Joy in January - a three-day blogging event to help you deal with your SAD-ness this month.
The Natural Perfumers Guild is an association of perfumers, suppliers and associates dedicated to the use of 100% natural aromatics. Whether it be a perfume, body spray, soap, candle, lotion or other fragrance product, we concoct them with one goal in mind - to exalt the beauty of the product by adding a gorgeous scent.
The Joy in January project is fourteen of the Guild members blogging about how naturally-scented products may help alleviate the depression and lethargy that often overcomes folks who live in dark, cold northern climates. The lack of sunlight during the short days of autumn and winter is a real problem, and those afflicted with this problem are said to suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Please read what we share with you about our reaction to the SAD phenemona, and leave comments on our blogs to be entered to win some SAD-alleviating naturally fragrance products from the Guild.
Here's a story about my recollection of what I decided, as a very young child, was a seasonal funk relieved by hoiday lights.
I was about ten years old, and walking up the hill from my aunt's house, where I had just lit the candles on the Hanukkah menorah, on maybe the fifth day of the Festival of Lights. I don't remember exactly, but the lights were enough in number to bring real cheerfulness to the menorah, so let's say about day five. It was very dark and cold, and the streets were empty of cars or people. Many windows had colorful strings of Christmas lights, others had the electric Hanukkah candles. They were the only cheerful bits on that cold December night. I suddenly realized that the Festival of Lights and Christmas came at the time of year that people needed some brightness and a cause to celebrate. Winters in Philadelphia were dismal and boring, and these festive times banished some of the grimness. No recognition of the next month, January, seeped into my thoughts, I was focused on the bright lights and parties of December. I remember that walk up 59th Street like it was yesterday.
I left Philly when I was a teen to live in Berkeley, mostly because I didn't like the gray and cold and dirt of the city. Years later we began to hear about SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder, a real medical condition that brings depression, weight gain, physical inactivity and worse to those deprived of sunlight in the short, winter days, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.
Now here it is January, and the holiday credit card bills are rolling in, and there are no lights, no holiday, nothing to lighten the load of those with SAD - well, the Guild is here to try to help!
In the years since the recognition of SAD as a real malady, thousands of articles have been written on the subject, and an entire industry - the production of SAD-relieving lights, has developed. If you suffer from SAD, you are prescribed to have the light on a certain number of hours a day.
*According to the Mayo Clinic:
Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
I'd like to add to those three modalities some beautiful scents in the form or aromatherapy and perfumery. The logo for Joy in January shows our muse, Flora, basking in the radiant light of an arc of suns. The suns have flowers hidden in them, to signify the power of sunlight to make our beloved flowers grow. The sense of smell is the one sense we can't "turn off", as it is always on. Even in deep sleep, a scent can awake us, be it fire or flower.
The flowers and citruses in my most sunny of perfumes, my Light perfume, will bring a smile to the face of any SAD-sufferer. Bright and brilliant, the citron and yellow grapefruit are light and scent captured in an essence. Frankincense is proven to aid in uplifting the mental state, and the lemony beauty of aglaia flower captures the heart of the perfume, and will warm the heart of the lucky winner in the draw on Thursday.
|Image courtesy of Fragrantica|
Some ideas for letting the Light go to work for you: Spray some on a woolen scarf, or spray on your upper body as you dress, and it will softly release it's scent all day. Use a tiny bit in a diffuser, or mix some in a lotion. Don't forget your hair! A spray on your hair will give you a puff of scent each time you move. Or, of course, use it straight sprayed on your skin as an EdP. Maybe spray your hands before you put your gloves on - you'll get a lovely burst of scent when you remove them. Don't forget your pillow at night - sweet dreams.
Prizes will be mailed to winners in the USA, Canada and the EU only. You will find bloggers in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Vietnam, so please check their mailing policies.
1. You, the poster can post as anonymous, but that will make you ineligible for the drawing.
2. I'd love it if you sign up for my newsletter, or "like" my page on Facebook, but that isn't a requirement of this blog. Please just leave a comment that shares your difficulty with SAD. We need to get the word out there so others reading this may recognize the disorder has aromatherapy and natural perfumery as an alternative healing modality.
3 I do want you to leave your first name or a nickname, ISP (eg., gmail) and location. That way, when I announce the win, and you reply, I'll be sure I have the right person.
PS: in full disclosure, I don't suffer from SAD. Tomorrow I'll tell you my story of living for five years in the North American city with the least amount of sun, and what I observed in the residents of that city.
Ambrosia Jones http://perfumebynature.blogspot.com
Charna Ethier http://www.providenceperfume.com/blogs/news
Christi Meshell http://www.matriarch.biz/blog.html
Clemence Barbier http://www.dameclemence.blogspot.com
Elise Pearlstine http://bellyflowers.blogspot.com
Emily Pienaar http://www.roseenbos.com/category/blog
JoAnne Bassett http://www.joannebassett.com/natural_perfumes
Joyce Noerr http://sororiaorganics.blogspot.com/
Karen Williams http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/blog/
Liz Cook http://oneseedperfumes.wordpress.com
Noelle Smith http://ellenoire.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Vinson http://www.stephanieknaturals.com/blog/
Susan Stype http://www.aromatherapycontessa.com