My friend recently asked me if I could recommend any good, eco-friendly perfumes. I did some research and found two different categories: 1) fragrances in recyclable or compostable packaging and 2) fragrances in refillable or reusable containers. Most liquid scents come in bottles with non-recyclable or compostable lids, so I've compiled some natural and handmade solid colognes with non-harmful packaging. The companies' geographic locations are included so you can find one near you.
1) Recyclable or Compostable Packaging
Tui Loves Kowhai by Pacific Perfumes | Wellington, New Zealand
Pacific Perfumes has won multiple design awards for their eco-friendly packaging that uses responsibly harvested beech wood for the container and recycled paper materials for the outside presentation and gift box. When the perfume is gone, the pot would make a beautiful case for a special pair of earrings or a ring and can be composted.
Notes: flowers, wood & honey
Sweet Orange & Patchouli by Freedom Soap Co. | Birmingham, Alabama
I love the simple, bold, black type paired with the delicate, red stamp in this design by Freedom Soap Co. I imagine that it is telling of the feeling you get when smelling the dark patchouli mixed with the sweet orange scent. This compact little tin is easily transportable and can be recycled after use.
Notes: oranges, coconut & earth
by The Holistic Science Company | San Diego, California
The Holistic Science Company has created a natural fragrance with a professional and thoughtful package. This product is beautiful from the sturdy gift box on the outside to the dark, wooden jar inside. Once opened, the box can be recycled and the wooden pot can either be composted or re-used when the perfume is gone.
Notes: rose otto, geranium, tuberose, gardenia, lemon verbena, petit grain, rosewood, grapefruit & palmarosa
Helmsman by Shore Soap Company | Newport, Rhode Island
For all you seafaring folk, Shore Soap Company has made this musky solid scent that might be reminiscent of relaxing in the cozy cabin of a ship. I would also be interested in trying the Sassy Sailor that combines the muskiness of the Helmsman with a sweet, pomegranate overlay. The tin container can also be recycled after use.
Notes: cedarwood, sandalwood & musk.
Sacred Incense by LVNEA | Montreal, Quebec
LVNEA (pronounced lu-nay) aims to create essences that "evoke the primal smells of nature" using rare and unique ingredients. This one in particular is made from the resin of trees, which is commonly used in sacred incense. LVNEA presents their solid, unisex scents in recyclable tins and gift boxes on a small, compostable bed of luscious moss.
Notes: resin, lemon & wood
I'm excited to hear if you have tried any of these, how you liked them and if you have others to recommend! Stay tuned for part two next week.
Credits: All product images belong to their respective companies.