I haven't worn perfume in years; I was never a huge perfume person anyway, but a few years ago it really started giving me a headache anytime I wore it, so I just stopped. I've wanted to try an all-natural perfume, and this article in The New York Times has rekindled that interest. Natural perfumers create scents without any of the synthetic aromas used in commercial perfumery, and while most natural perfumers buy their ingredients from natural scent companies, a growing percentage of them are sourcing their scents from their very own gardens.
The process of making a natural perfume is quite labor-intensive: plants are steeped in 190-proof alcohol, or pressed into fats, like palm oil shortening, in a process called enfleurage, and the price is reflective of the time and work required: $60 to $125 for a half-ounce, on average.
It's a growing interest, though, and quite interesting! Read the full article here. You can also get started making your own homemade tincture by following this tutorial: How To Create a Tincture of Flowers (scroll to the bottom of page).
Do you make your own perfume or have a favorite all-natural perfumer recommendation?
(Image: a sampling of perfume offered by CB I Hate Perfume)