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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fragrant Dis-stress

I love perfume. Cannot imagine a day without it. First fragrance? Tinkerbell.

As a teen, I wore Muguet du Bois, Tweed and then quarts of Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps all while also inhaling my BF's English Leather and Brut.  Later, I flirted with Chanel #5, Coco, Opium, Dune, Caleche...the list goes on. Now I have 4 fragrances I really love and wear depending on which I can afford.

Coming out of the library the other day I passed an elderly woman who had on the most fantastic fragrance and I told her so. Her eyes lit up and she bubbled out a similar story, "Why, thank you. It is lovely, isn't it? It is a very old fragrance, Ma Griffe. Oh, and at night I switch to this one, Le Noir Magique (spoken in perfect French which this isn't!). It is divine!"

And so, it pains me to share this but I must...because that's what I do.

I feel like a rat.

Read this and weep

It is yet another tale of harmful petrochemicals hidden in the goods we slather on ourselves every day. I went to my vials to read what I could and tried to check them out online, too. That 2 of the 4 said "inflammable" is a big heads up, right? I love the fragrances but not enough to go up in flames with them. The other two were strictly essential oils that I had mixed up in a small shop.

So...the quandary, especially because Valentine's Day is right around the corner and you may be thinking "gift sets". Hold out for a minute...

Fortunately, I do not wear perfume anywhere but on my pulse points. I do not recommend anyone use fragrance-laced soaps, shower gels or body lotions or any perfumed product all over which is why I am always letting people know I have safe solutions for those very products.

"Fragrance", the hidden catch-all on the label of most products scores a whopping 8 (10 being the highest!) on the toxicity scale!!! Many fragranced products are also full of artificial dyes, too, another blow to health. And, the "celebrity" fragrances seem to be especially bad, horrible actually because they are marketed to guess who...our precious young people. 

The pulse points for perfume have always been plenty...maybe just a couple instead of all 20...and a dab instead of a full spritz. And, nix the sets. What do you think? 

Here is a how to apply perfume video I found this morning. Love how she stresses subtlety...

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