Some of the chemicals in perfume can even be found in cigarette smoke! At the very least, overpowering scent can clog up the air, give you a headache, affect your sinuses or even your asthma. I always know when someone sitting near me has over-done the perfume or after-shave, because I always start to sneeze!
So over the past couple of years I’ve used perfume sparingly, believing that it’s best not to put unnecessary products on your skin. And anyway, if I’m wearing a fragranced organic body lotion, there’s no need to add perfume to the aromatic mix.
Eco-queen Stella McCartney is flying the flag for the reduction of chemicals in perfume by using natural, organic and preservative-free ingredients in her fragrance and bath collection. And if you’ll Google ‘organic perfume’ you’ll find lots of different products all claiming to be as organic and pure as possible.
One of my favourite brands is REN, which, although it isn’t organic, has built a reputation for its ‘clean’ skincare products.
You’ll not find any skin un-friendly ingredients in its collection – no synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, sulfate detergents, synthetic colours, animal ingredients and controversial parabens, which have been linked to cancer.
It’s also free from a whole list of known irritants – too many to list here, but if you suffer from eczema or sensitive skin, it’s worth cutting them out of your beauty regime.
So I was thrilled to find that REN brought out a new scent in February and I quickly got my hands on a bottle. Rosa Maya eau de parfum (£40 for 50ml, from www.renskincare.com ) boasts a lovely mix of floral fragrances, with fresh citrus top notes (using entirely natural ingredients, including lime, bergamot and orange blossom), a heady bouquet of rose and jasmine, and sensual base notes, such as natural cinnamon bark and vanilla.
And if you like the idea of ‘paying it forward’ then you’ll be pleased to learn that the company donates at least 2.5% of its profits to campaigns that promote a better environment and a better life for those less fortunate than ourselves.
All that, plus it looks and smells great too – what’s not to love?