Did you know that one fragrance can consist of over 100 chemicals…
This post comes from our blog intern, Emily.
Perfume is one of my favorite things. Wandering the beauty counters of department stores and reaching for a fragrance that draws me in, first with with its packaging, then its scent to follow. I get such a nice feeling from purchasing a new perfume, sometimes its better than getting a new outfit. But after doing some research into the production of most perfumes and what the industry labels “fragrance”, this perfume love of mine has shifted. I always buy unscented laundry detergent, soap, and household cleaners because I’m aware of the dangers of fragrance, but I was overlooking the most dangerous carrier: perfume (probably because I didn’t want to face the facts!)
If you’re similarly concerned, I recommend you read this article by Scientific American, which will give you a sense of just what makes up your perfumes.
Hundreds of toxic chemicals are lurking in common fragrances. Over time, the repeated use of fragrances in your life can he really harmful. It can encourage cancer, thyroid problems, and hormone disruption. Theses chemicals can make it into your fat tissue and even breast milk if you are nursing. According to Scientific American, a very common perfume, ‘J’Adore by Dior’ has been rated a 7 out of 10 for toxicity. Eeek! Several common perfumes don’t label the ingredients and many times the safety hasn’t been assessed.
“A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”
It might be a good idea to stop buying most common perfumes (save your money!) and do a little research. Find perfumes that don’t contain hazardous chemicals, are natural, and are safer. Or better yet, make one yourself! It’s a little too easy….
All you need are a few essential oils of your choice, some sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil, rosewater, and a spray bottle!
Perfume’s scents are created by different “notes”. They’re classified by the base note, the middle note, and the top note. The base note is the most rich, deep scent in the perfume. Good base scents are: rose, cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, and vanilla. More musky scents are great as your base! The middle note is the main scent of the perfume. It’s more mellow and usually comes out to play after the the top note. Some good middle notes are: jasmine, ylang-ylang, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, cinnamon, rosemary, and chamomile. The top note is the first impression of the perfume. It tends to be light and evaporates quickly. Some great top notes are: lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, and bergamot. Here is a great chart to reference!
The hardest part is playing around until you get a scent that you like. I started with a few drops of each at a time, and added more accordingly. I wanted a floral, fresh, earthy, light, and slightly fruity perfume. Here’s what I created!
Base Note: Rose
Middle Note: Lavender and Eucalyptus
Top Note: Grapefruit
20-25 drops of rose essential oil
10- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
10-15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
10-15 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1 tbs of sweet almond oil
3 tbs rosewater
Add drops of essential oils into your spray bottle. Add the oil and rosewater. Gently swirl together, spray and see if you are happy with your scent. Apply it to your wrists and let it sit for a few minutes and see what happens. The transformation is pretty crazy. I loved the smell of mine initially, but when I sprayed it, different scents came in at different times. Once you’re happy with the evolution of your scent, on and off your skin, that’s it! You can be happy knowing what you’re putting on your skin is straight from the earth. It’ll be a more satisfying, longer lasting scent. You’ll probably get compliments, too!
+Have you made your own perfume before?