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What Is a Natural Cologne?

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The term “natural cologne” is typically used to describe a scented cologne that is made from natural fragrances, such as essential oils. It should be noted, however, that in many jurisdictions, including the United States, there are no legal restrictions on the use of the word “natural” in foods, cosmetics, or personal care products. This means that any manufacturer of scented products can use the word “natural” in its labeling. While some people may feel more comfortable purchasing or making natural cologne from scented oils or whole herbs and spices, they should also be aware that even these ingredients can cause skin irritations and trigger allergies. Individuals who purchase natural cologne should pay attention to their skin and how they feel after using the product just as they would any other scented cosmetic or personal care product and be willing to discard the cologne if it appears to be contributing to a rash or respiratory discomfort.

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Many colognes, perfumes, and other scented products are made from various synthetic fragrances or a combination of natural and synthetic scents. Some people are interested in wearing scents that are derived entirely and directly from various plants, nuts, and fruits. They may wish to do this because they are concerned about the effects of various synthetic chemicals on their health or on the environment. Others may be interested in wearing a natural cologne as part of an aromatherapy regimen. In such cases, these individuals may decide to make their own scents at home or to purchase a natural cologne from a manufacturer or aromatherapist.

Some types of natural cologne may consist primarily of one type of scent, and others may be a blend. While there are several original scents available on the market, it is not unusual for some perfumers or aromatherapists to develop a scent that mimics a popular brand of commercially available perfume or cologne. Users of these scents may feel more comfortable with them because they are made from essential oils rather than synthetics and may also save money by avoiding the cost of high-end products.

Purchasers of natural cologne or those concerned about environmental issues should take the time to inquire about the origin of the oils and other ingredients used to produce the scent. Not all essential oils are made from organic or fair trade ingredients, so those who are interested in these issues may wish to learn more about the history of the ingredients used to produce a specific cologne. These users should also be aware that some essential oils, such as citrus oils, can trigger photosensitivity, making some people more susceptible to sunburn and sun sickness. Those who spray a natural cologne containing oils that increase the sensitivity all over their body may wish to take special care in applying a quality sunscreen.

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