I Fell In Love With Le Labo’s Cruelty-Free Perfume


“We believe that there are too many bottles of perfume and not enough soulful fragrances”, is one of Le Labo’s mottos. Having been a part of the perfume industry for almost 10 years now, Le Labo is one of the few fragrance companies that can be found on PETA’s list of cruelty-free brands. I was lucky to sample 6 of their scents!

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Before I get into the scents themselves, I’d like to talk about the ingredients. Not only are Le Labo’s ingredients not tested on animals and 100% vegan, but their perfumes don’t contain parabens and preservatives. They use a mix of natural essential oils as well as synthetics, and the essential oils remove the necessity for any extra preservatives. While this isn’t a totally green perfume, using both natural and synthetic ingredients is often preferred for high-quality fragrance: it’s the synthetic notes that give perfume its body and long-lasting qualities.

Le Labo is vegan and cruelty-free. It means that none of our scents uses animal products nor products that are not animal cruelty free. Our entire collection is not tested on animals either. We are proud to be living proof that there is no need to torture animals to compose high-quality and creative perfumes. Beauty is even more beautiful when no one has to suffer in order to make it!

Le Labo is cruelty-free, vegan, preservative-free… and they have a refill program in order to minimize waste, where customers can bring their empty bottles for a refill. This is great for returning customers that are hooked to their signature scent, as less bottles and plastic parts need to be made and wasted. This is as green as high-quality perfume houses go!

I love the sleek, modern, and minimalist design of their bottles. There’s an old-school and vintage element to them, but it’s transformed into something completely modern. I love the simplicity of the names, too. The name of each perfume is composed of its most prominent note, and the number next to it is the number of total notes it’s composed of. For example, Lys 41 is composed of 41 notes and its main one is Lily. How cool is that?

None of the scents I’ve tried from Le Labo are boring. Not a single one. Each fragrance has its own distinct kick and makes you travel. These aren’t designer fragrances and you won’t be able to find anything like them at the drugstore. Check out their whole range! You can buy full size bottles online, but why not try samples? Onto the scents I’ve tried:

Lys 41

This one’s my favorite. I’m a huge fan of lily and this take on it is pure heaven. There’s some tuberose in there and it’s not a fresh lily although it is a more real lily, similarly to Serge Lutens’ A La Nuit. But it’s heavy and feels just like honey, especially as it settles into sweeter notes. Super addictive indeed.

Notes: Jasmine, tuberose, lily, woody notes, vanilla, musk.

Description: “Lys 41 rewards those looking for a statement scent with an addictive floral buzz.”

Jasmin 17

This is a white floral, but it also smells very citrusy. It’s pleasant and has a good balance of both sweet and fresh. Light, innocent.

Notes: Sandalwood, musk, vanilla, jasmine, litsea cubeba, neroli, orange blossom, palmarosa, bitter orange, amber.

Description: “This natural Jasmine is the floral perfume par excellence, and was created as a modern alternative to the old-fashioned traditional floral signatures.”

Rose 31

Dewy morning rose paired with very spicy notes. This is not a “mature woman” rose scent. In fact, it’s probably the last thing my grandmother would wear as it’s unisex but bordering on the masculine. Very earthy, woody, spicy.

Notes: Rose, caraway, vetiver, cedar, musk, guaiac wood, olibanum, labdanum, agarwood (oud).

Description: “The perfume’s aim is clear: to transform the famous Grasse Rose, a symbol of voluptuousness and unqualified femininity, into an assertively virile fragrance that can be worn by both men and women.”

Bergamote 22

A very intoxicating citrus with a definite sweetness to it. You have to sample this! If you’re not generally a fan of citrus scents, you’ll probably still fall in love with this one. It reminds me of orange zest mixed with vanilla, but in the most sophisticated way. This is my second favorite out of the ones I’ve tried. I love how truly unisex it is.

Notes:  Amber, musk, grapefruit, vetiver, petitgrain, bergamot, vanilla, orange blossom, cedar.

Description: “This dazzling bergamot combines freshness, sweetness and sensuality with acrobatic talent- qualities already encompassed in the perfume’s initial code name: “Fire Cologne”.”

Oud  27

Wow. Powerful opening notes that remind me quite frankly of  booze — but it develops into much more and tells a story. It settles to woody and very campfire-like notes, mixed with something that reminds me of fermented plums (hence the alcohol) but also incense and a bit of civet. It has particularly high sillage and longevity. Masculine scent for the fearless.

Notes:  Agarwood, Cedar Atlas, Incense, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Safran, and Gaïac.

Description: “Oud 27 is oriental in the purest form, overwhelming and disturbing in its signature and power.”

Santal 33

This is a masculine scent I could smell all day. It’s pleasant and intriguing in a very subdued way. It doesn’t scream, but it grabs your attention. It’s natural and fresh (in the dried out freshness kind of way), but also exotic and unusual. A little bit powdery while still being masculine.

Notes: “Sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, Cardamom, Violet, Papyrus, leather, amber and iris.

Description: “Remember the old Marlboro ads? A man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies – a defining image of the spirit of the American West… From this memory is born Santal 33, an olfactive form inspired by the great American myth.”


This post contains press samples. No compensation was received for writing this review.
  • http://bbalm.blogspot.co.uk/ Sandra

    I’m a huge fan of this brand and loved watching them mixing up the scents in Liberty recently. My favs so far are Tubereuse 40 and Rose 31. Want to try more after reading your comments!

    • Suzi

      OOh, I’ll have to check out Tubereuse 40! My fave note.

  • Leila

    Sad news today Le Labo just got bought by Estée Lauder :(

    • Suzi

      You’re right. I can only hope they won’t start selling in China like almost ALL of Estee Lauder’s brands. :( One thing we can do is e-mail the company.

  • lola

    I’m still researching this, but I believe Le Labo has recently been acquired by Estee Lauder who (according to Peta) does animal testing. If Le Labo is sold in certain countries it will be tested on animals.

  • lola

    Sorry, just saw this issue has been addressed.

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi

      No problem, thanks for looking into it!

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    As of right now, there are still no changes to their animal testing policy. They couldn’t tell me if they had any plans to enter the Chinese market, so it’s something to look out for. Hope this helps!

    I’m working on a perfume post and I’ll be contacting as many niche perfumes as possible about their policy, so do reply to this comment if you have any requests.

    • travelisthenewblack

      I’d also like to know about Byredo and Diptyque if possible.

    • travelisthenewblack

      Hi I’d be interested in whether Byredo or Diptyque are cruelty free?