BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Men’s Grooming Series #2: Gorgeous Scents For Gents: No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Animals

I often get asked if I can recommend a fragrance or two for a man. Yup. Here are six suggestions for gentlemen, from breezy fresh to woody & sensual.

What would suit YOU?

Spring has sprung, and many of us are looking for a fresh new fragrance to mark the beginning of the warm season.

Perfumes are my e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, and after having switched completely to the goodness of vegan, nasty-free, mostly certified organic fragrances, I have said goodbye to headache and nausea that many an Eau used to give me in the past.”

I’m very happy to have tested enough clean perfumes to be able to suggest six picks for – I believe – pretty much every taste.
These fragrances are, above all, gorgeous, so the fact that they’re tox free (and vegan) becomes just a nice bonus.

So, what would suit YOU:
1. Exotic, dark, sensual, yet elegant
2. Fresh, classic, soothing, makes you think of holiday in the South of France
3. Sporty, refreshing, bold, fun, clean
4. Elegant, invigorating, light and classic like a cup of Earl Grey
5. Classy, dry as a martini, and super fashionable.
6. Gourmand and extravagant?

Let’s have a closer look, shall we?
Whether you prefer classic French cologne, fresh British “after shave” scents, Italian fashion house juices, or exotic balsamic potions, I’ve got you covered. And lemme say it again coz it’s music in my ears: They’re all vegan and free from parabens and phthalates.toxin-free-organic-scents-for-gents

1. Skin & Bones, Luxurious Face, Body & Hair Moisturiser/ Oil.

Solemn yet fresh, warming yet soothing.
If you love balmy, woody, grand fragrances, you will love this oil. Yes, oil.

You see, this product works as moisturiser for face and body, scalp treatment, aftershave balm, hair oil, massage oil. It softens cuticles and is a great hand softener. The fragrance is “added value” to the beautiful magic of essential oils (or is it the other way round?), and is subtle enough to be perceived by those really close to you.
The sleek heavy black bottle is not too shabby either.

Complete declaration:
This is a 100% pure organic jojoba oil infused with nine therapeutic grade essential oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Lemon, Rosewood and Sandalwood.
Allergy sufferers must pay attention (sample sizes in mini black bottles available), but unless you are allergic to one or more of the plant oils, it’s super smooth and good for your skin, even for baby skin.

2. Lavender, Single Note Eau de Parfum, Balm Balm.

Now, Single Note is a concept Eau de Parfum line by Balm Balm, a British organic beauty “institution”.
Single Notes can be worn alone or layered to obtain a “personal” fragrance.

Knowledge base:

The magic is that each of the fragrances is a great perfume in itself. You see, what people who are used to chemical “Vanilla” and “Orange” scents tend to forget is that ONE essential oil already IS a blend made by Nature; it is faceted, lush, rich, and beautiful. Perfume connoisseurs call single note fragrances “soliflore”, and you probably know a few examples of “pure” violet, lily of the valley, or rose perfumes. However, today most soliflore fragrances play with more than just one essential oil.”

Lavender Single Note by Balm Balm is a fragrance that is crisp, dry, fresh, and slightly balmy.
Because lavender is a common ingredient in men’s colognes, you’ll find it to be quite classic and cool.
A perfect everyday fragrance that brings to mind the soothing light of that soft Southern French sun and the humming heat of a blooming lavender field. 

Full declaration: Lavandula Angustifolia essential oil (from France), 100% Organic & Natural Grain Alcohol.
33 ml, approx. €26.

3. Spearmint, Single Note Eau de Parfum, Balm Balm.

Same concept as under #2, Spearmint Single Note is a favourite. It’s fun, easy, fresh and sweet all rolled into one.
If you’re a guy who loves sport and outdoors and party and going out with friends, grab a bottle.
Spearmint Single Note is a fun everyday scent that is unexpected enough to sport in in the office.

Full declaration: Mentha viridis oil (from USA), 100% Organic & Natural Grain Alcohol.
33 ml, approx. €26.

4. Bergamot, Single Note Eau de Parfum, Balm Balm.

Same concept as under #2 and #3, Bergamot Single Note is a great friend to Spearmint and Lavender (spray Lavender first, and Bergamot next). As a standalone fragrance it can seem a bit cold and harsh, but that’s the solemn power of bergamot. When it dries down, it’s a classic. Earl Grey tea is black tea infused with bergamot essential oil, and what can be more reliable, classic, and lean-on-me than a cuppa?

The elegant, powerful clarity of Bergamot Single Note is perfect in a noble setting of a country club just as it is in the hectic city.

Full declaration: Citrus Aurantium Bergamia fruit essential oil (from Italy), 100% Organic & Natural Grain Alcohol.
33 ml, approx. €26.

5. Middle East Peace, The 7 Virtues

A beautiful, noble fragrance that features sweetie grapefruit oil of Israel with the lime & basil oils of Iran. This deliciously refreshing, very springtime harmony of hesperidic notes is then framed by dry woody notes of bamboo and cedar. Middle East Peace is designed to work alone or with other Fragrances of Peace.

Knowledge base:

“Sweetie grapefruit is a cross between a grapefruit and a pomelo and is harvested in the fertile Sharon Plain of Israel. The lime & basil oils of Iran are grown in Shiraz in the Fars province, known as the cultural capital of Iran.” – The 7 Virtues

Comes in 50ml and 100ml bottles and as part of the Custom Blend Box.
Not organic, contains synthetic molecules. Vegan, free from phthalates and parabens.
Declaration (relevant for allergy sufferers):
Alcohol denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.

6. Black Knight, Organic Perfume Oil by Green Love.

Black Knight is a dark and sweet harmony of liquorice, cacao, and patchouli.

These ingredients in a scent are not uncommon, but I’ve never met a perfume based just around those three ingredients. It reminds me of a concentrated version of many modern man’s fragrances where patchouli and liquorice (and cacao) are often the heart of a very intense, rich juice. The brand says nothing of the “blendability” of their oils, but my guess is, that if you top Black Knight with a more citrusy oil, you get pretty close to one of those intense colognes. Just without anything nasty that might or might not be lurking there.

Ingredients (full declaration): certified organic jojoba oil, Illicum verum, Pogostemon Cablin, Theobroma Cacao extract. Info for allergy sufferers: natural oils contain linalool and limonene.
Comes in 10ml or 15 ml roll-on bottles, approx. €34/ €37.

Note: you can refresh the scent by rolling it over your skin every 6 hours. Shake the bottle, for the cacao exctract tends to sink to the bottom.

A parting shot

So, dear Adventurers, I hope you have found a sweet idea or two for yourself!

tools-toys-perfume-for-boysOf course, all of the above make great (Easter, birthday, …) gifts for your dad, husband, boyfriend, brother, son…
But be fair and tell them to watch their new clean fragrance closely: most women know that all perfumes are unisex… 😉

10 replies »

  1. Dearest Calypse
    Some lovely choices here. Balm, balm is a brand I must now discover. The Dandy’s already a big fan of 7 Virtues and I do like to mix Middle East Peace with their delectable vetiver.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • Have you tried Barb’s suggestion on Middle East Peace with Noble Rose yet? I find the rose is overwhelming, but it really cools down on my skin later, and smells like Earl Grey with rose petals 😉

      • Dearest Calypse
        Oh yes. I do like that mix too. Being a proud owner of the custom blend box I have tried just about every variation one can imagine… such fun and such a great invention!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

    • I hope it is, I love writing about perfume and have done it for a decade straight 😀

    • oh that’s brutal.
      JPG is hard to pull off in organics, but you could get a balm balm miniatures kit and let him discover what he likes. I suggest those for they really come the closest to a “conventional” scent (t7v is great as well, but not at all the JPG direction), and are absolutely delicious!

      with bergamot, lavender, and maybe spearmint (or, not included in this review: sweet mandarine or petitgrain) you might come close to a fresh, yet sweet fragrance. good luck!