When it comes to selecting a scent to wear on the sand, there’s one ingredient that you need to avoid: alcohol. Not only does the alcohol in perfume (found in most mass-produced versions) make it fade faster, but it also dries out your skin, especially when subjected to sun and heat. Add to that the fact that alcohol can also cause sensitivity and adverse skin reactions, and you have a recipe for disaster.
What’s interesting is that most people who think they are allergic to perfume are actually allergic to the alcohol within it. With that in mind, we reveal Savoir Flair’s picks of the five best alcohol-free perfumes for a day at the beach – or just about anywhere else for that matter.
Elizabeth and James 'Nirvana' Perfume Oil
For a delicate, feminine fragrance that also exudes a sophisticated air of mystery, this perfume oil is a must-have. Notes of peony are blended with musk and lily of the valley, whilst natural oils of evening primrose and safflower nourish skin, ensuring that your scent stays put come sun or sweat.
Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana’ Perfume Oil
Le Labo 'Lys 41 Liquid Balm'
With its safflower seed-oil base that is devoid of alcohol, Le Labo’s ‘Lys 41 Liquid Balm’ makes for one fabulously fresh fragrance. It’s packed with floral notes of lily, tuberose, and jasmine, while the warm base is made up of vanilla and woody musk.
Le Labo ‘Lys 41 Liquid Balm’
Aromatherapy Associates 'Revive Morning' Roller Ball
For the perfect pick-me-up, this handy roller ball contains an invigorating blend of rosemary, juniper berry, and pink grapefruit oils. Let’s just say it’s ideal for when you have to force yourself off your sun lounger and back to the real world.
Aromatherapy Associates ‘Revive Morning’ Roller Ball
Christy Organics 'Abundance' Perfume Oil
For a more exotic, oriental fragrance to spritz on the sand, this olfactory offering from Christy Organics is just the ticket. A rich, heady blend of frankincense, patchouli, and clove, it also contains fresh and uplifting notes of grapefruit and floral rose geranium to make for a wonderfully warm and sweet scent with intoxicating, mysterious undertones.
Christy Organics ‘Abundance’ Perfume Oil
Ayurveda Apothecary 'Venice' Perfume Oil
Rooted in the foundations of yoga and Ayurveda, Ayurveda Apothecary creates natural, plant-based products that are not only hand-blended in small batches in a Californian kitchen, but also free from nasties, chemical ingredients, and – you guessed it – alcohol. This decadent perfume oil is infused with lotus, amber, and oakmoss to infuse skin with an earthy, floral fragrance.
Ayurveda Apothecary ‘Venice’ Perfume Oil
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