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The Best Natural + Organic Perfumes (Based on Ingredients)

Better Goods

Oct 9, 2021

best non toxic fragrance

We love a nice fragrance just as much as anyone else, but the sad truth is that most traditional fragrances are full of mystery chemicals that might have a negative impact on your health.

In the USA, the chemical makeup of fragrances is protected as a "trade secret" as part of two federal acts: the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). These laws allow manufacturers to hide the ingredients of fragrances and gives them the legal right to not disclose them.

There is a legitimate reason for perfumers to hide the makeup of their fragrances, but it shouldn't come at the cost of human health.

There's hope for fragrance lovers, though. Because we have become more aware of the potential dangers of traditional fragrances, in recent years many brands have stepped up to offer wonderful-smelling scents that are made from natural ingredients, making them better for us, the planet, and our animals.

Ingredient Transparency

As explained above, the ingredient makeup of fragrances are not required to be listed. Because of this, very few perfume houses list the ingredients used in their fragrances.

Newer brands who lean into the non-toxic and conscious market are making the formulations of their scents public, giving us confidence in buying from them without worrying about the potential iffy ingredients lurking in many traditional fragrances.

Phthalates

Diethyl phthalate (prounced tha-late), or DEP, is a concern in fragrances you may have heard of before. DEP isn't itself a perfuming agent; rather, it's added to fragrances to give them staying power.

The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption lists phthlates as a category 1 endocrine disruptor as well as identifying it as a having an impact on our environment.

You won't find phthalates on an ingredient label because of the "trade secret" law. It will always be hidden under the "perfume", "fragrance" or "parfum" label.

Very few studies have been performed on the effects of phthlates on humans. Animal studies have shown links to numerous health and reproductive issues, yet the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of the US still allows them.

The fragrances listed in our guide are free of phthlates, and you should assume that any fragrance that doesn't list its ingredients or state that it's "phthalate-free" almost certainly contains the ingredient.

Allergens

According to a 2009 survey, up to 30% of people reported having a sensitivity to fragrances in products, and as many as 19% reported adverse health effects.

Most of the ingredients used in fragrances aren't exactly allergens—they're chemical substances that the body has an adverse reaction to.

Many of these ingredients are synthetics you won't find in conscious and natural brands, but don't think natural ingredients are given a pass here, either. In fact, several essential oil ingredients used in fragrances are recognized as consumer allergens.

In our product audit, we list all ingredients with potential allergic effects with an asterisk (*).

Other Concerning Ingredients

There's a laundry list of ingredients to know about in fragrances, and this guide won't cover all over the, but some of the standout examples include:

  • Aceladehyde
  • Benzophone
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Butoxyethanol
  • Butylphenyl methylpropional
  • Chloromethane (methyl chloride)
  • Dichloromethane (methylene chloride):
  • Diethyl phthalate (DEP):
  • Eugenyl methyl ether (Methyleugenol)
  • Formaldehyde
  • MEA, DEA, TEA – ethanolamines
  • Methanol
  • Oxybenzone (BP-3)
  • Propyl paraben (Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate)
  • Resorcinol:
  • Styrene
  • Synthetic Musks (Tonalide , Galaxolide, Musk Ketone, Musk Xylene)
  • Titanium dioxide (TiO2)
  • 1,4-Dioxane
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Vinyl acetate

The Fragrance Industry is Self-Policing

We have a deep dive into the International Fragrance Associate (IFRA), the self-appointed governing body of the fragrance industry.

To make it short, the IFRA is trusted by the world to "independently" test and analyze ingredients used in perfumes to verify their safety.

There's a big problem with this, though: the IFRA is funded by eight of the biggest fragrance companies in the world. This is a clear conflict of interest, and to make matters worse, the results of their research are not made available to the public.

Because of the conflict of interest, there's no way of knowing if the results of their studies have been tampered with to serve the interests of the massive companies that fund the IFRA.

It's in the realm of possibility that numbers have been fudged in studies to deem certain ingredients "safe" when they're actually not. We believe that this makes it even more concerning to use fragrances without a transparent list of ingredients.

Our Methodology

We searched online stores, blogs and social media to find the most popular brands advertising themselves as clean and natural.

Each ingredient in every product was researched and analyzed for safety based on available public research. Where possible, sources for information are included.

A Note on Hidden Fragrance Ingredients

A large majority of the fragrances we looked at (20 out of 30) hide some of the ingredients in their fragrance formulas under the "fragrance/parfum" label. We reached out to these brands to ask them about the exact ingredient makeup of the fragrances.

Of the 20 brands we contacted, 10 of them declined our request to see their ingredient lists:

  1. Lush
  2. Good Chemistry
  3. Harvey Prince Organics
  4. Dedcool
  5. Sigil
  6. Boy Smells
  7. Pinrose
  8. Kai
  9. Nest Fragrances
  10. Strange Invisible

All of these brands refused citing confidentiality reasons.

10 of the brands did not respond to our request for ingredient lists whatsoever:

  1. Clean Beauty
  2. Ellis Brooklyn
  3. Lavanila
  4. Le Labo
  5. Pacifica
  6. Pour Le Monde
  7. Sana Jardin
  8. Non Gender Specific
  9. Floral Street
  10. Honoré des Prés

Products are ranked from best to worst with an internal score based on the ingredient rankings.

We reviewed 30+ of the most popular fragrance brands that advertise themselves as being clean, eco-friendly, or otherwise conscious, and rated them as follows:

Best  – These products are the best of the best. They contain all-clean ingredients, are non-toxic and are often the best choice for our environment.

Good – These products are typically quite good, but don’t go above and beyond like our best choices.

Iffy – These products are typically okay, but have some issues that make us unable to give them a “Good” rating. Often times they contain ingredients that are questionable.

Bad – These products typically have toxic ingredients or issues that make them dangerous or unsuitable to use. These products should typically be avoided.

Fragrances Rated: Best

These fragrances were the best we reviewed based on ingredients. They're all 100% natural, and fully disclose the full list of ingredients

Pour Le Monde

Envision Natural Perfume
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $82 ($48.24 per oz)

This fragrance is formulated with 100% natural essential oils, as are all of the fragrances made by Pour Le Monde.

Ingredients:

  • Essential Oil Blend (Basil),
  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Water

Pacifica

French Lilac
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $22 ($22 per oz)

We reached out to Pacifica regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. However, since the fragrance consists of only an essential oil blend, we give their fragrance line a top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend),
  • Water

The 7 Virtues

Vanilla Woods
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $97 ($57.4 per oz)

Ingredients:

  • Sugar Cane Alcohol,
  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract),
  • Water,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Vanilla, Rose Bulgaria, Oak)

Fragrances Rated: Good

These fragrances have a good list of ingredients, but don't go above and beyond like the scents rated "best".

Skylar

Salt Air
Rating: Good
Price: $85 ($50 per oz)

Skylar is 100% transparent with the chemical makeup of their fragrance formulas, and you can find them all listed on their website.

While not a 100% natural scent, we give their products a rating of “Good”.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Sugar Cane Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Water,
  • Ambrofix,
  • Benzyl Acetate,
  • Bornyl Acetate,
  • Butyl Cyclohexyl Acetate,
  • Calone,
  • Caryophyllene,
  • Cyclamen Aldehyde,
  • Dihydro Myrcenol,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Ethyl Vanillin,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Evernyl,
  • Fennaldehyde,
  • Floralozone,
  • Florosa,
  • Habanolide,
  • Hedione,
  • Hexenyl-3-cis Salicylate,
  • Hexyl Salicylate,
  • Isobutyl Salicylate,
  • Mahonial,
  • Mefrosol,
  • Methyl Cedryl Ketone,
  • Prunolide,
  • Radjanol,
  • Santacore,
  • Sylkolide,
  • Terpineol (Citrus),
  • Thibetolide,
  • Trimofix O

Abbott NYC

Big Sky
Rating: Good
Price: $78 ($45.88 per oz)

Abbott NYC is 100% transparent with the ingredients of their fragrances. They use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients, none of which should be avoided.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Denatured Ethyl Alcohol,
  • 1-(2,2,6-Trimethylcyclohexyl)Hexan-3-ol,
  • 4-(1-Ethoxyethenyl)-3,3,5,5-Tetramethylcyclohexan-1-one,
  • Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Dihydro Pentamethylindanone (Cashmeran),
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes

Heretic

Dirty Hinoki
Rating: Good
Price: $165 ($97.63 per oz)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Alcohol,
  • Triethyl Citrate,
  • Red Cedar Wood Oil (Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil),
  • Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil),
  • Ambrettolide,
  • Tetramethyl Acetylocta-Hydronaphthalenes,
  • Cypress Leaf/Stem Oil (Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Oil),
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Limon Peel Oil)*,
  • Himalayan Cedar Wood Oil (Cedrus Deodara Oil),
  • Frankincense Extract (Olibanum Extract),
  • Siberian Fir Oil (Abies Sibirica Needle Oil),
  • Ethyl Hydroxypyrone,
  • Beta-Caryophyllene,
  • Cedrenyl Acetate,
  • Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Olibanum Oil (Boswellia Carterii Oil),
  • Terpineol (Citrus),
  • Nutmeg Kernel Oil (Myristica Fragrans Oil),
  • Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles,
  • Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil),
  • Geranium Flower Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil)*,
  • Cedar Leaf Oil (Thuja Occidentalis Oil),
  • Japanese Pepper Extract (Zanthoxylum Piperitum Extract),
  • Wormwood Oil (Artemisia Herba-Alba Oil),
  • Anise Seed Oil (Pimpinella Anisum Seed Oil,
  • Cardamom Seed Oil (Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil),
  • Thyme Oil (Thymus Vulgaris Oil),
  • Balsam Canada Extract (Abies Balsamea Extract),
  • Propanedioic Acid, 1-(3,3-Dimethylcyclohexyl) Ethyl, Ethyl Ester,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate,
  • Isopropyl Myristate

Potential irritants: 2*

by Rosie Jane

Dylan Eau de Parfum
Rating: Good
Price: $65 ($38.24 per oz)

By Rosie Jane is 100% transparent about the ingredient makeup of their fragrances. With a clean list of ingredients, they get a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Sugar Cane Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Water,
  • Methyl Furfural,
  • Olibanum Oil (Boswellia Carterii Oil),
  • Dihydro Pentamethylindanone (Cashmeran),
  • 3-P-Cumenyl Propionaldehyde,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*,
  • Ethylene Dodecannedioate,
  • Ambrettolide,
  • Cedrol Methyl Ether,
  • Tetrahydro-Methyl-(Methylpropyl)-Pyran-4-ol,
  • Dimethylcyclohexylethoxy Isobutylpropanoate (Helvetolide),
  • Ambroxan,
  • Red Cedar Wood Oil (Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil),
  • Iso E Super,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 2*

Lavanila

Vanilla Lavender
Rating: Good
Price: $48 ($28.24 per oz)

We reached out to Lavanila regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Naturally Derived Fragrance (Botanical),
  • Deionized Water,
  • Goji Fruit Powder (Lycium Barbarum Powder),
  • Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract (Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract),
  • Canadian Willowherb Extract (Epilobium Angustifolium Extract),
  • Olive Extract (Olea Europea Leaf Extract),
  • Alteromonas Ferment Extract,
  • Chamomile Extract (Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract),
  • Oat Amino Acids,
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Vanilla Extract (Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract)

Henry Rose

Jake's House
Rating: Good
Price: $120 ($71.01 per oz)

Henry Rose is 100% transparent about their fragrance ingredients. While they contain a large number of synthetics, none stand out as being ingredients to avoid.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Denatured Ethyl Alcohol,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Methyldihydrojasmonate,
  • Ambrettolide,
  • Dodecahydro-Tetramethylnaphthofuran,
  • Propanedioic Acid, 1-(3,3-Dimethylcyclohexyl) Ethyl, Ethyl Ester,
  • Ethylene Dodecanedioate,
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Linalool*,
  • Linalyl Acetate,
  • Benzyl Acetate,
  • Triethyl Citrate,
  • 2-Acetonaphthone,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Beta-Ionone,
  • Isoeugenyl Acetate,
  • Methylbenzodioxepinone,
  • Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal (Florazon),
  • Methyl Dihydroxy-Dimethylbenzoate,
  • Benzoic Acid, 2-Methyl-, Methyl Ester,
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Vanillin,
  • Undecylenal,
  • Cis-Jasmone,
  • Cis-3-Hexenyl Acetate,
  • 3-Hexenol,
  • Stabiliff,
  • Methylbenzyl Acetate,
  • Alpha-Ionone,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Ethyl Benzoate,
  • Ethyl Salicylate,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Geraniol*

Potential irritants: 4*

Strange Invisible

Black Rosette
Rating: Good
Price: $210 ($123.53 per oz)

Strange Invisible declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients. The brand does, however, claim that their products are 100% natural and made from certified organic plants.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Citral*,
  • Farnesol*

Potential irritants: 7*

Honoré des Prés

Love Coconut
Rating: Good
Price: $98 ($57.65 per oz)

We reached out to Honoré des Prés regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. This could be due to the fact that it’s a French brand, however.

The brand claims that the fragrances are 100% natural, so even though they hide the exact makeup of the formula, we give them a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Alcohol,
  • Fragrance,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Citral*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Caprylic / Capric Glycerides Polyglycerin-10 Esters

Potential irritants: 7*

Maison Louis Marie

No. 12 Bousval
Rating: Good
Price: $88 ($51.76 per oz)

Maison Louis Marie is 100% transparent about the ingredients in their fragrances. The list of ingredients isn’t 100% natural, but none stand out as being ingredients that should be avoided.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes,
  • Methyldihydrojasmonate,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Limon Peel Oil)*,
  • Linalyl Acetate,
  • Musk Methyl Propionate,
  • Ambroxan,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil),
  • Formaldehyde Cyclodecyl Ethyl Acetal,
  • Texas Cedar Wood Oil (Juniperus Mexicana Wood Oil),
  • Pentadecalactone,
  • Linalool*,
  • Methyl Ionones,
  • Methylcyclopentadecenone,
  • Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Acetylcedrene,
  • Limonene*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Citral*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone*

Potential irritants: 11*

Abel Odor

Cobalt Amber
Rating: Good
Price: $150 ($88.24 per oz)

Ingredients:

  • Pink Pepper Extract,
  • Juniper Fruit Oil (Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil),
  • Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil),
  • Vetiverol,
  • Maltol,
  • Tonka Bean Absolute,
  • Balsam Peru (Myroxylon Pereirae Oil),
  • Cistus Labdanum Absolute,
  • Sandalwood Oil (Santalum Album Oil),
  • Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Ambroxan,
  • Ambrettolide,
  • Vanillin,
  • Organic Grain Alcohol,
  • Limonene*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Cinnamal,
  • Benzyl Cinnamate*,
  • Citral*,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Eugenol*

Potential irritants: 9*

Sigil

Amor Fati
Rating: Good
Price: $130 ($130 per oz)

Sigil declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients. However, they label the hidden fragrance ingredients as organic, and for this reason, we give them a positive rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Alcohol,
  • Organic Fragrance,
  • Agarwood Stem Extract (Aquilaria Agallocha Stem Extract),
  • Nut Pine Bark Extract (Pinus Edulis Bark Extract),
  • Neroli Flower Extract (Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract),
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol,
  • Benzyl Cinnamate*,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*

Potential irritants: 5*

Non Gender Specific

Flooid
Rating: Good
Price: $125 ($36.76 per oz)

We reached out to Non Gender Specific regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. Because the fragrances are natural, however, we give this brand a good rating.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Naturally Derived Fragrance (Botanical),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Limonene*,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Citral*

Potential irritants: 7*

Fragrances Rated: Iffy

These fragrances are rated iffy because they hide their fragrance ingredients, or have ingredients that are questionable.

Phlur

Améline
Rating: Iffy
Price: $96 ($56.8 per oz)

This fragrance from Phlur unfortunately is non-transparent with their fragrance ingredients. It also includes two synthetic musks with limited safety research available. For these reasons, we give this product an iffy rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Denatured Ethyl Alcohol,
  • 2,4-Dimethyl-4,4a,5,9b-Tetrahydro Indeno[1,2-d][1,3] Dioxine (Magnolan),
  • Ambroxan,
  • 4-(2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-1-en-1-yl)Butan-2-One (Dihydro Beta Ionone),
  • Citronellol*,
  • Bergamot Fruit Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil),
  • Dimethylcyclohexylethoxy Isobutylpropanoate (Helvetolide),
  • Dipropylene Glycol,
  • Ethyl Linalool,
  • Ethylene Brassylate,
  • Linalool*,
  • Methylcyclopentadecenone,
  • Methyldihydrojasmonate,
  • Methylenedioxyphenyl Methylpropanal (Helional)

Potential irritants: 2*

Good Chemistry

Queen Bee
Rating: Iffy
Price: $24.99 ($14.7 per oz)

While this brand claims to be natural⁠—and has the name “Good Chemistry”⁠—they choose to hide the ingredients of their fragrances. While it’s likely that the hidden ingredients are essential oils, and the brand claims that the fragrances are phthlate-free, they don’t claim to be 100% natural.

Good Chemistry declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Essential Oil Blend (Patchouli and Orange)

Harvey Prince

Temptress
Rating: Iffy
Price: $57 ($33.53 per oz)

Harvey Prince declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients. However, the brand claims that their fragrances are free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, and benzene and that they use eco-friendly and organic ingredients. Because they don’t disclose the ingredients, we cannot recommend the brand, however.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (SD 40-B),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol,
  • Coumarin*

Potential irritants: 5*

Floral Street

Arizona Bloom
Rating: Iffy
Price: $78 ($45.88 per oz)

We reached out to Floral Street regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. The brand also makes no claims that the fragrances are clean or natural.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Limonene*

Potential irritants: 2*

Clean Beauty

Radiant Nectar
Rating: Iffy
Price: $68 ($40 per oz)

Although this brand’s name is “Clean Beauty”, they are not transparent about their ingredients, opting to hide many of them under the “Fragrance/Parfum” black box.

It also contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional, which is categorized in the EU as being a known human allergen with limited evidence of toxicity.

We reached out to Clean Beauty regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*

Potential irritants: 3*

DedCool

Fragrance 01 "Taunt"
Rating: Iffy
Price: $90 ($52.94 per oz)

Dedcool declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients. The brand does claim that they’re made from 100% organic and natural extracts, but we’re unable to fully recommend them for the lack of transparency.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Organic Borage Leaf Extract (Borago Officinalis Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Elder Fruit Extract (Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Field Horsetail Leaf Extract (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum Extract),
  • Organic Aloe Leaf Extract (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract,
  • Organic Clover Flower Extract (Trifolium Pratense Flower Extract),
  • Organic Marshmallow Root Extract (Althaea Officinalis Root Extract),
  • Organic Rose Hip Fruit Extract (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract)*,
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Hops Extract (Humulus Lupulus Extract),
  • Organic Carrot Root Extract (Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract),
  • Organic Giant Kelp Extract (Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract),
  • Organic Ginseng Root Extract (Panax Quinquefolium Root Extract),
  • Organic Yerba Mate Leaf Extract (Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract),
  • Organic Grapefruit Fruit Extract (Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Extract),
  • Organic Bladderwrack/Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosus Extract),
  • Organic Mallow Extract (Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract),
  • Organic Seaweed Extract (Porphyra Yezoensis Extract),
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Cinnamal,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 3*

Lush

Lord of Misrule
Rating: Iffy
Price: $49.95 ($49.95 per oz)

Lush opts to hide the ingredients of their fragrances under the “Fragrance/Parfum” label. While it’s likely that the hidden ingredients aren’t necessarily bad, the fact that they hide them requires us to give them an iffy rating by default.

Lush declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Water,
  • Glycerin,
  • Limonene*,
  • Black Pepper Oil (Piper Nigrum Oil),
  • Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia Extracts),
  • Anise Alcohol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Citral*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 10*

Sana Jardin

Sandalwood Temple
Rating: Iffy
Price: $145 ($85.29 per oz)

We reached out to Sana Jardin regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. The brand does claim that the fragrances are free from phthalates, artificial colors, parabens and formaldehyde.

However, because of the lack of transparency and because they do use unknown synthetic ingredients, we can’t recommend them.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Limonene*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Citral*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate),
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone),
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate)

Potential irritants: 6*

Ellis Brooklyn

Salt Eau de Parfum
Rating: Iffy
Price: $105 ($61.76 per oz)

We reached out to Ellis Brooklyn regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. The brand does seem dedicated to creating clean fragrances, but because we don’t know which synthetic ingredients are in the perfume, we can’t recommend it.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Coumarin*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Citral*,
  • Cinnamal,
  • Anise Alcohol*,
  • Benzyl Cinnamate*

Potential irritants: 14*

Le Labo

Santal 33
Rating: Iffy
Price: $196 ($115.29 per oz)

We reached out to Le Labo regarding the ingredient makeup of their fragrance, but did not receive a response. Le Labo makes no claims about their fragrances being clean or natural, so along with the lack of transparency, we cannot recommend this brand.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol,
  • Citral*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Isoeugenol,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 10*

Pinrose

Secret Genius
Rating: Iffy
Price: $77 ($45.29 per oz)

Pinrose declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Linalool*,
  • Cinnamal,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Citral*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Benzyl Alcohol*,
  • Cinnamic Alcohol

Potential irritants: 11*

Fragrances Rated: Bad

These fragrances are rated bad because they have ingredients we recommend avoiding.

Nest

Sunkissed Hibiscus
Rating: Bad
Price: $76 ($44.71 per oz)

This fragrance hides its ingredients, giving it an instant iffy rating. The brand doesn’t claim to be clean in any way, so that fact along with the hidden ingredients makes us unable to recommend it.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate),
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone),
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate)

Boy Smells

Rose Load
Rating: Bad
Price: $98 ($44.55 per oz)

With hidden fragrance ingredients and two must-avoid chemicals, we recommend avoiding this product.

Boy Smells declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (Denatured),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Citral*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Farnesol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Limonene*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 9*

Kai

Kai Eau de Parfum
Rating: Bad
Price: $78 ($45.88 per oz)

Kai declined our request to disclose their fragrance ingredients. Along with other ingredients we would recommend avoiding, we cannot recommend this product.

Ingredients:

  • Alcohol (SD 40-B),
  • Fragrance,
  • Water,
  • PEG-8,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate,
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid),
  • Citric Acid,
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Benzyl Benzoate*,
  • Benzyl Cinnamate*,
  • Benzyl Salicylate*,
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial)*,
  • Citronellol*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Geraniol*,
  • Linalool*,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*

Potential irritants: 9*

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