Best Vegan Perfumes 2022: Cruelty-Free Fragrances That Smell Great

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Eganism is more popular than ever. According to Veganuary, the global organization encouraging people to follow a plant-based lifestyle, those attending the annual January event reached new heights in 2022 – with nearly 610,000 attendees.

Switching to a vegan lifestyle isn’t just about your diet (though our pick of the best cheeses, pantry essentials, and subscription boxes should get you started). You also need to look into your wardrobe and your beauty cabinet. If you’ve already made the change in your hair and skincare, there’s another department that will need an overhaul.

It is often assumed that due to the floral nature of most perfumes, they are automatically vegan, but this is far from true. Many contain recreated synthetic ingredients where ingredients such as beeswax, honey, civet, ambergris, castoreum and keratin will still end up in your bottle.

There are already a lot of decisions to make when it comes to choosing your signature scent. Whether you fall into the floral, fruity, citrus, green, woodsy, oriental, or aromatic camps is so subjective and typically divisive – and you have to like how it smells on your skin.

Checking to see if it contains animal by-products adds another level of complication that can leave your shopping cart empty and a void in your fragrance collection. Many brands won’t share this information on their product description, so… how do you know?

Experts at The Perfume Shop explain, “If a perfume doesn’t state that its formula is vegan and cruelty-free, then it probably isn’t! Our best advice is to watch for the universally used cruelty-free bunny logo and any other vegan messages on the packaging.

Below, we’ve researched the vegan scents that will define the scent experience for your plant-based lifestyle.

Romilly Wilde IDLE Eau de Parfum

Romilly Wilde

Romily Wilde created this unusual aroma outside the confines of traditional perfumery. The brand defies labels, pushes boundaries with a scent that changes throughout the day and is hard to pinpoint. It’s all thanks to molecules that adapt to the wearer adding “glow” as the brand puts it. It opens with white floral notes and dries out to become musky and woody. The effects are floral yet earthy and seriously addictive.

Chloe Natural Eau de Parfum

Chloe

This striking eau de parfum is entirely derived from naturally-derived, ethically-sourced ingredients (including naturally-derived alcohol). The eco-conscious combination embodies the appeal of the modern rose and leaves a fresh, long-lasting floral trail. Hand-picked organic rose is the predominant note with the fresh touch of Moroccan neroli and sparkling green cassis. The base is in essence of cedar and is completed with mimosa.

The glass bottle also nods to sustainability, made from 25% recycled materials and packaged with cardboard made from 40% recycled materials.

Floral Street Wonderland Peony Eau de Parfum

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Floral Street operates with the goal of “smell good, feel good and do good”. The fragrance house recently received Vegan Society certification, alongside its long-standing cruelty-free PETA accreditation.

The positive planetary brand creates refined fragrances always with an eye to impact, while the affordable price makes the range accessible to everyone.

Picking just one from the collection is no small feat, but Wonderland Peony is unlike any other fragrance on the market. As the name suggests, peony plays the starring role, placed alongside pink berries and violet and a subtle hint of cedarwood and hazelnut to anchor the floral notes with woodsy warmth. It’s a sophisticated scent that’s delicate yet not disappointing with real lasting power.

The product is housed in a cardboard box of biodegradable pulp made from recyclable paper packaging and with no plastic in sight.

Sana Jardin Discovery Box

Sana Jardin

Sana Jardin takes a different approach to fragrance creation, placing sustainability at the heart of its mission. From its social impact to its ingredients, the label wants to elevate – but much more than your olfactory senses.

The brand created a cooperative for low-income Moroccan women with a low-recycling micro-entrepreneurship program, pushing for a more cyclical perfume-making process. Rural flower pickers learn to convert the by-product of production and recycle it into their own candle-making businesses.

The fragrance offering is also clean and vegan, harnessing exotic aromas. There are 10 uplifting scents using essential oils derived from plants and flowers. The entire line is cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified and free of artificial colours, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde or palm oil derivatives.

Their lasting power is given to them thanks to a high concentration of essential oils – at around 15-20%. Taking their eco-conscious mandate a step forward, all packaging is either made from recycled or recyclable materials.

Hero fragrances include; Incense water which is a romantic fragrance with the Moroccan May rose at its heart. This lightly honeyed floral ingredient is enhanced with bergamot, raspberry leaf, sandalwood and patchouli. Berber Blonde is summer in a bottle, transporting you to warmer climes with no boarding pass needed. Fresh notes of orange blossom are combined with Moroccan neroli oil and musk. There is also Tiger By Her Side which is the spicy counterpart of the collection with warm notes of amber enhanced by Moroccan rose and the aromatic touch of Indonesian patchouli and solanian incense.

GHOST Deep Night Eau De Toilette 50ml

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If the design of the bottle alone isn’t enough to win you over, the sultry aroma just might. Presented in a crescent moon-shaped bottle, it’s the kind of perfume that will stand out on your shelf – and the fragrance lives up to the sensuality implied by the design and name.

It is a very feminine scent that is both deep and fresh. The aroma will be a staple in your collection with its oriental vanilla nature. It is composed of heady notes of Night Blooming Cereus and Rose with a heart of apricot, peach and wood and a base of musk, amber and vanilla. The fragrance is highly concentrated, giving it a long-lasting hold on your clothes and skin.

Ariana Grande God Is A Woman Eau de Parfum

Ariana Grande

The market is full of celebrity perfumes, but Ariana Grande has made her releases stand out from the crowd with beautifully scented concoctions. Named after the singer’s hit single, God Is A Woman, this eau de parfum is created with 91% naturally-derived ingredients and is vegan, clean, and cruelty-free. It’s a scent where people stop you on the street and ask what you’re wearing – that’s the appeal of this super fresh scent. Inspired by nature, the addictive aroma opens with juicy pear and ambrette with a heart of Turkish rose petals and divine iris. The whole is accompanied by a warm finish of Madagascar vanilla and cedar wood.

IKON 906

ICON

Premium, sustainable fragrance brand IKON views fragrance as a holistic experience. These are simple, minimalist fragrances that celebrate the beauty of simplicity. Above all, the fragrances are vegan, cruelty-free with responsible formulations and recyclable packaging.

906 is a spicy and striking aroma of nutmeg and pepper. It is embellished with a floral heart of tuberose, ylang, vanilla and tobacco that envelops throughout the day.

Kylie Minogue darling

Kylie Minogue

Honey is back. Kylie Minogue’s cult perfume is making a comeback 15 years after its launch. The bottle has received a contemporary update where the fragrance is now housed in a refined shimmering pink bottle with an elegant lace textured cap. The fragrance has also been subtly revisited by perfumer Firmenich Ilias Eremendis. Its formulation is vegan with a floral oriental aroma. The top notes are lively with passion fruit, freesia and lychee alongside heart of lily and boronia flower and anchored with a base of sandalwood, amberwood and vanilla.

Jo Loves Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar & Red Truffle

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Jo Malone changed the fragrance game when she launched her Jo Loves Fragrance Paintbrush collection in 2017. Instead of the traditional spritz, you apply the aroma much like a cosmetic product. It comes in the form of a gel texture that dries on the skin and makes the fragrance last much longer. They are also refillable and therefore more durable than traditional bottles.

The brand recently launched two new fragrances – Cobalt & Patchouli, a crisp, clean opening with a warm, woody finish of vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood and Red Truffle which combines the unmistakable aroma of truffles with green fig. , citrus and fresh pine.

The Body Shop White Musk Eau De Parfum

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The Body Shop has relaunched its best-selling fragrance, White Musk. This aroma is sold every six seconds somewhere in the world. Still as popular today as it was when it was first released, it’s a testament to the vibrant floral fragrance’s timelessness and universal appeal. It has been certified vegan by the Vegan Society and now comes in a fully recyclable bottle made from 42% recycled glass.

Sarah C. Figueiredo