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5 Recipes for Homemade Personal Care Products

Whether we're talking toxic perfumes or the mystery ingredients in our toothpaste, store-bought personal care products are full of questionable ingredients. We can shell out the big bucks for more na…


The Toxic Effects of Perfume

If you’ve walked through a department store lately, you may have overwhelmed by the perfume section.  Whether you are obsessed with Obsession, a believer in Believe, or consumed by L’Air du Temps,…


Scent and Memory: Make it Healthy

We've all had the experience of being transported back in time from a simple whiff of something. I feel like I've entered a time machine back to the age of five in my grandmother's garage when I smell…

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Aphrodisiac Perfume Formula

My favorite all-natural perfume maestro, Mandy Aftel, has an entire chapter of her book Essence and Alchemy (Gibbs Smith, 2001) devoted to "Perfume and the Boudoir." I love this book. It details the n…


Your Axe Makes Me Sick

Dear Annie, My boyfriend uses a lot of Axe products, including the Axe Shower Gel body wash and cleanser, and Axe Deodorant Stick. I can't stand the smell and have gotten so sensitive to it I now can…


Stop Making Scents

After moving into a newly rented house in Ft. Collins, Colo., Alison Webster (not her real name) felt ill. "Within three days, I was waking up with symptoms I never had before," she explains. "My face…


Top 10 Products to Keep Out of Your Home

Here are the top 10 products that I believe you never want to cross the threshold into your home. Don't despair if you have them as most can be removed, sealed in, or otherwise gotten rid of! I have t…


Resolution: Be Green in 2008

With the holiday festivities pretty much behind us, it's time to start thinking about some New Year's resolutions. Self improvement seems to top the list for most—lose 10 pounds, get that promotion—bu…


Perfume and the Soul: A Meditation

We love the breathtaking book by Mandy Aftel called Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. In the chapter Perfume and the Soul she talks about the oldest role of scent, predating its use a…


Natural Scents for Your Type

My friend Mag always smells so lusciously sweet and spicy, but when I asked her what perfume she uses, she laughed and said, "Oh, I make it myself. Artificial scents make me feel sick, so I don't go n…


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