Contributor: Shakira Sturgess
For many of us, ‘organic’ is a concept we are familiar with. It is most often seen in the supermarkets on different foods. But did you know you can also get organic perfume? As a big fan of organic, I decided to look into organic perfumes and try a few to see what these products were like. Here’s what I found –
What is organic perfume?
To be classed as organic, a perfume needs to be made from 100% naturally sourced ingredients. Mostly these are plant-based and are extracted with using any chemicals. To get that organic classification, the fragrance should also include a minimum of 80% certified organic ingredients.
There are a few different certifications for organic products around the world. For example, there is the USDA Organic certification in the US. In the UK and Europe, we have the COSMOS standard where the Soil Association, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert and ICEA have all teamed up to create a beauty standard.
What goes into an organic perfume?
With many beauty products, there are lots of unpronounceable chemical ingredients listed on a bottle or tube. But with organic beauty products, many of the ingredients will be recognisable. There are three main components of organic fragrances – natural plant oils including essential oils, distilled water and natural alcohol made from wheat, corn, grapes or sugar cane. Many of these systems are how perfumes were made before chemical processes were developed.
Essential oils are widely recognised for their health benefits. These are made up of natural sources including leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, sap and even the bark and roots of some plants. The oils are then extracted using either steam distillation or cold pressing. The oils are then added to the other ingredients to create the perfume.
Being a big fan of organic, I decided to try some of the perfumes on the market. Here are my three favourites.
This is a 100% organic perfume that blends the decadent scent of jasmine with the tropic notes of ylang. Jasmine is a familiar plant that grows in many gardens but ylang is a little more exotic. It comes from South Pacific Islands and is known to have a number of health benefits. The smell is a slightly floral one that makes it perfect for perfume.
This wasn’t just one perfume for a small collection of handmade natural, organic and vegan perfumes. These perfumes are 80-92% organic ingredients, not tested on animals and also use 100% vegan ingredients. There are seven perfumes in the range so there is something for all tastes.
This is another organic perfume that ticks many boxes being cruelty free and also vegan. It has a floral scent that mixes jonquil, mimosa, magnolia, tuberose and heliotrope on a base of sandalwood, vanilla and non-animal musk. Dolma also produces a range of other organic perfumes and beauty products.
Going the organic route
If you prefer more natural and organic products then there’s no reason why you can’t include your perfume in this. These three examples show that there are lots of amazing scents available that are also organic and using only natural products.