Get the l’eau down on the best natural fragrances.
These days, it’s easy to find natural skincare and make-up products that are both efficacious and chemical free. Fragrance has proved a little trickier, and consumers seeking “clean” scents often have to make do with single-note essential oils.
But that’s changing, as more niche beauty brands are producing perfumes minus synthetic or potentially toxic ingredients (think phthalates and parabens, which are endocrine disruptors). The next generation of natural perfumes is ready to compete with – and sometimes even exceed – their conventional counterparts.
“Fragrance interacts with our skin’s s sebum – it’s why they smell different o on everyone – and natural fragrances h have more molecules in the raw material,” explains fragrance specialist and educator Samantha Taylor. “So they evolve more on the skin than synthetic scents, and have a beautiful complexity.”
There is a note of caution, however. Those with sensitivity concerns are often advised to use natural or fr fragrance-free skincare, whereas the opposite is true for perfume. “Natural fr fragrances contain more allergens than sy synthetics, so those with extremely s sensitive skin should do a patch test b before purchasing,” warns Taylor.
(clockwise from top left) ONE SEED S Dreamer EDP, EDP $85 $ (30ml), oneseedperfumes.com; DEDCOOL Fragrance Number 01 Taunt EDP, $99.95 (50ml), thebeautyedit.com.au; BASTIDE Figue Amour EDT, $45 (10ml), mecca.com.au; SAMUEL GRAVAN Amyris Summer Spray, $75 (30ml), samuelgravan.com; GRANDIFLORA