Every fragrance has its own story. One that you can’t see by looking at the bottle alone. Some are infused with botanicals that are grown halfway across the world. Others feature savvy lab-grown ingredients that mimic our favourite foodie notes.
Whether you embrace a vegan lifestyle or want to make more informed, conscious shopping choices, being able to spot a cruelty-free and eco-friendly scent has never been more important. Let’s dive into the world of vegan perfumes to help you choose your next go-to with complete peace of mind.
What are vegan perfumes?
If you’re thinking, ‘but aren’t all perfumes vegan?’ you’re not alone. But, similar to the skincare world, scents can feature animal-derived extracts like, honey, milk and beeswax.
When a fragrance is marked as ‘vegan’ it means that the formula doesn’t include any animal products and is also cruelty-free. They tend to be sustainable and eco-friendly too and often shout about how their formula is made and tested, keeping things super transparent.
What to look out for on the label
If a fragrance doesn’t specify that it’s vegan and cruelty-free, it’s better to assume that it isn’t. Keep a lookout for the universally renowned cruelty-free bunny logo and any vegan claims on the packaging.
While they’re used very rarely nowadays, there’s a handful of animal-derived ingredients that you’ll want to avoid. Here’s a quick history lesson:
Civet: The civet is a small, nocturnal mammal with cat-like qualities, whose excretions have been used to add musky aroma to perfume since the 1910s. The animal is usually captured in a cage for the process to work, so its wellbeing is thought to be unethical.
Ambergris: Popular in the 19th century, but less so today, this is the secretion of a sperm whale, which gives a fragrance a fresh, earthy aroma. While obtaining ambergris from a sperm whale purely for its pungent properties is unethical, it can also be gathered in a more sustainable way (once a whale washes up on shore).
Castoreum: A liquid substance produced from the castor sacs of beavers, which is used to mark their territory and waterproof their fur. Beavers are no longer hunted for this, but in the 19th century, the demand was so high that North American beavers nearly became extinct.
Our favourite vegan perfume picks:
God Is A Woman
Airy, fresh and on the mature side of sweet, Ariana Grande has hit it out of the park with her amber/floral creation God is a Woman. Made from 91% natural derived ingredients and completely vegan-friendly, the bright and beautiful scent opens with a burst of vibrant pear before settling down into creamy, warm undertones. Get this on your wish list for ‘everyday wear’; trust us, you won’t be disappointed!
Invigorated by ME.
Available exclusively at The Perfume Shop, this fresh scent was made to revitalise the senses. Complete with recyclable packaging and cruelty-free formula, it smells good and does good.
Lime & Basil by The Perfume Edit
As refreshing as it sounds, this zesty scent (which is part of The Perfume Shop’s very own range) is the uplifting boost your fragrance collection needs. It’s no surprise it picked up an award for Best Citrus Scent at the 2020 Beauty Awards.
Chloe Naturelle Eau de Parfum by Chloe
There’s a lot to love about Chloe Naturelle! Not only is it vegan-friendly, but it is also made from 100% natural origin and ethically sourced ingredient, making it a no-brainer addition to the fragrance wardrobe of any eco-conscious shopper.
OUR PLEDGE TO THE PLANET
We’re as passionate about minimising our impact on the planet as we are about perfume. So over the last few years, we’ve been working hard to make changes that matter, from consciously reducing our carbon footprint to launching 100% recyclable, vegan and cruelty-free Own Brand collections.
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