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11 Sustainable Perfumes That Are Scent-Sationally Eco-Friendly

Hailey Carrillo


Ever wonder what happens to your perfume once you’re done using it? 

With harsh chemicals that leach into our waterways and soils, that pesky perfume might be longer lasting in waterways than on its wearer.

Let’s spritz on something free of harmful ingredients from sustainable perfume brands, whose ethical scents won’t stink up the planet.

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A Whiff Of The Best Cruelty-Free & Eco-Friendly Perfumes

Sana Jardin infuses energetic medicine into its cruelty-free range of plant-powered transformative scents.

For Strange Women sustainable fragrance oils are actually for strange everyone’s, with unisex scents made from 100% natural ingredients.

Smell good while doing good with The 7 Virtues. Part of their proceeds support recovering post-war communities.

To get a whiff of what makes a perfume sustainable and how we chose the best sustainable perfumes, jump to the bottom of the article.

1. Sana Jardin

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Sana Jardin’s Eco-Friendly Luxury Perfume

Price Range: $30–$145

Luxury fragrance house Sana Jardin’s globally inspired scents harness the healing properties of plants and flowers “to transport and awaken us to our divine spirit.”

With several earthy and intoxicating scents to discover, like Vanilla Nomad, Sandalwood Temple, and Tiger By Her Side, you may find it difficult to choose just one. 

Luckily their Scents of Joy Eau de Parfum Trio lets you sample 3 of their best sellers. 

Free from parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and synthetic dyes, each formula is vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. 

About Sana Jardin

Sana Jardin has developed a circular business model, where orange blossom (a byproduct of perfume production) is upcycled into a range of products by female micro-entrepreneurs.

Via the Orange Blossom Project, local women in small farming communities are supported with business skills training and keep 100% of the income they generate. 

Sana Jardin’s eco-friendly glass perfume bottles are made from 30% recycled materials and can be recycled via a partnership with TerraCycle


2. The 7 Virtues

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The 7 Virtues’ Ethical Perfume

Price Range: $30–$85

“Make Perfume Not War” is the mantra of Canadian brand The 7 Virtues.

Each of their Peace Perfumes contributes towards the brand’s social mission of helping rebuild communities post-war.

Whether you’re looking for something warm and spicy, fresh and earthy, sweet and fruity, or classically floral, you’ll find 8 enticing scents made using ethically-sourced natural essential oils and an organic sugar cane alcohol base. 

Their newest offering, Lotus Pear, is a fruity, floral scent, combining juicy pear and peach with the floral notes of rose, orange flower, jasmine, lotus flower, and gardenia.

Part of the proceeds goes to Days For Girls, an organization working to ensure menstrual care and educational opportunities for all. 

Choose between 50ml spray bottles or 11 ml glass rollerballs—or sample seven of the scents in the Peace Perfume Discovery Set.

All products are free from palm oil, SLS, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, synthetic colors, UV inhibitors, and sulfates. 

About The 7 Virtues

The Peace Perfumes from this “Clean at Sephora” brand make an impact in more ways than one. 

By using targeted ingredient sourcing, they support post-war countries with economic recovery. 

The natural oils are ethically sourced from Afghanistan, Egypt, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. Where possible, they are Fair Trade certified. 

Everything is Leaping Bunny and PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan.


3. For Strange Women

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*Note: All liquid perfumes are vegan but the solid perfumes contain beeswax.

For Strange Women’s Vegan Perfume

Price Range: $16–$75

For Strange Women are creators of the artisanal avant-garde.

They’re for those who want to get away from traditional feminine scents in favor of something a little more understated and unique. 

While you’ll still find some classic fresh floral options, you’ll also get plenty of unique, earthy scent experiences, like the smokey Fireside Story™

Or how about some Decadence + Debauchery?

Made “for burlesque beauties and Victorian darlings alike,” this is a blend of immortelle, amber, violet, sweet tobacco, and vanilla that reviews call “deep, luscious, and naughty”.

Both the glass-vialed perfume oils and non-vegan solid perfume tins are free from synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens, and alcohol.

Scents are instead derived from essential oils and plant extracts, blended into a coconut and jojoba oil base.

About For Strange Women

Based in Kansas City, MO this all-female-run “strange apothecary” uses exclusively small-batch cruelty-free formulas.

Despite the name, they make unisex perfumes because they believe “natural perfume is genderless”.

Ingredients are sourced from trusted harvesters, distillers, and distributors, and 100% recycled outer packaging is used.

For Strange Women contributes to Ocean Conservancy, Redwood Forest Foundation Inc, Nature Conservancy, and more. 


4. By/Rosie Jane

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*Note: Some formulas contain sustainably harvested palm oil

by/rosie jane’s Eco-Friendly Perfume

Price Range: $28–$70

by/rosie jane offers eight vegan scents available as an Eau de Parfum (fragrance mixed with organic cane sugar alcohol), a sustainable fragrance oil (fragrance mixed with organic coconut oil), or a travel spray. 

From the pear, fresh-cut grass, and jasmine notes of Leila Lou to the vanilla, sandalwood, and neroli tones of Lake, there’s an eco-conscious scent for everyone. 

by/rosie jane does use some safe synthetic ingredients but aims to use as many natural raw materials as possible.

All products are formulated without any of the more than 2.700 ingredients on Credo’s The Dirty List™️.

About by/ rosie jane

This Los Angeles-based brand makes “clean beauty for cool humans”.

Beyond hand-making their products with clean, safe ingredients, they are also Carbon Neutral-certified and committed to eco-friendly packaging. 

After recycling your glass bottles, you can send the plastic pumps, caps, and roller balls back to by/rosie jane for recycling—and 20% off your next order.

by/rosie jane is a member of 1% for the Planet. 


5. Define Me

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DefineMe’s Ethical Perfume 

Price Range: $28–$88

California-based Define Me offers several sumptuous and supportive scents—from floral and fresh notes to the sweet and spciy blend of the Floret, our personal favorite of the six different scents we tried, which features a enchanting blend of spicy cedar wood and rhubarb with rose and strawberry nectar.

Plus, we adore the adorable rose quartz pieces in the bottle, which, as the heart stone, are said to infuse a sense of security and love into this all-day wearable fragrance. And last all day it does! in fact, if we don’t shower as the end of the day, we can still catch a subtle wiff of these scents on our wrists the following day.

If you’re finding it hard to choose, their Rollerball Natural Perfume Oil Kit contains seven top-quality scents that can be mixed and matched to discover your own signature blend.

All scents can be bought in either a fragrance mist, travel mist, or roll-on fragrance oil.

While they use mainly natural ingredients, they do use some safe synthetic ingredients when these are more skin-safe or sustainable. They’re also free from phthalates, parabens, and GMOs.

About DefineMe

Woman-founded DefineMe aims to empower women from all walks of life. 

The DefineMe Dollar Program gives $1 for every bottle of perfume purchased to She’s the First, an organization fighting gender inequality through education.

All DefineMe’s products are made in the USA and exclude palm oil and palm oil-derived ingredients. 

Apart from the recyclable 1.7 oz bottle, all of the sustainable perfume bottles are reusable. They use FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks and buy their packaging locally. 


6. Sleeping Phoenix

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Sleeping Phoenix’s Eco-Friendly Perfumes

Price Range: $8–$65

Looking for small batch scents? 

Don’t sleep on Etsy star-seller Sleeping Phoenix

You’ll find three invigorating scents in 2ml samples, or 8 ml or 15 ml bottles: Vetiver and Orange, Vanilla and Black Currant, and Lavender and Neroli. 

Our SJ pick (and Etsy’s-pick) is their debut Vetiver and Orange, for something light, floral, and creamy all at the same time! 

Each option only features pure essential oils, CO2 extracts, and natural isolates (the majority which are wild harvested or organic).

About Sleeping Phoenix

Sleeping Phoenix was founded by longtime scent connoisseur, Lewis Hurell.

The traveling chef and film composer draws inspirations from his travels, from Australian Eucalyptus and English Black Currant. 

Though inspired by worldwide travels, the products are crafted entirely in their Burlington apartment. 


7. Clean Beauty Collective

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*Note: Clean Beauty Collective uses non-toxic synthetic fragrances. The glycerin is derived from RSPO-certified palm oil

Clean Beauty Collective’s Cruelty-Free Sustainable Perfumes

Price Range: $20–$98

Clean Beauty Collective is a “Clean at Sephora” brand with something for every budget, from affordable roller balls to 100ml glass bottles.

You’ll find three collections of layerable scents blend of natural plant essences and phthalate-free synthetics:

  • Clean Classic: linear and simple fragrances
  • Clean Reserve: “farm to fragrance” made from sustainably harvested flowers and herbs. 
  • Clean Reserve Avant Garden: “garden-to-fragrance” with an exotic twist

Looking for minimalist gifts for him?

Sel Santal is a unisex scent, combining top notes of mandarin leaves, bergamot, and nutmeg with a base of sandalwood, amber, and styrax, which is ethically-sourced from Honduras.

About Clean Beauty Collective

Clean Beauty Collective sources ingredients responsibly, work with partners who also employ ethical business practices, and use minimum-impact packaging where possible.

See their “No-to-list” for ingredients they avoid. 

They do use glycerin, which is a palm oil derivative, but theirs is RSPO-certified.

The brand also helped sponsor EarthDay.org via its limited edition scent Skin. 


8. Rainwater Botanicals

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Rainwater Botanicals’ Natural Eco-Friendly Perfume

Price Range: $14–$24

Rainwater Botanicals’ sells perfumes at pocket-friendly prices. 

With no less than 25 delectable options—including Orange Blossom, Vanilla & Oakmoss, and Wild Rose & Bergamot—there’s plenty of new signature scent potential. 

If you’re a fan of seasonal scents, Autumn might just become your year-round favorite thanks to its hints of spice and wood.

All of their affordable and sustainable fragrance oils are made with organic jojoba oil and scented using natural plant oils, all-natural absolutes, and CO2 extracts. 

Several scents are also available as an eco-friendly body spray. 

About Rainwater Botanicals

Rainwater Botanicals has been making cruelty-free perfume, soaps, salves, zero waste deodorant, and more for over two decades.

Products are handmade in small batches and they prioritize organic and locally-sourced natural ingredients.

Many items come in zero waste packaging and everything is palm oil free.


9. Natural Wisdom Spa

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*Note: Some products contain palm oil, but it is not clear if their perfumes do.

Natural Wisdom Spa’s Plastic-Free Perfume

Price Range: $32–$46

If you’re looking for eco-friendly alternatives to perfume sprays, Natural Wisdom Spa offers a beautiful range of solid perfumes and cologne using aromatherapeutic oils and absolutes folded into organic shea butter & carnauba wax. 

With several sensuous and unisex aromas to choose from, like Patchouli for those in the mood for an earthy, bold balm.

Their innovative sustainable perfume containers are made from cedar root wood by a female-run wood co-op in Morocco. They are both reusable and biodegradable. 

Smaller sizes come in a reusable and recyclable glass jar.

About Natural Wisdom Spa

Natural Wisdom Spa was founded by Maeve Brazi, a professional artisan perfumer who trained in Grasse, France.

In addition to enticing eco scents, you’ll find other zero waste skin care and body care products.

Everything is freshly hand-made in small batches using natural, nourishing, and sustainably-sourced ingredients. 


10. MIZU

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MIZU’s Affordable Zero Waste Perfumes

Price Range: $15–$138

Kiss that perfume pain and MIZU-ry behind with MIZU.

Also known as “Natural Perfume that’s revolutionizing the genre”, according to Vogue

Gender-neutral perfume sprays and oils in scents like Palo Santo and Moon Flower are crafted from organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably harvested botanicals.

Their award-winning Floral Delusion Eau-De-Parfum is best described as that earth after rain smell. 

With hints of shiso leaf, cassie flower, and sandalwood, one whiff of the irreplicable Japanese-inspired scent will make anyone MIZU (miss you).

Everything is vegan except the MONARCH Fragrance, which contain a small amount of beeswax cycled as a byproduct of the honey industry.

About MIZU

Valuing repurposing over recycling, MIZU’s eco-friendly glass perfume bottles are courtesy of heritage glass and reclaimed objects. 

The sustainable perfume brand is now experimenting with refillable scents, and the FSC-certified paper packaging is free from plastic laminations and gloss.

All formulas are made using a minimum of 80% USDA Organic materials, and direct farming partnerships when possible. 


11. Vyrao

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Vyrao’s Vegan Sustainable Perfume

Price Range: $105–$220

Vyrao’s combines “energetic healing with master perfumery”.

You’ll find six uplifting and transformative scents, all made from 88–89% sustainably sourced natural ingredients (80% of which are certified organic). 

Synthetically derived sustainable ingredients are used if there isn’t a sustainable natural alternative. 

Vyao’s Witchy Woo has us bewitched with inspiring scents of thorny rose, cinnamon, and black pepper. 

Each 50ml glass bottle contains an extra touch of magic—a Herkimer diamond crystal charged by Vyrao’s own energy healer. 

About Vyrao

Using scent as a mood-boosting tool for well-being, Vyrao’s blends “help connect us to ourselves and our feelings, and raise our energetic field”.

Their team combines the skills of a master perfumer, a psychic, and an energy healer with founder Yasmin’s Sewell training in Integrative Quantum Medicine™ and Reiki. 

For eco sustainable perfume packaging, Vyrao partners with a certified Carbon Balanced Printer to print their 100% recycled FSC-certified paper boxes. 


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How We Found The Best Eco-Friendly Perfumes

What is sustainable perfume?

Whether you prefer your scents sweet or musky, we used our sustainable beauty criteria to help you find only the best odors around.

  • Non-toxic: There are plenty of ingredients to avoid in skincare, including artificial dyes, parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde. We look for non-toxic perfume brands that use natural skin care ingredients (or the occasional certified safe synthetic)—and actually disclose these full lists!
  • Vegan & cruelty-free: Traditional perfumes are often crafted using animal-derived ingredients (including ambergris, musk deer, castoreum, and civet) and regularly tested on animals. We want neither.
  • Palm oil free: Or RSPO-certified.
  • Ethically sourced ingredients: Those sustainable perfume ingredients should also be sourced from fair and ethical channels.
  • Thoughtful packaging: Zero waste perfume means refillable bottles are best, though we also look for reusable or (at the very least) recyclable ones.

Final Thoughts On Eco-Friendly & Ethical Perfume

On the hunt for a sustainable signature scent? 

Tracking one down is much easier thanks to these no nonscents ethical fragrance brands that are concocting conscious scents for the good of all. 

You can feel good about popping any of them into your sustainable handbag.

Or by simply by sharing this article with your pro-planet peers to help make the world a better (smelling) place.

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  1. I agree that animal testing is abhorrent, which is why I thought you might like to be made aware that while The 7 Virtues perfume is cruelty free, they are sold at Sephora, a company that is not cruelty free. Regardless, I’d like to thank you for making this post to help others live a cruelty free and sustainable life. 🙂

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