Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 2

Part two in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features home fragrance items, all sorts. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Byredo Saints candles

From Byredo, the Saints candle collection (“For Holiday 2016 Byredo presents three new fragrant candles inspired by veladoras, prayer candles or seven-day candles”), with Rosewater (rose and geranium), Incense (incense, eucalyptus, guaiac, labdanum, amber and patchouli) and Altar (clove, carnation, ylang, papyrus and vetiver). 400g, $140 each…

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Byredo Super Cedar ~ fragrance review

Byredo Super Cedar

I spent my Sunday afternoon this week perusing the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) website. IFRA prohibits and restricts the use of many beloved perfume ingredients. Some of these ingredients cause sensitization, phototoxicity, are carcinogenic or have the “critical effect” of genotoxicity (they mess with your genetic info). These are serious issues and IFRA also advises on the use of such ingredients to flavor products that come into contact with our mouths and digestive systems: tobacco, toothpaste, pastilles, syrups and the like. What got me on an IFRA kick in the first place? I’ve been testing LOTS of perfumes recently that are full of Iso E Super and I was wondering what IFRA had to say about it.

Iso E Super is on IFRA’s restricted list (as flavoring) due to its critical effect of sensitization; it can cause an allergic response (one that may worsen with repeated use). You can smell Iso E Super in hundreds of perfumes and in toiletries, home fragrance sprays and candles, and household cleaning products, like laundry detergents and dryer sheets…

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