Here’s a not-so-fun fact: The fragrance industry is barely regulated. Crazy, right? Your skin is your largest organ—you’d think our government would demand a little more transparency from something sprayed on it.

But no. Legally speaking, a fragrance maker only has to disclose that it uses water, denatured ethyl alcohol and “fragrance.” So let’s break that down:

  • Water. You know what that is.
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol. That’s just a fancy way of saying you can’t—or at least shouldn’t—drink your bottle of Siano.
  • “Fragrance.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is where a company can pull a fast one. It could literally refer to anything—something innocent (like orange oil) or something that’s anything but.

Most brands are fine with that—transparency isn’t necessarily their friend. 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. 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. (And FYI: Replace “fragrance” in the above with “scented candles,” and you’ll pretty much encounter the same lack of legally required accountability.)

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 this level of transparency allows us to have a dialogue with you around our ingredients.

Now, some notes:

The information below is for understanding how the fragrance might affect your body (which we’re guessing you rather fond of). rather than for determining what a fragrance actually smells like.

This information can also be quite technical. To help, we’ve included notes on what purpose each ingredient serves.

Yes, we use synthetics and botanicals. Simply put, using only botanicals can hamper olfactive diversity. (As with color, nature created only so many hues.) Using certain synthetics provides our perfumers with a larger artist’s palette, while keeping our products free of the bad stuff and kind to the planet.

In some instances—sandalwood, for one easy example—using botanicals would also 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.

And finally, we can’t ignore the fact that some botanical ingredients can actually irritate the skin. (For example, many people are allergic to chamomile and lavender, both of which are popular for their scents.) Avoiding certain botanicals helps us ensure a more hypoallergenic end product.

Re: 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 and vegan. (Natural musks are glandular secretions from animals.) We do not use synthetic musks that we consider a concern, such as polycyclic and alicyclic musks, as they’re potential endocrine disruptors.

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

About our candle wax. Our candles are made with a 100% vegetable wax blend. This means the candles might burn a little less evenly than one made with paraffin, but we believe this is a worthwhile tradeoff. (After all, the toxins released by burning paraffin are believed to be carcinogenic.)

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us 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

Sandara

  • Water
  • Denatured ethyl alcohol
  • Fragrance, including 1% or more of the following:
Ingredient Function Origin
Bergamot oil 68648-33-9 Scent: Bergamot Botanical
Campholenyl Butanol 65113-99-7 Scent: Sandalwood Safe synthetic
Cashmeran 33704-61-9 Scent: Spicy, woody musk Safe synthetic
Dihydroionone Beta 17283-81-7 Scent: Woody, earthy, hints of iris Safe synthetic
Dipropylene Glycol 25265-71-8 Helps dissolve other items Safe synthetic
DMBC Acetate 151-05-3 Scent: Strong, plum-like and floral Safe synthetic
Florol 63500-71-0 Scent: Fresh floral, similar to lily of the valley Safe synthetic
Hexadecenolide 28645-51-4 Scent: Sweet musk Safe synthetic
Ionone Beta 14901-07-6 Scent: Floral (iris) Safe synthetic
Linalool Scent: Citrus Safe synthetic
Magnolane 27606-09-3 Scent: Green floral Safe synthetic
Methyl Decenol 81782-77-6 Scent: Green floral, violet Safe synthetic
Methyl Dihydro Jasmonate 24851-98-7 Scent: Green floral Safe synthetic
Methyl Linalool 10339-55-6 Scent: Fresh floral Safe synthetic
Musc T Ethylene Brassylate 105-95-3 Scent: Sweet musk Safe synthetic
Octahydro Tetramethyl Acetonaphtone Scent: Amber, dry wood Safe synthetic
Phenoxanol 55066-48-3 Scent: Fresh floral (roses) Safe synthetic

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