It’s true that the smell of Drakkar Noir can bring back nostalgia for 8th grade slow dances. But ever since I started limiting my exposure to conventional chemical fragrances, I’ve actually built up sensitivity to them.
No longer is Pine-Sol the smell of clean, but an acidic fume strong enough to bring on a sinus headache. If my husband dares to wield his Axe Body Spray I tell him to sleep on the couch. Now nothing smells cleaner to me than white vinegar and lemon juice.
But it does takes more than the produce aisle for me to clean the various messes of motherhood. I’ve always been a fan of Seventh Generation, a brand that was green long before I was and remains committed to sustainability. And I’ve gotten quite a few friends off the Clorox wipes and on to their botanical counterpart that kills 99.9% of germs.
I relish my naturally scented bath, beauty, and cleaning products, which conjure the memories connected to real fragrances – baked apples cooked in my grandmother’s oven, my toddler covered in sticky clementine. (Just no patchouli in this household, as it brings up too many memories for my husband about his freshman year college roommate.)
I also have to spend more time than I’d like at the sink, so I was happy to see Seventh Generation’s new line of dish liquids featuring natural scents from real lemons, clementines, and lavender. Seventh Generation’s Natural Dish Liquid scents come from fields not factories – so you don’t have to worry about mystery fragrances or “perfumes.”
Right now they’re offering sweepstakes to win a trip for two to one of the regions where lemons, clementines and lavender grow, including France and Italy. If you win, you have to promise to bring me back a souvenir – just make sure it’s eco-friendly!
Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.