9 refillable perfumes for a more sustainable fragrance choice

Whether you like to mix up your fragrances from day to day or have a signature scent you never stray from, perfume is one of life’s daily luxuries we can all enjoy. But with sustainability the biggest buzzword in fashion and beauty these days, how can we ensure our spritzing habit is friendly to the environment?

Beauty in particular can be notorious for wasteful and excessive packaging that’s hard to recycle or repurpose, and perfume bottles are no exception. That said, there is a more eco-friendly option out there and it’s gaining in momentum: refillable perfumes.

When you think of refillable perfumes, the first brand that likely comes into your mind is Thierry Mugler. Pioneering in the sustainable perfume game, the designer brand has been offering customers in-store refills of its iconic perfumes since 1992.

Since then, lots more brands have joined the ethical bandwagon, whether that’s offering in-store top-ups or at-home refill options. Selfridges even installed a perfume refill station last year which allowed even more of our favourite perfumes to become refillable.

Even better, they save you money as a customer as refills are always cheaper than re-buying the entire product again.

See below for some of the best refillable perfume options on the market right now so you too can spritz consciously…

Refillable perfumes

Glossier

glossier you solid perfume
Glossier

Glossier You Solid, £24, Glossier
REFILL: £14 (buy here)

Cult beauty brand Glossier’s perfume You is designed to smell different on everyone – a ‘you but better’ situation, hence the name. It’s a creamy and warm scent, with sparkling notes of ambrox, ambrette, musk, iris root and pink pepper and now its back in its solid perfume form, encased in a travel-friendly metal compact that’s refillable.

Le Labo

Santal 33
Le Labo

Santal 33 eau de parfum 50ml, £141, Le Labo
REFILL: from £112.80 for 50ml

Whichever scent you chose from boutique fragrance brand Le Labo, they’ll refill your empty perfume bottles with a fresh, handmade batch of the same scent at a 20 per cent discount.

Thierry Mugler

Mugler Alien Goddess perfume
Boots

MUGLER Alien Goddess Refillable Eau de Parfum 60ml, £79, Boots
REFILL: £85 for 100ml (buy here)

At the forefront of refillable perfumes, 100ml refill bottles of Mugler’s Angel, Alien, Angel Nova and Alien Goddess eau de parfums can be purchased, allowing you to buy a larger quantity of perfume at better value (up to 20 per better, in fact). You can also head into a participating store (find your nearest here) and refill your bottle at a Mugler Source Fragrance Fountain, saving up to 37 per cent in the process.

Jo Malone London

Jo Malone solid perfume
Jo Malone

Fragrance Combining Palette – The Lively Pair, £54, Jo Malone
REFILL: £17 (buy here)

Jo Malone’s signature scents are now available as solid perfumes in Fragrance Combining Palettes. With space for two different fragrances for scent layering opportunities, you can choose from one of their pre-filled palettes or add any two fragrances of your choice from a selection of ten, creating whatever combination you desire.

Chanel

Chanel twist and spray perfume
Chanel

No5 Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray, £105, Chanel
REFILL: £86 for 3 x No5 refills (buy here)

Chanel’s travel-friendly Twist and Sprays are available in many of the brand’s bestselling fragrances, including No5, Coco Mademoiselle, the Chance range and more. First purchase a set that includes the chic plastic casing plus three refills, then you can purchase the refill-only sets for a cheaper price and keep refilling forever.

Diptyque

Diptyque solid perfume
Diptyque

Philosykos Refillable Solid Perfume, £48, Diptyque
REFILL: £29 for two (buy here)

Some of Diptyque’s most popular fragrances are now available as solid perfumes in refillable illustrated tins for a more portable and eco-responsible way of enjoying scent. Another refillable option from Diptyque are the travel sprays, which come pre-filled but once empty are able to be refilled at home from a regular bottle of Diptyque perfume.

Jo Loves

Jo loves fragrance paintbrush
Space NK

Jo by Jo Loves A Fragrance Paintbrush Gel, £40, Space NK
REFILL: £35 for 3 x 7ml (buy here)

Jo Loves – the fragrance brand from legendary perfumer Jo Malone CBE – takes an innovative approach to fragrance, hence the brand’s perfume paintbrush gels. These are £40 to buy initially, but the refills are £35 for 3 lots of 7ml, making it an infinitely purse-friendly way to spritz – sorry, we mean paint.

Lancôme

Lancome Idol perfume
Lancôme

Idôle Eau de Parfum, from £50, Lancôme
REFILL: in-store

Lancôme’s Idôle perfume marries rose accord with jasmine, cedar, vanilla and patchouli for a scent that’s radiant, sensual and fresh. Once finished, simply take your bottle to your nearest Idôle Refill Station and get it topped up at a discounted price.

Escentric Molecules

Escentric Molecules 01 perfume
Space NK

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 Eau de Toilette, from £46, Space NK
REFILL: £36 (buy here)

All of Escentric Molecules experimental fragrances are refillable. Each contemporary fragrance centres around a single ingredient, which works in sync with the wearer’s natural pheromones to create a totally unique scent.