Words: Lauren Carbran
Opting for an eco-friendlier lifestyle in 2020? Well, we’re joining you. We predict going green is going to be big this year, especially after the Pinterest 100 Trends To Watch announced low-waste lifestyles are trending for 2020 and that searches for them increased by 446% in 2019. Being more mindful with your fragrance choices is essential when you’re going green, so we’ve done the hard work for you…
What does going green mean?
It means making a conscious decision to switch to an eco-friendlier lifestyle, embracing recycling, buying fair trade products, reducing your carbon footprint and choosing planet-friendly beauty products like sustainable perfume.
Why are sustainable fragrances important?
Choosing a sustainable perfume is an easy win in your bid to becoming more conscious of the planet. These scents bring a positive impact to the environment, whether that’s from the use of good quality raw materials or hand-picked ingredients, which require no CO2-emitting machinery, making the packaging fully recyclable. The best bit? Sustainable fragrances smell high-end, refreshing and vibrant (and being guilt-free smells good, too).
Why opt for sustainable products now?
The world woke up to climate change last year, with the UK government declaring a climate emergency in May, the catastrophic Amazon rainforest fires spreading in Brazil and Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December. So, it comes as no surprise that more people are going green for 2020 and seeking products that create a positive cycle for our planet. Plus, sustainable perfume is massively trending for 2020, so expect to see lots of them on our hot list.
THE GOING-GREEN PERFUME LIST
1. RECYCLABLE SCENTS
These are ones that are 100% recyclable, meaning their packaging and bottles can be thrown away so they’re not contributing to harmful gases. And as just one recycled plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours or more (according to recycling bins’ supplier recyclingbins.co.uk), this is a no-brainer.
KIERIN NYC SANTAL SKY FOR HER & FOR HIM
Apart from being made with recyclable materials, unisex Santal Sky is perfect for your day-to-night adventures. The woody, spicy mix of saffron, sandalwood and vetiver will transport you to a rooftop bar in NYC. This scent is a 2020 must-have.
THE PERFUME EDIT CITRUS FRESCO FOR HER & FOR HIM
This exceptionally zesty scent should be your next pick. It’s 100% recyclable (whoop!), as well as being unisex and vegan. Take it with you everywhere because it oozes freshness like you’ve never experienced before, thanks to its blend of sweet lemons, lavender and rosemary.
2. GREEN INGREDIENTS
You’ll want to smell like green ingredients if you’re fully committing to going green. These include those that are plant-based and herb accords. There’s another way you can opt for green ingredients, too – by choosing scents that, although not green in colour, use natural raw materials such as essential oils or fruit extractions.
TED BAKER EST. 88 FOR HER
Say hello to the trendiest green scent on the scene. The packaging of Ted Baker Est. 88 may not look like a conventional perfume, but you’ll understand the hype once you spritz the fresh, plant-based notes of petitgrain, neroli and vetiver. Its role? To be your go-to fragrance accessory in your handbag.
MONTBLANC EXPLORER FOR HIM
With green-coloured ingredients that are also ethically sourced, Montblanc Explorer is the most elite sustainable fragrance in its field. Bursting with sage and bergamot, this eau de parfum saw three perfumers travel the world to source ethical ingredients and help local communities. They found the ultra-tangy top notes of bergamot in Calabria in Italy, then travelled to remote Les Cayes in Haiti to find organic vetiver. Their final stop was the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where they found patchouli – and also helped build and support three libraries for school children while they were there.
3. REFILLABLE BOTTLES
Refillable bottles are the best way to help the environment because you’re reusing your beloved bottle (it’s better for your bank balance, too). At The Perfume Shop, Mugler scents are available in refillable bottles, so you won’t have to buy new ones – yay!
MUGLER ANGEL EAU DE PARFUM FOR HER
Let us introduce you to the sweet, dreamy combo of praline, caramel and exotic fruits. Mugler Angel for her may have launched back in 1992, but people everywhere still rave about it and it’s a winner to this day. If you’re adventurous and looking to stand out, it’s the one for you.
MUGLER ANGEL EAU DE PARFUM REFILL FOR HER
Replenish your favourite Angel scent with this refill bottle whenever you run out. A great addition to buy while you stock up on Angel, this hack is not only hassle-free but also allows you to live your best eco-friendly life.
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