10 perfume and scent brands in British Columbia to try

Whether it is room sprays or perfumes, these are the fragrances of the Pacific Northwest.
British Columbia has no scarcity of small companies creating important oil blends. Home-grown Vancouver model Vitruvi has taken North America by storm with its design-focused strategy to wellness. The reputation of important oils in this metropolis is nice, however the brands in that sphere are a listing for one more time.

These 12 indie B.C. corporations are taking our love of scents a step additional and crafting their very own fragrances for house and private use.

Cracher Dans La Soupe

Megan Hepburn is an artist and perfumer based mostly in Vancouver who teaches Zoom and in-person workshops on pure perfumery for all talent ranges (the subsequent one is on April 23). Hepburn has her personal small assortment of 9 fragrances obtainable in parfum and eau de parfum concentrations that use uncooked botanical substances to create distinctive scents impressed by the surroundings round Vancouver. Pete’s Sake combines peat moss distillate, juniper, hemlock, cedar, sage, and different mosses for an earthy scent. While Water Witching is comprised of issues that develop on the riverside. Hepburn additionally accepts customized perfume commissions out of her studio on Fraser Street, open by appointment.

Wild Coast Perfumery

Based in Cowichan Bay, Wild Coast Perfumery makes 13 pure perfumes that fall into the classes of fruity, floral, natural, woodsy, and vanilla. The hand-blended fragrances are made utilizing conventional getting older and filter strategies so each takes over six weeks to put together. The scents are created with a mix of over 20 important oils, absolutes and resins which might be listed on the positioning and are designed to work with the physique’s pure chemistry to improve your current perfume. In 2021 the Tribune Bay eau de parfum a mix of vanilla, coconut, mandarin, pineapple and cottonwood, gained first place perfume on the Clean Beauty Awards.

Meleg Perfumes

Self-taught Vancouver-based perfumer Matthew Meleg’s eponymous model comes with an enormous caveat: his substances and concentrations do not adjust to the International Fragrance Association. So why point out him in any respect? Just a few causes. The first being he has a fan base. Meleg fragrances are extra intense than trendy perfumes and resemble the classic French colognes of a bygone period for which there’s a market. Despite being a controversial determine, Meleg has created 12 unique fragrances and achieved a stage of success regardless of quite a few challenges and that warrants inclusion on this checklist. If you have got pores and skin sensitivities, allergic reactions, or are vegan then maybe Meleg is not for you, however folks in area of interest locally-made luxurious merchandise ought to test him out.


Heim is a queer-couple owned house perfume firm that started in Vancouver in the course of the pandemic. After launching in 2021, the gathering of six linen and room sprays grew to become extraordinarily common and could be discovered at over 40 retailers throughout Canada. A portion of every sale is donated to Covenant House to assist help LGQBTQ+ youth affected by homelessness to discover a house of their very own. The scents vary from citrus to candy, heady to recent, with one thing for each choice and can act as a substitute to a diffuser.

Zingaro Floral Perfumery

It’s troublesome to pin down Zingaro Floral Perfumery in Victoria. Part apothecary, half florist, half curiosity store, this retailer has a little bit of every thing and it is all attractive. The 11 luxurious perfumes are European in nature (as are their floral designs) and run the gamut from darkish and brooding like Basilica XII with notes of ginger, cardamom, vanilla, and cedarwood, to recent and springlike with Trinity Flora with notes of juniper, bitter orange, basil, and tuberose. Many of the parfums can be found in 75 ml purse sizes and 50 ml bottles.

Fern & Petal

Fern & Petal is a Vancouver model that makes diffuser important oil blends, room sprays, floral waters, and tub merchandise. Some sprays have particular features equivalent to an all-natural bug repellent or a sleep-inducing lavender mist however others are floral waters designed with aromatherapeutic properties for topical use. The Goddess mist is a floral mix of rose, aloe vera, and witch hazel designed to calm nerves and act as a pure aphrodisiac. The Evergreen Spice room spray is supposed to refresh an area with cinnamon, pine, and cedarwood.

Steele & Co.

This gender-neutral cleaning soap and grooming firm based mostly in Victoria additionally has a perfume designed and bottled in Canada however made by grasp perfumers in Grasse. The Boreal perfume is heat, dry, and resinous with an undercurrent of smokiness. Notes of clove, pink pepper, sage, and cedar name to thoughts the forest flooring. Steele & Co’s different scent Zephyr is the other and represents the shore with aquatic-esque notes of bergamot, celery, and coriander.

Free Spirit Botanicals

Many individuals are turning towards strong perfumes as an alcohol-free scenting possibility. Cult-favourite brands Glossier, Lush, and Diptyque have all launched their very own variations. Locally, Free Spirit Botanicals in Victoria makes all-natural strong perfumes in eight totally different scents: white lotus, pachulli, and pachulli rose, amber, vanilla, sandalwood, inexperienced tea, and thousand flowers. All have a coconut oil and beeswax base and use both important oils or lab-made substances which might be phthalate-, paraben-, sulfate-, and formaldehyde-free (and are obligatory to create vanilla scents). 

Dragonfly Dreaming Organics

Cowichan Valley pure skincare firm Dragonfly Dreaming Organics has created rose parfums from a number of varietals grown on their property. The From the Roses assortment is made out of steam-distilled damask and chanti roses steam, the Tea Garden perfume is completed with a (*10*) rose absolute to make it as punchy as attainable and the Spirit Rose perfume has Jasmine together with a mix of different important oils to make it extra advanced.

Flore Botanical Alchemy

Flore leans into the mystique of perfumery with bottles and fragrances that trace on the magic of nature captured by scent. For occasion, there is no such thing as a cherry blossom important oil however by combining magnolia, osmanthus, and jasmine with different notes, Flore has created “the fantasy” of cherry blossoms as a part of their Wabi Sabi perfume which additionally accommodates yuzu, shiso, and pink pepper. Each of the 9 fragrances has an intricate backstory that displays the wildness and influences of the West Coast.


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