ABOUT NATURAL PERFUMES:
My 100% natural perfumes are composed of pure essential oils blended in a
skin-loving, nutrient-rich base of grapeseed, coconut and jojoba oils.
Highly concentrated and very different from commercial designer
perfumes, the scents appeal to those who adore nature and appreciate the
healing & spiritual qualities inherent in plants. Many find them
heady, powerful and quite rich compared to synthetic fragrances. Modern
consumers are very conditioned to expect certain things from the
mass-produced products they’re familiar with, and are often confused by
or put off of natural products for the earthiness inherent in organic
botanicals. To my senses, natural EO perfumes are deliciously earthy,
grounded, rich, quiet, fascinating and deeply sensual.
Natural EO blends will appeal to those who enjoy how the perfume
interacts uniquely with their personal body chemistry, and who
appreciate both the evocative and medicinal-healing aspect of the
natural plant-derived aromas. If properly balanced through the opening,
mid and bottom notes, the aromas will unfold through the drydown phase
just as commercial perfumes do, and will often last on the skin for many
hours despite containing no chemical fixatives. Where they contrast
from commercial perfumes is in the transitions between each phase,
simply because there are only a very few botanical bridge notes versus
numerous synthetic bridge notes available to commercial perfume makers.
There are many botanicals that are expensive to distill into essential
oil. Some require enormous, mass quantities of flower petals, and
others are derived from delicate or expensive species. Thus, natural
perfume is a true luxury that is reflected in the pricing.
My Natural EO blends are100% free of synthetic ingredients, chemical preservatives and alcohol.
Your skin will absorb what you put on it, so it is wise to understand
what poses a risk and what does not. Many chemicals are risk-free for
the majority of people while others are clearly to be avoided. There is
much to understand about which ones are safe and which ones are
controversial. For most of us who prefer not to have to conduct
extensive research about perfume ingredients, my Natural EO blends are a
good, simple, straight forward safe alternative.
Perfume makers, both commercial and artisanal, use the term "fragrance"
to denote synthetic aromas. Synthetic, to some, is an entirely nasty word, but
when you study the topic more deeply, you'll learn that's not always a fair
assessment because many laboratory-derived products are made
conscientiously and for very good reason. Some of these reasons include
issues of humane treatment of animals and conservation of the
environment and species.
Many of us enjoy certain commercial perfumes composed of both essential
oils and synthetic substances, including bridge notes that provide
smoother transitions between the drydown phases. Compared to EO Natural
perfumes, commercial perfumes often smell crisp, fey, whimsical, modern,
impersonal, urban, usually polite & refined. For those who prefer
modern designer fragrances, I offer my own cleaned-up versions in my Etsy shop, Perfumessence, made with mostly natural ingredients enhanced with some trace
bridge notes of eco-conscious, phtahlate-free synthetics. Again, the
reason for the trace additives of non-toxic synthetics is to more closely replicate modern
To sum it up, you have choices! For everyday use, my own choice is the 100% clean, pure botanicals. For special occasions, I often go with the cleaned-up designer-inspired versions that contain tiny traces of synthetics. For me, this works and I'm not one to preach to others or stand in judgment -- we all must decide for ourselves. It is good to arm ourselves with enough knowledge to make good choices, and I'm pleased to present options that appeal to a wide range of preferences.