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Natural perfumes vs. synthetic perfumes

Date Posted:20 October 2022 

As the skin is largest organ of the body, it makes sense to pay attention to what we put on it, as anything that comes into the contact with the skin, is able to penetrate the dermal layer and absorb into the blood stream. Making conscious choices about your skin care and by choosing natural skin care is the first step in reducing your chemical exposure, but there is one beauty product that is often over looked… perfume!


I love perfume. I've loved it since my first trip to the drug store with my mom when I was twelve, and we both picked up some fancy smelling bottles that promised me the world. As an adult, I know better now; those high end perfumes aren't always better than their cheaper counterparts. And while they may have natural ingredients in them, they can still contain harmful chemicals - some of which have been linked to cancer or reproductive issues like birth defects! But don't worry - there are plenty of other ways to smell great without compromising your health or ethics. Natural perfume is a great option for anyone who wants to avoid the chemicals and synthetics found in many perfumes. Natural perfumes are made with ingredients like essential oils and absolutes, which are extracted from plants and flowers.



What’s in synthetic perfumes?

Synthetic perfumes account for the majority of perfumes on the market. Anything you buy from a department store, chemist etc. will be made up of synthetic fragrances. Although they may smell beautiful and last the whole day on the skin, these synthetic fragrances may be causing you more harm than you know.

Chemicals in synthetic fragrances have negative impacts on the body, with one of the most common side effects being an endocrine disrupter. Commonly affecting the thyroid gland, which controls our metabolism, and also by impacting on the metabolism of sex hormones, this can lead to an imbalance of hormones and an increase in oestrogen dominant symptoms such as increased PMS, bloating, breast tenderness and heavy cycles.

Some of these chemicals include:

  • Phthalates - known to increase cancer risk and may impact on fertility issues
  • Parabens – interfere with hormone production, in particular oestrogen and can increase risk of oestrogen dominant cancers.
  • Synthetic musk – as natural musk sources such as deer are no longer used, musk fragrance these days is entirely artificial and can increase toxicity in the body.

And remember – toxins are stored in our fat tissue, which means they will keep accumulating the longer you use artificial fragrances. Toxins from fat tissue can also pass through breast milk, so even after pregnancy it is highly important to stay away from chemical sources.


Synthetic perfumes can be made from petroleum

Synthetic fragrances are usually made from petroleum, which is a non renewable resource. Petroleum is also a non biodegradable material, meaning it does not decompose easily in nature. It can be toxic to humans and the environment if used improperly. In fact, some common synthetic scents have been linked to cancer and other health problems. If you’re worried about your health or want to reduce your impact on the environment, natural perfumes are a better choice than artificial ones.

Natural perfumes are made from organic materials, like rose petals and lavender. Synthetic fragrances, on the other hand, are made in a lab by mixing chemicals together. These chemicals often come from petroleum, which is found in gasoline and other harmful products. Synthetic fragrances are not safe to be around; they have been linked to respiratory problems, skin irritation and allergies.



Synthetic perfume oils are cheap and unethically produced

Natural perfume oils are not cheap. They're much more expensive than synthetic fragrance oils because the ingredients used to make them aren't easily accessible and are often only available in certain countries. This means natural perfumes are produced in small batches, which makes them more time consuming and expensive to produce.

Synthetic perfume oils (and many other products) can be made with harmful chemicals that cause skin damage or cancer. If you find yourself allergic or sick after using a synthetic fragrance product, it's possible that there may be some added chemicals in there that cause these reactions.

Natural perfumes smell better than synthetic ones because they're free of potentially dangerous chemicals that give synthetic scents their scent; they only use what nature provides - which means they smell like flowers, fruits, herbs, etc. For example, Vanessa Megan perfume is a blend of only essential oils, so no synthetics at all - just pure, natural ingredients that are good for the earth, good for animals, and good for you. 


Most natural perfumes are not cheap, but they do smell good

There are a few notable advantages of natural perfumes over synthetic ones. First, they tend to smell better, thanks to their ingredients. Natural perfumes are made from essential oils and other natural ingredients (like flowers), whereas synthetic perfumes are made with chemicals that can smell more artificial or cloying than enjoyable. Second, many people prefer them because they don't contain any harsh chemicals like phthalates or parabens - both of which have been linked to health issues when used in high concentrations over time.

Natural fragrances are predominantly made up of natural and organic essential oils. It is important when choosing a toxic free perfume (i.e natural perfume and essential oil perfume), to really scrutinise the label, as often cheap brands can still be using a one or two synthetic fragrances in the mix. A natural perfume containing natural perfume oils will not last as long as a synthetic fragrance, however you can simply re-apply and enjoy the beautiful natural perfume oils without the concern of a chemical cocktail on your skin. The bottle doesn’t necessarily have to read organic perfume, so long as it is an essential oil based perfume and free from chemicals. 

Lastly, most natural perfumes aren't tested on animals; they're also often locally sourced since it's easier for the company to monitor quality control when buying ingredients locally rather than importing them from overseas suppliers.

But all this comes at a price: natural perfumes cost more than their synthetic counterparts because they're labour intensively made by hand using expensive materials like rose oil instead of cheap petroleum jelly.

The use of natural perfumes in Australia is not a new concept. In fact, it has been around for centuries and continues to grow in popularity. You can find natural perfumes in Australia at any local health food store or online at a retailer like Sassy Organics.


Plant based ingredients that make it easy to recreate natural scents

Plant based ingredients include essential oils, absolutes and concretes. Essential oils are made by distilling the plant’s leaves, stems, flowers and roots to get at its aromatic compounds. Using just a few drops of this concentrated liquid can create an overpowering scent that is difficult to blend with other scents.

Absolutes and concretes are extracted from the same parts of a plant as essential oils but processed differently: instead of being distilled under vacuum so that only their aromatic compounds remain in liquid form (as with essential oils), absolutes are left as solids after extraction; whereas concretes are like an alcohol solution of absolutes with some added sugar or honey for stability.

Natural perfumes can be expensive and hard to find, plus they're made in small batches by artisan companies. Unlike synthetic perfumes which are mass produced and sold at a lower price point than natural products because they have high volume demand due to their low cost of production.

Natural perfume oils can contain anything from rose oil extracted directly from rose petals to essential oils like cedarwood and ambergris obtained through distillation processes - but these will often come with a hefty price tag. Check out this perfume mini set - ideal for testing natural perfumes withot committng to full size!


You can now buy vegan and cruelty free perfume

If you're a vegan or cruelty free shopper, you can now buy perfumes that are both.

Firstly, look for the word 'vegan' on the label of your perfume. When considering perfume ingredients, it is important to consider our furry friends, making sure that you choose vegan friendly perfumes and that your new natural perfume is cruelty free. You would be surprised to learn that some perfumes will contain animal ingredients such as deer musk (obtained from a gland of the male musk deer located in its back/rectal area - although prohibited in perfumes in many countries), lanolin (derived from the sheep sebaceous gland), castoreum (a secretion produced by beavers), ambergris (whale product often referred to as 'whale vomit'), and hyraceum (formed from the urine of a hyrax or dassie). As Sassy Organics is 100% vegan online store, you can be assured that we only stock vegan perfume.

After that, check that there is no animal testing involved in making them! A lot of companies still test their perfumes on animals. This practice is cruel and animals are subjected to pain, beyond our imagination. Please consider this when shopping for perfumes. There are so many alternatives these days such as oil based perfumes, that are free from animal products and animal cruelty. Please be mindful of those practices and do look at the perfume ingredients when choosing your new fragrance (natural fragrance, we hope). At Sassy Organics, we are committed to eradicating animal cruelty and therefore we only support brands that produce cruelty free perfume.

Another thing to keep in mind when buying natural perfumes is that they often don't last long on your skin. You'll want to reapply frequently throughout the day if you want to smell nice all day long! The good news is that this will cost less than synthetic perfumes because natural scents tend not be as strong as synthetic ones can be. Black Chicken Remedies offer beautiful oil based perfume roller using pure essential oils, without artificial fragrance and toxic ingredients.


Final thoughts

Keep in mind that natural perfume is not just a fad. It’s an ethical decision, one that can be made by anyone who believes in cruelty free products and wants to support their local economy. With so many options on the market now, there’s no reason not to try something new!