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Intoxicated Or Toxic: Why You Should Switch To Natural Perfumes Featuring Christy Organics

My introduction to perfumes was when my dad bought me a bottle of Ralph Lauren Romance as a teen, and I remember spritzing it all over myself and feeling so very grown up. I then discovered Gucci Rush as a working adult and its intense, woody fragrance gave me the extra boost of confidence I needed.

As it turns out, the perfumes I loved were more toxic than intoxicating.

The problem is that most fragrances don't tell you everything that is in it. A 2010 study by EWG in partnership with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics revealed your fragrance can be a hidden concoction of natural essences and synthetic ingredients (often petrochemicals, yuck!), with some chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions and many of which have not been assessed for safety.

This is due to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973 which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on product labels but protects fragrance as "trade secret", allowing the industry to keep consumers in the dark about the components in the fragrance, even if the questionable ingredients can accumulate in the human body and present serious health risks.

That said, it has been hard to part with my precious perfume collection, especially when each bottle carries such sentimental value and connects me to past memories and experiences, and this would remain the final stronghold in my transition to a fully green beauty routine.

I was honored when Christy of Melbourne-based Christy Organics reached out to me some time back to review her line of luxurious natural perfumes (although it has taken me a while to put this feature together no thanks to my hypersensitive pregnant nose!). Coming from a family of three generations of herbalists and natural medicine practitioners, her creations are a combination of intuition, inspiration and passion, with the composition and testing taking up to six months to perfect.

"Creating a scent is an act of magical transformation... capturing fantasy, dream, reality and passion in a bottle. I'm a dreamer, I cannot imagine living a life without dreams and passion." - Christy 

[Credit: Christy Organics]
Proudly Australian owned and made, they source their 100% natural ingredients solely from local supplies to ensure the highest quality and handcraft in small batches for optimum product condition and shelf life. Free from synthetic components or additives, the perfumes are alcohol-, paraben- and phthalate-free and the ingredients undergo minimum filtration to maximize the staying power after dry down, with each bottle boasting an impressive 1,000+ hours of wear time.

The perfumes are housed in sleek glass roll-on bottles that are easy to carry around in your purse and reapply anytime. All you have to do is shake the bottle and apply the product to your pulse points like the inside of your wrists, behind your ears and on your sternum, and your body heat will activate the natural aromatics and plant concentrates to release a scent that will unfold and evolve on you as the base of jojoba oil melts into your skin. The product stays on me for a good 4-5 hours each time, depending the weather and my activity for the day.

From L-R: Urbane, Abundance, Satisfaction and Amber 
Christy sent me four of her perfumes to try, all of which I love for different reasons:
Urbane (AUD89.99 / US$67.50) is inspired by Christy's daughter Helena who loves Lavender and her best friend Karen who introduced her to Helichrysum, and it marries both florals with the woody undertone of Sandalwood. This has a grounding aroma that will help bring some nature back to your hectic urban lifestyle, and is suitable for people who are drawn to green floral scents (with a hint of spice).
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Lavandula Officinalis (French Lavender) oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Immortelle) oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) oil
*Certified Organic

Abundance (AUD89.99 / US$67.50was Christy's first blend, created to lift up her energy and spirits when she was suffering from fatigue and anxiety. It contains the fresh and uplifting scent of Pink Grapefruit and Rose Geranium with the warm and soothing undertones of Frankincense and Patchouli. It carries a touch of Oriental decadence that is perfect for anyone who likes a more herbaceous blend and happens to be my favorite!
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) oil, Benzoin Sumatra (Styrax Benzoin) Absolute, Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clove) oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) oil*, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) oil

*Certified Organic

Satisfaction (AUD89.99 / US$67.50is a throwback to Christy's childhood in Malaysia and her parent's love of Nutmeg, and it perfectly encapsulates the warmth and comfort of family. The most feminine-smelling of the lot, the exotic spicy overtone of Nutmeg will hit you first, followed by the balmy mixture of Tonka and Vanilla beans. A fusion of sweet and smokey, it is ideal for someone who loves spiced vanilla or the smell of a campfire burning. 
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka Bean) Absolute, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) oil*, Myroxylon Balsamum (Tolu Balsam) Absolute, Myristica fragrans (Nutmeg) Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Oil
*Certified Organic

Amber (AUD59.99 / US$45.00is the newest addition to the line and a unisex scent that has been described as "subtle yet assured" in GQ Australia. The key notes are Vanilla and Labdanum, the latter giving the perfume its warm, musky scent and providing calming and stress-relieving qualities. Assertive without being overpowering, this clean and rich scent will appeal to even the most sensitive nose.
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) oil^*, Benzoin Sumatra (Styrax Benzoin) Absolute, Cistus Ladaniferus (Labdanum) absolute & Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*
*Certified Organic

P/S: You may find tiny sediment in the perfumes- these are 100% naturally occurring material from the plant ingredients and not impurities.

Good news- you can use code NIHAO25 for AUD25 off your order + free international shipping if you purchase from the Christy Organics website from now until Thursday June 8!

* The products in this post were kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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