Whidbey Island Fragrance Profiles
Here, at Whidbey Island Natural, we create unique blends of fragrances that we feel best evoke some of our favorite places on the Island. Listed below are the essential oil blends, their fragrance names and descriptions of the locations that inspired their creation. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about our blends and the places that inspire us!
Saratoga Passage [Lemongrass Lavender Clove] - This unique waterway lies between the east side of Whidbey Island and the west side of Camano Island, stretching for 18 miles and ending at Deception Pass. The views of the Cascade Mountains, include Mount Baker to the north and Indian Mountain to the east; both are active volcanoes that rise up high on the horizon. Some of the most beautiful sunrises can be seen from this side of the island. You'll often see whales spouting and seals playing its waters as bald headed eagles fly overhead.This is a fantastic place to kayak in the summer time!
We believe the combination of lavender, lemongrass and clove essential oils best captures the essence of this area. A warm inviting fragrance combining floral lavender with earthy, citrus Lemongrass and the mysterious, elusive scent of clove.The spicy deep fragrance of clove mixes with the calming lavender fragrance and the slight but deep lemony tones of Lemongrass come together and remind us of Saratoga Passage.
Deception Pass [Rosemary Eucalyptus] - Located at the northern tip of Whidbey Island, this is one of the most scenic areas on Whidbey. Encapsulated by Deception Pass State Park, it feels wild and natural. Waters rush through this tight passage between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, creating turbulent waters between low and high tides. It is only between high and low tides, the slack tides, that the water in the pass becomes calm and tranquil. Stretching between the two islands, is the Deception Pass Bridge suspension bridge where one can walk out between the islands to view the majestic sunrises to the east and the beautiful sunsets to the west over the Straits of Juan de Fuca. During the fall and early spring, dense fog banks move into the area creating a mystical and beautiful imagery that has become a favorite of many photographers.
We blended rosemary and eucalyptus together to reflect it's wild and untamed beauty. It is a blend of essential oils that wakes one up and vitalizes the spirit as the natural beauty of Deception Pass does to us each time we see and enjoy its natural wonders.
Admiralty Strait [Tropical Lemon Verbena] - Admiralty Strait is a body of water lying to the west of Whidbey Island stretching its full length from North to South. Standing on the beach, along this side of the island, you can see the Olympic Peninsula and the amazing Olympic Mountain range to the west. The beauty of the sunsets here make ones eyes water. A bit wilder than the east side of the island, winds here never seem to cease as they move from the south and north along Puget Sound. Standing on the beach at Bush Point, I've watched pods of Orca Whales swimming through the straits and heard their calls coming from the water at my feet before I even saw them - one of the many wonders of living here in the Pacific Northwest. These straits have seen untold generations of shipping from the exotic Far East to the tips of South America and beyond pass down the straits into the Ports of Seattle, Everett and Tacoma.
Tropical lemon verbena essential oil pays homage to the fresh breezes and wild, natural beauty of Admiralty Strait while bringing to mind exotic far-off lands.
Fort Casey [Mint Sage] - Located in the middle of Whidbey Island and on the west side, Fort Casey is one of three World War I - II coastal artillery fortifications. It is located in what is known as the triangle of fire, composed of three forts; Fort Ebey on the north end of Whidbey, Fort Warden in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula and Fort Casey adjacent to the Coupeville Ferry Terminal. Fort Casey is now a Historic State Park and also home to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. It still contains two of it's four disappearing ten-inch guns; the only two found inside the continental US. You can walk the ramparts and explore the old fort and imagine the days when it was still a working army installation. Summers see the camp turned into a wonderful event-filled home to soccer camps and kite flying festivals.
We think a combination of mint and sage essential oils best reflects the nature of Fort Casey. Like early morning taps it is a refreshing "Wake You Up!" fragrance that brings to mind the fresh, brisk breezes at the fort.
Island Hippie [Patchouli] - Whidbey Island has a long association with folks seeking an alternative life-style from the socialists groups in the later 1800's to the more recent day hippies. In 1899, the Free Land Association was established by a group of socialists from South Dakota who intended to make land available to its members practically free of cost. It was intended that all the members of Freeland work for the common good, but the settlement failed to coalesce as a socialist community and the Free Land Association went bankrupt in 1920. The name stuck but the Utopian community morphed into the shopping and business district on the south end of Whidbey island. Invaded in the 1960's by hippies and flower children, the island still resounds with the ideas and hopes of the 60's and early 70's generation. Places like the Earth Sanctuary, and the Whidbey Institute came out of the free thinking and community atmosphere founded back in those days. Come to the Chochokum Arts and Crafts Festival in July, you'll see the spirit of these days during at the street dance in the evening!
What fragrance best symbolizes the Hippie Generation? You got it - patchouli! We won't overwhelm you with it though, just a touch is all you need for that natural, woody-spicy aroma!Mutiny Bay [Lavender Bergamot] - I could find only two possible references as to how this bay came by its name. One was that in 1855 a group of British sailors deserted their ship here and stayed on making the bay their home. Another tale says that a crew plotted with local Indians and killed the owner of a sailing vessel, pirating the whiskey and vessel. Not sure which I believe. Though it's not one of the most protected bays on the island, it has one of the most spectacular views of the shipping channels and the Olympic Mountains I have ever seen.
We chose lavender and bergamot essential oils for the Mutiny Bay blend. Both are known for their calming and beneficial effects. They could have used our blend back in the day to help calm those mutinous ship crews!
Gardeners Blend [Grapefruit Patchouli Clove] - A renaissance of gardeners and farmers is taking place on Whidbey Island. In the last ten years, we've seen a re-emergence of farmers on the island. You can find them on their small family farms and at the many island farmers markets; Bayview Market at Bayview Corner on Saturdays, the Tilth Market on Sundays, the Thursday Market in Oak Harbor and the Saturday Market in Coupeville. The Organic Farm School (OSF) at the community-owned Greenbank farm is training the next generation of young farms in organic farming methods. We truly believe in this movement back to the land! Our WIN Permaculture Farm will embrace permaculture design principles [perma + culture = permanent agriculture]. You can read more about our farm plans on the website. In celebration of this movement and the people it embodies, we created our gardener's blend; a combination of patchouli, grapefruit and clove essential oils. Each is known for it's benefits in helping to heal skin abrasions and for their anti-septic properties. Plus, they just smell fantastic together!*Please help us update this page by sending us your photos of the amazing places listed above with a write up about how you discovered these place and what you love about them. We will then post the pictures in the article above and link them to your story. We know a lot of you will be sending in your photos and stories and we can only put so many on this page but we hope to be changing them out with others over time. You can send them in to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org https://youtu.be/yLfu9EsS-2Y