Would you like to know where to find sustainable perfumes & colognes? Conventional perfumes may contain animal ingredients (civet, musk, ambergris, mink or ambergris from whales). Some contain rosewood oil, from a critically endangered tree. Natural perfumes are made with biodegradable ingredients and tend to charge for the scents, rather than packaging and ads.
Never spray perfume near pets or children (air rooms before allowing them back in the room). Avoid perfumes for allergies, asthma, pregnancy & breastfeeding. Keep these perfumes and scents away from direct sunlight.
For best results, apply to damp or hydrated skin (like after a hot shower) and don’t rub in. The most effective pulse points are wrists, inside the elbow, neck, behind the knees or at the cleavage. Store perfumes and colognes away from heat, light and humidity (like bathrooms) to make them last longer.
- Walden Natural Vegan Perfumes (Cheshire) make beautiful perfumes, all named after a phrase from Hendry David Thoreau’s book on simple living. Made with the finest absolutes, resins and essential oils, they are sold in various strengths, with samples, purse sprays and gift boxes.
- Haoma No.1 Organic Eau de Parfum is handmade in small batches; a mix of myrrh, geranium, patchouli, frankincense, cedarwood, palmarosa, sweet orange and thyme. Sold in a beautiful violet glass bottle, other scents include Frankincense & Myrrh, Lavender, Orange and Ylang Ylang. The name is a sacred plant in ancient Persian and Zoroastrian culture.
- Dolma Perfumes (Nottinghamshire) were developed by a vegan chemist, and offer a range of perfume, eau de parfum and gift sets.
- Eden Perfumes makes vegan versions of designer perfumes (with refills) using plant-based ingredients). No 007 is similar to Chanel No.5 (a top note of ylang ylang, with notes of iris and jasmine).
- Clean Reserve makes perfumes crafted from sustainable ingredients, blending familiar scents with something unique.
- Laboratory Perfumes have ingredients inspired by British flowers, herbs and aromatic botanicals, and trips to South France and Moroccan mountains.
- Floral Street makes award-winning happy-making blends, powered with flowers and made with love in colourful glass bottles. There’s even a rhubarb perfume!
- Elementary Scents offers unique scents with reusable atomisers, made with natural botanicals (you receive a free A5 art print (on recycled card) with each order. Choose from ‘locally brewed’ craft fragrances in woody, earthy or herb.
- Willow Beauty Organic Rose Eau de Toilette is a misty fragrance with subtle hints of orange and jasmine. Jasmine & Geranium has green peppery scents of geranium and notes of sandalwood/bergamot.
- Awake Organics (Northamptonshire) offers 2 beautiful perfumes (one fresh, one spicy) in glass bottles, with rosehip oil (and hemp oil from West Sussex).
- Ffern makes organic small batch perfumes, in limited editions. Sign up to receive 4 seasonal perfumes yearly, skip or cancel anytime. All the scents are twice-aged and bottled in organic Italian grain vodka.
Ethical Sustainable Men’s Colognes
- Eden Perfumes (Brighton) recreate favourite colognes using natural vegan ingredients, and offer a re-fill service. No.168 is a take on Paco Rabanne’s ‘Invictus’ – featuring grapefruit & sea water, patchouli & guaiac wood.
- Dolma Aftershaves (Nottinghamshire) were created by a vegan chemist. The 4 choices are Imagine (green violet, pineapple, amber), Freedom (lavender, mint, cinnamon), Kwame (bergamot, lemon, nutmeg) or Sirius (bergamo, bay laurel, geranium, cinnamon, pine needles, patchouli & amber).
- Old Nubia Natural Perfume Oil is a rich complex fragrance including cardamom, bergamo, juniper and jasmine, with frankincense, myrrh, patchouli and cedarwood. Also find a nice wild botanical solid perfume made with mint, lavender, chamomile, rose, oakmoss, cedarwood and patchouli.