Most synthetic fragrance ingredients are petroleum derived. The Huffington Post and the Daily Mail reports synthetics in perfume can cause headaches, wheezing and asthma symptoms in people exposed to them long term.
Many natural essential oils like lavender or frankincense are antimicrobial. They speed up healing in wounds. Sandalwood tones one’s skin and makes it feel smooth. While generally cautioned against for skin contact in high concentration, when properly diluted many natural essential oils offer health benefits as well as sensory pleasure.
Perfume’s core ingredients are synthetic musk’s which are not biodegradable. Natural musk is thankfully outlawed today because of the cruelty to animals involved in obtaining it. Synthetic musk’s play a structural role in a high proportion of perfumes, and many consumers love the smell of them.
These toxic synthetic musk’s are widely used in fabric softener as they keep fabric smelling almost permanently fresh, dangerously linger in your skin, body tissue and organs acting as potential endocrine disrupters and go on to wreak havoc on marine life. It has been found in fish in japan and in rainwater in Holland.
It is such a pleasure to delve into making roll on oils at home, here’s my current favourite.
What You’ll Need to Make Your Own Floral Roll On Perfume At Home |
- 10 ml glass bottle with roller cap and lid,
- 1 tbsp of fractionated coconut oil,
- 2 tsp of sweet almond oil,
- 20 drops of Jasmine essential oil,
- 15 drops of Neroli essential oil,
- 10 drops of Geranium essential oil,
- Measuring cup with a spout for pouring.
- Place 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil into a measuring cup that has a spout for pouring.
- Pour 2 teaspoons of the sweet almond oil into the measuring cup.
- Mix in 20 drops of the Jasmine essential oil.
- Add in 15 drops of the Neroli essential oil.
- Add in 10 drops of the Geranium essential oil and stir well.
- Pour the essential oil mixture into your 10 ml glass bottle, leaving just a little space at the top.
- Snap a roller ball top onto the glass bottle.
- To use, roll some of the essential oil onto your wrists, temples or behind your ears.
What I love about this process, is layering scents until you find your signature combination, and then knowing that you aren’t exposing yourself or your family to harmful chemicals.
The bonus is smelling amazing, my other favourite combo has lemon oil in it, and I always feel more ready to tackle the day invigorated by fresh citrus.
Happy Scent Discovery,