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Chemical Free Beauty– Say Hello to Natural Perfumes

By Kim Robson:

Recently, a friend gave me a delightful and unexpected gift: a bottle of aromatherapy body spray  called Hippie Bitchfrom herbalist Raven Bella Zingaro.I love the refreshing scent comprised of lavender, lemongrass, geranium, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli. It lasts for only a short while before dispersing, so its never too much or too intense.

Traditional perfumes can unintentionally overpower others, triggering potentially dangerous allergic reactions, especially in enclosed spaces such as elevators or offices. They contain toxic ingredients such as coal-based synthetic chemicals, petroleum products, hydrocarbons, solvents, acetone, phthalates, chemical dyes, pesticides; and other carcinogens that have been linked to disruptions in the hormone, endocrin and reproductive systems.

Luckily, there are numerous companies offering all-natural perfumes in a variety of forms: solid, spray, roll-on, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and perfume oils. They are all free of the dangerous ingredients commonly used in conventional perfumes.

Ganeshas GardenLuxurious solid perfume that comes in a fair-trade carved soapstone box from Agra, India. Made of beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil; and Vitamin E, which serves as a natural preservative. Twelve scents to choose from including amber, vanilla, sandalwood, white lotus and plumeria.

Pour le MondeTen percent of net profits go to charity. All fragrances are made with certified natural essential oil infused in grain alcohol. The scents are designed to develop on your skin and respond with your body chemistry, individualizing each experience.

A Perfume OrganicSafe, pure ingredients that are certified organic by the USDA. All materials are domestically sourced and certified vegan by PETA. Made in small batches. Minimal packaging is recyclable and comes embedded with flower seeds.

Rich HippieUses old-fashioned pre-chemical industry methods. All-natural organic wine alcohol from California wineries. All plant and flower extracts are organic, and free of phthalates and preservatives.

PacificaAll perfumes are vegan, cruelty-free, and made with corn-based alcohol, and a blend of essential and natural oils. Solid perfumes are made with a blend of coconut, soy and apricot waxes.

Providence Perfume CompanyHandcrafted in small batches, using real plants, flowers, fruits, and woods; blended in a pure alcohol spirit base. Eau de parfum strength without being overpowering.

Tsi-LaNatural perfumes and skin care products are cruelty-free, vegan and organic. Can be layered to create scent combinations; blending suggestionsavailable on their website. Unisex scents also available.

Christy OrganicsRoll-on scents are vegan, cruelty-free, and made with 70% organic ingredients, all of which are sourced domestically from Australia. Made in small batches. Ships internationally.

LurkHandmade perfume oils in a base of organic jojoba oil blended with pure essential oils. No water or alcohol used. Eau de toilette blends signature essential oils with organic U.S.-sourced cane alcohol.

Ayala Moriel ParfumsThemed collections can have a masculine edge, feminine aroma, floral notes or short seasonal offerings. Custom blends available. Small batches. Sweatshop-free products (such as glass bottles made in France, printing and packaging made locally in Vancouver). Waste-reduction programs like refillable containers. Organic and wild-sourced ingredients. No animal testing. Cruelty-free animal ingredients can include beeswax, honey absolute, and beach-harvested ambergris.

Skylar Body— High-quality ingredients internationally sourced: bergamot from Italy, jasmine from India, rose from Morocco. Base is organic sugar cane alcohol distilled in Oregon. Small handmade batches in hand-painted watercolor packaging. Direct-to-consumer model keeps prices down.

The perfumes listed above are available in a variety of prices, and many of these companies offer trial sizes to sample. Of course, youalso can experiment with making your own do-it-yourself perfume blends with essential oils! Theres no reason for us lovers of fragrance to settle for spraying dangerous chemicals on our skin.

About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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