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The Best Non-Toxic Perfumes

Gone are the days when non-toxic perfumes meant a haze of patchouli oil. These luxe and modern non-toxic perfumes will have you wishing you made the switch to clean scents much sooner.



Many of us who switch to clean beauty don't really think about perfumes until later. But, I think there's a strong argument for switching over to clean perfumes sooner. Did you know that 'perfume' or fragrance' as an ingredient actually contains a cocktail of up to 3,000 hidden ingredients which get absorbed and inhaled daily when applied to the skin?


Fragrance companies don't have to list the ingredients they use because formulas are protected as 'trade secret'. This means you have no idea what ingredients are in a perfume, or what triggered the quarantine-worthy sneezing and coughing seizure when walking by the perfume counter. It's not you, it's your perfume.


According to the Environmental Working Group, the US Food and Drug Administration has not assessed the vast majority of these 'secret' fragrance chemicals for safety when used in spray-on personal care products like fragrances. Nor have most been evaluated by the safety review panel of the International Fragrance Association or any other publicly accountable institution.

Did you know that 'perfume' or fragrance' as an ingredient actually contains a cocktail of up to 3,000 hidden ingredients which get absorbed and inhaled daily when applied to the skin?

95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum, and contain a variety of carcinogenic chemical additives like benzene derivatives, aldehydes, toluene and a myriad of other toxic substances which have been linked to birth defects, allergies, cancer, and endocrine disruption, nervous system disorders and more. Less sexy than the ad with the buxom orgasmic red-head spraying herself with a narcotic perfume would suggest, right?


If you're looking to make the switch to clean perfumes, natural, organically produced essential oils—which you can customise yourself —are a great option, although they can cause skin irritations in some people. Always test them out first, and make sure they are high quality and not extracted, diluted, or synthesized with petrochemicals. But, there is also a generation of new clean perfumes to explore. While the fragrance industry has been slow to change many of the leaders in non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan fragrance are smaller indie labels.


Here are ten leading the way with cool, clean and modern perfumes that will make your breakup with conventional scents so much easier.