We all want to smell good. Do you get that horrible headache when someone wearing a cloud of perfume walks by, or walking through the fragrance counters in the store? For years I just gave up on perfume. So, why should we ditch the synthetics and what options does a girl have that doesn’t want toxic junk, but still wants to smell pretty?
Well luckily there's options, here's a list of companies that take pride in their non toxic natural perfume brands with high quality all natural perfume oils and sprays that won't give you a headache or you can get my recipe to make your own.
First, Why is perfume bad for you? (Synthetics)
Real fragrances may cost more than many of the synthetic fragrances, because the ingredients are of a higher quality. If you are wanting your own signature scent, it is completely worth it though.
Synthetic perfumes are so bad for our health. A study of mice exposed to perfume, found it affected their breathing, heart rate, and irritated their senses. Basically, they found it was a neurotoxin, and the greater the exposure the more severe it was .
If being neurotoxic is not enough. Many of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are hormone disruptors, damage sperm cells, linked to cancer, and may build up in our body tissue. It’s not just the person wearing it either, second-hand scent causes these problems too .
We are bombarded with synthetic fragrances. It’s in our laundry detergent, body washes, air fresheners, and more. Fragrance can include any combination of over 3,000 different chemicals; and companies aren’t required to share this information .
A few popular fragrances were tested, and were found to contain four unlabeled chemicals that are hormone disrupting, linked to sperm damage, thyroid disruption, and cancer .
If you have a scent that you just can’t part with look it up at EWG, a database that scores the chemical safety of our favorite products.
As an example, a fragrance by American Eagle was tested and it had 24 hidden chemicals . Personally, I can’t walk down the laundry detergent aisle without developing a massive headache or the fragrance counters in the mall. Being so sensitive to synthetic fragrances I gave up on perfume for years too.
Making the Switch to All Natural Non toxic Natural Perfume
Then I decided, I wanted some options. I started out with a natural perfume oils sample kit. This is a great place to start, because you can try out many scents without spending a whole lot.
Real fragrances can be on the pricier side because of the quality of ingredients. It takes a massive amount of plant material to extract essential oils.
It takes 50 roses to make a single drop of rose essential oil. Also, if you are going to take the plunge, you may want to find out how the essential oils are extracted. Avoid low quality essential oils that are chemically extracted, with chemicals like hexane.
If you have never used essential oils, it may take some adjustment to appreciate the earthy aroma of natural fragrances. It’s kind of like, when you decide to quit eating junk food.
You don’t want to eat real food and you miss the taste of the junk, but if you stick with it long enough pretty soon the real food tastes better than the junk.
You remember junk food tasting wonderful, but after you have cleansed yourself from it and you try it again, it tastes like chemicals. The junk food no longer tastes as good as you remember. I believe synthetic fragrances to be the same way.
All Natural Perfume Brands
All Natural Non Toxic Natural Perfume Brands & Options
No headaches here. I have not tried them all, but these companies pride themselves on high quality ingredients.
Tsi-La Organics as the name describes, they believe in organic, many of their fragrances are certified organic. They state, “Our organic perfumes are fortified with a proprietary blend including all-natural super-fruits, phytonutrients, antioxidants, essential oils and plant sterols”.
I have tried their sample perfume oils. I received 6 small viles that lasted 1-2 months, and I found my favorite FIORI D’ARANCIO. These natural fragrances did last a few hours on my skin, but they are more subtle than many of the synthetic perfumes.
Osmia Organics I have not yet tried, but they are on my list. I love their message and they too take pride in providing non toxic solutions for us women that want to be healthy and smell lovely too.
Osmia explains, “Osmia Organics begins with the most beautiful, consciously-sourced plant materials we can find, even if they are more expensive. We are not a certified organic company at this time, but if an ingredient is available in certified organic form, that is how we will use it. All of our certified organic ingredients are indicated with an asterisk in the list of ingredients on each product page and our packaging.”
Florescent a delightful a botanical perfume company that promptly replied to my questions. They have a passion for natural fragrances from plant materials. They offer organic alcohol based spray perfumes, a nice alternative to perfume oils.
This is their philosophy “Each fragrance is composed of elegant and wild aromas that come from distillations and extractions of real flowers, herbs, woods, balsams, resins, seeds and more. These pure organic and wild-crafted essences elevate the scent experience. Florescent fragrances are free of the synthetics, chemical additives, and fixatives typically found in perfume.”
They have 3 signature scents, and a sample kit, so you can choose your favorite.
For Strange Women
For Strange Women, these women craft natural fragrances from plant materials and opt for organic as much as possible. They have a fun website too. I contacted them for further information about their product and this is what they shared,
“We do you make all of our products with essential oils as well as other types of plant extracts, there are many ways to extract natural scent. Concretes, CO2, Absolutes, etc. We use a mixture of coconut and jojoba for our carrier oils, beeswax as well in the solids. We work very hard to source the best ingredients meaning that we opt for organic. If it's not organic certified oil its cultivated unsprayed or wild harvested sustainably.”
I’m appreciative to have many options from concerned artisans making high quality responsible and lovely products.
Credo is an online beauty retailer that carries several brands of quality natural fragrances crafted from extracts of florals, resins, spices, and essential oils. They carry brands like Lake and LilFox which use natural ingredients.
Not all brands are completely synthetic free, but their website is simple and lists product ingredients so that you can pick what you are comfortable with.
Another option is Etsy, an fun place to find and connect with skilled aroma artisans making handcrafted scents. Small companies are wonderful, because you can really get to know the artist and their product. It’s a good feeling supporting artists too!
Make Your Own Non Toxic Natural Perfume
To make your own is really quite simple, and I was surprised how lovely it smelled. This was the most rewarding of all, because it’s exciting when something handmade turns out.
Making your own is fun, because you can feel like a mad scientist. You can tweak the scent to your liking, and then come up with an exotic name of your personal fragrance.
I started out with a vanilla base added my favorite essential oils and absolutely loved it. It is really my favorite, maybe because of the pride in making my own. If you want to make your own non toxic natural perfume, you can request the recipe below.
It takes a bit of research to find handcrafted botanical fragrances free from synthetic pollutants. Real botanicals have a deep complexity that I love, and they’re aroma is subtler. Personally, a whiff of synthetics is like a kick in the olfactory, followed by a pounding headache.
It’s exciting when your new non toxic natural perfume arrives, it is rewarding supporting the work of skilled artisans creating wonderful natural aromas. It is also a ton of fun making your own, the hardest part is waiting a week for the scent to marinade.
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