Vegan & Cruelty Free Perfume: 6 Top Perfumes + The …

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Our 6 favorite vegan and cruelty free perfumes. PLUS A complete guide on VCF fragrances and what this means

Im very emotional about this article. Even though I am quite aware of animal cruelty in cosmetics, it was still a real punch in the gut to research, read and write in depth about vegan and cruelty free perfume.

The truth about the perfume industrys use of animals, and how you can smell good without hurting innocent creatures.

In this guide, Ill examine the (unfortunately) dirty truth about the perfume industrys use of animals.

Then, Ill give you some ways you can help, and some lists of vegan and cruelty free perfume so you can smell good without hurting innocent creatures.

Ok? Lets dive in.

Maybe you are wondering which perfumes are vegan. Well, if you enjoy wearing fragrance and want to smell good, yet do so in a way that is ethical and animal-friendly, dont worry. Just ten years ago it would have been hard to find, say, a high-end cruelty-free perfume but with increasing consumer demand, these days there are plenty of options out there, and the list is growing.

PRIM: A complex layering of fruity raspberry and floral rose notes, Prim is a sophisticated and romantic scent.

Perfumer: Splash of Scent | Cost: 50 ML USD 65

GREEN: A juicy herbal potion with rose, ylang ylang and a smooth wood finish, inspired by an unforgettable hike in Silver Falls, Oregon.

Perfumer: Splash of Scent | Cost: 50 ML USD 65

GREY LABDANUM: Bitter orange and violet open this edgy chypre,followed by dark incense, ambergris and patchouli notes.

Perfumer: ABEL | Cost: 50 ML USD 150

GATEAUX: An herbaceous garden floral with a powdery, sweet finish. Verdant and florescent with a minty rose and orange blossomed body.

Perfumer: FLORESCENT | Cost: 15 ML USD 79

CRG V9: This floral fusion brings together mimosa, geranium and geranium bourbon with lavender and carnation. Fresh, with a spicy finish.

Perfumer: LURK | Cost: 6 ML USD 64

MARRAKECH: Bohemian, alluring and hypnotic with wild Moroccan Balsam, organic Moroccan Cedarwood and the oil of North African rose petals.

Perfumer: RICH HIPPIE | Cost: 5 ML USD 75

Heres a list of five indie perfume companies that are not only vegan and cruelty-free, but also sufficiently cool and niche that any fragrance aficionado would be impressed!



Its a difficult truth to talk about, but an important one: the vast majority of the day-to-day personal care and beauty products that we use contain ingredients that in one way or another have harmed innocent animals.

For a long time it wasnt spoken of, and many consumers werent even aware of it; but products from shampoos to lipsticks to perfumes often contain ingredients that are sourced from animals, or are tested on animals to prove they are safe for use on humans.

Over the past couple of decades awareness has grown, yet to this day these cruel practices continue.

And its not just a few rare bad guys or unethical companies that do it.

On the contrary: PETAs (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)list of companies that do test on animals>confirmed that over 340 cosmetic mega-brands were testing on animals, or using ingredients that had been tested on animals.

Here are some of the brands that DO test on animals. These are NOT vegan and/or cruelty free.

Many of the brands listed were household names like Dove, Estee Lauder, LOreal, Avon, Johnson&Johnson the list goes on.

And the list below, although far from complete, contains regrettably many of the whos who in the perfume industry. I was quite disappointed to find some of the perfumers whose work I really admire on the list.

What is the impact of this? Well, to put it into numbers, Humane Society International (HSI) cosmetic testing alone accounts for the suffering and death of 100,000200,000 innocent animals each year.

Cosmetic testing accounts for the suffering and death of 100,000-200,000 animals each year.

But lets back up a little. When we talk about vegan and cruelty free products, what exactly do these terms actually mean, and why are they so important?

Vegan refers to products that do not contain any ingredients derived from animals. This includes animal parts, of course, but also animal products, such as dairy, honey, even beeswax. It can be tricky to determine sometimes whether a product contains animal products, as many industries are not required to publish their ingredient lists, and even when they do, it isnt always obvious that certain substances come from animals.

Cruelty-free, meanwhile, is a term designed to include any commercial product that is manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve animal cruelty. This may seem straightforward, but it can sometimes get a little complicated. For example, a company may avoid testing on animals itself, but be buying ingredients from a supplier that does.

The fact that animals suffer needlessly is a good enough reason for many people to choose vegan and cruelty-free when they shop. But if thats not enough to tip the scale for you, heres another thing to consider: theres also a huge environmental impact.

These outdated practices require raising hundreds of thousands of animals just so they can be used, and then usually killed and disposed, for our beauty products and perfumes. With animal testing, it also often involves extensive use of toxic chemicals in the tests themselves, to try and get them into the market.

Today, an estimated 83 per cent of women wear scent, and men arent that far behind, at 63 per cent. When you consider this huge number of people buying fragrances, and add the fact that many of the biggest perfume manufacturers are using ingredients that harm animals well, it starts to really add up.

An estimated 83% of women wear scent, and 63% of men. Mostly perfumes that harm animals.

The market share for cruelty free perfume, by comparison, doesnt even show up on the radar. And try searching for, say, vegan cologne in any major department store. Youll struggle to find a single label with that commitment on it.

Unfortunately, most of the price you pay for a typical bottle of scent goes into marketing, profit, overheads, the bottle did we mention marketing? Procuring high-quality, trustworthy, animal-friendly ingredients just isnt the priority for most mainstream fragrance brands. If you want to read more about the cost structure of commercial perfumes, read this article onwhy perfume is so expensive.

By the way, dont be mistaken if the label says pure perfume or non toxic perfume. These terminologies have nothing to do with whether the ingredients have been sourced from, or tested on, animals.

The vast majority of big perfume producers, both high-end and low-end, are using ingredients that are either derived from animals or tested on animals. Lets take a closer look at what that actually entails.

While some animal ingredients have become too rare and endangered for practical use on a large scale, they can still be found in high-end perfumes, and others are still produced in fairly large volume for the global fragrance industry. A few of the most well known ones among perfumers include:

Animal testing in the fragrance world, just like with other cosmetics and household products, often involves truly inhumane procedures using harsh, or even toxic, chemicals.

Some of the most common procedures include:

Acute Toxicity Testing: The animal is given an extremely high dose of the substance, usually by force-feeding, inhalation or skin contact. Its reactions are monitored, and can range from diarrhea to bleeding and death. These tests, which have been around since WW1, have been shown to be appallingly useless in accurately predicting toxicity in humans.

Eye and Skin Irritation Testing: Also known as the Draize test, this is the famous one where a substance is dripped into a rabbits eyes or applied to their shaven skin. Not only is this type of testing intolerably cruel, but its also proven to be flawed due to the physiological differences between rabbits and humans.

Skin Sensitivity Testing: This involves injecting or applying a substance multiple times into the animal, after which it is either monitored for reactions or killed so that its immune response can be measured in a lab. There is no excuse for this outdated practice with modern human skin-cell tests available.

Carcinogenicity Testing: The animal is kept in a cage and forced to take a substance repeatedly over time, while being watched for signs of cancer. As far back as 2002, it was already proven that these tests are not dependable for predicting carcinogenicity in humans.

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity Testing: The substance is forcibly administered to mating animals, sometimes over two generations, and then the mother is killed and she and her foetus are examined for toxicity. The very different reproductive cycle and lifespan of animals makes it hard to extract results useful to humans from these cruel tests.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the limited usefulness of animal tests like these, yet they continue even though in most countries, including the US, the law doesnt require fragrance and cosmetics companies to do it.

The FDA does not require fragrance or cosmetics companies to perform animal testing.

Perversely, even if a substance is found to be safe on animals, it doesnt mean it will be approved for use in human products, and on the other hand even if it harms animals, it can still be marketed to humans! So, not only is animal testing cruel and inhumane, it doesnt even provide the type of guarantee that might make it justifiable for some people. Its a senseless practice.

So now that you know about the sad things that can lurk behind a designer fragrance label, how can you check whether your own signature scent is an offender?

Unfortunately, many of the biggest offenders are also the biggest brands. Just look at last years top 5 bestselling perfumes Coco Mademoiselle, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Chanel No. 5, Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. All of these are made by companies that test on animals.

Last years 5 top selling perfumes all are made by companies who do animal testing.

One easy way to find out if your fragrance is cruelty-free or vegan is to check the label. Some perfume houses these days are choosing to work with third-party certifiers, like PETA or Leaping Bunny. If you see one of those iconic logos both of which feature bunnies on them on your bottle, then breathe easy. Youve already got an animal-friendly fragrance in your hands.

If you dont see a certification label and want to be sure, you can head online for a wealth of resources. Check outLeaping Bunnys listof approved brands or PETAs extensive database of companies that do test on animals, or for a shorter list, their database of cruelty-free fragrances.

Its pretty disheartening once you start looking at the scale upon which animal testing and exploitation is still practised in the cosmetic and fragrance industries. But take heart; there are small signs of progress, and even within the industry there are players who want to see things change.

In terms of regulations, some countries have already banned animal testing for cosmetics. The EU was one of the first regions to do so in 2013, followed by India, Israel, and Norway. Many other countries are starting to introduce laws that will eventually eliminate animal testing. For a compete and up-to-date global overview on the national bans on animal testing, you can check Cruelty Free International!

And if companies still need or want to test their products? They certainly dont need to harm innocent animals to do so! There ARE alternatives. Tests done in vitro have been shown to be very effective, and new high-tech methods are being developed every day, from using MRI-imaging to testing on 3D-printed human skin made from donated cells!

Why is this progress finally happening? Because more consumers are demanding it. Times are changing, and consumer awareness is at an all-time high. A survey by Nielsen in 2015 revealed that not tested on animals was the most important packaging claim for beauty consumers. Meanwhile, a recent study in the UK showed that the number of vegans there has increased by more than 36 per cent in the past decade.

The demand for cruelty-free and vegan products has reached the perfume world, too; according to recent market research, one of the hottest fragrance trends of 2018 is drum roll please: vegan perfumes! So if you are already considering buying a vegan and cruelty free perfume, consider yourself a trendsetter.

Its absolutely true that the market will supply whatever consumers demand. So why not help make a real difference to animals by making your voice heard? There are a number of ways you can help end animal abuse in the fragrance and cosmetic industry:

When in doubt, check the lists ofPETAandLeaping Bunnyfor companies that are cruelty-free. And if you want, Leaping Bunny even has anappfor that!

Have your say: Contact your local US representative and ask them to show support for the Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA), which would make it illegal to conduct or contract for cosmetic animal testingfor the purpose of developing a cosmetic for sale.

By the US definition, fragrances and perfumes are considered cosmetics and the passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act would end the involvement of animals in the testing of perfumes and fragrances in the US. Read more on the site ofThe Humane Society, and/or fill out thisform on the Humane Society siteto send a message to your US Representative.

Everything we make at Splash of Scent is vegan & cruelty-free. We are certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny because they are the gold standards in vegan and cruelty-free product certification, and it is important to us that our customers can trust our products 100 per cent.

These are our commitments:

Splash of Scent Cruelty-Free Policy

We dont think smelling great should come at the expense of other living creatures. Splash of Scent is a cruelty-free brand.

We do not sell our products in other countries that require us to test our products on animals by law, such as China.

We do not test our products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. We never have and never will pay outside organizations to test our products on animals.

Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals.

We are an independent company, which means we do not have a parent or sister company that tests on animals.

Our products are certified cruelty-free by PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Splash of Scent Vegan Policy

Splash of Scent products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. From our inception, we have been committed to creating our fragrances using only 100 per cent vegan ingredients.

Please take a stand for animals by choosing cruelty-free and vegan when you shop for fragrances and cosmetics.

I hope you found this overview informative and useful I certainly put a ton of work in researching and writing it! If you think there is something I missed, let me know please.

It would be tremendous if after reading this guide, you feel more compelled to buy cruelty free products. What do you think?

Are you going to buy cruelty free perfumes? Maybe even support the Humane Cosmetics Act?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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