Every company in the world of beauty wants to tell you that its product is natural! But this can be very misleading. One way to be sure that a European product is as natural as it claims to be is if it has been certified by the BDIH in Germany. This means the ingredients have to be from a plant or a mineral source; most petroleum based and synthetic ingredients are not permitted, and neither are GM ingredients.
Do you want to hurt an animal to smell good? Other awful ingredients commonly found in perfumes and fragrances include castorium and ambergris. Castorium comes from beavers, which are reportedly trapped and killed before the secretion is obtained from the beavers’ genital glands, and ambergris comes from the intestines of sperm whales. Many marine mammal protection laws ban trade in ambergris.’