New (Natural) Scents for Fall, from Aftelier Perfumes

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I stopped into a craft store last week (for fabric fusing tape- the biggest cheat in sewing history) and before I even crossed the store threshold I was overtaken by a display of potpourri packets in scents like pumpkin spice, caramel apple cider and candy corn. They were just so festive. I picked one up, sniffed it, coughed— and snapped out of it. I am very aware that synthetic fragrance is harmful to the air quality of my home, as well as the health of my body, but it's so hard not to get caught up in a fragrance moment!

Same goes for perfume. On paper, we can be totally savvy about the hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates found in conventional fragrance, but get swept up in their alluring aromas all the same. So isn't it nice to sniff some completely natural, completely sophisticated scents for a change? I recently found some winners at Aftelier Perfumes.

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Perfume From Your Own Backyard?

A recent New York Times garden story, Making Flowers Into Perfume, caught my attention for its coverage of natural perfuming and interesting instructions on how to create DIY tinctures from the leaves and blossoms of your favorite herbs and flowers.

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