Find the perfect cruelty-free scent that expresses you. These brands are all certified free of animal testing.
None contain animal musk, an ingredient that causes terrible suffering. Animal musks are technically a naturally derived product, and many brands that use animal musk call their fragrances "natural."
Fragrance types: Perfume has concentration of 15-40% aromatics (usually in alcohol base, but a perfume oil has oil base such as jojoba oil); eau de parfum, about 10-15% aromatics; eau de toilette, about 5-10% aromatics; eau de cologne (aka "cologne"), about 2-6% aromatics.
Fragrance price key: $: under $30 per 30 ml. $$: $30-$90 per 30 ml. $$$: $90-$150 per 30 ml. $$$$: over $150 per 30 ml. Actual volumes range from 15 ml to 100 ml, but price per 30 ml lets you compare price across the brands. (Note: 30 ml = 1 fl oz)
Fragrance types: Eau de cologne ($$) and cologne solids ($). Many scents. Samples of cologne solids available for purchase. All-vegan brand. Musk ingredient refers to a non-animal-derived ingredient with a similar smell.
Shop at: aromibeauty.com.
Fragrance types: Perfume oil roll-on and solid in Bay Rum. Cologne solid in Haylaro (earthy). Roll-on vegan. Solids are non-vegan (beeswax).
Shop at: astridanaturals.com.
Perfume types: Perfume, perfume solids, cologne. Unisex scents include Breath of God (woods, incense, citrus - some describe it as musky, too), Dear John ("woodsy nostalgia"), Dirty (sandalwood, tarragon, thyme), Smuggler's Soul ("earthy, warm sandalwood"), Sun (simple, citrus cologne). If unsure what to choose, try at a local store, or try the solid version first ($11.95) before trying the liquid version ($40-$60/30 ml). Perfumes/cologne are vegan.
Shop online at: lushusa.com.
Shop locally at: LUSH retail stores. Find stores.
Fragrance types: Eau de parfum. See Greylocke ("blend of pine and sea"), Hepcat ("smoky and raw"), Moab ("dry and spicy"), Sandara ("notes of forest air, violet leaves, timur pepper, sandalwood and oak moss"), Olmsted & Vaux ("citrusy burst...bright, crisp, clean). Samples available for purchase. All-vegan brand.
Shop online at: phlur.com and at credobeauty.com and sephora.com.
Shop locally at: Sephora and Credo. Find local stores.
Fragrance types: Eau de parfum. Award-winning. Unisex scents are Envision, a spicy oriental scent, and Empower, a citrus scent. Samples available for purchase. All-vegan brand.
Shop at: pourlemondeparfums.com and at ecodivabeauty (Canada/USA) and macys.com.
Perfume types: Eau de parfum ($$$), eau de toilette ($$-$$$), cologne ($$). Unisex and men's fragrances include Sedona Sweetgrass eau de toilette, Vientiane eau de parfum, Heart of Darkness eau de parfum, Branch & Vine cologne, Bay Rum cologne. Samples available for purchase. Created by 2012 Natural Perfumer of the Year Charna Ethier. Fragrances nominated for the Fifi Award, considered the Oscars of the fragrance industry. All scents named here are vegan (overall, all scents vegan except Orange Blossom Honey perfume oil has honey absolut).
Shop at: providenceperfume.com.
Fragrance types: Eau de toilette. See Arber, a woodsy fragrance; Kistna, fresh with notes of basil and birch leaf; Activist, exotic and warm; and the iconic White Musk (musk not derived from animals). To see vegan products on thebodyshop.com site: on the main menu, choose Collections; then under "FREE FROM," choose Vegan Products.
Shop online at: thebodyshop.com.
Shop locally at: The Body Shop, at many major malls. Find local stores.
Note: The Body Shop is owned by Natura, which also is Leaping Bunny certified (through the EU certifier, Cruelty Free International).
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