Are you concerned about what your perfume is made with? Many people today are turning to natural options for fragrances due to increasing concern about the ingredients used in perfumery. Plus, more countries are banning toxic ingredients that have been traditionally used in perfumery. This opens up an entire new world for the craft. The result is that, there are many new companies entering the market today who are taking utmost care in crafting luxurious, natural perfumes made with healthier ingredients (and some traditional houses are following suit).
Collages Nectar Eau de Parfum
Have you ever been to Brazil? If you have, you can escape into a Brazilian reverie with Collages Nectar Eau de Parfum. Designed based on the perfumer’s journey through the landscape of South America, this soft and romantic scent is meant to be enjoyed in an intimate setting. It is formulated with cruelty-free, natural ingredients from the Amazon that are responsibly sourced, plus it is housed in glass packaging. The scent itself invites you to bask in the sultry heat of the rainforest with notes of juicy blood oranges that dance with warm, syrupy amber. Nectar is also anchored by wet roses. It is sexy and juicy, the perfect scent for a night of dancing on the beach in the heat of a sticky and humid summer. This one may require another spritz during the day, but the average longevity will be worth the cleaner ingredients for many.
Shelter Island Eau de Parfum
Ouf of the house of Abbott NYC, Shelter Island Eau de Parfum evokes crisp, classic and clean All-American summers spent on the beaches of Long Island, New York. Think of it as taking a bike ride during dawn, before everyone swarms the beach, when the flora and fauna are just waking up for the night and kissed with morning’s dew. Wearing it may conjure up the bittersweet emotions that occur when summer is just about to end, but when you’re enjoying it outside of the season, a pleasing scent memory will make you smile. Every scent from Abbott NYC is unisex an inspired by the specific nature of its namesake. For Shelter Island, that means opening up with a top note of soft peonies, a base of warm, amber musk, and the pleasing scent of lilies hugging the heart of this perfume. Proudly “clean and conscious,” Shelter Island is made with essential oils without toxic ingredients, plus it is vegan and cruelty-free. This perfume is also easy to layer with other scents.
Winter Green Unisex Fragance
If you haven’t heard of the house of Dasein yet, prepare for a unique treat. The brand describes itself as the bridge between self-awareness and the sensual experience, named after a term coined by two philosophers. If you’re a fan of the Portland-based perfumery brand Imaginary Authors, Winter Green was imagined by its founder, Josh Meyer, and Dasein’s Sam Rader.
Like all Dasein scents, Winter Green is non-toxic and cruelty-free, formulated without parabens and glycols (and suitable for vegans!). This fresh scent strikes the chord of softly falling snow. Imagine yourself standing in a forest with new powder gently balancing on the branches of evergreen trees. Imagine yourself listening to the sound of winter air. That hollow sound. It evokes the scent of fresh air and minty green, a suitable choice for winter, and a great refresher for summer (especially when stored in the refrigerator).
Winter Green features notes of the forest: evergreen needles, beeswax, and wild mint. But these notes are blended with spicy pink peppercorn, fresh sambac jasmine, and crisp and zesty pomelo. The result is clean and fresh, the perfect pick-me-up for the senses.
Acqua Neroli by Clean Reserve
The Clean brand is known for their simple, natural and organic linear scents, and Acqua Neroli is a playful and light blend of citrus fruits and warm notes that are like a playful summer day in the Italian countryside. The opening of Acqua Neroli is pure citrus: bergamot, mandarin, and Sicilian orange. The result? Fresh bliss! The tartness of orange is balanced with amber and musk in the base as the heart opens into light florals: jasmine, orange blossom, and of course, deeply soothing neroli. With its lightly honeyed sweetness, neroli dances with the citrus fruits into a universally flattering fragrance suitable for women and men. Although the formulation may seem simple, the result is powerful. This perfume has immense longevity, so if you like fruity florals bordering on fresh aquatics, give Acqua Neroli a try. Plus, Clean supports farmers by using natural extraction methods to source their bergamot oil, and they practice responsible sandalwood oil harvesting by receiving education from local people in Sri Lanka. And one more hint: many people liken this neroli fragrance as a superior formulation to a much more expensive, but similar neroli perfume.
Chaman’s Party Eau de Toilette
Charming. Alluring. Sexy. Unexpected. Do these words appeal to you? If they do, you may want to consider checking out Chaman’s Party by Honore Des Pres. This is not for the faint of heart, so if you are intrigued, read on. Another unisex scent, this is touted to have aphrodisiact properties and contain natural ingredients from all of the world designed to fire up your heart and soul. Another scent inspired by the Amazon rainforest, attempt Chaman’s Party if you appreciate the wet dirt and rawness of the earth. While some of the scents are known, hinted at, and guessed, there is an aire of mystery around this fragrance; part of its formulation is kept under lock and key.
What we do know about this scent is that it contains vetiver root from Haiti, basil from Egypt, Venezuelan wood of life, and dried Madagascar cloves. The opening is thick and heavy, a bit smoky, a touch of pine, and birch tar hit with what also smells like black licorice. Some florals emerge from its base, but ultimately it is vetiver and basil that linger behind. Longevity is impressive and sillage is powerful. You will not be missed in Chaman’s Party.
Mai by Splash of Scent
Imagine yourself waking up on the Amalfi Coast as the sun touches the landscape. You stretch and feel the sun warm up your skin. It’s time to go for a walk to the local market and take in the scents along the way. You are greeted with an imaginative blend of orange, bergamot, and spices. Cedar and vetiver mingle with a landscape of exotic and pungent florals. It has to be rose and geranium, because the spice is unmistakable. The air is sweet, but not too sweet. You feel relaxed and rejuvenated as the scent of rose wafts by once again. This is what it is like to experience Mai by Splash of Scent. Made of organic and natural ingredients, this blend is non-toxic; however, it is intoxicating and sexy in a fun way. Plus, it is made with 97% organic ingredients and natural alcohol extracted from grapes. Splash of Scent takes great care to ensure that its fragrances are made with 100% natural, plant-based sources, so you can feel good about what you are spritzing onto your hair