Move Over Chanel °5, Some New Fragrances Are in Town
By: Brandy (Korman) Haslam
After a breast cancer diagnosis, many women decide to make some changes in their lives. These changes may be to your diet, exercise routine or even your beauty regime.
One change that a patient mentioned recently that I hadn’t thought of was switching from your typical Chanel, Coach, Clinique (insert your perfume here) fragrances to natural, chemical free, oil-based scents.
Some popular fragrances contain a chemical called phthalates which is typically used in the production of plastic! Fragrances may also contain many other chemicals like parabens, alcohol, ethanol, acetate and even acetone.
For those of you going through chemo, the smell of many fragrances may also make you nauseous, which may be another reason to make the switch.
So! If you're interested in going organic, I did some research into the top 5 all-natural scents and here is what I found:
Abel Vintage ’13 100% Organic Eau de Parfum
This fragrance is 100% organic, created by New Zealanders Frances Shoemack. If you’re one for rich, earthy smells with a touch of clove, ginger, vanilla and black pepper notes, this one is for you!
Moon Bloom by Hiram Green
For a nice night out on the town, Moon Bloom by Hiram Green is an oil-based scent with a combination of tuberose absolute, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang with hints of coconut, leafy greens and tropical spices. I've actually smelled this one and although it is a little pricey, it is well worth it and lasts all day too!
White Musk Libertine by The Body Shop
For every day use that fits every budget, White Musk Libertine by The Body Shop is a great option. This fragrance encorporates organic alcohol made from organic sugar cane straight from Equador. A 2oz bottle is ringing in at about $24.
From the creators of the beauty product line at Anthropologie, Lurk RSW005 is an all-natural oil-based fragrance with warm sandalwood, earthy rose and a crisp citrus finish. Reviews for this scent are really good and the price tag isn't too bad either.
This is a really fun organic fragrance from Italy. Crafted in artisan-size batches using essential oils, active plant botanicals and rich exotic butters. Hints of orange, tangerine and neroli flowers mixed with vanilla orchids and honey add to this amazing scent. Oh, and it's USDA-certified too!
Have you replaced any of your beauty products with organic brands? Tell us about it!