hit me like a ton of bricks! I had long forgotten that day, but olfactory memory is amazing and I had recreated the scent without even trying. I quickly wrote down exactly what I had used and duplicated it into a roller oil that I would carry in my purse. 

Whenever I wear this oil, I get tons of questions about it. "What scent is that?" "That's such a beautiful scent!" "That smells so relaxing!" "That smells like a spa!" "Where can I get that?" I've even had delivery men ask me what smells so good when I diffuse this blend in my studio. One gentlemen came right up to the door and said, "What IS that!? It smells so good in there!"

This has become my signature scent. It's a relaxing blend of rosemary, lavender, vetiver, orange and ylang ylang in a coconut oil base.

Pebbles Pave our Way

Out of chaos came creativity. It’s these moments of our lives that seem so “everyday” and basic, but are all actually pebbles paving our path. If one pebble is off, our path wouldn’t be the same. And, if we didn’t collect all these “meaningless” pebbles along the way, we wouldn’t be able to build a path. It’s only when we look back and see how many pebbles we have gathered that we can really see how important each second of our life is. I never thought that a moment dealing with traffic, followed by a quick, calming scent, would turn into more than that. I love the way life weaves itself in and out and comes back around again.

LUX Signature Scent Roller Oil Perfume Fragrance

LUX Signature Scent Roller Oil Perfume FragranceIf you’d like to purchase a roller oil, click here! Carry this happy little roller of relaxation with you for a whiff of zen whenever you need a moment to just breathe and escape the stressors of the day. Take a little spa retreat and let the tension blissfully melt away.

See ya tomorrow.

- - -

Want tips delivered to your mailbox? Sign up for my newsletter below and receive Monday Morning Motivation!

AND, Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @theviviennelux for daily work in progress posts.

Leave a comment

Name .
Message .