By Michelle Guerrere
To be an irresistible, luxe perfume worthy of misting on daily, a fragrance always needed to have a beautiful aroma and look chic on a vanity. Now, the newest prerequisite added to the checklist is having the clean stamp of approval. We take care with details like ingredient lists and packaging when it comes to our skin care, our hair products — that awareness is now extending to the world of signature scents.
Although every brand and retailer has a different standard when it comes to clean beauty, Clean at Sephora is one of the most discerning. It features lines formulated without certain ingredients consumers may not want in their products, and it helps shoppers gain a better understanding of the clean category overall. So whether you’re looking for a classic woodsy scent, or you’re more interested in a breezy California bouquet, these are the crème de la crème of clean perfumes that the pioneers at Sephora have curated for your beauty collection.
Marie Du Petit Thouars turned her family’s love for botany into a business by formulating scents in her mother’s greenhouse in Belgium — and the brand’s emphasis on clean ingredients hasn’t wavered since it was founded in 1792. No.04 Bois de Balincourt, a combination of warm woodsy notes including sandalwood and vetiver, is just one elegant example of the complex scents this house is known for. When selecting your botanical blend, you can choose from either a classic perfume bottle or a fragrance oil that’s rolled on rather than spritzed.
What happens when a beauty writer can’t find a clean perfume that meets her editorial standards? She crafts it herself. Bee Shapiro’s Ellis Brooklyn line (named after her eldest daughter and where she was born), is eco-friendly, made from sustainably sourced ingredients, and features truly lovely scents. Take Myth for example: Its romantic floral notes are at once sultry and sophisticated.
Co-founders and husband-and-wife duo Eric and Cynthia Korman stand behind “conscious choices.” That’s why their fragrance line is one of a select few to be a Certified B Corporation, meaning it’s held to some of the highest environmental standards. Hanami in particular is a layered, airy scent that comes in a chic white bottle designed to protect it from light damage and thus eliminate the need for stabilizers.
Tastemakers with more of a laid-back, West Coast vibe turn to celebrity makeup artist Rosie Jane Johnston’s clean fragrance line. All of the high-quality scents are hand-mixed in California. That includes Leila Lou, a delicately fruity floral that is the perfume equivalent of your summer soundtrack. Ingredients may be simple, but that doesn’t stop each blend from lingering until the Cali sun sets.
If you’re not sure which clean fragrance is your next signature scent, this sampler features seven of Sephora’s best-selling options (including all of the above, naturally). Once you’ve selected your top contender, bring your enclosed scent certificate to your nearest store, and take home a full-size bottle gratis.