Have you ever felt sickened by perfumes, or had a skin reaction to one? Well here’s why:
A law passed decades ago, allows perfumes to keep over a dozen ingredients secret. You would think that this is to protect manufacturers from others copying their trade secrets.
Sadly, the truth is that the majority of many perfumes, are comprised of cheap ‘filler’ ingredients, most of which are chemicals.
These chemicals disrupt your hormones, causing headaches, nausea, and skin rashes.
It is a commonly known fact, that eau de cologne can cause brown pigmentation marks on the skin, due to citrus oils, which cause uneven tanning.
I was thrilled to be featured, in dermstore.com’s article: “Why You’re ‘Allergic’ to Some Perfumes”, in which they quoted me as saying:
“Most of these chemicals are petroleum-based compounds, which are not something you should be putting on your skin, as it blocks pores, is a nerve toxin and a respiratory irritant,” says beauty and aromatherapy expert Janice Rosenthal, owner of Garden of Essences.”
The most authoritative site on chemical toxicity, ewg.org, found an alarmingly high number of ‘fragrances’ contained phthalates, and parabens, which are hormone disruptors, and regular application of these, to skin, is carcinogenic.
What Natural Non Toxic Perfumes are Available?
The answer is – not a whole lot. Why? Because natural perfumes are inexpensive to make, so profits would be far lower than ‘secret’ recipes ‘from France’.
Don’t let that concern you – here’s how to get started on becoming your own master perfume maker of non-toxic scents, that are actually therapeutic to your body and mind.
Learn how to make customizable scents, for men or women:
The basic ingredients are:
distilled water or spring water
vegetable glycerin or carrier oil
DIY Perfume Recipes
Using the above ingredients, you can create a wide variety of your own custom made secret scents. All you need to know, is this basic formula, which should never be altered:
15 to 25 drops of Essential Oils, diluted in a total of 60 ml fluids (any combination of water, Carrier Oil / glycerin, and vodka.)
If you want a strong cologne scent, use more vodka.
If you prefer a light floral water aroma, use no oil or vodka.
And should you desire a typical perfume texture, then use a combination of water, vodka, and carrier oil / glycerin.
Experiment with different proportions. You may find that you have a real talent for creating non-toxic, designer perfumes, and you can sell them on places like Etsy, with your own label on the bottle.
Women’s custom made perfumes
Using the basic concepts above, use the following Essential Oils, in your recipes for perfumes.
Angel Water Spritzer – Geranium and Rose.
Chocolate Mint Enticer – Rose, Peppermint and Black Pepper (smells like Turkish Delight mint chocolate, mysteriously.)
Body Heat – Ginger, Black Pepper, and Peppermint.
I’m so Fresh – Orange, Lavender and Geranium.
(no sun for 12 hours after application, due to citrus content.)
Everfresh – Tea Tree, Lavender, and Peppermint.
DIY Perfume Secrets
- Avoid citrus oils, such as orange and lemon, as these can cause brown pigmentation blotches on you skin, wherever they are applied, if you go in the sun, for the next 12 hours. However, you can use them, provided there is a warning on your label. Citrus oils are extremely therapeutic, but always remember the 12 hour rule.
- Avoid the use of ‘fragrance oils’ or ‘nature identical oils’, as these are made from synthetic chemicals, which are to be avoided, for health reasons, and, they smell cheap and fake.
- When using Peppermint, use half the amount of drops, as it can cause the skin to ‘burn’ a little, so if you use 10 drops of rose, then only use 5 drops of peppermint, or less.
- Peppermint is there to ‘lift’ an existing scent, not to make you end up smelling like a peppermint candy, so it should be used sparingly.
- The more vodka you use, the stronger, and more lingering the scent will be, so go lightly on the vodka.
- The carrier oil / glycerin, is only there to allow for easy spreadability, so use it sparingly, or you could end up greasy.
Recipes for DIY Men’s Cologne and Aftershave
Male fragrance depends on these Essential Oils:
Cedarwood / Sandalwood / Black Pepper / Frankincense / Rosemary.
Men’s cologne can take more vodka, than women’s perfume.
Aftershave can have Essential Oils blended into Witch Hazel Water.
Men’s colognes and aftershaves, have similar health dangers to women’s perfumes.
Your man will love it when you make him an aftershave or cologne, especially blended to suit his personality.