I ditched the perfume a long time ago, back when I discovered that (and this will shock you)….
… the word “fragrance” can include any of 3000 synthetic chemicals, including potential hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, and phthalates.
Navigating the perfume aisle is a minefield!
Even the most ‘prestige’ perfume is full of fake fragrances.
Sure, there are some really good companies out there making safe perfumes but you are unlikely to find them on the high street and unless the product is certified organic by a professional body then you cannot trust the label (even if it actually says organic).
Why avoid synthetic perfumes?
Here’s what you need to know before you ‘treat’ yourself to the latest celebrity endorsed scent.
Cancer: According to the Breast Cancer Fund, we should avoid synthetic scents including hormone-disrupting phthalates in order to reduce our risk.
Child Autism & Other Birth Defects: Phthalates strike again! A study published in Environmental Health Perspective found that women with higher levels of certain phthalates gave birth to children that, years later, were more likely to display disruptive behaviour (study). Most concerning is that fragrance materials are able to accumulate in human fat tissue and are even present in breast milk.
Allergic & Toxic Bodily Reactions: Fragrances are one of the top five allergens in the world. This could manifest physically as headaches, migraines, difficulty breathing and sinus congestion. All conditions that have increased dramatically (study) and is thought to be because of the increased use of products containing fragrance (study).
Hormone disrupting: Read about phthalates are affecting your hormones here.
How to avoid synthetically fragranced perfume?
Finding out this stuff is and can be scary. But my mantra is;
DON’T FREAK OUT, PHASE OUT.
Sure it feels overwhelming and I agree impossible to become 100% tox-free. But the good news is that you can easily reduce your exposure significantly and detoxify your body.
Every little ‘swap out’ makes a difference.
This is a journey for me too and I’m with you every step of the way.
How to make DIY perfume
Making your own PUREfume is so simple. You’ll wonder why you never did it before.
This is the very first blend I ever made.
10 drops Whisper (the oil of femininity)
10 drops Citrus Bliss (the oil of creativity)
10 drops Lemon oil (the oil of focus)
5 drops Ylang ylang (the oil of the inner child)
¼ cup of vodka (such as Smirnoff or Absolut that have a 50/50 ratio of water to alcohol)
Add alcohol into a small glass spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake to combine. Mist over your body before dressing or over your clothes. Shake well before each use.
How to personalize your own scent
Experiment with different type of scents until you find your special one!
The basic recipe is 1 teaspoon of essential oils to ¼ cup of alcohol.
Here are some other blends that I love;
Floral: Geranium, Lavender and Ylang ylang
Oriental: Ginger, patchouli and Frankincense
Woody: Cedarwood, sandalwood and Vetiver
Fresh: Bergamot, Grapefruit and Wild Orange