For many years now I have not been able to wear any perfume or tolerate other people’s fragrances as it causes me nausea, headache or dizziness depending on the different scents (chemicals) in the formula. According to Dr Mercola, the chemicals hidden behind their pleasant scents are typically chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer. I also know that this situation is affecting more and more people due to the chemical overload and the liver not being able to detoxify our bodies as it used to.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) explains:
“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product’s label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals.’ A major loophole in FDA’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name ‘fragrance’ without actually listing the chemical.
Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt.”
Some common offenders include:
You don’t need to stop having a nice smell around you house, car and even wear a nice scent. There are many options for it and I have been reading about how you can make your own perfume without having the horrible effect of the nasty chemicals. Essential oils are a great option. Just remember that they need to be diluted first (don’t apply any essential oil, except lavender and tea tree directly onto your skin).
Here are some simple options you can try (these simple steps will provide a starting point).
Fill a 10 ml dark glass bottle with fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Build up the perfume slowly, a few drops at a time, shaking the bottle and smelling as you go. You can use up to 50 drops of essential oil, depending on the strength you would like.
Another way to make some natural perfume is by making it into a solid balm. Solid perfumes are very basic in nature because the main goal is to keep them solid in all kinds of weather by putting together a wax, a butter, and an oil. You can package them in lip balm type of containers either a jar or the “lipstick” type.
Basic Solid Perfume recipe
Before using any essential oils, check the safe usage rates. 3% is a lot.
Another type of perfume (spray)
You can use alcohol mixed with essential oils as a substitute for spray perfume. Perfume grade ethanol is the alcohol of choice (made from the fermentation of starches, for example sugar). Vodka is a readily available substitute for the alcohol.
Eau de Toilette
80 ml alcohol or vodka
I really hope you enjoy these alternatives and make a scent that matches your mood and personality.