Welcome to the ULTIMATE guide to clean, natural and organic perfumes and fragrance! From 100% natural perfumes to clean perfumes that include synthetics and top notes to dry downs, it’s easy to get confused in the rapidly growing world of natural non-toxic perfumes. The natural fragrance industry has grown significantly in recent years with socially conscious, niche perfume brands opting for cleaner and vegan formulations. Top clean fragrance brands like Sana Jardin and Maison Louis Marie are revered names and The 7 Virtues and Heretic Parfum can be found in the aisles of Sephora stores. Even Michelle Pfeiffer, who swore off wearing conventional fragrance a decade ago, launched her own clean fragrance brand, Henry Rose. But which are the healthiest perfumes? Which clean perfumes are long lasting? This 2022 organic perfume guide will help you navigate the best natural perfumes, discover which clean fragrance scents might be right for you, and provide a more in-depth understanding of non toxic perfumes. So toss aside your toxic Chanel perfume and read on.
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Olfactory senses are the only place in the human body where the central nervous system comes into direct contact with the environment…. In other words, before we know we are in contact with a smell, we have already received and reacted to it.
– From the book Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by natural perfumer Mandy Aftel
Out of all five senses, it’s our sense of the smell that has the strongest connection to memory. A scent can instantly transport you to a specific time and place. The smell of vanilla wafers instantly takes me back to being dropped off at the babysitter’s as a 5 year old. Now that I’m an adult, scent is another form of self-expression, but mostly a form of self-care and healing. It has been a long journey (nearly a decade) into the world of clean fragrance, and it’s with great pleasure that I write this guide.
A lot of natural perfume articles on the web don’t differentiate between top clean fragrance scents that are 100% natural & organic and ones that use synthetics, choosing instead to lump them all under the umbrella term of “non-toxic clean perfumes.” For those that actually need the most natural perfumes due to health reasons (or simply get a headache from synthetics), using the word “non-toxic” for non-100% natural perfumes is misleading.
In this clean fragrance guide I’ll be covering the following eight topics:
- What is a Natural perfume vs. Clean perfume?
- What are safe synthetics?
- Why aren’t clean perfumes long lasting?
- What’s the difference between a perfume oil & perfume spray?
- Basic perfume terms
- Best 100% natural and organic perfume brands
- Best clean perfume brands (with synthetics)
- OBL personal favorite fragrances
I’ve also enlisted the help of Providence Perfume Co. owner and award-winning botanical perfumer Charna Ethier for an industry expert’s insight and advice.
If you’d like to skip to the list of best natural and clean perfume brands, scroll down towards the bottom of the post. I’m continuously trying more natural perfumes, so be sure to check back here regularly for updates. Fragrance is such a personal thing, so while this guide is meant to point you in the right direction, the best way to know if a perfume is right for you is to actually try it. Most clean fragrance companies offer sample vials for purchase or discovery sets that include a variety of their top non toxic fragrances.
What is a Natural Perfume VS Clean Perfume?
There are two main categories of natural perfumes in clean beauty. On one hand, you have 100% natural and organic perfumes without any synthetics included. And on the other hand, you have clean perfumes that combine both natural and synthetic ingredients. Each one caters to different types of consumers and needs.
Clean perfumes that include synthetics will have more similarities to conventional fragrance. So if you’re a diehard conventional fragrance lover, but still want to try to choose cleaner options, then clean perfumes with synthetics will be the easiest transition for you.
100% natural and organic perfume brands are staunchly against putting any type of synthetic, whether it’s deemed a “safe synthetic” or not, in their products. The potential health risks of these synthetics are too great for organic perfume houses to ever use. Organic perfume brands do not formulate using synthetics, petrochemicals, fragrance oils, dyes, parabens, pthathlates or chemical fragrances.
You have two very different company philosophies within the same industry.
I chatted with Providence Perfume Co owner & master botanical perfumer Charna Ethier, who shared a few tips for discerning if a fragrance is truly natural or botanical (made from plants and flowers, not aroma chemicals):
1. Is the perfume colored or is it clear? It’s almost impossible to make a true natural perfume that’s clear as most natural essences are brightly colored when distilled. For example real jasmine absolute is a dark orange brown color.
2. Is it expensive? Most natural perfumes are costly as the materials are very expensive in comparison to synthetic aroma chemicals. If the fragrance is a bargain I highly doubt it’s natural.
3. Does it smell familiar or like other perfumes you’ve worn for years? If so, it’s likely got synthetic ingredients in it. Natural perfumes smell a little different from mainstream perfumes which are about 98% synthetic. Real sandalwood smells nothing like synthetic sandalwood, same for rose and jasmine. The real flower smells different from the chemical version!
Another thing to note about natural perfumes vs chemical perfumes is that the more synthetic a perfume the more it will smell the same, no matter what, on any person. Natural perfumes, on the other hand, tend to be more affected by an individual’s unique body chemistry and can smell different from person to person.
A fragrance is also affected by the temperature and the level of moisture in your skin. Perfume experts advise that moisturizing your skin before applying perfume can help it last longer. Fragrances also travel better in the heat during warmer months.
What are “Safe Synthetics” in Clean Perfumes?
More and more clean perfume brands are using safe synthetics in order to smell and perform more similarly to a fine fragrance. But how do we really know if these synthetics are actually safe for human health? The answer is we can’t know for certain — all we can do as consumers is trust (or not trust) product manufacturers.
According to organic perfume brand One Seed,
…The problem with this definition [safe synthetics] is that 75% of chemicals used in fragrance and cosmetics have never been, nor will ever be, tested for human or environmental safety. So we are relying on lack of data to call an ingredient safe – basically, innocent until proven guilty.
It is, in fact, quite rare for a chemical to be extensively tested for its potential health effects, and even more rare for one to be banned for commercial use. Even after proving harmful effects, it can take up to twenty-five years for a chemical to be removed from use.
More often, if there are concerns around safety, there may be industry or government recommendations for limiteduse, but no actual legislation or regulation to prevent its use.
In the fragrance industry, testing tends to be only in relation to potential allergic reactions, looking at a small cohort of people over a very short time period (usually a few hours or days), with no concern as to how these chemicals might be interfering with hormones, organs, or body systems.
The cost of extensively testing a single chemical is around $1million, which is a strong deterrent that prevents many manufacturers from investigating these molecules. Unfortunately, testing is not a a prerequisite for use, so a chemical can be released for commercial use with very little, if any, governance.
The onus is on product manufacturers to select ingredients that have a history of long-term safe use with no red flags around potential links to health or environmental issues, and ideally those that have undergone extensive testing. The reality is that rarely happens.
What’s the Difference Between Perfume Oils & Sprays
If you’re wondering whether to purchase a clean perfume oil or perfume spray, Charna breaks down the pros and cons of each.
Oil based perfumes should last longer on the skin because oil evaporates off the skin at a slower rate than alcohol. That being said, oil based perfumes have very little sillage or scent projection. Oil perfumes are very close to the skin and are a good choice for someone who likes a subtle scent. Someone would have to lean in very close to smell a natural oil based perfume on your skin.
Alcohol based fragrances have much more “scent throw” than oil based fragrances. It’s very hard for natural perfumes to rival the potency of perfumes made with petrochemicals and aroma chemicals. Natural essences are softer and dissipate faster than chemicals. That being said, one of my claims to fame as a botanical perfumer is creating long lasting more potent fragrances. I achieve this through creating most of my fragrances at an eau de parfum potency.
Why Aren’t Natural Perfumes Long Lasting?
One of the biggest complaints I see over and over again is that clean perfumes disappear too quickly. “Very poor sillage” and “zero longevity” are other phrases I hear often — it seems that regular consumers aren’t exactly aware of how different natural perfumes are from conventional ones. Natural perfumes simply don’t have the same performance as their toxic counterparts, because they don’t contain lab-engineered ingredients that artificially extend their wear. Conventional fragrance contain a ton of chemical additives that increase the longevity of a fragrance, most commonly hormone-disrupting phthalates. Their potential health risks are what spurred the likes of Hollywood A-lister Michelle Pfeiffer to forgo fine fragrances entirely and create Henry Rose.
Natural essences are super expensive, so I think some of the issue with longevity or potency with naperfumes occurs when perfumers don’t formulate their fragrances with enough essence. Mainstream perfumes cost about $3.00 to make and that includes the bottle and the box! Whereas every drop of real rose oil costs $1! My profit margin is dramatically lower as it costs me much more to create my fragrances.
If you’re choosing a clean perfume for your health, then performance is something you’ll need to be willing to compromise. Just like there isn’t a natural hairspray that can give the extreme hold of a toxin-filled supermarket hairspray, natural perfumes will not have the same performance of a toxic fragrance.
In my experience with clean fragrances, most will last a few hours and some will even last up to 5-7 hours as they gradually subside. Even among clean perfumes that contain synthetics, there are some brands that last longer than others. For example, By Rosie Jane and Ellis Brooklyn have somewhat less longevity than other synthetic clean perfumes. Clean perfumes that have more synthetics in their formula will have better performance.
Natural perfumes are meant to be re-applied, which is why perfume oils are a great option if you want your fragrance to last all day and into the night. I recommend spritzing at least 4-5 times for clean perfumes to last at least 3-4 hours.
Basic Perfume Terms
I’m covering just a handful of the most basic perfume terms in this guide:
- Projection: How far away from the wearer someone else would be able to smell the fragrance.
- Sillage: How much of a trail of scent is left behind the wearer.
- Performance: How long lasting a perfume is
- Top notes: First notes that one smells after applying a fragrance.
- Middle notes: Also known has heart notes, these are primary notes that define the way a scent is described and categorized.
- Base notes: The heaviest, longest-lasting notes in a fragrance, that reveal themselves after the heart notes have evaporated. Base notes are present during the middle phase of a perfume, providing depth to the perfume, but once the heart notes have disappeared, the base notes take on a character of their own.
- Dry down: The final scent of a fragrance after the note and middle notes have evaporated.
- Gourmand: A scent that evokes food, usually a dessert. Has notes of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, caramel, and more.
- Skin scent: A scent with minimal projection (i.e., one that can only be detected when extremely close to the wearer
- Eau de Cologne: least concentrated style of fragrance, with a perfume oil to alcohol ratio of only 2-5%
- Eau de Parfum: fragrance with a 10-15% concentration of perfume oil to alcohol
- Eau de Toilette: fragrance with a 5-10% concentration of perfume oil to alcohol
BEST CLEAN VANILLA PERFUMES
I’m recommending my top picks for a couple popular scent categories that I think anyone could enjoy! My top four recommendations for someone looking for a clean vanilla perfume are:
- Lake By Rosie Jane: So easy & lovely to wear by anybody
- The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods: Also a crowd pleaser that you can’t go wrong with
- Lavanila: They make only vanilla-forward perfumes so you might find one you like
- Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid
BEST CLEAN ROSE PERFUMES
My top two picks I would recommend someone looking for a clean rose perfume are:
- Sana Jardin Incense Water
- Providence Perfume Co Rose 802 (perfume oil) – organic
- Rosie By Rosie Jane (very light skin scent)
BEST CLEAN SUMMER PERFUMES
My top four recommendations that I’m obsessed with this summer if you’re looking for a clean summer fragrance:
- Ellis Brooklyn Salt: sensual tropical scent
- Heretic Parfum Dirty Coconut: vanilla coconut ambrette
- Floral Street Arizona Bloom: coconut floral tropical scent
- Leahlani Pua Lei: Hawaiian tropical floral scent
- By Rosie Jane Madie: Note that is is a sunscreen scent, also smells of ocean and salty skin after a long day at the beach
BEST ORGANIC WOODSY PERFUMES
- Heretic Parfum Dirty Hinoki
- Heretic Parfum Sandalwood
BEST ORGANIC FLORAL PERFUMES
This category is way too large with so many popular subcategories and subcategories within those subcategories. Are you interested in a classic old-fashioned floral, woodsy floral, fruity floral, tropical floral, vanilla floral, woodsy fruity floral – you get the idea!
But, I’ll share a couple Organic Floral Perfumes that I personally love that I haven’t already mentioned in the other scent categories above:
- Henry Rose Flora Carnivora: warm/creamy/sensual white floral
- By Rosie Jane Angie (Honeysuckle)
- Providence Perfume Co Sweet Jasmine Brown
- Strange Invisible Fair Verona (Jasmine)
- Strange Invisible Epic Gardenia
Non Toxic Perfumes at Sephora (Full List)
Sephora carries a wide range of clean perfume brands, though most of these brands do mix in synthetics.
- Clean Reserve
- The 7 Virtues
- Maison Louis Marie
- By Rosie Jane
- Ellis Brooklyn
- Floral Street
- Heretic Parfum
Where to Buy Natural Perfume
- Credo Beauty (save 20% automatically at checkout until Oct 23)
- Directly at brands’ websites
Best Clean Perfume Brands (With Synthetics)
Californian perfume brand By Rosie Jane has the most easy to wear feminine scents I’ve experienced in an entire line. By Rosie Jane is a beauty and fragrance brand founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup artist, rosie jane johnston. While Rosie Jane was pregnant, every fragrance made her nauseous, so she decided to create her own — and By Rosie Jane was born! By Rosie Jane’s No. 1 bestseller is the fresh and fruity scent Leila Lou. By Rosie Jane is vegan and clean, but they are not a 100% natural perfume brand. Synthetics are included, and By Rosie Jane discloses each synthetic they use in detail in the name of transparency. By Rosie Jane is sold at Sephora, their website and their Amazon store.
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Sana Jardin is a socially conscious, luxury fragrance house. Their vision is to use clean and sustainable perfume as a vehicle for social impact and the economic empowerment of women. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy – their alternative business model enables the women in their supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by up-cycling the waste products from perfume production. The complexity of Sana Jardin perfumes are akin to fine fragrances. Sana Jardin is ideal for floral fragrance lovers.
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Ellis Brooklyn perfumes are PETA Certified vegan and cruelty free. They combine synthetics when necessary with a high % of natural ingredients. Ellis Brooklyn’s colorful contemporary yet chic bottles with biodegradable caps instantly stood out and their fragrances are approachable and easy to wear. They also seem to smell a tad less synthetic than other clean fragrance brands to my sensitive nose.
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New owner Chriselle Lim is now at the helm of ethically conscious and clean fragrance brand Phlur. Created in 2015, Phlur creates modern fine fragrances that are mindfully formulated, responsibly sourced and crafted by world-class perfumers. Phlur performs closer to a conventional fragrance and has strong projection and longevity.
Founded by Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass and now in Sephora stores, Abbott is clean, PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free and eco-driven. Abbott sets itself from other clean fragrance brands by celebrating the vast wonders of the American outdoors through their perfumes. Their mission is to create healthy and conscious fragrances using the cleanest and most sustainable ingredients. Abbott scents are designed by two senior perfumers who have made scents for Burberry, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs among others. This is a unisex fragrance line that would be most liked by men, but can also be enjoyed by women.
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Henry Rose’s famous founder Michelle Pfeiffer gave up fragrance after becoming a mom, because she couldn’t imagine exposing her kids to anything potentially toxic on her skin. But her desire to wear fragrance, led her to create her own fragrance brand that measured up to her standards. Henry Rose is EWG verified and was developed by luxury fragrance house perfumers from a list of just 300 allowed ingredients from 3000. Henry Rose believes in 100% transparency and discloses each of their ingredients, including synthetics.
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Created by Belgian native Marie along with her LA native husband, Maison Louis Marie is an eco-conscious clean fragrance line balancing both synthetic and natural ingredients. Maison Louis Marie only uses synthetic ingredients in order to protect the planet from the over-harvesting of endangered plants, to avoid animal products, and to protect against known natural allergens.
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Founded by former Refinery29 editor-turned-marketing expert Brianna Arps, Moodeaux creates skin nourishing clean fragrances that accessorize your mood. Worthy Supercharged Skin Scent is made at a high 30% concentration. They’re also the first Black owned fragrance brand to be carried at Credo Beauty. Moodeux uses absolutes, botanical derivatives and safe synthetics. Eco-friendly Refills launching soon.
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Known for their deodorants, Lavanila also has a line of vanilla-centric healthy fragrances. They contain skin-nourishing ingredients along with pure essential oils, nature identical oils, and botanically derived aromas. Ideal for vanilla lovers.
Girly and feminine, Skylar’s clean fragrances are made using natural + synthetic ingredients. Founder Cat Chen created Skylar after her daughter began experiencing allergic reactions to her everyday perfume. Skylar perfume scents are inspired the landscapes of the founder’s home state California and appeal most to a younger consumer.
Dedcool is a line of genderless and vegan fragrances founded & created in Los Angeles in 2016. At 21, founder, Carina Chaz created her company as an extension of her passion for cologne, masculine scents. White Musk, bergamot and amber are three recurring notes present in the entire Dedcool collection, which also includes safe synthetics.
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Founded in 2013, Clean Beauty Collective has been making clean perfumes with natural and safe synthetics for over a decade with their Clean Reserve and Clean Classic fragrance lines. Clean Beauty Collective works with partners that use green manufacturing practices and chooses responsibly sourced, sustainable ingredients that give back. Clean Beauty Collective fragrances are simple and uncomplicated with strong performance.
The 7 Virtues creates clean perfumes with vegan, sustainably sourced ingredients and lab-made synthetic. Founded by author and activist, Barb Stegemann in 2010, The 7 Virtues is a socially driven perfume brand focused on helping nations rebuild after war or strife. All of The 7 Virtues natural, organic and fair trade essential oils are ethically sourced.
Inkling Scents offers vegan perfumes made of 100% pure essential and fragrance oils. Their collection of Earth Notes perfumes are infused by suspending dried, raw materials in the formula. Inkling Scents are handmade in small batches on the founder’s small farm utilizing organic ingredients from their on-site garden. My favorite Inkling Scent is Pulse, a warm earthy vanilla scent that has hints of fruitiness with notes of mandarin, nutmeg, blueberry, rose, pink peony, patchouli and finally musk, vanilla bourbon and sandalwood. Inkling Scents lasts 4+ hours.
Inspired by urban British women, Floral Street is a modern fragrance brand with sustainability at its core. Floral Street uses synthetics to perform like a fine fragrance and are vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced. The entire line of Floral Street perfumes are floral-focused and feminine. Ideal for floral scent lovers. Try Arizona Bloom or for a fruity summer scent Sunflower Pop. Floral Street has strong projection and longevity.
Best Natural & Organic Perfume Brands (No Synthetics)
Made in a base of organic biodynamic alcohol, the 100% essential oils based perfumes by Living Libations transport you to sacred pockets of the earth.
Providence Perfume Co is an award-winning 100% natural perfume company using the finest botanical ingredients from around the world. They have their own perfume bar in Rhode Island where perfumery classes are also taught. Providence Perfume Co fragrances are Fifi award nominated, which is the highest honor in the industry. Made to the highest standards, Providence perfumes do not contain: synthetics, petrochemicals, fragrance oils, dyes, parabens, pthathlates or chemical fragrances. Providence Perfume Co has the widest range of the most natural perfumes that feel like fine fragrances. Longevity is around 3 hours with 4-5 spritzes.
Created by botanical perfumer Alexandra Bahaloutis, Strange Invisible creates 100% natural, botanical, and hydrodistilled fragrances from biodynamic, wild-crafted, and certified organic plants. Strange Invisible never uses synthetic aromas, perfume flavorings, or isolates and all raw materials are sourced or made by their master distiller. If you’re in Southern California, you can experience the perfumes in person at their store in Venice Beach, CA.
One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural perfumes are at least 80% organic and made with pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients. Their award-winning line of fragrances have complex scent profiles that change in depth and character with each person they come into contact with. Most are unisex with a couple masculine-dominant and a couple feminine-dominant, but all are incredibly unique with fantastic depth. Try Dreamer for a sophisticated citrus tangerine scent, Solitude for a grounding vanilla or Bohemia for an exotic floral gourmand. Longevity is around 3 hours with 4-5 spritzes.
Heretic Parfum makes handcrafted fragrance made from 100% naturally derived botanical ingredients blended in organic sugarcane alcohol. Their fragrances are Unisex, vegan, and cruelty-free and handcrafted in small batches at their Los Angeles studio.
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California based niche natural perfume house Aftelier Perfumes creates all natural fragrances using the finest natural essences found around the world. Perfumer Mandy Aftel uses organic or wild-crafted oils whenever possible and is also the author of several books on natural perfume including Essence and Alchemy. She is also the teacher of the founder of Heretic Parfum.
Founded by self taught perfumer Olivia Larson in 2013 in Colorado, La Fleur By Livvy is an all natural perfume brand with florals at the heart of the line. Their fragrances are themed around Journeys and Travel. La Fleur By Livvy offers both 100% botanical perfumes and “mixed” perfumes that include aroma chemicals, natural isolates and synthetic musks for better longevity and sillage.
Plant-based, hand-crafted beauty line Bohemian Reves creates a handful of 100% botanical perfumes that they hand blend in their Florida studio and finish in their heavy weight geometric glass vessels. Desert Fleur is a sultry and simple mix of patchouli and vanilla, that’s both romantic and grounding. Longevity is about 4-5 hours.
Highborn NYC was created to bring you the healing benefits of premium botanicals and sacred aromatics. They formulate without parabens, preservatives, synthetics, and animal testing. Each and every essential oil and extract is chosen organic farmers they trust. Highborn’s new Defumé scent is a Palo Santo lover’s dream. Highborn NYC perfumes are light and lay close to the skin. Longevity is around 2-3 hours with 5 spritzes.
Leahlani is a Hawaiian organic skincare brand that also makes a handful of natural perfumes inspired by the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Each Leahlani perfume is made to evoke grounding feelings of comfort, harmony, positivity, and aloha. If you enjoy fragrant feminine florals, check out Leahlani.
Organic body care brand Red Flower makes 100% natural perfumes from essential oils and certified organic plants. Their perfumes are composed of the intense purity of flower distillations, dark-tree resins, bright, fresh herbs and ripe fruit extractions. Red Flower has three perfumes to choose from.
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OBL Personal Favorites
Here are my absolute favorite scents that I’m personally obsessed with. Keep in mind this is just my own personal taste. And now that the colder months are just around the corner check out the best natural winter perfumes here.
With Dirty Hinoki by Heretic Parfum, I get both worlds of masculine and feminine in one bottle. The opening of Dirty Hinoki is a juicy burst of fruit which fades to reveal woodsy notes with a caramel sweetness. Depending on the day and the weather, I sometimes get a stronger woodsy scent and sometimes a stronger sweet scent. Beautifully complex, the dry down seems to reveal a completely different perfume, one that’s highly feminine and sweet.
I immediately fell in love with this bright, punchy and sweet rose. Providence Perfume Co also has a Rose Bohème perfume spray, but I found it to be more of an earthy, subdued rose that didn’t shine as much as Rose 802 did for me.
Incense Water by Sana Jardin is the scent that I loved the most out the clean perfumes that include synthetics. This Sana Jardin Paris perfume is a sweet, floral with some patchouli. In my clean fragrance journey, Incense Water comes closest to my former favorite fragrance by Paco Rabanne.
I’m a sucker for vanilla and so far, out of all the vanilla-y clean fragrances I’ve tried, I preferred Lake By Rosie Jane. Sultry with a hint of tartness, romantic and so easy to wear, I can see myself using Lake everyday. The other clean vanilla perfumes I like are Moodeux Worthy and the organic One Seed Solitude, which has strong earthy top notes but dries down to a beautiful earthy vanilla.
Another natural fragrance that stood out to me right away was Sweet Jasmine Brown. Jasmine is the dominant scent of this perfume oil but you also get gourmand notes of vanilla, tonka and cocoa nib along with Musk ambrette, pink pepper and ylang ylang to add depth. It’s like a cup of jasmine tea with the sweetness and allure of burnt sugar.
Floral Street, as you can guess by its name, is all about florals. Some of their perfumes smelled too synthetic to me, especially Chypre Sublime, but I was taken by Arizona Bloom.
One Seed is a line of mostly unisex fragrances that’s very different from the usual floral and feminine fragrance brands I’ve tried. But I can and do enjoy woodsy scents. Solitude is my favorite One Seed scent with its notes of black pepper, dry woods, tarragon, pale vanilla, ambrette seed, tonka bean, and orris root. It has the unisex woodsiness but it also leans gourmand and is warm and alluring. My other favorite One Seed perfume is Bohemia, but it doesn’t officially make my personal favorites list as I can’t see myself wearing it everyday.
Solitude is great if you usually like
Givenchy Pi, Chanel Egoiste, Replica Jazz Club, Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka
Pua Lei by Leahlani (Oil)
Leahlani Pua Lei I has a strong scent memory that transports me to Hawaii and all the amazing memories I made there. While Leahlani has other Hawaii-inspired perfumes, Pua Lei transports in a way that their other perfumes don’t.
For an intoxicatingly sweet and feminine floral scent, Love-in-a-mist is an incredible perfume made of a rare distillation of nigella damascene, a flower called Love In A Mist. It also has notes of mimosa, sandalwood and sweet clover.
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