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Your guide to natural fragrances!

Are you on the hunt for that perfect signature fragrance? You need to go natural! Not only do natural fragrances smell amazing, they're also completely safe for you to use on your body!

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There's nothing more uplifting than a beautiful natural fragrance! It's such a great feeling when you find that signature scent which works with the natural chemistry of your skin and makes you feel amazing. As with anything I put on my body, I always choose natural! We just shouldn't be spraying harsh chemicals on our bodies!

What is a natural fragrance?

As 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, it's important to always choose products that are natural!1 Natural fragrances are made with plant based ingredients like flowers and Why you need to try Little Innoscents Essential Oils![essential oils] and are free from petrochemicals, phthalates and other hidden nasties!

Did you know that 95% of chemicals found in mainstream chemical based fragrances are made from synthetic compounds like petroleum and petrochemicals? We shouldn't be putting them anywhere near our bodies!1 Natural perfumes on the other hand are much more eco-friendly and formulated with botanical ingredients such as flowers, fruits, seeds, roots and woods.1 As natural perfumes contain these essential oils, they are often described as very therapeutic and relaxing!

How do you choose a natural fragrance?

When choosing a natural fragrance it's important to always test it on your skin, rather than a perfume blotter. This is because the natural botanical ingredients interact with your body's own chemistry to produce a subtly different scent on every individual! To experience the full range of a natural scent there are three stages.

Stage one: wait a few minutes to smell the initial fragrance.
Stage two: after fifteen minutes smell the heart notes emerging from the fragrance.
Stage three: after an hour smell the base notes of the fragrance!

Which natural fragrances do I recommend?

Weleda's Jardin de Vie Natural Perfumes
Weleda's Jardin de Vie range features three unique scents; Rose, Grenade and Agrume. Each has been formulated using a blend of natural plant fragrances, extracts and essential oils. The scents are intense and created using a range of lead plants, inspired by the fresh experience of walking through a garden. The Rose scent is floral and romantic, whereas the Grenade is more exotic. If you prefer a fresh and fruity scent, I recommend the Agrume. Made with 100% natural oils, these fragrances are chemical free and smell amazing!

Hanako Therapies I am... Natural Perfumes
Hanako Therapies perfumes are all natural and use raw essences from the earth to formulate great smelling scents for the mind, body and spirit! These raw ingredients include essential oils, gems, flower essences and crystal infused purified water. One of my favourite scents is the I am... Inspired fragrance. Made with a blend of eight essential oils including sweet orange, lemon and sandalwood, this fresh perfume is the perfect start the to day!

Vanessa Megan Natural Perfumes
Vanessa Megan's philosophy is that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat, so of course her perfumes are natural and toxin free! Her scents are non irritating and blend with the natural chemistry of your skin. This hand crafted aromatherapy based perfume range comes in 5 beautiful scents. My favourite? Autumn Afternoon, which is perfect for this time of year! Vanessa Megan also has a perfume designed for pregnant women. This perfume is perfect for women who are particularly prone to morning sickness as it is blended with a much lighter concentration of essential oils.

Black Chicken Remedies
This fragrance by Black Chicken Remedies is based on a blend of 100% Pure oils including Sandalwood, Geranium Bourbon, Patchouli, Lavender, Carrot, Ylang Ylang, and Nutmeg. But it actually smells totally different depending on who is wearing it! They call this being "elastic". It actually responds to your body temperature, and own body oils making it a real "signature scent"!

LaVanila Natural Perfumes
If you're crazy for vanilla then these creamy fragrances are made for you! For vanilla based scents I wouldn't go past the LaVanilla Pure Vanilla, which is a very classic vanilla fragrance. For a less sweet scent, the Vanilla Lemon adds refreshing lemon into the mix! The Vanilla Coconut scent on the other hand is creamier, sweet and reminds me of a tropical getaway! If you're a lavender lover then you'll adore the Vanilla Lavender. Last but not least, is Vanilla Grapefruit, the most subtle option perfect for everyday wear!

(source: 1pourlemondeparfums.com)

Brand: Black Chicken Remedies Hanako Therapies LaVanila Vanessa Megan Weleda

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