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Organic Perfumes

Posted on: December 8, 2008


Rich Hippe Organic Perfumes

Rich Hippe Organic Perfumes

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz around organic perfume lately. It seems like the final installment of organic products finally coming to existence, perfume. Six years ago, I worked at Whole Body in New York, and there was only one line of organic perfume on the shelf at the time. Now they are becoming more and more abundant each month. So I’ve decided to highlight some of the organic perfumes I’ve heard the most about.


Rich Hippie Organic, Wildcrafted Perfumes

Rich Hippie makes perfumes using traditional methods predating World War II and the influence of chemistry in perfumery. They use organic wine alcohol harvested from the wine regions of California. All of the plant and flower ingredients in Rich Hippie perfumes are organic or wildcrafted. They offer an amazing 24 different scents with some interesting names (ie. Bohemian Wedding, Rock Star, Foxy Lady, Hoochie Coochie).

Jo Wood Organics

A three year old bath and body line with new fragrances introduced in the UK in October, Amka and Usiku. The new organic perfumes replace the Body Dews that were not certified organic. Now they have been formulated to meet Ecocert requirements. Amka, which is Swahili for “to wake,” has notes of Iranian rose otto, Egyptian jasmine, neroli, bergamot, green mandarin, sweet orange blossom and cedarwood. Usiku, Swahili for “night,” has notes of rosemary, pine needle, cardamom, hot ginger, coriander, clove, Moroccan cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver and vanillin.

Honoré des Prés

Apparently just being released in Europe for now, Honoré des Prés attempts to bring organics to the higher end of the fragrance counter. Also certified by Ecocert, these are five unisex scents: Chaman’s Party, with notes of Haitian vetiver root and Egyptian holy basil; Bonté’s Bloom, with notes of sunflower and sage leaf accords; Nu Green, with notes of mint and tarragon; Sexy Angelic, with notes of angelica seed and alisson candy; and Honoré’s Trip, with notes of lemon, lime, and orange. Though they are marketed as unisex, Sexy Angelic and Bonté’s Bloom lean more to the feminine side.


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