Written & Photographed Holly J. Coley, The Upstate Edit
I’ve always had a love affair with scent. From taking whiffs of my cousin’s Red Door perfume to dabbing my dad’s cologne behind my ears in elementary school, I’ve long held the belief that of all beauty products, fragrance is the most essential. After all, scent is tied directly to our memories and can change our mood.
My relationship with perfumes got more complicated when I became interested in green beauty. If you’ve ever read the notes (individual scents within a fragrance), you may find aromas like cupcake or caramel. Beautiful to smell? Absolutely. But when was the last time you saw a cupcake or caramel tree? Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966, companies are not required to disclose ingredients used in a fragrance, so there’s no way of knowing what exactly is in a perfume, or any product with that insidious label.
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