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Did you know most perfumes are not vegan? Perfumes can contain a plethora of animal ingredients. Civet (faecal paste from the anal glands of a civet cat), castoreum (creates a leather smell, it is derived emitted from the genital scent sacs of a castor beaver), ambergris (derived from the digestive tract of sperm whales), and musk (an odor secreted from the sheath gland of musk deer) are all prevalent fragrance ingredients. However, due to protected trade secrets, the consumer won’t be seeing an explicitly labeled ingredients list, nor anything that notes the perfumes’ animal origin.

Nonetheless, perfumes made from plants are abundant and accessible. So, if you are vegan and looking to break stereotypes about smelling earthy, or just aren’t keen to spritz dead animals on your clothing, here are 19 vegan and cruelty-free perfumes you need to have on your dresser.

19 Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Fragrances for Men, Women, and Every Gender


1. Pacifica Beauty Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume

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This must-have perfume is a “blend of juicy and spicy blood orange is offset with subtle strawberry and raspberry notes and grounded in fleshy mandarin and Italian sweet orange.” And you thought it didn’t get better than that, it’s also free of parabens and phthalates as the brand keeps in mind how the skin is your largest organ that needs nourishing.

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2. Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eau de Parfum

Vegan entrepreneur Kat Von D has built quite the reputation for her extensive range of vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Of course, no beauty line is quite complete without the fragrance to go with and this one has been overwhelmingly well received by Von D’s customers across the globe, just ask social media.

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3. Jack Black Blue Mark Eau de Parfum

The Jack Black brand is reputable for having a one-of-a-kind scent. This woodsy and sophisticated scent will linger for hours. “A sparkling infusion of Watermint and Bergamot blended with aromatic Japanese Juniper and Ginger Essence and a splash of Thyme and Vetiver,” describes the brand. Perfect for attracting wandering noses. And the cologne just so happens to be PETA-approved vegan.

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4. Aura Cacia Room and Body Mist, Peaceful Patchouli and Sweet Orange

This perfume is all about peace, love, and happiness. It encourages wearers to expand their mind’s horizons with its “free-spirited patchouli and sweet orange blend” that is packaged in a sturdy aluminum bottle. It’s so much more than perfume, just like you’re so much more than another face in an aromatic office.

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5. DefineMe Delphine Hair Fragrance Mist

This is not just a fragrance; it’s a movement. “Every bottle of DefineMe Fragrance represents mold-breaking, barrier-crushing women that speak to different qualities they strive for: being confident, creative, strong, free-spirited, loving, passionate + fearless. For every bottle purchased DefineMe Fragrance gives $1 to educational scholarships for girls in low-income countries,” describes the brand. It won’t just be you who enjoys this perfume.

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6. Herban Cowboy Love Perfume

Cowboy or not, if you love perfume, you’ll be giddying up for this fragrance. It’s made in the U.S., its packaging is recyclable and the product is free of animal products. Yee haw!

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7. Karma Solid Perfume By Lush Cosmetics

Vegan and vegetarian empire, Lush Cosmetics, have hit the mark once again with this solid perfume. Plus, its inspired by groovy tunes and you guessed it, the psychedelic ’70s and Massive Attack’s “layers and layers of creamy sound.” Cool, man.

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8. Ecco Bella Eau de Parfum, Bourbon Vanilla

This is an organic bourbon vanilla Eau de parfum, reportedly made from the finest vanilla in the world – sourced from the island of Madagascar. The brand says you should spritz this on “when you want to elicit feelings of creativity, love and sensuality.” There’s always a time and place for bourbon vanilla perfume. It’s even gluten-free.

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9. Tsi-La – Organic Vegan Fiori D’Arancio Mini Perfume Oil

“An Organic Citrus Infusion, Boasts Sparkling Notes Of Luscious Orange Blossoms (Soothing), Juicy Tangerines (Calming), Caramelized Vanilla (Refreshing) & Tunisian Neroli Flowers Infused With Nourishing Extracts To Create A Sheer & Delicate, Natural Perfume Drenched In Happiness,” the brand says of its perfume. Upon the aroma diffusing into your nasals, you’ll be enthralled by its relaxing qualities – we bet you wouldn’t tell it’s paraben-free, sulfate-free and alcohol-free. The best things in life are natural.

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10. Pinrose Scents Perfume 7 Piece Layering Kit Set

Pinrose Scents say its perfumes are, “[t]he most lovable fragrances in the world.” And with scents such as Secret Genius, Merry Maker, Tambourine Dreamer, Pinrose, Treehouse Royal, Pillowtalk Poet, or Garden Gangster, there’s something lovable for everyone. Even your skin will love these scents, as every perfume is vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, paraben-free and gluten-free. Sprtiz to that!

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11. Pour le Monde Empower All Natural Eau de Parfum

PETA has certified this product as vegan-friendly, while the Natural Products Association has certified it as cruelty-free. These organizations have endorsed the product for good reason – it’s kind, natural and gives you that boost of empowered energy to take on the world – or your taxes, the perfume does it all.

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12. Olivine Atelier – Vegan Perfume Oil (Amongst The Waves)

This unique scent is wholly inspired by the bliss and harmony of Hawaii. There’s something so sensual and laid-back about that place, people are always going back. However, if a Hawaiian expedition is not on your radar, this perfume can take its place. With a top note of ocean salt and black coconut, Amongst the Waves melts into a full bodied, floral heart composed of lush stargazer lily, waterlily and tiger lily,” describes the brand.

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13. Love Myself Organics Natural Organic Vegan Roll-On Perfume

Your “natural” aroma might be an enhanced truth, but this perfume is nothing artificial. Gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains no sugar, starch or salt. So, what’s it made of then – you might wonder? Just pure plant-based nourishing goodness. Heavy-handed rolling-on is a-okay.

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14. Patchouli Essential Oil Perfume Solid, Vegan By Melodie Perfumes

Made with a beeswax-free formula, this perfume is solid – in more ways than one. Comprised using natural aromatherapy essential oil perfume, it simply glides on and is silky smooth to the touch. A little goes a long way, meaning your dollars will be well spent – also, in more ways than one.

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15. I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Lemonade Fragrance Oil

“[B]lack cap lemonade is a crispy exotic citrus candies scent. A fabulous mix of citrus certified essential oils. You will want to eat this one! amazing scents of lychee, grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon and other fabulous scents,” comments the brand. If you’re looking for organic scented wearable fragrance that makes you affirm your fabulousness, look no further.

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16. Kai Eau De Parfum Spray Fragrance

This perfume is waiting to be spritzed on you, in your car, and on your linens. Kai’s signature exotic scent blends into this luxury Eau de parfum fragrance. With recyclable packaging and spray made in the U.S.A., this scent will be a hit with everyone from your dog to passersby.

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17. The Body Shop Vanilla Eau De Toilette Perfume

“Warm, seductive, inviting scent of classic vanilla,” this perfume is long-lasting, you’ll veer towards minimal applications throughout the day. It’s silicone-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and so light it fits anywhere from your handbag to your gym bag or kitchen bench.

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18. Aromatic Body Mist by Très Spa

This body mist was designed to uplift and energize. With a smell so fresh and crisp, it’s pretty much inviting you to wear it all day long. If you’re an avid bright citrus fanatic and partial to eco-friendly scents that burst but never offend the nose, Très Spa has the one for you.

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19. Egyptian Perfume Oil by Nemat Fragrances

PETA has certified this attractive product as vegan-friendly, quashing any suspicions one may hold. The brand claims its alcohol-free perfumes that last longer and are better for mind and body. When that means donning an air of rich musk with precious wood blends and floral top note, it’s surely worth your time.

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Image Credit: Pinrose Scents