Natural & Nontoxic Fragrances

According to the Environmental Working Group, most scents in perfumes are synthesized from the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, or they are derived from petroleum. Since our skin absorbs nearly 60 percent of what we put onto it, the hidden chemicals in perfumes can be irritating or even detrimental to our long-term health.

On the other hand, nontoxic perfumes prioritize natural materials (and use only safe synthetics). We’ve found nine nontoxic perfume brands that span size, price, and scent, many of which offer sample sizes at a discounted price. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious roll-on or refreshing spray, you can test and try to see what works best for you!

And if you want to go green with your whole beauty routine, check out these beauty brands that offer natural and organic makeup, aluminum-free deodorants, and natural skincare your skin will love.

Best Overall —   Skylar Best Smelling  —  Henry Rose Most Organic  — Lavanila

1. Skylar

Natural | Hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA, recyclable packaging, gives back Our Pick | Willow Woods Price | Starting at $29 for .33 oz

The mission behind Skylar is to create clean, modern scents from safe ingredients. The brand stands by its “6-Free” philosophy so no parabens, phthalates, allergens, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic dyes, or SLS are used in its scents. Plus, when lab-made ingredients are used, they are subject to a safety screening. With recyclable packing materials and US-based manufacturing, we’re enchanted by this sweet perfume brand. We’re excited to start spritzing on Fall Cashmere as soon as we get a hint of autumn—it’s perfect for the colder seasons. Skylar also offers a monthly membership club for clean scent lovers.

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2. Henry Rose

Natural | Hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, EWG Verified™, Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold, sustainably sourced packaging, gives back Our Pick | Char Price | Starting at $35 for 8 mL

To create Henry Rose, founder and actress Michelle Pfeiffer worked with both the Environmental Working Group and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to ensure that the fine fragrances met the highest standards in health, sustainability, transparency, and manufacturing. Today, the brand boasts a collection of eleven EWG-verified fine fragrances, including Dark Is Night (vanilla and woody patchouli) and Smyth (notes include crisp green apple). Our favorite though is the brand’s newest scent—Char. It’s so divine that we keep a discovery set sample in our purse to spritz on throughout the day. The hint of Moroccan Orange Flower is just *chef’s kiss. Fragrances come in boxes and recycled glass bottles.

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Natural | Hypoallergenic, sustainably sourced, recyclable packaging, 1% for the Planet, Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free, vegan Our Pick | Améline Eau de Parfum Price | Starting at $26 for 9.5 mL

PHLUR is on a mission to reimagine the fragrance industry—the unisex perfumes are crafted by world-class perfumers, using only responsibly sourced ingredients. It’s even re-envisioned packaging by using 20 percent recycled glass for bottles and FSC-certified boxes. We especially love how unisex and earthy Phlur scents are—on more than one occasion, we’ve shared the bottle/scent with our partner! The scents include the complex Améline and spicy Moab—experience them yourself with one of the sample kits (three scents for $18).


4. Maison Louis Marie

Natural | Nontoxic, vegan, gluten- & soy-free, cruelty-free, recycled packaging Our Pick | No.04 Bois de Balincourt Price | Starting at $15 for 3 mL

With a story that begins in 1792, Maison Louis Marie carries centuries of botanical history. And its fragrances prove it. The team blends delicious notes together—like hinoki wood, cedarwood, patchouli, and white musk in the No.02 Le Long Fond—to create unforgettable fragrances you won’t be able to stop spritzing. Call us basic, but No.04 is the go-to everyday scent for most editors in our office (sandalwood, vetiver, and amber wood—swoon). And with a full-sized bottle lasting us up to a year (sometimes longer!) the price point is hard to beat. Whichever you pick, you can bet that the fragrances, often unisex and made with safflower oil, were crafted cleanly sans gluten, sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

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5. Lavanila

Natural | 100 percent natural, recyclable, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, gives back Our Pick | Vanilla Lavender Price | Starting at $16 for 10 mL

Lavanila wants you to look and smell your best without harsh and irritating chemicals. That’s why the perfumes are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and natural oils that are safe and nontoxic. Using responsibly sourced ingredients, it also infuses alcohol extracted from organic sugar cane. If you like vanilla, this is THE perfume! All of the scents have a vanilla base, with twists like grapefruit and coconut, creating a fragrance that smells super clean and has a long-lasting subtlety we love. Plus, Lavanila plants a tree for every purchase to offset any environmental impact—treat yourself!

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6. Dedcool

Natural | Sustainable & organic extracts, FSC-certified packaging, vegan, cruelty-free, biodegradable, in-house production Our Pick | Red Dakota Price | Starting at $30 for 15 mL

Dedcool creates aromatic fragrances with just organic extracts and alcohol—no water needed! This LA-based brand locally sources ingredients, produces in-house, and uses sustainable packaging, all to minimize emissions. We love that Dedcool’s fragrance line spans three applications, so you can use it all over. Build your own sample tin, layer them on or wear individually, or take the quiz to find the best scent for you!

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7. By Rosie Jane

Natural | Paraben- & cruelty-free, FSC certified & recyclable packaging, made in the USA, transparent & natural ingredients Our Pick | Leila Lou Price | Starting at $28 for 7.5 mL

Founded by celebrity makeup artist Rosie Jane Johnston, By Rosie Jane is hand-mixed in Los Angeles using botanical and safe synthetic ingredients. The company prioritizes sustainability with 100 percent recyclable packaging, vegetable-based inks, and no single-use plastics. The sample pack is available for $25 with seven fragrances to find your perfect fit. The scents range from subtle notes of pear and jasmine in Leila Lou to enticing notes of fig and amber. Most of by Rosie Jane’s scents are sweet and feminine, and we especially love playful Leila Lou and spicy, deep-toned James.

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8. One Seed

Natural | 80 percent organic ingredients, vegan, cruelty-free, recyclable packaging, gives back, made in Australia Our Pick | Bohemia Price | Starting at $15 AUD for 2 mL

Designed and formulated in Australia, One Seed aims to create perfumes with complex aromas. It uses a minimum of 80 percent organic ingredients and delivers the scents in recyclable packaging. One Seed has highly-concentrated scents ranging from woodsy to floral (with suggestions of what you’ll like!), but if you’re looking for that unique aroma, you can even create your own using the Scent Bar! Ten percent of One Seed’s proceeds benefit organizations whose values align with its own. One Seed ships worldwide.

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9. Kimberly New York

Natural | Cruelty-free, organic essential oils & sustainable ingredients, hypoallergenic, made-to-order Our Pick | Dimple Price | Starting at $35 for 0.5 oz

Kimberly Walker, owner of Kimberly New York, worked for a decade as a fragrance sales manager and never once encountered a brand led by a Black, female perfumer—so she took matters into her own hands. This niche brand uses 100 percent organic oils and sustainable ingredients for beautifully unique fragrances for all genders, like Artsy EDP which consists of crushed violets, apple, and marshmallow fluff. Our team loves the KNY women’s discovery set for finding our perfect scent.

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