From 100% natural ingredients to plastic free balms, perfume has been making waves in the beauty industry for some years now. Every year, more and more brands and perfumeries are adopting new sustainable hacks to make their products environmentally friendly, natural and importantly, cruelty-free.
We still have a long way to go before the whole beauty industry is entirely cruelty free. Here we pinpoint the nine best perfume brands to add to your collection that don’t test on animals.
Founded in 2000 by Lyn Harris, British fragrance house Miller Harris is recognised worldwide for their signature scents, all of which use and utilise natural materials, whilst continuing to push creative boundaries.
All of Miller Harris’s products are vegan and cruelty free, and continue to be inspired by the vibrancy of the London lifestyle.
If you’re looking for vegan, cruelty free perfume alternatives but aren’t quite ready for forgo your favourite scent that’s become your signature statement, look to Eden, the perfumery that helps you match your favourite fragrance with a vegan friendly alternative.
Eden uses natural ingredients, from sandalwood to jasmine, saffron to vanilla, and blends them to create a scent that’s so similar to your favourite popular branded alternative you won’t be able to tell the difference. Their fragrances are made in the UK and you can guarantee you won’t be loading your skin with synthetic preservatives or nasties.
Conceived in Grasse, France before being taken to new heights in New York, Le Labo is another brand that’s committed to creating stunning perfume fragrances that are vegan and aren’t tested on animals.
Their core collection, available at John Lewis, is made up of sixteen unisex fragrances, with their most popular being the Santal 33. The fragrance brings together spicy, leathery and musky notes from the cardamon, iris, violet, sandalwood and cedarwood.
Beauty Pie, the members-only beauty club that helps to cut out the middleman, is the only beauty subscription worth knowing about. It brings you the best of luxury makeup, skincare and fragrance but at prices you can afford. What’s more, it’s entirely cruelty free too! Bonus.
We love their mandarin leaf, white cedar and freesia fragrance – it’s fresh, clean and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve overdone it on the perfume front.
As if you needed another excuse to try it out for yourself, Beauty Pie are offering The Handbook’s readers an exclusive one-month absolutely free membership to the service. Simply head to beautypie.com and use the code HANDBOOK at the checkout.
For lovers of a musk fragrance, look to Ouai’s Melrose Place Eau de Parfum. Its rich rose scent starts off with Champagne, peppercorn and berry notes before turning floral and settling with an amber, sandalwood and musk finish.
Known best for their haircare range, Ouai is known for their top quality products at relevantly affordable prices. As well as boasting some of the best haircare products on the market, adored by every beauty influencer and editor under the sun, their products are also entirely cruelty free which is an added bonus.
For the indecisive, look to Marks & Spencer’s Discover Fragrance Eau de Toilette Tester Set. Perfect for those starting out in the fragrance world or for those wanting to discover a new signature scent, the pack is filled with six bottles, all with their unique flavour. The collection includes spiced bergamot, water jasmine, white coconut, fresh lychee, pink and soft iris.
Approved by Cruelty Free International, this range isn’t tested on animals.
You can always count on Lush to bring a great selection of vegan, natural and cruelty free products to the table, and their fragrance range is no different.
Scroll through their selection and dip your toe into their environmentally friendly offerings, from body mists to full bodied perfumes. Or, even treat a friend (or just yourself) to one of their gifting sets – packed with different aromas and scents.
They also do solid perfumes too – perfect for those wanting to cut back on their plastic but still reap all of the benefits of well, er, smelling good.
Another brand you can always count on for delivering vegan-friendly, cruelty free fragrances is The Body Shop.
The high street favourite has become renowned for their signature scents and body mists that are always packed inside their beauty bundles. Scour the range from their classic White Musk Eau de Toilette to the fragrant Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette.
Designed with clean, sustainable beauty in mind, The Nue Co is a brand that strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. With clean beauty at the forefront, their formulas are free from toxics and any nasties, meaning they are organic and vegan where possible – plus cruelty free, yay!
Try the Forest Lungs – it’s a unisex anti-stress fragrance supplement that boasts woody and smoky aromas, with clean citrus notes.