The following message may be a day-dampener. However, it's an important one: Your favorite perfume might be housing some less-than-lovely ingredients. In fact, many of these ingredients have no business being spritzed on your wrists, your pillow, or behind the nape of your neck. Why, you ask? Well, as we've discussed before and as Scientific American states, there are plenty of popular perfumes on the market containing petroleum-derived ingredients and dozens more potentially dangerous chemicals and synthetics. To make matters worse, the publication reports that in order to protect industry "trade secrets," fragrance companies aren't actually forced to disclose their entire formulation. Eek.
On the bright side, there has been an influx of natural perfumes recently that are not only non-toxic and non-secretive in formulation but that are actually delectably scented too. And while some natural perfumes can admittedly veer a bit earthy and pungent, there are plenty that we would (and do!) spritz all day long. Keep reading for seven of the best natural perfumes that get the Byrdie stamp of approval.
When it comes to fragrance, sometimes the simplest ingredients make for the sweetest scents. Take Lake and Skye's best-selling scent, "11 11," which is a bold, unisex number that expertly melds musky white ambers to create a straightforward yet ethereal and uplifting result.
We'll put it this way: DedCool isn't your run-of-the-mill perfume. Instead, it's unisex, vegan, cruelty-free, and nontoxic—and virtually every scent by the brand smells divine. We've been having a moment with its Number 03 iteration in particular; an intriguing concoction of saffron, violet, crystal rose, and blonde woods.
Saffron is a flower plant-derived spice that is used as a seasoning as well as an ingredient in beauty products and perfume.
We've already sung this natural perfume's praises, but that will never stop us from continuing to shout our love from the rooftop. Developed by Cat Chen, a former executive at The Honest Company, Skylar gifts the fragrance-obsessed with clean, luxe-smelling perfumes without any funny business like harmful chemicals. Isle is a team favorite and delivers a whiff of vacation (aka citrus, bergamot, cardamom, and sandalwood) with each and every spritz.
Bergamot is a citrus fruit that is used in many perfumes and oils, and gives off a warm, zesty aroma.
Before we smelled this natural perfume, we easily lumped coconut into the category of scents that lived and died with all our other high school favorites (back then our MO was the more saccharine, the better.) However, this isn't your average coconut. Though coconut milk is one of the predominant notes, it's skillfully balanced with earthy fare like coriander leaf, tonic bean, vanilla bourbon, and white cedar to spark your nose's interest.
If you want to embody the crisp, heartwarming scent of the holiday season on a year-round basis, then this blend of wintertime favorites is the perfect addition to your perfume collection. It features notes of blue spruce, black cardamom, and forest pine, with the elevated touch of french lavender.
We know how pricey perfume can be, so if you're looking for a budget-friendly option, this Target-exclusive scent is your answer. Not only is this perfume just under $25, but it has the intoxicatingly divine notes of black currant, peony, and amber.
This top-rated perfume is a floral obsessive's dream: it contains the light notes of gardenia, plus hints of fig and amber to give this scent a more mature profile. Plus, it's one of Sephora's top-rated perfumes with a Clean at Sephora seal of approval.
If you want to go the DIY route, check out our complete guide to making your own perfume oils.