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Love scent, but hate chemicals? Check out the best clean perfume brands for women!
It’s a fact that perfume is often one of the most toxic cosmetics you can use. In fact, perfume ingredients can be so toxic that in America, the National Academy of Sciences targeted perfumes as one type of neurotoxin (or, chemicals that cause brain damage) that should be tested for their impact on human health.
The Academy claims that as much as 95 percent of chemicals used in scent are petroleum derived chemicals capable of causing cancer and damage to the nervous system, and the worst chemicals, they assert, are parabens, synthetic musks and phthalates.
All of these man-made chemicals dominate many commercial brands of perfume and body sprays, and are thought to be responsible for male reproductive damage, cancer, hormone disruptions, and even birth defects. This is true not only if you wear these toxic scents yourself, but even if you breathe them in from those around you, or at perfume shops. It’s pretty scary stuff, and you can learn more here.
The good news is that more and more brands are taking out the toxins to create perfumes that smell great, but won’t make you (and those around you) sick.
For example, Clean at Sephora fragrances are formulated without the following nasty ingredients:
- SLS and SLES
- formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents
- retinyl palmitate
- coal tar
In fact, all of their skincare, hair, and makeup brands with their Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances, which is great news, since cosmetic companies are permitted by law to add whatever they like into a product when it’s called parfum, perfume or fragrance.
But you don’t need to shop at Sephora to find natural perfumes. Here, we’ve chosen the best clean perfume brands for women, which are perfect not only for every day use for yourself, but which also make a lovely gift for someone you care about.
The Best Clean Perfume Brands For Women
From skincare to perfume! Origins is one of the best known natural brands in the world, and now they’ve come up with a line of scents. Housed in slender, minimalistic bottles topped with a gold cap, their Oriental-inspired Ginger Essence features fiery ginger, followed by refreshing, uplifting citrus bergamot, lemon and lime.
Type of scent: Oriental, spicy, fresh
The mesmerizing scent of the Sea of Capri is expressed in this fresh, clean perfume by Skylar. Not only does it feature a predominant sparkling fresh fruity fragrance, but it also contains subtle notes of bergamot, neroli, grapefruit, and tart blood orange. In short, it’s a citrusy delight that is perfect for both men and women.
Type of scent: Citrusy, fruity, light, energizing
Spring is the inspiration for this feminine, floral perfume. It boasts elements of fresh-cut grass and sweet pear, which combine to provide a delicate blend that’s reminiscent of the great times we all experience in the summer months – and miss so dearly in the winter! But what really stands out here is exotic jasmine. If you’re a fan of the exotic white flower, you’ll love this one!
Type of scent: Feminine and gently floral, romantic
The very name of this scent indicates what you can expect: a light, clean perfume. Upon first scent, you’ll discover fresh notes of sweet florals, which then move into a refreshing citrus mood, until settling into something that resembles how a dewy, sun filled garden smells after the rain. This fragrance uses responsibly sourced Haitian vetiver, which means you can wear this perfume knowing you’ve helped communities in this impoverished country.
Type of scent: Fresh aquatics, earthy
This brand has a history that goes all the way back to 1792, when the French aristocracy would make grand use of these perfume oils, which were the results of intense botanical studies. This perfume is based mainly on a sandalwood fragrance, combined with a dominant cedarwood and finishing with a spicy cinnamon nutmeg complex before ending on an earthy vetiver note. Perfect for both men and women, this is a wonderful autumnal scent.
Type of scent: Warm woods, green
Amaline’s fragrance by Flur is a whirlwind of flowery scents that encompass roses, Italian Bergamot, and Sandalwood, with a touch of pink peppercorns, that provide a modern and sophisticated aroma.
You should know that all fragrances from PHLUR are created to be safer for skin, and safer for the planet. A certified B Corporation and member of 1% for the Planet, the brand has been recognized for its commitment to transparency, sustainability and giving back. Always cruelty-free and vegan, the brand is also certified by the Leaping Bunny certification.
Type of scent: A rosy, feminine floral
Ellis Brooklyn’s Fawn provides the magical allure enclosed in its name. Here, you’ll discover a unique blend of fresh bergamot, rich coconut milk, cruelty-free musk and surprising citrus, all of which combine to bring out a sense of the sweet innocence of youth.
Type of scent: Warm, exotic, unique
This suave, heady blend by The 7 Virtues is one of the top selling of all the best clean perfumes for women at Sephora, and no wonder. This fragrance not only provides a sweetly feminine perfume to the wearer, but has also aromatherapeutic benefits, thanks to the inebriating vanilla woods formulation and essential oils.
Type of scent: Warm and sweet
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