Reinventing Our Scents


My husband is always first to note that if a perfume’s natural, why is it bottled?

“People like to smell what they can’t in their everyday,” I usually tell him.

After all, it’s not likely I’m going to pick vanilla beans today, wrangle up some sandalwood or score an overflow of Moroccan book bindings (a real scent).

But thanks to a handful of perfumeries here and there, people like you and me are able to smell similar to these scents we crave.

One of my new favorite perfume galleries is CB I Hate Perfume – an unlikely name for perfume you can only love.

Of all the scents I sniffed and rubbed not a one let me down and they really smell so true to their names: At The Beach 1966 (with hints of Coppertone, wet sand and driftwood), Wild Hunt (with a mélange of summer afternoon heat, leaves, fir and pine) and In The Library (a mixture of Russian and Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish).

These perfumes are derived from beet juice extract, water, hydrogenated castor oil and fragrance. No specially denatured alcohol is used in any CB perfume.

I knew I’d love this line but to be fair I did make it to a few other venues to sniff out some organic perfumes. Though nothing was that stand out, I did enjoy Lavanila’s Pure Vanilla, Pacifica Hawaiian’s Ruby Guava solid (with sweet pomelo, guava and a hint of coconut) and Karma Solid by Lush (with a spicy orange and patchouli base).

Let me know what you find for organic perfumes. I’ll add them to my sniff list.

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.