Is Your Perfume Making You FAT?

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Post by Azar

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Hello APJ Pals,

Spring is here in February and there is no snow pack in the mountains! Despite assurances to the contrary from the local “powers that be” I’m afraid that the PNW may be in for a long drought and one hot, endless summer. The possibility of dealing with year round bathing suit weather has led me to the realization that I need to drop ten pounds – and FAST!

Is Your Perfume Making You FAT?

Where did this extra weight come from? I exercise daily and eat wholesome food (albeit in mass quantities). OK. I’ll admit that my diet has had an impact on my weight gain but I am beginning to suspect that some of my lovely, vintage fragrances have also had an effect on the pudge. Oh Dear! Perhaps my perfumes are making me FAT!

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Of course, this statement is mere speculation, based on personal experience and totally anecdotal. This assertion is not tied to any scientific studies about phthalates in perfumes (or in anything else for that matter). Phthalates? No doubt you have heard about those plasticizing, xeno-estrogenic chemicals that have been implicated in obesity, infertility, various cancers, asthma, allergies, etc. Most of the phthalates now being used in perfumes have been deemed safe by the international “powers that be“. Nevertheless, I could swear that when I wear old Fidji for more than a week or vintage Poison for a day I start to pack on the pounds.

From what I hear it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to phthalates. They are present, in one form or another, in cosmetics, hair care, deodorants, soaps, perfumes, cleaning and laundry products, shower curtains, candles, garden hoses, lawn furniture, toys, roof shingles, carpeting, automotive interiors…There is even one fragrance that is reminiscent of the smell of a new plastic shower curtain.

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Let me make this clear: I understand that all phthalates are not equally evil. That being said, if I can lose a little weight by simply changing my perfume I’m all for it!

And so, starting today, I intend to relegate my vintage beauties and all of my yummy, appetite stimulating gourmands to perfume storage. Out of site, out of mind! Until the ten pounds are lost I will be going au naturel! Perhaps you will join me?

Azar xx

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Is Your Perfume Making You FAT? GIVEAWAY

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

This week we will have 1 Winner who will receive:
One set of 5 x 1ml (more or less) samples of natural/botanical fragrances from my collection, perfumes I know or imagine to be phthalate free:
Olympic Orchids – Tropic of Capricorn
On the Nose – Smoked Amber
Illuminated Perfumes – Impromptu
Pirouette Essentials – Wild Spruce and Tobacco
Rosarium Blends – The Rosarium
P&H

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ

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Tell us if you’ve observed that your perfumes are making you fat (or skinny)? Or do you know (or care) if your favorite fragrance contains phthalates?

Extra Chance?
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Entries Close Thursday 26th February 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by some fun honest way
The winners will have till Monday 1st March 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

67 comments on “Is Your Perfume Making You FAT?

  1. Scar says:

    I don’t think perfumes really make a difference one way or the other. The effect of phthalates would be minimal compared to lifestyle/diet/health factors – if anything, foody/gourmand scents makes me less likely to want an actual cookie!
    I follow by email.

  2. Gaby says:

    Follow via Bloglovin

    Hmmm…maybe that’s why I’ve put on a few kilos, I’ve just started trying out all these gourmand scents, wonder if they are making me hungry! I haven’t really thought of the phthalates, I’m kind of new to the fragrance world but I do care to research more about it.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Gaby,
      Most gourmands work on me just like the smell of vanilla or freshly baked bread from a bakery! Instead of quelling food cravings they stimulate them, not unlike the canned smells that some restaurants (and bakeries?) use to draw in customers. Thank you for joining this draw!
      Azar xx

  3. Jaybee says:

    Hmm, well, a boozy fragrance like Juniper Sling or Virgin Island Water makes me want a cocktail, but that’s certainly a health risk I can live with. 😀 I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Oh, the boozy scents! I have to say that (for me) those DO work as a substitute for the real thing. I will keep them around lest I forget! Thanks for the tip, Jaybee! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  4. Alba says:

    Hi! I don’t believe it makes a difference at all, genetic factors and lifestyle are the things to watch. I follow via email

  5. Joaquim says:

    Shame on you Pierre Guillaume! You and your damn impressive gourmands are making me fat, with all that hazelnuts and cocoa!
    Well, I don’t think phtalates are making a huge difference, I rely more in lifestyle and diet.
    I follow via email

    Thank you for the draw!
    Joaquim

    • Azar says:

      Hi Joaquim,
      Your gourmands are already making me hungry. There is a bowl of raw hazelnuts on the dining room table. I will go for those…gee, I hate dieting but raw hazelnuts are almost as tasty as Toblerone and have to be cracked open first . That slows me down a little bit. Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  6. DarkRose says:

    Hi Azar and APJ,
    what a fabulous giveaway, thank you for the chance!

    I admit I had to stop caring about what’s inside my fragrances because it’s one of the few life pleasures I feel I can enjoy with a certain carefree attitude, and although I have a little shiver when I read all those horrible names in the INCI’s I try not to think about it and enjoy my fumes.
    As for scent effects on my weight I didn’t notice any changes since I am a fragrance addict (4 years now), but I feel like gourmand scents could sometimes be a good way to satisfy one’s craving for sweet things. One thing I’ve noticed is that I started paying more attention to food’s taste and smell since loving scents so much, I guess smelling/tasting more accurately could be good for wealth (avoiding to devour food)? Who knows…

    I follow by email, thx again!

    • Azar says:

      Yes, DarkRose!
      I believe taking the time to really taste food accurately might help this diet. I will start treating my food like I treat my fragrance. Thank you for that helpful suggestion! One of the aspects of food, though, that keeps me munching is the texture. I am a crunch junkie! What to do about that?
      Azar xx

  7. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Azar,
    DNEM but I laughed when I read this. You are hilarious.
    LOVED it.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Portia!
      I am so tired of “let’s all be afraid”…I will laugh and sensibly rotate my scents and not run (screaming in fear) from the perfume counter.
      Azar xx

  8. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail rgroyeratgmail.com
    Very interesting article but I think eating too much and not excising is usually the culprit.Perhaps we perfume lovers enjoy food because of its smell more than its taste ?

    • Azar says:

      Hello Rene,
      I agree we perfume lovers MUST enjoy food because of the smell! Now that you mention it, I wonder what is more important to me, the smell, the taste or the crunch?
      What is taste without smell anyway? You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  9. Julie F says:

    I follow by email. I’ve found that sometimes, when I want to snack, a spray of fragrance will satisfy me instead. Thanks for the draw.

    • Azar says:

      Good Point, Julie F! I can also curb my appetite with a spray but it has to be something floral, resinous (not amber) or woody. Vanilla, cocoa, nuts, certain fruits and sugary things send me straight to the frig or the cookie jar. Thank YOU for joining this draw!
      Azar xx

  10. willa says:

    Hi Azar, I don’t think we wear enough fragrances for phtalates to have a significant impact on weight gain. Do you use plastic waterbottles/food containers? I think phtalates ingested orally is more damaging on our hormones.

    Maybe you can step up your exercise regime? Two weeks of crossfit shredded my post-Xmas bulge.

    Email follower.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Willa,
      Thank you for your positive outlook and encouraging words! I do walk up and down very steep hills for an hour a day, but I imagine crossfit would be far more effective!
      Are all plastic containers created equal? I’ve read some are less of a problem than others.
      Azar xx

      • willa says:

        Indeed, not all plastic containers are created equal. But I’ve been warned by radiation scientists not to use ANY plastic in the microwave.

        Hills are fantastic workouts too! The trick to exercise though is to keep switching it up – never do the same kind of exercise all the time for too long. For your hills, I recommend running up and down, or walking up with 15kg weights in a backpack, or carry heavy dumbells. That’ll get the cardio pumping!

  11. FeralJasmine says:

    Hi Azar, I have to admit that I would continue to wear vintage Opium even if somebody could prove to me that it increased my appetite. It is just that beautiful. Delightful post, and good luck with your efforts! I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hello FeralJasmine,
      I feel almost the same way about Fidji, even though it just went down into storage for the sake of this weight loss experiment. It may be out of rotation for the time being but hopefully will return soon. So far I’ve picked up several solid dieting tips from the comments here that will make this whole experience a lot easier (and more fun?).
      Azar xx

  12. Patty Pong says:

    Following by e-mail. I have no idea if any perfume I have has phthalates. There are supposed to be some smells that curb your appetite. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Patty Pong,
      I’ve read about those “Weight Loss” perfumes too. Grapefruit essential oil is supposed to help curb appetite. I have tried it to no avail. It must be because I’m crazy for the flavor of any citrus and the scent of grapefruit just eggs me on! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  13. Kandice says:

    This post was too funny! I especially loved the pics you’ve included. Perhaps it’s the quantity of food you’re eating? Even healthy food in large quantities is too much. Or you may be like a lot of perfume lovers. I believe our love if perfume makes us more sensitive to all our senses including taste. You may just love the taste of good food. I know I’m a foodie and have to be careful not to overindulge. Thanks so much for the draw! I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Yes, Kandice. The mass quantities are doing me in! Brad makes fun of me and says my motto should be “anything that is worth doing is worth over-doing”. That statement applies to so many things in my life including second helpings! I love the photos too. Portia picked them out. Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  14. hotlanta linda says:

    LOL!!! Quote Hall and Oats “I Can`t Go For That!“ Heck of a lot~~ more plastic phthalates in some current fashion than perfume – please see the awesome-voiced Lady Gaga`s `Sound of Music` performance gown! lol!! ( Been waiting for the costumes she wore to stand out and grab attention in the mean music biz to step back and let her talented pipes take front and center! 🙂 🙂 ) We are R.O.C.K.I.N.` in the USA 🙂 following a la blog, e-mail, and FB :-)Thank you!!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Linda!
      You are probably totally correct about current fashion, especially that gown! Also, I will check all of the music. Sounds like you are having lots of FUN in hot(cold?)lanta! You are SO in!
      Azar xx

  15. Irina says:

    saved the fat facing slim picture for further self derision
    would love to win this one, please
    I follow by e-mail

    • Azar says:

      Hello Irina,
      Portia really knows how to pick the pics! I couldn’t help but notice that a dog imagined the legs of both ladies to be fire hydrants! Thank you for joining the draw and for your comments too!
      Azar xx

  16. einsof says:

    This comment box is not big enough for all the things (read: vitriol) i have to say about phthalates. And you’re right, it’s not just perfume. what’s ODD is that when it’s in perfume, we’re all “oh. ok, it smells pretty.” Yet, we all agree that despite a big mac tasting good, we understand it’s certainly not good for us. so, you know, if the poison smells or tastes good, then “could we have some more, please?”

    Consumers have, in general, lost their power. it is no longer supply and demand, but we demand you buy what we supply.

    it’s understandable why some people don’t resonate with natural perfume… it doesn’t last long enough (no extenders, no phthalates), doesn’t project enough (no boosters, no phthalates, no aldehydes to carry into damaged olfactory systems)and costs too much (real plants used using real farming and real humans to carefully harvest distill and prepare the perfume.) why go through all this giving people jobs and caring for the planet when you can pay 30 cents to make a 30 dollar bottle of chemicals that, while smell good, are collecting in breast tissue, collecting in your furniture and clothes and remain carcinogenic for long after you can smell it. Not to mention the incredible toxic waste which you’ll end up drinking later anyway.

    Does that mean i don’t like synthetic perfume? of course not. There are mixed media scents out there which rock my world! there are a few synth perfumes which are olfactory genius. Perfume is ART.

    Humans mitigate damage as a form of survival on earth. A day basking in Joop! won’t kill you (i might)- but a lifetime of it will build up toxic chemicals. (and a lifetime of lavender essential oil may build up allergens to it, in fairness.) what you are willing to mitigate is up to you. The greater picture that synthetic perfumery is, by definition, a spin off, an attempt to mimic and ultimately a poor representation of natural perfumery- even the most dedicated synthetic raw materials dealer has to admit- there is no replacement for real jasmine; for real rose.

    oh right… fat. (which is exactly where phthalates are stored btw)– have seen people use scent to satiate food cravings with both gourmand and non-gourmand aromas… i don’t know if it works. i don’t immediately want ice cream after smelling vanilla, and i certainly feel much more clean and “active” after a huge citrus waft.

    The PNW will hopefully remain it’s evergreen shade this summer, although i can certainly understand the worry. Perhaps you could take a very PNW attitude and bask in the beauty of yourself… be it in bathing suit or power suit. i’m fairly certain you could walk down Capitol Hill, Pike or Pine without anyone batting an eye. you know what i mean. 😉

    ok, sorry about the soapbox, but you asked… and i happen to have this travel sized one i keep in my shopping bag. 😉

    • einsof says:

      oh. i follow by email. *laugh*

    • Azar says:

      HA! I love your rant, einsof! Is there room for a couple more in that shopping bag?
      Seriously, I have so many allergies that I can’t keep track of them all. I carefully avoid a few things (certain drugs, some seafoods, celery and legumes) but manage to moderate the effects of the rest by ROTATION! I love my natural fragrances but will have to rotate those too. Fortunately for me scents are not as much a problem as foods, but even with the food allergies I manage to gain weight! The cause could be phthalates but more than likely has to do with consumption of mass quantities of crunchy things… And yes, I know what you mean! 😉
      Azar xx

  17. Robert H. says:

    Hey Azar! I follow by email, and honestly what makes me fat is my re-discovery of crunchy Cheetos!! After 35 years of abstinence, the dreaded Cheetos have re-entered my life! Fat fat fatty fat, each and every one of them, and I LOVE ’em!!!

    • Azar says:

      OH Dear! Another crunch addict!!! We are doomed. You WOULD have to mention Cheetos just when I was starting to feel, well – confident. I’m wondering if it would be possible to carefully analyze the scent of each cheeto before crunching. Cheetos remind me of the book and movie Dune. Remember the stained lips…And yes, you are IN!
      Azar xx

  18. ElizabethC says:

    Smell and taste are so closely linked that I try and replace one indulgence (chocolate) for another (perfume). However, I usually just end up choosing both the chocolate and the perfume 🙂 It does definitely feel like spring here in Seattle, my roses are going nuts! I subscribe via email.

    • Azar says:

      So right, ElizabethC! I end up with the gourmand chocolate fragrance and the cookie too! One seems to lead to another (and another…). How did you like our sunny February day today? It was so beautiful. I can feel the vitamin D.
      Azar xx

  19. Hazel says:

    To be honest I never thought of it making me fatter…I’m already there…LOL…I do notice that when I am wearing a Fabulous Fragrance I tend to eat less, the reason being I don’t want to dilute the beautiful scent with the scent of something greasy in the air…so I have to say it helps me stay away from fast food anything…I follow you by email…this was a great question, I will have to pay more attention to it and get back to you on this subject…

    • Azar says:

      Hi Hazel,
      Yes, let me know if you discover a connection. I’m really looking for an easy way to lose weight that doesn’t involve limiting my portions or adding in extra exercise. The bathing suit is an issue but I’m also a little tired of sending my jeans to the clothing bank because they don’t fit anymore. I have noticed that extreme stress works like a diet, but I don’t want to go there. Happy and a little chubby is much better (and an excuse to go shopping for something new that will fit). Thank you for your comment 🙂 and for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  20. Odiferess says:

    I think that what is making me fat is crisps, whisky and chocolate.

    I’m resolutely not going to go and examine my boxes and bottles. I do not wish to know. If Nahema is responsible for my extra 12 pounds I shall stay 12 heavier! Interesting idea though. I wonder if there is a relationship between people who wear gourmands and weight gain, as if spraying vanilla and other such sweet aroma chemicals indicates a likelihood of actually eating the same flavours?

    I don’t like gourmands very much, a snooty cold chypre is more my thing but I do have a sweet tooth and a wobbly belly.

    I follow by email.
    Odiferess recently posted…Review: Carthusia – Numero Uno, The Aromatic Meets ModernityMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Dear Odiferess,
      Another Crunch Junkie and a Chocoholic too? You are lucky that you don’t really like gourmands. Vanilla and chocolate in fragrance pull me straight to the cookie jar.
      Regarding chypres: The cooler and older the better!
      Azar xx

  21. No need to enter me into the draw, but I think the hypothesis that perfumes make you fat is hilarious! Au contraire, I find myself wanting to eat less when I wear a gourmand perfume, because it already fills me up…
    The Smelly Vagabond recently posted…LT Piver – Heliotrope BlancMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Lucky Smelly Vagabond! I wish I reacted to gourmands the way you do. I just checked out your great Heliotrope Blanc post. Heliotrope is one floral that WILL make me lose my appetite. It doesn’t bother me when it is used with a very light hand but if I can recognize it I am queasy. Maybe I should give heliotrope a try.
      Azar xx

  22. Sun Mi says:

    Hehe Azar – this post is hilarious! 🙂 You know – the power of the mind is really something, so if you think the perfumes are making you gain a few, they very well might! Maybe you should convince yourself that the naturals are helping you lose a few, and you will as well 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve notice perfumes making me fat (I’m in the slow process of shedding baby weight – perhaps slower because of perfumes??) but I am concerned about the number of chemicals and substances that we are ingesting (via mouth/skin) on a daily basis. I really should look into naturals a bit more, if anything to ease my mind and my anxiety!

    Thanks for sharing some of these naturals with one lucky winner! I follow via Bloglovin.
    Sun Mi recently posted…Serge Lutens – Daim Blond (perfume review)My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Yes, Sun Mi! It IS time to exert the power of mind over matter…I just wish that Robert hadn’t mentioned those Cheetos (the power of suggestions). Thank you for joining the draw! BTW did you make it out to the PNW to enjoy our balmy winter weather?
      Azar xx

  23. poodle says:

    I’m in hormone hell so the bouts of nausea I’m having every now and then are keeping me slim. I don’t worry about perfumes making me fat or ill. I could be all natural and healthy and get hit by a bus tomorrow.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poodle,
      Hormone Hell? Aargh! 🙁 Not a fun way to stay slim!
      I agree that we need to enjoy life right now. I followed all the healthy rules and still couldn’t avoid health problems. Now I just want to fit into last year’s blue jeans and the old bathing suit.
      Azar xx

  24. Tonia says:

    This is so randomly funny Azar, I loved reading it! Xo

    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Tonia! Do you want to be in the draw?
      Azar xx

      • Tonia says:

        Oh yeh, woops. I follow by email & Facebook. I’m a fan of the naturals, they feel nicer on my skin and not like a choker. I try and remove the toxins where I can as you are right, they are everywhere! I’m not offended by perfume of mixed ingredients, as long as they smell nice, they will make me smile.

  25. Lyubov says:

    Hahaha, Azar, hilarious! Well, I thought about some fragrances that may enhance or depress my appetite, but otherwise – phthalates…frankly, I don’t know. I have a Fidji, as well, but I don’t feel that way.
    The only culprit about my weight gain is my insatiable sweet tooth. And I am struggling it. Sometimes, sweet and gourmand frags help me, like Spiriteuse Double Vanille, most of the PG/s, Keiko Mecheri’s Loukhoum/s, Uncle Serge’s vanille, etc. But sometimes, it’s just the other way around – I am craving more. It’s a hormonal thing, I guess. I always blame my hormones.
    Probably, scents like Secretions Magnifique have the potential to cease the hunger, but I haven’t tried it yet…Some of the Blood Concept frags did that to me…
    Thanks for the great draw – I would really like to enter, especially about the Tropic of Capricorn and Impromptu.
    I am in Bulgaria (EU), and I follow by email, and on the FB page.
    Lyubov recently posted…Sultana / B26My Profile

    • Azar says:

      I think you MUST have a sweet tooth, Lyubov!
      Your description of of Sultana was so gourmand. I have not tried this but have several other oils made with musk, rose and oud that smell like – well – musk, rose and oud. That could be because of the oud oils used or because I am not searching for the foody scents in these attars. I know that some of my pure oud oils are very fruity or chocolatey.
      What is this thing with hormones? I am so old that I’ve almost forgotten that I have (or had) them. 😉 I mixed blessing for sure.
      Azar xx

      • Lyubov says:

        My, Oh, My, we won’t be speaking of age, will we…? Hormonal disbalance – that’s the thing with me. My thyroid doesn’t help, either.
        My sweet tooth…well, yes, I have it, but I am working on it and I am fit, with some curves, far from skinny, but not plump. Actually, my fight is not with the weight, but with some health issues that cause weight variations (downsizing, as well). Perfumes help a lot, because I learned how to use them. That is – wisely! Today, for instance, my jonts and muscles are stiff, and I have a headache. My SOTD: Hermessence Paprika Brasil, because it feels subtle, soothing, hunger-busting, meditation-enabling…
        Lyubov recently posted…Study 34My Profile

  26. Lauren B says:

    Hi Mom – Well I hope you’re enjoying your springtime in Seattle. It’s the dead of winter in New England. Nashua, NH is negative 7 degrees Fahrenheit right now. -22 with the wind chill. And I have a cold – this sucks:( Anyway… I feel like earth will have to go through many more years of major climate change before Seattle has endless hot summers. That being said – I would still like to find a perfume to help me lose weight. Didn’t you tell me something about grapefruit scents and weight loss or was that just for stress? I thought you sent me an article but I can’t find it. Also these phthalates sound a little sketchy. If you believe everything you read in Prevention magazine (which I do of course) wearing perfume will give you breast cancer. But then again so will everything else. And I follow by email if you want to enter me in the draw. Enjoy the warm weather:)!

    • Azar says:

      Yikes, Lauren! Of course your weather brings a tune to mind, a parody of a parody of Springtime in the Rockies, the original written in the 1920s or so (not to be confused with the later Springtime in Alaska 40 Below song). Here is a new version just for you:

      When it’s Springtime in New Hampshire
      It’s 99 below.
      The residents go barefoot
      In the ice and drifted snow.
      The polars bears get sunburned
      And the seals sing all the day.
      When its Springtime in New Hampshire,
      In new Hampshire far away…

      I’m sure you can come up with a better version that includes Olga.

      And yes, and of course everything and anything will give you cancer. I’m convinced it was the brown rice. 😉 BTW grapefruit scents don’t work so well for my weight loss anymore. I just crave more citrus. Now I’m wondering how many pomelos one person can eat in a single day? You are IN this one.

      Mommy Azar xx and X

  27. Lauren B says:

    That is SO funny! Did I already tell you about the person shoveling barefoot in the restaurant parking lot Sunday? It was a balmy 38 (and honestly it felt so warm it might as well have been 70) and there was literally a person barefoot and shoveling. New Hampshire is a strange place!

  28. M. says:

    Hi,
    I follow APJ via WordPress.
    .. I never associated perfumes w weight, in either way: + or -…
    I am more curious now re phthalates, & its plastic lingering footsteps / effect ??
    Will investigate.
    Ta.

    • Azar says:

      Hi M,
      I would be interested to know what you find out! I see that coral polyps are now consuming undo amounts of tiny plastic particles. I wonder what the phthalates in those plastics will do to them…weird thought… The good news is that you are IN this draw!
      Azar xx

  29. cookie queen says:

    Azar! How did I miss this? Ah. Making dough for 580 cookies (a record) and no time for the blog. Well I wear perfume instead of eating. Great post. Interesting theory. Will follow keenly. Hugs from the cookie lab. xxxxx

    • Azar says:

      580 cookies!!! Be careful, Val. Do you have one of those giant industrial cookie dough mixer vats? I remember hearing that someone fell into to one of those recently and did not make it out again! On a lighter note, in your cookie lab I suggest (almost seriously) that you invent a weight loss cookie. Not a low cal cookie or a gluten free cookie, but a totally healthful and nutritious treat that actually peels off the pounds. The more you eat these cookies the trimmer you get and with no unpleasant side effects, no loss of appetite…Oh. Are you in this draw?
      Azar xx

  30. Trésor says:

    I wish I could blame it on phthlates but in reality I am pretty sure pizza and a severe lack of will power are the culprits for me! I am sure all of my favourite things have something or other in them that are bound to make me keel over into a pile one day, but what a way to go!

    Thank you for the thought provoking article, it was a pleasure to read.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for weighing in on this topic, Tresor! Speaking of will power: My first day on the “diet” was almost a success. Morning and afternoon were a breeze but, despite applications of various natural fragrances, I hit the wall at about 4:00 pm and began cooking mass quantities of healthy vegetables and consumed two and a half servings of this concoction over rice. Old habits die hard but today is another day. BTW, do you want to be in the draw?
      Azar xx

      • Trésor says:

        The same thing happens with me, I start off so strong and then like you said…that bloody wall! Only I have an uncanny ability to justify the inhalation of every carbohydrate and gram of sugar in the room. But I like to go by the old adage, “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”

        I would love to be a part of the draw! I don’t have much experience with natural perfumery at all.

      • Azar says:

        Just for the record (see above) tell us how you follow and you are IN!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I follow by email.
    I dont know why but chypres makes me feel skinny, especially Paloma Picasso and Miss Dior.
    Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Elizabeth!
      I am going to try some “natural chypres” and see if they have the same effect as your skinny favorites. Feeling skinny is half the battle! Thanks for the tip and you are so IN!
      Azar xx

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