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Anything you put on your body needs to be kind to you.
Unfortunately, most perfumes aren’t.
Lab tests run by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by Environmental Working Group discovered 38 secret chemicals in 17 of the most popular name brand fragrance products, including brands like Chanel and Giorgio Armani.
Most scents in perfumes are created from a mixture of stock chemicals, usually synthetic and petrochemicals.
If you’re anything like me, you prefer to know what’s in the products you use on your skin.
Luckily, there is a range of innovative natural perfume companies committed to using naturally sourced and cruelty-free ingredients to create fragrances that rival any popular brand.
Here are our favorites.
As always, if you have a brand recommendation, make sure to let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the post.
Our Favorite Natural Perfumes
Sustainability: Vegan fragrances, B Corp, Cruelty-Free International, PETA, and Climate Active recognized.
At a glance: Four Unisex signature scents. From deep woody notes to lighter citrus fragrances.
Cult beauty brand Aesop is well known for its popular hand creams and body washes, but they also offer four signature fragrances.
Each fragrance is suitable for both men and women and they’re all entirely vegan and cruelty-free.
Oh, and the bottles will look great on your Instagram.
Sustainability: Addressing social and sustainable problems with the industry through the Beyond Sustainability™ model. Cruelty-free, sustainably, and socially sourced ingredients.
At a glance: Luxury fragrances and candle sets. Aromas range from deep musky scents to exotic, floral, and oriental perfumes.
Sana Jardin brands itself as a socially conscious luxury fragrance brand. They are promoting social and sustainable change in the fragrance industry through their Beyond Sustainability™ model.
Their model is designed to empower and lift up low-income women through commerce.
Sustainability: Vegan, animal cruelty-free. Sustainably sourced ingredients. Reusable, compostable packaging.
At a glance: Vibrant floral scents from electric rhubarb to ylang ylang espresso.
Floral Street produces vibrant floral scents with a sustainability focus.
They use sustainably sourced ingredients and focus on their iconic pulp packaging cartons (which are completely compostable, reusable, or recyclable).
Their signature scent Arizona Bloom Eau de Parfum, received gold at the Green Beauty Awards 2020.
Sustainability: Produced in the UK, using environmentally friendly, socially conscious, and cruelty free ingredients. The packaging is fully recyclable.
At a glance: Five fresh unisex scents, matching candles available.
After trying a tester of their Tonka scent last year, we were hooked.
The Laboratory Perfumes offer five signature fresh scents, suitable for both men and women.
Their Eau de Toilette range is all vegan, cruelty-free and their supply chain is fully traceable and local to the UK.
The Nue Co
Sustainability: No toxic preservatives or additives. Responsibly sourced ingredients, 95% of all materials recyclable.
At a glance: Unisex, anti-stress debut fragrance.
Launching their debut fragrance Forest Lungs, The Neu Co brings a unisex anti-stress fragrance to the table, with woody, smokey, and citrus notes.
The brand targets this fragrance as a sensory supplement designed to reduce stress by bringing nature indoors.
Recap: The Best Natural Perfumes
Hopefully you’ve now found your perfect natural scent. If you enjoyed reading this article, check out our guides on natural shampoo, deodorant, and lipstick.
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