I haven’t worn mainstream perfume in over 17 years. Most perfumes immediately gave me a headache with just one whiff. I remember trying to wear this one particular popular brand that someone gave to me as a gift, only to learn that it made my skin break out in a rash. I immediately threw it away and never tried to wear anything again. Fast forward to almost 8 years later as I journeyed down the path of making all natural skincare I stumbled upon ylang ylang essential oil and fell in love. It’s exquisite floral aroma with sweet undertones is truly a gift from Mother Nature and has been my go-to perfume for about 4 years. It is unlike anything man can ever truly duplicate in a lab, even though they have tried. It’s too complex, too rich to layered, too exquisit.
Did you know that some of the more popular scented fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely. For example, rose-like fragrance in your perfume is 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?
The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.” EWG adds that some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.
If you are reading this, I challenge you to switch from synthetic to natural fragrances. I truly believe essential oils like ylang ylang, or jasmine, geranium, vanilla and rose are a wonderful natural options. If you've already made the switch, tell us what are some of your favorites?