Why Can’t I Wear Regular Perfume?
Sadly it’s seriously dodgy shit in most cases! Filled with chemicals that have the potential to disrupt our endocrine systems, wreaking havoc on our hormones, affect our lungs, bio-accumulate in our cells with relatively unknown long term consequences and contribute to headaches/migraines/eczema/allergies and asthma and a host of other not so pleasant symptoms, best avoided!!
The Dangers Associated With Phthalates
In fact anything with the word “fragrance” on the bottle including your shampoo, face wash, body wash, air freshener etc will generally contain a chemical called phthalates, this chemical is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen (cancer causing), and may adversely affect human reproduction or development, other human and animal studies have found links to birth defects, decreased sperm counts and damaged sperm, increased risk of developing behavioral problems, premature birth, and respiratory difficulties in children with bronchial obstruction (such as asthma). Source here.
What Else are Phthalates in and What Can I Use Instead?
I wrote a blog full of recipes for replacing household and chemical cosmetics which you can read here. But here are seven non-toxic perfume replacements that I LOVE using based on 100% pure essential oils. It was such a joy for me to realise I could actually wear perfume and nice smelling deodorant again after several years of being toxin and therefore perfume free.
1. Balance- The Grounding Blend
This is one of the easiest options around, buying a premade, prediluted with a safe carrier oil, essential oil blend. This blend has a warm, woody, fresh (and divine) aroma and creates a sense of calm and well-being. It is a perfect blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Spruce, one of the oils in Balance, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promote circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.
I love using this blend straight on my wrists, behind my neck and even on the soles of my feet at the beginning of the day and throughout the day, it is amazingly grounding and also really helps when I am feeling anxious. It’s a blend both men, women and children can appreciate and I apply it to my kids as well, Dom wears it before going off to school, as well as some other oils and blends, you can read about our kids routine here.
2. The Mellow Mama Blend
This blend is one you make up yourself with four essential oils and fractionated coconut oil. It’s a blend by the gorgeous Hayley Hobson. It smells absolutely divine and is also great as a deodorant, or applied to the wrists, heart chakra, behind the ears etc. I love that when I use essential oils not only do they smell amazing but they actually have profound therapeutic value and this particular blend is so uplifting as well as keeping me nice and mellow on those crazy mummy days. Gorgeous heart opening oils such as Ylang Ylang make this blend truly divine.
3. Whisper- Blend for Women
Many of the women (and men) in the Oily Tribe have a Whisper story to tell. This blend enhances the sensual goddess within. It is truly divine and has known aphrodisiac oils included in the magical recipe.
It is a complex and diverse blend that entices the senses and combines with each individual’s chemistry to create a uniquely personal fragrance. Each essential oil in the blend provides an inviting aroma of its own, but when combined, these oils offer a distinct scent that intrigues the mind and senses to both the wearer and those passing by. Regarded as the most precious flowers in the perfume and aromatherapy industries, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang’s euphoric aromas combine with the warm and spicy scents of Patchouli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Rose, Cocoa and other oils to make this blend unmatched in complexity and aromatic influence. It is also prediluted in fractionated coconut oil and can be applied as is straight from the bottle.
You could apply to wrists, back of neck, and pulse points for a distinct and individual fragrance. Diffuse or add to clay pendants for a unique aromatic experience. Dispense one to two drops in the palm of the hand and rub on clothing, scarves, and coats to experience its calming and blissful scent throughout the day.
4. The Unconditional Love Blend by Vanessa Jean
This gorgeous blend will make you feel sexy, vibrant and alive with the uplifting aroma of Wild Orange, known as joy bubbles in a bottle, heart opening Ylang Ylang and divine Hawaiian Sandalwood, the Oil of Sacred Devotion helps us come back to that place of spiritual alignment. This blend was taught to me by my gorgeous friend and fellow Wellness Advocate and Leader Vanessa Jean from Food Alchemy.
I like to add two drops of each to a little bowl with 10ml of carrier oil (and sometimes a drop or two of Whisper, above) and start the day by aromatically dressing. << Click the link to watch a video tutorial.
5. The Peaceful Blend
Like Balance, this blend is absolutely amazing for children and adults alike, calming, grounding, emotionally restorative, it’s like a socially appropriate blankie for adults. I apply to my wrists, heart chakra, back of my neck and soles of my feet as needed. If I feel like using it every few months or every 5 minutes I go with that, I do apply it absolutely every day to the kids. I notice a massive difference.
For different versions of the recipe and further information about this amazing blend check out this post.
6. Bloke’s Non-Toxic Cologne
There are so many awesome options to make your own blends. This blog post is full of recipes for DIY Cologne.
Dan loves Bergamot, Lime, Frankincense and Hawaiian Sandalwood, yummmmm!! We do 15 drops Bergamot, 15 Lime, 7 Frank and 7 Sandalwood in a 10ml roller, fill with fractionated coconut oil.
7. Deodorant Recipe THAT ACTUALLY WORKS!!
The amount of reject natural deodorants we have tried has been seriously way too high. I saw a post by Sarah Wilson to the same effect!!! In the end she settled for the Black Chicken Remedies paste which I’ve heard AMAZING things about so if this doesn’t work for you give that one a crack BUTTTT myself and Dan have had amazing results with this badass little recipe.
In a 10ml roller add
15 drops Purify essential oil
15 drops Clary Sage essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
Fill the remaining space with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.
Notes from Dr Hales. Purify will aid in inhibiting bacterial growth and help the body detox. Clary Sage inhibits body odor and will help brighten your mood. Frankincense is my daily use oil, so it makes sense that I include it in something I use on a daily basis. Lavender is calming and good for the skin–I guess I like baby soft armpits. Lemons helps to purify, fight bacteria, and I like the smell. Finally Patchouli, it helps me stay focused. However, you can choose any “low tone” oil. In other words, a thicker, grounding oil. This will help the deodorant stay active longer and absorb more slowly. Some good options are Sandalwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, or Vetiver.
So where do I get these oils??
So there you have it, seven divine recipes to ditch the toxins and smell delicious every day of the week. If you’d like to get started with these amazing, 100% pure oils that are ethically and sustainably sourced from their Indigenous habitat around the world check out this post.
If you would like to learn more about the doTERRA opportunity head here.
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To your health and prosperity,