About Book

“I vividly recall the delights of using essential oils for the first time. Bathing in Chamomile-scented waters, misting my face with Orange Blossom floral water, and moisturising my body with Jojoba infused with the beautiful perfume of Jasmine.”

With a focus on the use of essential oils for self-care, A Scented Life invites you to relish the experience of aromatherapy and explore ways of using scent to enhance your everyday lifestyle.

Whether at home alone, sharing confined spaces with loved ones, or running a home office, the book offers recipes to lift mood, detox the body, promote balance and renew vitality.

Apart from its beauty, the book offers a comprehensive summary of the basics in aromatherapy. Although very personal and close to Pat’s heart, it touches on a broad range of areas of interest for the reader.

A Scented Life is a delightful voyage of discovery into the senses and the power of scent. It traces the evolution of aromatic substances and their use as incense, medicine, perfume and ritual. It explores the many ways to use essential oils for pleasure, to increase confidence, support meditation practice, combat fatigue and above all de-stress. It keeps building on information to provide a deeper and richer understanding of the complexity of aromatic essences and their use for mind, body and soul.

The book is an easy access guide crafted for those starting out their aromatherapy journey. It begins with the history of this ancient practice along with an overview of essential oils and how they work. It outlines an accessible summary of scent groupings, zesty, woody, spicy and resinous (including a dedicated section on Precious Petals, Pat’s favourites) before outlining blending techniques, complete with an essential oil starter kit to help send you on your way.

The Inhale Chart is at the book’s heart, offering blends for diffusion for everyday enjoyment with a focus on the impact of aroma on mind and mood. It is followed by applications for massage, bathing and skincare, as well as health and wellbeing, complete with recipes for each method outlined. The Women’s Health chapter discusses essential oil use in the context of motherhood, menopause and ageing well, while the Essential oil Toolkit provides an invaluable overview of the most widely used essential oils, complete with suggested applications to treat specific ailments.

About the Author

“It all started with a trip to Bali and a bottle of Jasmine oil. I knew nothing about aromatherapy at the time, yet one breath of that exotic sweet scent was to change the course of my life forever. Within a decade, I left my chosen career teaching English in Sydney and moved to Melbourne to take up a position as head of education for what was to become one of Australia’s leading aromatherapy companies. The rest is history.”

Pat Princi-Jones is a Melbourne based aromatherapy advocate and specialist. She is best known for her engaging and inspiring teachings on the therapeutic power of essential oils in the aromatherapy retail sector throughout Australasia. Her portfolio includes guest speaker at universities, hospitals and industry seminars to consider the growing role of essential oils for health and wellbeing.

Using her teaching background, Pat goes to the heart of what it is to use these aromatic liquids. Her focus is always on practical hands-on use from diffusing essential oils to blending them together. She brings to life the many rituals in aromatherapy through her anecdotes, demonstrations and handy tips.

“To this day I vividly recall the delights of using essential oils for the first time. Bathing in Chamomile-scented waters, soaking my feet in cooling Peppermint, misting my face with Orange Blossom floral water and moisturising my body with Jojoba infused with the beautiful perfume of Jasmine, were all part of the sensory experience on that island holiday.”

Pat has kept abreast of current trends in the industry and her commitment to upholding the principles of safe practice in this fast-growing natural therapy has never wavered.

She remains an advocate and inspiring voice in aromatherapy.

''The desire to demystify the learning and provide an accessible and beautiful rendition of aromatherapy for the beginner, first inspired me to write a Scented Life. I wanted to recreate the beauty and magic of aromatherapy on the page. This book is very dear to my heart."

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Pat’s formal credentials and memberships include:

Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education (English/History) UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Aromatherapy 1, Australian College of Natural Medicine Melbourne
Cert 1V in Training and Assessment, TAE40110, HBA Learning Centres, Victoria
Advanced Aromatic Formulating: Aminya Natural therapies College, Qld
Associate member of IAAMA, International Aromatherapy & Aromatic Medicine Association