It's here, my natural fragrance favorites post! If you've been following along on the blog then you saw I posted my natural perfume and fragrance post yesterday. The post details out the fragrance industry and what it looks like in 2021. Fragrance is the last frontier in clean beauty. There has been much resistance to share ingredients in natural perfumes and fragrances but brands are starting to ease up and reveal what's lurking in their formulations.
The industry has been so tight lipped for so many years. Not wanting to share ingredients for fear that companies might try and copy their scent. However, after speaking to Jack Corley, Chief Sales Officer of Custom Essence Inc.- Natural Fragrance Division. I learned that any fragrance can easily be replicated today quite easily, even without knowing the specific ingredients. It's no longer about protecting the trade secret scent as much as not wanting to share specific ingredients with the consumer as I've found out.
Thankfully, we live in an age where brands are stepping up to the plate and actively sharing full transparency when it comes to their perfume or fragrance. These brands fall into the natural perfume and fragrance category. Most of them are smaller indie beauty brands that are really doing the work when it comes to open communication with the consumer.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for natural perfume and fragrance is realizing how they differ from conventional fragrance. You might spritz a conventional fragrance on and it can last you the whole day, while a natural perfume or fragrance might only last you a couple hours or slowly fade throughout the day. Natural perfume and fragrance is definitely more subtle overall and less potent. Many of the common harmful ingredients found in conventional perfumes like phthalates are actually what contribute to a longer lasting fragrance and with those missing it can have a tendency to fade quicker.
Personally, I love this about natural perfume and fragrance. I love that a scent isn't so powerful and feels more worn in, then bam in your face the minute you put it on. I always tell people to carry their perfume or fragrance with them if they want it to remain fairly strong and spritz it on again. You can also buy a travel size version and keep it in your purse.
I'll be sharing these brands with you, along with my natural fragrance favorites below! There are so many stellar natural fragrances now.
The fragrances below can be worn by males or females. Although I found some to not be appealing to me at all, and some more appealing on my husband, however most of them are unisex. I share which scents I prefer for myself and which I prefer for my husband in each of the fragrances below.
Again, I want to reiterate that fragrance is a very personal thing. What might work for one person, might not work for another person. There are so many factors that can affect how a person responds to fragrance and if they can handle it. We all have different sensitivities. Sometimes I've found I like a scent when I smell it in a bottle, but then the minute I spray it on myself I don't love how it smells. Our own body chemistry can often change what a scent smells like once we apply it. I've also noticed I don't like a scent on myself but on someone else it may smell great. Strange but true! So keep an open mind, you never know what you might like.
I also wanted to share that these have all been natural fragrance favorites that have been vetted by me and tried by myself and my husband! All of the fragrances have a combination of essential oils, natural fragrance, or safe synthetics. If they are purely essential oils I share that in the description, otherwise they contain a blend of all three.
Let's dive in shall we to natural fragrance favorites?!
Natural Fragrance Favorites
Perfume Type- These come in Eau De Parfum(spray versions), perfume oils(rollerball) and she even offers body oils. The scents are the same in the Eau De Parfum, but the application is different. In the Eau De Parfum there is organic sugar cane alcohol and the perfume oils use organic fractionated coconut oil. You can get travel size perfumes, larger sizes and even sample sizes. I love how easy she makes it to sample natural perfume and fragrance. You can literally try every scent she offers for under $20! Check it out here.
Packaging- You can get the larger 1.7 oz. size in large glass spray bottles, or the smaller travel sprays .25 size in long glass bottles. The packaging is 100% recyclable, using wind power, vegetable based inks and sustainable paper. No single use plastics.
How Does It Wear- It wears SO well! It's not overwhelming at all. It's stronger at first but not pungent or annoying. Then it slowly fades throughout the day. At night I can still smell it on me but very mild. It's the perfect worn in natural fragrance scent.
Scents- She offers 7 scents and they are all beautiful! I was struck by how many I truly loved. There were other natural perfumes and fragrances that I didn't love that much, but by Rosie Jane kept me coming back because all her scents are so lovely! If I had to choose a favorite I would say I can't get enough of Lake- a blend of vanilla sandalwood and neroli, described by Rosie Jane as sleeping under the stars. I also love Madie- a jasmine sea spray vanilla, described as a beach in a bottle. But I have to say Dylan-cedar frankincense white musk scent and Angie- a fig amber gardenia are close behind- they're all so good!
Review- I don't know what it is about by\ Rosie Jane scents but they are just so good! They had to be in my natural fragrance favorites blog post! I'm not a person that loves scents in general. Whether they are natural or not but by\ Rosie Jane has definitely changes my whole outlook. These aren't too strong and are more complex than just one fragrance note. I've already gifted her 7 Day Detox Fragrance Discovery Kit! It's the perfect gift for someone branching into natural perfume and trying to find their natural fragrance favorites. It's only $25 and you get all 7 of her scents in the cutest box! Then once you've tried them you can purchase the larger size. I can't recommend her fragrances enough. Don't forget to enter to win the discovery set by\ Rosie Jane below as well as a full size fragrance! Get the 7 Day Detox Fragrance Discovery Kit here. Check out all of by\Rosie Jane fragrances here!
*Don't forget to enter to win the discovery set by\ Rosie Jane below as well as a full size fragrance!
Perfume Type- They come in Eau De Parfum and in smaller sprays, as well as rollerballs.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1.7 oz. spray or in a .33 oz spray and 6ml rollerballs. They also offer recyclable packaging.
How Does It Wear- I love this natural fragrance! I want to try more from Ellis Brooklyn. It isn't overpowering but more complex. I could still faintly smell it at the end of the day but not overwhelming.
Scents- Ellis Brooklyn has 11 scents. I sampled SALT and I love it! It's a salty sensual fragrance as the name suggests, with hints of sandalwood, vegan ambergris, Tahitian tiare and musk. I'm a fan and want to try all of their scents!
Review- I was so impressed with Ellis Brooklyn. I knew I had to add them in to my natural fragrance favorites post. They really have gone the extra mile from formula to packaging and ethos. I love how thoughtful they are in their process. They feel very modern and current. I love their packaging and overall vibe. They offer so many discovery sets where you can easily sample the perfumes. This is one brand that is making waves! Check out their scents here.
Perfume Type- They come in Eau De Parfum and in smaller sprays.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1.7 oz. spray or in a .27 oz spray. They also offer recyclable packaging. No single use packaging.
How Does It Wear- Wears so well. Not an overwhelming scent. It slowly evaporates the more you wear it.
Scents- They offer 8 scents. All inspired by nature. I found myself being drawn to them, they were enticing and sensual. These are hands down my favorite scents that my husband wears. He tried all their scents and his favorites are Mojave and Big Sky. Big Sky reminds us both of Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio…that was my hub's fave back in the day.
Review- Although these are unisex perfumes I didn't love any for me personally. But that's me! I'm drawn more to sweet, musky and hints of floral. But my hub's loved them and I love them on him. They offer an exploration set of all 8 of their scents. Such a great deal and way to try them all. That's what we did and I highly recommend. It's an easy way to really get to know the whole fragrance line without committing to just one scent at the beginning. Check out the discovery set here and their full size here!
Perfume Type- They come in Eau De Parfum and in smaller sprays, as well as perfume sprays and balms.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1 oz. spray or in a 10ml oz spray. They also offer smaller sample sets as well.
How Does It Wear- These do fade after a couple of hours. You can still have a subtle hint of the scent at the end of the day but it's very mild overall.
Scents- They offer 5 scents. They're all made from essential oils, no synthetics at all. The scents are reminiscent of California. My favorite scents are Huntington and Yucca Valley. They both offer a more complex scent even though they contain just essential oils. I feel like I'm not just wearing straight essential oils which is refreshing!
Review- These are a great option for anyone who wants the most natural approach to fragrance and still wants something that offers a bit more complexity. Check them out here!
Perfume Type- They come in Eau De Parfum and in smaller sprays, as well as perfume oils.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1.7 oz. spray or in a 6ml oz spray. They also offer smaller perfume oils in 15 ml or a discovery set of 4 bottles in 3ml bottles. They use 100% recycled fiberboard and FSC certified paper in all of their gift boxes. They don't use any toxic coating on their papers and utilize soy ink. Their boxes are completely recyclable. They also are very aware of plastic consumption and limit it wherever possible.
How Does It Wear- It's a good wear. It's stronger at first, a little too much for me but my hubs loves it, then it slowly fades as you wear it and evens out. I prefer lighter scents overall.
Scents- They offer 5 Eau De Parfum scents and then 5 perfume oils. My husband's favorite scent is the Antidris Cassis Perfume Oil. It has a blend of black pepper, bergamot, and cassis. It also has notes of white rose, oakmoss, tonka and musk. He also likes the Vallee de Farney scent. This has notes of grapefruit, black pepper, orange, cedarwood, patchouli, and geranium. It also have base notes of amber, musk and vetiver. I preferred the bois de balincourt perfume oil and the kandilli perfume oil. They seemed more feminine in my opinion and a little softer overall.
Review- These are more earthy scents in my opinion. A little stronger at first but then fade. It you like earthy raw scents these would be perfect. I love that these come in sample sets as well. Makes it so easy to try the products and really see what you will love. Check them out here!
Perfume Type- They come in Eau De Parfum and in smaller sprays, as well as roll on perfume, hair and body mist, solid perfume, and travel size perfume.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1 oz. spray. Their hair and body mist comes in a 6.5 oz bottle and their roll on perfume comes in .33 fl oz. Their solid perfume comes in .25 oz.
How Does It Wear- It's a good wear. It definitely is stronger at first but then fades quicker than other natural fragrances I've tried. It's not as long lasting like some of the others.
Scents- They offer so many scents! The largest selection. Their newest scents are more complex and feel more like a sophisticated fragrance compared to their older more simple scents. Their Island Vanilla is a true vanilla perfume- if you love vanilla you will love this scent. If you're wanting something more complex I would opt for one of their new fragrances like Blue Moon, or Dream Moon.
Review- The beauty of Pacifica is that you can find their fragrances almost anywhere! From Target, to Whole Foods and other healthy retailers. They're also less expensive. While they do have a more teenage vibe to them, I think they can also work as a budget friendly option when swapping out your beauty products. I love that they are accessible and affordable! Two huge wins for natural fragrance. I also love how quick they were to respond to my enquiries and transparent. Check out all their scents here!
Perfume Type- These come in Eau De Parfum sprays.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1 oz. spray. You can also get a sample fragrance flight and try all four of their scents.
How Does It Wear- It's definitely a long wear. This stays on you forever. A little robust at first and then stays very steady throughout.
Scents- They offer 4 scents. I wasn't drawn to any of the fragrances for myself personally but my hub's liked them. He said he thought they were average. Not his absolute favorite. They smelled more woodsy to him and not as complex. His favorite scent is Amor Fati. I agree. They seem less full bodied. However, I wanted to include them because I know some people really love scents like that. Scent is so personal!
Review- These aren't my favorite but I wanted to include them because I think they do a great job of really being transparent with ingredients and while their scents didn't speak to us, they may speak to you. They are a more sophisticated fragrance overall and a little on the pricier side. Check out all their fragrances here!
Perfume Type- These come in Eau De Parfum sprays.
Packaging- You can get the Eau De Parfum in a 1.7 oz. spray. You can also get a sample fragrance in 2 ml. They even have a travel size called the wanderer that is 5 ml. They also use vegetable based paint, FSC-certified boxes that are made from 100% post consumer cardboard and an opaque glass jar that helps protect their fragrances that is made from 20% recyclable glass.
How Does It Wear- These wear longer for sure- almost too long for my hubs and I. The scent was really strong for us both. So much so that my hubs ended up changing his shirt because it was too much. He said it's one of those perfumes you spray in front of you and then walk through!
Scents- They offer 10 scents. Everything from a minimalistic scent to a more bright and poppy scent. I love that they offer a large selection. They also offer fragrance discovery sets as well. We did the fragrance discovery. I didn't love any of the scents for myself but for my hubs I loved Ameline and Hanami. But even then he didn't love them. We need to try more scents to see what we think.
Review- These are a great swap from conventional fragrance to a natural fragrance. They have the same feel as a traditional fragrance but without the added harmful ingredients. I like that they offer a travel size as well so it makes taking your fragrance with you wherever you go so easy. Check out all of PHLUR here!
Perfume Type- These come in glass spray bottles or rollerball.
Packaging- You can get the spray in a 15 ml spray. You can get the rollerball in 5 ml.
How Does It Wear- These don't last as long since they are compromised of only essential oils and no natural fragrance or synthetic components. However, the bottles are small enough to take with you wherever you go to quickly re-apply.
Scents- They offer 3 scents. My favorite is Sundays. It's a blend of Jasmine Grandiflorum, Jasmine Sambac, Ginger Lily, Sandalwood, Frankincense. I'm a sucker for frankincense and sandalwood always! This scent is light but soothing.
Review- I have been a fan of these scents for 5 years. They are simple and clean. With the ingredients being only organic grape alcohol, organic and wildcrafted essential oils, absolutes and C02 extracts, this blend is as basic and minimal as you get in clean beauty. If you like to stick with essential oils, this is a great option. Check them out here!
*I love Josh Rosebrook products but his Enfleuria perfume(he only has one perfume) wasn't something I jived with. It was too strong for me overall. It's made entirely of essential oils, so no synthetics in it all but it still was too much overall and not something I loved wearing. But you may love it and I know some people who do! Check it out here.
*I love Leahlani products but the Leahlani Bless fragrance oil is too strong for me and too floral. The scent is very much reminiscent of being in Hawaii with notes of citrus blossoms and sweet tansy. I like florals but this is an overwhelming floral scent. I prefer something a little lighter when it comes to floral scents. But again, you may love it! I know people who do. She just uses essential oils- no synthetics. Check it out here!
*I wanted to include Skylar in my review because I get asked about them so often. While they are clean, I didn't love any of the scents I tried and neither did my hubs and we tried them all. They didn't seem very complex and more flat. I wasn't impressed. However, as I've mentioned over and over again in this post fragrance is such a personal preference and what one person may not like, you may love and vice versa. Check them out here!
What is your favorite natural fragrance?
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