Perfume ignites one of our most significant sensory organs, smell. Closely nuerologically linked to memory and emotion, sexy lingering scents have lured us as consumers for some time.
What’s concerning however, is the majority of commercial perfumes on the market are typically filled with harsh chemicals, and what your really purchasing is the brand name. Most brand name perfumes cost next to nothing to produce. The value is the in bottle and then a significant mark-up added to the product for retail sale. As we become more conscious about what we are putting into our body and onto our skin, consumers are beginning to value a more natural approach to scent.
With many market perfumes loaded with petrochemicals; a derivative from natural gas and petroleum, both carrying extremely harmful toxins, a return to more natural and earth derived oils and plant extracts are becoming much more conscious. When purchasing natural oils to apply topically to the skin, look for the most reputable and highly concentrated versions. Many supermarkets oils, can be almost as chemically loaded, so look to the brands that are purely sourced, without additives.
If you’re feeling creative, here are a few of our favourite, home made natural alternatives to perfumes:
Oil-Free mixtures are the perfect alternatives to perfumes, particularly in warm weather. If you have a more sensitive skin type, oil-free mixtures can offer a more gentle option. If you are wanting to create your own homemade spray scent, this lovely Cucumber Aloe Body Mist is both nourishing and refreshing.
To create the mixture, all you need is:
• 1 cucumber
• 1 squeeze of lemon
• 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
• 1 tablespoon rosewater
Peel the cucumber, cut it into little pieces, and put it in a blender. Blend it on high for about 1 minute. Next, use a light fabric cloth to cover a small bowl to strain the juice into the bowl. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and mix. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and then spray directly onto skin as a face mist or as a light-weight, skin loving perfume.
Solid scents, a bit like a soap bar, are thicker and creamier in texture and give off the most beautifully layered fragrance that can assist in relaxation and stress relief.
Try making your own at home with the following ingredients:
• Natural beeswax
• Small wooden stick for stirring
• Small glass, or tin, to store the solid scent
• Organic essential oils of your choice
• Jojoba oil
• Double boiler
Firstly, grate a tablespoon of beeswax, then melt it using your double boiler. Next, add 1 tablespoon of Jojoba Oil and about 50 drops of your favourite essential oil, then stir. Quickly pour the liquid mixture into the containers immediately solidify. Leave it to sit for about 10-20 minutes, and then voila! Rub on the pulses on the skin whenever your needing a little mood lift.
If wearing perfume, even the natural version, is not for you, then another beautiful way to embrace scent is by arranging flowers within your home and work space. Flowers exude such romantic and soul enriching qualities through both visual colour, variety and smell, that these natural beauties will enhance any space and experience.