Before I start swooning about these amazing smelling products, which I want to share with you guys today, I just quickly wanted to explain my absence on here…In the last two weeks I was super busy with packing, finishing off my old job and tying up any loose ends, before moving across the world. Quite literally. So I am not in Germany anymore but am now back in beautiful, green New Zealand, which I am super excited about! There is still a lot to sort out and organise (as expected when you basically start a new life), but I definitely will get back into posting more on Joiful, because there are just too many amazing products that I really want to share with you! 🙂 So do keep an eye out for more regular content!
Alright, enough of that babbling…let’s talk about perfumes. Many of us probably wear perfumes every day and with the vast variety of scents to choose from, they often even reflect our personality. My signature scent used to be Dior Hypnotic Poison, which I just adored! However what I did not adore (and did not know about until a few months ago) was the amount of chemicals found in perfumes. For this post, I did a bit more research into what really goes into the production, so if you are interested keep on reading (or skip further below where I talk about the products). What is important to take away though is that perfume is usually sprayed directly onto our skin, so just like with skin care, our system will absorb all the ingredients directly! And believe me…you don’t want to have any of that stuff floating around your blood vessels.
Why you should avoid conventional perfumes
- The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that many popular perfumes contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum
- To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume
- The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label
- Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products
- EWG adds that some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues
- Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk
I know doing the research is important but I still much rather like to talk about all the positive things that other products provide so let’s move on to that…because YUM! I could smell these perfumes all day long!
The one that I tried first a couple of months ago is the Pacifica Island Vanilla solid perfume, which smells incredible. As you might have already guessed, vanilla is my absolute favourite scent so I am of course loving this one. However, there are also floral notes mixed in, which adds that Island feeling, if that makes sense 😉
Because it is solid and a rather small container, you can just chuck it into your purse and you can also take it onto planes, which is super handy. I just warm up a little bit of product between my finger tips and rub it onto my wrists and around my neck/ ears area (not really sure why tbh 😀 ). Sometimes I also use a tiny amount and rub it into the ends of my hair, because the scent tends to last quite long in my hair.
soy wax, Pacifica’s own perfume blend with natural and essential oils, apricot wax, coconut source
No parabens, animal testing, animal ingredients or artificial colors. 100% VEGAN and Gluten-free.
Also interesting: A portion of proceeds from all Island Vanilla sales goes to the Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit marine conservation organization.
In the picture above you can kind of see what the product looks like when you rub it onto your wrists. It basically feels like moisturiser on your skin, which is very nice! I would say, the scent is not as strong as regular perfume, however to me that is not really a downside, as a lot of conventional perfumes can be very overpowering and even would make me feel nauseous sometimes. Also, it is so easy to reapply, as you are obviously not spritzing around with your perfume bottle (cause you know that’s not really accepted in public places). Finally, you don’t need a lot of product at all, so the small tub seems to last surpassingly long.
Now onto the second one: Pacific Goddess by Pacific Perfumes. To be honest, this one is by far my favourite one out of the two. Not only does the packaging feel so luxurious and truly conveys that Island feeling, but the product is also handmade in New Zealand. Pacific Perfumes support eco and green options and their wooden perfume pots come from NZ Rainforest Alliance and FSC Certified Forests- pretty cool, huh?
The scent is amazing! So delicious and just right up my alley. I think with this one I might have already found a new signature scent! Also, it comes off a bit stronger than the other one and seems to linger longer on my skin. The website describes the scent as both soft and intensely rich, full of spicy yet delicate vanilla extracts, which I can only agree with. I also admire how much love they put into their products and naming them! Definitely check out their website for more details on the pacific goddess and the personality of the scent (yep, told ya they put a lot of detail into their products!).
Again, the packaging is great for taking the perfume with you:
Compact, everlasting, and beautiful to touch and a clever snap to system keeps them secure as well as sealed with a lacquer certified by the European Standards Authority.
Created from Essential oils and fragrance compounds (man made) and blended into a creamy solid base of jojoba, sweet almond oils and Beeswax.
All products are also certified cruelty free and the website mentions that there are also beeswax free, vegan options upon request.
By the way, both perfumes have an amazing price point compared to conventional perfumes. The Pacifica is even under $10 and the NZ-made one is available for NZ$28, which is a great price for a locally, eco-friendly product!
If you are not into solid perfumes, there are also a lot of natural spray perfume options out there, which I am definitely looking at trying out next!
Pheew, I feel like that was quite a lot to share, but isn’t it just so exciting how many incredible products there are, which are good for us and good for our planet!
Thank you very much for letting me share and please let me know what natural perfumes you could maybe recommend?
Lots of love from New Zealand,