If we actually stopped to think about the ingredients that make up the food, makeup, hair products and other essentials of our everyday lives, we might wonder why we're so willing to religiously use them on a daily basis.

Sure, it's more convenient to grab a burger at the drive-thru, and who has the time to research what sodium lauryl sulfate is exactly, and why does it even matter if it's in your shampoo?

The affects of the huge variety of products on market today may not be known for years to come, but, in the meantime, if you're looking to cut a few ingredients out of your everyday routine and stick with something a little more natural, solid perfume may be a good place to start.



from left: L'Occitane Cherry Blossom, Luxe Soild Perfume, LUSH Karma, Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom  

Solid perfumes offer a chemical-free option, as most formulas are based with waxes and oils that occur in nature, like soy, coconut and candelilla. The natural fragrance in these perfumes usually comes from essential oils, which don't just smell good, but have aroma-therapeutic benefits as well.

The other good news about solid perfumes is that they're easy to take on-the-go since there's no risk of it leaking in your handbag (just don't leave it in your hot car to melt, of course) and they're easier on clothing since you apply it directly to the pulse points of your skin, rather than spraying.