Of all the senses, smell is the one I count on most when it comes to checking in with how I feel about something. My tastes change, my sight has a selective memory, and my hearing tends to be contextual. (Granted, these are all vague blanket statements, but bear with me.) Smell is the one thing that never changes for me. It is directly connected to my heart, metaphorically speaking. Familiar scents bring me back to a place and time and new ones immediately root me in the present. To this end, when I wear a scent on my skin, it is always a natural oil that reminds me to be myself. After all, nothing helps us stay connected to ourselves than our own skin.
Issa Dixon is an aromatherapist with a wealth of horticultural knowledge who launched her own line of essential oils, Hollow & Ridge. Dixon’s three signature blends, Calm, Arouse, and Balance are a carefully curated trio of therapeutic and beautiful smelling concoctions that bring the best of nature to the palm of your hand. Handcrafted in small batches, Hollow & Ridge oils are a surefire way to stop and smell the roses (or vetiver and lavender, as the case may be.)