Along with chocolate, roses and jewelry, perfume is one of the most romantic gifts you can buy. My dad often buys my mother perfume for Christmas, which she has always loved. What woman doesn’t enjoy having a sweet scent to spray on? Many women even say that they feel better about themselves, and are more productive when wearing perfume!
But sadly, my husband and I have been unable to keep the perfume gift tradition going because, quite frankly, I was too concerned about the chemicals in perfume to enjoy it. Perfumes are rarely naturally produced, but made with chemicals and synthetic fragrances now.
One such chemical group, phthalates, is used in perfume to help it linger. It’s not listed on the label of perfumes and was even found in perfumes that claimed to be phthalate free. Because of the concerns over phthalates, many of them have been banned by the European Union, but are still found in the US.
Even more troubling, synthetic fragrances are staying around much longer than they should. We are experiencing build ups in lakes and it’s showing up in our fat and in our breast milk.
Joanna from Actual Organics had this to add about this issue.
According to Dr Paula Baillie Hamilton our body doesn’t recognise the chemicals and so it stores it in a fat cell.
Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton has even written a book called the Detox Diet which talks about the most toxic products and foods. The rule of thumb is anything that is synthetic. The fake foods, or fake fragrances and synthetic chemicals. These the body doesn’t know how to process and so sees it as a threat and wraps it up for later, sadly if we expose the body to new synthetic chemicals on a daily basis the problem gets worse.
So when we bath or shower, use deodorant or apply lotion we have to be aware of what we are using on our skin. Some chemicals such as phthalates are endocrine disruptors and they can affect our fertility, increase the risk of breast cancer and are said to even affect the actual formation of child sexual organs’ development. This brief article from the World Health Organisation about endocrine disruptors.
So I haven’t been too keen on wearing perfumes, especially on a weekly basis.
That’s why I was so excited about this giveaway! Here is a perfume that has pure ingredients, scented only with organic essential oils, resins, twigs and bark. Finally, a perfume you can use without guilt on a daily basis.
So this Valentine’s Day, if you want perfume as a gift, send your sweetheart a link to this lovely perfume, instead of settling for synthetic. And if you don’t win, use the coupon code, “cupid” to get 20% off a full size bottle of perfume!
And today Joanna, an independent rep for Miessence, from Actual Organics is giving away their perfume sampler pack! This is worth seventy dollars and has all six of their scents, so it’s perfect for deciding which scent you like best. . I have been eyeballing their perfumes (and their spa quality facial care) for the last few months with longing, so I am thrilled to be giving away this most coveted item. I will give a more personal review of the product when I receive my own samples next week, but meanwhile here are Joanna’s descriptions.
BRAVE is a blend of earthy tones.
Redolent of the forest floor with a heart of delicate woods and earthy mosses complemented by a fresh, citrus bouquet. Assert the complexity that’s uniquely you; alluring, charismatic and sensual; vibrant, earthy and green.
Essential oils of lemon (cleansing & uplifting), orange (insomnia & digestion) and bergamot, orange blossom, Madagascan ylang ylang, Madagascan vetiver, Australian sandalwood and Macedonian oakmoss blend to create Brave by Miessence.
Love is feminity in a bottle, a delicate bouquet of the most precious flowers of high perfumery blended with a sweet combination of powdery musk and vanilla warmth. Seduce the senses with exquisite memories. Soft, floral, and romantic.
Peace, passion, and intense romance. The warmth that fills your heart when you hear the words ‘I love you’.
Top notes – Indian frangipani and Italian mandarin
Heart notes – Egyptian jasmine, Italian orange blossom, Bulgarian damask rose, Madgascan ylang ylang
Base notes – Vanuatuan vanilla bourbon, Indian Ambrette seed
Love is a gentle scent with essences that inspire nurturing and appreciating the real you.
CALM has essential oils of bergamot, (good for anxiety & depression) Egyptian geranium (anxiety & emotional extremes), French lavender (headaches & insomnia) and tonka bean, Sri Lankan clove bud (
Base notes – Australian sandalwood (stress, tension, meditation & prayer), French atlas cedarwood, (emotional release, anxiety & tension) Chinese benzoin resin (warming & soothing qualities-even on emotions) Vanuatuan vanilla bourbon (sedative, relaxant & aphrodisiac).
So you can see that the little bottle of calm bestows a multitude of healing properties from a bottle of ‘perfume’.
FREE is the most citrus of the Miessence certified organic perfumes.
Free is a floral and woody scent with essential oils of Italian lemon, orange and bergamot, West Indian lime, Bulgarian damask rose, Italian orange blossom, French tonka bean, Australian sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli.
This oil is perfect for a bright day when you wish to feel uplifted and sharp. Scientific tests in the US and Japan have proven beyond doubt that lemon increases concentration and helps prevent errors made by office workers. With concentration improved by lemon aromas relaxing brain waves, people under test conditions have repeatedly delivered higher-standard work with up to 50% fewer errors. This oil is therefore ideal for wearing in the office on a Monday!
Delicious: A delicious dessert of chocolate, honey and vanilla with a floral hint of sweet jasmine. A fragrant treat sexier than chocolate and yet surprisingly relaxing on a cold winter’s day. I find that Delicious was the least of my favourite when trying initially but now I LOVE Delicious.
In the Miessence Perfume Delicious you can smell:
Top notes – Italian bergamot
Heart notes – Egyptian jasmine, Tanzanian cocoa absolute and Laotian honey absolute
Base notes – Vanuatuan vanilla bourbon
The bottle is an art in itself, the depth of colours visible, the care that has gone in to preparing this perfume from the growers, processing and combination of aromas, this is a true artisan perfume.
Wild is an evening perfume that creates space to release the real you. A sweet and heady mix of oriental resins, opulent flowers, fragrant spices and amber. Dare to risk where the Orient can take you. Enchanting, sensual and exotic.
Unlock the magic of an alluring love potion. Dare to find the freedom of intimate confidence in yourself.
The Top notes- French fennel and Sri Lankan cinnamon
Heart notes – French orris root, Egyptian geranium, Bulgarian damask rose
Base notes – Chinese benzoin resin, Indonesian patchouli, Somalian myrrh, Vanuatuan vanilla bourbon
One of my absolute favorites, is this evening journey of aromas, WILD”
To enter this giveaway, click on the below link for more information on the perfumes. You will see a “subscribe to newsletter” on the left. Subscribe, and then come back and leave a comment here telling you have done so and would like to enter the giveaway .Because Joanne (who lives in Canada) feels the pain of not being able to enter “US only” giveaways, she has generously opened up this giveaway to anyone. Thanks Joanna!
This contest will end on February 9th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be announced on February 10th You must live within the United States to enter this contest. If you win, you have 48 hours to contact us once we have tried to contact you or the winner is announced.
Actual Organics is one of the generous sponsors of this site and as such I do receive a small commission for hosting giveaways and will be receiving some of my own free samples of their wonderful products. Thanks to Actual Organics for their generosity!
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