Here’s a not-so-fun fact: The fragrance industry is barely regulated by the FDA. Crazy, right? You can hardly buy a cup of coffee these days without learning the name of the farmer who grew the beans. So you’d think people would demand a little more transparency from something they spray right on their skin (considering it’s our largest organ).

But no. Legally speaking, all fragrance brands have to disclose is that they use water, denatured ethyl alcohol and “fragrance.” Water is water, of course. And denatured ethyl alcohol is just a fancy way of saying you can’t—or at least shouldn’t—drink your bottle of Siano. But that last one, “fragrance,” is where the big companies can pull a fast one. It could refer to anything—something innocent (like citrus oil or tree bark) or something that’s anything but.

And the big perfume brands are fine with that—transparency is not necessarily their friend. So they claim they need secrecy to protect their formulas, although anyone with a little knowledge of chemistry knows how to use mass spectroscopy to basically figure them out. The real reason: You would probably stop buying their products if you understood what went into them.

They’re pumped up with dyes so they look more like fragrance, whatever that means. And they’re loaded with stabilizers and preservatives like BHT, a chemical compound that General Mills considered so questionable they removed it from their cereals a couple years back. Is your favorite perfume made with that stuff? Good luck finding out.

We believe in doing things differently. That’s why we publish our ingredients list online, a rarity in our industry. This doesn’t mean we’re perfect—there are plenty of things we can (and will) do better as we grow. But it does create more transparency, and allows us to have a dialogue with you around our ingredients.

To be clear, the information below is more useful for understanding how the fragrance might affect your skin than for figuring out what a fragrance may actually smell like. (Snozzberries don’t always smell like snozzberries when combined with water, alcohol, and other ingredients.) This information can also be quite technical. (What, you don’t know what “6,6-Dimethoxy-2,5,5-trimethylhex-2-ene” is?) To help, we’ve included notes on what purpose each ingredient serves.

You’ll also notice we sometimes use synthetics instead of botanicals, and some of you asked why. Simply put, we found using only botanicals can lack olfactive diversity. (As with color, nature created only so many hues.) We thought that there must be a way to have more inspiring scents that are still free of the bad stuff and kind to the planet. In some instances—sandalwood, for one easy example—using botanicals would mean harming the environment. (Natural sandalwood is a vulnerable species.) In those instances, we use lab-created synthetics that are safe for skin. It’s the responsible thing to do.

We’ve also been asked about musks. In short, we do use some synthetic ingredients that replicate natural musk scent. Similar to the above, we do this for sustainability reasons, and because we are cruelty-free. (Natural musks are glandular secretions from animals.) We do not use synthetic musks that are of concern, such as polycyclic and alicyclic musks, as they’re potential endocrine disruptors.

Finally, we never use parabens, phthalates or other potential skin irritants. That’s why we deliberately have an opaque bottle—it protects your fragrance from light damage and lets us skip potentially hazardous chemicals and stabilizers.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a buzz at (888) 771-9434 or email us at support@phlur.com, and we can talk you through it.

Hanami

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
1-Ethoxy­-4-­(1-ethoxy­vinyl)-3,­3,­5,­5-tetra­methyl­cyclo­hexene / 3,3,5,5- Tetra­methyl-4-ethoxy­vinyl­cyclo­hexanone Scent: Wood Safe synthetic
3a,­6,­6,­9a-Tetra­methyl­dodeca­hydro­naphtho­[2,1-b]­furan Scent: Amber Safe synthetic
8-Cyclo­hex­adecen­-1-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
Acetyl cedrene Scent: Smooth, dry wood Safe synthetic
Bergamot Oil Scent: Bergamot Botanical
Cedrol methyl ether Scent: Amber, dry wood Safe synthetic
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Scent: Orange Botanical
Dipropylene Glycol Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
E-Oxacyclohexadec-12-en-2-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
Ethyl Linalool Scent: Citrus Safe synthetic
Ethylene Brassylate A type of musk Safe synthetic
Hexamethylindanopyran A type of musk Safe synthetic
Hydroxycitronellal Scent: Floral (jasmine) Safe synthetic
Linalyl Acetate Scent: Sweet, green/herbal, almost like bergamot Safe synthetic
Methyl Ionones Scent: Violet Safe synthetic
Methyldihydrojasmonate Scent: Dry, anise Safe synthetic
Phenoxyethyl isobutyrate Scent: Berry-fruity Safe synthetic
Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes Scent: Smooth, light amber Safe synthetic
Triethyl Citrate Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil Natural vetiver oil Botanical

Olmsted & Vaux

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
3-Methyl-5-cyclopentadecen-1-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
3a,­6,­6,­9a-Tetra­methyl­dodeca­hydro­naphtho­[2,1-b]­furan Scent: Amber Safe synthetic
6,6-Dimethoxy-2,5,5-trimethylhex-2-ene Scent: Fresh, green, grapefruit peel Safe synthetic
8-Cyclohexadecen-1-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
Acetyl cedrene Scent: Smooth, dry wood Safe synthetic
Bergamot Oil Scent: Bergamot Botanical
Bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane, 2-ethoxy-2,6,6-trimethyl-9-methylene- Scent: Wood, orris Safe synthetic
Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil Scent: Lemon Botanical
Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil Scent: Mandarin orange Botanical
Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil Scent: Grapefruit Botanical
Dipropylene Glycol Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
E-Oxacyclohexadec-12-en-2-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
Ethyl Linalool Scent: Citrus Safe synthetic
Ethylene Brassylate A type of musk Safe synthetic
Linalyl Acetate Scent: Sweet, green/herbal, almost like bergamot Safe synthetic
Methyl 4(or 1)-isopropyl-1(or 4)-methyl­bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-5-ene-2- carboxylate Scent: Pepper, wood Safe synthetic
Methyl Ionones Scent: Violet Safe synthetic
Methyldihydrojasmonate Scent: Dry, anise Safe synthetic
Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Oil Scent: Pepper Botanical
Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes Scent: Smooth, light amber Safe synthetic
Vetiver oil, acetylated, distilled Scent: Refined, smooth wood Botanical

Moab

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-Octa­hydro-2,3,8,8-tetra­methyl-2-naph­thalenyl)­ethanone Scent: Wood Safe synthetic
3-(5,5,6-Tri­methyl­bicyclo[2.2.1]­hept-2-yl)­cyclohex­an-1-ol Scent: Sandalwood Safe synthetic
3,7-Dimethyl-7-methoxyoctan-2-ol Scent: Smooth, dry wood (sandalwood) Safe synthetic
a-Amylcinnamaldehyde Scent: Floral (jasmine) Safe synthetic
Benzoin gum, Sumatra Scent: Sweet, gummy resin Botanical
Cedarwood oil, Atlas Scent: Cedar Botanical
Dipropylene glycol (isomer unspecified) Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
Ethylene brassylate A type of musk Safe synthetic
Isopropyl myristate Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
Labdanum extract ambreine Scent: Amber, resinous, sweet, deep Botanical
omega-Pentadecalactone A creamy, rounded musk Safe synthetic

Greylocke

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
1-Ethoxy-4-(1-ethoxyvinyl)-3,3,5,5-tetramethylcyclohexene / 3,3,5,5- Tetramethyl-4-ethoxyvinylcyclohexanone Scent: Smooth, modern amber Safe synthetic
4-Methyl-4-phenyl-2-pentanone Scent: Woody, vetiver Safe synthetic
6,6-Dimethoxy-2,5,5-trimethylhex-2-ene Scent: Grapefruit Safe synthetic
Acetyl cedrene Scent: Smooth, dry wood Safe synthetic
Butylphenyl Methylpropional Scent: Floral (lily of the valley) Safe synthetic
Cedrol methyl ether Scent: Woody, diffusive amber Safe synthetic
Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil Scent: Grapefruit Botanical
Dipropylene Glycol Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
Hydroxycitronellal Scent: Airy, white floral, jasmonic Safe synthetic
Juniperus Virginiana Oil Scent: Cedar Botanical
Linalool Scent: Citrus Safe synthetic
Linalyl Acetate Scent: Sweet, green/herbal, almost like bergamot Safe synthetic
Methyl Ionones Scent: Violet Safe synthetic
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil Scent: Vetiver Botanical

Hepcat

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
1-Ethoxy-4-(1-ethoxyvinyl)-3,3,5,5- tetramethylcyclohexene / 3,3,5,5-Tetramethyl-4- ethoxyvinylcyclohexanone Scent: Wood Safe synthetic
3-Methyl-5-cyclopentadecen-1-one A type of musk Safe synthetic
3a,6,6,9a-Tetramethyldodecahydronaphtho[2,1-b]furan Scent: Modern amber Safe synthetic
Acetyl cedrene Scent: Smooth, dry wood Safe synthetic
Benzyl Benzoate Scent: Faintly sweet, balsamic Safe synthetic
Bergamot Oil Scent: Bergamot Botanical
Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles Scent: Incense, citrus Botanical
Dihydro Pentamethylindanone Scent: Scratchy woody amber Safe synthetic
Dipropylene Glycol Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
(Ethoxy­methoxy)­cyclo­dodecane Scent: Woody amber Safe synthetic
Guaiacwood Oil Scent: Wood Botanical
Gurjun Oil Scent: Wood Botanical
Linalyl Acetate Scent: Sweet, green/herbal, almost like bergamot Safe synthetic
Methyl 4(or 1)-isopropyl­-1(or 4)-methyl­bicyclo[2.2.2]­oct- 5-ene-2-carboxy­late Scent: Pepper, woody Safe synthetic
Methyldihydrojasmonate Scent: A really light floral, somewhat jasmonic Safe synthetic
Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil Scent: Patchouli Botanical
Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenes Scent: Woody amber Safe synthetic
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil Scent: Vetiver Botanical

Siano

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone Scent: Floral (violet), woody Safe synthetic
Benzyl Salicylate Scent: Balsmamic Safe synthetic
Butylphenyl Methylpropional Scent: Light floral, airy Safe synthetic
Cedrol methyl ether Scent: Woody, diffusive amber Safe synthetic
Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil Scent: Cedar Botanical
Cypriol Oil Scent: Wood Botanical
Dimethyl Phenethyl Butyrate Scent: Fruity, floral Safe synthetic
Dipropylene Glycol Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
Hexamethylindanopyran A type of musk Safe synthetic
Ionone Scent: Violet Safe synthetic
Methyl 4(or 1)-iso­propyl-1(or 4)-methyl­bicyclo[2.2.2]­oct-5-ene-2- carboxylate Scent: Pepper, woody Safe synthetic
Methyldihydrojasmonate Scent: Floral (jasmine) Safe synthetic
Phenylethyl Alcohol Scent: Rose, honey Safe synthetic
Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Oil Scent: Pepper Botanical
Pogostemon Cablin Oil Scent: Earthy, woody Botanical
Tetramethyl Acetyloctahydronaphthalenese Scent: Woody, amber Safe synthetic
Triethyl Citrate Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic