Does the very idea of just sitting next to someone doused in department store fragrances cause you immediate feelings of revulsion? Do you rip fragrance ads out of a magazine before you flip though them?
In the past, fragrances and I were not a great mix. While I could, at times, appreciate a fragrance on others, once I doused myself with the same blend I was met with feelings of nausea and anxiety. Sampling fragrances was never an enjoyable experience for me. Just a light spritz of a mainstream perfume, that had for a moment caught my curiosity, had me hightailing it to the nearest sink to vehemently scrub away every last remaining odor. I had desperately wanted to find my signature scent, but years of perusing the aisles of Sephora led me nowhere. It wasn’t until I discovered cleaner fragrances (free of parabens, alcohol, sulfates and phthalates) that I realized that not only could I tolerate fragrances, but I could experience feelings of joy and peace when wearing them. I also found that I could enjoy a whole plethora of different notes and blends.
If you’re like me and find yourself finicky with fragrances, I have a few recommendations that will have you finally falling in love with perfume.
Kai Fragrance Oil was the first fragrance that I have ever truly fallen for, although not a “natural” option. This cult-favorite blends gardenia flowers with white exotics, to create a tropical floral fragrance. In staying on the tropical spectrum, Candlenut from Juara is a bright and joyful blend of lush greens, freesia, jasmine, bergamot, rose, and coconut. Honoré des Prés’ Love Coconut fragrance is a mature blend of coconut and vanilla in a woodsy white cedar base. It’s a warm and sultry fragrance that works year-round. Tuberose and puakenikeni blend together in Leahlani Skincare’s Pua Lei* to create a sweet, clean and soft floral fragrance. Rounding out my favorites with a deviation from the tropical variety, is the ever exquisite sweet and spicy citrus fragrance, Satori* from Lina Hanson.