The Best Clean Perfumes For Women

Love scent, but hate chemicals? Check out the best clean perfumes for women!

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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 (NAS) targeted perfumes as one type of neurotoxin (or, chemicals that cause brain damage). The NAS insists they should be tested for their impact on human health.

They also state that as much as 95 percent of chemicals used in scent are petroleum derived, and are capable of causing cancer and damage to the nervous system. 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. In fact, they’re 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.

Harmful Ingredients To Avoid

So, what should you avoid? There are loads of chemicals hidden as ‘fragrance’ in most perfumes. Under that umbrella term, it’s hard to know what your perfume actually contains. But it’s good to know that, for example, the Clean at Sephora fragrances are formulated without the following nasty ingredients:

  • sulfates
  • SLS and SLES
  • parabens
  • formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents
  • phthalates
  • retinyl palmitate
  • oxybenzone
  • coal tar
  • hydroquinone
  • triclosan
  • triclocarban

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 perfumes for women, which are perfect not only for everyday use for yourself, but which also make a lovely gift for someone you care about.

The Best Clean Perfumes For Women

1. Origins Ginger Essence

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. This is followed by refreshing, uplifting citrus bergamot, lemon and lime.

Type of scent: Oriental, spicy, fresh

Price: $45

best clean perfumes for women


2. Skylar Capri Eau de Toilette

The mesmerising 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. Though this is one of the best clean perfumes for women who love citrusy scents, what lingers for hours with this perfume is the subtle hint of musk….

Type of scent: Citrusy, fruity, light, energising

Price: $78

3. By Rosie Jane Leila Lou

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

Price: $65

best clean perfumes for women

4. Clean Reserve Rain

The very name of this scent indicates what you can expect. It’s a light, clean perfume. Upon your first sniff, you’ll discover fresh notes of sweet florals. These then move into a refreshing citrus mood, until settling into something that resembles how a dewy, sun filled garden smells after the rain.

This is one of the best clean perfumes for women who want to do good while they smell good. The fragrance uses responsibly sourced Haitian vetiver, which means you can wear Clean Reserve Rain knowing you’ve helped communities in this impoverished country.

Type of scent: Fresh aquatics, earthy

Price: $98


5. Maison Louis Marie

This brand has a history that goes all the way back to 1792. At that time, 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. It winds up 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, spice

Price: $57

6. Phlur Ameline Eau de Parfum

Amaline’s fragrance by Phlur is a whirlwind of flowery scents that encompass roses, Italian bergamot, and sandalwood, with a touch of pink peppercorn. It all provides a modern rose perfume with a bite.

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 recognised for its commitment to transparency, sustainability and giving back. Always cruelty-free and vegan, Phlur is also certified by the Leaping Bunny certification.

Type of scent: A rosy, feminine floral

Price: $96

best clean perfumes for women

7. Ellis Brooklyn Fawn

Ellis Brooklyn’s Fawn provides the magical, gentle allure suggested by its name. Here, you’ll discover a unique blend of fresh bergamot, rich coconut milk, cruelty-free musk and surprising citrus. These all combine to bring out a sense of the sweet innocence of youth. Or, perhaps, a delicate fawn!

Type of scent: Warm, sweet, unique

Price: $100

8. The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods

This suave, heady blend by The 7 Virtues is one of the top selling of all the best clean perfumes for women. And no wonder! This fragrance not only provides a sweetly feminine perfume to the wearer, but has also aromatherapeutic benefits. Those come thanks to the inebriating vanilla woods formulation and calming essential oils.

Type of scent: Warm and sweet

Price: $79

best clean perfumes for women

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