You may have noticed that your natural perfumes don’t last as long as your synthetic ones. That may feel like the downside of switching to natural, but when you understand why, you may not feel like it’s a downside after all.
There are several forms of phthalates utilised in perfume, the most common being DEP (diethyl phthalate), used as a denaturing agent for alcohol, and as a fixative to hold scent on the skin for longer. Although there has been some action taken in some countries to reduce the extensive use of phthalates (mainly in relation to children’s products), they are still used widely, and continue to pose a serious risk to our health.
Around 1000 chemicals in use worldwide (in many types of products) are classified as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) due to their ability to mimic or block the action of natural hormones and interfere with development and function.
EDCs have been linked to adverse impacts on both the endocrine and nervous systems (which are intimately intertwined), and have been known to alter important animal behaviours by modulating serotonin and dopamine in the body (neurotransmitters which regulate many functions including mood, sleep and cognition), as well as other neurotransmitter pathways.
Ever considered that the synthetic scents you love could be contributing to your mental health challenges? Research shows that some of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrance can negatively impact your nervous system, hormones and cortisol, leading to (or exacerbating) feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
Over recent years, many environmental chemicals have been shown to disrupt the actions of hormones and have been termed endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) or endocrine disruptors. Research is pointing to strong links between xenoestrogens (synthetic oestrogens), often now referred to as "obesogens", and weight gain.
There is a lot of assuming that goes on when people buy vegan products. But just because it's vegan, doesn't mean its healthy. Or safe. Or environmentally friendly. We give you the lowdown on what factors to consider when looking for safe and healthy vegan cosmetics and fragrance.
This year, we’re swapping unnecessary stuff for commitments - to ourselves and the planet - and making the magic of Christmas mindful again. We're pledging to prioritise presence over presents by spending more time with loved ones... and when it comes to gifting, we're committing to asking people what they really need, supporting local businesses, and investing in natural, ethically sourced presents where possible.
In the interest of keeping our commitment to you of 100% transparency, always, we want to help you choose a truly natural fragrance this Christmas - whether it’s for a loved one or for your own wish list. To help you look for the right information and ask the right questions, here's our simple guide on how to identify a 100% natural fragrance for your home or body, and not fall into the “clean” trap.
You may be asignature scentkind gal, or awear what you feeltype of guy. Either way, choosing a new scent can be daunting. With thousands of fragrances to choose from, and hundreds of different brands, where do you even start?
We’re here to make choosing easier, with five tips to help you find a perfume you’ll adore.
In packaged food, swerving sensitivities is pretty straightforward: itwill always state in the ingredients if common allergens (eg. nuts, fish and eggs) are present. But when it comes to fragrance, these kinds of warnings aren’t so cut and dry. We've investigated the current legislation surrounding allergens and how to tell *exactly* what’s in a spritz.
There’s no universal or official definition for "clean" when it comes to beauty, so any brand can make this claim without the need for certification. This isn’t surprising given that the cosmetics industry is incredibly lax when it comes to labelling laws. Butthis lack of transparencyisfrustrating for consumers who unwittingly believe they are making an informed choice about what they’re choosing to use on their skin.