Mudcat Café message #3461407 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148851   Message #3461407
Posted By: Rara Avis
04-Jan-13 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: MudWimminzes: Your Self-Care Routine?
Subject: RE: BS: MudWimminzes: Your Self-Care Routine?
If I may, I'd like to weigh in on the fragrance issue. Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume to be made without genuine flower oils. Instead, it was made of various chemicals. It was so popular it gave the other perfume houses 'permission' to use the cheaper chemicals instead of expensive flower oils. As far as I am able to determine, the only perfume still made with flower oils today is 'Joy'. Most of those fragrance chemicals in your perfume cost very little to make yet the perfumers charge you as though flower petals were being handpicked and the oils distilled to create the perfume. Perfumers do not disclose what's in those chemicals as it is proprietary information. Think about that the next time you spray some scent on your skin. In the US most of those fragrance chemicals are made in a lab in Camden, NJ. There is another lab in Philadelphia.

If you use a good quality essential oil, it's probably made with flower oils. Remember the "zone of fragrance". It's about 6 inches around you. Scent is meant for someone you know well (think nuzzling your neck); it should not announce your entrance into the room and linger long after you departed.

Years ago my respiratory system was damaged by chemotherapy drugs. I can no longer tolerate fragrance. Before you splash on that perfume, please give a thought to those of us who are sensitive to fragrance. We're not trying to spoil your experience; we only want to breathe.