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Perfumes and Migraines?

Scents for the scent sensitive.

If you’re anything like me, what smells like a lovely scent can cause your brain to feel like it’s going to explode hours later.

Here are a few tips and tricks I have figured out over the years if you’re scent sensitive, and what I use instead of regular perfume. The greatest thing I ever tried was switching to roll-on essential oils. Now these don’t have to be expensive, and you can even get them from Target. On the flip side, I will say that health food stores do carry a wider selection. I also liked that every roller ball I looked at was cruelty-free and vegan. Cruelty-free and vegan is something that is incredibly important to me, especially when it comes to anything that goes on your skin, because you absorb whatever is in your products.

A few things to know beforehand is that it has to be in a roller ball in order to be worn on the skin. The oils that you use in a diffuser are strong, and you might end up with an allergic reaction, or skin burn, over a pretty scent.

Second, always check for a simple ingredient list, so that way you know exactly what you’re wearing, and there’s a good chance that it won’t cause a migraine. Some of my favorite scents are peppermint, sandalwood, and lemongrass, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Third, if you’re into wearing more complex scents, then I highly recommend the brand Pacifica from Target. You can get a roller ball perfume for around $10, and it’ll last forever. My favorite scent to wear is the "Wake Up Beautiful" scent. Now back to the simple ingredient list, it just has rose, lavender, sandalwood, and geranium, leaving you with a fresh flowery smell. It is not overpowering in any way, and is very feminine. These scents are all perfect if you really want to jazz up an outfit for a date night, etc. I’m also very fond of just a plain peppermint oil roll-on when I’m working out, if you just want to smell clean. Also at Target there is the "Rustic Woods" body spray. Normally I’m not a fan of body sprays, but this is still made with essential oils, and doesn’t cause me to get sick. It doesn’t last as long as the roller balls do, but it does the trick if you just wanted to wear a scent for a few hours.

Now when it comes to application, and I know this sounds random, but I always apply my roller ball to the inside of my arm. Think near the front of your shoulder area. I do this so that it’s off to the side, and not directly below my nose. I’m one of those people where, if I smell perfume all day I can’t stand it. For body sprays, I spray them on the back/front of my knees, so again it’s away from my face.

If you want to spend a little more money then the brand Clean at Sephora has the most amazing perfumes I’ve ever smelled. My personal favorite is Sueded Oud, and it’s even the perfume I wore on my wedding day. Now while it is a perfume, that name is completely deceiving, because the whole line has beautifully clean scents to choose from. Also added bonus, you can layer all of the scents together if you wish to create a personalized scent. Another good thing about essential oil‘s is that you can layer them as well.

All in all, I personally love essential oils for their natural scents, lasting or staying power, and they don’t seem to go bad, or sour like perfumes do. 

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