Cruelty Free Perfume Guide
When I went Cruelty Free the first thing I noticed was how many fragrances were tested on animals. It broke my heart to part with so many of my favourite scents but I just couldn’t continue using them knowing innocent animals were harmed either in their making or being sold to countries that are still required to test on animals by law.
Fast forward 12 months and I have found some amazing cruelty free alternatives which I am going to share with you in this cruelty free perfume guide.
It is no secret that The Body Shop is against animal cruelty and passionate about conservation. They recently collected over 8 million signatures to send to the United Nations to end animal testing in cosmetics forever so they are definitely one of my go-to destinations when it comes to Cruelty Free Fragrances. Not only do they have a scent to suit every style but their range is filled with everything from Perfume Oils, Body Mists, Eau de Parfum and Eau De Toilettes - also catering to every budget.
I have recently been trying a few of their fragrances and it was love at first smell!
The first perfume I tried was their Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette and it has become a fast favourite. It has a sweet, fresh floral scent and it is actually made from cold pressed cherry blossom petals! It also comes in pink domed pink bottle which looks beautiful on my vanity!
“This delicately sweet, floral eau de toilette is made with hand-picked, cold-pressed cherry blossom petals, sweet magnolia and comforting hinoki wood.”
The other Body Shop fragrances I have also tried are their perfume oils in the scents ‘Red Musk’ and ‘Black Musk’. Unlike a spray perfume their perfume oils have a built in stick applicator that you can gently dab onto your neck and pulse points. Below is the details on Black Musk from The Body Shop:
“This perfume oil is a blend of our deepest, darkest, most sensual musk. The sweet notes of bambinella pear, pink pepper and bergamot are contrasted with the fierce black musk. Layer with other Black Musk products to build the fragrance.”
I find the perfume oils a little stronger in scent but I also find them to be a lot longer lasting. Of the two, I definitely reach for ‘Red Musk’ more regularly - the musky, cinnamon scent gives it a sweet touch!
We know and love them for their amazing bath bombs and sustainable, handmade cosmetics but did you know LUSH also has a range of perfumes? Inspired by art, music and poetry, the LUSH range of fragrances comes in a variety of forms. From traditional sprays to solid perfumes and wash cards they have a range of scents to suit every mood and style. They do not test their finished products on animals and they also only purchase ingredients from suppliers who do not test on animals.
I have had the pleasure of trying their ‘Imogen Rose’ perfume and it is everything I could have wished for in a perfume and more! Hand-blended with fine essential oils, this soft and romantic scent smells absolutely beautiful, just like a fresh bouquet of roses. Here is some further info straight from the LUSH website:
“A true rose fragrance, delicate and full of love. Amber and vetivert add a touch of baby powder but little else complicates this romantic and exquisite love letter to the rose. On the skin, there’s a green, truly floral first breath of crushed petals, drying down to a sweetly powdered and utterly natural rose.”
LUSH also has a range of beautiful solid perfumes. Housed in their 6ml jars, don’t be fooled by their solid form and smaller packaging - they still pack a mighty punch and are ideal for travelling and keeping in your bag. I have been rotating between the scents ‘Sikkim Girls’ and ‘Dirty’ each boasting a beautiful and unique scent. To apply you simply run your finger over the solid perfume and rub onto the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, in the cleavage, behind knees, and the inner elbows. Keep in mind that the scent you smell in the jar may differ when applied to your skin as the fragrance is activated by your body heat.
I absolutely love the scent of jasmine so ‘Sikkim Girls’ was a no brainer for me! It has an exotic scent, different to the sweet scents I generally gravitate towards, which emits a sexy, seductive feel.
“A warm and exotic floral with the veiled allure of jasmine. The exotic heat of Darjeeling, India captured in clouds of tuberose and frangipani. The overt sensuality of jasmine is demurely covered in this perfume, creating a subtly seductive fragrance with a hint of come hither.”
‘Dirty’ on the other hand is a cool, fresher fragrance which clears the mind and revitalises the senses. This is the perfect fragrance to apply in the mornings for a fresh start to the day!
“A sophisticated, fresh fragrance. Dirty is a multi-layered spearmint, tarragon and thyme perfume that hits you like a breath of fresh air. Spearmint is the refreshing, invigorating note, clearing the mind and cooling the skin while sandalwood and lavender add floral, woody notes to the fragrance.”
If you would prefer to lather up with your favourite fragrance or perhaps try some new scents before investing in a bottle or solid then you need to try the LUSH Wash Cards. To use you simply lather it up in your hands, hair or body to release the scent! Such an awesome and innovative way to wear perfume!
LUSH fragrances are available in selected stores and online.
As a huge advocate for cruelty free and vegan cosmetics I was excited to see Kat Von D Beauty release a range of cruelty free fragrances. True to their gothic aesthetic, the Saint and Sinner Eau De Parfum are housed in intricate, avant garde style bottles which not only represent the scent inside but make a beautiful addition to any vanity.
I had the pleasure of trying (and finishing) the 100ml bottle of ‘Saint’ and it was absolutely divine. It has a sweet, floral scent and was not overpowering. Below are the notes of Saint straight from the KVD website:
“This gourmand perfume fuses jasmine and Tiaré flower top notes with a delicious heart of mandarin, caramel, and sparkling Mirabelle plum. Vanilla, sandalwood, and creamy musk build to the romance of the fragrance, imparting a warmth that reminds Kat of falling in love for the very first time. Saint is a poetic exploration of the lesser-known, softer side of Kat Von D!”
Known for their signature botanical bottles, NEST fragrances is a beautiful collection of perfumes each with its own personality evoking a different mood.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of attending the Australian launch of NEST Fragrances (you can read my review here) and got to meet founder Laura Slatkin and learn more about the range. Since then I have had a chance to try each scent and ‘Citrine’ is definitely my go-to. With notes of Lemon Blossom, Lotus Flower, Freesia, Dew Drop Accord and Precious Woods, this crisp citrus scent is happiness in a bottle.
“We do not test our products on animals and we only do business with vendors and organizations that do not conduct product testing on animals. It is difficult for any manufacturer of scented products to label them as “vegan” with 100-percent certainty. While our scented candle wax formula does not contain animal-derived ingredients, we cannot say the same for the fragrance oil we purchase and use in our scented candles. However, as perfumery has evolved over the years, many ingredients that originated as animal-derived are now used in their synthetic form. For example, musk was once sourced from male deer but it is now used in synthetic form. As such, most of our products contain a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients and all are perfectly safe, non-toxic and FDA-approved.”
Botanical Trader is an Australian organic perfume range that smell absolutely divine! Infused with botanicals, sunlight, crystals and high vibration energy, these hand bottled fragrances are created using ingredients that are wild grown and picked from around the NSW Snowy Mountains. Like with all pure essential oils, it is important that they are mixed with a carrier oil to avoid burning or irritation to the skin and the range from Botanical Trader are the perfect blend. They are also free from alcohol, artificial fragrances and colours, parabens and other chemical nasties.
If I had to choose a fave it would definitely be “Sun-Kissed” - this sweet yet sensual scent reminds me of warm summer days and fresh roses. Below are the notes straight from the Botanical Trader website:
“A solar infusion of Rose Petals that has then been blended with Rose + Peru Balsam essential oils, and activated with Rose Quartz crystals. A vibrational remedy designed to assist with emotional healing, trust + opening of the heart.
The base of this perfume starts with a solar infused botanical oil made with rose quartz crystals and rose petals harvested from our garden. The healing properties of the rose quartz and rose petals extract into the organic camellia oil, making it luxurious, nourishing and brimming with plant-energy. The botanical infusion sits in our sunny studio for up to six weeks, giving it plenty of time to become activated from the sun and the moon.”
The Botanical Trader range is available in 10ml rollerballs or 30ml bottles in 3 scents: Sun-Kissed, The Rose Thief and Tuscan Sun.
I hope you have found my Cruelty Free Fragrance Guide helpful. These are only a handful of favourites I have had the pleasure of trying but if you have a favourite cruelty free perfume please leave me a comment below with the name of it so I can try it out too!
*All products except the Kat Von D Saint Perfume have been sent to me in exchange for a review. The product has been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.