Vegan Perfume

If you're partial to perfume and crazy about cologne, you'll love World of Vegan's SCENT-sational vegan perfume guide! Packed with vegan and cruelty-free perfume brands, fragrance-making resources, and even a DIY Perfume Oil recipe you can make at home.
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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 animald-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.

Essential oil perfume in glass bottle next to bowl of melted wax.

What Is In Perfume That Makes It Not Vegan?

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:

  • Ambergris (sperm whale secretions)
  • Civet, Castoreum, or Kasturi (anal secretions from mammals)
  • Honey (read more on the vegan status of honey)
  • Lanolin (fat or wool wax from sheep)
  • Musk (from the abdomen of a male musk deer)

Some perfumes may even contain milk or beeswax, so please take care to check the ingredients before purchasing.

What are the different types of perfume?

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:

  • Eau Fraiche (1-3%)
  • Eau de Cologne (2-6%)
  • Eau de Toilette (5-15%)
  • Eau de Parfum (15-20%)
  • and Pure Parfum (15-40%)
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100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Perfume Brands

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!

Natural and Essential Oil Vegan Fragrances

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:

Hand rubbing solid perfume onto the other wrist.

Are These Perfumes Vegan?

Is Jennifer Aniston perfume vegan?

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.”

Is Ariana Grande perfume vegan?

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).

How To Make Perfume Yourself

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.

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Reusable Perfume Containers

  • Enslz (refillable, pretty perfume spray bottle)
  • Pretty Care (refillable, glass roller bottles for perfume oils)
  • MyKasen (refillable, bamboo and glass bottles for oils)
  • Vonovo (Portable, refillable, travel-sized atomizers)

DIY Perfume Recipe

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?

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DIY Perfume

Author: Gina House | World of Vegan
5 from 9 votes
Gently sweet and wonderfully warm! This lovely blend of oils will not only brighten your day but bring a wonderful sense of well-being to your day. Bright notes of citrus, hints of herbal, and a base of luscious vanilla make for an all-year-round cozy and cruelty-free fragrance!
DIY perfume in a roller bottle with the cap off.
Prep Time 4 minutes
Blending 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 glass roller ball 10 ml (13 ounce)

Ingredients

  • 10 drops orange essential oil , or any citrus essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil, or any herbal essential oil
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil, or any warm essential oil (or vanilla extract either in alcohol or vegetable glycerin)
  • 2 teaspoons jojoba oil , or any base oil (such as almond, olive, grapeseed, or coconut)

Instructions

  • Sterilize the bottle the night before by taking off the cap and roller ball, filling it with boiling water, and letting it sit overnight or run it through the dishwasher. This will prevent the perfume oil from becoming moldy and eliminating any existing harmful bacteria already in the bottle.
  • Slowly add 10 drops of each of the three essential oils into the bottom of the glass perfume bottle. Be very careful when adding the oils. Some oils come out of the bottle quickly, while others take more time.
  • Hold the bottle in your hand and, with a gentle swirling motion, allow the three essential oils to blend together.
  • Slowly add the base oil to the glass bottle. It may not take the entire two teaspoons. Add until you just reach the neck of the bottle and then stop. Do not pour up to the top because you'll need to add the roller ball part. Repeat Step 3 to blend well.
  • Press the roller ball section back into the top of the bottle firmly, making sure it snaps into place. Roll a little on your inner wrist to see if you like the smell and, when finished, screw on the cap and place it upright in a cool, shaded area or in a cupboard for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

Notes

Feel free to use this formula and experiment with different scents (and base oils) to discover your own beautiful blend!
[Perfume Oil Blend: 10 drops of top notes + 10 drops of middle notes + 10 drops of base notes + approx. 2 teaspoons of base oil in 10 ml glass roller bottle]
  • Top Notes (Citrus or Aromatic Essential Oils): Lemon, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lime, or Bergamot
  • Middle Notes (Floral, Green, Fruity, or Spicy Essential Oils): Rosemary, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, or Chamomile
  • Base Notes (Warm and Deep Essential Oils): Sandalwood, Patchouli, Benzoin or Cedar
Course — Perfume
Cuisine — American
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DIY Solid Perfume Recipe

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!

Solid perfume in a tin jar with candelilla wax sprinkled around it.

More Vegan Beauty Guides and Recipes To Try

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.

If want to really dive deep into the best vegan brands on the market today, our Best Vegan Makeup Brands and Vegan Nail Polish Brands are a great place to start. Plus, they’re a fantastic resource when you’re getting ready for a special vegan date!

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!

You can also explore perfume brands without paying full price by subscribing to a vegan beauty subscription box like Vegan Cuts!

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Stay tuned for more vivacious vegan beauty recipes and gorgeous, get-ready guides!

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10 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Only a couple of the Henry Rose fragrances are vegan. I know Queens & Monsters is one of them (and Jake’s House is not). They use some ingredient derived from insects.

    • Hi Miles, thanks so much for bringing this to our attention! We just updated the guide to note which brands are fully vegan.

  2. 5 stars
    Didn’t even know there were vegan perfume options this is so informative

  3. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Definitely so exciting to be able to make your own perfume! Love this!

  4. 5 stars
    At first, I didn’t have orange oil, but I tried cedar oil, and it worked for a bit, but then it got a little goopy. I tried again with the orange oil, and I like it a lot better.

  5. 5 stars
    Creating this DIY perfume is one of my passions! I’ve been using it every day for years. It’s a wonderful way to have a natural scent that is eco-friendly, inexpensive and smells exactly the way you like it 😀 Hope you love this recipe!

  6. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    I love seeing all these vegan friendly perfumes!

  7. 5 stars
    This diy perfume is genius! Love the scent and so excited to make more of these for friends and family!

  8. 5 stars
    This is a great guide for making gifts! I’ll definitely be using it to make gifts for birthdays and the holidays.

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