Still Harboring Synthetic Fragrance? Time to Trade Up!

Even before I started working in the beauty industry, I loved the mood-changing effects of perfume. I was always searching for the fragrance that would match my personality well enough to become my signature scent, and I'd like to think that I got pretty close to curating my perfect perfume wardrobe while working as a beauty writer at InStyle. But the romance didn't last long. Once I found out about the toxic ingredients that were in my lovely little bottles of fragrance, I couldn't look at them the same way. For months they sat on a shelf, unused. Then one by one, I took one last whiff and tossed them for good.

Today I'm back in the game, hunting once more for my perfect perfume — but this time it's natural. This fragrance from Honore des Pres is as close as I've come! And I recently got the opportunity to try the exquisite organic fragrances from Tsi-La Organics, which swept me up with their gorgeous mixes of spice, florals and fruits. I'd wear Tsi-La's Ilang Ilang any day! My favorite characteristic of Tsi-La Organics fragrances is that they mix and match incredibly well, so you really can create your own signature scent. Tsi-La Organics fragrances are 95% organic and 100% natural.

Because we all know how hard it is to let go of old synthetic perfumes, this month there's a little something extra in it for you, thanks to Tsi-La. We're calling it the Perfume Amnesty. During the month of April, I'll pick 4 readers to receive a scented treat from Tsi-La. The first three winners (chosen on Wednesdays 4/11, 4/18 and 4/25) will each receive four .65mL Tsi-La fragrance samples. The last winner, chosen on  5/2, will take home the grand prize: a set of four rollerball perfumes from Tsi-La, worth $95!

So what's the catch? You've got to TOSS OUT YOUR SYNTHETICS!

You're in the process of spring cleaning anyway, right? To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what synthetic perfume you threw out to detox your beauty routine, and let me know what your favorite scent style is. Are you a fan of fruity fragrances? Florals? Ambers? Woody or grassy scents? For an extra entry in the giveaway, leave a comment on the Beauty Is Wellness Facebook page as well. One winner will be chosen every Wednesday in April, with the grand prize winner selected on May 2.

So go ahead- throw out those synthetics and make room for new natural scents to kick off this season of fragrance! You're going to fall in love with fragrance all over again...

CONGRATULATIONS to the 4/11 winner, Michelle Bennett, the 4/18 winner, Melinda Frank, and the 4/25 winner, Diana McLamore! And a big congrats to the 5/2 grand prize winner, Abigail Miller! Everyone did an amazing job cleaning out their synthetic perfumes!

*For an up-to-date look at chemicals in synthetic perfume and the state of the natural perfume industry, check out my story in the May/June issue of Organic Spa magazine!

Vintage Guerlain perfume graphic: courtesy cafleurebon.com