Our sense of smell is our most primitive aid to courtship, and it is willing to be seduced by an incredible range of aromas, from musky body odors to the grassy scents of various herbs, the sultry aroma of frankincense, and the sweet fragrances of flowers. Scents can soothe you, arouse you, intrigue you, remind you, alarm you, and even disgust you. They are very deeply linked to the emotions and can elicit profound physiological effects.
Dusting powders have a definite allure, seducing you with their silky-soft texture, subtle scent, and touch of old-fashioned elegance and grace. A well made powder can add a little luxury and velvety smoothness to your skin that you can’t get from lotions or oils alone, while keeping you dry and reducing body odor. I like to package my fragrant powders in glass shaker jars, cardboard powder tubes, antique lidded glass bowls, fancy tins, or beautiful wooden boxes. A soft powder puff makes the perfect applicator (I always keep one in my own blue glass powder bowl), though of course you can also simply shake a bit of powder into your hands and gently apply it to your chest, underarms, or any other parts you desire to pleasantly scent and keep dry.
Vanilla Spice Body Powder
This silky powder has a round, full, sensual, spicy fragrance that appeals to both men and women. It’s quite heavenly and doesn’t overwhelm the senses.
Makes about 2½ cups
- 1¾ cups cornstarch or arrowroot powder, preferably organic
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons vanilla bean powder, or 50 drops vanilla (CO2) essential oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- Combine the cornstarch, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and nutmeg in a large bowl or food processor. Gently whisk together or pulse in the food processor for 15 seconds, until well blended. If needed, pass the powder through a flour sifter or sieve to remove any gritty spice bits. Store the powder in an airtight storage container (such as a quart-size canning jar or plastic tub) in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks to allow the scent of the spices to permeate the mixture.
- Package the powder in smaller decorative containers, if desired, being sure to label and date each one. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum fragrance enjoyment, use within 1 year.
- To Use: Apply as you would any body powder, by sprinkling or using a powder puff.