When I look at new perfumes I often wonder – ‘Do we have a safe scent for those that care for their health or yet another toxic cocktail?’ I one find almost all mainstream perfumes and synthetic scents quite nauseating. I feel sick almost straight away and the feeling doesn’t leave until I get away from the smell.
This review was born when I noticed a “natural’ perfume on the market by Vrindavan Organic and I wondered if I could tolerate it. I figure that I am the perfect person to try it on because I can tolerate most pure essential oils but not the cheaper ‘fragrance oils’.
I chose Himalayan Sunset – roll on perfume oil for this trial.
Vrindavan Organic perfume oil comes in slim glass 10ml bottles just a bit longer than a standard lipstick case. They have a black plastic lid and underneath a little roll on applicator just like a mini roll-on deodorant bottle.
The art work is unsophisticated but the shape and size of the bottle makes it quite convenient to put in your handbag, make up bag or glove box. Actually it was the packaging that made me buy the product because my first thought was “Why would I buy that when I could just carry a bottle of essential oil around?” Then I realised that firstly, – some essential oil bottles leak when not upright and secondly this provided the opportunity to wear a blend without having to mess around finding and trialling small bottles. I carried the Himalayan Sunset oil dutifully around in my handbag for a week and happily, it didn’t leak.
Well I can’t compare this to standard perfumes because I can’t wear them but the scent lasted easily most of the day. I found it too strong a smell for me when placed around the nape of the neck or behind the ears but when I applied it arm pit level or lower I found the smell quite pleasant.
I chose the ‘Himalayan’ option as I prefer smells that are not too flowery however they had several other blend options in the display to suit different moods and tastes and currently have several blends on sale on their website (see below for link).
It is suitable for both everyday use and performance use. Using this will have you still smelling nice after your show even if you are sweating and your deodorant has let you down.
I couldn’t check the ingredients list against the EWG data base this time because it is undergoing a facelift and not available at present. I had to go old school and consult those dusty rectangular shapes on my bookcaseJ. Luckily I have 4 books on aromatherapy from my days of studying natural medicine.
Ingredients: Camellia, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Palmarosa and Patchouli essential oils
According to “Practical Aromatherapy by Penny Rich” Ylang-ylang is useful for calming tension, lifting negative moods and increasing sensuality! Probably not a bad one to include before a performance! Both ylang- ylang and patchouli oil are considered safe for home use she says. As far as the other oils are concerned they are not among the most commonly used oils so information was scarce -I could only find nutmeg listed as common in centuries old recipes but as we use it as a spice in cooking too and have done so for millennia I am confident of its safety.
I also found out that Cleopatra not only wore essential oils but had the sails of her ship soaked in them to add fragrance to her travels. How divine!! 1 Choosing a perfume blend that is made of essential oil may be adding a whole new level of authenticity to your dance!
An actual allergy to the plant used in the oil would probably be the only danger but that is the case with any product.
Here’s what Vrindavan says of this product on its website:-
Not tested on animals
My summary: 5/5
Product: Vrindavan Perfume Oil
Size: 0.15 oz
Suitable for day wear: yes,
Suitable for stage: yes
Price: $14.95 online or a different scent on special for $9.95AUD
Where can I buy it: I purchased this at the Bellingen Amcal chemist but it is easily available to anyone online
As with all my natural make-up posts to date – I have no affiliation with Vrindavan.
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- Aromatherapy by Judith Jackson