Perfume allergies -- Can I wear essential oils, citrus, or ANYTHING?

I have perfume allergies that are particularly bad this year to the point that breathing becomes difficult. I miss wearing perfume though! Is there anything natural and simple (as in containing very few ingredients) that I can lightly wear?

I'm so desperate that I was thinking maybe i can dab juice from a lemon or orange on me. And would essential oils be safe? Like lavendar or peppermint? I've tried rose water, but it smells like my grandma (which is fine on her, but its not for my liking).

TIA!
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perfume oils! you can find them at local health food stores or natural food stores

you can use essential oils, but you MUST dilute them in some carrier oil. jojoba or fractionated coconut oil are great oils to use. Use the EOs at recommended use %

hth
perfume oils! you can find them at local health food stores or natural food stores

you can use essential oils, but you MUST dilute them in some carrier oil. jojoba or fractionated coconut oil are great oils to use. Use the EOs at recommended use %

hth
Originally Posted by coilynapp
So perfume oils aren't ingredients used in regular perfumes? (the name is deceiving)
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Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
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they are not. resins and fragrant oils are used. typically aromatic resins like amber, frankincense or essential oils are used. I have one that is vanilla amber from this company which I found at my local co-op. Unless you are allergic to some EOs or resins, these should work well for you. Also look on etsy there are some on there for cheaper too!

ETA: I did a search on etsy using "perfume oil" here are the results
I have major fragrance sensitivities too. But -- there are fragrances that compel and attract me and that I love. All of them are derived from natural essential oils and most are organic. You just have to sift through and sniff to find them:

Room/linen spray - Herbal Choice Mari Citrus Pine - I smelled this at the Nia studio I go to and had to hunt it down; my nose loved it.

Bed sachet/sleep aid - Herbal "dream pillow" from Owen's Acres

Body lotion - Organic Fiji Red Currant - this is essentially my perfume as well. Delicious

Conditioners - EO Rose Chamomile, John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler, Mop Top Deep Conditioner and Daily conditioner, Renpure Organics My Pretty Hair is Parched Moisturizing conditioner (only drugstore condish I will use); Loma Pearatin conditioners and Loma Imply Molding creme to name a few.

Perfume - Shea Terra Organics Morrocan Amber - it's a natural resin.

Most of the drugstore stuff (and most of the highpriced stuff at Sephora for that matter) is chemically fragranced. I can't touch a Karen's Body Beautiful fragrance without sneezing and choking so I buy the unscented version. Even Jessicurl's innocuous island fantasy and lavender fragrances get to me. And forget about scented candles and commercial household cleaners, even the "green" ones like Mrs. Meyers and Caldrea.
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I can mostly do without perfume because my nose can't tolerate much smell, but I also noticed the roll on oils at Whole Foods (never looked at them though)

There is a seller on Etsy, Bathlife, whose are very inexpensive. I've had one of hers for a year and I paid very little for it and have barely made a dent in it (but that's because I rarely wear it)

Still if you wore it everyday you would get AT LEAST two months use out of it.

Her deos are tempting, but be careful cause my derm said they did not allow the skin to breathe. I don't want to say anything else because I don't want to slander someone.
Wow! Thanks! There sure is a lot out there. Too bad I can't test smell the etsy ones before buying. They need to make scratch and sniff computer monitors!!
Good to hear Whole Foods does smell roll-ons at least!
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Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
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I also noticed the roll on oils at Whole Foods (never looked at them though).
Originally Posted by lesliegonnacurl
I stopped at Whole foods today and bought Aura Cacia Sweet Orange EO ($5 for .5 fl oz) and also Kuumba Made Arabian Sandalwood Fragrance Oil ($10 for 1/8 fl oz). The Arabian Sandalwood is soooo pretty smelling, and it's strong, so I plan on mixing it with jojoba for each use. Best of all the 2 EOs smell rather good together and are long-lasting!

I'm just a little leery about the Orange EO b/c it has warnings for pregnant women & people with medical conditions to consult their drs before use and says to keep out of direct sunlight and to dilute b/c it may irritate skin. So how is that safer than regular perfumes?

You can use essential oils, but you MUST dilute them in some carrier oil. jojoba or fractionated coconut oil are great oils to use. Use the EOs at recommended use %
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Does 18 drops for 1 oz of water sound right? It didn't give me exact directions, but did give me a recipe that said 9 drops sweet orange, 9 drops lavender, 1oz water in a mister bottle.

Again, thanks for the info everyone, I'm really excited to start wearing this stuff!
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!


Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's

Last edited by CurlyCowgirly; 05-07-2010 at 11:10 PM.
I actually don't know. 20 seems like alot.

On one site I read 10 drops EO per 1oz of oil, but that's for making a massage oil. I suppose if that's the recipe, then so be it (on the same site 20 drops EO in 5 oz water)

I found this here

Do that and see what you like
When working with EOs always remember a little goes a long way. If used in too high concentrations you can develop sensitivities to the EOs, and it sounds like your body is already prone to that sort of thing.

Here is a website that sells EOs and carrier oils. They're not the cheapest out there, but she has a lot of really great information and advice on her site.

http://www.naturesgift.com/methods.htm

She also will send you up to 5 free samples of her EOs for just $3 shipping. Thats a great deal because her EOs are top quality.

http://www.naturesgift.com/sample.htm

Have fun making your own custom blends and good luck!

Last edited by Ceri; 05-08-2010 at 11:27 AM. Reason: Added
I have the same problem, but I started using Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs perfumes since they are organic and non-chemical and list everything in the perfume. You start to figure out what bothers you after awhile. I'm allergic to lavender, jasmine, and freesia, and sometimes am sensitive to certain other flowers, so I tend to stick with food and musk scents. They have sample sizes called "imps", and you can order a set of 6 imps for $20.
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Here is another company located in WA that makes perfume oils. I think they are reasonably priced. Was introduced to them during a fair. My fav scents are amber and frankincense and mhyrr. I got the gentle breeze for my SO. He likes it a lot

http://www.liliedevallee.com/product...products_id=62

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