For centuries some of the world's finest perfumes have been traditionally blended from pure essential oils; this is especially true of the use of flower extracts. They have some distinct benefits over the chemically engineered department store colognes and perfumes, not to mention having a more pleasing scent than the synthetic aromas, found particularly the cheaper perfumes. Essential oils have been used for ages in a practice called aromatherapy which uses the beneficial properties of the oils to treat ailments, and promote overall health and emotional well being. Each individual oil has a relaxing, stimulating or uplifting property. Certain oils, such as Lavender and Bergamot, may have more than one of these properties, helping to balance body systems and emotional states. A big part of the charm of essential oils is their ability to improve everything from acne to water retention. One of the most popular reasons to practice aromatherapy is for the effective reduction of stress. There are many forms of stress; anxiety, mild shock, headaches, depression, mental fatigue and insomnia are some of its well known manifestations. Oils such as Basil, Geranium, Cedarwood and Chamomile, to name a few, are great at helping to counteract the harmful effects of stress. The healthful benefits of essential oils alone make natural perfumes a far superior choice over mass produced, designer varieties. Quite a few of the oils which are rather popular in the making of natural perfumes are known for their sensual properties. From Neroli, whose sweet and fresh scent has a fortifying effect that helps overcome shyness and reduce inhibitions to Vanilla and powerful Rose, the quintessential oil for lovers, these natural, aromatic plant oils can really have some potent effects on intimacy. As well as the healthful benefits offered through the incorporation of essential oils in perfumes are the benefits you gain due to what is not present. Just the word "natural" should tell you that this type of perfume is essentially better for you. The absence of harsh and needless chemicals in your perfume is definitely a plus. In addition to these great benefits, there is still something else. You can have natural perfumes custom made to suit your preferences and body chemistry (we all know, the perfume that smells so good on your best friend smells totally different on you). Try going to your favorite department store and asking for a customized fragrance from Elizabeth Arden....I am sure it will be an interesting experience, but it certainly will not be a fruitful one! If you decide to have a go at creating your own natural perfumes, one custom perfumer you will definately want to check out is JoAnne Bassett. She has a great selection to choose from as well as a kit that will allow you to create your own custom perfume. Experimenting with perfume creation on your own has its pros and cons. Luckily, JoAnne has taken out all of the frustration and chances for mishaps by offering you this kit. I think I'll go get smelly!