Natural perfume that’s homemade by you, is healthier for your skin and environment than store-bought fragrances.
Fragrances bought at the shop usually contain chemicals. In fact, tests that were done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (and later studied by the Environmental Working Group) found thirty-eight chemicals in seventeen fragrance products. These chemicals usually include diethyl phthalate (which is linked to sperm damage), musk ketone (a synthetic material that builds up in human fat tissue and breast milk) and parabens (a preservative that disrupts hormone production).
I’ll bet this is making you eye our your expensive perfume with a crooked eye, huh? Ditch all the chemicals by making your own natural fragrance that smells yummy and is good for you.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the perfume:
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond or jojoba
- 1 tablespoon organic vodka
- Essential oils - you can play around with different scents to choose the combination you love the best!
- 2 tablespoons filtered water
How to make it:
- 1. Blend the ingredients together, except for the filtered water. Allow this to sit for 48 hours - the longer you let it stand, the stronger the scent will be.
- 2. Add the filtered water and shake the bottle well.
- 3. Filter the liquid through a coffee filter.
- 4. Pour it into a bottle of your choice
Another recipe includes the following amazing ingredients:
- 1. A bottle of cooking vanilla (that has no sugar)
- 2. Essential oils - play around with different scents, such as lavender or rose. Make sure that whatever oils you choose, they will work well with the vanilla.
Fragrance in a snap: Just pour the essential oils you’ve chosen into a spray bottle, then add in the vanilla. Make sure you shake it well and then spritz away. Yum! Now you smell good enough to eat.
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