Beauty

Get the l’eau down on the best nat­u­ral fra­grances.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

These days, it’s easy to find nat­u­ral skin­care and make-up prod­ucts that are both ef­fi­ca­cious and chem­i­cal free. Fra­grance has proved a lit­tle trick­ier, and con­sumers seek­ing “clean” scents of­ten have to make do with sin­gle-note es­sen­tial oils.

But that’s chang­ing, as more niche beauty brands are pro­duc­ing per­fumes mi­nus syn­thetic or po­ten­tially toxic in­gre­di­ents (think phtha­lates and parabens, which are en­docrine dis­rup­tors). The next gen­er­a­tion of nat­u­ral per­fumes is ready to com­pete with – and some­times even ex­ceed – their con­ven­tional coun­ter­parts.

“Fra­grance in­ter­acts with our skin’s s se­bum – it’s why they smell dif­fer­ent o on ev­ery­one – and nat­u­ral fra­grances h have more mol­e­cules in the raw ma­te­rial,” ex­plains fra­grance spe­cial­ist and ed­u­ca­tor Sa­man­tha Tay­lor. “So they evolve more on the skin than syn­thetic scents, and have a beau­ti­ful com­plex­ity.”

There is a note of cau­tion, how­ever. Those with sen­si­tiv­ity con­cerns are of­ten ad­vised to use nat­u­ral or fr fra­grance-free skin­care, whereas the op­po­site is true for per­fume. “Nat­u­ral fr fra­grances con­tain more al­ler­gens than sy syn­thet­ics, so those with ex­tremely s sen­si­tive skin should do a patch test b be­fore pur­chas­ing,” warns Tay­lor.

(clock­wise from top left) ONE SEED S Dreamer EDP, EDP $85 $ (30ml), one­seed­per­fumes.com; DEDCOOL Fra­grance Num­ber 01 Taunt EDP, $99.95 (50ml), the­beau­tyedit.com.au; BASTIDE Figue Amour EDT, $45 (10ml), mecca.com.au; SAMUEL GRAVAN Amyris Sum­mer Spray, $75 (30ml), samuel­gra­van.com; GRAN­DI­FLORA

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