I get this question at shows. People love the smell of the swatches I take with me and use for my "Stretch and Sniff" promotion. I show them that I spray the fabric with the Re-infusing Spray, a spray that I give you when you purchase a Set, along with the Re-infusing Whipped Soap.
So, what makes a scent and what role does it play in Sanctuary Innerwear garments?
Scents or aromas are generated by aromatic oils in the plant, such as alkaloids, and we know that essential oils contain them. In the hydro-distillation process, which I use to make the Re-infusing Spray and Soap, the steam rises and most of the oils are left behind in the pot. Therefor, the scent is less intense in my Re-infusing Sprays than it would be in an essential oil. However, there is still a gentle aromatic reminder of each plant that I use in my blends, and this helps to bring the intention back to the mind of the wearer as she goes about her day, and especially after re-infusing.
Now let's consider another, less obvious benefit of plants embedded into clothing: the therapeutic benefits. The constituents of the plant which calm, energize, clarify, or warm are actually chemicals in the plant itself. These have dissolved in water and many of them have entered the hydrosol, and therefor, the garment. These are numerous: rose contains over 400 different chemicals, clary sage around 250, and lavender over 100 ("Hydrosols: the Next Aromatherapy" by Suzanne Catty, 2001).
Now, I'm not making any claims, but who is to say that these healing compounds are not being transferred through osmosis from the hydrosol (and the Whipped Soap) through your garment to you?
Here's what I can claim, however: I am doing everything possible to situate and maintain healthful plant constituents next to your skin and under your nose :)
Three jars of 100% pure distillate of herbs (hydrosols). Each jar is the distillate of a single herb (the need to label is great!). Then I blend these hydrosols to infuse the garments and make the Re-infusing Spray. No water is ever added.
I'm the designer and creator of
a line of hand made clothing worn next to the skin which imparts goodness from plants through the hand-dyed and infused fabric.