13 Companies That Make Luxurious All-Natural Perfumes

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1. A Perfume Organic

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It was some kind of cosmic joke that, while I sat working on this slideshow in a coffee shop, two middle-aged ladies sat down at the table next to me, filling the small space with their overpowering perfumes. Within minutes, my eyes started to water, my throat began to itch, and I couldn’t get a single breath of non-perfumed air. Those ladies would do well to learn more about the health risks of synthetic perfumes, which contain toxic petroleum- and coal-derived synthetic chemicals, as well as countless other carcinogenic ingredients that have been linked to hormone, endocrine, and reproductive system disruptions. The good news is that there are lots of companies and customers realizing the importance of avoiding synthetic perfumes. The following list of companies offer perfumes in various forms and strengths – solid, spray, roll-on, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and perfume oils – that are free from the dangerous ingredients used in conventional perfumes. Founded by Amanda Walker of New York City, this company is dedicated to providing a healthy alternative to synthetic perfumes, which are full of acetone, petroleum, and phthalates. A Perfume Organic makes its scents using safe, pure ingredients that are free from petrochemicals, solvents, dyes, alcohol, and pesticides. Perfumes are certified organic by the USDA. They are vegan and certified by PETA. All materials are sourced from domestic companies and the perfumes are made in small batches in Manhattan, NY. Packaging is minimal, recyclable, and comes embedded with flower seeds. 12 mL roll-on bottle, $65.

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2. Rich Hippie

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California-based Rich Hippie prides itself on using old-fashioned methods for crafting perfumes that predate the advent of the chemical industry post-World War II. The company uses all-natural, organic wine alcohol, or “spirits of wine,” that come from California’s famous wine regions. All plant and flower extracts are organic and carefully selected to be of the highest quality. Perfumes are free from phthalates and preservatives. Says founder Nannette Pallrand:

"There is nothing more beautiful than an all-natural perfume where you can actually smell the real flowers as opposed to a man-made chemical perfume that uses synthetic versions of flowers concocted in a laboratory. Studies have even shown that a real and all-natural perfume actually creates a chemical reaction in the body that uplifts the senses whereas a man-made, synthetic perfume brings the senses down."

1⁄2 fl. ounce bottle of perfume, $345 1/6 fl. ounce bottle of eau de parfum, $75

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3. Pacifica Perfume

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Pacifica offers a variety of natural perfume options – spray, roll-on, and solid. All are vegan and cruelty-free. Spray perfumes are made with corn-based alcohol and a blend of essential and natural oils. There are no parabens, gluten, or artificial colors. The solid perfumes are made with a blend of coconut, soy, and apricot waxes. The roll-on perfumes are free from parabens, GMOs, propylene glycol, and mineral oil. Prices are $9 for solid, $12 for roll-on, $22-$24 for spray perfumes.

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4. Ganesha’s Garden Solid Perfume

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Ganesha’s Garden handcrafts luxurious solid perfume that comes in a fair-trade carved soapstone box from Agra, India. The perfume base is made of beeswax, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil, with vitamin E as a natural preservative. There are 12 exotic scents to choose from, such as patchouli, sandalwood, white lotus, and green tea. Solid perfume, $13.99

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5. Providence Perfume Company

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The Providence Perfume Company, located in Providence, RI, was created by Charna Ethier. After years of working for large beauty companies, she wanted to make her own line of truly natural and green scents that embrace the aromas of her New England upbringing. Fragrances are made by hand, in small batches, using real plants, flowers, fruits, and woods, and are blended in a pure alcohol spirit base. Unlike synthetic perfumes, these scents will not overpower and have the strength of an eau de parfum. There are no parabens, phthalates, synthetics, fragrance oils, dyes, or chemical fragrances. Sample set of 6 1-mL vials, $30

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6. Pour Le Monde: 100% Natural Perfumes

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The name of this company means “For the World,” since 10 percent of net profits go toward charity. All fragrances are non-toxic, made with certified natural essential oil infused in grain alcohol. The scents are meant to “develop on your skin and respond with your body chemistry, individualizing each experience.” Pour le Monde does not use any petrochemicals, phthalates, artificial dyes, propylene glycol, synthetic alcohol, synthetic fragrances, or animal byproducts. 1.7 fl. ounce / 15 mL eau de parfum natural spray, $82

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7. Tsi-La Natural Perfumery and Organics

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Tsi-La was founded by Annie Morton and Natalie Szapowalo, who are dedicated to offering pure and natural perfumes, as well as other skin care products. Their conscientiously designed products are cruelty-free, vegan, and organic, and are free from synthetic chemicals, preservatives, colorants, and even alcohol. Tsi-La’s perfumes, which are made in the USA, can be layered to create new scent combinations; blending suggestions are provided on website. Unisex scents available, too. Regular 50 mL eau de parfum bottle, $129

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8. Christy Organics Natural Perfume

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Made in Australia, Christy Organics sells purely natural roll-on scents that are free from preservatives, parabens, alcohol, synthetic fragrances and additives. They are vegan, cruelty-free, and made with 70% organic ingredients, all of which are sourced domestically. (You can find a detailed description of all ingredients here.) Christy Organics makes small batches in Melbourne and ships internationally. 12 mL / 0.4 fl. ounce bottle, approx. $70 USD

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9. Lurk Natural Fragrances

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Lurk makes its handmade perfume oils in SoHo, New York City, using a base of organic jojoba oil blended with pure essential oils. No water or alcohol is used, and there are no preservatives, stabilizers, or additives. Also available are eaux de toilette, which blends signature essential oils with organic US-sourced cane alcohol. Perfume oils and eaux de toilette, $58 - $225

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10. Ayala Moriel Parfums

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This Vancouver-based company crafts a wide range of natural perfumes. Each collection has a special theme, whether it's a masculine edge, feminine aroma, floral notes, short seasonal offerings, or the curious "liquid poetry" perfumes. Ayala Moriel prides itself in making small batches, using sweatshop-free products (such as glass bottles made in France and printing and packaging made locally in Vancouver), as well as waste-reduction strategies (like refillable containers). The ingredients are organic and wild-sourced as much as possible, and no animals are harmed in the making of the perfumes. The company explains what natural perfumery is:

"These are essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extractions, concretes, tinctures, infusions and at times also isolates that come from natural sources – not from petroleum. Those essences come from organic life forms such as plants - flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, bark and fruit – and occasionally animal ingredients such as beeswax, honey absolute and beach harvested ambergris tincture."

Prices range from $18 to $23 CAD for 1 mL sample vials of splash/spray-on eau de parfum, and $120 to $156 CAD for 15 mL bottles. See all collections. Sampler sets available.

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11. Abel Organics

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Former winemaker Frances Shoemack decided to create Abel Organics when she was unable to find a truly natural perfume that satisfied her personal criteria. Abel uses only ethically sourced organic ingredients and infuses food-grade alcohol with essential oils for its unique scents. The perfumes come in minimalist cases made from reclaimed wood, such as old Amsterdam canal beams and Dutch railway carriages, and are designed to protect the perfume from light damage. Abel promotes itself as being in ‘no man’s land,’ where gender doesn’t matter and there are no rules about what sort of scent a man or woman should wear. The parfums are not shipped outside of Europe, but you can look for a stockist. 15 mL vial eau de parfum, $60 USD 50 mL bottle eau de parfum, $120 USD

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12. Skylar Body

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Skylar Body was founded after Cat Chen grew worried about the chemicals she was putting on her skin while pregnant. An avowed fragrance lover, Chen has worked for Jessica Alba's The Honest Company prior to starting Skylar, and says that experience made her much more aware that everything she puts in and on her body stays there all day long. Skylar is made in Los Angeles, using high-quality ingredients sourced from around the world -- bergamot from Italy, jasmine from India, rose from Morocco. The base is organic sugar cane alcohol from a distillery in Oregon. Batches are small and handmade, featuring hand-painted watercolor packaging. Much of Skylar's appeal lies in its direct-to-consumer model that keeps prices down, relative to competitors. 1.7 oz/50 mL eau de toilette, $78, or buy 2 on sale for $120. Four 1.5 mL sample vials, $20

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13. Kai Fragrance

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The first time Kai's creator Gaye Straza wore her new fragrance down the street, she was stopped by a beauty editor on Madison Avenue in NYC and asked where she could buy the scent. That was just the beginning of an enormously successful business that has gained support of celebrities, spas, exclusive boutiques, and individuals around the world. Kai appeals to customers because it is captures the scent of the tropics (to be precise, the white flowers of Hawaii, where Straza spent her summers), while also remaining clean and safe. Kai fragrance is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phosphate, gluten, and microbeads. It is vegan and cruelty free, and made in the United States. Two scents available: Kai and Kai*Rose 1.7 oz bottle of eau de perfume, $76 1/8 oz. of roll-on perfume oil, $48