In my quest to switch over to using only clean skin and body care it became clear that I needed to make the switch to natural fragrance. It’s shocking and disturbing once you realize how toxic fragrance can be. “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret therefore prohibits labeling transparency, so we can’t really know what toxic mix is in the product. The Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act exempts fragrance ingredients from the list needed to appear on labels. Pthlates, solvents, colorants, and petroleum are not what I am envisioning when spraying something on my body. These chemicals can cause neurotoxicity, development and organ toxicity, skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, and hormone disruption. Umm, no thanks.
Furthermore, fragrance can cause hyper-pigmentation. I first noticed this as a practicing esthetician while analyzing my clients skin. I would notice darker skin on the neck and chest area where perfume is often sprayed. When the sun hits your fragrance it can react with a mottled, blotchy appearance. So here is one of my skincare tips to help prevent this from happening to you: Spray perfume on your clothes vs. your skin thus preventing it from coming in direct contact with your skin.
Below are a few of my absolute favorite botanical fragrances: