Hello gorgeous! I'm a beauty and lifestyle blogger, makeup artist, wife, mommy and all around creative person.As a creative person, I'm naturally drawn to travel, a good laugh, musicals and old movies for inspiration. As a consumer, I'm not a purist by any means. But, I act upon my due diligence to make an informed choice when it comes to what I share with my family, clients and readers. I prefer to use non-toxic, natural, organic products while keeping a practical, common-sense approach to life.
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Ever wonder why a whiff of someone's perfume immediately places you in world of migraines, dizzines, sinus inflammation, or a series of head-shattering sneeze attacks that almost feels like your head is about to explode?
If you're raising your hand like I am, I can feel your pain :(
Come to find out, about 90% or more of the chemicals in synthetic fragrance are derived from petrochemicals,causing an adverse reaction to most consumers with a sensitivity to conventional perfumes.
Now, I can easily make this post about the dangerous cocktail of undisclosed ingredients swimming inside alluringly shaped bottles of perfume. But I won't.
However, if you're interested about how the federal law allows a special loophole for trade secrets, permitting popular perfumes to hold an alarming amount of harmful DNA-affecting, eye and skin-irritating, headache-inducing chemicals masked as ”fragrances”, you can read through a few articles by clicking here,here,here, here and oh! this one too.
My favorite scents were perfumes by Hanae Mori (Butterfly), Chanel (Bois des îles), and L'Artisan Parfumeur (L' Été en Douce). So, laying them to rest was a battle for me.
Ugh! This was a toughie, but I had to make a choice.
The goal is to minimize(asking to completely eliminate would be a bit more of a challenge in my book)the amount of toxic overload in the body. So, after much deliberation, I've decided to let go of the scents I was familiar with in exchange for cleaner but exciting new fragrances. :)
With that said, I've conducted my own search for my new "signature scent" by testing several brands of natural/organic fragrances.
First one up is from a company based in New York named
A Perfume Organic
Taken directly from their site:
While studying with Master Perfumers and Distillers, Amanda Walker (founder and owner) was reminded perfume was originally produced from flowers, fruit, herbs and spices. As chemicals are a cheaper alternative today, most perfumes are now formulated entirely with chemicals. Amanda only wanted to use the finest, rarest, safest, and purest ingredients from plants…she decided to launch
A Perfume Organic!
A Perfume Organic offers exquisitely crafted perfumes blended from the finest USDA certified organic botanicals, hand-poured locally in Manhattan in small batches to maintain purity.
$65/ 12ml roll-on bottle
Box type:Flower seed-embedded box
Samples: $22/ five 1ml tester vials
Sample Box type:Secured on recycled paper cards, in a muslin bag
A PERFUME ORGANIC
mmmm... not your typical vanilla scent.
It's a bit more smoky, sandalwood, slightly sweet caramel scented vanilla.
An earthy, sophisticated, grown-up version of my favorite scent.
(reminds me of L'Artisan Parfumeur's Vanille Absolument)
WHITE MAGIK Nice mix of citrus, jasmine and spearmint. Perfect to layer with Green or Perfumed Wine (Rose)
PERFUMED WINE ~Rosé~ A beautiful blend of apples, cinnamon, cloves and berries. Blends well with Urban Organic or Mejica This oil mixture reminds me of the holidays :)
GREEN Upon contact, I immediately identified the ylang-ylang top note. then dried down to a mild woody, powdery scent. This combines well with Urban Organic or White Magik.
URBAN ORGANIC ooo, I REALLY like this scent, which happens to be their popular item. I enjoy the mix of lime with a hint of ginger and a touch of vertiver. This scent reminds me of a fresh lime or lemon sorbet. Blends well with all the other oils in this collection.
Since I'm a big fan of layering scents, I had fun mixing these essential oils to create an entirely new smell. They all blended nicely and felt silky to touch. But if I had to choose a couple to add to my perfume arsenal, I really enjoyed Urban Organic and Perfumes Wine (Rosé). They seem to compliment each other really well and works very well as a stand alone fragrance.
Hope you've enjoyed this review. Stay tuned for a few more fragrance reviews to be posted in the next few days.