Donning a bright-red lip can make you feel sexy. Similarly, wearing perfume makes you smell good—which, in turn, will make you feel elegant. What’s more is that having a signature scent can also make your presence known upon entering a room. However, traditional perfume may contain ingredients that can be toxic to your health and even the environment. That said, you don’t have to settle for a traditional perfume. In fact, the market certainly has non-toxic perfume brands that I strongly suggest you consider.
For instance, some perfumes have a lot of irritants and synthetic chemicals in them that aren’t really servicing your skin. In fact, in a lot of cases, these ingredients can dry your skin out. Considering that you’re applying perfume to your neck (and around your face), you probably want to consider more natural options.
As far as the environment, some of the synthetic properties of non-natural fragrances aren’t biodegradable. Because of that, they also wreak havoc on aquatic life. Plus, some of those things also bring down the air quality indoors.
But just like we rounded up the best non-toxic sunscreens (which are also better for your skin and the environment), we took the liberty of listing the best non-toxic perfume.
Keep reading to learn the 20 products that made the list. We composed this list superlative style, meaning we put each pick in its own category.
20 Best Non-Toxic Perfumes
Best natural non-toxic perfume
Esas Beauty Jasmine Beach
With this clean beauty perfume, Esas hopes to provide an “escape to the islands of Southeast Asia,” according to their Amazon product page. Your nose should immediately detect notes of flowers and sandalwood. Additionally, perfume brand formulates all their scents without harmful chemicals.
Available at Amazon ($40)
Best natural non-toxic perfume runner-up
Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber Eau De Parfum
The Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber Eau De Parfum is truly in a category of its own. First of all, the bottle is extremely chic and in a color that matches the amber scent. The base notes also include vanilla, cedarwood, and musk. Though it’s definitely a superior scent, it’s on the pricey side at $108 for 1.7 ounces.
Best affordable non-toxic perfume
Abbott Sampler Set
Why get one scent when you can get the Abbott Sampler Set and get eight? And they’re unisex?! Sign us up. It’s also great, obviously, that this set is less than $20—especially considering that all the roll-on scents still don’t have synthetic ingredients.
Best affordable non-toxic perfume runner-up
Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume
From their face washes to their collagen sunscreen, I’m truly a big fan of Pacifica. Even though I haven’t tried this scent myself, I can tell that I would love it. You’ll get notes of two different kinds of vanilla, which are Tahitian and creamy bourbon vanilla. It’s also pretty commendable that there’s no cap here, since the brand intentionally did that to minimize waste.
Best long-lasting non-toxic perfume
The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfum
Yes, this perfume comes in a drop-dead gorgeous bottle. However, The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfum is also vegan, hypoallergenic, genderless, and cruelty-free. It’s a warmer scent with notes of pear, rose, and vanilla. While it’s definitely on the pricier side, we’d say it’s worth the splurge.
Available on Sephora ($88)
Best long-lasting non-toxic perfume runner-up
Heretic Parfum Dirty Hinoki
In all my research, I learned that Heretic Parum is a top-tier perfume brand. The Dirty Hinoki has a complex top of lemon, cedar, nutmeg, thyme, and pine. Its base contains elemi, wormwood, fir absolute, ambrettolide, balsam, and frankincense. Lastly, at its base, you’ll smell hinoki (hence the name) and cypress.
Available on Heretic Parfum ($65)
Best feminine non-toxic perfume
Snif Sweet Ash Perfume
This is one of the best natural, non-toxic perfumes for women because it’s luxurious in a lowkey way. Its bottle is timeless and the perfume smells of moss, woods, and fir balsam. Those notes are balanced by just the right amount of tonka and black vanilla bean.
Available on Amazon ($65)
Best feminine non-toxic perfume runner-up
Kai Perfume Oil Garden Wrapped in White Exotic Flowers
People love this stuff on Amazon, where it has an average of 4.4 stars for more than 1,100 reviews. It smells amazing and comes in a roll-on bottle that’s easy to stow away and reapply. That said, reviewers have noted that you really don’t get much for the price.
Best masculine non-toxic perfume
Boy Smells Hinoki Fantôme
The name of this brand may be Boy Smells, but let’s get something clear. When we categorize scents as “masculine” or “feminine,” we don’t mean to say that it’s the “for men” or “for women.” What we mean is that one is musky and one is floral. For instance, the Hinoki Fantôme is masculine because it’s smokey and woody.
Best masculine non-toxic perfume runner up
Henry Rose Dark is Night
Honestly, Henry Rose is easily one of the best natural perfume brands out there. As you spray this on your wrists and neck, you’ll immediately get the aroma of woody patchouli and decadent vanilla. It’s actually a really great balance of feminine and masculine scents, but it still skews toward the latter. Ninety-six percent of reviewers gave this formula five stars—and it’s not that expensive.
Best non-toxic winter perfume
by Rosie Jane Lake Eau de Parfum
by Rosie Jane Lake Eau de Parfum is a self-proclaimed “essential oil mist with notes of citrus, bergamot, sandalwood, and vanilla.” It’d be perfect for cooler months because it adds a warmth with the vanilla and sandalwood.
Best non-toxic winter perfume runner-up
Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid
There’s something about a gorgeous perfume bottle that makes me even more excited to spray it on. The Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid bottle falls squarely in that category. As the name implies, the bottle features loads of flowers. As far as scent, you’ll get a warm, woody smell blended with—you guessed it!—vanilla.
Best non-toxic fall perfume
Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil
Maison Louis Marie is one of those clean perfume brands that like to keep it simple. And, as Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The brand’s bottles don’t have any over-the-top or complex designs. They do, however, have an amazing scent. This particular fragrance contains notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and amber wood.
Best non-toxic fall perfume runner-up
The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance
I realize that there have been—and there will continue to be—a lot of very aesthetic bottles on this list. The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance bottle isn’t really on that list. That said, this is still a pretty revolutionary formula. For instance, it contains scents that are scientifically proven to soothe tension and reduce stress.
Best non-toxic spring perfume
Henry Rose Flora Carnivora
A few words to describe this Henry Rose scent: genderless, fresh, floral, and earthy. According to the product page, you’ll want to “apply [this formula] in the creases of your knees and elbows for a longer-lasting, stronger scent.” (Fun fact: that’s because fragrance is intensified by heat.)
Best non-toxic spring perfume runner-up
Providence Perfume Co. Sweet Jasmine Brown Perfume Oil
This Providence Perfume Co. pick features notes of jasmine, vanilla, pink pepper, tonka, cocoa nib, ylang ylang, and musk ambrette. It’s a natural perfume oil that comes in a 4 mL roller bottle. The brand describes this scent as “feminine, sassy, and sweet with a crescendo of seductive jasmine.”
Available on Providence Perfume Co. ($45)
Best non-toxic summer perfume
Ellis Brooklyn Salt Eau De Parfum
What can we say? Ellis Brooklyn really is that fragrance brand, especially when it comes to non-toxic perfume formulas. This is also a pick that leaves out the harmful ingredients and opts instead to use natural ingredients to provide its amazing scent—which is mostly musk but also has notes of sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Best non-toxic summer perfume runner-up
Leahlani Pua Lei Coco Infusion
Not only is this product a perfume oil, it’s also great for your hair and skin health. Its ingredients list is jam-packed with essential oils, like a macadamia oil that smells as exquisite as it makes your skin and hair look and feel. Plus, since it smells like coconut, it’s perfect for warmer summer months.
Available on Leahlani Skincare ($30)
Best non-toxic perfume for special occasions
Phlur Missing Person Eau de Parfum
Not only is this amazing perfume formulated without toxic chemicals, it’s also an extremely sophisticated scent. it contains notes of skin musk, bergamot nectar, sheer jasmine, australian sandalwood, and white musk. It’s not exactly a splurge, but it’s still great for special occasions because it offers a range of scents that are each sure to turn heads when combined.
Available on Sephora ($96)
Best non-toxic perfume for special occasions
Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace Natural
When I think of a fine fragrance, I can’t conjure up a better perfume than Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace Natural. The bottle is breathtaking. The scent is phenomenal. The (really high) price is definitely right. I live in Los Angeles and wouldn’t wear this to my local diner because it’s too expensive. But to a wedding or when I’m planning on stunting at Nobu? Best believe I’m reaching for this fragrance.
Available on Bond No. 9 ($480)