I love perfumes but am not always a fan of the ingredients. Many perfumes are full of synthetic chemicals like acetone or phthalates (used to make plastics). Many studies have linked these substances to skin irritation, birth defects, cancer, migraines, and asthma—not so lovely!
The good news is that there are gorgeous, completely natural scents available made from flowers, fruits, herbs, and spices. I sniffed out the beautiful scents below, produced by companies that share the philosophy that our health is linked to the foods and substances we are exposed to.
1) Leilani Bishop Orange Blossom Fragrance Oil The fresh, tangy scent of orange blossom in this roll-on perfume comes from every part of the tree, from the leaves to the flowers to the fruit. It is entirely paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, phosphate- and cruelty-free. The chic packaging is recyclable, and the fragrance oil comes in a slim, luxurious tube that fits easily in a small purse for on-the-go application. leilanibishop.com
2) Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance in Pure Vanilla This fragrance is sexy, classic, and sensual without being too strong, musky, or powdery. It provides a deep, rich vanilla bean scent that's perfect for a night out. This is a must for vanilla lovers! Every fragrance crafted by Lavanila Laboratories is completely alcohol-, petrochemical-, and phthalate-free and avoids synthetic fillers. lavanila.com
3) A Perfume Organic in Mejica This 100 percent organic vegan scent has a base of apricot oil and subtle hints of three vanillas, rare resins, and spices. The pretty bottle is actually a roll-on, and all perfumes from the line are packaged in recycled paper boxes embedded with flower seeds, so you can plant your box and see what grows! aperfumeorganic.com
Talia Fuhrman, daughter of Joel Fuhrman M.D., has a B.A. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and is currently working on a psychology, nutrition, and healthy recipe book for young women called Love Your Body to be published early next year. Visit her website taliafuhrman.com and her Facebook page for nutrition advice and yummy vegan recipes.