Wearing a fascinating fragrance can be fabulous, but not if the product you’re using has been cruelly tested on animals. Or, if the cologne contains animal-derived ingredients (such as oils from an animal’s anus)—ugh!
Vegan perfume is the way to go, not only for animals, but also for your health and the environment. If you can choose a company with sustainable sources that also has an appealing aroma and plant-based ingredients, wouldn’t that be the best of both worlds?
In this guide, which is part of our Vegan Bath, Body, & Beauty series, you’ll find the most popular and pleasing vegan perfume brands on the market today. Luckily, many of them are marvelous for men, women, any anyone, regardless of where you fall on the gender spectrum. So you may even want to share with your partner.
From big-name copycat blends to exquisite, non-toxic essences, there’s truly something for everyone.
Is there such thing as vegan perfume? You bet there is! Perfume is vegan and cruelty-free if the ingredients are free of animal by-products and there is no animal testing at any stage.
A fragrance oil, cologne, or perfume is not considered vegan if it includes any of these ingredients:
Some perfumes may even contain milk or beeswax, so please take care to check the ingredients before purchasing.
There are five types of perfume and they vary based on the amount of concentrated perfume oil is included in the mixture. From least to most, the types are:
Which perfume brands are vegan, cruelty-free, and positively perfect? The list below ranges from luxurious oils and refreshing eau de toilettes to pure, pungent parfums. Here are the most popular fan favorites:
And The Body Shop has committed to becoming fully vegan by the end of 2023!
Finding a commercial fragrance that is free of chemicals is no easy task. Although many perfumes on the market today are free of parabens and phthalates, stronger chemical ingredients like styrene, acetates, methylene chloride, and benzaldehyde are still not required to be listed individually, only as “fragrance.”
For anyone with a sensitive immune system or would like a more gentle, non-toxic fragrance experience, these are the brands to search for:
It sure is! On Jennifer Aniston’s website, her Lolavie perfume is labeled as “…vegan, cruelty-free, and “always formulated with naturally-derived, plant-based ingredients without using water.”
Yes! All of Ariana Grande’s perfumes are both vegan, cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny certified! You can buy any of her scents in stores or online (such as Target, Amazon, Ulta, and Sephora).
Professional perfume-making can take years of training, special ingredients, and a steady hand. But, don’t give up hope perfume lovers! There are a number of fun ways of creating and crafting your own perfume at home. Our favorite reliable resources are listed below.
If you’re positively passionate about crafting your own handmade perfume, you’re in luck! We’re going to show you how to make a signature, all-natural perfume that takes only minutes.
All you need is a few easily-found essential oils and a small bottle with a screw-on lid, cork, or stopper. Ready to create your own signature scent?
If you prefer solid perfume, we have a recipe for how to make solid perfume, too! It’s simple to make with just three ingredients: candelilla wax, jojoba oil, and essential oils. These are perfect for gifting over the holidays!
Want to learn more about vegan and cruelty-free beauty and skincare? This Cruelty-Free and Vegan Skincare Guide is the perfect place to start.
Excited for more perfume or DIY beauty projects? Then check out our DIY Vegan Solid Perfume, Vanilla Coffee Homemade Body Scrub and DIY Vegan Deodorant Paste recipes. Plan an entire day of super self-care fun by yourself or with friends!
Stay tuned for more vivacious vegan beauty recipes and gorgeous, get-ready guides!
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