Ardently Botanicals fragrances are not assigned genders – why get caught up in the bizarre binary of scents when the only thing that matters is “Do I love me in this smell?”
After all, the assigning of genders to certain scents has always been arbitrary – Theophrastus recommended that lighter perfumes like “rose-perfume and kypros… seem to be the best suited to men, as also is lily-perfume. The best for women are myrrh-oil.” The Roman Emperor Nero was particularly fond of rose scented perfumes.
At some point in the 19th century, the European middle class decided that floral scents were now feminine and woodsy scents were masculine.
We are a queer and trans owned and operated business passionate about creating timeless fragrances that people of all genders can use and enjoy. This doesn’t mean our fragrances fit neatly into a “unisex” box – far from it! Ardently Botanicals fragrances are incredibly unique in the world of perfumes and colognes, crafted from plant-derived ingredients and designed to blend and warp the masculine and feminine.
Ready to abandon the gender status quo and just smell like… you? Each person’s body chemistry is different, and the same fragrance can smell entirely different depending on the person wearing it. This is especially true for plant-derived fragrances since they don’t contain the heavy stabilizers and chemical fixatives found in many traditional perfumes and colognes. The molecules of your Ardently Botanicals genderless fragrance will meld with the natural chemistry of your body to create something entirely distinctive and uniquely you.
Ardently Botanicals fragrances doesn’t just reject the gender binary – we also ignore the norm when it comes to ingredients.
Fragrances are a leading cause of skin inflammation. Many fragrances are made from petroleum-derived ingredients and many more potentially dangerous synthetic chemicals. If you have chemical sensitivities or allergies or love someone who does, this automatically rules out the use of MOST fragrances on the market for you.
Ardently Botanicals products are designed by an herbalist and made from high-quality real botanicals. You won’t find any synthetic fragrances, fillers, or petroleum-derived ingredients here – just real plant goodness.
Our plant-derived fragrances are crafted from proprietary blends of plant extracts such as essential oils, enfleurage, and absolutes (click here to learn more about the processes of creating those extracts). We use absolutely NO synthetic fragrances here at Ardently Botanicals.
You’ll notice we specify PLANT-DERIVED fragrances and not just “natural fragrances”. That’s because “natural” is a tricky thing to define, and doesn’t actually have to mean anything at all by FDA labeling standards.
So we’ve set our own standard. Every ingredient has to meet all of these criteria before it can make it into one of our products:
– Derived from plant material or from minerals (such as salt or magnesium)
– Eco-friendly and sustainably produced
– Non-toxic (we use sources like EGW and ECOcert to verify the safety and sustainability of potential ingredients)
Pick up a bottle of Ardently Botanicals Genderless Fragrance and you’ll notice a short ingredients list – Alcohol, Parfum*, Aqua (water), and Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer (a 100% plant-derived emulsifier approved by ECOCERT and a Natural Products Association Certified Ingredient).
The asterisk points you to a note about the source of all our fragrances here at Ardently Botanicals as outlined above: plant-derived, no synthetic fragrances.
That said… if you are looking for a more detailed breakdown of the specific plant extracts that form a particular fragrance because of allergies or sensitivities, you can always view that list on the product’s website listing. We understand the importance of allergies and will always prioritize safety over “trade secrets” when it comes to the components of our fragrance formulations.