This Natural Perfume Earned Me Endless Compliments From My Co-Workers

Faith Xue

Not to ruin your day or anything, but here's some potentially beauty routine–altering information: When it comes to ingredients, "fragrance" can mean, well, anything. That one little word nestled in your favorite beauty product's ingredient list can that include a whole slew of chemicals, some of which may be harmful to your health, others that might just make you sneeze, but none of which are required to be disclosed.

According to Environmental Working Group, "Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt." (You can read more about toxic ingredients in perfume here.) I learned this upsetting news a few years ago and have since been extremely wary of heavily scented beauty products—perfumes in particular. But I can't help it; my fragrance-loving heart yearns for Carnal Flower. I've tried giving all-natural scents a go, but they all smell vaguely like essential oil, and though I love sandalwood, sometimes I just want to smell… fancier.

Enter Skylar, the brainchild of Cat Chen, a former executive at The Honest Company. The clean, chic fragrance line was born out of Chen's own penchant for fragrances, after she discovered how difficult it was to find a perfume that does not contain harmful chemicals. Keep scrolling to find out more.

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