Naturally Nontoxic Perfumes

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, natural perfumes are typically cruelty-free, made without synthetic chemicals, and gluten-free. We’ve found 10 natural 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 & organic makeup your skin will love.

1. Skylar

Natural | Hypoallergenic, cruelty-free
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on, spray
Scents Available | 9
Full Bottle Price | $29 for .33 fl oz; $78 for 1.7 fl oz

The mission behind Skylar is to create clean, modern scents from safe ingredients. It stands by its “6-Free” philosophy which promises that no parabens, phthalates, allergens, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic dyes, or SLS are used in its scents. And when it has to use lab-made ingredients, they are all subject to a safety screening. With recyclable packing materials and U.S.-based manufacturing, we’re enchanted by this sweet perfume brand.

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2. Maison Louis Marie

Natural | Nontoxic, cruelty-free, recycled packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on
Scents Available | 6
Full Bottle Price | $57 for .5 oz

With a story that begins in 1792, Maison Louis Marie carries centuries of botanical history. And its fragrances prove it. It blends delicious notes together—like ylang jasmine, tropical tuberose, and sandalwood in the NO.05 perfume oil, or grapefruit, black pepper, and musk in the NO.09 eau de parfum. Whichever you pick, you can bet that the fragrances, often unisex and made with safflower oil, were crafted cleanly without gluten, sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

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Natural | Hypoallergenic, sustainably sourced, recyclable packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Spray
Scents Available | 9
Full Bottle Price | $96 for 1.7 fl oz

PHLUR is on a mission to reimagine the fragrance industry—the 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. The scents include the floral Siano and spicy Moab—experience them for yourself with one of the sample kits of three scents for $18.


4. Pour le Monde

Natural | B Corp, cruelty-free, vegan, FSC Certified packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Spray
Scents Available | 3
Full Bottle Price | $82 for 1.7 fl oz

As the only fine fragrance company certified by the esteemed Natural Products Association, Pour le Monde's perfumes are about as natural and ethically made as you could get. The three scents (some of which are unisex) are crafted with 100 percent natural essential oils, and with each purchase, five percent of the net sale is donated to a designated charity. Not sure which to choose? The sample pack gives you the chance to try all three—what are you waiting for?

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5. IME Natural Perfumes

Natural | Non-GMO, gluten-, paraben-, and cruelty-free
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Solid, spray
Scents Available | 9
Full Bottle Price | $36 for .42 oz; $78 for 30 mL

We’re so excited to share about IME Natural Perfumes! Using 100 percent natural ingredients from botanical sources, each of the nine scents has its own unique personality. Named after muses like Terpsichore (“expressive”) and Kalliope (“driven”), and accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, you’ll have so much fun choosing the scent for you. IME ships worldwide and is also certified 100 percent natural by the Natural Perfumers Guild, and toxin-free by Safe Cosmetics Australia.

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6. Lavanila

Natural | 100 percent recyclable, paraben- & cruelty-free
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on, spray
Scents Available | 4
Full Bottle Price | $16 for .32 fl oz; $48 for 1.7 fl oz

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. All of the scents have a vanilla base, with twists like grapefruit and coconut. Plus, Lavanila plants a tree for every purchase to offset any environmental impact—so go ahead, we know you want to treat yourself!

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7. By Rosie Jane

Natural | Paraben- & cruelty-free, 100 percent recyclable packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on, spray
Scents Available | 7
Full Bottle Price | $25 for .25 fl oz; 40 for .17 fl oz; $65 for 1.7 fl oz

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 can be purchased for $30 with five fragrances to find your perfect fit. The scents range from subtle notes of jasmine to enticing notes of fig and gardenia.

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8. One Seed

Natural | 100 percent natural, 80 percent organic, vegan, cruelty-free, recyclable packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on, spray
Scents Available | 11
Full Bottle Price | $39 AUD for 9 mL; $99 AUD for 30 mL

Designed and formulated in South Australia, One Seed aims to create perfumes with complex aromas for an unforgettable experience. 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, 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, including Collective Shout. (And if you’re in Australia, One Seed hosts perfume workshops!)

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9. Providence Perfume

Natural | 100 percent natural, paraben-free, no added dyes
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Spray
Scents Available | 15
Full Bottle Price | $45 for 4 mL; $150–$175 for 1.7 fl oz

Providence Perfume works to find the most high-quality ingredients from botanicals around the world. Blending in small batches, the ingredients include rose essence, pure vanilla, and jasmine for intoxicating aromas that are sure to turn heads. The ingredients don’t include synthetics, oils, dyes, or parabens so you can reapply time and time again without worry. In addition to perfumes, it sells perfumed tea, perfumery classes, and candles, so you can be surrounded by these delicious scents all the time. 

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10. Henry Rose

Natural | Hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, EWG Verified?, Cradle to Cradle Certified? Gold, sustainably sourced packaging
Samples Available | Yes
Perfume Types | Roll-on, spray
Scents Available | 7
Full Bottle Price | $120 for 50 mL; $50 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. Now, the seven scents—Torn boasts vanilla and vetiver while Smyth’s notes include crisp green apple—are hypoallergenic and free from parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Plus, they come in boxes and glass bottles that are recycled and recyclable.

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