Monday, November 21, 2011

Natural Perfume: Why It doesn't last long...

The number one complaint about natural perfumes is: why don’t they last longer? Natural perfumes, made with non-synthetic living flower extracts and plant botanicals, do not contain phthalates, parabens, or petroleum.

Phthalates are plasticizers used to soften vinyl plastic. They are added to synthetic fragrance to help extend the scent. Besides being hard to pronounce, phthalates are also suspected carcinogens and hormone disrupters. The amount of phthalates we are exposed to on a daily basis is staggering; from soft vinyl toys, food packaging, industrial lubricants, flooring, carpeting, and every commercial product that contains fragrance like dishwasher detergent and shampoo.

Then we have the parabens, a class of chemicals used as preservatives. Parabens are also suspected endocrine disruptors. Synthetic perfumes require a preservative to prevent rancidity. Tsi-La Organic fragrances include natural preservatives such as natural Vitamin-E.

In addition to the phthalates, 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic derivatives of petroleum, including toxins known to cause many health risks and allergies. The perfume industry is self-regulating, meaning perfume manufacturers are not required to provide formulations or safety information to the FDA.

With so much icky stuff in synthetic perfumes, a better question to ask is why one would continue to use them on one's skin? Natural perfumes don't last as long as synthetics precisely because they don't have these chemicals. Tsi-la natural and organic perfumes are the essence of nature - a marriage of organic freshness and pure plant botanicals. In using natural perfume you have the opportunity to capture the true essence of fragrant florals, sweet fruits, exotic grasses, rare woods and aromatic spices. Natural perfumes offer holistic benefits, which can not be found in synthetic fragrances. If your fragrance lasts all day, it is NOT natural.


  1. I bought a bunch of essential oils to use for home fragrance thinking they would be very potent and long lasting. They weren't. Though they smelled very nice, the scent only lasted about an hour after being dispensed. I tried soaking cotton balls, paper towels and putting 20 or so drops on my furnace filter. Maybe I'm doing it wrong or something, but each time I got a nice smell for about an hour then nothing. I wasn't expecting that at all. I was very disappointed. I thought I could trade in commercial air freshening products for essential oils, but they just aren't up to the job I guess.

  2. i recently went to a spa and she said she used a diffuser, you can find them on massage warehouse.. use with essential oils.