Talking Clean with Irene
Are there more chemicals in this than cigarette smoke?
Aug 26, 2019 · 24 min
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Some of the worst headaches I’ve ever had have been from walking through the perfume section of a department store, and in this episode, we’re investigating why! My guest is Vanessa Megan Gray, the founder and formulator of Vanessa Megan Advanced Organic Skincare and Perfumes. Vanessa is the queen of natural perfume – in fact, hers are truly the best natural perfumes I have ever smelled, and she’s here to tell us how she does it.

In this episode, Vanessa reveals some of the toxic secrets contained in many mainstream perfumes, including phthalates and parabens. She uncovers the potential side effects of synthetic fragrances and their connection to our health, and also provides much needed insight into why we need to start choosing healthier alternatives.

Vanessa’s goal is to create healthy alternatives to synthetic products and her all-natural perfumes are all that and more – they’re luxuriously bottled, smell just as good as our old mainstream favourites but don’t contain any of those nasties. Let Vanessa explain exactly how to get the most out of your natural perfume!


Key takeaways:

  1. Synthetic perfumes may potentially be as bad as passive smoking
  2. Mainstream perfumes may not disclose all ingredients – up to hundreds of synthetic ingredients can be hidden
  3. If you have to wear a synthetic fragrance, only spray it on your clothes, not your skin
  4. For a long lasting natural perfume, apply to ‘warmer’ areas of the body to activate the scent, e.g. the base of the neck
  5. Essential oil-based natural perfumes provide aromatherapy benefits too


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