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Continuing with organic beauty that ties in with the 19th century (even in an obscure-reaching sort of way), I’m now turning my focus on perfumes. At first I thought it was silly when I ran across it. It started with “organic perfumes???” to “of course there’s organic perfume!” There’s organic everything!

Again, “organic” is a process; a natural cultivation, if you will. Organic is NOT vegan. Vegan means no animal or animal-by product used in the harvesting and creation of an item.

Unlike synthetic scents, natural versions are quick to evaporate and the notes are not as “strong/overpowering.” Organic versions tend to have fewer ingredients, where as the man-made versions can literally have over 100! Each bottle of an organic perfume has numeral variables that dictate the strength of the aromas and its longevity including the actual botanical/animal elements, the season and time of harvest, including the soil, region of harvest, rainful, sunshine, etc. So even if a formula for a perfume called Bohemian Wedding follows a certain formula, each bottle of Bohemian Wedding will be slightly different from the other.

This natural diversity and sensitivity to outside elements personally creates a problem for me as I live hellishly hot locale. I purchased my first organic skin toner over a month ago which is scented with rose hips. I was not in town the day it arrived and it sat in my mail box (as well as the time it took to travel) in a metal mailbox with outside temperatures reaching 118 degrees. No roses were detected when package was opened and the glass bottle was scorching (obviously). Still an effective toner, though! I just need to be cautious of purchasing organic scents online during Arizona summers. Natural stuff has a self life. Don’t ever forget that!

Now, the California organic luxury brand Rich Hippie Perfume is one of my newer online finds. It is rather exclusive and carries the price accordingly, but worth checking out. The pre-1940s harvesting is the closest thread to 19th century I could find within the organic perfume world (most started in 1990s to the present). Many of the names are more 1960s inspired to tap into some of the ‘hippie’ aspect of their brand and, indeed, they have a scent called Bohemian Wedding!

“Rich Hippie perfume is made using the traditional methods employed by perfumers before World War II and the advent of the chemical industry.

Prior to World War II, all fine perfume was 100% natural and chemical free. Perfume was made by combining extracts from flowers and plants that were almost always farmed organically or wildcrafted with 100% natural “spirits of wine” or wine alcohol distilled from grapes grown in the great wine regions of France.

Rich Hippie perfume is made using traditional methods. Our “spirits of wine” or wine alcohol is all natural and better yet, it is made from organically grown grapes harvested from the great wine regions of California. All of the plant and flower extracts we use are organic or wildcrafted and carefully selected with the utmost attention to quality.

Rich Hippie perfume is made in very small batches with tremendous care, to bring you a product that is both safe for your health and safe for the environment. “

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