EcoBabe Ireland: the style savvy, eco-chic blog

Finally the trend for everything organic has reached the perfume industry, with edgy independent perfumers now heading a revival in 100% natural perfumery.

Today, almost every perfume is created from synthetic essences. Although synthetics approximate the odors of natural ingredients, they have none of the complexity, mystery or emotional depth. Natural perfumes bring an inexplicable emotional intensity to the experience of an authentic smell and the memories it sparks and creates.

Over 2.5 million people in Ireland and the UK alone are allergic to perfume, as most perfumes are now formulated using petrochemical bases which cause a host of allergen related problems.

Most modern, commercial perfumes are made almost exclusively from cheap synthetic ingredients – some of which are potential carcinogens and often derived from petroleum sources. Common industry ingredients such as synthetic musks are far from sexy – they can disrupt your hormone balance and are potential causes of cancer! Choosing organic and natural perfumes will ensure no phthalates, synthetic ingredients or petroleum-derived alcohols will be absorbed into your body. Organic and natural perfumes will also not pollute the environment and don’t rely on unsustainable petroleum sources.

So if you’re not a fan of loud, tenacious and synthetically enhanced scents then the new generation of natural and organic perfumes will keep you eco-chic and chemical free.

Perfumes made using naturals evolve, mellow and age with the skin in a more intimate way. What you’re left with is the soft smell of the human body, not a tinny, chemical dry-down.

Most natural perfumes last about 2 hours and need to be reapplied but there is a sensuality in this for those who appreciate the true pleasures of natural perfumes.

There are now some fantastic organic perfumes on the market, that are fresh, enlivened, pure and smell just divine, below are some of our favourite scents.

Jo Wood Usiku Organic Body Dew – 55.00 Euro
A a divine spray with warm notes of wood, vanilla and opoponax that reminds us of Marrakesh and arabian nights.

Neals Yard Cologne – 20.00 Euro
One of our favourites, this fresh, zesty cologne is a blend of grapefruit, sandlewood and bergamot. 

Rich Hippie Perfumes – 225.00 Euro
An uber-luxe wildcrafted and organic range with eclectic scents and names to match. Try out Bohemian Wedding, Maharishi or Kalachakra.

Rich Hippie

Farfalla – 40.00 Euro
Farfalla is a Swiss brand which makes 98% organic perfumes and natural sprays. Try out Shandrani for floral notes of jasmine and tuberose or L’Amour for sensual hints of rose, iris and sandlewood.


Aftelier Perfumes – 60.00 Euro – 800 Euro
Created by natural fragrance guru, Mandy Aftel, Aftelier Perfumes handcrafts solid perfumes, liquid perfumes and custom perfumes.


Earth Hour 2008 will take place on March 29th from 8pm-9pm, and all you have to do is switch off all the lights in your home/business for just 1 hour.

Don’t forget to tune out, turn off and help deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

This simple act has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. As a result, at 8pm March 29, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Dublin, Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia with one simple question, How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.

Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

In Ireland, like all other participating countries around the world, the event will take place from 8pm to 9pm.

April 17th 2008 sees Cultivate host a seminar on the health benefits of Seaweed.The talk which is being chaired by Rosaria Piseri (founder of Irish seaweed brand, Algaran), will focus on Thalassotherapy, Algotherapy & Seaweed’s uses in our ancestors’ lives and practical lessons of how to use seaweed in cooking and cosmetics. 

€25 for each session.  To book call:  01 6745773

We’re huge fans of using seaweed beauty products and also for dietary benefits.

Indeed one of our favourite recipes featuring Seaweed can be found in the brilliant Blazing Salads cookbook, Mexican Bean Casserole made using Kombu or our favourite seaweed Dulse.

AlgAran are relatively new to the market, all products are made in Ireland and feature both beauty and food-based products which are cheap, cheerful and do somewhat what they say on the tin.

Algaran beauty product

Though AlgArans packaging leaves a lot to be desired & could do with a style-savvy revamp to get rid of the twee Oirish connotations and possibly help them get a foothold in the international market!

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