As most of you know, I am trying to limit as many toxins from my body as possible. In doing so, I stopped using lotions and perfumes loaded with toxins, and had to deny myself the yummy smelling goodness of these products. Well…I got fed up with not being able to smell divine, did a little research on organic perfumes, and discovered the most awesome brand ever: Agape & Zoe Naturals!
Agape & Zoe Naturals is a small business founded in Dallas, TX by Patricia Malemes. “Agape & Zoe” is actually Greek for “Love & Life”. Patricia, the owner/founder, is dedicated to offering products with simple, natural, organic ingredients.
Agape & Zoe Naturals’ product line includes:
Deodorant, Lotion, Soy Candles, Hair de-frizz serum, and organic PERFUME!
Agape & Zoe perfumes are purely made of organic grain alcohol and invigorating, organic essential oils. Patricia is transitioning her perfume base to organic jojoba oil, instead of the organic grain alcohol. I’m not positive if the transition is done with or not, though.
Anyhow, I purchased the sampler perfume set, which includes a small vial of each of Patricia’s 10 signature scents. I suggest purchasing this before you purchase a large bottle of perfume; that way you can figure out which scents you like best. Boy, was I surprised when I received the sampler set! They smell so wonderful!
Here are the organic scents:
BEAUTY: a sultry blend of vanilla, sandalwood, and lemon – This is one of my faves. It has a powdery vanilla scent that I love.
SUGARED CRUSH- a youthful combination of cotton candy, vanilla, and bubble gum – This scent is my MOST FAVORITE! It smells so, so good! It reminds me a lot of the fragrance Pink Sugar by Aquolina (but without the toxic headache).
FAITH: an uplifting blend of vanilla and citrus – I also really like this one.
GREEN: a refreshing combination of cucumber and mandarin, with a hint of mint – This perfume has a wonderful scent, but I can’t see myself wearing it all the time because I prefer sweeter smelling perfumes. It reminds me a lot of Cucumber Melon from Bath and Body Works, but with a minty scent.
PEACE: delightful blend of jasmine and citrus-This reminds me of a sweet, ocean breeze scent (if that means anything…lol). I don’t particularly like it but it’s not bad. It’s a more sophisticated scent that an older person may enjoy.
PURE INNOCENCE: a cherubic blend of citrus and floral gardenia – This perfume has a hefty floral scent that I’m not too fond of but I’m sure there are plenty of people that may like it. (Out of all scents this is probably my least favorite.)
TRUE: a powdery blend of sandalwood and rose – This scent has a powdery flower scent to it. I like it but it’s not my most favorite.
REPOSE: a calming blend of lavender and vanilla – I like this scent a lot also. You’ll like it as long as you like vanilla and lavender.
AFTOS- MEN’S SCENT combing bergamot, vetiver, and juniper berry. -This is a nice scent that my boyfriend actually likes; however, the formula recently changed so I can’t give you any feedback on the new concoction.
***On Agape & Zoe’s Facebook page, Patricia says: “The new Aftos is here! This one-ounce, organic grain alcohol-based cologne has rich organic essential oils like bergamot, lavender, and juniper berry.” Someone commented after her: “What designer cologne does it smell like?”, and Patricia responded: “Actually, for the past couple of hours I have been repeatedly smelling it and it smells VERY similar to XERYUS For Men By GIVENCHY. Very similar!”.
Update: Patricia was so kind to send me a bottle of the new AFTOS cologne. I tested it out on my boyfriend, and we really like the scent. It has a forest-like, woodsy scent. Just be careful; it’s really strong so you probably only need to spray it once.
BOTANICA: fresh and floral with strong notes of honeysuckle and lighter notes of gardenia and vanilla – Botanica is a wonderful sweet, floral fragrance
I highly suggest you purchase the sampler perfume set. You won’t be disappointed with Agape & Zoe products!
You can shop for Agape & Zoe products here: http://shop.agapeandzoe.com/ .
I wish Patricia and Agape & Zoe much success in the future. Keep up the awesome work Patricia! 🙂
BTW: Want to know how toxic your perfume is? Look it up here, and compare it to Agape & Zoe perfume: EWG Cosmetic Database. You’ll be surprised! The Environmental Working Group’s toxicity rankings for Agape & Zoe products are all between 0 and 2, which is AWESOME! Click here to see.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Agape & Zoe is going out of business. 🙁 I’m super upset about this, and hope that someday Patricia will be able to re-open her business. Her products are awesome, and one-of-a-kind. I wish you best of luck in all your endeavors, Patricia!
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