Reviewed: These Luxe Perfume Oils Are Good for Your Hormones
Since fragrance houses aren't required to list the individual ingredients that go into their perfumes (lest another competing company might steal their winning formula), it's hard to know exactly what goes into your favourite scent. While most blends are made from a mix of both natural and synthetic elements, the exclusion of either isn't a guarantee that hormone disrupting chemicals are absent. (Yep, depending on which studies you read, even essential oils have the potential to disrupt hormones.) Almost all perfumes contain non-fragrant ingredients like preservatives and other additives to help keep them stable. Some (including synthetic antioxidants like butylated hydroxytoluene or BHT) are believed to mimic oestrogen in the body which can cause hormone imbalance. Some studies suggest BHT can even promote the growth of tumours. Scary, right? Another concerning group of ingredients is phthalates. Phthalates have been linked to early puberty in girls and reduced sperm count in men, and are classified as a Category 1 substance by The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption due to their effects on hormones. Generally found in plastics, one type commonly used in perfume (called diethyl phthalate or DEP), helps make scent last longer. Worryingly, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found phthalates in 70 per cent of 17 name brand perfumes.
Enter: The International Fragrance Association (or IFRA). IFRA is a globally recognised body that promotes a set of safety standards for the fragrance industry. Its aim is to ensure that any ingredients used in the production of perfume are safe and don't pose a risk to consumers. When a fragrance maker sticks by IFRA guidelines, you can rest easy knowing its products are free from proven hormone disruptors. One such company is Lumira aka the Mecca of luxe candles. The brand recently launched a trio of perfume oils, and all three are not only good for your hormones, but they also smell incredible.
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Oud is one of the most expensive perfumery ingredients in the world. How exxy? The type used in this Sodashi Body Oil is worth $9K per kilo, so, VERY. If you're unfamiliar, oud is a resin-embedded wood that comes from the agar tree, and is a big thing in the Middle East where people wear the fragrant oil straight up. In this particular perfume, oud is blended with rose, bergamot and sandalwood for a rich, spicy scent that's so intense it lasts on skin for days.
Inspired by the richly perfumed royalty of ancient Persia, this sultry scent has Damask Rose (said to be the source of the world's finest rose water and rose oil) at its heart. On first sniff, you'll pick up both rose and geranium (along with a splash of sweet orange and mandarin), before the whole thing turns soft and cosy thanks to a honeyed amber base note. Fresher than what you might be used to, this isn't your Nan's powdery rose perfume.
This is the kind of fragrance you could share with your dude, it smells equally amazing on both sexes. Sweet and earthy, imagine sipping a heady cocktail of syrupy tangerine, spicy cardamom and vanilla whilst sitting in a leather club chair. It's at its best a half hour in—the fruity top note dissipates, making way for the lush caramel and whiskey-like undertones of tobacco to shine through.