We recently discovered some bad news. Our favourite perfume—which smells like jasmine, honeysuckle, and everything nice—might house some disturbing, potentially toxic chemicals. There is good news, however—namely that there’s a whole slew of nontoxic natural perfumes out there that are just as exquisite and intoxicating as your tried-and-trues. We asked our friends at The Chalkboard Magazine, one of our go-to health and wellness destinations that also happens to be well-versed in all things natural and good-for-you, to share their favourite nontoxic perfumes picks. Enjoy!
Do you have a signature scent? If not, fall is the perfect time to find one! If so, we hate to be the bearer of annoying news, but it's possible your fave fragrance is filled with hormone disruptors, allergy inducers, and other questionable chemicals.
We know. As if any of us need another “fun” thing in life to be complicated with a laundry list of dangerous concerns. But in this case, ignorance is not bliss. The more we’ve learned about potential dangers hidden in some of our favourite fragrances, the more we’ve begun relying on safe, natural perfumes like the below—and saving our less-than-natural perfumes for rare occasions.
All hope is not lost. Our eight nontoxic perfume picks range from seductive and smoky to girly and glam. Find a few you love and wear them with peace of mind!
— Suzanne Hall, editorial director of The Chalkboard
Caudalie Divine Oil ($32)
Absolutely addictive, Caudalie’s skin-sweetening spray oil is perfect to add a moisturizing sheen to legs and arms, and it doubles as perfume. The scent is warm, sweet, clean, and seductive.
Lurk RSW005 Eau de Toilette ($225)
Bottles of Lurk can be found in some of the chicest shops from New York to L.A. They’re just so gosh-darn gorgeous—and what’s inside just can’t be beat as far as green beauty goes. Lurk’s ingredients are clean, safe, and often hand-harvested from exotic sustainable sources. RSW005 is a classic old-fashioned blend of rose and sandalwood, with a dry, androgynous finish.
Lurk NSTV7 Perfume Oil ($55)
The brand’s perfume oils come in tiny, architecturally inspired bottles we love. Love tuberose flowers but hate tuberose-scented products? This one’s for you—floral in the subtlest, spiciest earthy way. A must-have in any scent collection.
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume ($69)
Hair perfume, because why not? This light and clean scent is perfect for the girl who just wants to smell like soap. Spritz through your hair midday at work or in the taxi between bar hops to feel ultimately refreshed.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($29)
This blend of precious plant oils makes for a great signature scent—completely intoxicating but not overbearing. It gives a pretty sheen to skin, and you’ll get hooked on the cult-classic scent. We’re swooning over the warm, balanced, and lightly floral smell of this body oil!
Vered Organic Botanicals Perfume Signature Scent ($118)
Facialist Vered Back blends her own essential face oils. One of her classics smells so great her clients finally convinced her to turn it into a perfume—delicious and sensual, with vanilla, geranium, orange blossom, and spice.
Honoré des Prés Sexy Angelic Verrine Eau de Toilette ($84)
We love that there are so many options in the green beauty world these days. This one’s for the woman who finds girly, conventional perfumes really tough to give up. Sexy Angelic is super flirty and a far cry from the crunchy patchouli offerings you might associate with “all natural.” Fresh almond, angelica seeds, hemlock flower, marzipan, and iris notes make for one feminine and subtly sweet scent.
Sage Garnet Perfume Oil ($45)
All of Sage Machado’s perfume oils are named for gemstones. Find your birthstone, or just try out a slew of them til you find one you love. These pocket-size rollerballs stay on all day, come in about 30 scents, and get us compliments from strangers. Check out Garnet or her classic, seductive Onyx.
Head on over to The Chalkboard for more wellness, healthy living, and beauty tips!
Do you use a nontoxic fragrance? What’s your favorite? Sound off below!