Perfumes smell nice, but are they healthy for you?
More than 1200 scent chemicals currently used in perfumes are marked as potential or known “worrying chemicals” (WVE 2018 report). Of those, 7 are carcinogens, 15 are chemicals that should not be used in cosmetics in the EU and others are listed in various international warning lists. Endocrine disruptors, which mimic human hormones, are particularly worrying because they can have effects in the smallest doses. Of course the perfume industry says that the exposure to these ingredients is extremely low and therefore not dangerous for use. I would say the same if my industry earned approx. 60 billion worldwide!
One perfume on the label means 50 to 300 different chemicals
When you see “perfume” written on a label, this does not mean that this is just one component. A single scent can contain 50 to 300 different chemicals. It is only described by one word because the perfume formulas are considered “trade secret”. You can find this on ingredient lists of countless cosmetics, personal care products but also cleaning products. An interesting and educational documentary is “Stink”. Above a video about the maker and his story.
Make your own DIY perfume, without chemicals, safe and sustainable
Neutral base – 9ml
The first step to a DIY perfume is to choose a neutral base for your perfume. Choose a thin oil, these are perfect and safe for your skin. Below is a list of thin oils:
- Almond oil
- Argan oil
- Arnica oil
- Organic coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Magnesium oil
- Rosehip oil
Fragrances with essential oils – 10 drops
Even essential oils can be harmful. So think carefully about which scents you use in your perfume. Most essential oils also require dilution to prevent side effects. The general rule is to keep the concentration of essential oils below 5%.
Essential oils such as orange, lime and lemon can cause photosensitivity if they are applied before exposure to the sun, causing you to burn faster.
Here are a number of recipes / mixes for your DIY perfume:
- Patchouli and bergamot
- Geranium, ylang ylang, and lavender
- Frankincense (also known as incense or olibanum oil), jasmine, and orange
- Cedar wood, lavender, and mandarin
Flowers that you can use whose colors do not fade due to the oil are:
- Cornflower petals (blue)
- Pink cornflower petals (pink)
- Sunflower petals (yellow)
- Marigold petals (yellow)
Let your perfume stand for 24-48 hours to develop for a perfectly balanced scent. Then it is ready for use, roll your homemade natural perfume on your wrists or behind your ears and enjoy your wonderful scent!