(Closed) Wedding day perfume for the sensitive bride

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@2strapscool:  If you’re perfume-sensitive, you are really probably best just staying away from it entirely, or using natural essential oils instead of commercial perfumes. A few decades ago perfumes were only made of natural ingredients (and there are a few out there that have left their classic formulas unchanged, might be worth looking for) but the vast majority of commercially-available perfumes contain petroleum derivatives, endocrine disruptors, irritants – there’s very little regulation of what can go into perfumes, it’s an industry that primarily “self-polices” – which translates to “they do whatever is profitable.” Consumer protection comes a very distant second. There is no guarantee that any company will limit itself to safe, naturally-derived fragrances.

Sorry if this disappoints, it’s probably not what you were hoping to hear, but if you don’t want red, itchy, swollen patches on your skin on your wedding day your best bet is probably to skip the perfume.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Skip the perfume. It’s not a requirement, especially if you have that much of a physical reaction to it any other day of the year. No perfume is worth any amount of miserable allergies, regardless of how good it might smell.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have the same reactions and asthma too so I just go without. If you really want some type of scent though then maybe try a scented soap or lotion from a store like Lush…anything with natural ingredients should be better but is still not guaranteed.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

maybe you could try some spritzed in your hair?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

If I was sensitive to perfume, I would just skip it and maybe apply some essential oil that I like the smell of. Which would be worse, breaking out in hives on your wedding day or skipping the perfume? Sorry that’s probably not what you wanted to hear. I am sensitive to some chemicals so I can understand. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@2strapscool:  You might try natural health food stores/markets (they often have them in their health & beauty/toiletries/cosmetics sections) or possibly even Whole Foods? They also often pop up in shops that cater to “hippie types,” for lack of a better descriptor – if you see tie-dyed T-shirts and incense sticks, there’s probably a selection of essential oils not too far away. Wink You can also do an online search – buying them online is tricky because you can’t smell them first, but you might find bricks-and-mortar places near you that sell them by doing a Google search.

You can also experiment with blending essential oils to create your own signature scent, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Edit: I just randomly stumbled across a comment from you in another thread that mentioned your wedding is in MN – is that where you live? I’m in WI and have family in MN … if you’re in/near the Twin Cities, you can probably find essential oils in a lot of places. I’d look in St. Paul, for starters, and maybe around Dinkytown at places that cater to college students. In the smaller lake towns you might be able to find them in gift shops that cater to tourists? Just a couple of ideas to go on.

One caveat: essential oils can still cause allergic reactions if you have an allergy to the plant they’re derived from, so I’d definitely test them out – but if you do react, then at least you know “hey, so it turns out I’m allergic to lavendar,” etc., rather than one of the 20+ possible triggers in a synthetic perfume. Your chances of having a reaction are way lower overall, though, I would think, since you are dealing with fewer and more natural ingredients. Happy hunting – I hope you find something you love!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Edit: … one or more of the 20+ possible triggers, or some combination thereof, in a synthetic perfume…

Sometimes the interactions between ingredients can have effects that don’t occur with individual exposures – this is one of the problems with the FDA safety testing procedures. They test ingredients in isolation, not in combination. They can declare ingredients “safe” on their own without knowing the effects of how they’re actually used out in the world in combination with other substances.

*getting off soapbox*

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am not applying perfume, though i LOVE my “Pure”. For the day, i am using a scented oil from Boticario and  i am not if a moisturizer with a little sparkle that has a really nice scent. You do not need perfume at all 🙂

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KCKnd2:  Thanks for sharing that I did not know that 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@2strapscool:  Ah, thanks! We will be there in a few weeks, actually, for a family get-together. I will keep this in mind. Appreciate the tip!

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