Clean Consciously Crafted Scents You Can Feel Good About Spritzing

by | Dec 14, 2018 | Green Beauty

As more and more people continue to learn about the safety of ingredients in their cosmetics, the demand for truly clean, natural options rises. While there is a huge wave of natural brands in makeup and skincare, perfume has taken a back seat. Skylar however, is taking on the perfume industry by storm with natural, safe, high performance scents that hold up to conventional fragrance.

CONVENTIONAL PERFUMES

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), many perfumes contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, and some of these are derived from petroleum. In fact, a typical fragrance can contain hundreds or even thousands of chemicals. In an effort to protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, and instead use the umbrella term “fragrance” as a catch all term. Because of this consumers can’t rely on labels to know what is lurking inside their skin and body products. For more information, check out EWG’s “Not So Sexy” report.

CLEAN CONSCIOUSLY CRAFTED SCENTS FROM SKYLAR

Cat Chen, founder of Skylar, worked at The Honest Company and became more aware of everything we put on our bodies. After searching for a fragrance that did not contain harsh chemicals but still smelled fresh and sophisticated, she couldn’t find one.

This was the initial spark that became Skylar. After months of working with world-class perfumers, a collection was born. The name Skylar came from a saying Cat often recited to her daughter, “you can do anything, the sky’s the limit.” This name embodied the sky and the qualities of a clear day – airy, natural, and beautiful.

a brand of natural perfumes
you can feel good about spritzing

At Skylar, they create innovative, high quality scents with a priority to offer safe, natural products that truly work and make everyone feel great. They are committed to transparency throughout the company.

CLEAN & GREEN

Skylar has strict standards. Thousands of ingredients are excluded from their products but there are 6 ingredients that are among the top “dirty ingredients” in the beauty industry. You will never find Parabens, Sulfates, Pthalates Allergens, Animal-Derived Ingredients, and Synthetic Dyes in any of Skylar’s products.

Synthetics ingredients often get a bad name, however some synthetics are safer than natural ingredients. In these cases, the natural ingredient is substituted for a safe, synthetic alternative. Skylar’s products always contain at least 80% natural ingredients while the other 20% must pass their safety screening. The formulas are hypoallergenic, they are gentle on the skin and non-irritating.

Skylar does all of their manufacturing here in the U.S. and are proud to partner with ethical and eco-friendly suppliers. For example their perfume base is organic sugar cane alcohol from an eco-friendly distillery in Oregon. Skylar is proud to be part of the Makers Movement, all of their products are handmade in small batches.

Additionally, Skylar is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny.

EARTH CONSCIOUS PACKAGING

The scents are housed in artisan hand-crafted glass bottles that are 100% recyclable along with the beautiful watercolor paperboard containers and shipping boxes. Even their packaging peanuts are made from 100% organic vegetable starch, and are non-toxic, biodegradable, and recyclable (they also completely dissolve in water!). The watercolor print is hand-painted by water color artist Jeff Fontelera.

SCENT GUIDE

I was kindly gifted two rollers and the sample palette to try out. I was honestly blown away at the quality of these and how they compared to conventional perfumes. I was expecting very soft, light scents that would barely hold, but these surprised me. While they each had strength, they also had a softness to them and were not over powering. The best part was that I wasn’t left with a dizzy, sick feeling like conventional perfumes typically make me feel. These would be an easy transition for anyone trying move toward clean, natural scents! Skylar carries six scents in their collection that you can even mix & match:

spicy, warm, & seductive this bold scent features jasmine, vanilla, and patchouli. It’s a go-to for date night or formal events!

sparkling, zesty, and sweet. This bright, citrus perfume features bergamot and neroli. It’s the perfect carefree choice for summer.

fruity, floral, and flirty. A youthful, fun-spirited scent featuring sandalwood, black currant, and patchouli. It has beautiful notes of grapefruit and apple blossom. It’s an excellent choice for any occasion that gives you a little pick-me-up!

clean, dewy, and fresh. A breath of fresh air this scent features cardamom and sandalwood. For that ocean breeze scent this is it. It’s reminiscent of clean linen with a mix of the sea! I find it to be very calming.

floral, elegant, & beautiful. An uplifting, feminine scent for anyone who truly loves their florals. It features rose, patchouli and tuberose. Pair this with a sundress and you’re all set!

woodsy, lush, & cool. A down to earth, gentle scent featuring cedar wood. A truly grounding scent that puts me in good spirits.

THE SAMPLE PALETTE

If you can’t decide without knowing what each scent smells like, you’re in luck! The sample palette offers each scent to test out before making a commitment.  Plus, you will earn a $20 credit towards your next full sized order which means the sample palette turns out to be free!

EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THE SCENTS

Because Skylar is a natural brand formulated without harmful chemicals, the scents are a bit lighter than conventional perfumes. Here are some tips to extend the wear of your scent:

  • Run the scent through your hair using your fingers. Hair can be a great carrier because it does not produce heat unlike our bodies which is what burns fragrance off the skin.
  • Clothing can also be a great carrier for the scents. Since the scents are clear, they will not stain your clothing.
  • Layer the scents, build them up and create unique combinations!

GIVING BACK

Skylar contributes a portion of their proceeds to Step Up – non-profit organization that provides mentership for underprivileged high school girls across the country. A staggering 50% of girls from undeserved neighborhoods will not complete high school. This unfortunate statistic has lifelong impact. Step Up’s mission is to provide these girls with the after-school programming, mentorship, and career guidance they need to become confident, college-bound, and successful women. Learn more about STEP UP.

I enjoyed each of the scents but if I had to pick my favorite it would be WILLOW (which happens to be their newest scent). I am drawn to enchanting earth aromas that have a hint of femininity. Runner up would be ISLE, I am always a fan of that fresh, clean scent because it gives me so much mental clarity.

You can check out Skylar for yourself by visiting SKYLAR.COM and browse their collection of clean crafted scents!

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