I’m spoiled!

Or as I’d prefer putting it, I know exactly what I don’t want and I have a relatively good idea of what I do want.

The realization really came about quite unexpectedly.

I was going home from work and had some chores on the way home which made me pass by my local Douglas (well, I mapped the walking route so it would pass my Douglas) and I went in to see and try if they have something new.
And they did! They had the new Calvin Klein Beauty and Carolina Herrera 212 VIP something (there comes a whole sentence in the name after the VIP part). Anyway, it took VIP approximately 2 minutes to display its nasty, throat-raspy side (my experience so far is that it’s some kind of a synthetic musk or flower accord, whatever it is, please, stop using it!). Beaty kept its pace ok, not that I would consider buying it ok, but it wasn’t in my throat. Until there wafted a freshly washed accord out of it and not exactly raspiness, but my nose wasn’t grateful.

My question now is, why on earth aren’t those ingredients banned by the IFRA because they are the only ones that actually have a physical effect on my body? And they are going to have it even if someone else puts it on. I’ve smelled a lot of essential oils so far and I can tell you none of those ever made any similar impact.
I want IFRA to ban this. It irritates my throat.

I’m more and more for the natural stuff.

Which got proven later today. I came home and went to take a shower and decided to use my all natural peeling on my body as well (it’s a small bottle so I was saving it for my face mostly). I got it from the Scented Djinn – their Etsy shop.

I don’t know their names, I have two peelings (I couldn’t find them on their site now). One is made from oat flakes and the other from cane sugar, ground almonds and ground raw coconut.
Usually when I use a regular peeling, I need to moisturize my skin a lot because even though it makes my skin smooth, it dries it at the same time. Not this natural one. I feel good all over just thinking about it. My skin is both soft and moisturized at the same time. I cannot describe how wonderful it made me feel to walk out of a shower feeling my skin was refreshed and not dry.
I admit, I’m as obsessed with my skin as I’m with my hair. 🙂

And here is where I return to what I started with. I’m now spoiled for perfumes that don’t make my throat ache (or smell freshly laundered) and I want to use products on my body that work with my skin and not against it (meaning I need to use another product to supress the negative effect of the previously used one). I’m not usually the conspiracy theory type but this is definitely making me re-think the basis on which the whole cosmetics industry resides.

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4 thoughts on “I’m spoiled!

  1. waftbycarol October 13, 2010 at 12:12 Reply

    Ines , I totally agree with you . In fact , Gail and I are forming a Comsumer Advocacy Group , we need to insist that the aromachemical/molecules used in our fragrances are subject to the same testing and regulations that the naturals are !And I agree , especially macro-cyclic musk should be banned from the earth . When I go bike riding , I can smell the neighborhood 'dryer / fabric softener " smell for blocks and it makes me ill !

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  2. flittersniffer October 13, 2010 at 12:52 Reply

    Hi Ines,You are so right that the plethora of scents on the market means you can afford to be picky about any aspect where you have a particular preference. I did rather like Beauty (but then I don't like any other CK scents, so it stood out for me vs the rest of the line), but I don't like a very overt "fabric softener" smell to quote Carol's phrase.

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  3. Ines October 13, 2010 at 14:09 Reply

    Carol, what I cannot believe is how many people are tolerant to those aromachemicals. Is it the same with the nose as it is with the palate? If you eat food full of those taste enhancing stuff, you lose the ability to appreciate simple tastes (until you clear your taste buds). It seems to me that is what happens with the smell as well. That is the only explanation I have for people wearing it so much.And I hate the fact that each time I try a scent like this VIP, it won't leave. Once it's lodged in my nose, there's no removing it for hours even if I no longer smell my wrist. Oh, I'm just so frustrated with all the un-naturalness around me.

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  4. Ines October 13, 2010 at 14:13 Reply

    FS, compared to VIP, Beauty was quite good and the softener note was really small. :)But, as you can see from what I wrote in response to Carol, I really hate that so many releases these days contain such un-natural notes that bother not only my nose but my throat as well. And you can't hide from them because they are projected much wider than necessary.

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