Fragrances are amazing – they uplift mood, evoke memories, and inspire confidence. But did you know, the fragrance industry commonly uses over 3,000 chemicals? 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, and many of these chemicals can cause harm. Parabens, phthalates, PEGs, just to name a few. Not only do fragrances affect you, they are airborne and can affect those around you. Luckily, we recently discovered a safe fragrance option whose scents are amazing and fresh – Skylar Body. It’s never too late to practice safe scents, and here are some reasons why.
Natural ingredients smell natural!
Contrary to popular belief, most perfumes are 100% synthetically fragranced, because in general synthetic ingredients are cheaper and easier to obtain than natural ingredients. As a result, many perfumes smell artificial, harsh, and too “perfumy.”
Skylar believes in using high-quality natural ingredients, and obtaining them from sustainable farms all over the world
Search for fragrances that are hypoallergenic
Almost all fragrances are allergenic. 30% of people are either allergic to perfumes or think their perfumes are too strong. Allergic reactions can come in different ways: headaches, sneezing, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, itchy and red skin, just to name a few. Not only can perfumes cause allergic reactions to the person using them, they can trigger allergies for the people around them. Another interesting fact is both synthetic AND natural ingredients can be allergenic. For example, lavender is a known allergen.
At Skylar, their formulation philosophy is to use natural ingredients as much as possible. When the natural ingredient causes allergies, then they replace it with a hypoallergenic and safe lab-made ingredient.
Make sure your body spray or perfume have NO parabens
Many scented products, especially lotions and shampoos, contain parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives in personal care and cosmetic products today. They are effective in preventing bacterial growth and they are inexpensive, so that’s why they have been commonly used for a very long time. Scientific studies have pointed out a link between parabens and breast cancer.
Skylar doesn’t use parabens. Their perfumes start with a base of organic sugar cane alcohol, which is a natural antibacterial.
Watch out for phthalates.
Phthalates are present in almost anything fragranced, because they serve as inexpensive solvents and make fragrances last longer. Phthalates have been known to be hormone disrupters for over 7 decades, and there have been many studies linking phthalates to breast cancer, as well as negative impact on children’s development and men’s health. Because phthalates can be hidden under the general “fragrance” umbrella on ingredient labels, they are not easy to detect.
Skylar scents do not contain phthalates.
Steer clear of animal by-products
Not everyone knows that some perfumes use animal ingredients to provide unique scents. The use of animal by-products in fragrances is unregulated but not prohibited. Some animal by-products, like animal musk, can only be obtained through direct extraction from the animal, which is cruel and painful.
Skylar perfumes are vegan, cruelty-free, and never use animal by-products.
Try to find a fragrance that doesn’t animal test
In this day and age, consumers may be shocked to know that most global beauty companies still test on animals. One of the reasons is because some countries (like China) require animal testing in order for imported products to be sold there.
Skylar never tests on animals.
Fragrances are wonderful, and you should be able to enjoy them with complete peace of mind. Next time you shop for a new fragrance for yourself or for a gift, consider a safe option like Skylar that doesn’t compromise the scent one bit. They also offer a sampling kit, which allows you to try all the scents at home before committing to a full sized bottle. Think “at home perfume concierge service,” which eliminates the need to go to a department store.