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If you’re on a journey towards natural skincare, no doubt you will start considering what perfumes you should be using. Natural perfumes without chemicals do exist and they do smell as good (if not better) than their synthetic counterparts found on many shelves of high street drugstores!
I’m not here to scaremonger and I don’t claim to be an expert on ingredients. But the amount of evidence suggesting the harmful impact of synthetic and often harmful ingredients that are within our skincare products is, quite frankly, mind-boggling.
Before I got on this green beauty and lifestyle journey myself, I had had no idea that what we see in shops could actually be harmful. You sort of assume if it’s in the shops, it must be safe. It must have gone through some rigorous testing and checks to ensure it’s not going to harm us. Well, that’s not quite the case with the cosmetics industry. It’s not regulated the way food industry is – although even that industry isn’t perfect!
I’d always liked a nice perfume. I think most people do, don’t they? Everyone wants to smell nice. Especially when you’re a young person and you start exploring with dating, wanting to appear attractive. After all, a beautiful aroma can work its magic – you know, all those pheromones are at play here!
But what if you realised that what you’re spraying on you can have a devastating impact on your health?
I’ve now completely ditched conventional perfumes and I really don’t miss those overpowering perfume counters which I used to love to explore to find a new favourite smell and a pretty bottle to put on my dressing table.
Learning about potentially harmful ingredients was an eye opener and gave me the power to choose what I was buying, rather than rely on clever advertising which would entice me to focus on pretty packaging rather than on what was inside.
If you don’t know much about ingredients and only read description labels, I really encourage you to brush up on those long tongue-twisting words. If I could do it, so could you. You can check out my two posts: My six gold rules for deciphering skincare ingredient lists and labels and Keep away from children – even though it’s aimed at children, it covers all the ingredients that I avoid as an adult myself.
Recently, I’ve also become aware of a documentary called Stink! (available on YouTube) which delves into the specific subject of toxic ingredients found in perfumes and it’s definitely worth a watch so that we can all start questioning our actions. There’s also an interesting interview with the film’s director about what prompted him to make the video.
Walden Natural Perfumes – natural perfumes without chemicals
So my first encounter with natural perfumes was with LoveLula’s range called Walden Natural Perfumes. I absolutely love how the range has been named after Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden. Published in 1854, the book is part memoir, part spiritual quest which Thoreau wrote over the course of two years, two months and two days at a woodland cabin he built in Massachusetts, US. I haven’t read the book yet but I feel quite inspired by its premise of wanting to live a simpler life in natural surroundings.
Each Walden natural perfume is named after a quote from Walden:
Castles in the Air perfume
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
A Little Star-Dust perfume
“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
A Different Drummer perfume
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Two Eternities perfume
“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.”
The Solid Earth perfume
“Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature, – daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, – rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?”
See The Moonlight perfume
“I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains.”
Aren’t these quotes lovely?
So far I’ve tried two of the Walden Perfumes, A Little Star-Dust and See the Moonlight. Both come in either a spray bottle or rollerball perfume oil. Having used these for a couple of years now and I personally prefer the rollerballs. The aroma simply lasts longer when applied directly on pulse points.
When you first smell A Little Star Dust, you are met with notes of ylang ylang, iris and jasmine. When those dissipate, the beautiful base notes of vanilla, coffee and tonka bean begin to linger on your skin.
As far as ingredients are concerned, as with all Walden perfumes, we have a mixture of natural absolutes, resins and essential oils. Absolutes are concentrated, highly aromatic oily mixtures, extracted from plants. They are similar to essential oils but they’re extracted through a different method. In perfumery and aromatherapy, they play an important role because they contain much more of the aromatic principles of the plants than their steam-distilled counterparts.
Some essential oils and absolutes might be unsuitable to those of us with sensitive skin, however my personal experience of using Walden perfumes is very positive as I’ve had no allergic reactions.
Ingredients (INCI): Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, Amyris balsamifera (West Indian Rose) bark oil, Iris pallida (Dalmation Iris) root oil, Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, Jasminum sambac (Jasmine) flower extract, Coffea arabica seed oil, Cistus ladaniferus resin, Vanilla planifolia fruit oil, Dipteryx odorata seed oil, *Farnesol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *d-Limonene, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol
*Naturally occurring in essential oils.
I’ve previously written about this perfume back in July 2017. I’m pretty much finished with this bottle so as you can see, it’s lasted me a good 18 months or so… I now also own the rollerball which I actually find lasts longer.
See the Moonlight is my favourite perfume EVER, not just the favourite natural one but an all-time favourite! I’m honestly considering purchasing a few bottles in one go so that I never run out!! I’ve already spoken about my love for it in my posts LoveLula BeautyBox June 2018 and September 2018 skincare favourites.
It’s a very deep scent and probably not everyone’s cup of tea. But for me, it’s reminiscent of Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes which I used to wear “back in the day” and they were similarly heady, chypre fragrances. See the Moonlight opens up with bergamot as the top note which is a nice and fresh scent. Its heart notes include jasmine and rose, followed by base notes of sandalwood and ambrette seed which give the perfume that deep, woody aroma. There’s also patchouli which I absolutely love.
Ingredients-wise, it has a similar formulation as other Walden perfumes – a mix of absolutes, resins and essential oils. I suggest that if you are sensitive to certain essential oils that you get a small travel size bottle (5ml) to test them out.
Ingredients (INCI): Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Jasminum sambac (Jasmine) flower extract, Santalum album (Sandalwood) oil, Myrocarpus frondosus wood oil, Iris pallida (Dalmation Iris) root oil, Evernia prunastri (Ring Lichen) extract, Cistus ladaniferus oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) leaf oil, Rosa centifolia (Cabbage Rose) flower extract, Hibiscus abelmoschus seed oil, Citrus aurantium (Bitter Orange) flower oil, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Eugenol, *Treemoss Extract, *d-Limonene, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Linalol.
*Naturally occurring in essential oils.
What I also love about the Walden Natural Perfumes range is that they have a unisex quality to them. Not only are the bottles very unisex, with their simple and classic design, but the aromas themselves could easily be both a man’s and a woman’s perfume.
So overall, I’m really impressed with the Walden Natural Perfumes range, mostly because I’ve been able to find a scent that I like and that has natural ingredients.
In terms of pricing, I think there’s something for everyone. Rollerballs are between £14-£17 – the bottles are only 10ml but I do find that the oils make the rollerballs last longer. Purse sprays cost between £18-£24, for 15ml. Finally, the full size spray bottles range from £40 to £70 so it’s a bit of an investment but they’re definitely comparable to designer brands. My favourite See the Moonlight is the top of the range at £70 and I’m not surprised, it’s a superb-quality perfume!
Have you tried the Walden Natural Perfumes? Or any other brands of natural perfumes?
Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk were gifted to me as part of my involvement in LoveLula’s Accredited Bloggers Program, the others were purchased by me because I truly love the brand. As always, all views expressed in this post are my own and honest. This post also contains affiliate links.