Harsh chemicals and artificial scents in traditional perfumes can be bad for your skin and bad for the planet. This is especially true considering that, like all cosmetics, perfumes get washed down the drain at the end of the day, and can end up in the water supply. But that doesn't mean you can't smell great while remaining eco-friendly! If you're searching for an alternative to traditional perfumes, try these five all-natural, eco-friendly scents instead.
This earthy scent from Susanaah Compton of Florescent Cosmetics uses rose and clove, among other all-natural ingredients, to create the weighty scent. Before entering the world of cosmetics, Compton used to mix botanicals for therapeutic purposes, so she is no stranger to the world of organic mixtures. Though Pretty Bird was created for women, it's clove undertones make it smoky enough that men may enjoy wearing the scent, as well.
Find this versatile scent here.
Want to feel like an eco-friendly, highly-scented mermaid this summer? Grab a shell full of Earth Tu Face's Jasmine Balm solid perfume. Beyond the beautiful and totally unique packaging (yes, that's a real seashell) the perfume smells amazing. The scent is created with pure, natural jasmine oil, resulting in a light and summery bouquet.
Find this must-have for every organic ocean goddess here.
Every scent in Pour Le Monde's perfume collection benefits a different charity. For example, their blend of lemon, berries and burgundy, known as Together, is particularly perfect for summer, and proceeds help support the Cancer Support Community.
Smell great while supporting charity by snagging your own bottle here.
With minimal packaging and all natural, vegan scents, A Perfume Organic creates each of its scents by working from one central ingredient to create the bouquet's profile. Mejica is centered around the classic scent of vanilla, yet it manages to bring a spicy new zing to the familiar smell. Vanilla is often used in fall and winter fragrances, but a hint of orchid makes this perfume fresh enough to rock all summer long.
Get your hands on it here.
Made with organic coconut oil and layered with undertones of vanilla, this warm island scent is beyond perfect for a day at the beach. None of Pacifica's all-natural perfumes are ever tested on animals, and each one comes in a choice of solid, roll-on, or spray. This variety is particularly important for those traveling to far-flung summer locales; roll-on perfumes can be a lifesaver when packing, after all! It's worth noting that all of Pacifica's scents are made to be unisex as well, so anyone is free to enjoy the fun.
Escape to your own island paradise (in scent form) here.
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