| makin’ scents, part deux | 3 Clean Perfume Brands You Need to Know About

A few weeks ago, I wrote about perfumes for Valentine’s Day. There was a lot of talk about yucky chemicals (FYI, synthetic fragrances contain petroleum- and coal-derived chemicals and carcinogenic ingredients), pushy sales people, bad reactions, yada yada yada (insert bad Seinfeld reference here).

But there was also lots of talk about some of the really great options that are out there that don’t contain all of the bad stuff. I found so many, in fact, that I was a little bit bummed that I didn’t get to include them all in my post. So, I said to myself, “Self, why don’t you do another post about it?”

And so here we are. I present to you another small grouping (because there really are TONS of phenomenal companies popping up that are producing natural fragrance) of good fragrance options that aren’t also chemical cocktails. Speaking of cocktails…I’ll be right back. But in the mean time, please read on.



Yoga teacher, Elena Brower began the journey of GIVESCENT after living and teaching for two years in Italy. She found herself inspired by the culture, the pace and one dreamy scent. The scent, which came to be the foundation of GIVESCENT was a Sicillian almond oil blend. That intoxicating scent lives on in GIVESCENTS signature scent — blending almond oil with summery citrus and a spicy, heart-opening vanilla — but the team has added other great scents to their repertoire, as well.  GIVESCENT is free of alcohol, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and is cruelty free. Added bonus, GIVESCENT also donates $2.45 from the sale of every bottle to Women for Women International.


Strange Invisible Perfumes

Strange Invisible Perfumes is a Botanical Perfumery — meaning they practice the art of blending plant, flower, seed, wood and resin essences into beautiful scents. In 2000, Alexandra Balahoutis founded the company with a strong belief that high-end perfumes should be made from authentic botanical essences. Thus, all of Strange Invisible’s fragrances are completely botanical and unfiltered, use organic, wildcrafted ingredients, are made in limited batches, hand-blended, custom-distilled and aged for a minimum of six months. And all of their perfumes are designed, decanted and bottled in their fragrance house in Venice, which also happens to be enrolled in the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s Green Power for a A green LA program (meaning they rely upon solar, wind, biomass and other renewable sources of energy). Buy at their boutique on Abbot Kinney in Venice, Credo Beauty online  or these other fine retailers.



I’m gonna be honest on this one, I picked it because I am slightly obsessed with the packaging. I mean, I LOVE the bottle. But upon further digging, I found out there are a lot of other great things to love about Florescent. Florescent was started in the spring of 2015 by Susannah Compton, who had often mixed botanicals for therapeutic purposes. After she became infatuated with the depth and complexity of true botanicals, she realized that it was rare to find a conventional fragrance that used them — and voila, Florescent was born. So obviously Florescent fragrances are free of synthetics, chemical additives and fixatives that are in most perfumes, but each fragrance is handcrafted and does contain aromas that come from distillations and extractions from real flowers, herbs, woods, balsams, resins and seeds. Susannah uses these pure organic and wild-crafted essences to share how it can elevate the scent experience and to prove how fresh and sensual fragrance can be when it’s naturally derived. Um, and did I mention the pretty packaging?

Well folks, that’s all for now, but stay tuned as I’m sure this will be a topic again in the near future.


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