26 January 2012

Fragrance Free?

I love to smell good. I love to have my neck nuzzled and hearing the whisper of how good I smell. I love the idea of having a "signature scent."

So imagine my distress when I recently developed an allergy to fragrance... *sad panda*

But I'm just not the type to forgo a touch of a special scent, I mean I feel naked walking out the door without a spritz of my favorite fragrance. Thus began my search for something natural that wasn't a spray and omitted alcohol from its formulation.

I've only tried a couple brands, and so far I'm satisfied enough that I don't feel like I'm missing something. So for fellow divas in my position, here are my reviews for the two that I've tried so far. I'm still on the hunt for something to now call my "signature." Which will likely be a bit challenging since my prior one was Miss Dior Cherie...

Solid perfumes by Pacifica

Small and portable
Cute lil' tins
Lovely scents
Natural wax base
Variety of options

Minor messy application - wish it came in a chapstick tube
Lasting power

My personal favorites are Tuscan Blood Orange, which is delicious and light, but dissipates extremely quickly. I imagine that it would work fabulously summer scent. I also have the Spanish Amber, which works as my deep and spicy nighttime fragrance and has a lengthier staying power than the Blood Orange, but neither last nearly as long as I'd like. An upside is that since that retail for about $9 each, you can try several without breaking the bank.

LAVANILA Forever Fragrance Oil

Alcohol free!
Essential oils
Long lasting
Reasonable price

Extremely limited fragrance options
Smells more like vanilla than anything else
No sensual scents

I purchased the Forever Fragrance in Vanilla Coconut, but it just smells like vanilla to me. I would love for them to make the secondary scent more robust. It's pretty and though I certainly wouldn't say it lasts forever, it does last at least until after lunch. They currently have a limited edition blackberry vanilla fragrance, but unfortunately they do not offer this in the Forever Fragrance line (fingers crossed that they'll offer it soon). The vial is a rollerball, so application is easy, and even though it's an oil it absorbs quickly and hasn't stained any of my clothing or anything. And for $25 you get a very generous amount, so it will certainly last you a while.

This search hasn't been easy, so if there are any ladies who know of other retailers or brands who offer great alcohol free, natural fragrances I'd love recommendations, please feel free to post them below by clicking the comments link!

The opinions given in this post are purely my own and I received no compensation for them.

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