Fragrances

Perfumes & Eaux de parfum

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Don’t we all need to spray a bit of perfume before leaving the house? But not all of us know the ingredients that are included in our perfume bottles. This category explains some of the ingredients and show you the ones you should avoid.

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Parfum (Fragrance): Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Citral: Also called lemonal or 3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadienal is an enal that is commonly used in perfumery as an aroma compound for its citrus effect. Citral is not only known for its strong aroma, this ingredient also has antimicrobial properties.
  • Coumarin: This ingredient is an aromatic organic chemical that is highly soluble in ether, diethyl ether or some other chemicals. 
  • Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners. 
  • Butane: This ingredient is an organic compound. It is an odorless and colorless gas that is commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products. 
  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is an ingredient used in many cosmetics to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface.
  • Dimethicone: Also called polymethylsiloxane, it is a medication used to heal or prevent itchiness, dryness, and other minor skin irritations. It is an emollient which is a substance that moisturizes and softens the skin. Dimethicone is a skin protectant that has skin-conditioning agents and the properties of a lubricant. 
  • Limonene: This is a colorless liquid with a light citrus aroma that is commonly used in cosmetics. It is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in many citrus fruits. This ingredient can act as a fragrance and also as a solvent. 
  • Benzyl Alcohol: This ingredient is a colorless liquid that has aromatic properties and can be found in soap, fragrances, perfumes, flavors, and hair products.
  • Ethanol: This ingredient is a chemical compound and is part of the list of simple alcohols. Ethanol has the property of evaporating quickly when warmed by the skin’s temperature. It is also considered to be the main carrier for the fragrance oils.

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Parfum (Fragrance): Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Acetone: Also known as propanone, this ingredient is an organic compound that is colorless, volatile and flammable. If exposed chronically to this ingredient, the skin is more likely to become red and irritated. Not only this, but when used in high portions, it can also lead to a very dry and cracked skin.
  • Limonene: This is a colorless liquid with a light citrus aroma that is commonly used in cosmetics. It is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in many citrus fruits. This ingredient can act as a fragrance and also as a solvent. 
  • Benzyl Alcohol: This ingredient is a colorless liquid that has aromatic properties and can be found in soap, fragrances, perfume and flavors.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Essential Oils: Essential oils are an effective alternative for a perfume. The commercial perfumes tend to use synthetic organics which are not the skin’s best friend, feel free to use essential oils while making your own homemade perfume. Make sure to keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe, some of them are also toxic even in low doses, as for example jasmine essential oil.
  • Base Oils: While making your own natural perfume, you need to use base oils. Jojoba oil or sweet almond oil are said to be the best carrier for perfumes as not only do they smell good, but they are also soft and kind to your skin. Before you purchase your base oil, keep in mind that there are some oils have a relatively short shelf life compared to others.

 

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