Top Notes: 6. Eco-Friendly & Ethical Perfumes With Stories To Tell

As the last of my fresh and fragrant Lime, Basil and Mandarin by Eden Perfumes finally comes to end, I find myself turning to my most coveted eco-boutiques and online shelves to seek out what else is in store for ethically- and environmentally-made scents.

Curiosity beckons and something tells me I’m going to be lusting after another fragrance and its story today…

1, Lush 

Oh, it was a happy day when I found out Lush do perfumes as well as any number of other yummy bathing essences to brighten up your toilette. Inspired by art, music & poetry, they have names like ‘What Would Love Do?’, ‘Devil’s Nightcap’‘Smuggler’s Soul’ and my personal favourite, ‘The Smell of Weather Turning’.

Lush have a wonderfully strong reputation in the cosmetics and beauty industry. Shoppers generally rely on:

  • Sensational fragrances
  • Cruelty-free branding
  • Open stance against animal-testing
  • Ethical ingredients sourcing
  • Transparent manufacturing processes
  • ‘Plastic’ packaging made from 100% recycled materials.

If you collect 5 empties and return them to a Lush store, they reward you with a free face mask – making sure those leftovers get used as well.

The Lush Factory

Their blog is also a great place to stay informed on how they practicably stay true to their promises of ethical sourcing. Must-read articles include:

You can watch the Lush Factory Tour 2018 below or read the article here.

2, Walden

Inspired by the famous 19th-century American philosopher, poet and essayist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1872) and his seminal naturalist work ‘Walden’, I first came across this literary-themed perfume brand on PHB Ethical Beauty – my most recommended ethical cosmetics site.

The book is fittingly described as ‘part meditation, part handbook for simple living in natural surroundings’. Walden Natural Perfumes take pride in constructing perfumes that follow Thoreau’s example:

  • Made from only the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils
  • Each one named after snippets from the book
  • Handmade in small batches
  • 100% ethical & natural ingredients
  • An ethos against throwaway culture and materialism
  • Perfect for literature- and nature-lovers

You can listen to the first chapter of Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ being read below or you can purchase a copy here. It gives you an insight as to why this 19th-century work was such an inspiration for this brand to create their eco-friendly and ethically-made perfumes today:

3, Dolma Perfumes

When it comes to a tick-list of ethical criteria for manufacturing scents, Dolma pretty much cover it all.

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Made in Britain
  • Paraben- and palm oil-free
  • Natural essences only
  • 100% biodegradable chips used in packaging
  • Marketing materials made from recycled paper or cotton
  • Tree-free business cards are made from 100% recycled t-shirts – using the same supplier as I do – Moo!

Founded in 1982 by a committed vegan and chemist Jim Payne, Dolma Perfumes was set up as an antidote to companies that use animal-testing and man-made ingredients for fragrance production rather than natural ingredients.

Their fragrances are mature, and they offer 12 mini-size portions of their signature scents, as well as aftershave, candles and gifts.

4, Laboratory Perfumes

I came across Laboratory Perfumes on one of my most coveted (and most aspirational) sites to shop at – Anthropologie.

Laboratory Perfumes are so slick and crafted to precision by British scent specialists using natural oils, with fragrances inspired by flowers found in the nation’s countryside.

Their philosophy, borrowed from the Hippocratic principle that supports modern medicine: ‘first, do no harm’. These perfumes are:

  • Gender Neutral
  • Made in Britain by scent specialists
  • Supporting local, independent and transparent small businesses / manufacturing processes
  • Cruelty-free – no testing on animals
  • Crafted from essential and fragrance oils

5, Björk & Berries

This Swedish perfume brand really does live up to the idea of luxury in ethics – or ‘eco-luxury’ to put it more succinctly. This is a story that has traditional beauty techniques and transparent business ethics at its core. It begins in the dark green forests of northern Sweden, where fragrance specialists and chemists collaborated on an initially small project to create and preserve the historic health and beauty benefits of naturally-occurring ingredients, such as birch.

The birch tree has been used for centuries in beauty products in Sweden due to its natural elasticity.

Just check out the Eco-Luxury & Philosophy section of their website to see what I mean about being transparent in manufacture – they break down everything for you – from Organic Birch Leaf Water to Omega 3 Fatty Acids, along with the following:

• Natural ingredients, 95–100%
• Certified organic ingredients, 10–75%
• Minimal number of ingredients with maximum effect
• Cruelty-free for human, animal and nature
• Clinically safe ingredients
• Always tested dermatologically and ophthalmologically where applicable
• No parabens, mineral oils, PEG, SLS/SLES or silicones
• Made in Sweden

6, Eden Perfumes 

And finally, here we have (at the moment!) my most recommended affordable and interactive eco-perfume offerings on the market. Eden Perfumes are:

  • Handmade in England
  • On sale online or from their Brighton boutique
  • Unisex
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Independent British company
  • Family-run business
  • Palm oil and paraben-free
  • Only using ethically-sourced essential oils to craft their scents

My recommendation so far is definitely the Lima, Basil & Mandarina because it smells just like Jo Malone’s and it’s a third of the cost. They don’t offer samples, but if you have a favourite perfume in mind (say, Chanel No.5) simply type it into the search bar here and it will reward you with hand-picked scents that have the same top, base and middle notes, so you get the ethically-made (and affordable!) version of your favourite perfume. Give it a try!

In Love&Light FS XOX




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