Dating back to ancient times, perfume has played a role in evoking a sensation of personal beauty and luxury. Having evolved from the traditional handcrafted method made popular in France during the 14th century, perfume has grown into a commercially manufactured cosmetic staple that is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with cosmetic houses vying for celebrities to promote their latest fragrance. And finding a signature scent has long been considered by many to be an extension of their personality; a pivotal part of creating a long-lasting memory and the creation of a sense of self.
Over half the products applied to our skin on a daily basis are absorbed into our bloodstream, potentially regularly exposing us to a number of health risks. Synthetic fragrances often contain phthalates and parabens to act as preservatives, working to maintain the shelf life of a scent. Although studies are ongoing, it has been observed that these two ingredients can interfere with hormone function, fertility and can act as a trigger for asthma related illness and are likely to aggravate other allergies. Whereas, if chosen wisely, natural perfumes are guaranteed to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and exposure to toxic chemicals.
With growing questions about the impact of chemical-based fragrances on our health and a rise in allergy-related illnesses, there has been a resurgence of the traditional form of perfumery while people are searching for an alternative to the synthetic fragrances filling the shelves. Created with pure essential oils and other botanical ingredients abundantly supplied by the original perfumer Mother Nature, the aromas of these perfumes are derived from natural sources, rather than recreated synthetically in laboratories.
While synthetic fragrances often have memorable scents, the fragrance of a natural perfume is so much more than just a scent. It can provide many therapeutic benefits for the wearer as well as those around them; the simple act of inhaling in the fragrance throughout the day is an easily accessible form of aromatherapy, helping to calm the mind and body when it is needed most.
Although it may be difficult to think of letting go of your signature scent, why not experiment with new scents that have a depth which simply can’t be recreated in a lab? Discover a new signature fragrance that inspires and calms you while offering the peace of mind that comes with applying nature’s botanical scents.
Audrey’s Favourite Natural Scents
Vanessa Megan – Essential Blend Natural Perfume
Vanessa Megan ‘Essential Blend’ is a unique blend of five essential oils, specifially combined to calm and relax the mind and body. They are also said to balance the hormonal system and to have aphrodisiac qualities. This natural perfume contains essential oils of ylang-ylang, patchouli, lavender and geranium. And happily the scent of ‘Essential Blend’ gets even better with age.
Samuel Gravan – To Know Your Name Nº7 Crafted in Australia using traditional French methods, Samuel Gravan sources the purest essential oils to create unique, long lasting, intoxicating scents created only with nature’s finest botanical ingredients. To Know Your Name Nº7 is an etheral fragrance with character notes of lemon, yuzu, neroli, rose otto, geranium, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, blackcurrant bud, vanilla, sandalwood, amber and labdanum.
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You can find more natural beauty advice in Issue 5, Audrey Daybook – Moments of Peace.