When I was in the throes of my first trimester, the absolute last thing I wanted to wear was perfume. My sense of smell was in overdrive and the thought of putting on an extra scent seemed downright disgusting. But as I got further along in my pregnancy, I did start to eye my go-to Burberry bottle again. Yet, I wasn't sure if spritzing on any old fragrance on was safe. If you're wondering the same, there are perfumes that are safe for pregnancy that you can pamper yourself with, without feeling guilty.
While perfume, in general, isn't usually found on pregnancy "don't" lists, it may still be a good idea to check the label before you spritz. "There’s some concern that perfumes and other fragrances may contain a class of ingredients called phthalates, which could be harmful for baby," explained Melissa Schweiger and Annette Rubin, authors of Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom, and Baby, in an interview with The Bump.
So what exactly are phthalates, besides being ridiculously hard to pronounce? Phthalates are a class of chemicals commonly used in fragrances and personal care products, according to The Guardian, which reported that researchers have linked phthalates to several negative health outcomes. One recent study, conducted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), found some correlation with phthalates exposure and in utero penile development, according to MUSC Catalyst News.
“Certain phthalates are endocrine-disrupting compounds that act as anti-androgens, the primary male sex hormone,” explained Obstetrician Roger Newman, who directs Women's Health Research at MUSC, in an interview with Catalyst News.
With that in mind, here are seven fragrances that are phthalates-free so you have one less thing to worry about when you spritz on your favorite perfume.
The 7 Virtues
With notes of orange peel, grapefruit, ylang ylang and jasmine, this light, exotic perfume claims to promote feelings of affection and allure. It is formulated without toxins, artificial colors, or synthetic chemicals, and it has the "Clean at Sephora" seal, which means no phthalates.
4Shop Among The Flowers
This all-natural roll-on fragrance from Among the Flowers, a California-based small-batch apothecary, is is hand-blended and poured using premium botanical oils. It does contain essential oils (i.e. sandalwood, palo santo, cedarwood, and vanilla) so it's always a good idea to clear it with your OB before use.
5Maison Louis Marie
6Lite + Cycle
Described as having resinous, earthy, and densely woody notes, this roll-on fragrance from Lite + Cycle is naturally luscious. It's made from 100 percent pure plant perfume oils, which means no synthetics, phthalates and petro-chemicals. This perfume does contain essential oils, so run it by your OB If you are being super careful about essential oils during pregnancy.
This inspired fragrance line was created by Bee Shapiro, a Williamsburg mom and beauty columnist for 'The New York Times.' All Ellis Brooklyn scents are crafted in small batches and are phthalate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. This particular fragrance, Myth, is seriously sexy and inviting. It boasts notes of jasmine petals and tiger orchid, accompanied by the warmth of liquid musks and white cedarwood.