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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

9 amazing all-natural perfumes

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best natural perfumes Perfume for Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a romantic gesture, not a toxic one. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best new natural perfumes that won't kill the mood with (unhealthy) chemicals.

Our perfume picks are mostly handcrafted in small batches with plant extracts, distilled flower essences, and essential oils. So giving or getting one feels luxurious and special. Here are our 9 favorites of the season... —Jamie McKillop and Melisse Gelula

 
A Perfume Organic Mejica


Perfumer Amanda Walker's small batch, botanical blends are super desirable, and "Mejica," might be the sexiest of her five USDA certified-organic scents. It's a delicious blend of three vanillas, rare resins, and spices. The petite bottle is actually a roll-on and, extra charming, the flower seed-embedded box can be planted.

$65, www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 

Red Flower Ambrette Roll-On Oil

Aside from making exquisite natural candles, Red Flower creates masterful fragrances, like "Ambrette." It's the name of a seed used in Indian culture to perfume the hair and burned as an offering. When blended here with patchouli, orange, and black pepper (all certified USDA organic), it's both alluring and restoring. Wear it to yoga to lift stress-related fatigue or anoint your pulse points with it as an aphrodisiac.

$48, www.redflower.com

natural perfume Strange Invisible PerfumeStrange Invisible Perfumes Black Rosette

Perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis is all about luxury craftsmanship. Her forte is creating scents with certified organic, wildcrafted, and biodynamic ingredients that focus on "aroma profile, evocative narratives, and the beauty of scent." Black Rosette eau de parfum, for example, tells a subtle story of seduction with roses, black tea, and spearmint with a hint of bad-boy leather.

$220, www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 
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Lurk RSW005 Fragrance

This carefully crafted new fragrance line oozes cool factor. Lurk is the brainchild of New Yorkers Anne Sanford and Kristi Head, who met at Red Flower and created packaging and beauty products for Anthropologie and other top brands before collaborating on a fragrance collection of their own. We're smitten with RSW005, an androgynous essential-oil-based scent with warm sandalwood, earthy rose, and a crisp citrus finish. And since the line launched just last year, you won't be wearing (or gifting) a scent that everyone else has. Yet.

$50, www.lurkmade.com

 

Tsi La Fiori D'Arancio Organic Eau de Parfum

Tsi La is a little obsessed with fun, organic freshness—and natural decadence. The collection is crafted in artisan-size batches using essential oils, active plant botanicals, and rich exotic butters. Best-selling Fiori d'Arancio is a USDA-certified mist that's like bottled sunshine—on vacation in Italy. Its notes of orange, tangerine, and neroli flowers mixed with vanilla orchids and honey give it a playful, mischievous appeal.

$95, www.tsilaorganics.com


 
Honoré Des Prés Nu Green Verrine Eau de Toilette

Olivia Giacobetti is a legendary perfumer, who designed fragrances for prestigious houses like Diptyque and Guerlain, before creating Honoré Des Prés. It's the first luxury certified-organic French fragrance brand. Nu Green conjures up the feel of a fresh spring morning with green mint leaves, dewy grass, Indian botanical musk, tarragon and cedar wood. And if it's got Giacobetti's signature on it, you know it has to be good.

$84, www.spiritbeautylounge.com

 
Tallulah Jane Aiyana Eau de Parfum

Aiyana is a feminine (okay, super girly, super heart-warming) fragrance that mixes pure Moroccan rose with vanilla and a hint of Italian lemon that gives it a boost of happy effervescence. Like all of Tallulah Jane's perfumes, it's made with organic and wildcrafted oils, and based on the centuries-old tradition of Bourbon perfumeries.

$48, www.shop.tallulahjanenyc.com


Give Scent Signature Fragrance

Celebrated yogi Elena Brower recently debuted Give Scent, a fragrance she originally created for herself based on two inspirational years in Italy. Now, in collaboration with Alexandra Lyon Perelman, the rest of us can wear the dreamy scent—picture Sicilian almond oil, summery citrus, and a grounding drop of deep, heart-opening vanilla. A portion of the proceeds benefit Women for Women International. (And if you buy one 5ml bottle before Feb. 14, you'll receive one complimentary 5ml bottle.)

$46, www.givescent.com

 

La Bella Figura Barcelona Perfume Oil

This natural beauty brand is based in Chicago, but it has a globetrotting soul. La Bella Figura's amazing skin-care oils and scents tap the Mediterranean for ingredients (read: pure whole plant ingredients) and inspiration. Take Barcelona, a modern, super-nourishing perfume oil blend that evokes smoky cognac, crisp Sicilian lemon, and heady jasmine. The result is a scent that's both sensuous and sparkling. In case that describes you or someone you know.


$90, www.labellafigurabeauty.com

 

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