A few years ago, I did a little research into some of purer, less synthetic perfumes out there, the ones that use essential oils rather than lab-created fragrances. And by “research,” I mean I went shopping and sampling.
I discovered three issues that made finding the good stuff easier:
- Solid or oil formulations often contain fewer ingredients than sprays, though not always.
- Even natural sprays often contain alcohol – fine for me, but not for someone who’s sensitive to it.
- “Fragrance” in the ingredients could mean anything. Stick with the scents that list every specific component.
A Few of My Favorites
Ecco Bella’s Lemon Verbena
Some people don’t like lemon in their perfumes because it reminds them of cleaning products, but I’m not one of those people. Lemon’s just about one of my favorite scents around, and this one smells pretty and fresh.
Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Solid Perfume
Organic soy and coconut wax, a delicious scent, and an affordable, portable tin.
On Etsy, you can browse through the composition options – solid, oil, spray – or you can use the search box to find specific scents or sellers. Lots of Etsy shops specialize in natural perfumes only, and I like shopping here both because I can support independent businesses and because I can find stuff that’s a little more unique.
Check the natural grocery stores. They usually feature a big selection of this type of perfume and individual essential oils, if you want to try mixing your own. Check online, too. Robust communities full of advice, bartering opportunities, and recommendations have grown up around buying and mixing unique scents.
Finally, remember that “natural” does not necessarily mean trigger and allergen-free. Pollen, after all, is about as natural as you can get.
This post is a reflection of personal taste and not sponsored by any company.