The Crunchy Cookie

Equal parts deliciousness and hippiness

I love the idea of having a signature scent. It all seems very sophisticated and sexy and well, French, to have one. That being said, I’ve never had much luck finding one and that’s partially due to the fact that many perfumes trigger headaches for me, especially synthetic fragrances in perfumes, body lotions, and deodorants. When you combine this sensitivity with safety concerns about “secret chemicals” in fragrances, it seemed like a good move for me to avoid perfumes altogether.

But there’s hope out there!  I recently discovered two companies that avoid the use of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, and other nastiness:

Lavanila, as the name implies, makes perfumes and other cosmetics that are all based on a vanilla note.  (Interestingly, the founders started the company because they bonded over their shared experience of “fragrance headaches” like mine.  Beats starting a support group!)  My absolute favorite is the Vanilla Grapefruit, and it doesn’t hurt that my husband loves it on me too!  Lavanila also includes antioxidants and healthy oils in its perfumes, supporting its claim to be a “healthy fragrance” company.

Pacifica is another great choice, and they have a greater variety of perfumes available as well as delicious-smelling and environmentally friendly candles.  The next time I have some cash burning a hole in my pocket, I’m going to spend it on one of Pacifica’s solid perfume gift sets, a great value that will allow me to experiment with scents and travel with them with ease.

Because who really wants one signature scent when you can have a dozen?


Facebook comments:

  1. Though I know about the toxicity of most well-known perfumes and creams and am not a frequent user, I hadn’t realized the variety and large number of toxins existing in perfumes. I will phase them out though I love my perfumes. The sensation of spraying chemicals on myself while the environment is doing plenty of that,carries no appeal to me. Thank you for the information…

  2. Sarah
    11:17 pm on July 8th, 2010

    Hi Rachel,

    You’re welcome! It can be hard to phase out products you love, but I hope you’ll find some new, safer favorites. If you do, please report back by posting here in the comments section or by emailing me at! Happy hunting!