With the current focus on switching to a greener lifestyle, many people are aware of local recycling options, reducing their consumption and waste, and making their homes and appliances more energy efficient. What they may not know is that there are many more changes we can make to live a more sustainable life on this earth. By making the switch to ecofriendly personal care items, including ecofriendly perfumes, we are not only using fewer resources, we are also putting fewer chemicals on (and, via the skin, in) our bodies.
Eco-friendly personal care items are getting easier to find, thanks to large lines like Burt’s Bees and Tom’s, and there’s no need to skimp on yummy scents just because you’re going green. Eco-friendly perfumes go far beyond the simple essential oils of yesteryear and can be a complex blend of notes with a long-lasting organic base. Try one of these ecofriendly perfumes at every price point or shop around and discover your own personal favorite.
Face of the Wave is a small, work-at-home mom business dedicated to providing quality natural (and near-natural) products at affordable prices. All products are paraben, preservative, and petroleum-free. Face of the Wave’s Happy Spirit Spritz is the perfect fragrance form for those preferring a lighter scent that can be applied all over the body and even the hair. Valencia is a zesty-smelling blend of lime, tangerine, and orange with the fresh bite of thyme. Happy Spirit Spritz comes in a wide variety of natural and near-natural fragrances and is super-reasonably priced at just $8.50 for 4 ounces. Add a handcrafted soap or lotion for just a few dollars more.
The Body Shop may just be one of the best-known purveyors of high quality organic personal care items, and with good reason. Each product bottle they use contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled materials and they have a goal of carbon neutrality by 2010. Their commitment does not end with the environment: people are just as important. They practice sustainable and ethical trade with underdeveloped communities. Try their new fragrance, Love Etc., a sensual “floriental” made with Egyptian jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood. 1.69oz of Love Etc. eau de parfume is just $29.50 at thebodyshop-usa.com.
Take two little boys, add a dedicated home schooling mom, multiply by a unit study on perfumes, and you get Maoli Perfumes. This unique family-based business creates deliciously natural butter-based solid perfumes sold in delightful little wooden pots. Their Sweet Chocolate scent is enough to make your mouth water, with Demerara sugar caramel, Madagascar vanilla, Cacao and spice notes. Order a .25 oz. pot for $22 from maoliperfumes.com or email them for a free sample. (http://maoliperfumes.com/)
Strange Invisible’s signature fragrance, L’Invisible, seduces the senses, not only with the mystical music on its website, but with also with its well-turned description: “Oak moss and a bouquet of resins lay in the shade of ylang ylang and blood orange coursing through the heart of this perfume is a redolent fusion of hibiscus and vanilla that coils through dimply lit veils of Moroccan red rose and Sicilian lemon.” Really, I couldn’t have written a better description than that. L’Invisible will transport you to exotic lands and charge your senses. A 1.7 oz bottle of eau de parfume is $135, or try a sample for just $5, at http://www.siperfumes.com.
Tsi-la (pronounced chee-la) Organics uses no parabens, petroleum, sulfates, or genetically modified ingredients. Their Saqui is perfect for the upcoming holiday season, with a mesmerizing blend of ginger, clove, and nutmeg, along with a tantalizing whisper of vanilla orchids and hints of Valencia orange, Italian bergamot, and pommel. Made of 70% certified organic ingredients with no synthetic or artificial fragrances, preservatives, or colors, Saqui costs just $45 for 4 mL.