I Tried It: Pacifica Natural Perfumes

There are few things more intoxicating than a great fragrance.  Unfortunately, those delightfully smelling manufactured scents really do put the TOXIC in intoxicating.  Synthetic fragrances contain a myriad of dangerous chemicals, which can lead to immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity and cancer.  This is especially startling considering that nearly every conventional health & beauty product lists “fragrance” on its label (hint: that’s code for “loaded with chemicals”).

Since discovering the scary truth about synthetic fragrances, I try to limit my exposure by purchasing health and beauty products that are fragrance-free or contain only botanical-based natural scents (e.g., essential oil blends).  This also meant replacing my favorite perfume, which has not been an easy feat (oh the humanity!).

I was excited to discover Pacifica, a company that produces 100% vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free beauty products.  They offer a wide range of non-toxic perfumes crafted with delightful smelling blends of natural and essential oils.  I decided to try out four different solid perfumes, which are a base of organic soy and coconut wax mixed with Pacifica’s signature natural fragrance blends.

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My picks: Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia, Indian Coconut Nectar, and Nerola Orange Blossom

The lowdown:

Pros:

  • Cute and portable (.33 oz tin).  I keep one or two in my purse at any given time.
  • Affordable – $9 each.  I used to pay $80+ for synthetic designer perfumes.
  • pacifica-perfume-reviewThe scents are spot on.  The Tahitian Gardenia smells like I stepped out of magical garden and the Tuscan Blood Orange is super citrusy.
  • You can layer the perfumes to create your own signature scent! I like to mix the Nerola Orange Blossom with the Tuscan Blood Orange.

Cons:

  • The scent from the solid perfume doesn’t last very long.  The Tahitian Gardenia is the strongest and longest lasting one I’ve tried.  I was disappointed by the Indian Coconut Nectar because I can barely smell it just minutes after application (and it’s my favorite scent!).
  • The application process is kind of strange. I sorta dig a chunk of perfume out and then blend it into my skin. Otherwise, using your fingertips doesn’t transfer enough fragrance.  I think I’d prefer the roll-on or spray perfumes.

It’s important to remember much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body.  To get the lowdown on what ingredients are lurking in your favorite lotions & potions, I highly recommend checking out EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.  Warning: you’ll get sucked into that website for hours — its truly fascinating.

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