Every time I smell Secret Wish by Anna Sui I am whisked away to London, Paris, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam… It was the perfume I exclusively wore when I went on my first major trip overseas when I was 22. Secret Wish is still to this day my favourite perfume because of those lovely reminders I get every time I wear it.
A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. – Christian Dior
Scent Related Memory
Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’, the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.
More like chemically related memory…
Now I know what types of ingredients go into perfumes/fragrances/colognes: Parabens, phthalates, ethanol, formaldehyde, synthetic musks. 95% of the chemicals in most commercial fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and natural gas, known as petrochemicals. On average, 80% of fragrance formulations are comprised of these chemicals and in some cases, 100% of a formula can be synthetic.
To protect trade secrets, companies are permitted by the FDA to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside their bottle of perfume. That gives companies the freedom to load some fragrances with secret chemicals, sensitizers, potential hormone disruptors and chemicals not assessed for safety.
I would prefer that my memories get triggered by beautiful natural scents as opposed to chemicals. Sadly for me, Secret Wish is going on the chopping block but see my list of all natural perfume brands that I hope to also find my new favourite perfume.
Sadly for me, Secret Wish is going on the chopping block but see my list of all natural perfume brands from which I also hope to find my new favourite perfume.
So here are some all natural, cruelty-free brands that you can be assured you are getting the best scent related memory for your buck!
One Seed: 100% natural, nothing synthetic. Include a minimum of 80% organic ingredients. Vegan and cruelty-free (certified). Use recyclable and sustainable packaging and printing. Australian made and owned.
Hanako: The ‘I Am…’ Vibrational Scents series were carefully created to provide a natural alternative to synthetic perfumes. Derived from the Earth’s raw materials – using pure essential oils, gem and flower essences, crystal-infused purified water – and mantra, these all-natural perfumes help to raise your spirits and energetic being, not only through scent but through the energetic properties each ingredient holds.
Vanessa Megan: This brand has an exquisite collection of natural perfumes and colognes. Every one is unique, alcohol-free and 100% natural, infused with creatively selected certified organic essential oils. All their perfumes are designed to encourage a feeling of satisfaction empowered by aromatherapy.
Coast Sydney Botanicals: The name sound familiar? Made using essential oils and natural carrier oils, these all-natural perfumes are inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds us in Forests, Fields, Water, and even Cities. Their True Collection Natural Perfumes will give you a glorious experience, with the convenience of pocket-sized goodness.
Lavanila: Unlike traditional perfumes made of harsh chemicals that can damage and irritate the skin and senses, they uniquely infuse organic sugar cane alcohol with exotic essential oils and skin-pampering botanicals for 100% healthy, gorgeous and authentic expression of nature.
Leahlani Skincare: Even one of my favourite brands has a collection of all natural perfumes! All of their perfumes are blended in a base of organic and cold pressed oil. Mahana and Pua Lei are all blended with organic essential oils and organic extracts. All perfumes are phthalate and alcohol-free.
IME Natural Perfume: The nine Muses of Greek Mythology have been known throughout time to inspire and guide those who seek their radiance. IME is a series of perfumes where each scent is uniquely blended with 100% botanical ingredients that are designed to encompass the essence of each muse.
Do you have a favourite all natural perfume brand that I haven’t listed? Leave a comment below!
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