DIY Natural Perfume Recipe
Fragrance companies have gotten away with including toxic chemicals in their perfumes and colognes for years, largely due to the fact that they are NOT required to list their ingredients on the label. Instead, the sneaky term "fragrance" is used, where over 400 ingredients can be hidden in that single word to protect a company's trade formulas. Protecting their interests is one thing, but including a chemical cocktail is another.
In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency tested conventional, synthetic perfumes and found a long list of toxic chemical ingredients, including acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, methylene chlorideas well asphthalates, stearates, and parabens. Numerous studies have proven that these chemicals can cause anything from headaches and itchiness to hormone imbalances and even cancer!
Smelling good should not come at the risk of your health.
Fortunately, these studies have gotten the word out and sales of luxury perfume brands have gone down over the years.
A great way to avoid commercial personal care products though, is to make your own!
While this was my first time making an official "perfume", I've been using essential oil roll on's or straight lavender essential oil as my perfume for years. If you don't want to wait a month for your perfume to be ready, consider making an oil based perfume roll-on.
A 10ml glass rolller bottle
Oil of choice (I prefer jojoba but fractionated coconut oil works well too)
15 drops of essential oils of choice (my fav's for roll-on perfumes are rose or lavender)
Mix and put the roll on back together and you're good to go! Instant perfume.