Wellbeing : The Power of Natural Perfume

At Karma Spa, we have always been dedicated to showcasing the best of safe, natural, and non-toxic brands including perfume! 

Why do we prefer natural perfumes you may ask? Just as eating pesticide-free foods will always be preferable over-consuming processed foods, spritzing our skin with natural fragrances rather than artificial ones is bound to be better for our long-term health. 

Have you ever felt dizzy or developed a headache after walking by the perfume section in a department store?  When we inhale fragrances, the compounds are believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and interact with receptors in our central nervous system. When Inhaling toxins (such as those found in many mainstream fragrances) can also disrupt our endocrine system that leads to all sorts of health issues.  

Scent has long been known to have a powerful impact on our brain, body and emotions.  The good news is the R&D into natural fragrances has come a long way over the last few years. Natural, organic and low-toxic fragrances are taking centre stage in spas around the world.

If you feel ready to transition to using natural scents, then Karma Spa at Karma Rottnest showcases the best brands in Australia – including Vanessa Megan’s stunning collection of 100% natural perfumes. Her range includes ‘Harvest’ made from warming essential oils, ‘Wild Woud’ featuring exotic eastern notes, and the newly launched floral scented ‘Liliquoi’. 

Interested to know more about the perfume world? We are delighted to share this blog by Vanessa Megan about the History of Perfume… 

Fragrance has the power to connect us to people and places from the past. It takes you on a journey of self-discovery and love. For thousands of years, perfume has been one of the most sought after beauty products. So where did perfume originate from and why was it created? 

Thousands of years ago Ancient Egyptians were the first to incorporate perfume into their culture. This was followed by the ancient Chinese, Arabs, Hindus, Greeks and Romans.

Better yet, a cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia, dating back more than 3,000 years, identifies a woman named Tapputi as the first recorded perfume maker. The use of perfume declined during the dark ages and was revived with the onset of international trade with the Muslim world.

Perfume was at first, only used in religious ceremonies by burning incense and aromatic herbs. Scents were also used to convey messages and prayers to the dead, to purify the body and to conduct embalming ceremonies. Soon people discovered that perfume could be used in everyday life for personal hygiene and for the art of seduction while making love.

As the centuries passed the popularity of perfume boomed in France during the 16th century, with the royal family of Louis XV perfuming their clothing, homes and furniture. Perfume really took off however in the 18th century with the invention of eau de Cologne. It was here where perfume was used in bathwater, in poultices and even consumed in wine!

By the 20th-century major fashion houses such as Chanel launched iconic perfumes that set the standard for fragrances all over the world. Today, perfume remains to be enjoyed by everyone and has accompanied our everyday life as a unique and original expression of our identity!

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