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My Beautycounter Perfume Review – as someone who’s sensitive to fragrance

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Beautycounter has been discontinued! Read about what happened to Beautycounter (and when it might come back) here. In the meantime, I have lots of great recommendations for Beautycounter product swaps linked in this post. Also, be sure to join my email list so you can be the first to know when your Beautycounter favorites come back.

As someone who’s pretty conscious about the ingredients I use on my skin and body, I typically stray away from anything that’s scented. Not only does the beauty industry use the term “fragrance” as a cover for any ingredients/chemicals they want to include, but strong scents make my throat close and make me congested. I can only use certain laundry detergents, cleaning supplies, and personal care products — and perfume was definitely off the table.

Until I found Dime perfume. I really liked it and used it for years. Then, Beautycounter launched a couple of perfumes last fall, but I honestly didn’t like the two scents. So, when they announced their full release with full-sized bottles and new scents, I wasn’t that excited. But, once I got them (as a perk for being a top-selling consultant) and tried them, I was SHOOK.

They are SO GOOD. My favorite scent is Second Skin and I haven’t touched my Dime perfume since I got the Beautycounter ones. Not only is the packaging beautiful, but the perfume itself feels higher end. It mists more evenly and seems to settle more evenly vs. Dime which now feels heavy and clunky by comparison. Clunky is an odd way to describe perfume but it’s the word that comes to mind when I think of it now. Yikes.

I also find the Beautycounter perfumes last longer after applying and nope, no issues with my throat closing up or getting congested. (I struggled with that even with other safe brands like Phlur.) And if you aren’t using a safe perfume to begin with, this video explains why you really, really should.

Okay, let’s get into a full Beautycounter perfume review. Here’s more about all the scents + how to find which one you’ll like best since I know that’s hard to do online.

Beautycounter Perfume Review

Here are the five scents:

Second Skin 

Second Skin is my #1 pick. This scent is blend of sweet citrus and white jasmine. It has a slight vanilla sent and isn’t super musky. It’s a scent that you can wear all day and doesn’t feel too “dressy”. I’ve heard others compare this to Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It’s in the floral/amber family.

Hyper Rose

Hyper Rose is a blend of apple blossom, gardenia, rose, and cashmere wood. It’s 100% in the floral family, but it’s not an overpowering rosey scent. It’s soft, and definitely feminine. Some have compared it to Le Labo’s Rose 31 scent. I don’t usually like rose perfume but this is my second favorite!

Sun Spill

Sun Spill is a bright mix of fruity and floral. It’s a blend of grapefruit, jasmine, rose, vetiver, and coriander. People say this is like sunshine in a bottle, and it reminds some of Clinque Happy. It’s not my favorite (It was one of the first two scents they release).

Miles Away

Miles Away is a woodsy scent. It’s a blend of lemon and bergamot, and there are notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, and juniper berry too. This is definitely the most masculine of all 5 scents, and some people have compared it to Le Labo’s Santal 31. This is also not my favorite and it was also one of the first ones that came out last fall.

Pacific Dreams

Pacific Dreams is my third favorite pick. It’s a fresh “marine” scent and is similar to Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It’s a blend of lemon and bergamot like Miles Away, but it has salty notes too that are elevated with jasmine, crisp musk and cedarwood. This is the muskiest scent of all 5. Younger women and teens, especially seem to love this. But it reminds me of high school.

How to pick your fragrance

Buying perfume online is definitely challenging, so Beautycounter created a fragrance quiz to help you choose. My results said I’d like Second Skin best, and I do!

You can also order the Discovery Set which has a sample of all 5 if you want to try them all first (I highly recommend you get this since the sample sizes are perfect for your travel toiletry bag). I also offer free samples to my email list from time to time. Be sure to join my email list here.

However if you do end up buying a full or roller-ball sized scent and you don’t love it, Beautycounter has a 60 day free returns policy, so it’s no big deal!

the fragrance wheel for Beautycounter perfume review

Is Beautycounter perfume clean and safe?

Yes! Beautycounter has rigorous screening and testing for all of their products, and there are over 2,800 ingredients that most brands DO use. (Read more about their Never List of ingredients here.) They list every.single.ingredient on their packaging and website so that there’s nothing hidden (which tends to be a real issue in the beauty industry), and their transparency is just one of the reasons I love them so much.

Beautycounter also assessed every ingredient in their perfume against 23 safety endpoints AND made sure that it was EWG Verified, meaning it’s third-party verified in terms of safety. Read more about EWG and Skin Deep here.

All five scents are safe for sensitive skin, but like all things, it’s best to test on your own to be certain. Doing a patch-test is a great way to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions.

How much does Beautycounter perfume cost?

The full size bottles of Beautycounter perfume are $96 each, and the roller ball option is more affordable at $35. Beautycounter perfume is a bit pricey compared to DIME perfume, which is what I was using previously, however I think the splurge is 100% worth it considering the longevity of the scent, the quality of the packaging, and the much more luxe scents they carry. Beautycounter’s fragrances have a much more high-end scent and feel.

The most affordable way to test Beautycounter’s perfume and find your personal favorite is with their Discovery Set. The set is $35 and allows you to test all five scents to pick your favorite. While these are small samples, 0.06 fl oz is enough to wear each scent a handful of times.

What is eau de parfum?

Eau de parfum is a classification used for fragrances. These classifications denote how much oil is in the fragrance and how long the sent should last. Eau de parfums have an oil concentration of 15-20% and they last around 4-6 hours.

Beautycounter’s fragrances are considered eau de parfum along with the majority of high end perfumes on the market, which is a good thing. While the classification “parfum” has a higher oil concentration (20-30%), the intensity of the scent can be a bit overwhelming. Eau de parfum is the perfect concentration for a perfume you want to wear daily.

Where to buy Beautycounter perfume

You can only buy Beautycounter perfume online at If it’s your first time ordering, I will send you a promo code for 20% off if you add your email here. Be sure to select TeriLyn Adams as your consultant at checkout. I follow up with EVERY order to make sure you know how to use your products and love them. And if you don’t, I make it right.

I think that’s it! Happy shopping.

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