We’ve done a lot of complaining about the lack of good—nay, great—natural perfumes out there. But truth be told, there are a few on this list from Well+Good that we haven’t tried yet! Which of these have you tested out? And what’s your absolute favorite I’ll-never-stop-wearing-it perfume, natural or otherwise?
Perfume should be a pleasurable experience both for the wearer and those around her, not a toxic one. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best new natural ones.
Our perfume picks are mostly handcrafted in small batches with plant extracts, distilled flower essences, and essential oils. So giving or getting one feels luxurious and special. Here are our 9 favorites of the season…
1. A Perfume Organic Mejica
Perfumer Amanda Walker’s small batch, botanical blends are super desirable, and “Mejica,” might be the sexiest of her five USDA certified-organic scents. It’s a delicious blend of three vanillas, rare resins, and spices. The petite bottle is actually a roll-on and, extra charming, the flower seed-embedded box can be planted.
2. Red Flower Ambrette Roll-On Oil
Aside from making exquisite natural candles, Red Flower creates masterful fragrances, like “Ambrette.” It’s the name of a seed used in Indian culture to perfume the hair and burned as an offering. When blended here with patchouli, orange, and black pepper (all certified USDA organic), it’s both alluring and restoring. Wear it to yoga to lift stress-related fatigue or anoint your pulse points with it as an aphrodisiac.
3. Strange Invisible Perfumes Black Rosette
Perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis is all about luxury craftsmanship. Her forte is creating scents with certified organic, wildcrafted, and biodynamic ingredients that focus on “aroma profile, evocative narratives, and the beauty of scent.” Black Rosette eau de parfum, for example, tells a subtle story of seduction with roses, black tea, and spearmint with a hint of bad-boy leather.
4. Lurk RSW005 Fragrance
This carefully crafted new fragrance line oozes cool factor. Lurk is the brainchild of New Yorkers Anne Sanford and Kristi Head, who met at Red Flower and created packaging and beauty products for Anthropologie and other top brands before collaborating on a fragrance collection of their own. We’re smitten with RSW005, an androgynous essential-oil-based scent with warm sandalwood, earthy rose, and a crisp citrus finish. And since the line launched just last year, you won’t be wearing (or gifting) a scent that everyone else has. Yet.
5. Tsi La Fiori D’Arancio Organic Eau de Parfum
Tsi La is a little obsessed with fun, organic freshness—and natural decadence. The collection is crafted in artisan-size batches using essential oils, active plant botanicals, and rich exotic butters. Best-selling Fiori d’Arancio is a USDA-certified mist that’s like bottled sunshine—on vacation in Italy. Its notes of orange, tangerine, and neroli flowers mixed with vanilla orchids and honey give it a playful, mischievous appeal.
6. Honoré Des Prés Nu Green Verrine Eau de Toilette
Olivia Giacobetti is a legendary perfumer, who designed fragrances for prestigious houses like Diptyque and Guerlain, before creating Honoré Des Prés. It’s the first luxury certified-organic French fragrance brand. Nu Green conjures up the feel of a fresh spring morning with green mint leaves, dewy grass, Indian botanical musk, tarragon and cedar wood. And if it’s got Giacobetti’s signature on it, you know it has to be good.
7. Tallulah Jane Aiyana Eau de Parfum
Aiyana is a feminine (okay, super girly, super heart-warming) fragrance that mixes pure Moroccan rose with vanilla and a hint of Italian lemon that gives it a boost of happy effervescence. Like all of Tallulah Jane’s perfumes, it’s made with organic and wildcrafted oils, and based on the centuries-old tradition of Bourbon perfumeries.
As some of you have surely noticed, I like to stalk Elle Magazine. I do it because I love them (it’s the only women’s magazine I still like to buy now and again)—but also because sometimes they make me mad! Anyhoo, I’ve had my ear to the ground for some time now about this new spa they were planning to open at the Eden Roc in Miami (pictured above looking fabulous in the fifties), as part of a mega-million renovation. I’d heard some internet rumblings about organic facials and such, but nothing concrete enough to report on. Until now…
In the June issue of Elle (now on stands), the mag announced that their spa at Eden Roc has opened and that they’re offering—wait for it—Tammy Fender facials! They’re also boasting a “scrub bar” that uses organic oils, along with “biodynamic honey and sea salts” (yum!), as well as a signature Red Flower body treatment. So, from the sounds of it, this is a clean spa, people! (Even if it’s not being billed as such, per se, and even if Essie has created two new nail polish colors for them to celebrate.)
We spoke to Tammy’s people—because we’re obsessed with this line now—and word is that she has trained the team of facialists at the spa and will make herself available to clients who book well in advance.
Now, aside from the fact that Siobhan and I have long wanted to take a Miami trip together—and a Tammy Fender facial sounds like a wonderful excuse to do so (at least in our fantasy life where we hop planes for holistic facials)—here’s why I’m so hot under the collar about this. Elle Magazine is a beauty institution, and they could literally choose any products and treatments for their new spa. The fact that they’re going with largely organic and chemical-free ones, for us, is a pretty big vote of confidence for the clean movement and the effectiveness of these products that we so adore.
Wouldn’t you agree?