Did you know that the perfume industry uses well over 3,000 manmade chemicals in its products?
Wear regular perfume and you’ll be putting any number of these on your skin. And of course, what you put on your skin makes its way into your bloodstream.
It’s a little-known fact that synthetic ingredients routinely used in perfumes include chemicals linked with hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, liver and kidney damage, and cancer.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that it’s possible to buy perfumes that contain none of these scary ingredients, and today I want to tell you about an up-and-coming brand I discovered recently and have fallen in love with: Amsterdam-based Abel Organics.
Abel’s perfumes are made of organic essential oils in a base of non-denatured organic grain alcohol and there are two fragrances to choose from: Vintage ’13 and Tonic.
Both are divine, and my personal favourite is Tonic. Released this spring, it contains a mix of lime, bergamot, peppermint, geranium and sandalwood oils, ginger extract, vanilla absolute and food grade grain alcohol.
And that’s it. And not only do these perfumes contain only natural ingredients; each and every ingredient is independently certified organic.
Now there may be other natural perfumes out there made from 100% certified organic ingredients but I haven’t come across them (have you?)
Another thing that’s special about this brand: their fragrances are for both men and women.
And another: their bottles are encased in wood to protect the delicate natural ingredients from heat and light damage. But not just any wood; reclaimed wood.
For Tonic, Abel uses handcrafted Oregon pine made from support beams reclaimed from Amsterdam canals. For Vintage ’13, it’s handcrafted oak from reclaimed Dutch railway carriages.
Could this company be any cooler?!
Abel’s organic perfumes are available from selected stockists around Europe, and also via the Abel website, which you can visit to find out more about the company and its perfumes, and/or to order.