Admittedly, I was never been one to have a collection of perfumes, much less one that I wore as a signature scent, but I do have a small collection and use them semi-regularly. Well, until recently. Now, I use my oils!
Drawbacks of Perfumes
A major reason I switch from any product to essential oils is to eliminate as many chemicals and toxins as I can, for a more green and natural home. The vast majority of perfumes are packed with chemicals which you are spraying directly onto your skin, agh!
Much like the world of supplements, there are loopholes for companies meaning not all ingredients have to be tested or event listed. To protect trade secrets, perfume producers are not required to list every ingredient, so you don’t know what all is in that bottle. In fact, “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of over 100 groups seeking transparency about chemicals in cosmetics, commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances.” (Source)
This alone is scary enough, that there are ingredients not listed and of which 66% are not assessed for safety, but even more startling are the effects of the chemicals they found when testing well-known fragrances.
A 2010 article from the Environmental Working Group highlights a few findings; “A total of 12 different hormone-disrupting chemicals were found in the tested products, with an average of four in each product.” and that, “The products tested contained an average of 10 chemicals that are known to be sensitizers and can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. All of these were listed on product labels.” (Source)
While it’s not nearly as harmful to your health, the cost of perfume isn’t exactly painless. Of course perfumes run the price spectrum, you’ll pay a minimum of $50 for any well known perfume, and if you are paying a lot less, do you think the ingredients are better or worse? Just saying.
By making your own with fractionated coconut oil and at most 8-12 drops of any combination of essential oils, you will not only save a lot of money, but you’ll save your health.
Make Your Own Signature Scent
It’s insanely easy to make your own perfume using essential oils, and the fun thing is you can try a ton of different combinations for different moods. You’ll also have fun figuring out your own signature scent that no one else can buy!
- Get either a small spray or roller bottle.
- Put 8-12 drops total of your favorite essential oil; either a single oil or combination.
- Fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil.
- Shake before you spray and use just like you would perfume.
Need some inspiration? Here are a few combinations to get your creative juices flowing!
6 drops Lavender
4 drops Bergamot
2 drops Roman Chamomile
5 drops Cypress
2 drops White Fir
1 drops Sandalwood
4 drops Wild Orange
2 drops Lemongrass
1 drop Ginger
6 drops White Fir
2 drops Patchouli
2 drops Geranium